January Beauty Favorites

January is my favorite month to experiment with beauty products and different makeup looks. Maybe it’s because I feel inspired and excited for the new year, but I think it’s more the fact that I had a bunch of new products to play with this month. Luckily, a few gift cards I received for Christmas gave me a reason to splurge on some new makeup I’d been wanting for awhile. A little trip to Sephora was exactly what I needed to kick off the new year. 

My first step into Sephora was met with a stand, which was neatly organized with a few different Tarte palettes. The only other item I own from Tarte is The Brow Architect, which I absolutely adore although it’s no longer sold in stores. I love that Tarte specializes in eco-friendly and cruelty-free products because their good-for-you glamour is definitely an added bonus! The Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette literally made me starry-eyed. I’m a sucker for great packaging and the floral design of this palette is just sigh. It features twelve different shadows, which include nine matte and three luster shades. The Amazonian clay formula has great pigmentation and the blendability of the shades are perfect for creating smoky-eye looks (my personal fav). I also love that this palette works well for day or night time use.

Next up is the foundation that just about everyone in the beauty blogging and youtube world is obsessed with. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation definitely does live up to the hype. I’m not a fan of heavy foundation and really don’t wear a lot of it. In the words of Lisa Eldridge, makeup should enhance your natural features, not cover them up. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is such an incredible lightweight formula, which gives you amazing buildable coverage. All I need is a a light, even layer and I have glowing, radiant skin. 

After my foundation is completely blended in, I pop on MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to set it. I adore this luxurious, slow-baked face powder with low-level pigments that give a dimensional, natural-satin finish. Although I love a bold lip, I’ve been really into the nudes this month. Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Spiced Rose is a gorgeous pink/beige color that I find looks really good with my skin tone. The formula is indeed very creamy and lightweight on the lips. 

On the weekends, I’ve been having fun with some falsies. I’m finally starting to get the hang of how to apply them. Trust me, it took awhile. One of my favorites to wear at the moment are the Ardell Demi Wispies because they’re very natural looking, yet the feathered hair strands give your eyelashes that extra oomph. Before you spend money on a high end mascara, please consider the best drugstore mascara I’ve ever used. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara gives every other high end mascara a run for their money. It doesn’t clump and isn’t hard to get off at the end of the day. It gives my lashes great length, volume, and is cheap! What more could you want?

xx JG

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