January 2017 Favorites16:22
January was a busy month in some ways, but also a very relaxed one. I had my birthday in January, which is always fun. I also got a few new products to test out and some already made it into this months favorites.
Avon Senses Sensual Dream Dark Chocolate & Coconut Shower Cream
This was a pre-order and I think it comes out in next Avon campaign. If Avon does something good, it's definitely the scents. Their Avon Senses shower gels usually have the best scents and when I saw combination of chocolate and coconut, I had to try it. I don't notice much coconut. It's more like a chocolate pudding scent with cookies. The scent is to die for and if you're on a diet, I advise you to stay away from it. It even has a bit thicker formula that almost reminds me of cooked pudding texture. It's definitely my favorite scent from their shower gels and a lovely treat for colder months.
Alpstories Cleansing Gel Sage & Mint
One of those cleansing gels that I fell in love with and that's a rare thing for me. It's perfect for colder months and sensitive skin. It has a thicker gel formula that foams well when it comes in contact with water. It doesn't make your skin feel squeaky clean and there's no tightening feeling afterwards. It also doesn't leave behind any greasy residue. I love to use it for morning cleanse or for the last step in my cleaning routine (double cleanse). It has a fresh herbal scent to it that I've grown to love.
Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask - Green Tea and Bamboo
I've been sick this month and my skin has gotten a bit drier. Sheet masks are the best products for adding some moisture back to the skin. I've been loving these from Innisfree. They are extremely saturated with serum, fit well on the face and nicely hydrate my skin. I love the fact that there's a lot more serum left in the bag, so I usually use this in place of a serum for the next three days. It's slightly sticky, which means it grabs onto the skin well, but feels very lightweight and hydrating. Green tea is my favorite scent, because I love green tea in general. Bamboo has a bit fresher herbal scent that is also very soothing. They both make my skin softer, plumper and hydrated.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
I bought The Ordinary products as soon as I found out about the brand (I also have niacinamides). This is my second bottle of hyaluronic acid. At first I thought that this isn't doing much for my skin. But when I used up my first bottle and was without it, I noticed that my skin was becoming drier. After getting another bottle, I can say that this definitely helps to keep moisture in my skin. But I always use this as a base and then put lots of other moisturizing products on top of it. Hyaluronic acid is supposed to attract to the moisture in your skin and keep it there, so essentially, if you're skin is dry as Sahara, this may not be the best product for you. I heard some say it may make your skin even drier. Especially now in colder months and central heating. It's transparent, slightly thicker liquid that soaks into the skin really quickly and feels lightweight.
Zoeva Caramel Melange Eyeshadow Palette
I am not even gonna talk about it anymore. I've already wrote a review of it here. It is still a staple in my makeup routine and I just can't get enough of these shades. Liquid Center is my weakness. As you can see this is already well used.
Catrice Slim'matic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil - 020 Medium
I've searched for Anastasia Brow Wiz kind of product in Korean makeup and found one. But Korean brow products are usually very warm toned, so I was ecstatic to find out that Catrice has come out with similar slim brow pencil. So far I love shade Medium. It's very natural grey toned brown. Pencil has a super slim tip with which you can draw hair like strokes and just fill in where you feel like you need to. It's also long lasting and has really nice pigmentation.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
I also won't loose words on this products. I've already mentioned I adore this highlighter and ever since I got it, I can't put it down. It's perfect for winter time and looks natural, yet gives a lovely sheen. You can read a review of it here.
Wet'n'wild Coloricon Blush in Apri-Cot in the Middle
I got this as a gift from Mateja and she sure knows me well. I immediately fell in love with the shade. I thought that this would look really dark on the cheeks, but actually goes on really light. You can obviously build it up, but I prefer just a very light wash of it. It's that kind of muted peach shade with gorgeous gold shimmer that gives it lovely sheen. I absolutely adore it. It's very similar to Milani Luminoso, but has even more sheen to it and the sheen is golden, while Luminoso looks more cooler in terms of a shimmery sheen.
Essence Eyeshadow 15 Hazel Me Not!
This is my favorite shade that I use to contour my face with. Most contour products have red undertone to them which I hate, because it makes me look flushed. I much prefer something light and grey based. I love that this eyeshadow is very light and you can actually apply a very light, almost unnoticeable, contour. You can build it up too, but I like my contour very light. It's also perfect for nose contour, because it doesn't have a lot of color payoff.
Catrice Lip Foundation Pencil in 030 Addicted To Cafe Au Lait
Another new launch from Catrice. I assume these lip pencils are suppose to match your natural skin colour of the lips and it should look like nothing on the lips. This shade is still darker than my natural lip colour - because my lips have almost no colour. It's almost like a peachy brown nude shade and I adore it. It's so hard to find nude lip pencils that aren't pink toned. I've been wearing it a lot, ever since I got it. It's that kind of neutral shade that you can cheat your natural lip line a bit and it won't look fake. It's nicely creamy and not too drying. The finish is matte and it stays well on the lips.
Avon True Supreme Nourishing Lipstick - Nurturing Nude and Revitalising Raspberry
I've been testing Avon True Supreme Nourishing lipsticks and I love the formula. It's a very nourishing and comfortable. There's no chance of drying out your lips. It almost feels like a mixture of lip balm and lipstick. Nurturing Nude is the most neutral in the range. It's like a mix of pink, peach and brown. One of those really wearable nudes that would suit many skin tones. Revitalising Raspberry is like a a mix of pink and red. It's light and one of those effortless pinks to wear with most looks. I'll have a review of the whole range on my blog this week.
Transparent Plastic Drawers
I got this as a gift from friend Sabina and she definitely hit the spot. I've been wanting to get these drawers for a really long time, but couldn't find the right sized anywhere near me. She found them in Primark for those that are looking for them too. I love how pretty these look on my table and it definitely looks like a great decor, but it's also useful. So far I keep in them some products that I'm currently testing. The drawers are well made, but don't slide out with the utmost ease, which is to be expected. It's plastic after all. But I love the look of these and am really happy that I got them.
Good Morning Gorgeous Mug
I have to include this one in my favorites, because it turns out to be one of my new favorite props for blog photography. This is a blank mug and my cousin decorated it with sharpies and baked it. It looks so pretty and fun. I use the mug for storing my eye brushes in it and it's a lovely decor on my table.
Master's Degree Event
I got my Master's degree in July, but this month we had the official ceremony of getting all the papers of Master's degree and just taking the last step into our faculty. I am still unemployed and this sucks the life out of me, because I don't care what anyone says, no one wants to sit at home and do nothing (even though I do a lot at home, I just don't get payed). I studied media communications and trying to find a job in that field in out part of the country is mission impossible. Considering the fact that there aren't any big media companies here. I had fun going to this event with my friend and fellow colleague Sabina. It's a definite end of a certain period and it's nice to celebrate it.