January has been filled with fresh starts, both in my personal life and in my makeup collection. I've introduced new colors, new formulas and new combinations into my routine and the result has been so fun. Below is a list of my absolute favorite buys from January, which I think have great potential to carry over into spring.
Marc Jacobs Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash Discovering Mascara in Noir, Sephora $24
Out of the four mascaras I use on the daily, this is the most unique. It's teeny tiny brush is perfect for darkening those bottom lashes and helping to define any outer lashes up top you might have missed. It's a great compact size that you can easily slip in your purse to bring your lashes from day to night, and the packaging is so chic. I also haven't had any issues with it running, which is always a plus.
Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Stardust, Sephora $28
I don't own much from Milk currently, but I just about died when I bought this opaque pink highlighter. It's so versatile as you can use it on your cheeks, eyes and lips. If you're looking for a pink highlighter that pops, I will warn you that this is very opaque, more like a shimmer. I use it as blush on the tops of my cheekbones for a fresh dewey finish, and I'm sure I'll be using this a lot during spring. It rubs off easily, so I often keep it with me to reapply during the day and set it with a setting spray. But it gives off such a beautiful pink finish.
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Porcelain, Sephora $46
This is the first foundation stick I've ever bought. Worried that they'd be difficult to blend and clog my pores, this stick completely washed away any bad preconceptions I had about them. It has the creamiest radiant finish. I love using it under my eyes as contour, and I'm seriously considering picking up their highlighter stick as well after loving this. It blends like a dream and gives medium to full coverage depending on how much you build it (I like to blend it with a BeautyBlender or Sephora Collection Pro Flawless Airbrush #56). Overall, this is an amazing foundation for everyday all-over coverage or to use as a contour or concealer. But I definitely recommend going in-store to try out coloring, my Sephora Color ID match ended up being a little too yellow, so I went with a lighter shade.
Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLUST 007 in Divine Nude, Sephora $38
My first Pat McGrath purchase! I cannot say enough good things. Her products are expensive but they are to die for! The packaging, the color payoff, the staying power. If you are thinking of buying any of her stuff, just do it. It sells out so fast and it's definitely worth it.
Clinique Pop Oil Lip & Cheek Glow in Rose Glow, Neiman Marcus $18.50
This lip and cheek stain is super moisturizing and gives a gorgeous color. I love how it allows me to wear a berry color without looking like it's too much. I'm not sure if I'd continue to use it on my cheeks as it is a little goopy, but if you can find a way to not feel sticky and blend it right then it definitely has the color for it.
Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette and White Chocolate Bar Palette, Too Faced $49
Too Faced had an amazing online sale not too long ago and I snagged these babies up for half price along with a ton of other product from them. With all the makeup I buy I am always on the hunt for a good sale! These shadows are sooooo blendable and I've even ended up wearing some shades that I didn't originally think I'd try out because of them. Plus, they smell like chocolate so I legit sniff this palette every time I open it. I cannot find the White Chocolate Bar Palette available anywhere - but I definitely recommend any of their palettes as they are so pigmented and soft.
Becca Champagne Dream Lip & Highlighter Duo, Sephora $34 and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter in Moonstone and Champagne Pop, Becca $19
My friends always ask me who makes the best highlighter, and hands-down it is Becca Cosmetics. Their products are so finely-milled and buildable. I love both their crème and pressed powder formulas. They won't leave you looking like a light-beam, but no matter how much you apply, give you a lit-from-within look. These shades are selling out super fast as new collections are making their way in for spring, so snag them while you can!
The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1%, Deciem $8.80 and The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil, Deciem $9.90
As for skincare, I expanded my Deciem line after posting a great review on my first three products from them. The EUK 134 is an anti-oxidant serum that I apply before topping it with the Marula Oil, and then ending with moisturizer on top. They are amazing for if your skin is getting dry and flaky. I've always been leery about putting oil on my face, as my nose gets super oily naturally, but when I wake up the morning after using these my skin feels super balanced and soft. Plus they're under $10!
NeuLASH Lash Enchancing Serum 0.1 oz, Nordstrom $95
This was my post-Christmas splurge. I treated myself to something I've looked into for awhile, and I've heard so many great reviews of. I've been using this for approximately three weeks now and my lashes are absolutely much longer. I apply it to my top and bottom lashes every night at the end of my skincare routine. It doesn't burn your eyes but you do need to use it religiously every night. My lashes grow out blonde, so I'm getting them dyed next week and can't wait to fully be able to see all the results then. After almost a month of liberal use, the tube still feels pretty full, so I'm hoping to get some continued use of it. Once I run out of it I'll consider if I want to switch to lash extensions or keep going with the NeuLASH, as it doesn't add as much visible volume to mine as it does length. But for now, I'm super happy with the results.
Lanolips Treat, Moisturize and Glow Duo, Nordstrom $25 and Lanolips The Ultimate Strength Hand Duo, Nordstrom $16.45
Once I realized my hands had legit started peeling because they were so dry, I bought these cute little lemon and rose scented tubes from Lanolips. Their packaging is crisp and vintage, and their lip balms and glosses smell exactly like lemon and banana. The formulas are super thick with a lingering but not overpowering smell, perfect for the winter months.
I'm looking forward to everything February has to bring - Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day, and a gala at the end of the month that I am so ready to glam up for! Comment below if you've tried out anything I've mentioned, I'd love to hear your opinion.