The Hot List: February 2018 Favorites
It’s that time of the month again! February, though obviously the shortest month of the year, seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye. Because of that, along with the fact of me having major issues with skin sensitivity and irritation this month, I don’t have very many favorites. That’s okay though, because you guys can get a feel of what products I will use no matter what the condition of my skin is like. I also did start up my Product Rediscovery series this month, and that post has a mixture of products I’ve fallen back in love with if you’d like more fabulous products to read up on. You can also check out last month’s favorites as well, but without further ado, let’s jump into my February Favorites.
1. First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream: This is a relatively new product on my market, but I’ve seen so much hype around it that I figured I’d give it a go. First Aid Beauty is already my favorite skincare brand, and so far, I haven’t found a product I haven’t liked. This is no exception. I’ve been using the FAB Ultra Repair Cream (as most of you all probably already know) for over a year now; it’s my holy grail moisturizer. I recently purchased some skincare kits from the brand, and in those kits, they included their Ultra Repair Moisturizer, which is made from some of the same great ingredients in the cream but with a lighter texture. Though I love both of those, they’re geared a little more towards dry-skinned guys and gals. I’ve personally never had an issue with those during periods where my skin is oilier, but I don’t mind a little “dew” on the face, and hydration is a priority for me.
The Coconut Water Cream is the best of both worlds. It hydrates and sinks into the skin amazingly, but feels like almost nothing and looks like nothing on the skin. It’s a gel moisturizer, so it is definitely a formula that keeps oily skin types in mind. What I love the most about this moisturizer is how cooling it feels on the skin. The label says this product will recharge the skin, and that’s the exact feeling I have after I’ve applied it! My skin feels cool, hydrated, recharged, and ready to take on the day. This moisturizer has a coconut scent to it, but it’s honestly a “barely there” fragrance and isn’t artificial, so I experienced no irritation. I’ve rounded out my skincare routine by using either this or the Ultra Repair Moisturizer in the morning, and the Ultra Repair Cream at night. I plan on doing a skincare routine post sometime in the future, but since I’ve ordered some new products from Bahi Cosmetics, I’m waiting to see if those will become staples in my routine or if they’ll fall flat. It’s been almost a month since I ordered, though, and I have yet to receive shipping confirmation, so don’t get too excited about that skincare post happening anytime soon.
2. DKNY Nectar Love Eau De Parfum: I know, I know…not cruelty free. But I received this sample in an Ulta order and fell in love with it. I’m actually finished with the sample vial, which, if you knew the size of my fragrance collection and how long it takes me to use up products, you’d know this must be phenomenal. It’s a deeper floral scent, but with a hint of something sweet, perhaps notes of honey. The scent lasts a decent amount of time, maybe five or six hours, but definitely not the whole day. I’ve yet to find a scent that does stay on all day, and if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments to this post. I really believe this is the perfect scent for springtime, and I’m sad that I cannot repurchase.
3. e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown: I enjoy almost everything about this brow pencil except the color. “Neutral Brown” looks to be a darker, cool-toned brown, which I usually enjoy for my brows, but it’s way lighter than the outside of the packaging is. It still works for my brows, though, especially on those days I want a more natural brow look. It’s a little bit on the harder side, but creamy enough that the product doesn’t rip out every brow hair I have. The tip starts out as a nice point but does start to round out after a few applications and isn’t self-sharpening. Since I have thicker brows naturally and really just use brow products to clean them up and darken them, this isn’t much of an issue for me, but for guys and gals who’d like to make small, hair-like pencil strokes, this probably will not work well. I like that it’s retractable; I personally have never liked a single traditional pencil brow product in my life, so that might be a given. The next time I purchase this, I’ll go for the black shade, and hopefully that one won’t be too dark.
4. NYX Professional Makeup Ombré Blush in Nude to Me: In my most recent haul post, I mentioned how this blush might not show up on me at all – and I was completely wrong. Even though it swatches quite light, this blush gives the nicest rosy-bronze color to the cheeks, even on my skin tone. The shimmer in it isn’t overbearing, but is just enough to blend in with cheekbone highlight. Even though I’ve been using it every single day, the pan hardly looks like I’ve done more than swatch it on the finger, which is a testament to the pigment this blush packs. Like I said, the shimmer doesn’t give the most blinding glow in the world, but for the days I’m into a more natural highlight, I’ve been using a small fan brush in just the top, light portion of the product and dusting my face with it. Once I clear out more of the blushes in my collection, I’ll definitely be adding more of this formula.
5. e.l.f. Cosmetics Aqua Beauty Aqua Infused Blush and Bronzer Duo in Bronzer Peach: I’d always been interested in trying out the blush and bronzer duos from e.l.f., but I never took the plunge because I thought the bronzer shades were too light to actually bronze me. I saw these marked down to half-price in Walmart and figured there would never be another time to try them than while they’re half-off. These are a cushion/bouncy type of cream formula, and as I’ve said in previous posts, I’m not always a fan of cream products. I love both the blush and the bronzer in this duo. The blush is not a peach shade, contrary to its name, but is more of a bright coral. It’s perfect for the transition into spring because it’s not an overly bright, warm, and “in your face” coral or orange, but more of a soft flush of coral. While the bronzer is a little light, it works great for me on those days I’m putting away the harsh contour and am opting for an all over bronzed-goddess look. Once I get a little darker (if that actually happens this summer) I probably won’t be able to use this that much, but it isn’t too warm to where it can’t be used during the winter. The main reason I love this product is because the creams melt into the skin instead of sitting on top, and they don’t have an oily shine to them like some other cream makeup. I’m about to go do my makeup for my date day with my boyfriend, as guess what I’m going to use?
That’s all, folks! Hopefully my skin issues subside for the month of March and I can play around with more products. Maybe my Bahi serum will finally ship and I can get on the amazing, glowy skin train before summer hits and the “glow” is really just sweat…
Write you little lovelies later,
XO Ky M.