I’ve been a lover and avid reader of monthly Favourites posts for a long time now, but I’ve never written one of my own. When I was scheduling what to write each day for my month of blogging, I decided to set myself the challenge of rounding my up favourite bits and pieces from January. And do you know what? It was surprisingly easy! I have an addictive personality and when I find something I love, I love it pretty damn hard. Here, for the first time, are my January favourites.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I’m so late to the party with this, and I’ve used it haphazardly over the last few months, but since using it consistently since Christmas I’ve found it to be truly excellent for my skin. It’s gentle and completely perfume free, which makes it a winner for sensitive skin like mine. It also removes eye makeup better than most dedicated eye makeup removers I’ve used in the past, which reduces the need to disturb the delicate skin under my eyes.
Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel. I mentioned this in my makeup bag post yesterday, so I won’t dwell on it much here, but I love this product because it’s a near-perfect dupe for Gimme Brow from Benefit at a fraction of the cost. What’s not to love?
Real Techniques brushes. I’ve been using the Your Base Flawless Powder Brush and the Your Finish Perfected Blush Brush since Priceline had 20% off Real Techniques after Christmas, and they’ve changed my life. I use the powder brush for applying loose powder on top of my liquid foundation, and the blush brush for (you guessed it!) blush. I particularly love how the blush brush picks up every pigment and blends perfectly into my cheeks. Both brushes feel soft and delicate on my skin and they don’t cake the products on.
Perfect Potion Chill Out Balm. I am a big fan of Perfect Potion. There’s a store in the QVB that’s close to my work and it’s the perfect (ha ha) escape during lunch when I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Somehow, when you step through the door and away from the people outside everything instantly feels calmer and quieter. I put the Chill Out Balm onto the back of my neck around half an hour before I go to sleep, and the balm relaxes my neck muscles and helps me fall asleep faster. The formula contains a literal cooling ingredient that makes the skin feel cold and tingly. I find now that on the odd night when I forget to apply it, I don’t fall asleep easily. I’m about halfway through my container and I’ll definitely be replacing it when I’m finished.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. I mentioned this in my January reading review and while there will most definitely be a longer review coming closer to the publication date, I highly recommend that you do whatever you can to get your hands on a copy of this as soon as possible.
Kmart Watercolour Mug. This mug was $3 (!!!) and holds a massive 600ml of liquid. There’s a whole range of these beautiful mugs for $3 and it’s genuinely hard to stop at one.
Nerada Leaf Tea. Despite there being fifty million different tea varieties available, I kept coming back to the Nerada loose leaf tea this month. I love that Nerada grows all their own tea in Australia (in Queensland, no less!) and grows the tea without artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, or pesticides. It’s available in supermarkets and it’s super cheap, but don’t let the price fool you: it’s delicious.
Making a Murderer. There aren’t many people I know who didn’t get obsessed with this show. I was a late adopter, not watching it until mid-January, but it took me less than a week to get through all ten episodes and I still experience moments a couple of weeks on where I get lost in thought about Steven Avery. Penguin Random House is publishing a book called The Innocent Killer and that’s released next week, so I’m genuinely looking forward to returning to Manitowoc.
I’m searching for my next favourite…
Eye cream. My tub of All About Eyes from Clinique ran out last year, and I’m yet to splurge on any kind of replacement. I’d been using a Swisse Argan Anti-Aging Eye Cream, but I have no idea where it came from and I don’t love it so I stopped using it early in January. I came across the Beauty Essentials Bright Eye Cream and I don’t love that either. If there’s anything you can recommend, please leave me a comment!
Acne treatment cream. I’m largely attributing my current great skin condition to the combined more water/no alcohol beverage stance I’ve adopted, but when I do get a spot or two (or five) they are red and bloody aggressive. For a long time I was using a Clinique Clearing Gel but my skin became immune to that, and I’m yet to find a proper replacement. Again, if you can recommend one, please do so in the comments.
If you’ve written a wrap-up of your January favourites, leave the link below and I’ll check it out.