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beauty + january beauty favorites

It's been a looong time since I did a big beauty haul, so let's jump into it. I've been using new products for the past couple of months, and I thought I would share some of my favorites today!

Let's start with the base. Last time I talked about foundation I was raving about the Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation - don't get me wrong, I still love it. But, as the months got colder, my skin got paler, and I had to adjust my foundation color accordingly. I'm now using NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville. I've used this for about a month now, and I love it. It's the perfect shade for my skintone, and is non-drying and glowy. 

I will always remain faithful to my Benefit Erase Paste, but I needed a change. Erase Paste is pretty thick and is better for my tanner skintone, so I updated my concealer to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. If any of y'all watch YouTube makeup videos, you know this is a fan favorite, and the best part is it really does live up to the hype. 

I actually just bought the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Luminous Bronzer on Saturday, and I can already tell I'm going to use this every day. It's amazing. It's so glowy and wonderful, and gives you a natural tan without going too crazy. If you're unsure about shelling out $50 for a highlighting bronzer (thankfully I had a giftcard), Hourglass also offers a travel size version if you want to try it before committing. 

I've been looking for a big, fluffy powder brush for my favorite Too Faced Bronzer (and now my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder), but I decided to go the drugstore route to save a little bit of money - brushes are ridiculously expensive, and I couldn't seem to find the exact one I wanted at Sephora or Ulta. I bought the Beauty 360 Bamboo Powder Brush

My birthday is at the end of January, and the lovely Sephora gives you a choice of birthday gift during your birthday month. The first option was a Caudalie Skincare duo, and the second was a Tarte blush and lipgloss duo. I went with the Tarte set, and I am loving the blush. The color is called "Paaarty," and it's very pink and girly. It goes perfectly with my daily makeup routine, and is supposed to be long lasting - have yet to really notice the results, but I'll keep y'all updated. 

Besides highlighting my face to tan disco ball proportions, and I am going crazy over my brows. I recently had them tinted and it was an absolute game changer. I'm going to do a post about my brow grooming routine on it's own (basically the next time I go get them waxed / tinted), but guys - I'm a full believer in the tint. 

I didn't think I would like coloring my eyebrows just because I really do like doing my makeup myself, and brows are fun to do. But now I can just put on some mascara and concealer and be totally fine, because my brows look so dark and full. 

But, I still like to use brow products, so here are my recent favorites. I've switched from Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe to Benefit's Precisely My Brow Pencil in 3. I'll fill in the sparse areas of my brows, then apply Benefit's 3D Browtones in 4. This brow gel is meant to add dimension to your brows, rather than just add a color or clear hold. I still use Gimme Brow, though - lot's of layering! 

If any of y'all follow my personal instagram, you know that I did give into temptation and cut my hair - 5 inches to be exact. I decided to switch up my haircare routine as well, and now I use OGX's Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo. I am a huge fan of OGX, as y'all know, and only use their shampoo. This specific product smells so good! I don't use it super often, mainly because I wash my hair less since it's so much shorter. 

Lastly, I couldn't go a beauty post without mentioning something from Beautycounter. I had a little online shopping binge before Christmas, and ended up getting the Nourishing Rosewater Mist as a freebie. I spray it a few times before I go to bed, or whenever I need a refresher. Supposedly it can be used as a setting spray, but I've yet to test it!

What new beauty products do y'all use? 

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  1. I used to be a big fan of your old blog. I just discovered your new blog thanks to pinterest. I'm so excited to follow you again. I can't wait to read all of the fabulous content you have on your new site. I too am a big fan of OGX shampoo, it's literally the best.


    1. Hi Michaela! Thanks for your comment, I actually remember you and your blog!



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