February Favourites 2015

Perhaps I’m a little late on this but better late than never!  I’ve put together some of my favourite items for the month of February: a bit of makeup, skincare and haircare.

Where I’ve done a previous review on product, I will link in the product name in case you want to read more of what I think about it!!

My February Faves!

My February Faves!

Maybelline FitMe Matte + Poreless Foundation

I had orginally purchased this back in December and I’ve probably reached for this foundation the most out of everything I have — especially this month. I actually have a back-up bottle on the ready once I run out of this one! Love this foundation. Great medium coverage, matte (but not too matte) and easy formula to work with. Probably going to be one of my forever drugstore foundation loves!

NYX Baked Blush in Ignite

This is a more recent purchase, however I’ve reached for this blush the most in February. This blush not only gives a great wash of colour, but also illuminates my skin. The shade I have — Ignite– is a warm, deep peach shade that I think compliments my medium skintone. When I want a wash of colour, without looking “flat”, this was my go-to in February!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

My most reached for mascara in February! Despite some flaking, this mascara is amazing for giving length, defining and curling.

Tresemme Perfectly (Un)Done Waves Sea Salt Spray

For someone with naturally wavy hair, this spray really helps to amp up and hold that wave. A little bit of this goes a long way (with too much spraying, I’ve ended up with hard and sticky locks) so it’s best to lightly mist over damp hair, scrunch up and let air or blow dry. And the smell of this? It has sea kelp extract in it, so I assume that is what makes it smell so good! What I would imagine an ocean smells like!

Nails Inc. Nailpolish in Porchester Square

The best “nude” nail polish shade for me. When I’m in the mood to paint my nails, but I don’t want to go something bold, I turn to this shade to give me some colour, yet staying neutral. It’s hard to describe — a mix of beige, light grey, lilac — all rolled into this little bottle!

Olay Facial Wipes for Sensitive Skin

I’ve been using these wipes for many, many months, so I thought I’d finally give them proper recognition in my February faves!  Although I don’t necessarily have sensitive skin, I really like the performance of these facial wipes. Gentle, minimal fragrance, does not irritate and good at taking off the bulk of my makeup before I actually cleanse. I’ve probably gone through about one package every month for the last 7 months. They come in packs of 30.

There you have it, my February Faves! Have you tried any of these products? Like or dislike?



NYX Pore Filler

Hey Pretties!

I’ve grown very fond of using Benefit’s POREfessional primer and have gone through two tiny sample sizes. Being the budget-finder that I am, I did some research and have seen/read/heard that the NYX Pore Filler is a very similar product to Benefit’s. The fact that the NYX primer retails for $15 Cdn (20 ml) compared to the POREfessional that retails for $36 Cdn (22 ml) sold me into trying out the NYX “dupe” before investing in a full-size POREfessional.

NYX Pore Filler primer

NYX Pore Filler primer

Just like the POREfessional, the NYX Pore Filler is skintone tinted but goes onto the skin transparent once it is applied. It’s fragrance-free (unlike the POREfessional) so for any of you gals who don’t like fragrance or is sensitive to it, this might be an option for you.

The texture of this is of a light-weight cream/silicone – much lighter in feel compared to the POREfessional. It applies onto my face smoothly and leaves me with a soft, velvety and matte finish, making my skin appear more even-toned and ready for foundation. This does not feel heavy at all on my skin; neither does the POREfessional but if I had to decide which I found to feel lighter on the skin, I would pick the NYX.

As far as performance, the NYX is a great option as a primer underneath foundation. Provides a smooth canvas and keeps foundation in place for most of the day.

I don’t find the NYX Pore Filler to be extraordinary, but it is one of the better primers I’ve come across in a while. And as far as it being a dupe for the POREfessional, I would say yes, pretty close and a great option as a more budget-friendly alternative. However, I’m still a big lover of the POREfessional and will probably treat myself to a full-size tube one day!

I give the NYX Pore Filler: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried the Pore Filler?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!




On The Rotation: Lipglosses

Hi Pretties!

If you missed my On The Rotations on Lip Balms and Blushes click and read! Today I will share with you the lipglosses I’ve been loving and reaching for the most over the last little while. Maybe you’ve tried some of these… maybe you’ll find out a bit more about something you’ve been wanting to try!

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu; Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; L'oreal Infallible leGloss in Sangria

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu; Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; L’oreal Infallible le gloss in Sangria

L’oreal Infallible 8hr le gloss – Sangria

Besides slight stickiness, this is a really good gloss. Long-lasting, decent formula and easy to apply. The colour is a deep pink, almost berry shade with a brown neutral undertone. I did a review on this previously HERE.  This shade enhances the deeper pink in my lip tone, almost leaning towards a deep berry shade. I know I’ll be reaching for this one more often this winter.

Rimmel Vinyl Gloss – Heartbeat

This is an all time favourite of mine. I love the MLBB colour this shade gives me and the formula goes on smooth, not sticky and smells like cake. What more could you want! I think this shade is very natural that it would compliment any lip/skintone as it gives only a hint of warm pinky-brown colour.

Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm – Truffle Kiss

I’ve raved about these lipgloss/balm hybrids before and I’ll rave about them again! Truffle Kiss is a nice neutral brown, slightly peachy shade that just adds enough colour to warm up my liptone. I can’t get over the Almay lip balm formulas — probably the best in the drugstore market in terms of providing amazing hydration and colour. When I need moisture on my lips and want something a bit more exciting than just a plain lip balm, I will reach for this. Click HERE for my review on these little wonders.

NYX Butter Gloss – Tiramisu

This is my first NYX lip product and I can assure you it won’t be my last! Love this formula — smooth, glossy and comfortable to wear. This one is a bit more opaque than the other glosses; colour pay-off is awesome for such a little amount used. Great nude-pink shade that wears well alone or overtop another lipstick. Read my previous review HERE!

Starting from wrist: L'oreal Infallible le gloss in Sangria, Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Starting from wrist: L’oreal Infallible le gloss in Sangria, Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Truffle Kiss; Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Heartbeat; NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Have you tried any of these lippies?  Likes or dislikes?  Suggestions? What do you reach for the most?

Thanks for reading Pretties!!