Monthly Favourites • January 2013

Left to right: Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in "crush", acnigon perfect skin solution, 17 eye shadow trio in "in the nude",  L'Oreal Elvive extraordinary oil, Laura Geller Ballance'n'Brighten foundation, Simple intensive lip moisturiser and finally my flat topped kabuki brush from eco tools.  

Hasn't January flown by so fast? It came and went almost as quickly as the snow seemed too. But after January comes February which is a very exciting prospect for me as February is going to be an incredibly busy month, I doubt I'll get a moments rest. Anyway before I bable on; here are what have been my go-to products for January..

Firstly I'll talk about the simple intensive lip moisturiser. WOW. Just wow. I forgot I had this little guy and I found him hiding at the back of one of my draws just after Christmas, as a lip balm hoarder it takes some seriously moisturising products to capture my attention, but this guy certainly has. My lips have never felt so soft and I've had no problems with chapping due to the cold weather, I would highly recommend this product to anyone, much better than any other chapstick I've tried. 

So in January I achieved luscious lips and with the help of acnigon perfect skin solution, I also achieved much clearer skin. This product is both oil and cream free which means it doesn't clog your pores. You simply apply the solution to your problem areas twice a day and voilà, watch those pimples disappear! Whilst this product is aimed at people with acne or very problematic skin, you do not need a prescription to access a bottle.

The last maintainance product I have to talk about is the L'Oreal Elvive extraordinary oil. When my hair is still damp after washing it, I comb it through with this oil in the place of detangler. This oil really does make my hair noticeably shinier and a lot less frizzy. I think I'd even go so far as to say I prefer this product to morocon oil as it doesn't cry the ends of my hair. Suitable for all hair types, if you're looking for a good oil to maintain the health of your hair, then look no further. 

  In the nude trio from 17

I think I've worn a combination of these colours every day for the past month (if you couldn't tell I'm a big fan of neutral eyes). This is actually the second time I've bought this trio as I ran out of my old one a couple of months ago. The lightest champaign colour is my all time favourite eye shadow, sadly not quite as pigmented as I'd dream, but hey at £5.49 I'm not complaining! However if anyone knows of a good more pigmented dupe then please do let me know in the comments below! 

My Bright'n'Ballance powder foundation has been more of a 2012 staple than a monthly favourite. Unrivalled by any other powder I've tried. You see, I have an incredibly pale complexion (so pale that mac don't even carry a foundation shade light enough for me in the winter!) so it's very hard for me to find a powder that doesn't make me look orange, yet still holds some coverage. I love this powder so much because it has green and yellow tones to counter balance any discolouration in the skin, by far a must have setting powder especially for anyone with paler skin. I use this powder to set my YSL foundation, even though it could be used by itself for a lighter coverage, and I do so with my eco tools brush. It would seem that I'm beginning to  develop a deep love for this brush. I believe it was quite in expensive as well . that does make me think though: If i love this brush and it was relatively cheep, how quickly would I fall in love with a mac brush?!

My last make up favourite for the month of January was my Just Bitten kissable balmstain in the shade Crush. If you read my last post you'll know I was really into vampy lips this winter, and January was no exception. I found that the balm was very moisturising and had an incredible staying power. I applied the product at the beginning of the day and found I only needed a top up after 7 or 8 hours. As we move out of winter and towards summer this product will probably be taking a back seat, however I will most defiantly be purchasing a more summery colour from the range.

Bloggers, may I introduce you to my trusty Chelsea boots. These bad boys have seen me through the cold winter mornings and are the boots I find myself continually reaching for, I felt almost compelled to give them a cheeky mention this month as they have served me so well. I do believe they were purchased from Topshop for around £70 but as they were a present I feel bad about having a snoop for the exact price. 

So, there you have it, there are all my January Favourites, the products I've found my self constantly reaching for over the past month. What have your favourites been over the last month? and what are you looking forward to in February? Let me know in the comments below. Also let me know what posts you'd like to see over the next month.. How I style? OOTD's? Daily makeup routine? Any special Valentine's requests? Leave me a suggestion bellow and you may just get a mention in my next post. Until then my friends



  1. Ooh the 17 eyeshadow trio looks so nice, I'll have to keep an eye out for it xx

  2. I really love all of the 17 trio's! They're so pigmented, and handy to have in your makeup bag whilst travelling etc :) xx
    Gem ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  5. This is a great monthly favourite! Really want to try the Just Kissable Lip Balm!

  6. Great list! I have the same boots and they've been a staple all winter. Have been loving the Revlon Balm Stains as well- Crush looks like a fantastic shade :)


  7. I have the crush lip stain coming into my mail soon, I'm so damn excited! ahahaha now more so! winter here I come! xx


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