February 2, 2014

January Beauty Favorites

Inspired by How Sweet It Is, here are some of my January favorites.  There is a reoccurring theme of moisture.  I'm in Tennessee & we've been in & out of a polar vortex for weeks.  This has been an all-hands-on-deck month for skin, which leads me to my second favorite hash tag:  #womenbescratching.

I use Curel Itch Defense every morning when I get out of the shower.  It's my favorite winter body lotion.  I keep the Kiehl's Creme de Corps on my nightstand & coat my paws in it every night before bed.  That's also when I use the Sally Hansen cuticle oil.  On nights when it's not 4 degrees, I switch it up & use 100% Coconut Pure Nourishing Body Cream from Birchbox.  I LOVE the scent.  In the morning, I use Sally Hansen cuticle massage cream, usually when I'm not wearing nail polish.

My love for all things Jo Malone knows no bounds.  I'm real into this system of layering cologne over oil.  Before I leave the house in the mornings, I put the Pomegranate Noir oil on my wrists & forearms & then cover with Wild Bluebell cologne.  It's kind of my signature scent.  P.S. This oil is a year old & I use it every day, so don't be scared of the price tag.  It lasts.

Make-up!  I don't change my make-up a lot, but I did just replenish my Bobbi Brown supply.  I LOVE the Bobbi Brown long-wear cream shadow & long-wear gel eyeliner.  I wear Shore in the shadow & Steel Ink in the liner.  I was introduced to Stainiac via Birchbox & have been wearing it ever since.  I wear Beauty Queen.  It's especially great for dry, winter skin.  I think this Benefit Watt's Up was a Sephora sample - I can't remember, but I really like it.  I put it on my cheekbones as a highlighter.

Sorry, this picture is terrible.  But, lips!  I'm going through a serious red lip phase this year.  My # 1 fav is ModelCo Party Proof lipstick from Birchbox in Red Velvet.  My other, newer favorite red is a Lancome freebie my friend Lana passed on to me.  It's Lancome Color Design in Red Stiletto.  Lancome!  Who knew?  When my lips aren't coated in red lipstick, I'm coating them in Aquaphor & this awesome candy cane Chap Stick I got during Christmas.

Y'all know I love a self-manicure.  I paint my nails every week.  It's very therapeutic for me.  This month I've been alternating between Essie Licorice & Birchbox Color Club in Mamba.  I just started using Orly Bonder as my base coat & I LOVE it.  My polish does not chip!  Last, but not least, my trusty OPI for Sephora Only Gold For Me glitter top coat, which I will apparently never tire of.

Coming up next month:  eye creams, hydrating masks & facial moisturizers.  I swim twice a week & use RetinA - that coupled with winter weather is causing my face to peel.  It's bad.  Once I figure out how to keep my skin on my face, I'll report back.

To be continued...

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