Another month has passed, and I can’t say I’m sorry to see February go. Nothing against February, I’m just so ready for Spring and warmer weather. This winter hasn’t even been particularly cold or miserable, I just feel like it’s dragged on. I want to wear pretty dresses, have tan skin, and drink iced coffee without feeling as if my body is iced as well. So, to send February off I want to share my favorites from the past month and hopefully inspire my readers to try some new products!
Let’s start with this e.l.f. hydrating face primer. I’ve used this before, so it’s more of a rediscovery, but I love it just as much as the first time I tried it. I’m currently using some very drying topical acne medications, so anything that claims to be hydrating is my new best friend. It definitely has a silicone feel to it, but it leaves your skin very soft! Careful not to use too much though, because I found that my skin can look greasy. The primer goes on clear and is fairly quick to sink into the skin.
I actually tried a new foundation guys! This is a big deal for me as I love and swear by the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation. I have heard lots of good things about the Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation so I thought I would give it a go. It boasts 25 hours of wear time, SPF 20, and skin perfecting full coverage. I don’t know if it lasts for 25 hours because who wears their foundation for that long, but it does last me the 12 hours or so that I wear it for. I wouldn’t say it’s full coverage but it’s definitely medium coverage and is buildable. It has a smell that’s neither good or bad, it’s just kind of there. I don’t notice the fragrance once it’s on my face though. It’s comfortable to wear and has a semi-matte finish. The only thing this foundation wouldn’t be good for is flash photography due to the SPF.
I also strayed away from the Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil as that one is expensive when compared to how long the product lasts. I went for the NYX eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown and was pleasantly surprised! It’s long lasting when set with powder or gel, glides on easily, and gives a very natural look. The only issue I’m having is the shade; I can’t tell if dark brown is right or not. When applied to my hand it looks great, but when I use it to fill in my brows it pulls red. Very confusing! So overall it’s a good product, the shades are just tricky to figure out.
This Milani powder blush in Tea Rose was the first Milani product I tried and I fell in love instantly. The packaging is gorgeous, the appearance of the blush itself is so beautiful I don’t want to ruin it, and the product applies like a dream. Tea Rose is a very natural shade that’s easy to just throw on and go. It blends easily and is just pigmented enough that the brush doesn’t pick up too much product. I really want to give the other shades of this blush a try after liking this one so much.
A spur of the moment product I picked up was the e.l.f. HD Finishing Powder in Soft Luminance. It’s said to mask fine lines and imperfections and create a blurring effect on the skin. I don’t know about all of that, but I do know that it has brought my dull, winter skin back to life! The micro glitter makes the skin appear brighter and the powder does make my face look soft. It’s a translucent powder, however other reviews have stated that this product looks unnatural on darker skin tones. Just beware, because it’s a loose powder it does have a tendency to be very messy. I also bought this product in its old packaging; e.l.f. has since changed the packaging the product is still the same.
Staying on the trend of dewy and hydrated skin, I purchased the NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting setting spray. I enjoy the matte setting spray of theirs and was excited to try this version out. The mist is very fine, which is always ideal for a setting spray, and I’m halfway through the 2 oz. bottle after having it for about a month. There is no noticeable fragrance which is also a plus! The setting spray does a beautiful job of blending your makeup and sealing it for a flawless finish, while making your skin look glowy and healthy! I will definitely be repurchasing this one.
Last up is this White Gardenia candle from Bath & Body Works. I think the spring candle scents are my favorite, and this one tops the list. This scent was available last year and boy have I missed it. It’s the perfect clean, but floral scent that fills the room and just makes me feel really happy! Not to mention the soft purple jar and wax are beautiful. I already know I’ll be buying another one of these (or two) before it disappears.
And that wraps up another favorites post! I swear, I try to make these shorter every month but that never happens. What products have you been trying and loving? Let me know in the comments below!