Friday, 27 February 2015

February Favourites!

Hi, everyone! This has been one of the busier months on record (i.e., dissertation hell), but I still managed to get good use out of several makeup and skin care products in February. Many of my January Faves were still staples in my routine, but I didn't want to bore you by doubling things up. So I rounded up a fresh bunch of goodies that I have totally been digging in February!


Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse SPF 30 PA+++
This used to be a staple of mine, but I'd been using some other pretty great primers for the past couple of years. I received this in swap recently and instantly remembered why this is amazing stuff. Unique foam texture, high SPF, and imparts a lovely glow with subtle coverage.

By Terry Cover-Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation in 01 Fair Beige
After finishing up a tub of ColourStay Whipped Creme, I dug this out of my makeup reserves and am so glad I did! This provides amazing coverage and longwearing colour without looking too flat or powdery. Perhaps the most elegant matte-finish foundation I've tried!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder 02 Fair Matte
Even though we're still in the death grip of the winter cold, I've been more motivated lately to pretend it's Spring and add a touch of warmth to my complexion. This is my all-time favourite matte, natural bronzer. Plus, the packaging is so fun to look at! Check out my review, here

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia
These are some of the best tinted balms out there! Super hydrating, and decent colour payoff, with a nice fruity scent. Red Dahlia looks ultra dark in the bullet, but provides a gorgeous sheer berry wash on my lips.

BeneFit They're Real! Mascara
This freezing cold and blustery wind make my eyes water like crazy, so I've been opting for waterproof eye products on the regular. In addition to providing amazing volume, this old fave of mine is also totally budge-proof. No wintry raccoon eyes here!

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in Fig Jam
This is a totally underrated shade in the Lip Butter family. It's a lovely brown-tinged berry that can be worn sheer or layered for a fuller-on look. Either way, it makes my lips look lush and hydrated!


RMS Living Luminizer
We all know that I've been properly obsessed with organic skin care and makeup lately. Throughout February, I brought this amazing highlighter back into my rotation. It gives the complexion an amazing natural glow without any noticeable shimmer or glitter. Plus, it's loaded with coconut oil!

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows in ME512, ME612, ME624
I raved about these shadows here and am still loving the heck out of them. These three metallic-finish shades work perfectly to create a bold, yet perfectly neutral eye look. Ultra pigmented and they truly wear all day! 

Chanel Les Quatres Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eye Shadow in Tisse Fantaisie
This was part of my February Makeup of the Month and I'm so happy I picked it! This palette is surprisingly versatile and so perfect for the Spring that I'm hoping emerges so, so soon! The ivory and bronze shades are ideal for an everyday neutral look and the coral and green shades are lovely pops of colour. 

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
The best budget makeup remover on the market! There, I said it. This removes all of my long-wearing foundation and mascara with ease, has a rich, yet non-greasy texture, and has never broken me out. Zero complaints. Use it nightly. 

Aromacentric Citrus Cheer Not Just Body Lotion
I bought this at the Green + Good Pop-Up in the Spring and have been reaching for it often during the past month. It's uplifting citrus scent is the perfect antidote for the winter blahs. It hydrates amazingly well without a greasy after-feel. Can't wait to try more from this brand!


Living Libations Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever**
I had been super curious about this brand and they were generous enough to send me this bottle of goodness- their best-selling product! This elegant, potent oil really does it all. Cleanses, tones, and hydrates via a thoughtful blend of natural ingredients. My skin has really been liking it!

Odacite Black Cumin-Cajeput Serum Concentrate (for Pimples)
This oil smells like herbs and spices and has really been cutting down the lifespan of my breakouts! I apply it as a spot-treatment every other evening and this gets the job done without causing any dryness or redness. Very good stuff! 

Odacite Baobab-Sarsaparilla Serum Concentrate (for Eye Contour)
I received this as a free gift via Cult Beauty and it's the most unique eye product I've used. This plant-based oil smells wonderfully comforting and instantly plumps my emerging fine lines. I apply a small amount under my eye cream each night and wake looking refreshed.

Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm
This is the only lip balm that has been keeping my crazy chapped lips in check this winter. It smells of sweet honey, is deliciously rich, and hydrates like no other balm I've tried. A true gem!


So there you have it! The makeup and skin care that has been floating my boat in February. Hope I've tempted you with something that you'll love as well! 

What have you been loving this month??


**This product was sent to me for consideration and review. All expressed opinions are authentic and totally my own!

38 comments:

  1. I have been having the same problem with the mascara that I use! My eyes get so teary when it's super cold outside and I didn't notice that I had been using a non-waterproof mascara! Will keep your recommendation in mind (:

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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    1. They're Real! is definitely worth a try! xo

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  2. These products look amazing! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  3. I've just bought The Body Shop bronzer os looking forward to trying it more! Also I love they're real mascara! x

    www.lovevintageonline.blogspot.com

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    1. Both are solid picks! Hope you love the bronzer :)

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  4. Ugh, I need that rms living luminizer! It sounds heavenly! Great picks!

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    1. It's so worth a try, Maeve! :)

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  5. I loved the By Terry foundation but I couldn't find a good color match for me. :( I really want to try the Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse! It's been on my wish list since forever. I'm curious about the foam texture. :D

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    1. The mousse texture works surprisingly well! Definitely worth a try :)

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  6. I've always wanted to try Burt's Bees tinted lip balm!! =D
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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  7. You always used such great products, love this post. ^^
    Have a nice weekend...

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  8. First of all, I love the new layout! Good luck with your dissertation! It's not the most fun thing to work on, but you'll be so proud of yourself when you get there :)

    I really need to try something from Odacite ASAP. Got to work on using some skincare up so I can look into it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sunny! Odacite is so worth trying out :)

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  9. so may favourites!!! i was looking at the chanel quad in store and remember how awesome it looked on you. but resisted! *pats self on back*

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    1. Good job! Heehee... but it really is a fab quad :)

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  10. The Body Shop Camomile balm cleanser didn't work well with my skin. I started breaking out

    Nashia | makeupandbeautymayhem

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  11. Hello lovely! Love the new blog design!

    Am really interested in the By Terry foundation-have been wanting to try one of theirs for ages now!

    I picked up some MUFE shadows yesterday for the first time so can't wait to try them!

    I wasn't a big fan of the Shu Uemura primer, I couldn't get past the feeling I was putting hair mousse on my skin!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict

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    1. Thanks so much, Stacey! The By Terry foundation really is lovely :)

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  12. Lotsa favorites again! But all worthy ones :-) All those eyeshadows, oh my... <3

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  13. Was I with you when I ended up with a ton of that Shu mousse on my hand??? It's interesting for sure and I definitely want to try it!
    RMS Living Luminizer is AMAZING. We should do a group shopping trip to the Detox Market or Jacob & Sebastian!

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    1. Haha, you were with me! Glad you love Living Lumi too-- yes, a shopping date is in order soon! xo

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  14. Ergh, wasn't too big a fan of Burt's Bee's tinted lipbalms and ending up passing the shade 'Hibiscus' to my mom. I can't remember why I didn't like it though L O L. On the other hand, after years of hating on Benefit's They're Real, I used my tube today and....I'm quite smitten with it, I think. (-gaspshockhorror-)

    I still need to get my hands on RMS' Living Luminizer!

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    1. Oh good, glad you're loving They're Real! And yes, Living Lumi is so worth checking out :)

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  15. I love the cleansing butter too! All the chamomile range is amazing for removing makeup. :D

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    1. It really is! Glad you're loving it too :)

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  16. I'm looking at trying the body shop bronzer! I have heard such good things

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    1. It's so worth checking out! :)

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  17. I'm looking at trying the body shop bronzer! I have heard such good things

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  18. The RMS luminizer and Chanel palette look gorgeous. Perfect for spring!

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  19. The Revlon Lip Butters in general have been a longtime favorite of mine. Lovely favorites! xo

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  20. I want to try that cleansing butter! I wish the Lush lip balms came in tubes; pots aren't so easy to use on the go.

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    1. It's true- a stick would be much more handy! And the cleansing butter is so worth checking out :)

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  21. So many goodies! I always return to the Benefit They're Real Mascara, it's my favourite. I try other things but it's like my old faithful :)

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