| Monthly Favorites | February




I can't believe February is actually over, where does the time go?! Although February is a short month, it still feels like it ended way too fast! Since it's the end of the month, I'm going to share with you some of the things I've been loving. Enjoy!




You Are Amazing Hello Beautiful Skin Body Lotion




I'm not too sure about the rest of the world, but the weather in New York this past month has been crazy. We had a huge snowstorm and freezing cold days, and now it's been over 60 degrees out! With this crazy, changing weather comes all sorts of dry skin problems. I've been loving this lotion, which smells like grapefruit. I just put some on every night or whenever my skin is feeling dry. 

Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub




 I've been loving this facial scrub because it's gentle enough for everyday use and it's perfect for sensitive skin. When my skin gets really dry, it's gets even more sensitive, so this facial scrub has been a life-saver this month when it comes to my skin care routine. 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner




I received this eyeliner in my January Birchbox and I love it! I've been using it whenever I want to do a wing with my liner. It's amazing because it's super pigmented and precise, so I never make any mistakes when using it. 

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Plaid To The Bone 




The colors in this trio are a little harder to use when i'm doing my everyday makeup because of how bold they are, but the top, (browbone), color has been one of my go-to shades for my lid. It's a perfect color for everyday makeup looks and it's super pigmented. 

Wet n Wild Brush




I think this brush is meant to be used for eyeshadow but I've actually been using it for highlighter. It's the perfect size and shape for applying highlight to my nose and right above my lip. 

NYX Lip Liner in Nude Beige




This lip liner is one of my favorites because it's the perfect shade for pretty much any lip color. It also goes on super smooth and even. I've been using it all month long, whenever I wear lipstick.


This past month I haven't used too many new products, but I have found a new hobby and rediscovered an old one! 

Keeping A Journal




I'm trying to focus more on myself and my mental health and keeping a journal has been helping me. I love writing in general, and having a place to write all of my thoughts and feelings is very therapeutic. It's also great for tracking progress.

Reading

This past month I've been reading a lot more again. I love reading and being able to find the time to relax and do something I love has been amazing. I even had a enough time this month to finish an entire book in just a few days!


That's it for my monthly favorites this month! What have you been loving in February? Let me know in the comments!



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| February Birchbox |




There's something about having a subscription to a beauty box that's so exciting. I know it's coming every month, but I always get so surprised and excited when it comes! 

If you don't know what Birchbox is, let me explain so you can jump on board. Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that features makeup, skincare, and beauty products. Each month you receive 5 samples that are curated to your preferences and needs. The best part is, it only costs $10!

If you're interested in subscribing to Birchbox, click this link:
https://www.birchbox.com/invite/alexandraquinlann

Now let's check out what I got in this months box!





COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint

This is a matte sunscreen, which I didn't even know such a thing existed, but it actually sounds pretty cool. I hate to admit it, but I'm the worst when it comes to sun protection, but I really need to start paying more attention to it. I can't wait to try this out!

Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm

This is a multi-tasker. It says it can be used on lips, skin, eyebrows, and cuticles, which is awesome! I love products that can be used in more than one way and I can't wait to use this!

English Laundry Notting Hill Femme

This is a perfume sample, and it smells amazing! I like the smell so much, I might actually purchase the full size!

Obliphica Professional Seaberry Mask

This is a hair mask, something I've never used before. It looks pretty cool and smells really good. Since I dye my hair, I can always use hair products that hydrate and nourish my hair. I can't wait to use this!

The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick

It looks like this lip crayon may be a full size product, it's huge! It's a burnt orange color and smells amazing! 

I also got a coupon for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more, which is pretty cool!


That's everything I got in my February Birchbox! This was actually an amazing box, I'm so excited to play around with all of these awesome products!
What did you get in your Birchbox this month? Let me know in the comments!



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| Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Review |








One of the best feelings in the world is when you accidentally stumble upon a makeup product and you end up absolutely loving it. I did just this the other day, and I had to share a little review with you guys! 

While playing around with my makeup, trying to find a good look for Valentine's Day, I picked up the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria, which was actually a deluxe sample I got in my first Birchbox! I put this lipstick on and fell in love with it right away. 
This isn't a new product or anything, in fact it's been on the market for a little while now, I just figured I'd let you know just how much I loved it and why.

This liquid lipstick goes on very smoothly and it has a doe foot applicator, which makes application even easier. The color is gorgeous and very pigmented and it dried to a matte finish. The lipstick was a little dry, but honestly, it didn't really bother me. This liquid lipstick is really amazing because it stays true to it's name, it really does last all day. It doesn't smudge, budge, or come off. In fact, when I went to take my makeup off at the end of the day, I had to wipe my lips multiple times with a makeup wipe to get it off. 

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick can be found at Sephora or other beauty retailers and costs $24 for full size. They have over 20 different matte shades to choose from, and they even have a few shades with a shimmer finish. 

I don't usually reach for or recommend higher end products unless I really, really like them. This liquid lipstick has got to be one of my favorites, ever. I would definitely recommend this to everyone! 


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria


 Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Points based system, each is worth 10 points for a total of 100 points.

Coverage (Did it cover blemishes with one application?): 10/10
Color (Was it true to color? Did it match skin tone?): 10/10
Price (Was it too expensive? Was it cheap & good quality?): 7/10
Durability (Does it last long? Will it hold up to sweaty situations, ex: exercise?): 10/10
Ease of Use (Is it easy to use? Are the steps simple? Can anyone do it?): 10/10
Duration of Application (Is the application time short?): 10/10
Skin Sensitivity (Is it good for sensitive skin? Or does it cause breakouts, rashes, or does it burn?): 9/10 [It didn't cause me to break out at all]
Pigmentation (Is the color bright? Does it show up well?): 10/10
Smell (Does it smell bad? Good?): 6/10
Overall satisfaction with this product (Recommend to a friend?): 10/10
Total Score: 92/100. 92%!


That's my review for the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick! Have you ever tried this product before? Did you love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments below what you thought of the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick! 

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