February Beauty Buys

February 12, 2015

beauty / style

There’s something about Valentine’s Day and the whole lovey-dovey feeling that surrounds it that makes me want to get a little more dolled up. While I have absolutely no plans this Valentine’s (is binge watching Friends reruns and eating frozen yogurt by the pint a plan?), I love taking the time to feel pretty. Here are a few products perfect for just that…

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat // Okay, full disclosure, I was looking for Clinique Airbrush concealer but I believe it’s been discontinued, so I opted for this. I love the light formula and the fact that it not only conceals my terrifyingly dark circles, it brightens the under-eyes too. Plus, there’s a clicky button on the bottom that you push to dispense more product. So it’s fun.

Benefit Benetint // This cheek and lip stain is one of those cult favorites that I’ve read about for years and couldn’t justify spending the dough on, until I tried it. The color is sheer and build-able so you can adjust the intensity of the stain depending on your needs. Plus, it’s not going anywhere. I wore it all day and it lasts through it all. And, because Benetint is a stain, there’s no powder or added texture sitting on your cheeks – it looks like a totally natural, glowy, flush. So basically, I’m in love. With Benetint.

Essie – Berry Naughty (similar here) // I bought this color on a whim around Christmas and have worn it almost every week since. It’s dark but not vampy, like an oxblood, and it flatters light and dark skin tones, which can be tricky to pull off. This week I’m wearing it on my toes with Barefoot and Topless on my fingers. It’s my rosy nod to Valentine’s Day.

Sephora eyelash curler // As I mentioned before, I just started curling my lashes again. I researched a bunch of different curlers and found this one to be moderately priced, well-constructed, and comparable to luxury brands. I liked the simple packaging and the fact that two refill rubber bumpers were included.

Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder // I’ve struggled with E.F.S. (extreme face shine) for a very long time and have always shied away from powders because they leave a flat matte face and cakey texture on my skin. Not the case with this one – I use it to set my foundation in the morning and find it keeps everything in place longer. I love this brand in general because each product feels luxurious. This powder has officially been added to my repertoire.

PS – January Beauty Buys and my beauty overhaul

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