I’ve been keeping a close eye on Glossier (I’m talkin’ creep watching high school girls by a bus stop kinda close) and as the old saying goes – you always want what you can’t have. Unfortunately, Glossier doesn’t yet ship to Australia, so when one of my besties headed over to the UK, I was over the fricken moon to lodge a sizeable order for her to bring back for me.
I love me some January with the smell of ‘fresh start’ in the air. The weather’s uplifting, your energy is renewed and you feel like you CAN loose those extra 5 kg’s AND find the man of your dreams with time left over to start that pottery class you’ve always wanted to do. So let’s take a minute to send some props to January because it really does treat us with respect, like a one night stand who offers to drop you home in the morning. In an ode to this stunner of a month, here’s a little glimpse of the things I’ve been loving in Jan.
You know the drill. I try a bunch of products so you don’t have to. Here’s what I thought about this lot….
Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque – This one is a perfect mask for your basic rub and buff (why does that sound so suggestive?!). A clay based mask that you leave on to dry and then massage into the skin before washing off. The cranberry seeds get rid of any uneven or dead skin, leaving your face as fresh as a 2 week olds.
REPURCHASE? I will likely buy this stuff again but with so many exciting face masks out there to try I can’t imagine I’ll be getting another one of these bad boys any time soon.
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Alaska– I purchased this base to wear on relaxed days – brunch with the girls, out to the shops type stuff but now I can’t help but pick this one up 5 or so mornings a week! I love how this product offers moderate coverage but still looks so damn natural. A total winner in my books!
REPURCHASE? Yah, girl.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – I raved about this product in my ‘It’s Another US Make-Up Haul’ post so feel free to check that out. Basically this concealer is a total dream with medium coverage without ever looking thick or cakey. THE. BEST.
REPURCHASE? All day errrr’y day.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – Every beauty blogger and vlogger knows about this dreamy serum. This stuff just melts into the skin and its stunning essential oils will make your face feel bright and replenished when your alarm goes buzzzzz in the mornings. There’s a reason why this product is a cult classic.
REPURCHASE? Not yet but definitely will do in the future.
Benefit Gimme Brows in Medium/Deep – This product has been redone with their new line of brow products so you wont find this version of it in store but I have to say I found it super easy peasy to use and very effective. Great for topping up the boldness factor after using some sort of brow pencil and also amazing to wear on its own for a relaxed ‘no makeup’ look!
REPURCHASE? Yaaaass! I now have the updated version, which has a wider variety of colours and different packaging. Still a killer product.
Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil in 4 – I was a big fan of this one when I was using it. It has a natural colour selection, a fine tip for precise application and a handy dandy spoolie on the end. I’ve recently however moved onto a thicker defining pencil and I actually prefer it as it’s quicker and less fiddly. Probably a personal preference on that one but a great option if that’s what you’re after.
L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Extra Black – A solid performance here by L’Oreal with a reasonably priced mascara that will create thick and long, jet-black lashes. No complaints from me on this one but I wonder if there is any mascara that could completely bowl me over. Let me know if there is a mascara you adore!
REPURCHASE? Not any time soon. On the hunt for something outstanding.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – I caaanot live without micellar water and to be honest, I’ve only tried a couple of varieties because I think it’s all pretty same/same. Why look any further when this one does exactly what you want by removing makeup effortlessly without drying the skin? Also, it’s super cheap! End the search and settle on this one I say!
REPURCHASE? Have and will!
The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish – Not a huge fan of this one as it’s kind of an exfoliator/body wash hybrid. There just wasn’t enough of a physical exfoliator so it didn’t really do its job and if I wanted a body wash, I would just use a body wash, you know? I did however appreciate the sickly sweet strawberry scent which took me back to me teenage years of Neighbours and downing milo by the kilo.
REPURCHASE? Not today or any other.
All in all I was pretty chuffed with most of these products. NARS is pretty much THE best when it comes to getting a flawless and natural look. Bless em’.
Until next time…That’s what she said.
Yay to love, yay to marriage, yay to my friends honeymooning in the US and bringing me back allllll the cheap make-up!
Being an individual of the female variety ain’t cheap, especially on those occasions when you seem to run out of all the things at exactly the same time. This happened to me on the weekend so I popped into town to replenish the ol’ make-up supplies. Here’s what I got…
When the New Year rolls around, I like to use my post holiday energy to refocus and get started on some goals for the year. One of these goals (okay, okay – for the last few years. Woops!) is to declutter. Because living in a space filled with loads o’ crap just ain’t a fun time!
Winter-wise, we are in the thick of it. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s miserable. Sure, you could spend your days and nights moaning and groaning about it on the couch, OR you could dust off some vampy winter lipstick shades and slay like the White Witch you are.