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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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125 Responses to “February Favorites: Beauty.”

  1. #
    Kelly — February 27, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    You should do a vlog on your “everyday makeup routine” ;-)


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    Kate @ Two Take on Style — February 27, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    I am at once completely jealous of and overwhelmed by your knowledge of makeup stuff. I wouldn’t even know when to use all this stuff – but you also make me want it all!

    And I second Kelly – I would love to see your everyday makeup routine.


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    Jessica — February 27, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    I was going to wait until spring to start collecting the “vivids” lipsticks yet somehow I already have three… one of which is shocking coral. LOVE.
    PS let’s have another makeup party soon <3


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    Rachel — February 27, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    Loved this post – I’m a lifestyle blogger who seems to spend most of her time focusing on food, so I do love it when my favourite food bloggers stray into lifestyle territory!


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    Molly @ Duchess of Fork — February 27, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    I love the BB Creme from MAC. Wear it every day.


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    Angela — February 27, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Omg I wish I had everything that you love! You should def do a “how to” vlog and show us your daily makeup routine!


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    Amanda — February 27, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    I love the Olay wipes! When I was in show choir (wayyy too long ago), I used those after competitions and shows, and it got every last bit of makeup off my face without my face feeling raw after. And, let me tell you, that was a whole lotta makeup.

    Also love the Burt’s Bees blemish stick. I got a few sample packs of it a couple of years ago and used it every time I had a breakout. I loved how it didn’t smell gross (like most salicylic acid-based things do) and was really sad when I ran out.


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    Jill — February 27, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    Instead of Birchbox try Ipsy…I am on my third month and I have loved everything I have gotten so far!


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    Beth — February 27, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Eos lip balms. They come in like 7 flavors and you can get them at Target w/the other chapsticks. They’re so much better than chapstick though, because they’re fun shaped! AAAAAND they go on super smooth. You have to check them out.


    • Jessica — February 27th, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

      no idea why, but i am sooo not a fan of them! i have tried them for years and just don’t find them moisturizing at all. i do, however, love the eos balm that comes in a stick.


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    Scully — February 27, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    Are you still loving the Loreal Voluminous mascara? I’ve been switching off between Diorshow, Bobbi Brown and Lancome and I’m, once again, ready for a change. Last month you were loving on the Loreal and I’m curious if it’s still a winner.


    • Jessica — February 27th, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

      i am! it’s definitely the one i’ve been grabbing everyday. other than that, i use my YSL colored mascaras a lot. i did buy loreal telescopic (because i always want length more than volume) but don’t really like it.


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    Julie — February 27, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    How is the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails polish when it comes to chipping? I’ve been having so much nail polish chipping lately!


    • Jessica — February 27th, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

      ehhh I think it’s okay… with seche vite over top it’s pretty good!


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    Jenn from Much to My Delight — February 27, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Dang, girl. You gots a lot of makeup! In next month’s post, I’d love if you showed your entire collection of products. I want a peek inside the vault!


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    Amanda — February 27, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    These posts are so fun! I had a glossybox subscription and cancelled it. The first month was great, all of sorts of things I liked… after that it just wasn’t as good so I canceled it to save money…..and space. Right now I’m loving eos lip balm, Estée Lauder idealist eye illuminator, simple sensitive face wipes and Josie maran argan oil for EVERYTHING. I go on and off of makeup kicks. I really love that pink eye shadow!


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    Alissa — February 27, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    I am saying YES to an everyday routine video! I will be running out for the lipgloss ASAP! Thank you for much for this post, I look forward to this so much!!


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    Julie / Bound — February 27, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    I think this might need to be a twice-per-month feature. Makeup is too much fun to be relegated to one day!


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    Erica — February 27, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Benefit Hoola Bronzer- I have been a loyal MAC Bronzer for years, but after using Hoola for the last few weeks, I’m obsessed!
    Benefit-Rosie Tint- I was petrified of a liquid blush, but OMG, it leaves a natural soft color to your cheeks and I am in love.
    Benefit Stay Don’t Stray- I love my MAC primer, but found that I needed something else for my concealer and lids, this stuff is magic.
    MAC Mineralize Foundation- full coverage, but leves my skin feeling moisturizer and light
    MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj lipgloss- holy hot pink, but perfect for spring/summer or those of us that don’t mind looking like drag queens on the daily.


    • Jessica — February 27th, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

      the viva glam nicki is one of my face lipsticks and lipglasses! the original one, not the new lavender.


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    Ursula — February 27, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    I want to see you wearing these! (Maybe not all at once). I’m pale too, and I’d like to see what some of these prods look like ‘on’


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    Bonnie — February 27, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    Faves this month: Mary Kay Lash Love mascara, The Balm Marylou Manizer highlighter, UD e/s in Virgin, Hustle, and Sidecar, Buxom lipgloss in Creamsicle.

    Loving your beauty posts! The more, the better :)


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    Rachael — February 27, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Definitely do Ipsy’s Glam Bag. Much better than Birchbox. My fave right now is Benefits Benetint. Oh my, such a pretty natural lip and cheek stain. I love Sephora’s new Microsmooth Powder, Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss, Benefits’s Erase Paste, Loreal’s BB Cream and I lovvvve Urban Decay’s new formula of Big Fatty Mascara. Oh and Pura D’or Argan Oil is a forever staple in my life now. My face has never looked better with using that and the Clarisonic!!


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    Ellie — February 27, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    I just signed up for BeautyArmy yesterday. It’s like Birchbox except you get to pick your samples each month. I think I’m going to love it, but I’ll know for sure in 10 business days. Love your beauty posts!


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    Jackie @ The Beeroness — February 27, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    I have that Naked 2 palette! I’m obsessed with it, I need to stop wearing Chopper with Busted. But Pistol and Verve have been a favorite as well.


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    Mary — February 27, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    Speaking of cuticle oils, the Butter cuticle oil is to DIE FOR. The displays by the register in Sephora get me every time.


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    Adrienne — February 27, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    My life was converted after finding out about Batiste! I can go a few days without a shampoo, which is great for my color and after the gym greasiness! LOVE it. (The Tresseme version doesn’t work half as well!)

    You are ions past me in finding out cool stuff..I am still marveling over NARS lipstick, Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment, and BB cream!


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    Melissa — February 27, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    I’m also loving the Kenra Blow Dry spray. And the Bumble + Bumble Surf Spray, although I hate the smell so the FF one is next up on my list. I use the PSSSSST Dry Shampoo and it pretty much saves my life every morning. I’m so lazy when it comes to my hair bc it is thick and takes 60+ minutes from start to finish to actually dry + style it. I’d rather be in BED!

    Beauty-wise I’m loving L’Oreal’s Lacquer Liners (prob similar to those LM ones) because they are the only ones that stay on my bottom lash line All.Day.Long. Magical I tell you. I drank the Kool-Aid on Tarte’s Maracuja Oil and I’m surprised – it actually works! My skin is super clear and smooth. Thankfully that bottle will last FOREVER (2-3 drops at a time) because that stuff isn’t cheap! L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream is the only “BB Cream” I’ve liked so far. Huge fan of CO Bigelow’s Lemon Lip Balm and also their Rose Salve, but I’m intrigued by that Korres Mango Lip Butter. I WANT.

    Okay I think that’s it. Now I need to stop at Ulta on my way home to buy some of the things you recommended because I have a coupon and I’m a sucker. Womp womp.


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    Caitlin — February 27, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    Fresh sugar rose tinted lip treatment is amaze. And started using bare minerals foundation…still up in the air. Thanks for the beauty posts :)


    • Rachel H. — February 27th, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

      I am iffy on bare minerals. I WANT to love them so much for being so natural, but I find they make me look a bit chalky.


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    Sarah — February 27, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    1. You are hilarious. This post was all kinds of awesome-sauce. I agree that you should do a vlog of your routine.

    2. I bought the Naked palette 1 in hopes that I would learn how to use eye-shadow this year – 32, it is TIME. Now I wish I would have bought palette 2. Ahhhhhh, make-up buyer’s regret!

    3. I think you mentioned this a while back, but I am always on the search for the best eye cream. Right now, I LOVE the shiseido eye benefiance.

    4. Currently, living in Japan, so as a pale-red head, it is hard to find my colors over here. My mom just sent me the Clinique BB cream, which also seems to be a thicker consistency. You might like?

    5. I also have been working a lot and have DARK CIRCLES under my eyes. I bought this Mac white powder and use it as a highlighter under my eyes and just to brighten up.

    Currently, I am on THE HUNT for the best eyeliner in Japan. I figure this is the place that would have it.


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    Rachel H. — February 27, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    I love these posts! You are a terrible influence on me and I love it. I bought that Mac setting spray for the face you recommended and I adore it. I don’t care if it means I’m a total sucker.

    I also got the thick cetaphil lotion for my face as it’s been SUPER dry and flaky all of a sudden. Still not getting the job done but better than before.

    I am in love with the Dr. Jart BB that I got in my birchbox. It feels like nothing and makes my skin look soooo much better. I hate wearing foundation too but this seems okay. As to whether it does my skin any good, I’m not holding my breath. The funny thing is, in the sample in my Birchbox it was much thicker, but then the full size is much runnier. I was annoyed at first but now I think I prefer it. So if you didn’t love the sample, try it at Sephora or something from the big bottle.

    I am also now and forever in love with Nailtiques. I have paper thin nails and the formula 2 has beefed them up like no other wannabe nail strengthener out there. And it just looks pretty and clear.

    If I’m honest though, I still miss tinkerbell peel off nail polish. That completely ruined manicures for me for life because it was so satisfying to peel off.


    • Jessica — February 27th, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

      i tried the dr. jart and do like it… it would probably come 3rd on my list after these above 2. i do feel like it’s a bit dark for my skin though… which is insanely pale.


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    Wendy — February 27, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    Tarte BB tinted moisturizer is amazing! Their Amazonian clay concealer stick is also incredible- it goes on so easy and it’s so blendable (I only use it to cover problem spots). I don’t know how you feel about lip stains, but I’m currently obsessed with theBalm Staniac in beauty queen. It seriously stays on for hours, and is awesome for parties or events where you might drink an adult beverage or two and don’t want to be constantly reapplying. K, last one! ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville- game changer.


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    Sarah — February 27, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    Have you Tried Origins VitaZing tinted SPF moisturizer? You might love it!! I’ve been using it for about 6 months, it makes my skin so soft, wakes my skin cells up, and leaves a nice tint so there is no need for makeup!


    • Jessica — February 27th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

      i have! i have it and while i like it, it’s not my favorite. i find that it is a bit too sheer and also leaves me slightly orange? i’m just so pale though.


      • Sarah — February 27th, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

        Gotcha! Love all your posts :) Keep doin what your doin!!

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    J Lynn — February 27, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    Love these posts!
    Lately I’ve been loving my very generous sample of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector. I have been using it on my cheekbones, temples, and sometimes right on the cupids bow of my top lip. It just gives a nice glow without being overly too much!


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    Mellissa — February 27, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    I am so over Birchbox, I am now loving Ipsy. Much better products! A few other favorites: mini nail polish. I get bored with a color and never need the whole thing. The Bobbi Brown eye liner brush. Bare Minerals Warmth, only bronzer I ever use. Everything else looks orange and sparkly.


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    Lindsay — February 27, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    I am LOVING these posts! I have been using the Naked 2 for so long now and I don’t know what i would do without it!

    My newest favorite products are: Tarte’s lipsurgence skintuitive lip tint, Benefit’s They’re Real masacara, and theBalm “put a lid on it” eyelid primer.


  33. #
    Jordan — February 27, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    Three words… Pravanna Dry Shampoo! It is the best I have found. No flakes and smells really fresh, even after a super sweaty gym session.


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    Susan — February 27, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

    I have tried a bunch of BB creams….love Sephora packing up sample sand letting you try them out first. Haven’t tried MAC but so far fav is smashbox BB. Have you tried?


  35. #
    Lisa — February 27, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    I’m a fan of Bobbi Brown foundation. Better coverage than a tinted moisturiser and lighter than, say, Nars foundation.
    Do you get Illamasqua products in the US? They have a new collection called Imperfection I’m loving (before you freak at the gloss, apparently you can mix it? And make red lipstick redder?). I’ve picked up 2 of the speckled nail polishes and love love love them. Also have a lipstick in Underworld, which is a fabulous iridescent purple colour. And that sounds awful, but it isn’t. (Although be warned- I looked at it on my iPad and loved it, looked at it on the laptop and thought it was hideous!)
    I’m also loving Essie’s Sew Psyched and Rimmel’s Shirley Temple, which is *cough cough cough* orangeglitteromg. Uhhhh… And I counted the other day and I have over 50 different nail polishes. And close to 40 eyeshadows ( mostly Mixology). Soooo… I will be the last one to criticise you on the need for colour. And choice. :D


  36. #
    Lauren — February 27, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out if it was acceptable or not to use colored eye liner. I have several. In fact, sometimes, I go to the store, pick them up and just walk around with them feeling awkward-but I really love them. I’m so glad you mentioned that you like them because I figure I’m in good company now!
    Really loving your beauty posts!


  37. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 27, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    I love these posts! I am so horrible with makeup, haircare and the like, so these recommendations are an awesome starting point when I’m looking for something new!


  38. #
    Jayme — February 27, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    I could not agree more on the Laura Mercier body line – oh my gosh, I got the Pistachio kit (hand cream, perfume, body cream and shower gel) and I am 100% obsessed! The scent is just so different and smells oh so good. Ironically enough, my brother introduced me to this shot for my birthday and it literally tastes like the smell of the perfume! Amazeballs! Now, another new product (I’m a Bzz Agent) is by Neutrogena. It’s a cream shadow in a stick form that is creaseless. It has some serious staying power and my fingers stay clean while applying It is honestly the best cream shadow I’ve EVER used and I am a product junkie! Ok, lastly, have you tried any LUSH products? The bath bombs alone are incredible and the solid shampoo bars smell divine! I have Godiva! Go to their site or a store if you have one in the ‘Burgh!


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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — February 27, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get a bb cream because I don’t really wear foundation but need some coverage. Not sure it’s worth it or not.

    Aaaaand I love the Naked pallete. I have the 1, but I really want the 2. I love neutral shades, so it’s right up my alley.


  40. #
    Jade Sheldon — February 27, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    I’ve been pondering making the switch from Birchbox to Glossybox, but I think I would feel a bit guilty about the expense. I mean, the main reason Birchbox seamed great was because it cost barely anything. I don’t know… we will see what happens.

    I’m currently in love with MAC’s Vegas Volt. It’s just too good.


  41. #
    Emily — February 27, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    Hourglass products are amazing. Pricey, but great. I purchased their tinted moisturizer and loved it, but it was a little dark for me (I’m vampire pale). Luckily it matches my mom’s complexion perfectly. Their primer is great, but Guerlain’s Meterorite primer is better (although it is like $70) it just makes your skin glow and you don’t need much on top of it. I have to try to try to try the Lumi concealer. I’m always on the hunt for a good concealer. I go through my YSL way to quickly. I just bought the Maybelline Age rewind brightener yesterday and so far I am in love, no creasing in my under eye lines and no dark circles!


  42. #
    Sarah Jacobsen — February 27, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    Jess! I’ve stalked you for like 2 years now and I’m finally commenting! While we’re on the subject of face washes, I love love love the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup-Removing Wipes. The scent is super calming and perfect for my nighttime makeup-removing routine. Love ya!


  43. #
    Debbie — February 27, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    I LOVE the Dior Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm. It has a hint of rose and its great. I purchased some for my friends and they all loved it too.


  44. #
    Stephanie — February 27, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    must.get.that.hair.conditioner.immediately. !!! i often also wonder how i even lived my life prior to discovering dry shampoo, i meannnnnnnn, just the best!


  45. #
    Bianca @ Track Pants and a Tot — February 27, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    Where has the time gone? I swear you just posted your January makeup roundup. Anyways, I’m drooling over that kate spade bag but I need to be good! I commend you for actually using your lip glosses. I keep saying I will & I forget & there’s this giant pile just laying around my house. So no more until I use what I have. I love Tarte’s makeup line. Especially the 12 hour amazonian clay foundation!


  46. #
    Lyndsee — February 27, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    “girl math”: DISLIKE


  47. #
    Raechel — February 27, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    Hello! This is random, but I was reading through quickly and instead of reading “consumption problems” I read “constipation problem” and about died laughing. I’m sorry, lol.

    But! I love anything makeup related and I love that you share your favorites. I would love it you could show us the products on yourself though so I would have a better feel for them. I’m super cheap and would rather not just run out to try them ha! I love your blog. Thanks for doing it everyday! (except weekends ofcouse ;) )


  48. #
    Erin — February 27, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    Totally loving these posts! After last month’s, I went straight to Target and bought Yes to Carrots shampoo and conditioner and am now obsessed! I’m also loving Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup. I hate liquid foundation and it is a wonderful alternative!


  49. #
    Bonnie — February 27, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    Also, would you mind sharing your favorite makeup brushes? So many choices out there! Thanks :)


    • Jessica — February 27th, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

      i’m really not a huge makeup brush person – i use the beauty blender to put on bb cream/foundation (it’s AMAZING) and as for brushes, i have some old mac ones. i get most at target and use elf or sonia kashuk. i’d rather spend the $$ on the makeup than the brushes! i will remember this though and talk about some next time. :)


      • Bonnie — February 28th, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

        Love the Beauty Blender, too! Thanks for keeping this in mind :)

  50. #
    AJ — February 27, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    Have you tried Estee Lauder’s bb cream? My skin is oily, so it’s the only one that doesn’t turn slick on me (I sometimes need to mix it with a little moisturizer). It makes my skin so even – I’m in love!


    • Jessica — February 27th, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

      i haven’t, but now i want to!



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