January has come to end, and it’s been a long month. I’ve actually quite enjoyed this January, although tough, it’s been a relatively ‘uneventful’ month (in the best way possible!). My focus for this year is definitely about being happy. In January I really tried to practice this by ensuring I was blogging happy. I also engaged a lot more in reading and journaling which I found to be very beneficial. Over the last month I’ve found some things I really enjoyed and thought I’d share them with you.
This month I’ve really been getting back to wearing makeup on a daily basis. I kind of gave up on wearing makeup regularly over the last few months, but I really missed it!
The foundation I’ve been enjoying this month has been the Smashbox Studio Fix 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation. If you have oily skin, then this may be a really good foundation for you. I found it to be light weight with good coverage and lasted very well on my skin. It’s also very hydrating, without making me look oily.
I’ve also been enjoying the Winkylux eye brow pencil, in the shade universal, which I ‘discovered’ when I was shopping my stash. It’s a brow pencil I found in my collection when my trusted MAC ‘spiked’ brow pencil had finished at the start of the month.
My go to lipstick this month has definitely been the Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in the shade Lolita. This is a very wearable everyday matte pinky / brown nude which lasts all day on me. It’s very comfortable too and not too drying on the lips.
The eyeshadow palette I’ve really been enjoying this month has been the new Tarte Tartelette Toast palette. I love the Tarte eyeshadows, and this palette is no different. I’ve been loving using the matte eyeshadows everyday as they are very pigmented and great for a natural look. The metallics are amazing too. There is this one shade called crackle which is a matte deep brown with loose gold glitter which I didn’t get on with due to the fall out. Overall I definitely recommend this palette.
For my highlighter this month I’ve been really impressed with the Essence metal chrome blush in the shade ‘beauty and the bronze’. This £3 ‘blusher’ is actually a highlighter on my skin tone which looks amazing on my skin. It gives a glow from within finish which appears quite dewy on the skin. There’s no glitter particles and it can be built up for more intensity. I can’t recommend it enough!
The final beauty product I want to talk about is a perfume by Primark (yes you read that right!). I picked up this perfume back in the summer and have been using it on and off. It’s an obvious dupe for the Viktor and Rolf BonBon Couture perfume. If you like sweet and fruity scents then you may enjoy this fragrance. Although I don’t have the real Viktor and Rolf fragrance, the Primark one lasts all day and a little goes a long way.
My go to book this month has been Happy: Finding Joy In Everyday And Letting Go Of Perfect by Fearne Cotton. This is a self-help style book that not only shares Fearne Cotton’s own personal journey and her journey to being happy, but also the journey of others. With accounts from her celebrity friends, to an interview with the founder of MIND, this is definitely a book that has opened my mind to mental health and wellness. I love that she’s so friendly and relatable in this book. This was a great book for me to read to start the new year, and I will definitely recommend it.
I love a good Netflix series and this January I’ve been really loving the very hyped up Black Mirror. I’ll be honest, it took me about 3 episodes to realise that it was about the influence of technology on society. It also took me watching a whole season, to realise I had started watching it backwards (starting with Season 4)! But I really enjoyed it! If you’re not too familiar with it, Black Mirror is a collection of stand alone dramas that each explore the impact technology (a lot of which we haven’t yet developed) can have on our world. It’s quite a dark satirical take on technology and its impacts, but it does get you thinking.
So that’s it for my January. Have you had any favourites this month? Let us know below!
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