February Favorites: Beauty.

Hi Feb! Ruary. Whomp whomp.

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Real life: it’s like negative 54 degrees here and we are still hibernating. We’ve ventured out a few more times, I’ve had some work commitments out of the house and some events that required (or, well, warranted) more makeup that the nothing that I’ve been slathering on my face these last two months. I’m feeling more normal! Not totally back at it, but getting there.

I am still loving, like L O V I N G the philosophy fresh cream scent in everything. Everything! I’ve even been layering it a bit with my bond no. 9 in west side and OMG. Heavenly. Share, because I love knowing this – what is your signature scent???

The kenra blow dry spray has been great, even if I only have blown my hair dry a handful of times. It really DOES shorten blow dry time for me. And with how dry my hair has been in the cold? Macadamia deep repair masque. Every single time. Do you have a hair mask/crazy thick conditioner you love? Please tell.

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On to this month’s stuff!

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My skin has been CRAZY dry, like drier than usual in this freezing weather. Not to mention that sometimes I’ll run out of the house and… forget… to put on some sort of moisturizer let alone SPF. I’m really good about it at night and I’ll use some rose hip oil along with the first aid beauty cream that I love. This past month though I’ve gone back to the glam glow thirstymud hydrating mask – sometimes I’ll even just put it on my cheeks where I’m the driest and let it sit for a while. LOVE THIS STUFF. I know I’ve talked about it before but I definitely think it’s worth it.

Now let’s discuss something sad:

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This is what happens when you are trying to carrying 18 thousand beauty products down the stairs to photograph. WAH. It’s the MAC prolongwear concealer that I adore – and while I often only use this in summer because my under eyes can be dry in winter, I’ve been doing something different with it: mixing it with my moisturizer in the morning for a DIY BB cream thing. I first saw that idea on youtube maybe three or four years ago and it’s awesome. I’m currently mixing it with the andalou naturals daytime cream, but I’ve mixed it with others successfully too in the past few years. Sometimes I will ever mix it with my already tinted tarte moisturizer for more coverage.

I just need a new bottle now.

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I know I know I KNOW. I’ve mentioned this concealer like a million months in a row but it’s a MIRACLE WORKER! Especially for a new mom who is lucky to get two or three consecutive hours of sleep. However – this is the brightener shade, the one that is pink. I first used this one a few years ago but had since just been using the lightest shade of concealer. Well. Now I’m using this pink one and holy brightening! It’s wonderful. Some days it is all I will wear out of the house. Other days, I mix it with the lightest shade of the concealer.

So so good.

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And oldie but goodie: MAC satin taupe. For some reason, this product is always a no-fail for me. On the days I’ve done a bit more with my eyes, this gives them definition while still looking natural and not like OMG-I’m-a-new-mom-and-trying-way-too-hard. I also really love how it looks on my green eyes. It’s one eyeshadow that I’ve actually gone through completely and repurchased a few times, like urban decay’s sin.

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Ooooh something new. And exciting. I’ve eyed the dior healthy glow blush for awhile now and bit the bullet with a sephora giftcard after Christmas. I’m crazy over anything cool-toned pink (you know this by now) and was completely sold by the whole “healthy glow” and “look alive” claims. I am such a sucker for tarte blushes, with those and MAC being the only ones I’ve used for a few years – so I was skeptical about this. I also don’t think I have any other dior makeup aside from the rose lip gloss?

Anyhoo, long story long, this is FAB. Love it. I am very pale with pink undertones and I like how it works on my skintone. It says that it should work on all skin tones, but I’m not so sure. Have you tried this? Love it? Hate it? On a the regular, I will use this, the age rewind concealer, mascara and BROWS.

Yep yep. Done.

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Here’s another thing I always talk about but I am the biggest advocate for this very overpriced lip balm. I’ve tried the dupes and can’t find anything that heals my lips like the sugar advanced therapy. The real reason I’m mentioning it AGAIN though? Because, um… Eddie is now in love with it. Like he is using up all of mine. He grabbed it one night a month or so ago when he couldn’t find his Burt’s Bees and now he is hooked. It’s often a love or hate product but… I’m a lover.

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New try for me: burt’s bees lip shimmer! In strawberry, of course. Since I can’t stop kissing my baby’s chubby cheeks, I haven’t worn much lipstick. Like at all. This is easy to put on and easy to take off and falls right in to my perfect cool pink category…

I find it at Target. Of course. With everything else that I don’t need but definitely need.

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Polish obsessions right now? Anything nude or pastel (I know, I’m so behind the trends), like essie’s urban jungle. Since I am pale it takes a thorough search to find a pastel that looks okay with my skin. Love this.

Also, trying to bring in summer with the formula x in danger zone. Has there ever been a more ME color?! Unfortunately I think this shade may be discontinued. What is wrong with them?

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I think this is the third month in a row that I am loving on some soap and glory products. This smoothie breakfast scrub is ridiculous – it smells incredible and is so rich and luxurious for a scrub. It says that it smells like maple… but I don’t love maple and I love this scent. This is very close to my favorite tree hut sugar scrubs. It makes your shower… delicious?

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Okay okay, this is new to me and I am in severe lust. A few weeks ago I asked for bubble bath recommendations. I’ve never been a bath person – ever – but we have a wonderful jacuzzi tub and combined with my lack of sleep and complete exhaustion, a bubble bath in a jet tub has sounded wonderful. I bought this origins ginger float cream bubble bath and it.is.amazing. Smells wonderful, isn’t TOO bubbly, makes the water feel soft and moisturizing and lovely.

I am now a bath convert. For sure.

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And just because it’s the best for hair when you never (ahem) have time to shower: my favorite batiste! I will never stop loving it. As a refresher for how I use it with dark hair: I hold it far from my roots and spray a few times, then run my hands through my hair and scalp like crazy to distribute it. This way, it doesn’t leave a white cast. Yes, I have tried the dark hair version but it always leaves flakes on my face?

And it doesn’t smell near as good, which is the most important part of course.

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You know the drill! Tell me your faves. What new things have you bought? I need to live vicariously through you. Desperately.

{as usual, none of this is sponsored and all of these products were purchased by me. i am not affiliated with any of the companies above, nor do i accept free products. just love to talk about what i like, makeup junkie to makeup junkie. there are a few amazon affiliate links above. thank you for being here!}