January Favorites: Beauty.
January’s over? WHAT.
This year isn’t allowed to go as fast as 2013, so I’m not sure what’s happening. But this marks a real one year anniversary that I’ve been sharing my favorites! Oh happy day.
Since the holidays are over, I’ve done away with some of my darker colors even though it’s still freezing outside. I just want it to kinda maybe feel (or look?) like Spring. I did get a few new things at the end of December with some Christmas gift cards and have been basically bathing in body lotion because of this weather. Other than that, my favorites are just my favorites, but you know I like to switch it up! Me = bored easily.
Things I’m still using that I adore but am not mentioning here because it’s insanely repetitive: all the macadamia hair products, the kenra blow dry spray, bond no. 9 west side perfume, my loreal voluminous mascara, the HAC compact from maskcara (I’m using the dark color for the contour but not the light color as often simply out of laziness – I’d rather use something I can put on my face using my hands), my tarte exposed blush, the sephora X nail polishes (omg I adore them), the solar oil cuticle oil (almost finished with my new bottle from last month), the sensitive olay daily face wipes (save me after yoga!), the nars eyeshadow base and the maybelline age rewind concealer. Those are some things that I will probably always love.
Now to this month’s stuff.
First… S.O.S.! Like… save our skin.
My freaking skin. Oh my gosh. So dry in this cold.
These have been in my weekly routine to help cure my dry skin – things for face and body. My skin hates life right now.
First up, this dr. jart sleeping mask. I mentioned it on instagram a few weeks ago and am still totally loving it. The week after Christmas I headed to Sephora armed with gift cards and this is one of the things I bought. I love my dr. jart BB cream in the summer (it’s a little too dark for me in the winter) and thought I may love this too. I mean, I’m also such a sucker – sleeping mask? Hello, my name is Jessica and I’m a marketer’s dream.
You put this stuff on your face over your nightly routine (so even over moisturizer) and wash it off in the morning. I adore it. I’ve been using it about twice a week all month.
The other thing I’ve been using? Um, my new love. Glam glow thirstymud. Just the NAME alone. On that same trip to Sephora, I didn’t even know this was a thing but it was sitting on a display in the front of the store and I just about died. First, because I love the other glam glow masks so much. Second, because it’s a hydrating mask! I don’t think I’ve ever tried a hydrating mask. Third… it freaking smells like vanilla.
OMG. Love it so much. I’m alternating right now between this and the sleeping facial, but using this one as a traditional mask and washing it off before bed. I’ve used it about six times now and I really feel that both products are helping my skin. My face is still a bit dry (but I also just spent five days in Utah and hours on a plane) but with each use of these, it feels more moisturized. And even a little glowy? I may just be dreaming.
I mention this kiehl’s avocado eye cream all the time but I’m using it day and night right now given the condition of my skin. Figured it was worth telling you about again in case your face feels like the desert. It’s almost gone and I need to get another. I love that it’s just SIMPLE. There aren’t a ton of crazy ingredients. It does what it says – moisturizers the crap out of your eye area.
Another Kiehl’s product I’m adoring is the creme de corps. To say this is saving me from scratching myself to death would be an understatement. Here’s the thing: I love body butters, but there is a time and place for them. I hate using the super thick body butters in the morning because then I can barely get on pants. You know – your skin is just so sticky? This lotion is very thick and moisturizing but is not greasy or sticky. I’ve used this hemp lotion for years but my skin is sucking that up like it’s nothing.
So right now, my routine for the morning (or throughout the day) is to use the creme de corps. At night, I used the body butter below.
I go through tons of body shop butters because Ulta always has them on sale or as gift with your reward points. This is my SECOND jar of the cocoa butter scent in the last two months and it’s in the lead. I also love the almond and satsuma, but it (along with others) can be strong. This is mild and delicious. I use it every single night without fail.
It’s also just soooo much like butter. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with this stuff.
I tried something new on my face this month! This it cosmetics CC cream. So, I’ve been doing some in-front-of-the-camera things for my cookbook and definitely needed something a bit more concealing than my favorite tarte moisturizer. I don’t WANT to wear something else, but my complexion definitely comes across better on film. I tried the cover girl foundation that I had mentioned last year – but it totally sticks to every dry patch on my face, even with my heavy cetaphil moisturizer on underneath. I was in Ulta looking for other options and REALLY didn’t want to have to go the foundation route. I grabbed this, looked up reviews on my phone, and was sold.
I really like it. I would even venture to say that it’s almost as moisturizing as the tarte one, but gives a little more coverage? I do have to make sure my face is very moisturized beforehand, but other than that, I’m really happy with it. If I use too much then I definitely notice it, but overall it makes my skin look pretty darn good. I’d say this month I’ve been using this and the tarte split 50/50. I will always use my tarte version because I like them better as a company… this is doing what I need it to though.
One of the reasons is probably because I’m still mixing in some of the benefit high beam. You might remember that all last month I was mixing this with my tarte bb cream and I’ve continued with the cc cream above. I just love this stuff. Still going through my sample but I may need to get a regular bottle once it’s finished.
Speaking of, I definitely have a thing for benefit’s face color in these bottles. Overall, I don’t love benefit products. The packaging is the cutest but I rarely find something that I really love. However, I’m a huge fan of the cha cha tint version, and on that same trip to Sephora I was confronted with this lilac lollitint. As if the name wasn’t cute enough, this sold me because is there anyone else in the universe more excited that the color of the year is radiant orchid? Uh no. I’m dying over it.
That’s not the only reason I bought this – I find these tints to look really natural on cheeks. I don’t use it on my lips, but love it on the face. AND this is my color. Cool toned pinks and purples are my absolute favorites. I’m trying to really brighten up winter.
Obviously. Okay, so you know that dark lipstick I was loving all through Fall? I’ve retired it now. Well, I wore it once in January but I’ve definitely been favoring my pink lipsticks more. Maybe it’s because they look so pretty against the snow? I really just need a pick me up from the cold.
These are all old shades that I pulled out of my makeup case and have talked about before, but I’m pretty sure they are still available. Oh wait – the first one of the left is newer – the revlon matte balm in elusive. The rest are: MAC st. germain (an all time fave of mine), maybelline shocking coral and NYX butter gloss in eclair (this is my second tube which speaks volumes in lipgloss land).
Okay, I know I’ve mentioned this sugar lip therapy three months in a row, but I can’t get over my love for it. In past favorites, I’ve compared it to my love for the dior creme de rose lipgloss and the burt’s bee’s grapefruit chap stick. They are still my top three. With this one though, I tend to keep it in the house since it’s a bit pricey and don’t want to lose it. I choose it over creme de rose only out of laziness – sometimes it’s easier to swipe it on your lips than open a pot and use your finger.
And the burt’s bees is what comes along in my car, my coat and my purse. It’s stashed everywhere.
This sugar stuff though? Totally worth the price to me. If you’re interested, you might want to see if you can find a sample because when I asked you guys in November, your reviews were split down the middle. I’m on board though.
And the lorac pro, which I’ll love until my dying day.
Both are reliable and have every color I want to use on my eyes at the moment. Well, except for neon purple and lots of glitter. But I’m dealing with it. Your thirties suck when it comes to makeup maturity.
I went back to this marc jacobs black liner a few times and still stand by it being the BEST black liner I have ever used. It’s so dark and I love the felt tip.
If I wasn’t wearing black, I was wearing my urban decay 24/7 in underground. I’ve been using this since last month when my mushroom liner ran out. I’ve talked about it a bit before – it’s an iridescent-y brownish. Nothing too harsh or dark.
Even though I received a new bond no. 9 west side for Christmas, I’m trying to ration it all year again. So this month I continued to wear this nest rollerball in midnight fleur (love this for everyday) and my jo malone ginger biscuit. I’m *pretty* sure the ginger biscuit was limited edition last year (hence the ridiculous price, not normally that expensive) – this is my second bottle because after hearing it was temporary, I stocked up last year. I love wearing it this time of year though. It’s a very warm scent as you’d imagine from the name, but it’s not too warm – it doesn’t smell like Christmas. I think it’s perfect right now while it’s freezing out but post-holiday-wishing-for-spring weather.
Oh oh oh! AND. The elizabeth and james perfumes are finally out at sephora and I could not be more excited. The black has my name all over it. Going to use up one of these first though.
My aunt got me a little set of mini zoya polishes for Christmas and this shade (called storm) was one of them. It’s hard to tell in the photo but the sparkles are colorful! I’m all over that. I don’t know why I love black polishes so much but I do.
My favorite dry shampoo! I know I talked about batiste all last year, but after this month it definitely warrants another mention. My hair is like my skin… and plays this whole let’s-be-dry game. I wash my hair every other day or even every third, but I use this a few days a week mostly for texture and volume. I’ve used it a TON this month. I can’t even count the number of bottles I’ve gone through, but this scent is definitely my fave.
And that’s it! I feel like it’s a ton of stuff but I am loving so much this month. Most likely because I’m cooped up in the house and playing artist on my face. I love finding things I bought last year or even before that and getting re-excited about them. Simple things thrill me. So tell me, tell me! What are you loving right now? Did you use stuff that you got around Christmas time? Spill.
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