February Favorites 2016 – Beauty

Hello everyone! Happy Monday ❤

Today, I’m sharing beauty products I’ve come to love in the month of February. Some of these products are old favorites and others can be best described as new discoveries. After placing my February favorites into four little categories (skincare, hair, makeup, and tools), I realized that I didn’t have any nail related favorites this month. I’m currently loving pinky nude tones though and found some great nail inspiration on Pinterest for March.

Feb Fav

It has been getting much warmer here in California, so I had to make some minor adjustments to my skincare routine. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is an oil-free cleanser that removes dirt, oil, and makeup. This cleansing water is fragrance-free and I find that it doesn’t over-dry my skin. The drawback of this product is you sometimes need to use MANY facial cotton pads to remove stubborn make-up, which can make the process very tiresome. It’s still a favorite product though because cleaning up any mascara or eyeshadow mishaps with q-tips can be done effortlessly.

Since there has been less cloudy rainy days and more sunshine, I was in search for a moisturizer with SPF and rediscovered the Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer (an old favorite!). The formula is hydrating, oily skin friendly, and provides SPF 15 without the strong sunscreen scent. It helps with shine control and has become my go-to daily moisturizer. My t-zone is primarily the area where I get oily so I use Daiso Japan Oil Blotting Paper, which is made from traditional Japanese “Mino-Washi” (paper) that contains natural clay to gently absorb excess oil. There’s 100 blotting papers in each package and it’s less than two dollars. The Daiso Japan store doesn’t seem to carry it online, so it might be difficult to get your hands on the product if you don’t have a site near you.

My absolute favorite hair product that I’ve used since February is the Pantene Advanced Care Conditioner. This conditioner has a lovely fragrance and leaves my hair incredibly soft. I highly recommend this product if you’re looking for something that moistures, strengths, and color protects your hair.

As for makeup, I’ve been reaching for Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette by Too Faced Cosmetics because of the rich pigmentation and color selection. I find the shadows in this palette blend beautiful, so you can pretty much create any look with it easily. My favorite foundation currently is Dream Velvet by Maybelline (even though the shade I picked up wasn’t an exact color match… oops). It comes out of the bottle slightly moussey in texture but the formula is lightweight and doesn’t just sit on the surface of the skin. For my brows, I love using Universal Eyebrow Pencil by OFRA Cosmetics. I received it in my January IPSY glam bag and adored the shade, quality, and formula of the brow pencil. I tend to rotate face primers but one that has stuck out to me in February is the Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser by Maybelline. The last makeup product, the Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara by IT Cosmetics, is only a sample size (which I also received from my IPSY glam bag) but makes my lashes thicker and longer.

I finally caved and purchased the Original Beauty Bender. It is on the pricier side but I got a great deal with Birchbox and received many other goodies along with it. I love the airbrushed finish it provides and I feel that in makes all the difference when I apply any foundation. Another beauty tool I’ve come to love is the super affordable Eye Crease Brush by e.l.f. Cosmetics. The brush comes in handy when you want to blend and contour corners of your eyes (for only $1!). I also use the Blush Brush from the e.l.f. Studio line, which is vegan friendly and a slightly more durable brush.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

What are your February favorite beauty products?

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