Today’s post is the first monthly favorites post of 2014. For those of you who are new to the blog, monthly favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month. January’s favorites are more focused on skincare than makeup, but I do have a couple cosmetic items to show as well. So, let’s get started.
I’ve been loving Soap & Glory Hand Food for my dry winter skin. When the weather is dry and cold like this I feel like applying lotion often, and Soap & Glory Hand Food is very nice and the scent is delightful. What’s great about it is that Hand Food gives me the moisture that I need without feeling greasy. The lotion dries down pretty quickly. I hate lotions that linger after I rub them in and make me want to avoid touching anything for a few minutes. No one’s got time for that. Hand Food smells amazing and makes my hands soft without taking up too much of my time.
I’ve been using Weleda Skin Food off and on for about a year, but it has been a real savior for me the last two months. For some reason my feet decided that they wanted to resurface themselves, so they’ve been extra dry, cracking and peeling. I don’t know what happened because I didn’t to anything different, but my skin just freaked out in a major way. Using Weleda Skin Food really helped and healed my skin. It’s a thicker balm-type of product, so it’s great for nighttime use. It has a very earthy smell, which could be a turn off for some, but it is a little miracle worker for troubled skin. Weleda is sold at health food stores like Earth Fare and it’s also sold at Target, as well as online. If you have super dry areas that need a little extra help, I really recommend Weleda Skin Food.
I have a new favorite lip balm in Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey. It is creamy without being waxy. There is no noticeable taste or scent. It’s a very unassuming lip balm that feels fantastic and leaves my lip hydrated and happy. I enjoyed the Nivea lip butter in Macadamia kiss, but don’t like balms that come in a tin. I prefer this type of convenient mess-free balm. I really like the formula because it’s extremely moisturizing, but also lightweight. I am definitely going to stock up.
I bought this Too Faced sample kit from Sephora over the Chistmas buying frenzy, and the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer was one of the included items. I have heard so much about what an awesome product it is that I decided I needed to see for myself. Honestly, bronzer isn’t an item that I get very excited about, so I wasn’t sure how much I’d like Chocolate Soleil. As it turns out, I really like it a lot. It’s such a great shade for contouring. The picture above makes it look warmer and lighter than it does in real life (sorry, I was having lighting issues because of the weather). In reality, it is a medium matte brown that looks great as a contour shade that’s not too orange, but those with lighter skin may want to use caution. It would be too dark for fair skin, or those with light skin that use a heavy hand. (If that’s the case, Milk Chocolate Soleil would be a better shade for you than the original.) And yes, it does smell very convincingly like chocolate. Yum!
I pulled out Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk this month and have really been enjoying the looks I am creating. It looks beautiful alone, and also as a color base to use with my Naked 3 palette. I forget how great these Color Tattoos are, and then I pull one out and get obsessed all over again. They are especially good for quick and easy looks because you can definitely wear them all by themselves applied with a finger, and they last all day without creasing or fading. At least they do for me, but I don’t have oily lids to contend with. Pomegranate Punk is a beautiful shade for brown eyes like mine, and I definitely need to use it more often.
Here is a swatch of the makeup items. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil is on the top, and Pomegranate Punk is on the bottom. January was a really good month. 2014 has kicked off to a great start and I am looking forward to the months to come, but it has been stressful. I will be moving across the country later this year and I am realizing just how much is going to be involved in that trek. I don’t have all of the details (it’s a work thing so there are other factors) and the not knowing is a major stressor in my life. I am a little “OCD” and find comfort is lists and plans. Not knowing the when, where, and how is going to cause me issues, so the next few months will be all about a growing experience in learning to let go and trust that things will work out in their own time. Wish me luck. On the upside, I have been enjoying the cold winter weather. I know that many of you are praying for Spring, but I am happy as a clam snuggling up in my sweaters and slippers. Things are good. 🙂