February Favorites


Look at me posting regularly for a change! I think February has been my most consistent blogging month since starting Tea and Sea! Let’s hope I can keep up the momentum! It’s been a while since I’ve written a traditional favorites post. (My last one was in October…whoops.) You’ll recognize some of the products below from recent posts, but there’s a couple of newbies in here as well. Let’s get started, shall we? Here are my favorites from the month of February.

Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation


I’ve already written a super detailed review of this foundation here. But just in case you missed it, you should check it out! I’ve been wearing this foundation pretty much every day since I bought it. (Minus a few days in January where I was sick, and my recent trip to Chicago where I didn’t want to travel with such a large bottle.) It’s comfortable to wear, the coverage is gorgeous… I could go on and on. But, since I’ve already written a review on it, I’ll just leave things at that.

Benefit Sugarbomb Blush


This blush is just so beautiful. It gives a natural peachy radiance to the face. When I wear it, it’s barely noticeable; it just gives me that “I’m having a really great skin day” look. If you’re familiar with Benefit’s other Box-O-Powders, this one is more “glowy” than Dallas, but has more color than Rocketeur. It’s a no-brainer on days when I’m not quite sure what to wear on my cheeks. I only wish Benefit’s blushes were more compact, and therefore more travel friendly…

Clinique Wear Everywhere Nudes Eyeshadow Palette


I was eagerly anticipating the release of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette. The original Chocolate Bar palette is my all-time favorite, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new one. As usual, when I went to Sephora to purchase it, I came out with a few… extra items I hadn’t planned on purchasing. This Clinique palette was among them.

Despite the fact that I was so excited for the new Too Faced Palette, I’ve gotten way more use out of this. Maybe it’s because it’s such a handy size and I can easily throw it in my makeup bag? Or maybe it’s because all eight of the eyeshadow shades are incredibly flattering, super pigmented, easy to blend and last far ages. (I’ve had zero issues with creasing or fading!) I’m loving this palette and would recommend it to anyone– especially beginners who are looking for a nice collection of neutrals without dropping $54 on a Naked palette.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer


By now, you’re probably sick of me talking about this concealer. I think this is the third post in a row where it’s been mentioned. In December, I rediscovered this product in my makeup drawer. Using it again has made me wonder why I ever strayed…

As you can tell by how grubby mine is, I’ve had this one for quite a while. I’m not the biggest fan of the spongey applicator (it feels gross and unsanitary!) but I blend it out with a damp Beauty Blender and it looks amazing. It’s high coverage without being too cakey, and it has a noticeable brightening effect for those days when you look like you could use a few extra hours of sleep (read: most days).

While this concealer does come in a brightening shade, I prefer using the shade “Light.” The brightening shade is just a little too intense for my taste. I promise to stop talking about this concealer– at least for a little while. I’m just so excited to have rediscovered it!

St. Ive’s Blemish Control Apricot Scrub


As you may or may not know, my daytime hours are spent working for an environmental nonprofit. By no means am I a perfect environmentalist, but I do try to make small changes to my lifestyle when I can.  I swore by the Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub for years and years. (We’re talking from eighth grade through college!) But as I’ve learned more and more about microplastics in personal hygiene products,  I’ve tried to find skincare alternatives that are more environmentally friendly.

As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I firmly believe that you’ll never convince consumers to switch their habits “just because.” You have to find solutions that are just as effective, which is why I want to share this great product with you. After trying several other “natural face scrubs” (including ones from Burt’s Bees and Neutrogena) I’m very pleased with the the St. Ive’s Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. The apricot pieces do a great job of exfoliating my skin without being too harsh. The scrub also contains salicylic acid, which helps to control my oiliness and breakouts. After 6 months without my trusty Bioré scrub, I can safely say that I don’t miss it anymore, and I can feel better about what’s washing down my shower drain.

Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam


I’ve been meaning to include this product since starting this blog. I’m a complete newbie when it comes to styling my hair, but this is one of those products I can’t live without. My hair is super straight and super fine. I’ve tried countless products over the years, hoping to find something to add a little volume, and this is the only one that works consistently.

I rarely go through an entire container of hair product, but I’m on my fourth bottle of this! (Not counting the travel sizes I bring with me on trips!) I highly recommend this to anyone who has straight hair that likes to lay flat on top of your head.

That’s about it for February. Leave a comment below with some of your favorite products from the past month! I’d love to hear your recommendations, and I’m always looking for new things to try out.