February Favorites: Beauty.

Hello favorites time!

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I’m still using and loving EVERYTHING I mentioned last month. That freaking Burt’s Bees cream cleanser?! So good. The Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme? Love. Bite Beauty Pastille? Stunning and I have it on right now.

Currently trying out the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and I’m just not sure how I feel about it. I love my cleansing oils so much and using the cleansing water takes FOREVER because I need about 54 cotton pads to remove my mascara and can’t just massage it into my skin and wash off like I can with the cleanser.

I did try a few things this month that I just don’t love. I got suckered in by packaging and bought the YSL neutralizer in violet (isn’t it gorgeous?!) mainly because the Touche Eclat was a huge beauty staple of mine for years. I like the formula but that shade just did nothing for me. It didn’t brighten. It almost WHITENED! my skin and I’m already so pale. Also, I just don’t understand why all of these companies are coming out again with nuetralizing shades of green and yellow and coral and stuff – for me, personally, the more I put on my skin, the cakier it looks. I can’t even put on a coral corrector shade and THEN use a concealer. It just looks like I have on pounds of makeup! Maybe it translates well on screen, but def not in real life.

I also tried this Herbivore Coconut Rose lip balm and I seriously could put coconut oil in a jar with some rose oil and make it myself. It was so underwhelming. Whomp whomp.

But anyhoo. Here are some things that I’m nutso over right now.

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Caudalie Moisturizing Toner. Favorite forever. Best toner and removes every last bit of dirt from my face. Love to use with exfoliating cotton pads!

Formula X Erase Cuticle Cream. I’ve talked about this stuff a bunch of times before (totally thought it was being discontnued and bought like four tubes, but it’s not) and LOVE it. I have never tried a cuticle cream like this – it works almost instantly. Consistent use cures your cuticles of any dryness. I use Solar Oil during the day multiple times and then use this once or twice a day. Always at night!

Pinrose Petal Packs. I’ve wanted to talk about these FOREVER!! And I kept forgetting. I mentioned them in my gift guides last December, but not in my favorites. I bought a petal pack when I was Christmas shopping back in the winter. You know my severe obsession with rollerballs and trying new perfume constantly? Well half of that is that I really love having something in my purse to put on, because I end up leaving the house without perfume often so it doesn’t irritate Max. These are like little perfume “wipes” – and a variety pack! I chose the Charmer pack because I’m such an amber/musk/vanilla scent person. I don’t like florals. I found mine at Nordstrom but it looks like you can buy online too. These are my favorite things for gifts. Plus… they are adorable.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. I have held back from buying anything from Charlotte Tilbury because nothing seemed to appeal to me. Last fall my friend Natalie bought a few things and RAVED about them, but I still didn’t bite the bullet. Then on New Year’s Day, she came over and immediately my mom and I both were like WHAT IS ON YOUR FACE?! She looked so glowy and dewy and gorgeous. Everything she was wearing was by Charlotte T and she couldn’t say enough about the magic cream. I place it in my Nordstrom online cart for a few weeks then used a gift card. I was afraid it would smell too rose-like for me (it doesn’t) and that it wouldn’t be moisturizing enough. I have been using it every morning before makeup and am obsessed. It makes any sort of makeup completely glide on to my skin. It’s probably not enough moisture on it’s own (for me), but I do a big time moisture routine at night and just use the toner above in the mornings, so my skin is pretty good. I’ve read reviews both ways on this, but so far absolutely love it. Downside is the price and that there is no SPF – but the tinted moisturizer I use has SPF.

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Farmacy Deep Moisture Coconut Gel Masks. This is by far the best sheet mask I have used, ever. The sheet fit my face just right, it actually stayed on my face and didn’t slide off, serum didn’t run down my neck and the serum sank into my skin so nicely. These come in a three pack and I got the moisturizing one. The thing with sheet masks is that I often want to be able to DO things while using them. I don’t have time to just lie around and let it sit on my face. (I mean, I guess I do, but I choose to spend my time otherwise.) I also thought the price point on these was nice and not completely horrific, like some of the $65 one time use masks at sephora. I found this in the aisle of doom while waiting to check out.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Phone Call. Still been wearing it a TON. Love love love. Super moisturizing and the prettiest color. Should I get Firebird?? I’m debating.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. This is huge because I have been a slave to MAC prolongwear concealer and Maybelline instant age rewind for years – like almost since I’ve started my blog. I’ve never been tempted by these concealers but then my friend Kristen told me how great they were. I bought the second to lightest shade and it was just a bit too dark. So I bought the lightest and it was barrrrely, maybe too light? I’ve been mixing them and they are perfect. I can’t get over how much I love these. They are pretty much what I have wished the MAC concealer was because they are no where near as dry as prolongwear. And they cover great. (And yes, I have tried Nars Creamy Concealer and found it to be… meh.)

Tartiest Lip Paint in So Fetch. So! Remember how I was talking about my favorite Maybelline lipstick in Shocking Coral?! Um, this is like the exact same shade in liquid lipstick. I LOVE IT. I really like this formula and don’t find it as drying as some liquid lipsticks. But the color is also perfect. And it lasts forever. Last weekend my mom could not believe how long this was lasting. She was running around Nordstrom asking everyone at the makeup counters how she could find something that lasted so long. Ha.

Tartiest Lip Crayon in Amaze. The perfect coral liner. Seriously, the best I’ve found in a long time. Feels really good on.

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So tell me! What are you loving this month? What Spring things can you not WAIT to get your hands on?

{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!}