Loving Lately: Feb 2012

Even though I know many people do their favorites posts around now, I couldn’t help adding myself to that group. I don’t usually do a favorites every month because frankly my routine doesn’t change that often. Wearing something 2-3 times in a month isn’t enough to warrant mentioning it. However, if I wear something a dozen times it’s probably safe to say I was really  into it. So, that’s wear this post comes in (intentional grammatical misspelling for horrible pun purposes).

It was kind of a month of rediscovering old favorites.

Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush- I got this a year ago. It’s such a smooth powder, very finely milled and it’s one of those blush/bronzers in one that were so big last spring/summer. It’s been great because when it saves time in the morning just using one product

NARS Oasis Gloss- One of my most favorite glosses ever. I got it last fall and it’s been my go-to gloss ever since. I feel like it looks nice when I wear it alone, but I can also top ANY lipstick or lipliner with it if I want some extra shine. Not sticky at all!

Fresh Sugar Rose- I got this in a 500 point perk sometime last year. I never touched it until I think January. I believe all the hype I heard about these lip treatments now. I prefer to my Jack Black balm by far.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #9- The perfect lid color by itself or as a base. Doesn’t budge all day (I don’t use primer with it) and it is so eye brightening.

Urban Decay 24-7 liner Demolition- This was a new shade to the Urban Decay line and I picked it up in January. I love the staying power on this and it’s the perfect color of brown that I was looking for. It’s creamy and smooth.

MAC Embrace Me lipliner- I believe I got this at the end of January or early February. It’s been my staple color this month. You can wear it sheer or heavy for a highly pigmented lip (I wore it in this FOTD here). I have also been preferring lipliners to lipsticks. I pair them with a light balm or a gloss. Longer lasting color than most lipsticks I own.

Guerlain Cruel Gardenia- If I used highlighter at all it was this. When I am short on time highlighter is usually something I skip. The Estee Lauder blush I showed above is kind of glowy in and of itself so most days I didn’t need it.

MAC Everyday Palette- I first showed this palette in my 2011 year end favorites, and you can see swatches of all the shades here. Again, I was short on time so many days this month and I tend to reach for something that doesn’t involve a lot of thought. I used Moleskin and Charcoal Brown everyday for brows (second row left and middle shades), and Moleskin just about everyday for blending.

Swatches L-R: Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, Giorgio Armani #9, NARS Oasis, Estee Lauder Sea Star, Urban Decay Demolition, MAC Embrace Me

Most of the month I wore coral or nude polish.

Laura Mercier Cabana- Part of the newest collection. It’s a lovely shade and smooth formula. Very glossy looking. It might be the color I have chosen to wear for vacation ;)

Essie Topless & Barefoot- Although this was the nude I wore most this month, I have found a new favorite shade like I much more prefer over this one. More on that soon.

OPI Guy Meets Gal-veston- This was from OPIs collection last summer I believe. It’s what they call a ‘sorbet’ but that’s just their fancy way of saying ‘jelly’ polish. It’s shiny/squishy looking and the color is bright coral, perfect for spring and summer. I still have this on my nails right now.

L-R: Laura Mercier Cabana, Essie Topless & Barefoot, OPI Guy Meets Gal-veston

I also had a few favorite posts I wanted to share with you that I have come across recently:

J. from Lil Lady’s Life always has the most amazing pictures of her daily life in NYC (among all the beauty and skincare) and this post was no exception.

I always admire the FOTD posts that Jenny from My Funny Valentine does. She is so gorgeous! This post made me want to rush out and buy a new NARS lipgloss!

When the always amazing Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog posted about the new Estee Lauder Mad Men collection it made me feel secure in my decision to pre-order the collection (arrives tomorrow, eeek!)

What were your favorites this month? Anything that you really clung to or were you all over the place? Speaking of clung to, I think I found a new favorite hair oil (no, not Orofluido). I am still testing it, but expect a comparison to my favorite-cling-for-dear-life hair oil Moroccan Oil soon. :)

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19 Responses to Loving Lately: Feb 2012

  1. lilladylife says:

    Thanks for the shout out girl! im so glad u like my instagrams! Totally kicking myself for not buying that star bronzer! i always see it in favorites!!! must be for a good reason and the Armani looks like a great all over lid color! Oasis gloss! i have it but have yet to open it, you are tempting me woman!!

  2. Wow, I’ve heard about the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill but I’ve never seen a swatch. It’s glorious!

  3. kate says:

    I love the EL Sea Star. It’s a great year-round cheek colour. I’m still determined to get Cruel Gardenia, even though it’s sold out almost everywhere.

  4. ahahha nice pun! Even though I’m in love with my L’oreal Infallible shadow (which I know isn’t a dupe of ETK, but sort of the same idea), it hasn’t quenched my longing for an ETK shadow one bit. They’re just so gorgeous, and #9 looks perfect. I’m so excited about the Sephora birthday gift this year hahah, I’ll finally get to try Fresh lip products :) And those nail polishes are all to die for, I’m usually not drawn to those colors, but together they just look so cheery and they’re calling to me!

    My favorites don’t change much from month to month! Can’t think of anything new I discovered this month that I didn’t already love before.

  5. Ashley says:

    LM Cabana probably won’t suit my skin type but it’s giving off this really good vibe! It’s so summery that I can feel the soon-to-come-out-sun warming me up!

  6. Well, frak. I need Embrace Me in my life. D: *shakes fist weakly*

  7. Lipstick Fridays says:

    Really like this post xx Ive been lusting after that querlain powder for ages xx
    You have an amazing blog x I wanted to invite you to check out my 450 follower Nars giveaway – the winner will receive £50 of Nars products of their choice xx Maybe we could follow each other through bloglovin and GFC xx Hopefully see you there soon xx

  8. Jessica says:

    Embrace me is truly an amazing hot pink! I really need to get an every day palette/a few Z Palettes in general. It just seems so much more convenient than the clunky MAC palettes!

    Love your favorites, Danielle!
    <3 Jessica

  9. Holly says:

    Wow! That Guerlain powder is beautiful!

  10. Alison M says:

    Such fresh and lovely colors! I’ve been going more simple lately to feature warm cheeks and peachy lips. Come oonnnn spring! I’ve never embraced bright nail colors but that LM and OPI have me ready liven up my miniscule little polish collection.

  11. beautyreductionista says:

    Oh god. WHY did I say no to that EL star bronzer? (At the time it seemed overly expensive and hyped.) We wantsssss iiiiit!

  12. I have that same Sea Star powder. I got mine about a month ago at the CCO. It is so pretty!

  13. just got my own zpalette — the hardest part is deciding which colours should be allowed space in there!

  14. Larie says:

    That OPI coral color – I want it!!! I don’t think I have anything like it. Or wait. I probably do. *hangs head*

    Embrace me is also gorgeous – definitely a you color! I think I need to explore more lip liners. I have…ONE. Hahaha.

  15. Victoria says:

    Love this post! Embrace me is such a stunning color, I didn’t expect it to be so neon from the first pic. Cruel Gardenia looks amazing too

  16. Love your faves! You have impeccable taste girl. :)
    I think I need to make a MAC faves palette instead of having them grouped by colours. Maybe then I’d use them more often. Good idea!

  17. Teresa says:

    Favorites posts are the best~ thanks for such a great one! Cruel Gardenia is soo pretty.

  18. What a pretty selection – I really want the sea star palette, such a nice shade for pale girls like me!

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