February Favorites

Wow, I’ve been blogging for three months! So WordPress is a favorite. But here are my makeup/skincare/fashion favs of last month:

Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation



This has gotten me so many skin compliments, even though life had my skin acting crazy in February. It worked perfectly over my usually heavy moisturizer with SPF and mix of primers. The shade 01 was perfect for me and left me looking glowy without a highlighter. Blush and bronzer blended perfectly over it, and whatever I put on my face lasted all day (even if I wore a winter hat!). Awesome coverage, not at all drying, and super quick to work with. Looks like skin. I’ll repurchase it when I run out for sure.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso



I used this almost every day in February. It adds the perfect amount of dimension back to your face after a fuller coverage foundation, and it has a soft sheen, so you can skip a highlight. It fades well with bronzer or looks fine without it. It has awesome staying power, especially with the drugstore price tag! In March, I have a feeling I’ll be reaching for more pinks and corals, but Luminoso will always be my standby.

Nude Lipstick



I was tired of bold winter shades by the middle of February. I wanted a pale as pale can be nude, and I bought several (oops) at the drugstore. I don’t have a single favorite, but I love the Maybelline mattes and Wet n Wild lippies. I also enjoyed pairing pale nudes with NARS Orgasm lip gloss. When I wasn’t wearing that, I was combining…

Buxom White Russian & Rimmel Eastend Snob





This is a my lips but pinker and not-too-glossier but oh-so-plumper combo. It just looks so… fertile. Something sexual about how lush my lips look right after I draw them on with these two. They are both new to me, but I think they will definitely be year-round repurchases.

Tightlining



These days, I don’t leave the house without tightlining. It was torture the first few times, but I’ve found a much easier and peaceful way to do it that I’ll soon share on here. Tightlining, whether you are only wearing a shimmery nude shade and mascara or a full blown smokey eye, makes the eyes and lashes stand out that much more. It makes one look so much more awake and doe-eyed. Now that it’s easier, I actually look forward to it!

Aquaphor and Lanolin



I actually layer these if my skin is flaking no matter how much exfoliating and moisturizing I do. I use the mix like a spot treatment overnight and in the morning before I wash my face. When I take it off, what was rough is all of a sudden baby soft and supple. I have been using it on my lips, around my nostrils, and between my eyebrows all of the time with fantastic results. 

My New Handbag





(mine is the blue one)

This was a great deal, it goes with everything, it’s perfect for spring, and it has tons of pockets! I adore it. It is made out of a very soft but durable feeling vegan faux leather.

Pukka Three Ginger Tea







Isn’t the box so pretty? I bought it to help the pains from my advanced acid reflux, but it is surprisingly sweet and delicious! It really warms you up from the inside. Ginger and licorice are good for digestion while turmeric is an anti-inflamitory. So it does me loads of good with every sip, and it looks great on my countertop. I found mine at Vitamin Shoppe.

There are my month’s favorites. My least favorites would be mascara drying up and this nasty cold damp weather in Virginia. But spring is coming, and opportunities abound.

What are some of your transitional favorites?

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minimal makeup + shots


face: clinique acne solutions in alabaster; milani baked blush in luminoso

brows: nyx brow pencil in dark brown

eyes: pixi highlight eye shadow; physician’s formula eye booster liner, l’oreal telescopic mascara in carbon black

lips: revlon lip liner in pink; l’oreal liquid lipstick in rose melody

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some shots, me trying to figure out the camera —

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been actually sticking to my yoga resolution (every day). cats have been trying to help.

Blush Tag!

Blush is my absolute favorite part of my makeup routine. It adds dimension and glow to the face, and it can really add intensity or subtlety to any eye/lip look. I love creams, powders, gels, sticks, you name it! On to the questions:

1) How many blushes do you own?

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Oh my God, 19!! I have a problem!

2) What is your favorite blush brush?

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I have two… three if you count my fingertips. 🙂 But for most blushes, I use my Sephora PRO Blush contour #74, and for extremely pigmented products I use my MUA Professional stippling brush. They’re both very soft, durable, and put the product where I want it.

3) Creams or powders?

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I’m going to have to go rogue and say gels, especially for winter! I only own one of them, but it applies so smoothly and looks the most natural.

4) Peach vs. Pink and favorites of each?

For my complexion, peach, but I love both colors. It really depends on what I do with my lips that day.

Favorite peach: NARS Orgasm

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Favorite pink: Physician’s Formula Rose Pearl

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Can you tell I’m a shimmer fan? 🙂

5) Drugstore vs. high end and favorites of each?

I only have two high end blushes, NARS and Josie Maran, and I reach for them often, but I’m going to have to say drugstore simply for the Milani baked blushes.

Favorite drugstore blushes: Physician’s Formula Rose Pearl and Milani Baked Blushes in Luminoso and Red Vino.

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Favorite high end blushes: my only two, NARS Orgasm and Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise.

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6) Most overrated?

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These bad boys, the Maybelline master GLAZE Blush Sticks (in Just-Pinched Pink and Coral Sheen). They are okay, but need to be set with a powder blush in a similar color to last at all.

7) Most underrated?

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Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino. You have to go easy on her because she is deep and richly pigmented, but after application with a stippling brush you get the perfect “snow-kissed” glow! And it’s only, like, $7!

8) Worth the hype?

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Definitely Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso!! It is perfect for fair skin. It looks better on a face than the back of my hand, but you can still appreciate the dewiness, depth, and glow that Luminoso provides.

9) Top 5 blushes everyone should own?

I can’t speak for all that’s out there, but I certainly think everyone could use these out of my collection:

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There’s a bright coral (orgasm), a hydrating red (poppy paradise gel), a pink (rose pearl), a look-at-my-skin-glow (luminoso), and a deep berry (red vino). All but the poppy shade are shimmery. What can I say, I’m 22!

10) What blushes are on your wish list?

NONE! Not until I use some up and give some away! I’m on a makeup using-up and gifting mission! But I have been eyeing a few by Too Faced, The Balm, and Bobbi Brown… 😉

I’d like to thank tatt2sandwarpaint for introducing me to this tag, and I tag all blush-lovers out there!

xoxo

Martha