January Favorites

January has been a wild month full of change for me. I started a new job where I actually get to use the chemistry degree I worked so hard for, but as the company is about an hour and a half away from where I lived with my parents, I moved out for the first time and into an apartment with my boyfriend. I haven't had much time for beauty in all the craziness of packing up my life and relocating, but I managed to still find a few standouts for the month.

The thing I'm most excited about is the lipstick I made at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab (I wrote a post about my whole experience here). It's obviously the perfect shade in my opinion, because I picked it out. It's the ultimate dusty rose shade for my complexion - since my skin has so much pink in it, most dusty rose shades just look brown. But this has the perfect amount of pink in it for me. I had it made in the Luminous Creme formula which is absolutely gorgeous as well. For more details on what shades were mixed to make this color, check out the post about my trip to the Lip Lab.

Another makeup bit I fell head over heels for this month is the Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara. I had previously thought that I would never again buy a high end mascara, but here we are. After watching many, many Allana Davison videos and swooning over how pretty her eyelashes always looked, I took the plunge and ordered a tube when I got a Sephora giftcard for Christmas. I'm absolutely hooked - it fans out my lashes and makes them look so much fuller and thicker. And, as a plus, it lasts all day without smudging on me, despite it not being waterproof.

The last piece of makeup I've been loving this month is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. If I did a December Favorites post, this would have shown up there. But two months in, and I'm still in love. I never used powder before this, but it really helps my makeup last a bit longer without mattifying my skin. It keeps the skin looking so radiant, which is always what I go for, and the subtle yellow shade helps to counteract the redness I've been getting in my cheeks.

For skincare I've been all about the newly-released Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser - I've only been using this for a couple weeks, but it's already earned its place in a favorites roundup. This is seriously the best face wash I've ever used - never before has my skin felt so clean without a trace of tightness. And now that I don't wear waterproof mascara, it easily takes all my makeup off at night.

My last beauty favorite of the month has been the Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum. I pretty much begged and not-so-subtly hinted to my boyfriend to get me a bottle of this for Christmas. The bottle itself is beautiful, and it's got the most lovely scent - notes of musk, iris powder, rose petals, and benzoin balm. It smells floral, but in a totally different way than other floral perfumes I own (I'm sorry I can't describe it any better). It lasts such a long time on me, too.

What were your favorites this month?


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