Even though February is the hectic month when New York Fashion Week happens, nevertheless this season I had a chance to test a lot of makeup and beauty products. As you will notice, I tested quite a few high-end and luxury beauty products this past month, as well as a few affordable discoveries. I also decided to start separating my favorites from “empties” as the post already turn out so long. What do you think if I write a separate post about the products that I’ve used up around the 15th of each month? Please let me know in the comments area below if it’s something you’d love to read on the blog. Okay, and now here come my February beauty favorites…
*Viktor and Rolf Magic Liquid Diamonds: First and foremost, I found my new favorite fragrance! I received a package with two scents from the brand’s newest fragrance collection and was planning on testing them one after another. Guess what? After just one day of wearing Liquid Diamonds I completely forgot about this promise and continues wearing this one scent ever since! I would describe this perfume as a scent of a Sunday morning: when a sunlight sneaked under your curtains so you woke up in a clean and organized apartment and have a full day for yourself. It’s a fresh yet not a stereotypically “fresh” scent that totally speaks to me. The scent might seem unremarkable if you just read a fragrance note description, but when you apply it on your skin, you immediately start thinking, “Where’ve you been all my life?”
*La Mer Creme De La Mer: My last year’s Instagram post about this cream gained the biggest amount of comments I ever thought of. Everyone wanted to know whether this cult cream is actually worth the hype. I’m almost done with this jar and I have to say that it’s worth every single penny, especially if you have dry skin. Creme De La Mer has a thicker consistency than your typical cream so it requires a special technique to apply (first onto your palm, and then, when you warmed the cream up, onto your skin). To say that this cream leaves your skin moist and plump is to say nothing—I literally noticed the difference compared to many other night creams in a matter of days. So if you ask me whether it’s a good one, I would say that the “miracle broth” is actually working! And I’m looking forward to exploring other items by the brand, especially because since this week La Mer is available at Sephora!
*Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam: Talking about the nighttime skincare, this cleanser is the one I’ve been using the most during the past month or so (after I remove all of makeup with micellar water). It feels lightweight, it smells delicious, it’s effective in removing the makeup residue, it never makes my skin feel dry, it’s anti-aging… The list could go on and on! To put simply, this product literally changed my nighttime routine game and there is no way I’m going to switch to any other cleanser. It’s just so perfect!
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Treatment: This exfoliating treatment also known as “Hollywood’s 2-Minute Facial” is not a new product for me, but rather a re-discovered one. I went through the entire full-size bottle of it a few years ago, but somehow never repurchased it. When I received this deluxe sample in my BeautyCon box, I rediscovered my love for this product as it really helps to clean up the skin in a matter of minutes. I love using it before a mask as I feel that such approach makes all the ingredients from the mask absorb deeper into my skin and thus act more effectively.
Eve Lom Rescue Mask: Talking about masks, this sample from one of my beauty boxes has been a perfect match to the ExfoliKate Treatment. On the days when I feel that my pores are clogged I apply this mask after exfoliating and leave it on for 15 minutes. The mask immediately shrinks pores, eliminates the oily look on the T-zone, and makes you feel that your skin just got a spring clean. That’s definitely one of the masks that I’ll be repurchasing.
*June Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque: While deep cleanse is important every now and then, what my skin actually needs is a proper hydration—especially during this season. One of the hydrating masks that I’ve been loving lately is this one by June Jacobs. I tried it first time when my skin felt extremely tight and dehydrated and it literally sucked into my skin and transformed the appearance of the dry patches. While this product is specifically designed for aging skin, I found that it works perfectly for my dehydrated but not yet mature skin. These days, I apply this mask as opposed to the sheet masks prior to the important event as it delivers an immediate plumping and nourishing that my skin needs so much.
*Patchology Lip Renewal Mask: Finally, there is this gel mask for lips that I’ve been reaching out to on the days I’m planning on wearing a liquid lipstick. A lot of people ask me how my lips never look dry even when I wear even the most drying liquid lipstick—and my response is to apply lip oils regularly and use a lip mask the day you are planning on wearing a liquid lipstick. Basically, this product feels like your typical under eye gel mask (it comes in a lip shape though). What it does is delivering moisture onto your lips and instantly smoothing them out. By using this mask I ensure that the liquid lipstick application process is so much easier and the final look is so much smoother.
Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum: I have no idea why most of my favorites this month are high-end products. I guess I don’t mind paying more for product that’s a bomb! As I mentioned in my January Beauty Favorites post, I switched to applying sweet almond oil on my skin at night as it helps to lock moisture in my skin. This body serum by Vaseline is the product that I use in the morning—because oil can leave marks on your clothes! I purchased a full size of this serum in December—it came in a package with a razor and a shaving cream. I used up the entire jar and recently purchased a new full-size bottle. I really love a lightweight formula of this body serum and a luxurious scent of the product and plan on continuing using this product. It’s a really good one!
*Flower Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette: On the days when I’m taking photos or want my highlighter to blind people, I apply one of the pigmented and so shimmery shades from this highlighter palette by Flower Beauty. It’s been my first product from the Drew Barrymore’s makeup line and this impressive palette definitely force me to want more items from the line: like this eyeshadow palette and this beautiful setting powder.
Too Faced Melted Matte in It’s Happening: After finishing the entire tube of Lady Balls shade from this line, I switched my attention to this gorgeous hot pink shade. Similar to the other product from the lane, this liquid lipstick looks extremely pigmented and wears for such a long time that I can’t stop wearing it. Undoubtedly, the Melted Matte formula is my favorite lipstick launch of 2016.
*Clare Blanc Minerals Blush in Japanese Cherry 707: The products from this line was my first introduction to the mineral makeup trend that constitutes not only in the shape of mineral powder, but all sorts of mineral makeup products. While I absolutely loved all of the products from the line (makeup tutorial is coming up next week!) this particular blush shade literally stole my heart. It comes in such perfect shade of pink that blends like heaven and looks stunning on pale skin.
*Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Limelight: This is by far the most beautiful and luxurious looking highlighter in my collection. I adore the ombre violet look of this product and the fact that it looks glowy and luxurious on my skin. Even though it might seem like a bit of unusual shade for a highlighter, it actually provides a very wearable and unique finish that I simply adore. If you are a highlighter lover, this product is a must-have in your collection!
ColourPop Where The Night Is Eyeshadow Set: I don’t know why I waited for so long to try ColourPop eyeshadows, but I finally did it and now I’m obsessed! There is something unique about the consistency of those metallic eyeshadows that make them look like powder and apply like cream–I really love the finish ColourPop eyeshadows provide and especially this set designed in collaboration with a YouTuber Kathleen Lights.
Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in Phone Call, Wired, Firebird, and Wonderland: Talking about moisturizing lipstick formulas, this Urban Decay launch has been the one I was all about for the last few months. In comparison to liquid lipsticks that make your lips feel and look dry, this product actually hydrates your lips—while staying incredibly pigmented and gorgeous looking on your lips.
*Essence 2-in-1 Eyeshadow & Primer: It’s a great affordable alternative to high-end eyeshadow primers that prolongs the wearability of eyeshadows and ensures smooth blending. All of the other eyeshadow primers in my collection come in a tube and I enjoyed that this particular one is actually a jar. Such design decision makes it easier to access the product with a flat brush.
*Elizabeth Arden Liquid Lipstick in #08 Passionate Peach: Talking about liquid lipsticks, this one has been my favorite everyday product. It features a super handy applicator that allows to evenly distribute the product on the lips—in a way that it feels like you are applying a lip gloss. However, it’s really a liquid lipstick that provides a beautiful full coverage and lasts all day. Also, this liquid lipstick is one of those rare products that do not make your lips look or feel dry—I would compare the comfort of wearing this product with a moisturizing lip gloss. This lipstick goes for $22 and I feel that it’s one of the most underrated liquid lipsticks—I feel like everyone needs to have at least one of those in their collection.
*Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak: The blush from this mini palette is the most durable product I’ve tried lately and I love that it motivates me to think outside the box when it comes to a blush shade. As opposed to my typical pink blushes, this one is close to the apricot shade and surprisingly this unique works great for my skin tone. I also love applying a highlighter from this palette under the brow as it provides a beautiful golden shine.
*Pixi by Petra Clear Brow Gel: I’m kind of over my regular brow gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills as I’ve been using it for the past few years so lately I started exploring some of the newest and more affordable options. My current favorite brow gel is this one by Pixi. It’s very affordable and it really makes the job done when it comes to keeping my brows in place. As of now, I have this mini version that came in this brow and lash kit and I’m definitely planning on repurchasing it.
*Clarins Supra Volume Mascara: I tried this mascara in my Radiant #GirlBoss Makeup Tutorial and I couldn’t stop wearing this mascara ever since. Volume is what I value the most while looking for mascara and this luxury product delivers lots of it. I love the fact that this product doesn’t have this oil paint smell as many other mascaras do and it applies very evenly. Also, it works for sensitive eyes like mine and never flakes. What else could I say? It’s the absolute perfection in a tube!
*Pixi by Petra Strobe & Sculpt Brush: While I’m still testing all of the products from Pixi’s latest collaborations with beauty bloggers and YouTubers, I already had my hands on this brush. In fact, I couldn’t put it down as it does such a great job with blending blush, applying bronzer, and even fixing some foundation application mistakes. While I rarely recommend any brushes on the blog as there are way too many great options available, this one is an absolute must-have—especially because you pay just $14 for a two-sided brush.
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That was it for my favorites of the month. Please leave a comment below if you tested any of the products from the list and let’s compare our opinions. Also, if there is any makeup, skincare, or haircare product you really loved lately, please let me know too—as I’m always looking to explore even more great beauty products.