Can somebody please tell me what happened to December? Where did Christmas go? Where did January go? Is it just me, or do the months seem to be whizzing by?
Perhaps it was the busyness of the holiday season (retail workers, I’m sure you’ll share my pain) but I honestly have no idea where the last few months have gone.
Despite the whirlwind craziness of January, I did accumulate some favourites for a quick favourites post – some old products, and some new.
My focus during the last couple of months has really been on skincare. While makeup is my passion, my skin has been so frustrating lately that it’s caused me to opt for simple and basic makeup. I do love a good smokey eye, but I personally find that heavy/bold makeup looks really accentuate acne or troubled skin.
Lush Aqua Marina Cleanser: I’ve been a huge fan of Lush for quite a while, but only recently started getting into the facial care (I’m sorry Clinique- I do still love you terribly, but I need to take a break and see other cleansers.) After trying a sample of this rather peculiar cleanser, I fell in love with it. Comprised of soothing ingredients like calamine, aloe vera, Irish moss gel, seaweed, and sea salt, this cleanser is ultra-soothing and has been a blessing for my irritated, dry, and sensitized skin. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or tight, and instantly helps sooth my irritated areas. I was a little intimidated by it at first, since it comes in a squishy bar. To use it, I wet my face, pinch off a pea sized amount, mix it with water, and gently massage it around my face.
I know, it looks pretty disgusting. But it has been doing wonders for my skin and is perfect for people with sensitive, dry, or reactive skin!
Cliniderm HydraComfort Hydrating Serum: This product is brand new to drug stores and pharmacies (currently just in Canada!)- their products are formulated without common irritants such as perfumes, dyes, parabens, lanolin, and formaldehyde.
This serum is phenomenal. It helps calm, soothe, and protect skin, while absorbing deeper than the average moisturizer to hydrate the deeper layers of the skin. I apply this after cleanser and prior to moisturizer, and my skin has been absolutely loving it. I haven’t had an irritated breakout with burning or stinging in the last 3 weeks that I’ve been using it!
If you’ve got dry or sensitive skin, and are looking for a gentle yet effect serum, I 100% recommend this.
I will be posting a full review for this soon!
Origins Out of Trouble Mask: during the Sephora VIB sale a few months ago, I picked up the trial 3-pack of the Origins mask. (If you haven’t tried the Origins masks, you are seriously missing out!) This mask is described as a 10-minute rescue mask for troubled skin. It contains zinc-oxide, sulphur, and camphor to zap troubled areas. While I don’t recommend this as an all-over mask for very dry skins, it does work very well as a spot treatment! I’ve been putting it on spots as soon as they start to pop up, and it helps dry them out and zap them immediately without leaving the area feeling unbearably dry.
La Roche Posay Ceralip Lip Repair Cream: Because of the medication that I’ve been taking for my acne, not only has it dried out the skin on my cheeks, but also everywhere else. My eyes, my lips, you name it. My lips have probably been the worst: they became scaly and dry, started peeling, and developed some sort of eczema patch on the top lip. I picked up this lip cream on a whim when I saw it in a 2 for 1 pack.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that it literally helped overnight. I slathered it on at bedtime, and when I woke up, my lips looked and felt almost back to normal.
This lip cream is designed to help repair severely dry or chapped lips, especially those resulting from medications. It’s fragrance free and paraben free, and although it’s called a “cream” it’s completely clear!
This is a godsend for anyone out there struggling with dry, chapped, or irritated lips!
The Urban Decay Naked Pallete: I know this is nowhere near a new product, but I had never owned the original Naked palette! I finally decided to pick it up, and it quickly became my favourite out of the 3. I love the range of warm and cool tones, and the shimmers are stunning. I definitely think this palette is the most “me” out of the Naked range! My favourite colours are “Sin,” “Buck,” and “Half-Baked.”
Mac “Black Track” Gel Liner: I purchased this a while ago, and honestly was not impressed with it at first. After picking up the Stila #36 Magnificent Metals Liner brush (which completely revolutionized my gel liner game- it’s seriously amazing) I decided to give it another try. The brush made a HUGE difference, and I am so happy that I picked it up. With the solid, rubberized end of the brush, it picks up the liner and deposits it much truer to it’s colour and opacity. Often with standard bristle-style gel liner brushes, I find that the product gets lost inside the bristles and makes it really difficult to get a bold, opaque line. “Black Track” is not too expensive at all, and really is a great gel liner for any makeup collection.
My only complaint with it is that I wish it were a bit more water-resistant and long wearing!
Mac “Vintage Selection” Paint Pot: While “shopping” through my makeup collection to start using up more of my products, I stumbled upon this forgotten paint pot. I have no idea why I forgot about it, as it really is a beautiful shade and a perfect base for shimmery shadows! Mac describes “VIntage Selection” as a “frosted dirty-peach.” I would describe it as a muted, antique beige-toned pink. I don’t know how a colour can look “antique,” but it truly does!
Mac “Natural Vigour” Mineralized Shadow: From the “Lightness of Being” collection, this limited edition duo quickly captured my heart. It’s a stunning shimmery peach-champagne (if you didn’t already guess, this type of colour is my absolute favourite.) These shadows can be applied dry for a softer look, or wet for a bolder look. My only complaint is that they can be quite messy to work with – especially if you use your finger. After only the first use, the beautiful design was already ruined. I should have bought 2!
Gerard Cosmetics “Buttercup” Lipstick and “Buttercream” Gloss: Oh my gosh. I don’t even know how to begin to describe how much I love these. I picked up the “Jacyln’s Gems” 4-pack from the boxing week promotion, as I’d heard nothing but good things about Gerard Cosmetics lip products.
They are the most gorgeous pink-toned nudes. “Buttercream” instantly became my new favourite pinky nude gloss. It’s such a stunning texture, and is wonderfully pigmented.
A full post on the Jacyln’s Gems products will be coming soon!
Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner: After hearing countless bloggers and makeup artists talk about this, I decided to give it a try – despite my recent dislike of liquid liners.
Praise Kat Von D and the makeup gods, because this is a truly incredible liquid liner. It’s a gorgeous opaque black that doesn’t need to be layered countless times (like such liners that shall remain nameless) in order to look dark. The applicator is a somewhat firm felt-style pen that is a bit on the longer side, with a perfect point to easily create a wing. I have yet to use a liquid liner that is as easy to use as this one!
Hello, new favourite liquid liner, where have you been all my life?
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place High Cover Concealer: this is a thick, fuller coverage concealer that works amazingly for blemishes, spots, or scars. It uses similar technology and formulation to the Double Wear foundation, in that truly is long wearing. This can even be used for major discolouration and tattoos. However, as it is such a thick and drier texture, I don’t recommend it for under the eyes. It is amazing coverage, and stays in place all day long!
New Smashbox Photofilter Powder Foundation: this brand new powder foundation has quickly become my new favourite powder. I won’t go too much into detail, as I do plan on doing a full review! It’s a gorgeously smooth powder that Smashbox describes as an instagram filter for your skin. It is without a doubt the SMOOTHEST pressed powder that I have ever used – it doesnt cake, even on my dry skin. You can use it as a foundation, or for drier skins can use it to add more coverage where needed, or to set foundation/concealer. Smashbox, you did an amazing job with this powder.
What were some of your favourite products for January?