January Favourites

I'm pretty sure I say this every single month but it feels like I only just sat down to unwrap some of these products at Christmas time! I had a lot of new things to try this month & as there was quite a bit you won't be seeing some of them until next month. These ones have been firm favourites since I got them...and without further ado, here are my January favourites!

1. Maybelline Baby Lips in Mixed Berry, around $4. This lip balm is more or less the same as the original Baby Lips, except it is tinted. I loved the Mango Pie lip balm so I was eager to give this one a go & it is fantastic. My lips are left feeling hydrated & of course subtly tinted, perfect for those lazy summer days when you don't really want to throw on a lot of product.

2. NARS Bronzer in Laguna, a Christmas gift but available online here. Nars say; Nars' Bronzing Powder creates a natural looking glow which enhances or creates the look of naturally tanned skin. It also fills in lines and pores for smoother looking skin while the subtle shimmer adds glow. A year ago I would've told anyone I was quite fine with a pale complexion & that bronzer was unnecessary, that was until I saw all my favourite Beauty Bloggers & Vloggers raving about this. I use this bronzer to contour my cheekbones & lightly dust my face. You can get away with using barely any product & still be left with a sunkissed glow that doesn't leave you looking yellow or orange. The amount of product you get for the money you pay is reasonable too. I've used this every time I've worn makeup this month & it seems like it's going to last for ages.

3. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, 75mL fragrance, purchased in Duty Free. This is the sister scent to the original Daisy fragrance. I'd say it is definitely a lot more floral than Daisy but it does contain some of the same notes so it still smells quite similar. This fragrance is one of my favourites & it's been getting a lot of usage over Summer.

4. Tangle Teezer Professional Detangling Brush, a Christmas gift but available online here. This is probably the first hair product ever to be featured on the blog! Haircare products just aren't as exciting as makeup & body products, plus they're always crazy expensive in New Zealand *sigh*. Anyway, this compact brush is designed with evenly spaced teeth that effortlessly detangle hair without snagging or pulling the root. My hair is quite thick & prone to becoming knotty but this brush has changed that. It is incredibly gentle to use & gets rid of any tangles my hair has. This works best when used with styling products & an additional hairbrush to ensure you have no tangles.

5. Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +, gifted to review for nzgirl. This oil is a cult product among New Zealand women & it was easy to see why. This is fantastic to use on any scarring your skin may have & also to help dehydrated areas, like dry palms. Sometimes I tend to not like oils that are particularly greasy but this one didn't feel noticeably oily.

6. The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body, Room & Linen Spritz, purchased in a sale after Christmas. This is technically not really a beauty product but I had to mention it because I love it. It smells amazing & leaves my room beautifully scented. Something about spritzing my linen & the air with this feels awfully luxurious. 

7. Jo Malone Orange Blossom Body Creme, part of a Christmas gift. I love using my Snow Fairy shower gel but once I've put sunscreen on its delicious scent is completely muted. Thankfully Jo Malone's body creme saves the day! I can stay protected from the sun & have scented skin, wins all round.

8. L'Oreal Chrome Intensity Eyeshadow in Sepia Sparkle, $23.99. In Summer everyone's beauty routines become lazy, particularly if you're away on holiday. This has been my go-to colour when I haven't wanted to take a full range of colours with me. The bronze shimmer is perfect for Summer.

Today I Will: Say goodbye to Wellington & finish off studying for my exam tomorrow. Eeek!

What have been your beauty favourites for 2013 so far? Leave a comment below  

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