| Loves | February 2019 Favorites



| Loves | February 2019 Favorites

February is always a short month but man, did it fly by this year. I could barely get my 2018 favorites out before the end of the month. Again, so sorry for being so behind but it's been a crazy start to the year. Like in December, I have been really caring for my skin because the winter weather has been so harsh. This month, we received a ton of rain out here, which is super rare but even rarer, we had hail! That's a level of cold that I'm not used to. Anyways, because of the unusually cold weather I have been very skincare focused this month. 


SKINCARE 



PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum - A new addition to my routine, this hyaluronic acid serum is INCREDIBLE! It is so light and hydrating. It really retains moisture in my skin, keeping it plump and fresh during this harsh winter weather. I use this every morning, so that my skin will stay hydrated throughout the day without any greasy texture on my skin.


PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster - This super lightweight gel textured lip serum feels incredible on the lips. It creates a super cushion-like veil over the lips protecting it and hydrating your lips like no other lip balm can do! It's completely clear, has no smell, and a little goes a very long way. It has been my evening lip balm staple! It really keeps my lips hydrated all night long and I wake up with the softest and plumpest lips!



Elemis Daily Defense Shield SPF 30 - I've been using this sun protection a lot because it is so light and serum-like! It absorbs so quickly into the skin and offers protection to both UV and blue light from electronic devices. I love that I don't even know it is there underneath my makeup. Check out my full review here for more information on this sun protection.



Elemis Superfood Kefir Tea Mist - I have been loving a facial mist in the mornings for refreshing my skin, waking it up, and adding a boost of hydration. This latest addition to the Elemis Superfood range has a refreshing natural and fresh fragrance. It adds a wonderful boost of hydration and helps my serum absorb completely. It also makes a great makeup fixing and refreshing spray after a long day. The mist is ultra fine and even. You can learn all bout the superfood benefits in my review here.


Elemis Superfood Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator - I LOVE my exfoliators but when it comes to the winter, I have to pull away from my harsher chemical exfoliators that I love for something more gentle because of my dry skin. Cue in, this latest beauty launch, the Superfood Blackcurrant Exfoliator! Not only is it packed with anti-oxidant goodness, it has very small and gentle exfoliating particles. These particles will get into those pores and smooth out the skin without being to harsh. Learn more about this anti-aging exfoliator in my review here.




Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask - I love a good mask and I try to mask at least once or twice a week and getting my veggies in through my skincare is pretty awesome. This nourishing and refreshing mask really makes my skin glow and it makes my skin feel soft. I find that this mask really helps refresh my skin and makes it look more lively. Plus, it's packed with a ton of nutrients and anti-oxidants!

Elemis Superfood Berry Boost Mask -  Speaking of anti-oxidants, there's very few foods that are as packed with them than berries! This deliciously fragrant berry mask has helped control and balance the oils on my skin, made my skin look brighter, and makes it glow! With so many anti-oxidants in this formula, it makes my skin feel firmer and look more plump. While this face mask controls oil on the skin, it would work on all skin types.


MAKEUP



Derma E Radiant Glow Face Oil - This blend of oils is light, hydrating, and nourishing but it also contains fine bits of shimmer that adds even more glow to the skin! This oil is so great for mixing with foundation or for priming the skin. I have been really enjoying it as a skin prep for my dry skin and it adds such a beautiful glow. It keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day and I've noticed my makeup applies more evenly and smoother with this as a primer. 

VDL LumiLayer Fresh Pimer - After using the oil, I love using this primer for additional glow and smoothing properties. It makes my makeup apply flawlessly and the fresh glow is so healthy and beautiful.  The slight pink tint brightens my complexion so much and makes my skin look so fresh. I am a HUGE fan of this primer. It has quickly become my new favorite illuminating primer!


Armani Crema Nuda Tinted Cream - This luxurious and expensive skincare-makeup hybrid has been on my wish list for years and I am very pleased with this formula. Admittedly, because of my dry skin, I didn't really fall head over heels for this formula until I started my oil and illuminating primer prep routine. However, it is a beautiful foundation. I will have a full review coming up very soon!


Armani Neo Nude Powder - This powder is heavenly for anyone who loves a glow or has dry skin! This powder has ultra-fine undetectable particles of shimmer that reflect the light perfectly give a glow and diffuse any imperfections! This powder really perfects and blurs the texture of skin while setting it. I love that you can't tell that there is powder on my skin but it still help prevent oil from shining through too much. If you like the Hourglass Ambient Powders, you will adore this powder!


Tom Ford The Ultimate Bronzer in Terra - This is probably my favorite powder bronzer ever! I just always go back to this when I don't know what bronzer to reach for. The color is just the perfect amount of warmth and can be used to sculpt the face. This shade doesn't have any visible shimmer but the gel-powder formula offers a soft glow. This bronzer comes with so much product, I can't believe I haven't hit pan yet! 

Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighter - This powder highlighter has become my go-to when I can't decide on my glow. The formula is so smooth and soft. It blends seamlessly into the skin leaving an intense beam of light without any shimmer or sparkle. I often receive compliments on my highlighter when I wear this one. It's an almost glossy shine even though it is a powder, which I love! I prefer the lightest shade because it is the most neutral of the three available shades.


Rituel de Fille The Alchemist - This cream highlighter is my go-to for a wet and glossy look! It is quite sparkly but when applied to the cheeks it is so stunning and the texture is so surreal. This is the glossiest and most wet appearing highlight I own. The shimmers are a sheer and crystal-like sparkle with fine rainbow shimmers throughout. I can't get enough of this highlight topper, wither alone or on top of a highlighter.


Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eye Quad - There seems to be a theme this month "go-tos" and there isn't a more obvious go-to than this simple neutral quad. With three matte basic neutral shades, this is a staple in palette in my collection. The light mid-toned brown is the perfect transition and crease shade for any look you'd want to create. Since I have been testing some bolder lip shades lately, I have been using this quad for my everyday makeup.


Tom Ford White Suede Eye Quad - To pair with Cocoa Mirage, I have been using the two lightest shades in this palette a lot! The brown is horrible in this quad but I really enjoy the other three shades. The glittery light shade adds the perfect glossy sparkle to a simple eye look and the other lightest shade is perfect for highlighting the inner corner of the eyes.


Tom Ford Luxe Lacquers - I love a good liquid lip color and I love Tom Ford! This latest launch doesn't disappoint! With a wide range of shades and two different finishes, these new liquid lip colors are a delightful new addition to the Tom Ford range. I'm not too crazy about the vinyl finish ones, which have a thick consistency and transfer like crazy but I do enjoy the shades very much. The matte finish lacquers have a beautiful soft velvety finish and are so comfortable! You can see all my swatches and checkout a full comparison on all the Tom Ford lip lacquer formulas here.


BODY

Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee - Still embracing the warmth and sweetness of vanilla this month, this subtly sweet and subtly floral vanilla fragrance is so beautiful and feminine. It layers so well with many fragrances but of course, I'm in a seriously vanilla mood so I pair it with Tom Ford Vanille Fatale.

Tom Ford Vanille Fatale Private Blend Fragrance - This fragrance is just a touch smokey, with subtle notes of tobacco and stronger notes of leather. Paired with the sweetness of the vanilla and some spice, it is a perfectly balanced and sophisticated vanilla fragrance. It makes me feel cozy and chic.


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