Wednesday, February 12, 2014

January Favorites

I have not done a monthly favorites post since September.  It's not because I haven't had many favorites because I definitely have.  I have been using a lot of different products lately and have found so many new things I love.  That is probably why I have so many favorites this month.  Some of them may not be new to me for January, but all products I have really been enjoying.

January Favorites

The Chaser Shine Pomade, DryBar - This pomade is more of a cream and less of a wax so it is super easy to distribute.  It smooths my hair without any residue or build-up.

Peony and Blush Suede Cologne, Jo Malone - I am in love with this scent.  It is perfect for Spring and  I find the scent lingering long after I spray it.

Agave Lip Mask, Bite - I got this for Christmas and while it is a little difficult to get out of the tube, it is a great overnight treatment for your lips.  The next morning I can still feel it on my lips and it leaves them very soft.

Kiss Mix, Eve Lom - I posted a review on this last month.  I like that that this is minty and very cooling, and I only need to use this once and my lips stay hydrated all day long.

Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Violet Ink, Bobbi Brown - I had always used drug store eye liner but had heard so many great things about this that I decided to splurge.  It is definitely worth the money.  It goes on smooth, doesn't dry out and lasts throughout the day.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Nettle - I am going to say it . . . I like this even better than Batiste.  I didn't think it was possible to find a dry shampoo that I liked better but this stuff is amazing.  It doesn't make my hair stiff that Batiste sometimes does when I use too much, and it doesn't irritate my scalp like just about every dry shampoo does.  With Klorane my hair stays fresher and I can usually go an extra day before washing.

Bare Face Cleansing Oil, Julep - This is actually my first cleansing oil so I don't have too much to compare it to but it has definitely turned me onto cleansing oils. I don't like to use cleansing wipes to remove my makeup as they are not ideal.  This makes removing my makeup so easy.   I apply it to a dry face, work it into the skin then rinse off.

Cucumber Melon Calming Mist, Skin By Ann Webb - I picked this up at Whole Foods on a whim.  Not only does is smell amazing (I love anything that smells like cucumber) but it calms the skin after a treatment or mask.  And it just feels nice!

Dr. Bronners Magic Soap - I use this bar to clean my makeup brushes and sponges.  It cuts the cleaning time in half and literally removes all traces of make-up.

Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation, Marc Jacobs Beauty - This is more of an honorable mention because I hate to say that it broke me out.  However I do feel like it is still worth mentioning as I seem to be the only person in the world to have a problem with this foundation.  Aside from the breakout, it lasted all day, gave me really great coverage and had such a beautiful finish.  I am actually really bummed that I had to stop wearing it every day but I think I may hang onto it for special occasions.

Miracle Complexion Sponge, Real Techniques - I reviewed this sponge last month.  It is a great inexpensive alternative to the beauty blender.

Better Than Sex Mascara, Too Faced - I am usually very picky about mascaras but feel like I have been loving just about every mascara I have tried lately and this is no exception.  It provides great length and volume.  One thing that I do want to mention is that it is a bit dry, but I tend to prefer dryer mascaras anyway as they don't smear.

Bombshell Volume Mascara, Covergirl - Another mascara . . . this is a two step drugstore mascara that lengthens and volumizees pretty well.  Unlike the Too Faced mascara it is a lot less dry (I don't dare say the m word) so I sometimes get it on my lid when applying but it is relatively inexpensive and works better than most drugstore mascaras I have used.

Total Moisture Facial Cream, Benefit Cosmetics - I have always been indifferent about most moisturizers.  I know I should use one but usually just use whatever I can find.  I must say that I bought this because of the packaging but ended up really loving it.  It is on the thick side, but doesn't clog my pores and it sinks into my skin well.  It also smells really good.

Eye-o-Sonic Eye Serum Infuser, Michael Todd - I hate blending in eye cream; it always takes so long.  This kind of does the work for you and gets the cream deep into the skin.

Rose Gold Blush, Sleek Make-up - This is just such a beautiful color.

Eight Hour Cream, Elizabeth Arden - This has become a cult classic and for good reason.  It is so multi-purpose that you really don't need to carry too many other products.  You can use it as a hand cream, burn cream, lip balm, cuticle cream, eyebrow tamer, the list goes on.  I use it a lot on my lips, especially after exfoliating.

Revlon Eye Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes, Revlon - I can't remember the last time I used a shadow that wasn't a cream.  I think this may have been the only palette I have used since buying it in December.  I use two of the four colors more frequently, and recently started using a third (a matte nude) as a base.

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  Unless otherwise noted, the items mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

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