Hits & Misses: February Edition

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February was a month of trying new beauty products and rediscovering old ones.  Brands are coming out with their spring and summer collections, and since Ulta had a 20% off everything discount code, I decided to splurge and test some new products as well as some that I have had my eyes on for a while.

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I have been eyeing the LORAC PRO To Go Make-Up Palette but have restraining myself from buying it because I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes already.  I decided to take the plunge because I’ve heard so many good things about the Lorac Pro eyeshadows and I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  This palette comes with three shimmery eyeshadows and three matte shadows so it can create any day and night look.  These shadows are really buttery and creamy and blend like a dream.  Since I have been traveling more often, this is the perfect makeup product to pack.

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Buxom Lash Mascara is an oldie, but a goodie.  The rubber bristles and hourglass-shaped brush really help reach every lash and volumize and lengthen without clumping.  I bought the waterproof version since it helps keep my curl throughout the day.

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I received a sample of Benefit Fake Up Concealer in a Birchbox and I have used it up!  I love the convenience and consistency of this concealer because I can just swipe it underneath my eyes and it blends beautifully.  The ring of moisturizer around the concealer prevents the concealer from looking cakey and flakey – nobody wants that.

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Milani’s blush in Bella Rosa is a little intimidating in the packaging, but it really sheers out on the cheeks.  It gives a really natural and flushed effect.  I also really like this blush because it is matte and it doesn’t settle and accentuate my pores.  The blush itself is very pigmented, so I recommend using a duo fiber brush or even a stiple brush to give a natural look.

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Real Technique brushes are really high quality at a terrific price point.  They are so soft and sturdy, but are all under $10.  This Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush is no different – it is so fluffy and soft.  I love using this with Milani’s Matte Blush because it really diffuses the color and it doesn’t give any harsh lines to give a more soft and glowy effect.

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I have pretty oily eyelids, so I always need to apply a base before I apply shadow.  I’ve been loving Milani Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast because it’s easy and quick to apply and I can wear it on its own or layer shadows on top of it and it lasts all days.

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Anastasia Brow Whiz Pencil in Medium Ash has been a savior for my brows.  This pencil gives me really natural looking brows because the pencil is firm and not super pigmented, so when you apply it to your brows, it blends beautifully.   It is also super convenient because of the spooli brush on the other end.  Just swipe, blend, and go!

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My final favorite of the month is Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion.  I’ve been using this moisturizer since high school and I alway come back to it.  It sinks into my skin wonderfully and it minimizes the appearance of my pores.  It’s gives my skin a semi-matte finish, so if you have oily skin, I definitely recommend this product.

Time for the misses…

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My one miss of the month was Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Beige-ing Beauty. The color is a golden champagne color and I had such high hopes for this shadow – I thought it would be a dupe for Benefit’s cream shadow in RSVP.  Unfortunately, this cream shadow had lots of glitter and it went on very sheer and the glitter went everywhere.  I don’t like to deal with glitter because it always ends in a mess and usually I’ll have glitter somewhere on my face for days.  I had to return this item because I would never use it.

That wraps it up for February! What have you been loving? Leave a comment below!

Stay Chic!

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