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Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it felt like it dragged on forever!
After Valentine's Day came and went it felt like I had nothing else to look forward to. However, there is a very important event coming up in March … The Season Four Premier of The Americans!
If you're not familiar with the premise of the show it's a Soviet spy drama set Washington D.C. in the early 1980's. The first three seasons are available on Prime TV if you're an Amazon prime member, but I believe only the first two seasons are free. Apparently, if you're looking for ways to help you pass a polygraph test, just tighten your anus. I'm not exactly sure what that does, but It's one of the valuable lessons you learn from being a soviet spy. I know that doesn’t have anything to do with makeup or beauty, but I just thought I'd sneak it in there as my first favorite.
My second favorite it the ELF HD Mattifying Cream Foundation. I've had this foundation for about six months and only started using it regularly in the winter. I originally bought it this past summer for its promised mattifying benefits. Unfortunately this foundation does not set to a matte finish. It actually doesn't really set at all. It just stays tacky all day long. Since I have dry skin, I don't mind that it doesn't set to a matte finish; it just wasn't what I was expecting initially. The formula reminds me of the hydrating Stick Foundation from E.L.F. Even thought he mattifying formula clings to dry patches, I prefer it over the hydrating formula because it sits better on the skin. For a natural, flawless-looking application, use it with a beauty sponge. For a quick and dirty application, I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Who has time to get up and wet a sponge?
The next item is NYC's BB Radiance Perfecting Powder in Warm Beige. As previously mentioned, I am a dry-skinned girl who generally doesn't use a setting powder too often. However it does come in handy for days when I'm using the Elf HD Mattifying Cream Foundation (that doesn't set to be matte) but I want to bronze or contour with a powder. It just makes blending out harsh contour lines easier. The Maybelline Fit Me powder works well too.
It should be no surprise that ILNP's Holographic Glitter polish in Juliette made it on this month's Favorite's list. (Link Post) Not only is it my first 'holo' polish, it's my first indie polish as well. A few weeks ago I did a "Valentine's Day themed" Manicure Monday and the only word I could use to describe it is "Magic!" For more about my thoughts on this polish, refer to that post. Additionally, it's also very easy to remove which; in my experience at least, is a rare quality with glitter polishes. I removed it with plain, off brand nail polish remover. No acetone, no soaking. Maybe the difference is because it's a holographic polish and not a true glitter polish, although I describe it as being "glittery" because that's the appearance that it gives. That doesn’t make any sense does it? It doesn’t really matter because it's just magic in a bottle. Long story short, I'm in love! If you're on the fence about picking up a holographic polish from ILNP, just do it. If you end up hating it, you can throw me all the shade you want.
Between the Sheets from Colour Pop has been another go to for me this month. Referring back to my Colour Pop Haul, even though I'm relatively new to the brand, I feel like I haven't been able to put this blush down! It's beautiful and natural looking in both shade and finish. On my skin tone it goes on very subtle. It doesn't look like I'm wearing a blush at all; it just looks like a natural glow. Sometimes I top it off with the blush from the ELF Fiji cheek duo when I'm feeling especially frisky.
The makeup community has been obsessed with Inglot's AMC Gel liner in 77 for, I want to say, a couple of years now, and even though I have that shade too I've been gravitating toward 90 (the dark brown) for a more natural look on the day to day. In all honesty, the color you get doesn't matter because the real prize is the formula. In the pot it looks like a normal cream liner, but once your brush comes into contact with the product it melts down immediately. Almost as if you were to stick a hot needle into it. The texture is very creamy, almost liquidy, when you go to pick up product and it glides over the eye effortlessly. While you're still working with it, it wipes away easily enough, but within a couple of minutes it sets to a matte, water resistant finish. If you're thinking about purchasing, black is the obvious first choice, but since I already have the basics covered I'm ready for my next AMC liner to be something a little louder. Yumm…
That's all for February's Favorites!
I'd love to know what products you've been loving this (past) month in the comments.