I wasn’t expecting much from this mascara but the results were fantastic. My eyes are a bit sensitive, and I found that something in the ingredients really irritated my eyes, so I haven’t been using it much.
This mascara is all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. It’s the mascara that’s currently in my purse and layers to create lovely lashes.
From this list the mascara that won my heart was clearly L’Oreal’s Miss Manga. I have repurchased this so many times and it’s a never fail, which is funny because I really was so doubtful about this mascara at first.
Here’s a look at past Adventures In Mascara posts:
Even though February is a short month, it’s hard to believe we are encroaching upon March! Here we are and I have to say it was a great month of beauty finds of every variety. My February 2015 beauty favorites include eyeshadow, foundation, nail polish, and lots of lovely lip colors.
I was actually really suprised by how much I liked the $0.99 lippies that are in newly revamped packaging in drugstores right now. These are not the waxy lipsticks from years past, and they’re definitely worth trying out.
I sampled a couple of Manna Kadar lip products via Gloss 48 and I have to say I was more impressed than I anticipated. The Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in Manna Babe has pretty much become one of my favorite fuchsia lip colors!
The Modernist palettes get many mixed reviews, but I was really impressed with the Exposure palette, finding it fully of silky, pigmented, and blendable colors. It’s also a work of art and display-worthy!
I reviewed and loved many Black|Up Cosmetics products this month, but the CC Cream was by far my favorite. With incredible coverage and a gorgeous finish, it’s definitely hitting my foundation rotation in a big way.
These are luxury mink lashes that cost a bit more than synthetic lashes, but are also the most natural looking falsies I’ve ever worn and can be reused multitudes of times. I’m saving my pairs for my wedding to a man I haven’t met yet. LOL.
For seriously pigmented lips that will NEVER fade, these lippies are something you have to check out! But, for serious, they will never fade!
And there you have it! I’m entirely pleased with the beauty products I picked as my very favorites from February and I’m excited about some products I have on slate to review in March. Spring and the time change is almost here! Plus, I have a few super cool makeup giveaways to share with you, so stay tuned. March is going to be an excellent month!
What were your beauty favorites from February 2015. I wanna know!
There are days when I cannot believe how time flies. Do you know those kinds of days? The ones where you look up and somehow the clock has flashed forward several hours before you know better. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been loving Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm lately.
Ok, this stuff is legitimately one of the best long-wearing lip products I’ve ever used and I am overall extremely impressed by how well the dual-ended Pur Minerals Pout Pens work.
One side has a lip felt-tip marker stain and the other side has a coordinating balm that has Vitamin C and other antioxidant and nourishing ingredients.
The stain on it’s own is something that will stay on your lips no matter when the balm fades. Unlike traditional long-wearing lip products which are more like a paint, the stain is an actual stain. It’s some serious business, so do beware if you’re not interested in a day-long commitment to a lip color. These are my lips after some serious scrubbing with a cleansing oil. As you can see, there’s still a lot of the stain left!
There are four bold colors available in the Pout Pens. I’ve been using are Fuzzy Navel and Sangria.
Fuzzy Navel is a bold dark coral, which makes me think about Summer (and how many of us are so ready for Summer?).
Sangria is a gorgeous magenta which is one of my favorite lip colors in general.
My Final Thoughts: My verdict? I like these lip colors which are definitely an all-day commitment and can be a challenge to remove. If you’re an on the go type of gal and/or prefer long-wearing lip colors, I think you’ll really like the durability, boldness and shine offered by the Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm.
Taking care of your nails is something that so many of us find enjoyable and relaxing. Maintaining well-groomed nails doesn’t have to come at a huge expense, and I recently realized that most of my must haves are easy to find and pretty cheap.
Here are some items that I use on a regular basis that I call the best nail care products $10 and under. I’ve included links to online retailers, and all of these products are easy to find at mass market retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, and Target, as well.
NYC Grand Central Station Top Coat
Like so many of us, I have been there and done that with the expensive nail polish top coats, and haven’t necessarily been all that thrilled with the results. After years of top coat experimentation, I have found NYC Grand Central Station to be the BEST top coat ever, and just $1.99. This is my bargain of all bargains in this list, and so super shiny on your nails. Available at CVS.
This is the best tool for dipping in nail polish remover and using around your cuticles after you’ve finished your manis. I have two, just because I love it so much. You can find this brush for just $1 in stores wherever e.l.f. is sold. It’s also available at drugstore.com, but the price is $3.
This is my be all, end all cuticle cream of choice and it’s what I’m constantly reaching for through the day, even more than lip balm! It’s a MUST HAVE, smells incredible, and is just $6. You can’t lose! Available at drugstore.com.
This is a product that left me stunned – in a good way! Unlike any nail polish remover pads I’ve used in the past, these WORK and then some, removing every single last trace of nail polish and even hard-to-remove glitter polishes. I can hardly believe it’s just $3.99, and Cutex better not discontinue this, ever! Available at drugstore.com.
I also really love the Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover, which is incredibly effective and does not irritate your nails. It almost feels strange that it’s just $2.99 – it works so well I’d expect it to cost much more! Available at drugstore.com.
SpaRitual Lacquer Thinner
A good nail polish thinner is so handy to have to help revive polishes that have seen better days. Over time, polish will thicken up, and a couple of drops of thinner will make things smooth sailing once again. Price: $5. Available at beauty.com.
Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
The key to my success with at-home manicures and pedicures began when I started understanding and embracing the power of a good cuticle remover. To use, I soak my hands in warm water, apply the cuticle remover and wait for 15 seconds, wash off, push back my cuticles, and trim with nail nippers. This is a great product and it really does help keep your nails looking put together. Price: $5.98. Available at drugstore.com.
There are quite a few bargain nail colors that I love and use, but I have to say the CoverGirl XL Nail Gel polishes are really some of the best I’ve ever used. Everytime I use one of these polishes, I marvel at the long-wearing shine and chip-free wear that goes on for days on end. Price: $7.49. Available at drugstore.com.
Lint-Free Nail Polish Remover Pads
It is beyond annoying to give yourself a manicure only to find leftover strands from your cotton pads polluting your nail space and then becoming inadvertent nail art. I love lint-free cotton pads like Swisspers, which are around $3 for a pack of 100. Available at drugstore.com.
After a few months of Ipsy happiness, I was entirely eager to receive and dig into my Ipsy February 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag.
Yes, #ipsylove is quite appropriate because the adorable pink bag with green and pink geometric designs is filled with products I am really going to enjoy using.
I received 3 full-sized products and two samples with a nice mix of makeup, skin, and hair products
– Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil (Sample size)
– Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray (Sample size)
– NYX Cosmetics Slim Eye Pencil in Silver Shimmer (Full-size, value $3.50)
– City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini (Full-size, value $5)
– Model Co Blush Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini (Full-size, value $22)
Now the blush is worth the price of the Ipsy Glam Bag itself and then some. This is such a gorgeous, shimmery peach and it’s definitely going to get a lot of play in my future makeup looks.
The City Color Creamy Lip Stain is really pretty and long-wearing. It’s light weight, comfortable, a pretty opaque mid-toned pink.
NYX has some of the best eye pencils and this one is no exception. It’s gorgeous underneath the eye as a pop of color.
I’m looking forward to trying the Mitchell and Peach face oil, and the Eva NYC Volumizing spray is also a heat protectant, so I’ll be using it for sure the next time I flat iron my hair.
I don’t think my Glam Bag is quite as generous as some others, but I’m not complaining. I think overall I got a great value and I’m going to really enjoy using the products I received.
My Final Thoughts: My Ipsy 2015 Glam Bag doesn’t seem to have the same value as others I’ve seen this month, but I am overall really happy with the products I received. It was another great month for Ipsy!