Saturday, February 28, 2015

FAVORITES | February 2015 ♥

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Wahhh can't believe it's the end of February already! I know it's a shorter month than usual but those 2-3 days seem to make a huge difference. February was quite an eventful month for me so my makeup life suffered a bit. Haven't posted a Favorites in months so I'm glad to share some items I've been loving. I've finally found a body butter that I love so let's get on with it.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien -- $26usd for 0.07oz ($371.43usd per oz)
Makeup on my face has been scarce this month. 9am classes do not agree with me and my night owl tendencies. If I can remember, lips is something I go for because it brightens and enlivens my face immediately. The rosy pink color is a great pick for me because it's a more pigmented version of my lips. Adding this to my morning routine takes an extra 10 seconds but doesn't look out of place on an otherwise bare face. If I wasn't using this, I used a ton of the next item!

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb -- $24usd for 0.09oz ($266.67usd per oz)
The teeny size is adorable and portable! This came in a set of 4 minis sometime during the holidays so I immediately picked this up. Rhubarb is my most used shade because it's so close to my natural lip color but slightly darker. It's a creamy matte finish that doesn't dry out my lips. Staying power is decent for something that doesn't claim to be long wearing. After eating, I still have most of my color on the lips, wearing out mostly in the very center. Highly recommend!

Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara -- $13.39usd for 6g/0.21oz (63.76usd per oz)
Seriously, this shot up to my top 3 favorite mascaras after a few uses. When I'm shopping for mascara, length and staying power are the most important to me and this mascara delivers on both fronts! I've tried many, many mascaras but the length this gives me is unrivaled thanks to the fibers in this formula. It is the only mascara that holds a curl from day to night with no touch ups required. I don't get clumpy lashes or volume but that's fine with me. While not completely smudge-proof, it's quite minimal that I can forgive that. Seriously, Japanese mascaras are the way to go if you have short, hard to curl, and/or sparse lashes!

The Body Shop Body Butter in Atlas Mountain Rose -- $20usd for 6.7oz ($2.99usd per oz) but on sale for $10usd right now!
I have perpetually dry skin on my body. Finding something with the right balance of hydration without the heaviness is a struggle for me. I've tried body butters from Boots and Bath & Body Works but it's too heavy and sticky feeling for me. Using regular ol' lotion is just not enough and I have to reapply multiple times throughout the day. Long story short, the Body Shop Body Butters smell great, give enough hydration but doesn't feel sticky or heavy. As I continue to rub it in, it feels like it's melting into my skin seamlessly. The rose scent isn't sickly sweet but smells like a real rose. It lingers on my skin for at least 4 hours so I don't need to spray fragrance after my shower. I also love how the scent spreads around the room for a few minutes before dissipating. Seriously, give these a try if you suffer from dry skin. Not sure how it'll work for those with eczema but if you have scaly, itchy skin, this will work :D

So this concludes my February Favorites! Sad to see February go as it means March is coming--midterms and projects galore!--but at least Spring Break will provide me some time to recuperate. Blog posts might be sporadic from this point on but as April rolls around, I should get back to a more regular posting schedule. I don't say this enough but I'm glad for all the lovely readers who take time out of their busy schedule to read the ramblings of  little, ol' me and leaving comments--seriously makes my day when I see another comment on my posts <3 p="">

What are some of your favorites from the month? 
Sound off in the comments below!
P.S. This marks my 200th post--going to host a giveaway 
to commemorate the day 
so look out for the photo on my social media :D


Thursday, February 26, 2015

EMPTIES | February 2015 ♥

empties 2015, biore combination skin balancing cleanser review, cvs makeup remover towelettes review, lancome bi-facil eye makeup remover review, juicy couture couture la la review, supergoop! sunscreen day cream review, velvet 59 lip gloss in noisette review, neutrogena eye makeup remover review
Posting this one time for once--yay! February was a slow month for me in the number of products I finished but I'm using up more of my full sized products. This one has a couple of repeats but that just shows you how much I love them! Let's jump right into the items I'm sad to see go.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UNBOXING | January 2015 Ipsy Bag

UNBOXING | January 2015 Ipsy Bag review, ipsy bag january 2015 review, velvet 59 gloss noisette swatches, pacifica beauty natural eyeshadow in ethereal swatches,hey honey take it off! Exfoliating Peel Off mask review eco beauty good day moisturizer review
This is the last one I'll be posting as I need to cut back on beauty spending...trying to be a responsible adult >.< Anyhoo, the long and short of it is that you get 4-5 products every month. A whole week has gone by with no post so I'm glad to be posting this finally :D Let's get into it!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FOTD | Naked and Exposed: The Valentine's Day Special

I'm (perversely?) satisfied with my title, haha. 50 Shades of Grey has been on my mind lately as the movie hit theaters this past Valentine's Day weekend here in the States. With everyone on my social media feeds talking about it and extensive PR, I couldn't avoid it--if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! My friends and I planned on going to see it but as I wasn't feeling well, we settled on dinner and movies at home instead. So grateful for friends that are willing to change up their plans for little ol' me at the last minute--thanks y'all! 
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Makeup, Valentine's Day makeup
I've been a bit under the weather lately so blog posts have been scarce around here. I actually tried this look out a week ago so that I could post it as a Valentine's Day look but we all know how that turned out (╥︣﹏᷅╥) Anyhoo, no use crying over spilt milk so let's get on with the show! It's not exactly a tutorial but hopefully my explanations will help you see how I created this look :D

Monday, February 16, 2015

EMPTIES | December 2014 & January 2015 ♡

I know we are in the middle of February already but I just wanted to post this before February's empties comes around. Since I was on break, I didn't use my makeup or anything, really, so this empties will be a bit smaller. Nevertheless, let's jump right in!
makeup empties, elf essential lipstick in charmed, covergirl 3 in 1 foundation, lancome hypnose drama mascara, tarte lights, camer lashes mascara, blinc mascara, loreal color riche balm coral
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