February Favorites (and Mini Reviews!)12:30:00 PM
As I told you before on my previous posts, this year I will have a new regular post about my monhtly favorite products. And that would not be the only posts about products here in this blog.
As you may know or read in my head banner above that Two Thousand Things is originally about fashion, beauty, and all the cute things that I like. But back in early January when I looked back on my three years of blogging here in two Thousand Things I've noticed and come to realized that in the last two years I have been focusing on the fashion and minimizing the beauty post. So that's why I will start new in this 2012 and will be focusing more on the Beauty post. The fashion posts would still be here of course, I would just gonna add more beauty posts instead to keep things more balanced.
And what I learned from my blog's analytic data is among my popular posts are those about product reviews. So I'm gonna emphasize that too. There will be more product reviews here, not only reviews of the products that companies sent me to try out, but also products that I already have in my closets.
Note: I am more of a skincare and bodycare product junkie compared to make up stuffs, so expect more reviews on that aspect ;)
Another new thing on this blog is I finally changed and put some user-friendly links to popular social media sites at the bottom of every posts, so from now on you can easily tweet my post or like it on Facebook, plus one in Google+, or pin it to Pinterest :) -- Check it out on the bottom of this post!
Okay, so now that the introductory is over, let's jump to the actual post, shall we? ;p
If you're new here, you can read about my January Favorites by clicking here, meanwhile you can read on to see what are my favorite products for February:
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters
A combination of "Buttery Balm + Shiny Color", these lip butters has a gel formula that contains a combination of Mango butter, Shea Butter, and Coconut Butter which gives a naturally smooth and hydrated feeling on the lips.
I have reviewed these Revlon lip butters last month and if you read it you would know that I will definitely put it in February Faves list ;) I am currently in love with these lip butters, I bring them everywhere. I got the Strawberry Shortcake which is a sheer pale pink which I used for daily natural lip color look to cover my un-attractive bare lips ;p And I also have the Smoothie Berry, a pink-ish berry color which is great for every occasion (I wear this one the most!). Love the moisturizing effect of these lip butters, they really stood up for their names ;p
Make Up Forever HD High Definition Elixir
An innovative serum that instantly hydrates and adds radiance to the skin. This unique, lightweight elixir absorbs quickly into the skin, instantly hydrating and brightening the complexion.
I was forgetting about this little bottle in my dresser until one day in early February I found it again and decided to use it. Hubby said some nicest things about my makeup on that day and I did take a look in the mirror and noticed how the serum really works wonder in instantly hydrating, smoothing out my skin, and brightening my whole complexion. And so I used it again ever since, especially for bigger occasion or for occasions that will include some photographs being taken ;)
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel in Mistletoe Kiss
Natural ingredients and powerful germ killers get hands clean and leave skin slightly scented with the inviting fragrance of a blend of sweet orange, mouthwatering mandarin, cinnamon and vanilla.
I'm kinda a little germ-freak, I don't like my hands to be dirty. I washed my hands a lot when I'm in the house. I washed them after I touched a product with strong chemicals in it such as laundry detergent, I also washed it after I used the toilet, after I touched my shoes, after I washed the dishes, after I touched my cats (which is very often!), etc.. And I also wash my hands before I eat, before I cleanse my face, before I put on makeup, before I make some coffee, etc..
Am I a freak yet? I hope not, because I do it for the sake of keep being healthy. I know germs and bacterias can go into your body from your hands, and your hands are probably the dirtiest part of your body because you touched everything with it. So being a woman whose prone to sickness I prefer my hands to stay clean ;p And that's why this anti bacterial hand gel is always with me whenever I go. I have one in my bag, one in my desk, one in my bedside table, and one in our car ;)
Anyway, I have tried numerous Bath & Body Works anti bacterial hand gel that comes in many various scents, and so far my current favorite is this one: the Mistletoe Kiss (which I think is a Christmas special edition?? I don't know, I'm not sure).
Love love love the scent. I can't explain the scent in a sentence, it just smells lovely and refreshing to me. I also love the green color, and love the name too ;p This has been my number one anti-bacterial hand gel lately :)
Sariayu Putih Langsat Facial Foam
Sariayu Putih Langsat facial foam cleanses and refresh the face in one simple step. It contains Langsat fruit extract and Neroli oil for the relaxing aromatic effect. It also contains micro powder to lift up dead cells, and pro vitamin B5 to moisturize the skin.
Sariayu is a well-known Indonesian brand. When I first used it to wash my face I got a very pleasant experience. The texture is a bit pasty but foamed really well when mixed with a few drops of water. I love the result after washing! My face is instantly feel refreshed and my complexion is more radiant. It totally works for my oily combination skin. This facial foam is great for daily use and I have been using it for my morning facial wash on days that I have plans of going out of the house, because it would make my face instantly brighter so it would enhance my makeup. This facial foam also doesn't leave my skin dry and tight. Oh and the price is very cheap too! ;)
Made From Earth Peppermint Parsley Soap Bar
Luxurious and soothing with hints of peppermint and parsley for cooling while gently cleansing skin, this handmade fresh soap contains USDA Certified Organic ingredients that produces a healthy lather and leave skin soft and supple.
I LOVE natural soap bars! I have fallen in love with natural soap bars ever since I reviewed my first natural soap bars from Mermaid's Purse back in 2009! Yep, it was Mermaid Purse's Lavender Herbal Soap and Rosemary Mint Herbal Soap that got me hooked on natural soaps. Ever since then, I've been enjoying natural soap because it feels just like you're in a spa ;)
So anyway, my latest natural soap is this Peppermint Parsley soap bar that I received from Made From Earth for review purposes (read the whole review here). I love the fragrant of this soap (natural soaps always have the best fragrance!), and unlike most natural soaps this one lathers quite a lot in the shower. I love it, it felt very luxurious with all that lather, and it leaves skin soft and the scent also linger on your skin. Couldn't love it more...
Udderly Smooth Moisturizing Lotion with Vitamin E
Udderly Smooth Moisturizing Lotion is a grease-less, stainless water-based moisturizer with a light fresh fragrance. Enriched with Vitamin E, it's an everyday multipurpose moisturizing lotion that contain rich moisturizing ingredients which can help soften dry, chapped skin.
I don't know why but I'm finding my skin is very dry these couple of weeks. Normally I have normal to combination skin, both on the face and on the body. But these last few weeks my body has been in the dry zone rather than oily. Especially after showering, my skin will feel tight and dry so I almost always need a lotion afterward to keep it moist. And the most moisturizing lotion I have is this one from Udderly Smooth. This is the most moisturizing but yet not the thickest lotion I have (it's weird that a thicker lotion is less moisturizing than this because I always thought that the thicker the lotion, the more moisturizing effect it has. Apparently I was wrong ;p).
So anyway, this is my go-to body lotion after showering or if I feel my skin is very dry (usually from the air-con too). I have reviewed this lotion in one of my review post on my other blog Tigerlily's Book - click to read). The texture is light yet very moisturizing. If I lathered this on, my skin would still feel moist and hydrated for many hours after application, amazing! It also absorbed really fast so no residue left on skin.
I just learned from the website that this lotion have little amounts of paraben in the ingredient list but I personally am okay with it because it came last in the ingredient list so that means only small amounts were put in. And after learning more about paraben from Mizha's blog (Must-Read! it's in Indonesian language), I agreed that most of the products we used now contains paraben, and paraben in small amounts are approved by FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) so they are relatively safe (topical use only though).
What's your current favorite products? Share your fave products or share the links on the comment below if you have a similar blog post or youtube videos :)