February Favorites

Happy Monday, everyone!

I can hardly believe that we're already approaching the end of February and that it's time for my monthly favorites post. However, I am so ready for spring and my impending vacation so this goodbye is not one that's totally bittersweet.

In February I rediscovered some old favorite products and found a couple of new hidden gems as well. These items are all very basic staples in my makeup routine, so if you're a fan of easy, fuss-free products then keep on reading!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: This is Real Technique's version of the Beauty Blender and I have to say, I was skeptical as to whether or not it would live up to Beauty Blender's standards. However, I'm super pleasantly surprised with this sponge! It swells greatly in size when damp, feels soft and bouncy against my face, and gives my foundation a flawless finish. I've actually been preferring to use this over my Beauty Blender this month, as the flat side of the Miracle Complexion Sponge makes it easier to cover greater large facial areas (cheeks, forehead, etc) quicker. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Beauty Blender, check this one out!

Rosehip oil: I've been loving applying a couple of drops of rosehip oil to my lips and face when I'm feeling particularly dry this winter. My skin drinks it up and feels like velvet after application. Rosehip oil has great skin benefits; along with hydrating, it is useful in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. It has anti-aging properties due to the fact that it contains vitamins E, C, D, and B-carotene. Each of these vitamins are antioxidants that fight free radicals and allow for increased cell turnover. The particular brand of rosehip oil that I'm using is from a local brand my mom knew about, but you can find lots of inexpensive rosehip oil options through Amazon!

Elf Clear Brow & Lash Mascara: This has seriously been my miracle worker this month which sounds silly considering it's such a simple product. I love using this to set my brows every day. You only need a teeny bit to keep your brows in place and they will stay put all day long! I've also started using this on my lashes after applying my Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara. I mentioned in my January Favorites post that this mascara transfers on me but does incredible things for my lashes, so I've tried out a few different methods to prevent transfer. What I've found is that applying Elf's Clear Mascara on top of it greatly reduces the amount of smudging underneath my eyes! This product has been super multidimensional for me so I've been loving it.

Ulta Liquid Liner in Forest Green Pearl: I wasn't expecting much when I found this liner on sale for $2 in the clearance bin at Ulta, but I am seriously impressed with this stuff! It stays on my lids all day and doesn't transfer to my upper eyelids at all. Best of all is the color of the liner - it's a deep olive green with gold glitter that really makes it pop. It compliments my hazel eyes wonderfully. I tend not to stray from my trusty matte black liner, but I've been reaching for this liner instead on days where I wear either natural eyeshadow or no eyeshadow at all. Unfortunately this color may now be discontinued as I don't see it listed on Ulta's website, but they have lots of other color options that you can find here.

Nyx HD Studio Finishing Powder: For a while I opted not to set my foundation with powder as I loved the fresh-faced, dewy look I got without it. However, I recently used my finishing powder again and forgot how much I love how it blurs my pores. This Nyx Finishing Powder is a loose translucent powder that can feel very slick/silky, so I only pick up a very small amount on my kabuki brush and use it to set my cheeks, nose, and undereyes. For the most part it gets the job done for me, however, there are a couple of drawbacks to this powder in particular. Firstly, it clings to dry patches like crazy. Secondly, it has reeeeally bad flashback in photos if you use too much. I want to try the RCMA No Color Powder when I run out of the Nyx one as I've heard much more positive reviews of that. So, I suppose that the Nyx Studio Finishing Powder itself isn't necessarily my favorite this month; rather, this is a general homage to the powers of translucent finishing powders.

These are the products I've been loving the most this month! Have you tried any of these products? What were your loves in the month of February? Leave a comment below so I can check them out!