February Favorites

I know I know!! It's already March 9th and here I am posting FEBRUARY favorites. I'm late on the train this month, but I still wanted to get my favs up because I had several awesome ones!! Today I'm all kinds of giddy because I am officially on spring break. I can't even begin to explain how incredibly excited I am to have a whole week off to relax. But, anyway let's get into my favorite products of February!

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup 

So, the first product I want to talk about is this foundation from Clinique. I picked this up because I got a sample from Sephora a few months back and absolutely loved it. Lately I've been spending the majority of my time either at school, work or home, so I've been really preferring "no makeup" makeup these days. This foundation honestly gives the perfect amount of coverage for that type of look. It's super super light on the skin, blends like a dream and is pretty moisturizing on the skin, but it's not insanely dewy. The formula itself has a very thin consistency, that is buildable, but I would not recommend this to my full coverage loving friends. Beyond the great formula the price point is EVERYTHING! It's only $25 a bottle and does come with a whole fluid ounce (average of most foundations). The only con I have found with this is that it doesn't have a pump. Other than that I give this foundation 5 stars for my light coverage days!

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in La La

Next up is one of the Colourpop single eyeshadows, in their older cream formula in the shade La La. Now, this color and formula is not new by any means, I've actually had this in my collection for quite a while now. But, recently I have just really fallen back in love with this shade. I love all of the Colourpop cream eye shadows that I have in the shimmer formula, they have SO much pigment and last forever on the eyes. This color specifically is just such a nice light bronze tone, I love applying it all over the lid or just throwing it on with a light brown blended in the crease.

This last month my lips have been so dry. I don't know what's going on, I think maybe because the weather's been so up and down, like it's 50 one day and 20 the next, my lips have just been a crackly mess. I've been exfoliating like crazy and pretty much only wearing these three lippies when I do put anything on my lips!

Nivea Milk & Honey Soothing Lip Balm

So my real go to lately has been this Nivea Milk & Honey lip balm. I've been a huge fan of their Coco Butter Kiss lipbalm in the twist container for years now. But my problem with that one is I don't like applying it when I'm out and about, because I have to dig my dirty fingers into the product and it just feels gross to do in public. So, I went to Target and found this guy in the typical chapstick form and I love it! It's not quite as moisturizing as their lipbalm in the little tin, but it still is really nice and makes my lips feel a lot better when they are cracking like mad!

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balms

When I want to add a little color and sheen to my lips I've been reaching for my Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balm in the shade Caramel. I have two other shades from this range that are more pinky and I love to wear in the summer months. But, the shade caramel is just so nice for the winter in my opinion. It's a super light wash of color! You will barely see it on the lips, it mostly just adds a soft sheen and it looks really nice over a more pigmented nude lipstick. I love the way this formula wears, it's super moisturizing and enriched with vitamins. I also feel like it's very similar to the Fresh Sugar Lip Balms but at a fraction of the price!

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains 

And, lastly on the rare occasion that I do go out with friends or Mark I've been almost always reaching for this new shade from the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains in the shade 41 Vintage Rosewood. You guys already know how much I love the lipsticks from this range. I talked about another favorite shade in my January favorites here. The formula of these is very nice for a more affordable liquid lip. They are the least drying formula I've tried and last for HOURS. This shade is such a gorgeous deep nude with brick tones in it. I feel like it would look fab on almost any skin tone!

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

(Any last but not at all least, my skin care favorite of this last month, which I didn't get a picture of.) My skin has been having a moment, or more like a whole season. Since mid November I have been dealing with off and on texture and severe dryness unlike ever before. This overnight mask is my savior. After using this mask my face feels so soft and my makeup applies so evenly. It's become my favorite face mask I've tried to date!

What were your favorite products from February?

XX,

Shannon

January Sephora Play: Should I end my Subscription?

Happy Super Bowl Sunday to my sports-watching friends out there!! Truth be told, I'm not watching much of the game tonight. Other than the halftime show that is! Gaga KILLED it! But other than that my plan for tonight is to buckle down to study and work in my bed! Bring on the tea and super bowl apps. Anywayyyy, today I want to share what came in my January Sephora Play box. Spoiler: I wasn't all that impressed. So, I need your advice should I continue with my Sephora Play subscription? Let me know in the comments!

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First things first, I did want to mention that I really liked the little bag this month's products came in! The concept behind it is so cute and very practical. So, the front it pretty typical to the bags they send, it has a cute little quote that reads " Sweat is just another way to glow." But, the back is the cool part! It's a sort of mesh material with little holes in it, similar to a beach bag. PERFECT for storing your lip gloss and sunscreen when heading to the pool or beach.

The first thing I pulled out of the bag was the Tarte FRXXXTION Stick. My first thought after opening: "Wtf is this...."It's a tube like packaging, similar to a foundation stick, but the product is dirt black. After reading about it a little more I realized that this is actually an exfoliating cleanser. The concept behind this product is actually pretty cool. When on the go this stick makes it easy to wash up. Swipe on your dampened face, lather up and rinse. I like the concept a lot for things like travel or going to the gym (not that I do lol). Plus, it's nice to not have to worry about your cleanser spilling all over your bag!

This is the product I was probably most excited about from January's box! This little cream is Youth to the People's Kale + Spinach + Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream. (A mouthful right? ) This cream claims to be ultra moisturizing and 100% vegan for "health conscious" beauty lovers. I'm excited to try this product out and possibly add a new addition to my skin care routine! Especially since I'm in need of some new moisturizers for my INSANELY dry skin.

Okay so there's a few reasons I hate foundation/BB/CC cream samples. First, my skin is SO light and I know neither of the shades provided will work for me and second, I feel like a sample never does justice to the actual product with this type of formula! Needless to say I was a little disappointed to receive this. But, I will try it out to see how it works. I've been pretty intrigued with cushion foundations lately and have had my eye on the Amore Pacific one.

Again, hair care products are kind of a bummer for me in sample size! I just feel like I can't decide how much I like a product for my hair when I can only get 1-2 uses. This is a Treatmeant Masque by OUAI, it's supposed to restore damaged hair and leave it feeling "smooth and touchably soft." It definitely sounds like something I would love, so maybe this sample will be a good intro to a new hair care product!

Next up is the Clinique Almost Lipstick in the shade Black Honey. This was the product that put the biggest damper on this box overall. First of all, it came broken. I was very disappointed to find the lipstick had broken and stuck to the lid. This makes it kind of difficult to use in general, but even if it came in mint condition I still don't think I would have loved this product. It's a very sheer formula, almost like a tinted lip balm, which is nice. But, I'm just not a fan of this color. If it was a lighter pink or red I probably would've really liked it, but the wash of deep red just doesn't work for me.

As for the perfume sample of the month, I was SO impressed! This is actually the first perfume sample I have gotten and truly like. This perfume is called Eau So Lovely and lovely it is! It's said to be inspired by the most "romantic couple Tory Burch knows" and it definitely smells like it! (If that even makes sense??) It's such a light, feminine scent. But, it still packs the punch and lasts forever on the skin! I may have to pick up a full size when this sample runs low!

So there you have it. I'm kind of torn! I've gotten a ton of great products from Sephora Play that I LOVE, like the Laura Mercier Caviar stick from a few months back and the Bobbi Brown Mascara from last month. But, this month kind of had me down! Hopefully February's box is a little better, otherwise I may have to try another subscription service.

What were your thoughts on January's box?

XX,

Shannon

Amorepacific 'Color Control' Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum Spf 50 - 102 Light Pink • Amore Pacific • $60 Youth To The People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream • $48 Tory Burch Love Relentlessly Eau De Parfum Spray • Tory Burch • $115 OUAI Treatment Masque Deep Conditioner • Ouai • $32 Clinique Almost Lipstick - Black Honey • Clinique • $17 tarte FRXXXTION Stick Exfoliating Cleanser • Tarte • $22