Wednesday, February 29, 2012

february favorites

it's that time...favorites time. i usually only post these every now and then when im in the mood. february was a trying month, i accumulated so many new products.

FACE
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MAYBELLINE DREAM MATTE POWDER
this is ok. it is the only powder that matches me at the moment so i have been using it daily. oil control isnt the best. i wont repurchase as i have my eye on chanel's loose powder which is supposed to be very good.

CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL
very lovely product. hard cream consistency, effortlessly natural looking. i have been using a mac 130 for this along my cheekbones and forehead.

ESTEE LAUDER MODERN MERCURY
recently bought this off my friend Hieu who i have mentioned many times before here on my blog. he found he never used this and he knew how much i much i was kicking myself for not picking it up when i had the chance. it is so gorgeous. this has been my highlighter of choice. i have yet to try using it on the eyes...

KORRES FACE PRIMER DELUXE SAMPLE
ive had this sample from sephora for forever. i always neglected it but i decided it was time to use it up. i use it more out of habit really. ill give my thoughts on it next items used up post i do...

EYES
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URBAN DECAY TOASTED SHADOW
this is hands down one of my top eye shadows ever. remember how i said i was in a one shadow only mood? this has been my top choice all month. i have this shade in my pony palette and my naked one as well so i doubt ill run out anytime soon. when i do i am getting the single...

i also wore this shadow in this picture that got quite a few compliments on twitter and instagram:

photo
i am only wearing toasted and some feline smudge at the top and bottom lashline. so simple but everyone seemed to like it. i believe i am wearing mac's earth to earth blush here...

MAC FELINE LINER
normally i wouldn't include this since i use this everyday (can you tell? look at how small the pencil is!) on my waterline and it is just a staple to me. but i thought i would mention it because normally i use liquid liner to line my top lid. this whole month i have been messily applying feline on my top lid and smudging it out with a mac 219/my fingers. ive been favoring this because it is easy and i am out of liquid liner. thinking about getting illmasqua precision ink or lancome art liner. which do you guys think i should try?

SN: look at the cap to this! so cracked and ugly and i am not even rough with it. unfortunately mac's packaging is so flimsy and cheap that it breaks very easily. i hate that aspect.

URBAN DECAY PRIMER POTION
another item i normally neglect. i tend to gravitate to my mac paint pots but lately i keep reaching for this. probably because i feel the need to use it up. i like this primer. i have tried TFSI and i like that equally as well. i hear from a lot of people that UDPP dries out their lids. i do not have that problem. not sure if i would repurchase this though since i want to test out the nars smudge proof primer.

SMASHBOX TRIO IN FILTER
i never hear anything about these little trios from smashbox. this is actually my sister's, she has about three different shades of these trios and has hit pan on the other two. i wonder why these arent well known because the quality is absolutely excellent. extremely pigmented and smooth. my sister travels for a living so she leaves a lot of makeup behind. luckily for me she left this and i was curious. on the few days this month i didnt want to wear a taupe, i used this. superior to mac (almost any other mid range brand is, or so i think). the colors are very similar to mac's brule, cork, and expresso i would say.

CHEEKS
DSC_6476noticing a trend this month, almost all boring neutral shades!

NARS LOVEJOY
shimmering browned rose. lovely. universally flattering shade, hard to mess up.

BURBERRY RUSSET
when looking at burberry makeup ads, this is the color they use on the models. how can you resist this shade knowing that?!? i love the heart of burberry's theme when it comes to makeup. naturally YOU but enhanced just so, if that makes any sense? need more burberry (copper lip mist, pale barley eye shadow, tangerine blush gahh.) this shade is similar to lovejoy, but lovejoy is a bit rosier and russet is more honey toned.

NARS MOUNIA
sadly discontinued. i LOVE this shade. absolutely love it. i have no idea why nars would remove this from their line. when i wasnt being boring wearing a nude blush, i wore this. i believe the description nars used for this shade was cinnamon coral. a bit odd i feel since mounia does not remind me of cinnamon, it has too much purple in it. regardless it is stunning and if you ever see it again snatch it up.

MAC EARTH TO EARTH
i went more in depth with this blush HERE.

HAIR
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MOROCCAN OIL LUMINOUS HAIR SPRAY
the hold is decent, i dont think this is particularly luminous, but the SMELL. oh the smell. so delicious. i would repurchase this just because of that. i also like how this doesnt build up in my hair, even after multiple days of use and not washing my hair.

BIG SEXY HAIR POWDER PLAY
this is a hair texturizer and it is supposed to also add volume. this is a really neat product. it is a fine powder that you sprinkle in your roots and shimmy your hands through to work it in. it works very well at adding volume. only a small amount is needed for the desired effect. very easy to overdo though so be careful. adding too much makes your hair a bit sticky and prone to knots (talking from experience here, whoops)

SUAVE HEAT PROTECTANT
this also smells really good. i think i prefer this over the tresemme one. the product sprays out nice and finely. and it is cheap!

that's all for this month...

hope you all had a happy leap year day and didn't get into too much trouble :P

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