February Favorites 2015

Feb. Favorites

I haven’t done one of these monthly favorites in a while because my skincare and beauty routines have been pretty stable for the past few months. I haven’t tried a lot of new products because I am still loving the ones I’ve been using. This month, I narrowed down my favorites based on my everyday go-to look.

I know that a lot of my posts have to do with beauty and makeup, but I don’t like to depend on makeup to create a flawless complexion. I don’t have perfect skin, but I do take care of it so my breakouts have decreased over the past few years.

One of my favorite skincare items is Aesop’s Parsley Seed Masque. It’s very gentle, but it does a great job of cleaning out pores and extracting all impurities in the skin. I like to use this once a week, but you can use it up to two.

When it comes down to applying my actual makeup, my goal is to create a very natural and healthy complexion. In order to achieve this look, I use a lot of highlighting products so that my skin looks very dewy and plump.

Benefit’s Dallas blush has been my favorite blush for the winter time because it’s a medium-toned rosy-bronze shade and it warms up the skin as well as give it a very subtle flush. Since the blush has a bit of a shimmer in it, it can double has a highlighter.

After concealer and powder, my face can often look very flat, so I like to bring some light back into my under eyes and to the tops of my cheekbones. Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Palette does the job beautifully. These powders are not glittery or shimmery, but they give the face a beautiful sheen and the results are very natural. If I really want an extra glow, I will use this palette and dust Dim Light all over my face and doing this really gives that dewy finish.

I don’t normally do my eyes, but if I have a special event and want to put in a little extra effort, I reach for my Lorac Pro Palette. This palette, to me, is the best neutral palette out on the market right now. It is super sleek and easy to travel with and it has every color you could possibly need for a neutral or dramatic smokey eye look. The eyeshadows are great quality and it’s cheaper than a lot of the competing neutral eye palettes.

For my hair, I have been on a real “wavy/loose curls” kick and I really like my Hot Tools 1-1/4″ curling iron because it gives me big loose curls that make my ombré hair look more natural and effortless. To get the look I want, I just wrap my hair around the barrel instead of using the clamp.

As always, I want to know what you guys loved in the month of February!

Stay Chic!

15 thoughts on “February Favorites 2015

  1. I agree, favorites should be things that help the natural you! I’m obsessed with finding new skin care goodies so they are always my favorite finds, makes me less excited about make up! Loved reading this x

    • Thank you! It took me forever to buy the Lorac Pro Palette because there were so many neutral palettes on the market and I couldn’t make up my mind, but I’m so glad I bit the bullet. I don’t think I’ll need another neutral palette for a long time.

    • The ones I posted are actually the finishing powders, but I know Hourglass has a blush palette as well and I am very tempted to try them out. If they are anything like the finishing powders, I know I’ll love them. 🙂

      • Haha, it’s cool. The concept is definitely a little confusing because they are all finishing powders that are supposed affect how light reflects on your skin and ultimately enhance your skin in any type of light. The one on the far left is Dim Light and it’s supposed to blur your imperfections as if you were in a dim-lit room. The middle one is Incandescent Light and is probably the closest to a highlighter shade. The right-most shade is Radiant Light and it really warms up your face like a bronzer but it doesn’t add a lot of color. It just gives a really healthy “I’ve been outside in the sun” glow to the skin. I hope that cleared things up! Let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

      • I think anyone can use these finishing powders because they aren’t like blushes or bronzers in that they can be too dark or light for certain skin tones. They don’t add any color to your face. They really just enhance your skin and blur out imperfections and they leave your skin looking air-brushed and healthy. For me, a lot of setting powders leave my face looking really matte and flat, but these Ambient Lighting Powders give my face more dimension and more of a dewy finish. I hope that all made some sense, haha. If you are still having doubts, I definitely recommend going to a Sephora and testing them out. They don’t swatch like much, but when you swatch the on your hands, you can see how they reflect the light. Hope this helps!

    • Thanks for visiting my blog! Your blog looks great! I love your healthy recipes, especially the chia seed pudding one. I will have to try that out. Do you have an Instagram? I would love to follow you. I am @spotted.chic!

      • Thanks so much! I followed you on insta, my username is @_erinfinity. I’ll definitely put up some more healthy recipes – thanks for the comment!

    • I really love the Aesop mask! It’s a great choice if you have sensitive skin because it deep cleans without irritating your skin. Let me know if you try it!

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