January 2016 Favourites

Thursday, 28 January 2016





Wow! Can you believe its almost February already?! I've had a pretty quiet month in terms of trying new items, but there are certainly some that have stood out to me - old and new.

FREEDOM MAKEUP BROW POMADE & REAL TECHNIQUES ANGLED LINER BRUSH 
This, for me, is the ultimate brow combo. I have spent so much time and money on finding a brow product which would work for me and for quite some time I stuck with Collections Brow Bar, but I was lusting after the cult favourite - the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip brow Pomade, I just coudnt bear to spend that amount of money on it. So, you can imagine my excitement when relatively new brand Freedom Makeup, bought out their own budget version which will set you back just £5. I was impressed from the first use; the formula is smooth to apply, easy to control and correct and it truly does make your brows bullet-proof.
I have also tried and tested a fair few brow brushes, but thanks to a wax happy therapist some years go, none had a fine enough tip for my barely-there brows. That is, until I picked up my Real Techniques angled eyeliner brush. I got this as part of a set I bought in the Amazon January sale last year and although I did use it a few times for eyeliner I just never thought to use it for my brows. I only actually used it recently because my Bella&Bear Iberian Lynx brow brush was still wet from being washed and it is a perfect substitute. The fine tip is amazing for creating a more full look to my weedy brows and it just picks up and applies my brow pomade so smoothly and neatly.
I dont think I'll ever switch this up!

YANKEE CANDLE CINNAMON STICK VOTIVE
Although I dont think the scent carries from the Yankee Candle Votives as well as the Wax Tart Melts, I have thoroughly enjoyed using the 'Cinnamon Stick' votive this month. I keep one burning in the kitchen as it gives out that warm and welcoming scent which I love to come home to, without having sweet undertones which remind of the festive special editions. These give 15 hours of burn time for just £1.80, so I think they are a bargain!

MAKEUP ACADEMY MONO PRESSED SHADOW IN 'COPPER'
Coppery tones are always a staple in my make-up routine as I feel they really compliment my green eyes. I usually place some along my lower lashline, and this month I've been reaching for my MUA mono eyeshadow again. These are an absolute steal at £1 each and the pigment and payoff is outstanding, you really only need a small amount to cover a large area. I've even bought a second one of these in case they stop stocking the shade, as I couldn't be without it!

E.L.F 3-IN-1 MASCARA
I talked about this mascara in my recent Budget Beauty post, and I still haven't stopped using it. It is truly a miracle in a tube and at £4.50 it is super affordable. I love how long and dark it makes my lashes look and it doesn't flake or dry out which is a life saver. Another plus point for E.L.F products is that they are cruelty free - something which I am becoming more aware of with my makeup and beauty purchases.

BODYSHOP COCONUT BODY MILK
Another product which I have spoken about before (check my post). This is my ultimate moisturiser - the light, spray formula means it absorbs quickly and easily so your skin isn't greasy or wet for hours, it gets to work quickly and gives beautiful results, plus the tropical coconut scent is ultra refreshing and revitalizing. I had been desperate to get my hands on this since September last year but I found it hard to come by in store and online towards the end of the year, however, I eventually found it in my local Body Shop and I had £5 to spend on my loyalty card so I got it for only £3, but it would have been worth every penny even if I payed full price!

SOAP&GLORY SUGAR CRUSH BODY SPRAY
As much as I love my Vera Wang Princess perfume, I prefer to have a lighter scent to hand for those relaxed days, and I found the answer in Soap&Glorys Sugar Crush Body Spray. If you've ever smelt any products in the Sugar Crush range you'll know just how addictive it is - the perfect balance of zesty citrus and sugar sweet - so it's no surprise that I am already needing to get a new bottle of this!

 Which things have brightened up your January?

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