Tuesday, March 11, 2014

February 2014 Favorites

Hello my lovelies!

Although it’s a little over a week into March, I wanted to start featuring monthly favorite posts; beginning with February. I did not necessarily receive these products in February, but I started using them on a regular basis during the “month of love”.



I received three foil packet samples of this lotion in a previous Birchbox and although I truly dislike foil packet samples, I was blown away by the scent and quality of this lotion. I immediately ordered a full size tube of this wonderful concoction from the Birchbox shop. I have always loved tropical scents, but have recently developed an intense addiction to anything coconut-y; possibly wishing for a tropical paradise vacation.

This is one of the most luxurious body lotions that I have ever used and I LOVE that it is 100% natural and 100% vegan. I normally don’t care if a product is “natural,” but I have lately developed a penchant for all things wholesome. I use this almost every day and will soon need to restock. Even though this lotion has a scent, I am able to apply it to extremely sensitive areas that are prone to dryness and cracking; and it not only seems to “cure” that area, but the scent does not at all cause irritation.

 

I received this generous sample size of mascara in a previous Birchbox and although I was immediately drawn to the unique packaging and curved wand, I tossed it aside as I was not “into” wearing makeup at that time. I picked it up about a month ago and decided to start experimenting. I have a handful of different mascaras, but find myself constantly using the Eyeko tube. It provides length, separation and definition, volume, and gives your lashes a great curl! It is extremely easy to use and the perfect size to stash in my purse if I didn’t have enough time to apply my makeup before running out the door!

 

This fun find was in a previous Ipsy Bag and although the application process is not ideal, I love the formula, the scent, and how hydrating it is for my lips. I only use this product at night before bed and lather it on like there’s no tomorrow! Even if my lips are cracked, after one night of using this lip balm, I wake up to nourished and silky smooth lips. The mojito scent is fun and provides a nice tingling sensation. The only downside to this product is that the ingredient list is about a mile long; but as stated above, that doesn’t currently deter me from using products.

Smooth Minerals Lip Gloss in “Crystal Coral” by Avon
 
 

As a previous second job, I was an Avon Representative; and because of that, I have gobs and gobs of lip gloss tubes. Although most are nearing their expiration and will soon be tossed, I recently rediscovered this gem and love, love, love it! I keep this baby in the glove box of my car and apply it EVERY time I buckle-up. It’s a beautiful natural looking color, but still provides a nice pinky petal touch to my lips. It adds gloss, shine, and just enough color to really make my lips pop! You never know when you’re going to run into Prince Charming (or Princess Aurora) at a stop light.

***You can no longer buy this from Avon, but it can be found on eBay :(

 

I was lucky enough to be introduced to this company via my January Ipsy bag. This jar of heaven is beyond moisturizing. It is not something that I would use at the office, as it does not immediately absorb and can be slightly greasy, but oh my goodness is it phenomenal! I love anything and everything that provides moisture and this body balm is certified organic to boot! It has an enticingly sweet and tangy scent and provides long lasting moisture. Just like the Malin + Goetz lip balm, I apply this body balm at night before bed. I use it on my hands, elbows, knees, feet, etc. The essentials contained in this formula are: Cocoa Butter, Babassu Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Orange, Lime, and Mandarin. From the picture, you can see that I’ve almost licked the jar clean. I plan on purchasing a full size jar in the near future.

 
 

I’m almost embarrassed to say how long I’ve had this product and have only recently started using it. I was fortunate enough to score this Body Scrub (along with a gorgeous green loofah and Body Lotion) in a previous giveaway by extraordinary beauty blogger, Michelle from Beautiful Goodies. I’ve tried countless body / sugar scrubs, even extremely expensive brands, but have never come across one as superb as Tree Hut’s formula. It is extremely thick, not at all watery, and has a uniform consistency; even to the last drop of the container. This was my first introduction to Tree Hut and I couldn’t be more pleased. It provides an excellent exfoliation, the scent is divine, and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I have a ridiculous addiction to baths (bubble baths, oil baths, milk baths, baths with fizzies, etc.) and have found myself constantly using this Sugar Scrub near the end of my evening baths. Once this jar is empty, which is bound to be any day now, I will be on the hunt for another jar!
 
Have you tried any of these products? What were your February Favorites?

10 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to try that Body Scrub for so long!! My Ulta and Target sells them and I walk past them every time and say no, but I think I might just pick one up!! I LOVE Malin and Goetz! Their products have always been really good. Oh and that lip product looks great on you! -Christine (Simply Stine)

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    1. Christine - granted I did not buy the Body Scrub, but I am totally picking another one up ASAP! It's phenomenal and smells divine! It's just abrasive enough to get the job done, but doesn't irritate my skin. I've only tried Malin + Goetz's lip balm and their Cannabis candle; which smells divine (not like pot, just an earthy / patchouli scent; totally relaxing!). Thanks for the compliment about the lip product! :)

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  2. I am a huge fan of that Tree Hut Coconut Lime scent--it made my favorites this month too (albeit in lotion form): My Favorites

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    1. I have the lotion as well and LOVE it! But as I already had a coconut lotion that I was featuring this month (and actually like the best), I figured the scrub would do. If you love the scent of the lotion, you HAVE to try the scrub. It's phenomenal and does your skin wonders! :)

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  3. Great list! I've not tried the Eyeko mascara, but I want to since I love their eye liner. And who doesn't love a good and healing lip balm? And I'm so glad you liked the goodies I sent you! :)

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    1. Totally LOVE the Eyeko Mascara, so much so, that I've got to check out their other products. And YES! The goodies were amazing! Thank you again for the giveaway! Totally launched me into this new coconut frenzy!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your favorites with us! I LOVE seeing everyone's monthly favorites. I love basically everything coconut-scented, too! I love using coconut lotions and body washes - it reminds me of warmer weather!

    AND - I absolutely NEED that mojito lip balm. I already put it on my wish list.

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    1. You'll have to tell me what you think of the mojito lip balm when you try it! I used to be addicted to coconut everything when I was younger, then fell away from it. Now, I'm back to riding the coconut addiction train! It's just so comforting and warming! My goal is to go somewhere and have one of those REAL fancy coconut drinks with umbrellas! ;)

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