February 2016 Favorites

February 2016 FavoritesFebruary 2016 Favorites
1.Pantene Pro-V Stylers Max Hold Mousse, $7 / 2. Coastal Scents BR-B-S03, $5
3. Etude House Drawing Eye Brow, $5

This is the shortest favorites I’ve ever done. February has been impossibly draining so I really haven’t spent that much time playing with beauty products. It’s been an unprecedentedly demanding month (at ye olde day job); I basically get up, go to work, come home, do more work, make and eat food, shower, dry hair, sleep. On weekends, I do…you guessed it, more work, and veg out. Here’s the few things that earned their places as my February 2016 Favorites, though!

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Chatter: Seasons of Beauty

Once upon a time, well before writing this blog was even a glimmer of consideration in my mind, I was a nail fiend. I had a completely unreasonable amount of nail polish, I was painting 2-4 times per week, and nail art was my norm (at risk of being that guy, here) before it was cool. Every one of my DIY manicures had nail art. Sometimes on just 1-2 nails per hand, sometimes each finger.

Usually my nails featured original designs, but sometimes recreations of things I’d seen online – definitely did cutepolish’s Pikachu manicure (from before she showed her face in her videos, talk about a throwback) because like any 90s kid, I have this strange compulsion to do silly nostalgic things. I became skillful with an orangewood stick, dotting tool, and those surprisingly annoying long, skinny brushes in the detailer polish bottles.

And then, somewhere, that ended. I moved on to other things, entered other seasons of beauty. I still painted my nails, and was still a perfectionist about it, but I wasn’t going crazy with it. I’m not sure why, but if I had to guess it would be the introduction of gel polish to my life (still a really great present, husband), which enabled me to spend about an hour on my nails once every 7-14 (if lucky) days. Nail art is still possible with gel (and some people make incredible designs!), but I’m just not into that right now. 

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MAC Select Loyalty Program

MAC Select Loyalty

Lipstick addicts, brace yourself. MAC Cosmetics started a rewards program, MAC Select Loyalty.

Being in the US, MAC isn’t available at Sephora or Ulta so until now you couldn’t reap BI or UltaMate rewards from your purchases of Ruby Woo or Candy Yum Yum. That was kind of sad, because the only customer loyalty options you had when it came to purchasing MAC was maybe Macy’s Plenti or Nordstrom’s offerings. And believe me, MAC customers are loyal.

MAC Select features three tiers of perks, all of which include membership exclusives, an expanded Back-to-MAC program, a Back-to-MAC tracker, free samples, and varying degrees of free shipping. The tiers are as follows:

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beautyblender Nude

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I haven’t written a post dedicated solely to the beautyblender, but it has been a recurring topic because I love them (comparison to Bundle Monster sponges here, and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge here). Recently, a new shade was added to the family of egg-shaped sponges; beautyblender Nude.

The beautyblender sponges come in five colors: Pink (classic), Black (Pro), White (Pure), Red (Red Carpet, limited edition I think), Purple (Royal), and now Nude.

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Sephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel Swatches

Colorful Cheek Ink GelSephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel Trio

I’ve mentioned before that I have an interest in non-powder blushes. When Sephora released the Colorful Cheek Ink Gels, I made a mental note to give it a shot.

When I received the Sephora Collection Make You Blush! Colorful Cheek Ink Gel trio before Christmas,  I was excited to but ultimately had to set it aside for a bit to get through the holidays. Well, the holidays have now passed and I’m finally settling back into my routine.

The Colorful Cheek Ink Gel trio features three of the six available shades in slightly more (0.35 oz) than half as large a the regular (0.67oz), individual Colorful Cheek Ink Gels.

Colorful Cheek Ink Gel Swatches - Peony, Lotus, DahliaSephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel Swatches

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