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February Faves

February Beauty Favorites

March 04, 2015

February Beauty Favorites

Concealer | Eyeshadow Primer | Brightening Setting Powder | Resurfacing Peel | Moisturizing Masque | Face Primer | Mascara | Matte Liquid Lipstick


If I had the time to pick 20 products for my February Faves I would! I have tried many greats last month, I had to narrow it down. I’ll share other products in different posts this month.

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll already know from my post last weekend how much I LOVE the NARS creamy concealers! This made my list because the product goes on so smoothly, it’s buildable, fully covers any dark circles, redness and breakouts. It leaves a beautiful natural finish that lasts all day without creasing or breaking down. If you get the concealer in two different shades, you can use one for highlighting and the other for spot correcting, like I do.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

The ‘Shadow Insurance‘ by Too Faced, is a great product if you’re like me, and you struggle with fading or creasing eyeshadow. It’s really helped my eyeshadows perform at their best– they don’t crease, melt or fade. And the primer also helps to neutralize any discoloration my lids have.

Ok, this ‘Raspberry Resurfacing Peel’ is Ahhh-Mazinggg! I’m a skin care junkie as well (duh!) + love me some face masks and scrubs/peels, WHATEVER. I’m so glad I tried this. And you will be too! You only need to use this peel once or twice a week for a couple of minutes. Quick + easy results = heck ya! My skin looks clearer, brighter + feels so smooth after a treatment.

I use the ‘Secret Brightening Powder‘ to set my concealer. It’s so light-weight and adds a pretty luminosity around my eyes.

I’ve been so happy with this hair masque! With just one use I noticed my hair was so soft + smooth. It smells so lovely + has really worked in hydrating my dry, thick, long hair.

I enjoy using this Veil Mineral Primer. I don’t even feel it when it’s on my skin. I used to suffer from my-face-ate-my-makeup syndrome! This mineral-based primer has fixed that problem. And everything that I put on my face goes on much smoother. I suggest you add a primer to your routine if you haven’t already.

My favorite makeup products I love ‘collecting’ are mascaras and lipsticks/glosses. Before trying YSL‘s Voluminous Effect mascara, I used my go-to brand. I decided to try this one because besides the fact that I wanted to try something new, this one seemed promising when I saw it at Sephora. Lately, I’ve had problems with my lashes falling out after having Mason. This mascara has really helped fill in the gaps + make my lashes appear fuller. I prefer thinner brushes and a thicker formula, for dramatic lashes. This one hits all the marks for me- I love it! ‘Shocking’ makes my lashes full, long + thick. It also leaves them looking wet, not matte, which I prefer in a mascara. And again, It’s a thicker formula so it really coats my lashes without making them look clumpy. I also like the thinner brush so that I can really get close to my lash line and work the product through really well.

February Faves YSL Shocking Mascara

Finally, this liquid lipstick by Anastasia Beverly Hills is nothing like I’ve ever tried before. It goes on wet and smoothly, then dries down to a matte finish. I used it for the first time when I went to go see the Maroon 5 concert last week. It lasted all night, until I look it off. My husband loved the way it looked on me and how kissable it was-hehe! It did not come off on him or while I ate or drank. It is a full-coverage, highly pigmented formula. I own the shades: ‘Lovely‘ (pictured) + ‘Neon Coral.’

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in 'Lovely'

So those are some of my favorites from last month. I hope I gave you some ideas!

Thanks for reading!

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Petals and Pumps December Round Up

December Beauty/Skin Care Round Up

January 05, 2015

I’ve decided to add a Beauty + Skin Care Round Up Series. At the end of each month, I will share with you my favorite/must-try products that I have been using during the month. December is my first round-up post. I hope you guys enjoy this new monthly series!

December Beauty and Skin care Round Up

Kiss Pro Instawave Automatic Curler | Lorac Tantalizer Bronzer + Highlighter | IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss | Josie Maran Milk Hydrating Treatment 

Instawave:  I’ve had this automatic curler for nearly 2 weeks. I don’t use it everyday. I don’t need to with the type of hair I have – thick, long + naturally wavy. I get my hair blown-out weekly, and I prefer my stylist give me loose curls. She uses a flat-iron to create the curls. But after about the 3rd day in, I need to re-curl my hair + I wanted to find something new to try besides using my flat-iron.

Kiss Pro Instawave

I’m happy I came across a presentation on this curler on QVC. Had I not seen a demonstration, I probably would pass this up if I would have just seen it in a store.

Honestly, It did take me a few days to get the hang of it, but now I think it’s great! I suggest watching the product video to see if it’s something you could get used to» view video here.

I also believe the Instawave would work better on women who have longer, thicker hair. Since the hair wraps itself around the barrel, I think someone with fine hair would have trouble getting a good curl.

Tantalizer:  I’ve been using this highlighter and matte bronzer duo for 3 weeks. I love it! It’s a generous size, so it should last a while. I like that the powder highlighter isn’t glittery. Instead, it adds a nice glow to my skin with subtle sparkle. I also like how the bronzer is a true matte brown shade. It has no sparkle, glitter, nothing to it. So if I don’t want to highlight that day, I don’t have to worry about a sparkly bronzer all over my face. I think it looks very natural on.

LORAC Tantalizer

LORAC Tantalizer

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{ I’m wearing the Tantalizer – applied lightly here, but you can go darker. }

Lipgloss:  Seriously, this lipgloss has to be one of my favorite gloss purchases in a long while. I’ve had it for 3 weeks, and have been using it frequently. This gloss truly feels like butter on my lips. It’s not at all sticky! I love the color (it’s a perfect mauve-pink), the hydration my lips get, and the staying-power. I can’t wait to try the other shades.

It Cosmetics Vitality Butter Gloss

{ color:  ‘I Believe‘ }

Vitality Butter Lipgloss

Milk Treatment:  Love, love, love this serum! I’ve been using it (on and off) for 8 months. But every time I come back to it because it just truly works. When I’m faithfully using it day + night, I see that my face is more radiant, more hydrated + just overall feels/looks better. And it’s organic skin care! What’s better than that?!

Josie Maran Milk Treatment

So there ya have it, my beauty + skin care picks for December. Tell me what you think. Have you tried any of these products?

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