January Favorites

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January has been a month of reflection, goal-setting, and healthy habit forming.  I have had the opportunity to trial some new products throughout December and January and I am SO excited to share my favorites with you guys!  This month’s lineup happens to be a little heavy on the beauty products- likely because the Winter “uglies” are in full force.  My skin is dry and pale, and I need all the help I can get in terms of skin care and makeup.  Anyone else?!  

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 1 | Laura Geller Cover Lock Cream Foundation

This is the best foundation I have ever tried.  The beauty tech at Ulta recommended it and I am so thankful she did.  It provides full coverage, but doesn’t feel heavy at all.  I put it on over my moisturizer and blend it with this applicator sponge.  It goes on so smoothly, lasts all day, and doesn’t clog my pores.   I use the shade fair which has warmer undertones and isn’t too ivory.  This stuff is good guys.

 2 | Five Minute Journal

The Five Minute Journal has allowed me to identify more reasons to be grateful, challenges me to set daily intentions, and reflect on the ways in which I can take action to facilitate positive change in my own life.  How it works: Each morning when you wake up and each night before bed, you take 5 minutes or less to fill in the journal prompts.  I have been journaling for almost two weeks and I can clearly see the positive impact this daily habit has been having on my life.  Bad days are made better with a shift in perspective, and I feel genuinely happier as I am consistently prompted to identify reasons for which to be grateful.  I HIGHLY recommend this product!

3 | Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

This concealer is full-coverage, comes in a variety of shades, and is a good value as a little goes a long way.  The applicator wand makes for easy application.  I usually apply a few strokes under each eye and over any blemishes.  For an extra highlight I will add some between my eyebrows and on my chin.  I use that same blender sponge to apply it over my foundation- make sure the sponge is damp for a flawless application.  This is truly the best concealer I have ever tried.  The creasing throughout the day is very minimal (I have yet to find one that doesn’t crease at all), and it lasts all. day. long.

4 | Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring

I LOVE this hair tie.  It doesn’t leave a crease in your hair, causes less breakage, and comes in a variety of colors.  Because I no longer have that dreaded crease when I take my pony tail out, this hair tie has contributed to a significant decrease in the frequency that I use a straightener on my hair- I’m all for less heating tools.  Perfect for you ladies who sneak in your morning workout before work but only have the time to body shower and dry shampoo. No crease= less heat and less time getting ready.

 5 | Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

I have chronic under eye circles, regardless of the number of hours slept or cups of coffee consumed.  I use this product as a primer under my regular concealer and notice a significant difference in the appearance of my under eye circles.  I also notice that it contributes to less creasing throughout the day and overall gives me a bright, awake complexion.  On lighter makeup days or if I am pressed for time, this works perfect alone as an under eye concealer.

 6 | Socialite Off the Shoulder Sweater Dress

This dress is affordable, classy, flattering, and INSANELY comfortable.  I was initially drawn to it because of the classic mid length, long-sleeve, off the shoulder style but as soon as I felt the material, I couldn’t leave Nordstrom without it.  I wore it to a NYE party and paired it with a pair of black patent pointed-toe pumps for a classic look.  Not only did I feel fabulous, but I was so cozy all night.  At $49 with free shipping, this dress is a no brainer!  Although this dress runs true to size, I chose to size up to a medium from my usual size small because I wanted it to be a tad less fitted.

7 | Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

This is an acne spot treatment that dries up pesky blemishes.  You put it on at night before bed then wash it off in the morning.  Every time I use it, I notice a significant decrease in the size and redness of the blemish when I wake up the next morning.  The secret is in the application of this- DO NOT shake the bottle.  Dip a Q-tip until it reaches the bottom, where the pink sediment is settled.  You want a clay-like texture, and by shaking the bottle, you are diluting the product’s active ingredients.   I love how fast acting this product is- its a life saver on the night before a big presentation or hot date 😉

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I hope you enjoy these products as much as I truly do.  Cheers to the start of February and the slowly approaching Spring weather! xx

 

 

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