Goodness gracious, how quickly has this month sped by?! I can’t believe that we’re already more than a month into 2015 – bizarre.

Anywho, this month’s favourites are actually skincare-free for the first time in a really long time. Not because I haven’t found any particularly brilliant skincare products – quite the opposite in fact – but because my skin has been playing up so badly in recent weeks that I can’t really work out exactly what’s working, and what isn’t.

Make up-wise however, it’s a whole different story. Not only have I found a few new wonder-products, but since being able to unpack a few more beauty bits, I’ve also re-discovered a few old loves. Such as the Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette ($22)This palette is pretty much all I have used on my eyes recently; it has the perfect range of neutral shades, the formula of each shadow is just awesome and they all last throughout the day. Win. Win.

Another old favourite that has made a recent reappearance is the Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop ($21). Now, when I originally got these blushes, I didn’t really pay them that much attention. Yes, I thought the packaging and pattern were beautiful, but other than that, I didn’t really see anything too special about them. Until now. The beautifully peachy pink tone of this blush is just so flattering on a slightly paler complexion (guilty) and the formula lasts for hours on end.

My stay-a-while make up looks have also been greatly helped by the Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio Primer ($9.99), which ensures that my foundation and concealer stay put all the live long day, while the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer ($25) ensures that my blemishes stay hidden for hours on end, without any need for re-application.

Moving on to the lips and I have two particularly top notch products to discuss this month. First up, the Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss ($3.49) which has been keeping my lips nice and soft during these winter months, while making them smell so ruddy fantastic. It’s actually been quite tricky to resist just eating the stuff…  And in turn, having had much softer lips, I’ve been able to wear a lot more lipstick, including the beautiful Bite Beauty Lipstick that I made during my appointment at the company’s Lip Lab not too long ago.

And last, but by no means least, the Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush ($25.99), which is just ruddy awesome. It takes a bit of time to get used to – it picks up a lot of product in one go so getting a subtle contour with it is rather tricky – but once you’ve got your head around how best to use it, it gives the best contour in just a matter of seconds. Definitely my new favourite face brush – and not just because it’s rose gold! 


4 thoughts on “Monthly marvels #20: January

  1. Whitney says:

    I’m hoping I can get one of those Clinique Cheek Pops this month!

  2. Luba Marczuk says:

    Great post! I really love that Bite lipstick you made in their lab! I wish we had a lab here in Toronto, but we don’t. Also does the Maybelline primer control oil?

    XO Luba

  3. Great post, thanks for all the recommendations x

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