January 2014 favourites!

Hello beautiful people! I hope you have all been healthy and happy in these first few weeks of 2014 
Since the first month of our new year has come to an end and I actually tried a bunch of new products this month, I thought it was only appropriate to do a January Favourites post!

My first favourite is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar eye shadow palette.
I bought this right at the beginning of January and have used it pretty much every day since I purchased it. It is a little bit pricey at $55.00 but I think its well worth it as you get 16 shadows, two of which are double sized and there’s a great selection of colours. It has matte, shimmer and glittery shadows which allow you to achieve any kind of look you’re going for. A cool fact about this is that the shadows are made with cocoa powder so it smells divine and you’re putting something natural on your lids, the pigmentation of the shadows is very high and the texture is super smooth. They are so easily blended and a little bit goes a long way because the colours are so strong, over all I would recommend this palette to anyone who is just starting out with make up or someone who wants a good range of neutrals, and purples with different textures.

Next is a recent purchase, which I got only a week or so ago but it has been my go to blush since! And it is Springsheen from Mac.
It’s such a beautiful coraly pink colour that has peachy gold shimmer to it which gives the most beautiful effect on the cheek. I think it’s around $25.00 or so but, I love it because it got me so excited for spring. I feel like this blush paired with a pretty natural eye and a pinky gloss would just be gorgeous! I’m definitely going to be wearing this all through February in anticipation for nicer weather.

The next product is a rediscovered favourite and that is the Clinique bottom lash mascara!
This stuff is incredible; it separates your bottom lashes without clumping and defines them so nicely because it has such an itty bitty wand. My one beef with it is that the tube is so tiny too so for $12.00 it only lasts a month or so if you use it every day and depending on the thickness of your lashes, but it doesn’t budge all day and keeps your bottom lashes looking defined and fabulous.

Next up is Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation
I wear the colour 1C1 cool bone which I believe is the palest shade haha. I got this in the middle of the month and I’ve been loving it! It is a very full coverage foundation with a matte finish, it honestly doesn’t budge all day long and you don’t need a lot of it at all. It’s about $44.00 which I think is reasonable for the pay-off you get with this foundation.

Another foundation I was loving in January is the Bobbi Brown skin foundation
I have the colour 01 porcelain and it’s a perfect match for me. The name speaks for the product because it really does look like you have nothing on at all, it just looks like your skin. It’s a medium to light coverage foundation with a nice dewy look to it, I got this for the days where I didn’t want to be wearing a full coverage foundation but still wanted to put a little something on to even out my skin tone. It also has SPF in it which will be a bonus once the weather gets a little bit nicer here in Toronto. I believe this foundation cost about $55.00 which is quite expensive but you don’t need a lot of this one either as it’s very liquidy and is easily blended all over your face.

During the colder months I always find my skin looks a little bit dull and my next favourite absolutely remedied the problem! Mac cream colour base in Shell is a beautiful champagne pink highlighter which has been a staple in my makeup bag throughout January.
I think it was about $20.00 or so but well worth the price because you don’t need a lot of course and because of the way it looks on. It adds a gorgeous glow to the cheekbones and really creates radiance in my skin which I don’t normally have in the winter. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on my complexion when I’ve been wearing it as well which is always a bonus!

Another rediscovered favourite of mine was the Mac Studio Finish concealer in NW15.
I’ve had this in my collection for quite a while as you can tell from the photo but came across it this month and I’ve really been enjoying it, it has quite a full coverage but works for both under the eye and any blemishes I’ve been having. It also comes in quite a deep pot so it goes a long way for $22.00, and it has SPF 35 to protect underneath your eyes from the sun which is very important in my opinion. This will definitely be staying in my makeup bag throughout February.

The next three products are all skin care as I switched up my routine quite a bit this winter and these ones really stood out to me and make my skin look and feel incredible.

Philosophy Purity cleanser!
I initially bought this in November in the travel size to go on vacation with me, and I used it for the week I was away and I liked it, but when I got home I went back to my old cleanser. After I ran out of that sometime in December I decided to go back to purity thanks to a recommendation from my best friend Amber, after using it for about 3 weeks I really noticed my skin feeling soft and supple and really clean. I went out and purchased one of the bigger bottles and have been using it day and night since, this stuff is just amazing, it takes off any little ounce of makeup that may be left on your skin and gives you a lovely gentle cleanse. It has a slight smell but it’s not over powering at all, I would recommend this cleanser to everyone because it’s just that good. It also comes in 4 or 5 sizes and versions so they have one for every price point and every skin type, I just use the original formula but they do have an oil free one as well.

Origins Modern Friction is an amazing exfoliator I picked up because I felt like my skin was quite dry due to the cold weather.
This stuff is great because you can use it on a dry face for a deep exfoliation or with a wet face for a more gentle one, I found after using this once a week for about 3 weeks my skin was soft and smooth, but you could absolutely use if more than once a week if you felt you needed it.

Last but definitely not least is another Origins product and it’s the A Perfect World daily moisturizer.
I use this every day and I absolutely love it, it’s designed with white tea to add some antioxidants to your skin, and its formulated to act as a barrier to protect your skin from the free radicals you can be exposed to on a day to day basis. It has a little bit of a smell but it’s a really pleasant citrus smell, and after about 4 weeks of using this in my routine I really have noticed a difference and couldn’t be happier with how my skin is looking, I feel that this is going to be part of my collection for quite some time.

I hope you all enjoyed this and I hope February is a month full of love and adventures for you all!
Until next time, xoxo
– Lo