Hello there! For my first post I’m going to discuss my January favorites. I picked up quite a few goodies over Christmas and in the sales before and after the holidays and these are the items I’ve consistently picked up and used throughout the month. There’s definitely a theme here of glow-y products because my skin gets so dry and dull during the winter months. I’m always looking for something to help perk up my skin!
My first and most favorite item is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I finally got my hands on this palette during the Sephora VIB sale and it is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. My favorite powder is Dim Light (left most powder). I use this as an all-over setting powder. I don’t know how it works, but it leaves my skin looking flawless and airbrushed. Incandescent Light (center) is a wonderful highlight but isn’t too shimmery. I haven’t used Radiant Light (right) much yet but I think it will be a great light bronzer for this summer.
Next is another Hourglass product, Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. This is the perfect winter blush. It’s a beautiful plum shade that goes on slightly warmer than it looks in the pan. Like the Ambient Lighting Powders, this blush leaves the skin glowing. It goes on smooth and lasts all day. Sephora is including this in their Color of the Year selections so this is a great choice if you’re looking to jump on the Marsala train.
I have become obsessed with highlighters over the past year and MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle is my new baby. I’ve had my eye on this highlighter for a while now and finally bought it at a MAC counter a few weeks ago. I apply it using a mini fan brush and it gives the perfect, subtle glow to my cheekbones. Highlighters are a great investment because you only need the tiniest amount to completely change your look.
My favorite mascara in January was Too Faced Better Than Sex. This is my go-to mascara when I need outrageous lashes. The jumbo brush makes sure each lash is coated. The formula is a little on the wet side but it gives the most beautiful volume and length. I usually use at least two coats, or three if I’m feeling bold. The mascara stays on all day but comes off easily at night with a gentle cleansing oil or eye makeup remover. This is one of my all time favorite mascaras and I’ll continue repurchasing as long as I can.
My final face product I’ve been using to combat dull skin recently is L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer. I can’t say for sure whether this makes my makeup last longer, but it gives my skin a great glow without making me look oily. I use this all over the face after my moisturizer but before my foundation.
My final favorite is Soap & Glory Pulp Friction Body Scrub. I have super dry skin on my arms and legs and this scrub is tough enough to slough off all the dead skin without being too harsh. The scrub smells amazing (as all Soap & Glory products do). It’s fruity without being too sweet. I use this every time I shower and it keeps my skin soft and smooth.
That’s it for my January favorites! Let me know what your favorites were last month and any suggestions you have for products, posts, or reviews!