March Monthly Makeup & February Update

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is an update on my February Monthly Makeup, a series I’m doing where I chose a handful of products to focus on using for the month. The point of this Monthly Makeup is not to try panning these products (although that is a bonus) but to simply rotate my products around so I can use and appreciate what is in my collection instead of continually chasing new products. Before we begin on the products I chose this month, here’s an update on February’s products!


Focusing on the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes all month made me realize it was a little difficult to wear on its own for work – it’s just too red-toned and intense. I ended up using at least two shades from this every day, BUT often paired with colours from other palettes for more toned down looks. I absolutely loved using the NARS Blush in Sin in February, but of course it being a blush, I didn’t even make a dent in it. It’s one of the oldest products I own and one of my first high-end (aka Sephora-purchased) products, but I still love it. I hadn’t touched the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone since last June, so it was great getting some use out of it – I quickly remember why I wished this formula was still around!

The Monthly Makeup made me fall in love all over again with the Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in the shade RD732, BUT I realized that the colour (a medium warm pink) didn’t really go with the other berry tones I chose. I still did use it as much as I could, though. In terms of skincare, the only product I had in my Monthly Makeup project was the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. I don’t really understand how this mini size from The Littles kit has lasted me MONTHS, even with regular use?? Why would I ever buy the $110 full size of this?! Anyways, I was finally able to polish this off in February. I’ll have a review of Drunk Elephant products up soon (ish) but spoiler alert, I think this product is really effective! The one thing I didn’t get a lot of use out of is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I consistently forget to use setting sprays, even though I used it a little more than usual this month because my skin has been SO. DRY. and this has helped my foundation melt into my skin a little better.

Now onwards to the products I chose for my March Makeup Focus!


Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

I received this from the beautiful Robyn of Lipstick by The Lake during her giveaway two years ago. I have to admit that I haven’t reached for this in a hot minute, but I’m really excited to dig into it again. It’s got some really pretty shimmers in here, and is a perfect palette for the office. The only downfall is that it doesn’t have a matte crease shade, which is an absolute necessity when it comes to my makeup routine, so I’m pulling in…


MAC Eyeshadow in Embark

This eyeshadow comes from my custom MAC palette, and I can count on my hands the number of times I’ve used it. This makes it the perfect choice to fill in for the missing matte brown in the Naked 2 palette!


Stila Shimmer & Glow in Grace

I figured if I only focus on palettes, I will end up neglecting my single shadows, so I’ve decided to incorporate one or two along with my palettes as well. This month I chose Stila’s Shimmer & Glow liquid eyeshadow in the colour Grace, which is such a gorgeous, metallic taupe. It will go perfectly with the Naked 2 palette!


Glossier Cloud Paint in Storm

March is one of the last months where I can wear a deeper shade of blush like Storm before switching to more spring-like shades (we all like to pretend March is the start of spring, but let’s be honest, usually it’s still cold AF and I still consider it winter). I’m taking advantage of that and using it as my blush for my Makeup Focus!


ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere

I also think this cool-toned lipstick will go well with the Naked 2 palette and the Cloud Paint, both of which are also  on the cooler spectrum. I learned my lesson from last month, when the products I chose didn’t really go that well together! This month, I made sure all of the products would make a cohesive look.


Makeup Geek Highlighter in Lit

This is one of my favourite highlighters that I own, but I have so many highlighters that I really have to make an effort to use them equally. Even though Lit is a very unique white-pink duochrome, it’s still really wearable, so I’m looking forward to wearing this to work!


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

I use Dim Light (the far left shade) a lot, but I tend to neglect the other two shades. I’ve decided to use the lighter shade as a setting powder. It is a bit more shimmery than Dim Light and although it is a very fine and subtle shimmer, it’s not really something you want all over the face. However, since wearing it on my face this last week, it hasn’t really made my face look like a disco ball so I’m happy using it as an all-over powder.


Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème

I had to stow this moisturizer away for the winter because it’s on the lighter side, but I think March might be a good month to bring it back out and finish it up. I was worried that it would have gone bad in the last few months, but it still looks and smells the way it did when I put it away late fall, so I think we’re good to go.

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

Making this month’s Monthly Makeup a Herbivore affair by adding the Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity mask! This is a deluxe mini size that came in the Balance & Clarify set I bought late last year, and I think I have 3-4 more uses out of this before it’s done. Honestly, I’m not sure what to think about this product. It doesn’t seem to do that much for my skin.

What products are you trying to use up or use more of this month?

16 thoughts on “March Monthly Makeup & February Update

  1. I love reading about what products people have been loving ☺️ I purchased a turmeric face mask a couple of weeks ago, I was quite dubious at the thought of putting turmeric on my face but I love it! It’s really brightened my complexion ☺️

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    • Hmm, that’s a tough one! I do love the palette and how beautiful the finishes are, but I wouldn’t say it should be your first choice if you want to use it as a highlighter, unless you like really, really subtle. The shade on the left is more of a finishing powder, and the one on the right is deeper and might be tough to use on lighter skintones. Really the only one I would classify as a highlighter is the middle shade, and it’s very subtle. I hope this helps!

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  2. I love the idea of a monthly makeup focus. All the products you chose for this month look like they’ll go nicely together, especially the cloud paint and the colourpop lippie stix.
    And it’s nice too that you’re incorporating some eyeshadow singles. I never think to reach for my Z palettes of individual shades even though I should. This is a good reminder for me to use them!

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    • Ha, I learned my lesson from last month, when the products I chose didn’t go well together!
      I know exactly what you mean, I tend to reach for palettes just because everything is together, but I picked the singles I own because they are beautiful shades, so I really want to get some use out of them!

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      • I think palettes are so much more convenient, but I don’t want to miss out on my singles either. I rarely think to reach for Super Shock shadows so I made sure to start using them this month!

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  3. I really want to try that Hourglass palette, it has been on my wishlist for ages now! That Stila liquid eyeshadow is amazing, one of the best high-end makeup products! I love all the makeup products you’ve chosen for this month, they all sound amazing! Fab post as always my lovely x

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  4. I’m not sure if you are going to remember, but perhaps a year ago I complained to you about the Hourglass Dim Lighting palette being nothing special? I think you had it in a favourites, and I had recently purchased it and just didn’t get what was special? Well I’m literally almost out of every shade.

    During last summer I used it as a finishing powder all over my cheeks to blend out my bronzer after application, and then throughout this winter I have been using the other two shades as a finishing powder all over my face, and again to help blend out any bronzer or blush I’m using. I have used the crap out of this palette and I’m almost thinking I need to repurchase! The pans are so large, I pretty much can’t use it anymore. It’s funny how our opinions change, hey? Because I really do like it now lol.

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    • I’m glad you changed your mind and are loving it now! You’re right, it works beautifully as a finishing powder. I have to say that I don’t use the bronzey one as much because I haven’t found very many ways to use it, but using it to help blend out your bronzer is a great idea!

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  5. Omg, I love the naked 2 palette! It is definitely a classic! I’ve never tried any products from Glossier. Do you have any recommendations on which product is worth the hype other than the Cloud Paint?

    P.S. I posted a blog post about the best iPhone editing apps. I would really appreciate if you have the time if you could give it a read and leave a comment! Btw, I LOVE this post! ❤


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