February has come to a close and followed in the footsteps of January – it was just as incredible! From celebrating my birthday, to celebrating another blogging milestone, from hopping to one international world city to the next, to discovering and rediscovering some beauty hits, to devouring the pages of a new book on the flight home, February was filled with a little – or a lot – of everything! Since I did a sentimental, less materialistic wrap up for January and the end of 2018 was filled with my yearly favourites, I’m so happy to sit down and chat about my February because I haven’t done a good ol’ fashioned monthly favourites like this since November! Where does the time go? Nevertheless, make yourself comfortable, settle in, and I hope you enjoy my February Favourites! If you do, make sure you give this post a “like” so I know, and let’s get into it!
Story time! Because when can I ever discuss my experience and reasoning of buying yet another palette without taking you on a journey? Never. Basically, I ordered this bad boy for myself for Christmas last year and haven’t put it down since December. It was the only palette I took overseas with me for a whole month and I adore it. I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes because they’re my weakness, but this is my current favourite, and I don’t see anything else topping it anytime soon. But why is this basic neutrals such a winner in my heart? Because I can use every single shade. I’ve been on the hunt for the ‘perfect everyday palette’ since… well, since forever, and my biggest pet peeve is when a palette doesn’t have 100% wearability (for my personal tastes). I’m a basic neutrals girl, so that random pop of bright pink, red or blue is just not going to get much use. It makes me feel like I’m wasting product and money, but I knew I’d stumble upon a ready made winner at some point – and I did! When I saw Colourpop bring out their ‘Double Entendre‘ palette, I was sold. It answered all my prayers and ticked all my boxes. Small to medium sized, warm toned but not too warm, 100% wearability, nice packaging, affordable – tick, tick, tick! I’ll do a full review with swatches of this baby in the future once all my travel posts are completed! But long story short, it’s amazing.
Staying on the Colourpop praise train for another product longer, their No Filter Concealer is incredible. From the moment it dropped beauty gurus, Instagrammers and even my friends have been saying it’s amazing – and the critics don’t lie. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it for ages, so I added the shade 5 Fair to my cart last Christmas with the palette above. Thank god I did, because it’s probably the best concealer I’ve ever tried. It’s so pigmented, has amazing coverage, doesn’t crease up or get cakey under my eyes, is nice and bright and highlighting but still looks natural and has a giant but easy to apply applicator. If that wasn’t enough, it’s $6 (USD). I can’t recommend this concealer enough. They also have 15 shades and cover fair, light, medium, dark and deep skin tones, and show their swatches on three distinctly different coloured models, so hopefully you’ll be in luck when finding your shade!
Keeping with products for the skin, I’ve fallen back in love with the Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation in the shade 110 Porcelain. I jump between this and my Revlon Colourstay, and for the past few months I’ve been in a Maybelline mood. I took both this foundation and the Colourpop Concealer away with me travelling for a month and they work perfectly in dry winter conditions and humid Australian summer conditions, so I give them a big fat international tick of approval. I found my Revlon Colourstay to be a bit too thick and dark for when I was in Florence. However, because it was cold, and for some reason my skin was freaking fantastic over there (no humidity? European diet? Who knows, but I looked Photoshopped) I loved wearing this Maybelline foundation. I’ve also been loving it for Australian summer. It’s light weight, has good pigmentation, and decent longevity throughout the day, so I just love wearing it and not feeling like I’m sweating through a sticky foundation!
Since February gave us Valentine’s Day, it only felt right to bust out my Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in the shade Ray of Light! I only took my Mary Lou highlighter away with me, so I had so much fun coming back and switching up my makeup bag. I always forget how unique this highlighter is. I honestly think it’s more glowey than shiny, because when I put it on, it looks like I have this natural, ‘glow from within‘. I wouldn’t buy it if you want a ‘BAM! Look at this streak of highlight on my cheekbone that could guide a ship home‘ highlighter, but it’s so pretty and perfect for every day use! I have a full review of it here.
I mentioned this bag in my Treasures From My Travels post, but it needs to be mentioned here as well because I just love it so much! I bought this little red leather bag when I was in Florence and I’m obsessed with it. Red accessories are everywhere at the moment, and when I was walking the streets in Florence and spotting it amongst everything outside a shop, I knew it had to be mine! It’s become such a good addition to my wardrobe as its colour brightens any outfit, it’s compact but fits so much, and it’s such a nice reminder of my travels!
One of the friends I met overseas told me she loved the novel Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, so when I saw a movie adaption of it was coming out later this month, I picked up a copy of the book at Heathrow airport and read 80% of it on the flight home! I can’t recommend it enough. It’s hilarious, realistic, honest, anxiety inducing, and just a classic, feel good, young adult read. You’ll root for Simon and share all of his emotions, but also laugh out loud at all the embarrassing, stressful and heart warming events. The entire novel is so well done, which makes it a wonderful debut novel for author Becky Albertall. I’m hoping to read a book a month in 2018 (I’ll catch up on January’s missed novel another time) and so far we’re off to a fantastic start with this one! Here’s the novel summary as it explains it better than I ever will.
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
In February I said goodbye to Florence and flew to Paris to have some fun after finishing my university unit in Italy! Paris was absolutely stunning. Very cold, but stunning. I was so excited to see its elegant buildings, iconic landmarks, and just be in Paris! I was surprised by how far spread out the city was, but it was so nice to be somewhere busier after staying in laid back Florence for three weeks. I was only there for a couple of days, but I had a wonderful time so I can’t wait to go back! Here’s a photo from my Instagram, but I’ll have an entire post on Paris up on my blog soon!
I also spent some days of February in London! And I fell in love with the place. Seriously, it’s incredible. The overall atmosphere over there is just amazing, so it’s hard to put it into words. I would love to live there, or at least jump at the chance to move over there for work. I love so much about England and its culture, so I had a blast being there. It’s super easy to see heaps of sights as well, as they’re so close together. Plus, the shopping over there is amazing. Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie? Sign me up. All in all, it was a fantastic destination to end out trip! I’ll have some posts about London up on my blog in the future, so this won’t be the last time I fangirl over the city!
I’m not sure if I’ll ever write a sentence that tops this, but in February I celebrated my 20th birthday in both Paris and London. Yep, I spent the morning in Paris and took a super quick flight to London and made it there in time for afternoon tea at Sketch, which is a whole other experience that will get its own dedicated blog post. That entire day is one of my favourite days of all time as it was just so special and unique.
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I had such an incredible time celebrating my twentieth birthday today! 💝🎉 Started the day in Paris, then hopped on a quick flight and ended up in London for afternoon tea at Sketch, the most beautiful restaurant ever which I have been wanting to visit for ages! Life = made. This tower of food was just one of FOUR courses, plus a bottomless pot of tea 😍 I’ll dedicate an entire blog post to Sketch because it was just such an experience 💖 Twenty is off to a good start 🎉
February was my birthday month, and the celebrations definitely continued because when I got home, it was time to party on home soil! I’m so happy my entire family was able to get together to help me celebrate entering my twenties, I was showered in some wonderful gifts from my friends and I splurged and bought myself a little birthday present in the form of an iPhone 8+. All in all, this month was the perfect way to kick off my twenties!
In February I reached 3,000 on this blog! We were getting so close and I’m so happy it happened in the final days of February as it just wrapped up an already amazing month! Thank you so much to everyone who follows me, and to all my new followers who helped me reach this goal! Before I went on my trip my blog went on the back burner a little (in a mental sense, as I still managed to post weekly!) as I was so busy preparing to go, but now that I’m back home, I have a million and one ideas of what to write about and am so excited about all of them, so I’m so happy that I have bucketloads of passion, time and energy for blogging again!
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EEEEEE my blog hit 3,000 followers just now! 🎉🎉🎉 Thank you so much for all the love! 💖💖💖😭😍👏🏼 Here’s to 3,000 more! 🍷🎉🌟💃🏻 [edit by me] #beauty #blog #instablog #beautyblogger #wordpress #wordpressblog #wordpressblogger #edit #typography #design #fashion #fashionblogger #style #styleblogger #thankyou #followers #discoverunder5k
So that was everything that made February such an incredible month! I’m not quite sure how March will top this. This was a whopper of a favourites, so if you’ve made it to the end, thank you! What was something you loved in February? Comment your favourites below, I’d love to read about them!
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All the love,