Friday, February 28, 2014

February Favorites

I distinctly remember writing last year's 'February Favorites' post. There was something along the lines of 'there's no more chocolate left from Valentine's Day' and other beauty jibberish.
Here I am a year older and I'm typing along the same topic, except I have a whole new bunch of products, a few hundred more readers, and I still have some chocolate left; I'm not quite sure how I achieved the last feat this year.
But, alas, we have arrived at the end of another month, so, in typical beauty blogger behavior, I'll be discussing the crème de la crème.

A firm favorite, I've discovered another kindled use for the all-purpose wonder: the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. Yet, what is this new method of which I speak? Shampoo. It's surprising, I know. And it takes a while to get used to the new castile sudser for hair, too; first, be wary of the fact that you're hair will be far more tangly, will feel strange, matte, and sticky, and there's a possibility that, if you don't use enough, you risk possibility of looking like a grease ball, too. Yet, aesthetically, my hair has never been more manageable, stays in place without a hitch, and, although not as soft as my sulfate shampoos proved it to be, has loads more volume, too. Dr. Bronner's, you've charmed me, again.

A new discovery is the Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Soap. Okay, okay--I promise this will be the last time I talk about this wonder for another week, but it really is dreamy. A cheaper alternative to my previous clay cleanser love, it's clarifying, non-stripping, calming on the skin, slightly milky, and glorious--perhaps down to the lavender and peppermint aroma.
Moving onto another rave territory, I'm discussing the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I've only used this for about two weeks now, but I'm not considering its premature holdings void. As the name suggests, it's creamy, but also (dare I say) slightly fluffy, diminishing unwanted iffy texture. And, oo la la, it's coverage is something to boast about, too. But with all these astonishing characteristics, it also manages to look like skin, not a cakey mess.

Luckily, the onset of March has also brought some warmer and more humid weather; my skin is thanking those weather men. Yet, for most of the month, the Polar Vortex (as experts have called this winter) has shot a cold chill through my hands. To mend the disaster, I've been dousing mes mains in the Burt's Bees Hand Salve--a heavy-duty blend of solid oils that melt and leave more nourished paws and also preen in the cuticle department.

It's short and sweet on the favorites front this month. And there's a strange similarity drawing to my mini chocolate bars: also short and sweet.


  1. Hi Lillian, do you mind telling where that cute notebook is from? My hands are so dry at the moment it's embrassing, they make me look like a 80 yr old! I think I need that BB hand salve.

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  2. I sometimes use the Dr Bronners to wash my makeup brushes, I find that it sstings my face like crazy if I use it to wash it. I might try it as a shampoo.

  3. I love the look of the concealer, it sounds amazing! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don't want this to be spammy but I am also hosting a £50 Giveaway at the moment if you wanted to enter here

  4. I have some of the Dr Bronners soap, never thought to use it as shampoo!


  5. I knew you were going to mention almost all of these products. You're too predictable now, Lillian! I think I'm beginning to know you a little too well for someone who is just a follower haha ;) xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  6. Burt's Bees lip balms are a life saver!


  7. I sneakily picked up a bottle of Dr.Bronners soap from TK Maxx the other day, so excited to wash my makeup brushes with it. I also can't contain my excitement for my Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Soap to arrive!

    Abbie x

  8. Oh so tempted to try out the Dr Bronners soap! I've heard such good things xx

    Eleri Roberts

  9. Of course not; unfortunately, though, I got it at a local boutique, so I'm not sure where you can find it. I'm so sorry. And I think you'll like the Hand Salve; it's seriously heavy duty. xo

  10. It's dreamy; that's the only way I can describe it. xo

  11. Ah, that's so weird. I'm sorry. Give it a try as shampoo; we wouldn't want that bottle to go to waste. xo

  12. Haha! Oh, I'm sorry--I'm so die hard predicable. xo

  13. I'll definitely give one a try. xo

  14. Ooo, remember to tell me how you like it! I'm so excited for you. xo

  15. Ah, you must, you must. xo


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