Saturday, 31 January 2015

January Favourites

From left to right: Maybelline Colour Tattoo "On and On Bronze" - Catrice LE "Meet Berry" Blush (both shades) - Essence LE "Rose It Up!" Higlighter 

I feel like I only blinked once or twice, and then suddenly January was already over. The first month of 2015 is already gone, and that feels kind of mental to me and I don't know why? Like any other month, I looked at my calendar the other day and I noticed that it was probably a good idea to think about my January favourites, and my mind was blank. The past month wasn't too exciting makeup-wise for me, mostly because I'm on a tight budget right now and I don't want to buy new products for the very same reason - it's all about shopping the stash right now! So let's see what I dug out of the depths of my makeup drawers ...

# Essence "be berry now!" Nail Polish: This nail polish is definitely one of my most worn ones in the past few months. I initially bought at the beginning of Autumn because just as everybody else, as soon as September rolls around I'm all about the berry tones when it comes to makeup - eyeshadow, lipstick, nail polish; it doesn't matter. It's such an easy colour to wear and I much prefer it over a classic red on my nails! Essence is of course ridiculously cheap, I think I paid about 1,50€ for this bottle, so one really can't go wrong there. (Here's another post about this particular shade!)

# Essence "Rose It Up!" Highlighter (LE): I really love highlighter. I suppose my most used highlighters are the highlight shade from the Sleek Contour Kit in Light (out of convenience because I use the bronzing shade so often) as well as the LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint, but I still wanted to change it up a little lately. I went through my drawers and came across this beauty again; compared to the other two highlighters, this gives a more subtle, rosy glow which I absolutely love right now. Unfortunately it is an LE product, but I feel like both Essence and Catrice frequently come out with similar highlighters in their limited editions, so they're always worth checking out! 

# Catrice Camouflage Cream: This might be a bit of a boring product to stick into a monthly favourites post, but when it comes to really annoying red blemishes, this is simply the best concealer I have in my collection! As you can see, I've already used quite a bit of it already as I've already hit pan in the little pot. It really does what the name says - it's a rather thick formula that perfectly camouflages redness and other imperfections. It's not meant to be used for dark circles under the eyes, however, as the formula is way too thick for that - but as a heavy duty concealer for really pesky blemishes, this is perfect. (Here's a more in-depth post on the product!) 

# Catrice "Meet Berry" Blush (LE): Similar as with highlighter, I wanted to change it up a bit when it comes to blushes this past month. I usually wear peachy shades on my cheeks, but since I've been a bit obsessed with the colour purple for some time now (still so thrilled that MAC Heroine is a permanent lipstick now!), I started using this purple blush some more this month. Granted, it may look a bit scary in the pan, but applied it's actually a really nice, cool-toned rose shade; nothing too flashy at all. Again, this is unfortunately a limited edition product, but that happens when you're trying to rediscover the things you already have, I'm afraid - sorry! 

# Maybelline Colour Tattoo "On and On Bronze": An oldie but a goodie. I feel like everyone and their mother owns at least one of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, and with good reason - they're great budget options when it comes to a decent cream eyeshadow and they are a fabulous base for layering powder eyeshadow on top! The shade "On and On Bronze" seems to be a cult favourite by now, simply for the reason that it looks beautiful worn on its own as well as layered with neutral powder eyeshadows. I used it a lot as a base this past month, and even though the product has dried a bit after being in my possession for over two years, it still works great when I apply it with my fingertips because it warms up the formula a little and makes it apply smoother. Definitely a winner.  

# LUSH "No Drought" Dry Shampoo: I really must thank my friend Anna who works at LUSH for recommending this dry shampoo to me; nowadays I seldomly reach for dry shampoos that come in a spray can anymore because I simply like this better! Yes, it can be a little messy because it's essentially a powder, but I still love the fresh citrus smell and the how it can be worked so easily into my roots and hardly leaves any residue (even though my hair is quite dark and it's a light powder!). It's also definitely an added bonus that this stuff lasts me forever - I've had this little bottle for months now and use it quite often, and I've still not even gone halfway through it! (Read my initial review here.)

# Handing in my MA Thesis: My favourite thing about this month has nothing to do with beauty products, however. I've finally been able to hand in my MA thesis and I'm so thrilled that I don't have to edit, rewrite or change the layout of this monster anymore. I have such a newfound appreciation for authors of any kind - this thesis is not a book by any means, but it's still about 100 pages long, and I really loved the topic I wrote about ... and still started to despise it in the end! That being said, I'm glad it's out of my hands now - now all that's left to do for me is wait for the date of my final exam and then it's bye bye university for now! 

All that being said, I know that I haven't blogged as frequently or consistently in January, especially compared to all of 2014 - that was mostly due to me wanting to finish my thesis and yes, also lack of inspiration I suppose. My mind was just elsewhere in the past few weeks. I still hope to get back on track now and find a posting schedule that works for me, because I do love blogging and putting content out there! 

Hope you all had a great start into the new year! 


  1. I am exactly the same, it feel like I blinked and missed January. The month went too fast, and rather shamefully I am still using Christmas mugs for my tea as it seems I think I am still in December. I have the colour tattoo in On and On Bronze aswell, I am glad you mentioned it as I will get it out an use it. It is so true that it is great to layer with other eyeshadows on top, I must get it out and use it again!

    Congratulations on handing in your thesis, that must feel amazing :). I remember the feeling when handing in my dissertation, and that was only 15,000 words so 100 pages is a great achievement and something to be proud of!

    1. January went by in such a blur, nothing really exciting happened but it still went by so quickly, I don't know what that's all about! All I can say is that I'm absoluely done with winter .. bring spring on already! :D
      I always forget about the Colour Tattoo but when I rediscover it, I'm amazed on how easy it is to work with! And I'm kinda impressed that it still hasn't dried up completely after using it for so long!

      Thanks so much! :) I'm really happy that I've finally handed it in, at one point it just became annoying going over the same sentences over and over again! xx


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