January 2016 Favourites & Unfavourites

Hey all! I have been pretty quiet around these parts this 2016 but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been playing with new things and rediscovering old. I am going to start with some exciting news (for me at least) and that is…

I will be joining the YouTube crowd starting as early as next week. I am very excited since YouTube is where I started my beauty obsession and ultimately, it’s where I wanted to end up. My first random favourite is actually the reason I am able to give it a try and that is my new Sandisk SD card. I was having a million and one issues getting my camera to film and tried many different things to troubleshoot my problem including but not limited to trying multiple SD cards (including one I had bought off of Amazon before this but it didn’t work either), upgrading the firmware on my Camera, trying every setting multiple times, watching a good 2+ hours worth of YouTube videos to figure out the different settings and what might be optimal, and then finally, going to Best Buy and picking up this 32GB class 10 baby. Ain’t she lovely?

  
Not even remotely along the same lines, I have been loving the Jasmine scent from Demeter**. It seems to have mixed reactions but honestly, I just love it. This is a lovely scent for the home or to wear and I can foresee me wearing this quite a bit in the spring. It is floral but very fragrant so blending it with other scents to tone it down might be your best bet and that’s what I do.

For skin care, there have been two major key elements joining my regular routine: serums and sheet masks. I have tried both before but didn’t care about them enough to incorporate them into my daily or even weekly regimen. This time around with my mind a little more open to the possibilities, I started using the many THEFACESHOP sheet masks I ordered on Boxing day. These sheet masks seem to stick to my skin and fit my face shape well. Each mask does actually appear to do something different too which was my first question when I ordered the amazing variety I did. They are a variety of hydrating, plumping, cooling, soothing, and have been a very enjoyable experience thus far with my favourite of them all being the Cucumber sheet mask.

As for serums, I switch daily between the Murad Environmental Shield and Philosophy Time in a Bottle. If I had to pick, I prefer the consistency of the Philosophy serum since it is easier to spread evenly across your skin. My skin is noticeably brighter with both of these under my morning moisturizer and that’s how I like it.

  
I have an oldie, a goodie and a newie eye product to talk about. For the oldie, I have been using the Annabelle Skinny Brow pencil in Universal Medium every single day. It can’t be beat. Quick, easy, lovely results, a good price, great shade range and cruelty-free to boot. I do think a decent spoolie on the end would make this product that much better but otherwise, it’s perfection.

The Voluminous Miss Manga mascara from L’Oreal is a goodie. I totally changed my mind about it since I used it the first time (what a mess) and have been using it pretty consistently since as early as November for some pretty gorgeous lashes. I don’t like how the wand bends still personally, but the formula and head work much better now for me.

What palette is that? Too Faced The Return to Sexy eye palette that’s what. I generously received for Christmas this 2015. Talk about glitter but I can’t get enough. If all Too Faced eye shadows are like this, sign me up. I will let those colours speak for themselves now…

  
I hate to basically bash a single brand but I tried to do a full face of make up using exclusively Benefit products and I just can’t. The Bad Gal lash, Watts Up highlighter, Positint, Stay Flawless primer and Fake Up Concealer just totally failed on me. Either they were underwhelming, patchy, not right for my skin tone or felt disgusting. Just to prove it, this is one of the pictures I took before washing it all off and doing something totally different.

You can tell by my face how I feel about this look. Other than that, I also discovered that the Rimmel Stay Matte primer isn’t for me after all. I may have liked it initially but at this point, I feel like my skin looks dry and even cakey when I use this with most if not all foundations in my collection. Their isn’t enough of a benefit to using this primer for me to keep trying so I will be passing it along.

The Essie polish you might have spotted is Parka Perfect and it is a beauty but I can’t get it to work. It will either bubble or wreck before it dries or both so despite the shade, I wont use it again.

  
Lets finish the post with my favourite face products and the show stopper this month is absolutely Oh Miley! from Marc Jacobs. This creme lipstick is flawless. The packaging is pure luxury but the formula and shade are right on as well. I don’t think I could possibly say enough good things about this lipstick.

I finally pulled out a new primer and foundation to try and discovered they are both winners. The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation should come as no shock. Everyone seems to love this stuff and I am no exception. It is a good shade for me and sits pretty well on my skin throughout the day. I feel like there is some oxidizing, but nothing out of hand. As for the primer, I feel like the Bare Minerals Prime Time is similar to my beloved Smashbox Photo Finish but a touch more lightweight. It almost seems more water based rather then silicone but it does give that slick finish you get with silicone primers.

I have been using the Jurlique Balancing Rose Water spray throughout the month as a boost of hydration and to bring a little more life to my skin when it’s looking a little on the dead, dry and cakey side. It feels nice and gives my skin a little more dew without going totally shiny. I am not much of a rose-scent lover but this is pretty alright in my books.

  
I think that’s about it for January. I can tell you now that February will be quite the mix of things if these first 11 days are any indication! Let me know what you’ve been loving lately. More importantly, let me know if I should keep doing this favourites posts!

Til next time, ttfn x

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