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February Beauty Favorites I howsweeteats.com

How can I have this many favorites when I had so many last month? Right? I know that’s what you’re thinking. Because it’s what I’m thinking too. It’s nuts. BUT. Even though I’m still using and adoring all of the things I mentioned last month (particularly this perfume, this blow dry spray, and this lip butter), I have more to chat with you about. Yesss.

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First up is this makeup bag I got during one of the Kate Spade sample sales. Not only was it on sale but I also had 20% off, which means it was basically free. (<– girl math.) It also came with another smaller bag inside one of the sections, so it was essentially two bags in one. I absolutely love it. Of course they no longer have this pattern or even the same style currently on sale, but this is a similar one if you want to keep you eyes peeled or splurge. This is the first makeup bag I’ve actually purchased, aside from a train case at Ulta over ten years ago and a cheap knock-off missoni bag from Target when they did that collab. Normally, I would just steal those free gift bags from my mom. No more!

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Next up: these Olay wipes. Okay, I know I’m sort of contradicting myself since last month I talked about the Yes to Grapefruit wipes, but after finishing that pack off, I can say with full confidence that these Olay sensitive skin ones are my favorite. My cousin introduced me to them, and trust me when I say, I’ve tried almost allll the makeup wipes on the market. These are so soft and feel incredible on my skin. I’ve gone through multiple packs and continue to go back to these – they are by far the best for me. Not only will I use them to remove my makeup, but I also use them right after a workout or after yoga if I don’t get to shower/wash my face immediately. They just feel so fabulous on my face.

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One more skincare related item: this Burt’s Bees blemish stick. This… is magical. I am lucky that I’ve never really suffered from breakouts, but on the occasion that I have something going on, this is a miracle product for me. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic, but as you can see, I’ve used nearly the entire thing up. It’s one of those products that I’ve put on my face the night before only to wake up and have the issue be GONE. That has never happened to me. It doesn’t happen all the time, but I really love this stuff and it’s the only product I use if an issue arises.

MAC BB cream, tarte BB moisturizer, loreal lumi primer I howsweeteats.com

Face things! Last month I didn’t mention any foundations or tinted moisturizers, and the reason behind that is because I haaaaate wearing stuff on my face. The last few years I’ve worn tinted moisturizer consistently, but it is so hard for me to get on the foundation train. I will admit – I purchased a YSL foundation back in November and have used it off and on. Perhaps I will discuss it next month. I still prefer to have something light on my face. With that being said, I’ve exhausted practically all the BB creams out there in search for my perfect one. My thoughts? I think BB creams are a load of crap. In America, they are basically just tinted moisturizer being touted as BB creams. No good. If you want a tinter moisturizer, awesome! If you want something more, you’re screwed. That’s my opinion.

Here is what I’ve found in my search that I love though: this MAC BB cream. I’ve been using this since last summer and it is a winner in my book. It is nothing like a tinted moisturizer – it is much thicker, dense and pigmented. I put it on right after moisturizer which I think is the best bet as it can be a bit drying – but with moisturizer under it, it isn’t at all. It is the fullest coverage BB cream I’ve found, and luckily the lightest shade matches me well.

Next: tarte BB tinted moisturizer. Love this! It’s not quite as thick as the MAC one, but it works very well for me and covers/evens things out enough. It gives a bit of a glowy complexion, which you know I love. And speaking of that, the loreal lumi primer above? I don’t use it as a primer, but instead I mix a few drops with either of those BB creams. It’s not sparkly but it’s definitely luminous. I love the glow!

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I am also loving these maybelline dream lumi concealers. They haven’t fully replaced the ones I talked about last month, but these are almost just as great. I have the lightest shade and the pink one (you know I love the pink highlights) and they are awesome. Dare I say that I like these better than my YSL touche eclat pen? I think I do. And they are much cheaper.

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Let’s sidetrack briefly to discuss hair things. Batiste dry shampoo is my favorite brand and it’s also fairly cheap. It gives my hair a crapton of volume. And yes, I have tried the version for brown hair but guess what? I hated it. It’s like it flakes in my hair or something? After using it, I find little brown flakes on my face all day long. Very annoying. I just use this one which is white, but once it sets and I rub my scalp a thousand times? We’re good to go.

This fekkai summer hair is something I’ve discussed on my blog for years. I.freaking.love.this. It gives my hair some beachy waves and is a necessity if I don’t feel like blow drying and want that tousled look. I think this is only available in the summer months, but since our universe puts stuff out six months early, I’m sure you can find it soon at Ulta or something. Over the years a few of you have also mentioned the bumble & bumble surf spray and asked if I’ve tried it. I got a small bottle at Sephora recently but have only used it once. My first impression is that I don’t love it as much, but after I use it consistently I’ll let you know. Cool? Cool.

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THIS conditioner. ohhhhmahhhhgawwwwwsh. I love this junk. I only use it once a week or every other week, but it makes my hair feel insane. In a good way. Like super silky and soft. Before you crucify me for purchasing the little packets (I think they are $4 a piece at Ulta, a little cheaper on amazon) instead of the large jar (which is like $35, ooomph), hear me out. I have a consumption problem and if I buy that large jar, I will probably end up using way too much and blowing through it quickly. These packets and the perfect amount for my hair. If you have short or even fine hair, you can probably get two uses from this packet. I love that it’s pre-portioned for jerks like me.

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Another sidebar: hand things! First up, this Laura Mercier hand cream. OMG. Um, I am obsessed with this entire line of bath and body stuff, but it is ridiculously priced. I can justify a $50 lipstick that will last forever but not a body cream that will disappear into my skin. Riddle me that. Regardless, when I use this pistachio hand cream I want to eat it. It’s delicious.

My favorite nighttime hand cream is this aveeno skin relief. I’ve been using it for years and while it’s definitely thick (hence why I use it at night), it is completely renewing. One use and my hands feel incredible. This is one of my essentials every single night, along with…

These cuticle oils. Where have these been all my life? I am telling you – using these a few times a day have changed my hands. I initially started with the solar oil (which I adore), then went to purchase a second bottle and they were out. I ended up with the apricot essie oil and while I like it, it just doesn’t seem quite as moisturizing as the solar oil. I keep one in my house and one in my purse. I use them constantly. They make your nails manicure-caliber with daily use. And I am someone who doesn’t like the feel of hand cream. That is why I like these oils that you can brush on as opposed to a cuticle cream that gets all over your fingers. Seriously… start using these. Love.

Oh and that polish is the color I’m currently dying over. It’s called pacific blue.

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Now my favorite face stuff: eyes! The shade on the left is Sellout by Urban Decay. This has been my all-over lid shade for probably… five years or more? I bet I’m on my sixth or seventh one, which is huge. It’s what I put on underneath any shadow and what I put on if I want to wear nothing but mascara. I love this color and it works on me. Remember though: I’m very pale.

The next color is one of my new go-to’s. Holy cow, I LOVE this. These maybelline color tattoos are pretty cool, and I’ve never been a fan of any kind of cream shadow. I think I’m just so hooked on this color, which is inked in pink. It is definitely pink too, but not too much. I will wear it alone over a primer (and it doesn’t crease) or even under Sellout and that lightens the pink a little more. I really adore it. I have always found pinks to be tough to wear, so it definitely depends on your skin tone and eye color. If you try it, be sure to purchase it somewhere that accepts returns if it doesn’t work out for you.

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Yes, that is the urban decay naked 2 palette, and no, I’m not going to tell you how much I love the entire thing. I do like it – I chose naked 2 over naked 1 because it has more cool tones and I definitely have cool undertones. However, I’m just not very into neutrals and prefer to wear outrageous colors on my lids that cause people to make fun of me. It is how it is.

BUT. While I do really like all of the colors in the palette, I am loving tease. It is a light brown shade and really neutral enough to use and make it look like you’re wearing nothing. I enjoy it. You can buy it separately too – you don’t need the whole palette.

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Even though last month I told you about my love affair with the urban decay 24/7 liners, I’ve been using some gel/cream liners too. I think they are easier to use for a winged liner look and yes… I will do a winged liner with those blue and purple shades up there. So embarrassing. I just love these laura mercier ones. They are “wetter” than most (I use a black maybelline one and it’s much thicker and drier) but once they dry, they’re perfect.

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In addition to my urban decay loves, I’ve also been using a few of these NYX eyeliners over the last couple months because they are cheap and the crayon is thinner, which I find easier to use. They don’t replace my faves, but I really, really like them. And yes, that pink one is an eyeliner. I told you I’m a freak.

The ones on the left are by milani and even though I’ve loathed any kind of liquid eyeliner my entire life, these sparkly, fun colors were too fun to pass up. Plus, the tip is like a felt pen so it doesn’t seem like a traditional liquid liner. Don’t worry, when I wear these I make sure to not have too much else going on. Promise I don’t look like a clown. I think.

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This is a product I’ve been freaking out over for mooooonths. First off, I’ve had this trish mcevoy brightening pencil in shell for maybe six months and use it a ton – and it lasts forever. I’ve never sharpened it, it’s just a shorter pencil. Anyway – it’s a light pink highlighting pencil and I use it to line my lower waterline. It makes your eyes POP. And let me just say – I never put one single thing on my waterline. EVER. Besides this. I have never put black liner on my waterline and don’t think I will start. I wear contacts and have pretty sensitive eyes, and that just seems like a recipe for disaster.

However, this is a very “soft” pencil and doesn’t irritate the area at all. I pretty much use this every time I do my makeup and it is a game changer. Flipping love.

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Speaking of looking like a clown…

No, this blush does NOT appear to be that shade on your face. I have notoriously hated cream blushes because, well… I do feel like I always look like a clown. This one is different though. It’s a YSL cream blush and I use a little stippling brush to put it on. I literally only dip it in the blush very lightly once or twice. It gives such a pretty flush on the cheeks. I doubt I will be a cream blush convert anytime soon, but I would definitely purchase more of these shades.

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Last month I told you about my fanatical obsession with tarte amazonian clay blushes, and trust me, it’s still in full force. One of the reasons I love them so much is because most of the shades are matte, which are essential to my well being since my eye makeup often makes me look like a drag queen. However, in some instances when I don’t play up my eyes, I like a shimmery blush. And this estee lauder gelee blush is my go-to. It is so, so pretty. I think it’s one of my most favorite products that I own. It is a different consistency – not a powder but not a cream – and I have used it so much yet you can barely tell. I think this stuff will (thankfully) last forever.

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Now on to lips!

These NYX butter glosses? gahhhh. Love them. Even though last month I discussed my recent love of lipstick, I am still a gloss girl at heart. These are sheer but give a hint of color and feel so great on the lips. Honestly, I never pay attention to wear time, so I can’t really say how long they last. I’m someone who doesn’t mind reapplying lip stuff. The colors I have been loving are eclair (on the left) and peaches and cream (on the right). The latter is much more “coral-y” than peach.

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I have been adoring this mox botanicals lip butter for months. This is a product that I actually received a small sample of in my birchbox (in pomegranate) and loved so much that once I used it up, purchased this flavor. As for birchbox – this is one of the questions I get asked so often. Do I get it? Yes. Do I like it? Ehhhh… not really. I don’t know, I just don’t really love the samples I get? I have my preferences listed, but never get anything good. I feel like everyone else always gets cooler things. Oh well. The grass is always greener, right? Once my year is up, I probably will not subscribe again. Should I do glossybox? I want to.

Anyhoo – this lip balm is amazing. I mentioned it on instagram a few months ago and use it every single day, no fail.

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My love for all things coral is blowing up this month, and this lipstick is at the top of the list. It’s part of the maybelline vivids collection and is in shocking coral. It’s so pretty. I like wearing it with aqua eye makeup.

I am forever a tween.

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Last lip product – I actually wanted to mention this last month in my favorites but was too lazy to get it out of my purse and photograph it. Real life right there my friends. Anyway – this was my first time trying anything by hourglass and oh my gosh, this lip gloss is gorgeous. The color is called fortune. I love how it feels on my lips. I use it as a more “fancy” lipgloss than the butter glosses above. I love the shade, ugh… I just love everything about it. I want to try more Hourglass products – particularly that mineral veil primer. Has anyone tried it? Thoughts?

February Beauty Favorites I howsweeteats.com

Annnnd that’s a wrap. What’s sad is that I already have a bunch of other things in mind that I want to tell you about. How can I wait for a month? Wah! I’m so impatient. PUHLEASE tell me what you’re loving this month. I like being bad examples together.

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124 Responses to “February Favorites: Beauty.”

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    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — February 27, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    I am a total make up and beauty loser. I never learned how to do it properly or even what all these products are when it was socially acceptable (middle school? high school?) so i love reading these posts in the privacy of my own home. Maybe this is creepy but could you post photos of how these products look on you so we can get an idea of your coloring and application?

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    Mansee Muzumdar — February 27, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    This is so fun! i love watching the monthly favorites videos on YouTube (I could spend all day watching beauty videos) but never thought to blog my own – might have to steal this idea!

    Have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Whispers? They’re kind of like the Revlon Lip Butters, but a little more sheer. Love them! Ohh, and the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner – a little pricey, but totally life-changing for my hair.

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    • Kathleen — February 28th, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      It’s a 10…GREAT PRODUCT! You can find it on Amazon a bit cheaper than what you would pay for it in a salon. Either way, worth the investment.

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    Avery Minor — February 27, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    I think I love your makeup posts just as much as your food posts, which are quite hard to beat…. I have the Trish McEvoy highlighting pen in my makeup bag and could never figure out how to use it, but now I am totally going to line my waterline with it!

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    Krissy @ Make it Naked — February 28, 2013 @ 12:15 am

    I am OBSESSED with this perfume. http://www.lavanila.com/The-Healthy-Fragrance-Vanilla-Summer-17oz_p_121.html i get a lot of compliments on it so I like to think that it’s working. I have the roller and the spray and the deodorant (pure vanilla deo). The deodorant is like silk and the best deo I’ve ever used. It’s also $18. Ouch. But worth it…I sweat a lot. I’ll stop there. TMI already.

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — February 28, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    Crap, I don’t even know what a waterline is…I feel majorly ignorant about all this makeup stuff, but love reading these posts regardless! Keep em coming…

    Totally want that coral lipstick now btw.

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    raeann — February 28, 2013 @ 1:28 am

    I’m so with you on birchbox. I rarely got anything good – a few nail polishes, but everything else was bore snore. I Just did month to month, tho, so cancelled. Off to check out glossbox.

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    Vicki — February 28, 2013 @ 4:13 am

    Loved this post! Haven’t seen some of these brands over in the UK though, may have to hunt them out online.

    Would you consider taking pictures of you wearing some of the make up in future posts? Would love to see that pink eyeliner in action particularly.

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    cindy — February 28, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    I am obsessed with my tarte amazonian clay blush! I got natural beauty and it is way red and rosy, but perfect once it’s blended well. I also just started using the Color Tattoo in Bold Gold…I wear it over my MAC paint pot in Painterly on my lids–it acts like a primer. I am also head over heels for Urban Decay’s Razor Sharp finishing powder…I’m in love!
    I’m going to keep an eye on those Laura Mercier liners…I’m a total brush girl, I’m out of practice using pencil liners! Though I did get an Eyeko liquid liner marker in a birchbox that is pretty amazing…I let Birchbox expire though! and signed up for Julep Maven b/c I want to feed my polish hoard (fyi, their intro box has a cuticle oil that’s a roller! I love it! and their polish formula is pretty nice).

    PS, I totally tried Voluminous Carbon Black upon your rec…and I am sold! I don’t like to wear Dior Show everyday (I use too much!) and I’m thinking this will let me stretch it. Thanks lady! I’m crazy-nuts for these posts!

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    Stefanie — February 28, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    I was cleaning out my beauty “closet” (yes, when you live alone you can devote a whole linen closet to beauty products) and found this sample of Bumble & Bumble shampoo and conditioner. I gave it a try last night and I’m in love! Unfortunately, though, I don’t think I’ll be buying a real bottle of it as it’s like $29 for 8.5 oz. :-( I just need to find more samples of it! My hair smells so good and it felt so light this morning (I washed it last night).

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    Joelle — February 28, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    Love it!!
    The Tease shadow is almost gone from my Naked Palette…sooo good!!!
    I recently bought Tarte’s BB 12 hour primer which seems to be somewhat different than the moisturizer..I like it a lot! I think I like Boscia’s BB cream better though, but I love the Tarte brand.
    I recently got the “Not your mother’s” brand Dry shampoo which was like $6 at CVS and LOVE!! I’ve gone through so many dry shampoos because I don’t like to shampoo every day and this one leaves my hair volumized and doesn’t produce flakes or have a really gritty texure.
    Have you tried Aquage Uplifting Foam?? It’s amazing!! So worth the price, and really gives my thick hair volume!!! It’s definitely my #1 hair product.

    Can’t wait to see what’s happening next month!

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    stacy t — February 28, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    you must must must try Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara. It’s like a gel mascara. Smudge proof and when you take it off, it comes off in one clump type of thinger (yes thinger). My girl at Laura Mercier counter told me years ago to try it and I give it out as gifts to my friends. It’s the best mascara on the planet. loved this post by the way – i’m such a make up whore.

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    Gaby — February 28, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I love all of your beauty stuff! But what does your daily routine look like? If you’re just going to the gym, running errands, and working, what do you do to get ready in the morning?

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    • Jessica — February 28th, 2013 @ 10:53 am

      eh, that’s sort of a toughy because really 4-5 days my daily routine is working out, then spending the entire day (i mean like 12-15 hours) in the kitchen. in that case i just shower and use moisturizer on my face and no makeup. if there is another day where i just run an errand (which is rare), i might just use one of those BB creams and some mascara. but i love makeup so much that i really jump at every chance to wear as much as i can… haha.

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    Gwen — February 28, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Ohhh I love these posts! 1) I was JUST thinking I needed a make-up remover wipe/towelette and I have sensitive skin. DEF going to pick up those Olay wipes at Target. 2) I have hourglass child and I’m IN LOVE with it. Going to check out other colors now (it came in a Sephora collection). <3

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    Miche — February 28, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Just spotted your Kate Spade makeup bag on sale at katespade.com. SOO tempted….

    My favorites:

    Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage – Amazing, highly pigmented concealer. It hides EVERYTHING.

    Nars eye shadows: They don’t crease. Ever. And the colors are gorgeous.

    Philosophy lip glosses: I like that they’re sticky because they stay on my lips a long time. They’re high-shine, and they smell/taste incredible.

    Earth Science papaya glycolic gentle skin peel: This does an amazing job exfoliating, and I like that it doesn’t require harsh scrubbing. I get it at Whole Foods.

    Earth Science Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioner: This stuff is fantastic for dry, coarse hair like mine. Another WF find.

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    Kathleen — February 28, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    My absolute favorite beauty product Prime Time Eyelid Primer by bareMinerals. It’s one thing that I never let run out. Love

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    meghan hochgesang — February 28, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    have you tried boscia’s bb cream? it was one of the first on the market and the only one i really love. it evens everything out and almost has a whipped consistency. i LOVE it.

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    Ashley — February 28, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    I think this post just gave me a panic attack! haha — I need to send you a photo of my makeup “bag,” if you can even call it that. I use that Aveeno lotion about 6 times a day. My hands are horrendous this time of year! Good to know about the Olay wipes. I like using wipes when traveling and especially when we go camping. I tried a few of the “yes to cucumber” products and they all burned my face! Good to know about the Burts blemish stuff.

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    Holli — February 28, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    You are FABULOUS! I love all your reviews/recommendations. Last month I bought your perfume and I’m in love! LOVE!! I wear it everyday… it makes me happy.

    Pleeeeeezzzzz keep doing these :)

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    Sharesa — February 28, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Can I come to your house and cook with you and play with your makeup??

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    Dana — February 28, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Love this post–bought Mac Fix+ based on your January review and LOVE it. Three other new make up items I’m loving this month:
    1. Aveeno tinted moisturizer in light-fair. I was using BB (tried several kinds), but didn’t like how thick and drying they all were. Aveeno came out with these new moisturizers and I’m obsessed. Super creamy, a little shimmery, great coverage AND SPF 30!
    2. Cover Girl Clump Crusher mascara in black. Have been using Lash Blast for YEARS, but a friend mentioned how good Clump Crusher was, and I’m totally a convert now. Seriously. Goes on so cleanly. It’s pretty awesome.
    3. Maybelline Color Whisper lip stuff. Heard too many good things about these, finally tried them, love. I have the Mocha Muse, which is a really nice soft peachy nude color. They don’t last long on the lips, but feel great, and the color is awesome.

    I agree with several other commenters that you should show yourself wearing these products! Would love to see the coral/aqua combo, and the highlighting pencil, and Fekkai summer hair, and, and, and…!

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    Lori — February 28, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    You are killing me…I’ve written down pretty much everything you mentioned and I’m going to blow my entire paycheck on this stuff. Who needs to eat?

    I am loving philosophy’s the great mystery one minute facial. This stuff pulls everything (and I mean everything) out of your pores. It is awesome!

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    Celestine — February 28, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Love the Naked 2 Pallette…its’ my go to for work, weekends, nights out. I haven’t opened any of my once beloved Lancome pallettes since receiving it months ago.

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    Michelle — February 28, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    LOVE this! I do have to tell you, I’m a freak about my hands and lotion, so let me share with you something that is ah-may-zing and much easier on the wallet than the Laura Mercier lotion – C Booth Honey & Almond Hand Cream. Get it. Now. They sell it at Ulta and it’s like 5 bucks. It’ll last and is the best. Say goodbye to dry cuticles (which I pick to shreds if I see). I’ll never, ever, ever use anything else. Try it :)

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    Ashley — February 28, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    I’m addicted to Tarte’s amazonian clay foundation (which they now call “amazonian clay BB tinted moisturizer broad spectrum with spf”…though it is not the same as their 12-hour BB cream plus primer). It does give a dewy glow, like you say, but it also does a fantastic job of preventing me from being an oily mess. It’s only a medium coverage, so any major spots have to be covered with concealer.
    I love, love, love using Tarte’s Smooth Operator amazonian clay finishing powder – you only use a little bit and it gives you major oil absorbance (not matte all day, but on its own, it’ll keep you to a naturally low oil look).
    And Tarte’s blushes – amazing! You’d like their Gifts from the Lipstick/Achiote kit – it’s got a beautiful full size matte blush and two lip products in a gorgeous pink-peach.

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    Sammi — February 28, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    That conditioner is amazing. I used to have parties and condition peoples hair with it all night.. it worked on literally every single hair type.. amazing shit.

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    Molly @Bakelette — February 28, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Ummm I think we are long lost makeup junkie sisters! Oh and that part about being lazy and not photographing that lipgloss, yeah that is me in a nutshell! Granted I don’t wear many bright make up items, but I def want to check some of these out!

    And as for waiting a month how about every two weeks, as fellow makeup lover I would really really love that!

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    Kelly M — February 28, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    I, too, am loving all things coral right now (ALL THE THINGS) and am falling in love all over again with my Zoya Blogger Collection nail polish (http://www.birchbox.com/shop/zoya-blogger-collection – I love me my Birchbox, so many goodies!), especially the Coraline color. Coral is my new neutral for this year. It goes with everything. EVERYTHING. Anything that does not look good with coral does not exist in my world in 2013.

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    Amanda — February 28, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    I just love, love, LOVE your beauty posts! How do you apply BB cream? With sponge, brush, or hands? I really liked the “Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm” in the February Birchbox, which I was so close to buying…but maybe I’ll try the MAC BB instead! Thanks! :) Keep these posts coming!

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    rachel — February 28, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    um. this post is FUN!!!!!!!

    and girl? you have a LOT of products! i want to come over and play in your makeup bag, ok? bliss!!!

    i love love love the batiste dry shampoo too and i made the dumb mistake of getting the “blonde” one last time, so i feel your pain over the brown one. whenever i use it, it makes my hair Big Bird yellow. it is a fright.

    and i am wearing tease from my naked2 palatte today! it’s my favorite.

    and really? you love the maybelline concealer better than your touche eclat? i am just running out of my touche eclat and was really having a tough time dropping another mortgage payemnt on a new tube…i’m going to try your pick. i’m just going to try it….i trust you!

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    Shelly — February 28, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    Living in Northeastern PA, I think you can understand my love for all things beach related!

    I absolutely love DermOrganix hair line. Its like WEN but only costs a rent payment instead of a mortgage. But since I have been using my next product, I have just been using Suave Coconut lately.

    That being said, have you tried the Not Your Mothers line of hair products? I am in love with NYM’s Beach Babe texturizing spray and NYM’s Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Creme (new this year). Smells just like the beach!

    Speaking of the beach, I also love Coconut Organix Leave-In Nourishing Milk and Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist. All i need is a little umbrella in my Sobe Pacific Coconut Coconut Water!

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    Carrie C — February 28, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    Hey-love these posts!! I have had my eye on the fekkai summer hair for awhile. I have been reading allot of reviews though that say they changed the formula and now the smell is weird, more chemical than mai tai on the beach, Have you noticed that?

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    Mia — February 28, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    Love it! Thanks for the BirchBox info. I don’t know if you are a HauteLook member, but they have a ton of BH cosmetics eye shadows on sale, ending tomorrow morning. I’ve heard some of them require a primer for good staying power, but that people really like the textures and colors.

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    Tiffany — February 28, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    I am lazy, three kids full time job, I collapse in bed. These Olay wipes are made for me. Yes sometimes I go to bed with gunk on my face. Thank you for posting your favs because I never knew they exsisted!! My pores thank you.

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    Brittney — March 1, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    I use the Hourglass primer and I’m soft of undecided on it. usually I really like it and feel like it primes my face very well. But the last bottle I bought felt kind of watery. It still worked, but the consistency just felt off. I am super picky about primers, and I’d give this one a solid B.

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    Megan — March 1, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    The only BB cream I have found that works well for me is the one by Too Faced. I hate applying make up so I use that, some Benefit Boing concealer and They’re Real mascara and I’m done.

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    Colleen — March 1, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    I’m new to BB creams also, and have never liked tinted moisturizers (they just have never worked for me)–the first BB cream I ever purchased was from Clinique about a month ago, and I absolutely love it. It’s called “Age Defense BB Cream” and it basically takes the place of foundation for me. I am very fair, so I purchased the lightest shade (01). I use it every day, and to me, it’s the best thing ever!

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    Ashley — March 1, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    The hourglass mineral veil primer is amazing. I have oily skin and it really keeps my makeup looking fresh and not oily for longer than anything I have tried. It also smooths out your skin for even coverage AND you can use as an eyelid primer. Double bonus! Try it!

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    Alyse — March 2, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    I have recently discovered Lauren Brooke cosmetics. I love her lip glaze. Favorite colors are Pomegranate and Guava. I also like her cheek colours; almost all of them. I am wearing Strawberry Parfait right now. It is a very light pink and gives your cheeks a healthy, youthful glow. I purchased samples online from naturaljoybeauty.com. I also really like Bare Minerals nude beach eye shadow. It goes with so many other colors. I’ve read that women my age shouldn’t use shimmery eye shadow, but where is the fun in that? I have been thinking about using a tinted moisturizer but instead I just mix my liquid foundation with my liquid moisturizer and voila! both applied with one easy step.

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    sweetmaddy — March 3, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    I also haven’t had much success with BB creams…maybe I’ll check out the MAC one.

    Do you use eye cream and if so which one?

    Love the beauty posts!

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — March 5, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    My most recent cheap mascara purchase is: Revlon Grow – Luscious Plumping… I usually use Clinique and love it (I take my mom’s free samples from her…along with her gift makeup bags :D), but the Revlon mascara is definitely doing the trick! It’s kind of dramatic, which I love.

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    Maya — March 6, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    I’m in awe that you know this much about makeup! I need serious lessons. I only own eyeliner and mascara because I don’t even know what to do with anything else. And I don’t own a hairdryer. Want to give me some lessons on hair and makeup??

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    jennifer — March 8, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    per your instruction, i went out and purchased the maybelline color tattoo shadow in inked in pink. LOVE IT. it stays put all day.
    thanks,

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    Wendy — March 8, 2013 @ 12:30 am

    Great products and love the detail on how to use them! I also love Rejuvenage’s cleanser (so great for washing your face AND I used it as a shaving cream for my legs because it’s so luxuriously moisturizing). I think their website is http://www.rejuvenageskin.com.

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    Eva M Patton — March 11, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    I am using the Mac BB cream along with the L’Oreal Magic Lumeni primer like you had mentioned, and I love it! I’m also mixing in a little of the L’Oreal anti-redness primer and the effect is amazing! Thank you for the recommendation!

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    kat — March 12, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    um naked 2…can’t live without. seriously.

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    circulatory — April 9, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

    Nice blog here! Also your web site loads up fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

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    Nery Laquay — May 5, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

    Eye shadow adds depth and dimension to one’s eyes, complements the eye color, or simply draws attention to the eyes. Eye shadow comes in many different colors and textures. It is usually made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, or mousse form.-.

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    sara — May 12, 2013 @ 2:20 am

    hello! I’m finally just now reading this blog posting..bah. I save them until I have “time” – which never happens..until tonight (when I’m supposed to be writing a paper — oops!)

    For what its worth..I feel the same about the Birchbox. I’m a HUGE fan of getting samples but so far..not a fan..probably not going to renew either though I did “discover” my new signature scent though it.. but I’m not sure it’s worth renewing for the “what-if” factor…ehh.

    Yay for your blog – I love reading your posts and when I need to spend a little more time..I save them. =)

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