So it’s that time again, I really feel like I have just done my December faves and it makes me think that this year is going to literally fly by again!!! It’s a bit scary, but at the same time, I am excited to see what happens and how/if my plans, my goals become reality. This year is going to be a bit different for me, mainly because I am changing jobs, which I haven’t done for the past 10 years, so a bit of a milestone.
Anyway, getting back into the favourites, I feel like I have a pretty good mix of various products that I’ve been loving and using the most of last month. Also, I want to add something different at the end of the post, which is part of the monthly faves, but I haven’t done before, so let me know how you like it. Let’s get into it.
First up, my foundation. Through out the month of January, this is the foundation I’ve been reaching for the most. I generally don’t like to have a draw full of foundations, I don’t consider it an item to be collected as such, and having too many foundations intimidates me, to be honest. So I currently have total of 5 which I think is still plenty. I got this Diorskin Star Long Wear foundation last year and fell in love immediately. I’d say it’s medium to full coverage, buildable, it blends beautifully, it feels very light on my skin and most importantly, it holds up on my face very well through out the day. I do have to blot, but I do that with every foundation because of my oily t-zone, so it doesn’t bother me. Dior Star contains SPF 30, so great for warmer days. I’m in a shade 020 Light Beige, which is perfect match for my light-medium skin tone. Fantastic base if you’re looking for a long wearing, good coverage foundation. Available at Boots, Feelunique, John Lewis, Sephora
January was a month of very dry lips for me. I tend to get dry lips whenever the weather is very cold, and we did have some pretty could days here in UK recently. Lip balms are always must-have items and I seriously cannot and will not leave the house without one. I got this Rodial Glam Balm from Space NK and I really like it. It hydrates and moisturises my lips for a long time and doesn’t absorb too fast, which means I don’t have to keep applying every 10 minutes. It has a very pleasant smell and taste. It’s supposed to have a plumping properties, which, to be honest, I haven’t really noticed, but that’s not why I bought it anyway. It has a light pink colour in a pot, but it’s clear on the lips. I wouldn’t use it under the lipstick, because it’s way too greasy and heavy for that. It’s just meant to be used on its own. If your lippies suffer in a cold weather and you’re looking for something soothing, try this one. Really good stuff. Available at Selfridges, Rodial, John Lewis
Favourite perfume of last month goest to YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum. It is amazing!!!! I bough this for someone as Christmas gift and fell in love as soon as I smelled it, so I had to get one for myself. It’s on a heavier side and probably too potent for me to use in summer, as I prefer more subtle scents, but it’s perfect for this time of year. It contains notes of Black Coffee, White Florals and Vanilla, which gives it a bit of sweetness. If you like scents such as Lancome ‘La Vie Est Belle’, Victor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ or ‘Bon Bon’ or Thierry Mugler ‘Alien’, you will like this one too. I also love the bottle design. Very slim, chic and will easily slip into your handbag in case you need to re apply during the day. Truly beautiful scent. Available at Boots, House of Fraser, Selfridges, Sephora
Still in a subject of scents, I want to mention a body lotion I’ve been a bit obsessed with lately. It’s the L’Heure Bleue from Guerlain. I got this as a Xmas present from my partner and although I try to use such items as a treat rather than every day routine, because they’re very expensive, it’s hard not to use this one all the time. The scent is very different and will not be appealing to everyone. I’d say it’s a ‘grown up’ type of scent, if that makes sense. There isn’t too much sweetness to it. If you like Guerlain Shalimar perfume or anything similar, then this lotion is much more gentle, softer type of that scent. It’s not too overpowering, in fact there is something very relaxing and soothing about it, which makes me want to use it after my evening shower. The texture is so soft and velvety, it makes my skin feel amazing for hours afterwards. Beautiful lotion and I’m a bit worried that I’ve already gone through almost half a bottle, but it’s quite addictive. Available at Selfridges
One hair product that will not only be my monthly favourite, but it’s very likely to become my 2016 best hair conditioner. Yes, I know it’s only January, but I’m sure it’s already a very strong contender. It’s Ojon Damage Reverse restorative conditioner. Holly crap, where has this been all my life and why did I have to loose so much hair before I discovered it?! I hate washing my hair. Out of all things, this one is the worst for me and it even beats quite painful epilating! It’s not so much the process of washing my hair, as it is brushing it. My hair can get so extremely tangled and difficult to brush and it got much worse since it’s longer, but I like it long and don’t want to cut it yet. Anyway, this conditioner changed my live. It’s amazing how easy it makes it and how effortless the brushing process has become! Seriously, no struggle at all! This plus the wet brush is a winning combination. I hardly loose any hair during brushing these days, which is fantastic. It takes few brush strokes and I’m done. It also gives my fine hair some volume, shine and it smells very nice. Very very highly recommended. It’s available in small travel size as well as large bottle, at Boots, Feelunique
Next up is nail polish. It’s ‘Tenderly’ from Chanel. It’s a fave and a flop at the same time. I’ve been using it a lot lately, because I absolutely love the colour. It’s a beautiful dirty purple, mauvy shade. It looks very classy and goes great will anything I wear. I like the colour so much, that I decided to ignore the fact that it has almost no lasting power at all. The formula is pretty rubbish if I’m honest and it takes about two days for it to start chipping on me, which is ridiculously fast, considering it’s an expensive polish. I definitely wouldn’t recommend Chanel polishes for the lasting power, but the colour is absolutely beautiful. So although I hate touching up my nails, this is so far the only nail polish I’m prepared to work with. Available at Boots
I switch handbags every 2 weeks on average, but I have been literally glued to this one for the entire month. I have been on a look out for a cross body, smaller handbag and found this one from Aspinal of London during December sales. I’ve been drooling over Louis Vuitton Alma BB for a while but it’s so expensive for such a small bag. This one is almost the same size and shape, only cheaper and make of leather. The size is perfect, it fits all my necessities. It’s more roomy than I thought it would be. I love the silver hardware and the little padlock is very cute. The structured shape of it and the fact that the zips go all the way down makes it easier to access inside. I still love all my totes, but it’s great to switch to something smaller sometimes and this ticks all the boxes for me. Perfection. It’s available at Aspinal of London and Selfridges in variety of colours, unfortunately no longer on sale.
Last but not least, I thought I’d share with you some music that I’ve been listening to on repeat last month. When it comes to music, my taste varies greatly and spreads across many genres. I’m mainly a classic rock lover and grew up with rock music, but certainly not limited to that. I will be sharing with you some tunes I love as part of my monthly faves. Some are oldies but goodies, others may be new. So here are some tunes that tickled my ear buds last month:
Amy MacDonald ‘This is the Life’ is one of oldies but goodies. Love her songs!!!A bit of a country vibe to it, iI’m definitely not a country fan, but this I like.
Justin Bieber ‘Love yourself’ is a bit of a shock to me, as I’ve never been (and still am not) a fan, but what can I say, the boy is growing up and making some tunes that are not only appealing to teenagers but to 30 something’s too. I’ve been listening to this tune A Lot lately.
Triggerfinger ‘I follow rivers’ another very old tune, there is just something relaxing and sooting about this song and I love his voice.
That’s it, it was a long one and if you’re still reading this, Thank You, you’re a trooper!! Have a great month of February!!