Monthly Favorites: February

Welcome to my first post! I thought a monthly favorites post would be a great start to get to know me and some of my staple products!

February is usually a very sluggish month for me. Winter continues to drag on, bringing the last bit of snow for the year up here in Massachusetts. But, there’s Valentine’s day, so at least there’s heavy discounted chocolates. Meanwhile, I’m eagerly awaiting spring so I can start my ever-expanding garden.

But for now, I want to share my monthly favorites and what I’ve currently been loving.

1. My Planner

By now, it’s been nearing two months since I started using this planner. I’ve tried it all with planning: several attempts at bullet journaling, another planner or two, even digital failed attempts to keep myself organized.

This is the 2021 Doodle Planner by the Youtuber Amanda Rach Lee. If you care about an equal balance of aesthetics and convenience, this planner is for you. There was two versions: an early “Oops!” version and her normal, standard quality planner that was coming out a little later. I got the “Oops!” version because it was half price and the errors were minimal in my opinion.

Designed to be a planner and coloring book hybrid, it provides no color so you can choose the color palettes, but has cute doodle themes per month for your convenience. Anything else you’d want with a high quality planner it has: thick pages, two bookmarks, engraved cover and several color options to chose from. I highly recommend, although it’s pricey for your average planner consumer if you choose the regular version.

2. Wet n’ Wild MegaWear Mascara

Monthly Favorites: Wet n Wild Mascara
Dollar Store Mascara!

My next product for my monthly favorites this is a mascara I managed to find at the Dollar Tree in my area. They occasionally have Wet n’ Wild products, but I hadn’t seen this one before. It comes in a small, blue tube which is important because the mega mascara line comes in different colored packaging.

This mascara is fairly natural- it will not give you amazing, thick, dark lashes but provides some separation. You won’t have to worry about clumping with this mascara, but it may be too subtle for the majority of people. It can smudge, but only if you are like me and rub at your eyes all day. There’s better options out there, but for a natural everyday mascara or even a “real” mascara option for a niece, this could be a great affordable option.

I couldn’t find this product on the Wet N’ Wild website, but I found it on Dollar Tree online if you want it in bulk, as well as Walmart. Amazon has some, but they are quadruple the price so I wouldn’t recommend buying from there.

3. Colourpop Blushing Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Duo

Around December of last year, I purchased my first Colourpop order and well, I can’t say it disappointed me. I have such a love hate relationship with the brand since I’m very aware of it’s flaws, but I can say their formulas are great. For this month, I focused a lot on these two eye shadow palettes Blush Crush and Nude Mood. They are perfect little nude shadows for everyday wear. If you are the type who likes soft neutrals, these two are your staples. I’d also suggest That’s Taupe and Making Mauves as well if you are into those types of soft tones.

I lean more towards Blush Crush as I discovered soft pinks are my favorite shades recently, but if I want a bit of a darker look, it’s easy to smoke out Nude Mood. I can say their pressed shimmers scared me at first since they are so soft and crumbly but look stunning on the eyes in place of glitter. Speaking of glitter, there’s no pressed glitter in either of the palettes.

After my first impressions, I can say that they do stay on all day compared to the many drugstore eye shadows I’ve tried. I would definitely repurchase! One thing to note: these shadows are a bit softer than their usual formula. I prefer these since it’s much easier to work with, but the color may not be as colorful as you expect it to be.

4. Aveeno Foaming Salicylic Acid Face Cleanser

Monthly Favorites: Aveeno Cleanser
0.5% Salicylic acid

This Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser has been such a game changer for me.

As someone who experiences acne in the form of little bumps with a occasional whitehead, it’s such a good cleanser. I was a little nervous about the foaming part since I have combination skin, but it’s gentle and non-stripping, but leaves you feeling very clean and soft. This is my only acne treatment and it covers the job the majority of the time. It has a mild, clean scent as it does contain fragrance but it’s quite mild and non-irritating on my skin.

I’d recommend this for anyone with oily, acne-prone skin but even combo and dry skin who experience the occasional pimp or two. It’s a very gentle product but serves it’s purpose, which is why I added it as a monthly favorite for February.

5. Notion

Image result for notion images
A very customizable note-taking app and website (Source: Website)

After accidentally stumbling upon this website’s Instagram account, I was curious to see if this could be used for students, or for a more personal application rather than business. Turns out I was right. Notion allows you to have multiple things on a homepage and directs you to other pages like a one-page website. You can find tons of videos online for students (many are sponsored so keep that in mind) and made my own account. The original set up can take hours to make to perfect, but once you get your homepage down, it’s very convenient and easy to use.

I personally really like the tables, and use them for my class assignments. I even do my reading notes on Notion and have them saved here instead of getting lost in my Google Docs. There’s a lot of little bonus features I really like such as image banners, emoji icons, and an overall minimal look. You can use it for to-do lists, weekly and monthly spreads, and so on. If I didn’t buy my planner, I would probably use Notion for daily to-dos.

Conclusion

But that is all I wanted to talk about!

What were some of your monthly favorites? Do you like February, or do you also find it a very slow month? Leave me a comment about your favorites, I’d love to hear about your month!