January 2021 Favorites

The first month of the new year is over! Now that that’s over, we can hopefully begin processing the collective trauma that we all experienced.

MAC LIP LINER

I haven’t used MAC lip liners in a looong time, but I revisited these in January and was immediately reminded why I loved them so much. My favorites are the shades Whirl and Stripdown. Oldies but goodies!

ANASTASIA BROW FREEZE

I’ve tried just about every brow product on the market (or at least it feels that way.) From the OG Anastasia Pencil, to Dip Brow, Boy Brow and soap brows, I have done the leg work in search of brows that look both fluffy and polished, defined but not overdone. If you like the laminated brow look and want to test it out without having to commit to it (or pay for it!), this is a great place to start. It keeps brows locked in place all day without getting crunchy or adding a weird gray cast to the hair.

SHISEIDO SYNCHRO SKIN SELF-REFRESHING LIQUID FOUNDATION

I bought this because of Katie Jane Hughes and I do not regret it one bit (although I do think I chose a shade that is slightly too light for me). I am obsessed with this foundation. It’s medium coverage (yes, I am using a medium coverage foundation. People do change) and truly feels weightless on your skin. It lasts all day—even under a mask—and looks natural. By the end of the day, my natural oils are coming through, but in a wonderful way. I can’t say enough good things about this foundation and now I need to try the concealer (but in March when #NoBuyFebruary is over).

KOSAS REVEALER SUPER CREAMY + BRIGHTENING CONCEALER AND DAYTIME EYE CREAM

I’ve had this concealer for quite awhile, but kept it stashed away in a drawer because I didn’t love it the first time I used it (calm down, I checked the shelf life and it isn’t expired). As I mentioned above, I’ve kind of shifted away from being such a Full Coverage Queen™ and now prefer a more subtle, natural (natural adjacent?) look. This is a medium coverage, radiant finish concealer. It’s creamy, pigmented and hydrating that visibly brightens but doesn’t leave you looking cakey or overdone. I think that the shade that I got is slightly too yellow for my skin, but I plan on using it up before repurchasing (damn No Buy February).

KOSAS WET OIL LIP GLOSS IN JELLYFISH

Another Kosas product—am I becoming a clean beauty girl? If you’ve been here for awhile, you’ll know that I am a sucker for a good lip gloss. This is a hybrid between a lip treatment and gloss. It’s packed with peptides that visibly plumps and hydrates. It’s not sticky, in fact it feels very moisturizing on the lips. I got the clear color, so can’t speak to the pigmentation but I love how this makes my lips look and feel. Pair this with one of my MAC lip liners and its a match made in heaven.

MAKEUP FOREVER MATTE VELVET SKIN BLURRING POWDER FOUNDATION

This is another KJH recommendation. This has quickly become a Swiss army knife of sorts in my makeup collection. I don’t really use this as a foundation. I use it more as a setting powder, but I really love it for that purpose. My favorite way to use this is on the eyes! I pack this onto my lids before applying eyeshadow because it helps them blend out better. If there are still harsh lines or areas that I want to fix, I tap a fluffy brush into the powder foundation and buff them out. I love this!

NARS SOFT MATTE COMPLETE CONCEALER

Two concealers in one monthly favorite post. I recently shared in my Instagram story that I completely emptied a pot of this stuff, as in there was not a drop left. Because of my penchant for buying copious amounts of makeup, it’s rare that I actually finish something, so this is a big deal. I love this. If you have something that you want to hide, this is the concealer you’re looking for. Acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, dark circles, you name it—this will hide it. I use this every single time I put makeup on. It’s extremely pigmented, so you only need a small amount. It took me about a year to polish off my first jar, but I will never be without this stuff.

BECCA LIGHT GLEAM PRIMER AND TOPPER LIQUID EYESHADOW

If you’re someone who likes a one-and-done eyeshadow, then you’ll love this new product from Becca. It takes all of the guess work out of applying eyeshadow—you literally just use the doe foot applicator to swipe color onto your eyes, top it off with the sparkly side and call it a day. I did find that it creased on me a little bit, but that’s pretty much par for the course with cream eyeshadow and oily eyelids. I was sent this product by Becca and Fohr to test it out, but my review is still honest and in my own words.

TL;DR

Some of these products are new, but most of them I found by shopping my own stash! I mean, when is the last time someone said MAC lip liners were cool? It’s been a minute. What products are you loving right now?

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