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February 2015 Beauty Favorites

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.

February 2015 Beauty Favorites

Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipsticks

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.

Manna Kadar

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!

Lush Cosmetics

In February I gave you a peek at some Valentine’s goodies from Lush. By far the favorite in my house was the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar, which offers tons of awesomely scented bubbly bath time fun.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette in Magical

This purple eyeshadow palette was made just for me because these colors and textures are exactly what I love. Purple eyeshadow = true love!

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette

Pretty pinks and coral blushes galore are offered in this blush quad. It’s my go-to blush choice of the moment, with long-wearing shades that flatter skin tones across the board.

LATHER Tinted Lip Balms

These balms are pretty, moisturizing, and offer a really nice, shimmery tint to lips. They’re cruelty-free and carmine-free, and have a really soothing and light minty feel.

Hourglass Modernist Palette

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!

Black|Up CC Cream

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.

Sugarpill Hug Life Loose Shadow

Sugarpill released a slew of new loose shadows for 2015, and Hug Life is definitely my best bet. Seafoam green eyeshadow = true love!

Ardency Inn Spring 2015

Designed for rock stars, the Ardency Inn line offers top quality makeup products that wear for hours and hours on end. Their smooth, shimmery, and long-wearing MODSTER liners are a must to check out.

Esqido Lashes

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.

LAQA & Co. Polishes

With a rainbow of long=wearing colors at your selection and the prettiest packaging I’ve ever seen, LAQA & Co. nail polish is a fun treat!

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy and Yasmin

ColourPop can do absolutely no wrong in my book, and this month I showed you two of my favorite $5 lip colors, Tipsy and Yasmin.


From the actual makeup bag to the hair, skin, and makeup products within, it was a good month for Ipsy and I’m already anticipating my March shipment.

Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm

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!

Makeup Of The Day 86 With Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain And Hydrating Balm

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Bold lips – like the ones I get with the Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain And Hydrating Balm - deserve bold eyes!

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Perfect Your Pout With Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain And Hydrating Balm

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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.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens

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.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Balm

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.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Stain

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!

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Removal

There are four bold colors available in the Pout Pens. I’ve been using are Fuzzy Navel and Sangria.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Fuzzy Navel and Sangria Swatches

Fuzzy Navel is a bold dark coral, which makes me think about Summer (and how many of us are so ready for Summer?).

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Fuzzy Navel Swatches

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Fuzzy Navel

Sangria is a gorgeous magenta which is one of my favorite lip colors in general.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Sangria Swatches

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Sangria

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.

Rating: B+

Price: $20

Availability: www.purminerals.com and Kohl’s

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

The Best Nail Care Products $10 And Under

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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.

The Best Nail Care Products $10 and Under

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.

e.l.f. Concealer Brush

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.

Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus

This changed my nail care game permanently for good. Price: $10. Available at drugstore.com.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

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.

Cutex Baseworx

I really never expected to have such a fondness for Cutex products, but I’m alternating this as a basecoat with Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus. Price: $7. Available at drugstore.com.

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads

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.

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover

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.

CoverGirl XL Nail Gel

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.

Basic Manicure Implements

Nail files, cuticle pushers,  buffers, clippers, nail brushes, and cuticle nippers are essentials, and Kiss has a great kit that is just $10.99. Available at drugstore.com.

What are your must have nail care products?

Makeup Of The Day 85 With The Ipsy 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag

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And now for the details on the makeup I wore in my Ipsy February 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag post!

Makeup Inspiration With The Ipsy February Glam Bag 2015

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An Ode To Love – Ipsy February 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag

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After a few months of Ipsy happiness, I was entirely eager to receive and dig into my Ipsy February 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag.

Ipsy February 2015

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.

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2015

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.

Model Co Blush Peach Bellini

The City Color Creamy Lip Stain is really pretty and long-wearing. It’s light weight, comfortable, a pretty opaque mid-toned pink.

City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini

City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini Swatch

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.

NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Silver Shimmer

NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Silver Shimmer Swatch

Makeup Geek Insomnia Eyeshadow Inspiration

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.

Makeup Inspiration With The Ipsy February Glam Bag 2015

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!

If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy yourself, here’s my referral link. Thank you!

Rating: A

Price: $10 per month (includes shipping)

Value of Full Sized Items: Approx. $30.50


Makeup Of The Day 84 With ColourPop Lippie Stix In Tipsy

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I’m in love with ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy – it’s my favorite neutral lip color of the moment! Here, I’ve paired it with a smoky purple and shimmery copper eye.

Makeup Geek Unicorn MAC Print MAC Shale ColourPop Sequin ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy

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ColourPop Tipsy Lippie Stix Is Possibly The Most Perfect Peach

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ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy has been in my makeup kit for a couple of months, but I have to confess my lips were too much of a Winter-chapped mess for this perfect peach to get much wear time. It was rough going! Thankfully, my lips are recovered and I can give Tipsy the full justice it deserves.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy

ColourPop has my full attention – this budget-brand offers top notch lip, eye, and cheek products that are well under $10. The Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, and Super Shock Shadows are $5 each, and their new blushes are $8 each. I have a couple of the blushes on the way and I am SO very excited to try them.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy Swatch

Tipsy comes with an accompanying coordinating lip pencil, but you can use any neutral lip pencil you already have.

ColourPop Tipsy

There’s nothing more I can say, but this such a gorgeous neutral peach color that is STUNNING with smoky eyes.

Makeup Geek Unicorn MAC Print MAC Shale ColourPop Sequin ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy

I paired Tipsy with a sparkly copper and purple smoky eye, one of my all time favorite eye shadow combinations.

My Final Thoughts: For a perfect peach glossy lip, my pick is ColourPop  Lippie Stix in Tipsy!

Rating: A+

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Ladies, Love Your Curls With Dove Quench Hair Care Products


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The Oscar’s Makeup Look On Margot Robbie By Hourglass Cosmetics

While searching through my Instagram feed this evening looking at the various celebrity looks from the Oscars, I could not help but adore the simple elegance on Margot Robbie. It turns out Hourglass Cosmetics is responsible for this look, and major kudos to the artist behind this glam. It’s perfection, as far as I’m concerned.

Margot Robbie - Oscars 2015 hires

Here’s the breakdown of this makeup, direct from Hourglass. Enjoy!

Margot Robbie sizzled on the red carpet at Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards. The sultry Australian actress, a presenter at the awards ceremony, looked breathtaking in a black Saint Laurent dress, a vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and fiery orange-red lips. “We were inspired by old Hollywood glamour and wanted to make a statement,” says makeup artist Tyron Macchausen. “It’s the Oscars after all.”

Skin: Tyron began by prepping the skin with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to ensure a flawless makeup application. He then used Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Honey & Beige on her skin and Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Sand under the eyes.

Cheeks: He lightly contoured with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light, and then applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light as a highlight on her cheekbones.

Brows: He used a combination of Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde and Soft Brunette to add dimension to her brows.

Eyes: He kept her eyelids bare and only applied Hourglass 1.5 mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner to the inside of her lash line. He followed with several coats of Hourglass Film Noir Mascara to her top lashes.

Lips: He lined her lips with Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil in Raven, followed by Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, for a pop of matte orange-red.

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