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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foundation free out of necessity

So I have a gig tonight
(I’m a professional trombonist
yes I’m serious
lol if you want)

and I decided not to wear foundation, because it wears off around my mouth anyway due to the mouthpiece.

Just basic eye makeup and blush. Lipstick for now, but I’ll wipe it off before I play, obviously. #femaletrombonistproblems

I feel pretty good without foundation/bb cream, even for a special event! I have hyperpigmentation still, but it is way less… “hyper.”

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I love playing for old folks (playing at a nursing home/retirement community tonight). They always look like they appreciate jazz the most. They don’t try to be cool, like young people. Sometimes they dance! And they always come up and talk to the performers afterward. A lot of them come up to me because *gasp* I’m a lady in a big band and I play the trombone! I think it’s so nice.

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I’m wearing a thrifted dark green conservative dress with opaque black tights and black ankle boots with a little bit of a platform heel. It’s quiet enough to play in a nursing home but still my style. I think the bandleader will be okay with it. I always stick out anyway, being the only one in a skirt.

I have a hard time finding dress pants that work with my small waist and big butt. I’m not complaining. Skirts 5ever

or jeggings

yeah I still wear them

time to go play trombone for the lovely elderly.

Daytime look/GRWM for the next long while

If you saw my last post, you know I’m using up 10 fabulous products via slathering them on my face every day. I chose 10 of my favorites, and here is a little get-ready-with-me using them all.

First, I cleanse, moisturize, and prime the skin. Today, I also did a face mask.

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Cetaphil, Garnier dark spot mask, CVS knock-off of Cerave daytime moisturizer with SPF, and primers: Cover FX with salicylic acid, Maybelline Baby Skin, and Garnier 5sec Blur. As always, some Burt’s Bees to top it off.

after all that, my face is ready to go.

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Can’t stand that little thing on my chin! Oh well, let’s cover it up.

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And after my daytime eye look, along with bronzer, blush, and highlight, and my Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in fig jam:

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There we are! My daytime look until I’ve made room for a few more products… 🙂

Project Pan for a Daytime Look

Hello lovelies! As a makeup addict, I’ve decided to halt all makeup buying (gasp!!) until I’ve used up 10 makeup products. To accomplish this, I’ll be limiting my daytime look to these 10 products. I’ve chosen products that I know perform very well and that I love. I can use any products from my collection for any nighttime/special occasion look.

The products:

face

foundation – Clinique acne solutions

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concealer – Clinique acne solutions sample

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powder: Rimmel stay matte

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blush/bronzer: NARS laguna and orgasm

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highlighter: Physician’s Formula mineral glow pearls

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eyes

eyeshadow: Sonia Kashuk eye on neutral shimmer palette

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eyeliner/mascara: Physician’s Formula Eye BOOSTER liner and Organic Wear mascara, both in black

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lips

Revlon colorburst lip butter in fig jam

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I love all these products dearly. The Clinique foundation and concealer provides excellent coverage while helping to clear any breakouts. NARS orgasm/laguna is perfect for brightening up my fair skin (I did have a hard time settling on a blush to use for possibly months, though!). I have been using my glow pearls for a few months and haven’t seen any dent, but I’ll happily use this product until it’s all gone and buy another! It provides a very subtle glow to my cheekbones, nose, forehead, and chin. I went for a fairly bold every day eye look with black liquid liner and mascara, but the formula is so smooth and I really need practice with this type of liner. Supposedly it also acts as an eyelash serum, so I’ll report back on that when it dries up! And the Sonia Kashuk palette is a great neutral shimmer palette. I plan on using up three of the shades. As for my lips, I went for a MLBB shade — fig jam by Revlon. It is moisturizing enough for the daytime, a shade darker than my lips, and it makes me look more awake and put together. If I don’t repurchase it when it’s gone, I’ll go for its cousin: Clinique black honey.

Coming soon — the daytime look featuring these products.

xoxo,

Martha