Well, February happened. It just came and went. Despite the gloomy weather, it was actually a pretty good month. My anxiety levels were generally low, which is a huge relief for me. I've been enjoying going to badminton once a week, binge watching Friends on Netflix and listening to some sweet, sweet Hozier (I love him. When he had Annie Lennox come out and join him at The Grammys it was such a f*** yeah moment). I also massively enjoyed getting to work with Brittany on our collaborative Forever Repurchasing posts. She has become someone that I really love talking to and feel that I've made a genuine connection with. I only wish that we could meet up in person! It's a pretty amazing thing to have that come out of this whole blogging business. Anyways, sappiness aside, let's talk products.
Burberry Brit Eau de Toilette
This is the first high end perfume that I've ever owned and was a gift from my lovely friend Emily. I think makes for a great first perfume to own as, first off, despite what I said a mere second ago, it's actually an Eau de Toilette, rather than a perfume, which means it's that little bit less intense. A huge pet peeve of mine is when you can smell someone's perfume from across a room, so something not too in your face is definitely preferable in my mind. I also think the notes in this perfume are quite universally pleasant (then again, I am just one person). It's sweet, a tiny bit floral and a tiny bit fruity. Yet I find no one aspect to be overpowering.
Notes: Italian Lime, Icy Pear, Green Almond, White Peony, Sugared Almonds, Amber, Mahogany, Vanilla, Tonka Bean.
Stila Field of Florals Convertible Colour Palette
This one was another gift. I swear I'm not just laying around on a chaise lounge all day with people draping grapes into my mouth and smothering me with lavish gifts. This was a wonderful gift though. I had been dying to try the Stila Covertible Colours for ages, so when this palette came out it seemed too good to be true. It lived up to all my expectations, providing a beautiful dewy finish and excellent colour payoff. The formula also works well on the lips. I've got a the full palette swatched here.
Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara
I got this Mascara as a gift with purchase a few months back. I wore it a few of times, liked it and then sort of forgot about it. I dug it back out this month and I have been impressed. It's nothing like my favourite L'oreal Telescopic Mascara. This one's got rather fluffy bristles, rather than a plastic comb, and it gives a completely different effect. While the Telescopic provides long and separated lashes, this one gives lovely, voluminous and (as the name would suggest) feathery lashes. It also doesn't smudge at all throughout the day. Yay for oily eyelids! It's a bit odd to take off though, as it crumbles off your lashes with warm water.
The first time I wore this foundation my friend said to me “your skin looks good today.” YEEESSSS. Anyone feel me here? There's nothing like getting that kind of feedback on a new foundation. This is a different formula than I would usually go for, but I really like the effect. It's a thick mousse that feels surprisingly weightless... and I am one picky Petunia when it comes to being able to feel foundations on my skin. It provides a medium to full coverage, erring on the full side. I've been enjoying applying it with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, as that does a nice job sheering it out. Oh and hot damn, Tarte is a cruely free brand!
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
I haven't mentioned this moisturizer in a while, but we're still going strong. Having oily skin, I can't stand the feeling of most moisturizers under my makeup. They make my foundation feel heavier and tackier. This one is completely different because it dries totally matte and weightless. The only thing to note is that this moisturizer would not be at all appropriate for drier skin types. It doesn't provide a massive amount of moisture to the skin. It's more just a little something to get us oily skin gals through the day before cracking out the nighttime moisturizer. If you want more details check out my Moisturizing Heaven For Oily Skin post.
Physician's Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum
I gave this liner some love in my The New Generation of Eyeliner Pens post. It's resplendidly impressive for a drugstore pen liner. Rather than a felt tip it has hairs that come together into a fine point. The result is a lot more precision and a lot less dragging on the lid. I also find it impressive that this formula contains a lash boosting serum. As I mentioned before, the one downside is that the colour payoff isn't as pure as I'd like it to be. It does take two coats. Still, overall it was most definitely worth the $10. I much prefer it to the L'oreal Super Liner.