February 4, 2013

January 2013 Favorites

I got inspired by the beauty gurus on Youtube on how they gladly share their monthly favorites and they were very informative and helpful! They're videos have actually helped me decide on what to try next. It could be a  lip balm, lotion, Vitamin supplements, books, nail polish and so on that I have seen in the drugstore but have never really heard a lot of. Seeing their reviews on it truly helps with a few of my shopping decisions. Hopefully my monthly favorite helps you with your own decision making or research before grabbing them at the drugstore. This is not any way to be bragging but I just would like to share with you all what has helped me improved my beauty routine as I learn through the little knickknacks and rules of makeup, beauty and healthy lifestyle. Share with me down in the comments what's in your monthly favorites of January, maybe I'll go try them out and maybe become my February fave!

OK off to the list! Let's start with what all us ladies looove - makeup!
For this year I am sticking with the saying "less is more" with my face! All these drugstore brands: Revlon, L'oreal, Maybelline, CoverGirl and Wet n'Wild came out with tons of new products this month, and that was super overwhelming! I am no pro on testing these new products *though I love to try out every new lip product out there! I just can't sacrifice my still-healing-acne-scarred face with all these new makeup formulation they have. I will stick to my Bare Minerals Foundation and let the pros do their reviews on them.

1- Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Crush: When I only have a few minutes in the morning, this is what I have been grabbing from my dresser. I love how it has that dark berry color which has been the color of Fall/Winter, and as the day progress this leaves an awesome stain to make me look still put together. It's easy to put on and very moisturizing.

2- Maybelline Color Tattoos in "Bad to the Bronze": This is my go-to color when I just need a little color on my lids but still looking natural. Great for the weekend when I am running errands so I don't look like a ghost walking down the aisles of Food Dynasty on a Saturday morning. "Inked in Pink": Are for the days I'd be out all day and need some color to my face that will last. This still has that natural look to the face but I love to play and add a little gold on top to this and it gives me that rose gold eyeshadow color, which I am into lately! "Barely Beige": Are for the inner corners and eyebrow highlight for those nights I am wearing a smokey eye. This is also great wearing alone for day and it gives me that wide awake look. Add some mascara and my face just lits up!
These Color Tattoos are great for a quick eye look and if you want to go dramatic they have really great color choices from this line which I would eventually get later.

3- Wet n'Wild 3 Shadow Palette in "Knock On Wood": Another great go-to palette of mine this month. I love how this is so pigmented. I can do a day-to-night eye look with just this palette and sometimes I just use the dark brown eye shadow as my liner also.

4- NYX Triple Eyeshadow with Golden/ Rust/ Walnut Bronze: I just use the "Walnut Bronze eye shadow here as an all over shade on my lids when I am going for a brown smokey eye look. And that Gold eye shadow is what I mix with the Color Tattoo, Inked in Pink, but I'm still playing with that.

5- Diorshow Mascara: I got this mascara as part of a Dior set my sister has given me last year. I just fell in love with this mascara and have been savouring every use! But since all my other sample mascaras have dried out, I had been using this a lot this month. I love this mascara and I will be so broken hearted when this one dries out on me =( I love how this elongates and separates my lashes. It's not clumpy and the brush gets my bottom lashes great.

6- Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil: I got this sample from my January Ipsy glambag and I have been using this on my face as my night cream and I see a ton of improvement with my skin. My dry patches has gone and my face feels so soft and smooth. I haven't had a lot of break outs since I have been using this too. My deep acne scars are still there but hopefully that just needs more time. I have been adding this to my body lotion too and I can feel how soft and smooth my legs and arms feel afterwards! I tell my husband this is the magic oil that will give him smoother feet and his dry heels have improved too!

7- Maybelline Dream Lumi highlighting concealer in "Honey": I found out about this product from Youtube Guru: MissGlamorazzi and I have been loving it! It really do covers my dark circles and brightens up my face! It really does the job with what it claims.

8- Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in "Frappe": This was also in my January's Ipsy Glambag and I love this nail polish! I don't have a lot of nude nail polish and this one, though I need to put three coats it gives my nails that nice healthy nude color to it. When I need a break from all the glitter polish, this is what I put on.

9- Bath&Body Works Forever Red Scent Fragrance: This was from my Influenster Cosmo Voxbox in Nov-Dec2012. It has "opulent notes of fiery red pomegranate and delicate peche de vigne, a rare and fleeting French peach. Soft petals of red osmanthus give way to notes of addictive velvety marshmallow and a surprising finale of rich vanilla rum that leaves an unforgettable impression." I love how it smells light enough but not overwhelmingly sweet for the winter, and as it stays on your skin and the day progresses the scent just becomes more like a natural sweet scent of your skin. That might not be the ideal description to it but in short it doesn't smell like you are wearing a heavy musky perfume under your coat. 

For my non-beauty Faves:

10- my DIY Glittery Gold iPhone case! If you'd like to know how I did my phone case please click here. I have been getting a lot of compliments with this case and I am totally in love with it too! I love how loud and gold and sparkly it is but it is not in-your-face since only the backing of my phone is sparkly. It's not all-around glittered case so if my phone is not facing down, you can't even tell it has gold glitters on it. If you can't find the perfect case out there, go DIY it! 

11- The Body Shop Green Tea & Lemon Home Fragrance Oil: I have been burning this oil a lot in January and this makes the house smells fresh and so clean! It's not too strong that it will overwhelm your nose. It's so subtle and you only need a few drops, like 3-6 drops per burning one tea light candle.

12 - Sencha Green Tea: And lastly my green tea. I have been drinking this a lot lately since I have been trying to limit my latte intake which had made me gain weight...a lot last year! I just love tea in the winter because it warms up my hands and it balances out the sweetness from my cupcakes or any sweet treats I eat for breakfast or snack. 

13- MyFitnessPal: click here to see more info on this app. I have downloaded this app on my phone early January and this has helped me with my calorie intake. And yes on those days I have enough calorie to spare I would do cheat and have a cupcake or a chocolate for my sweet tooth craving. If you go online you can join a lot of forums and share and ask other members your stories or anything about your journey to weight loss, maintenance or healthy lifestyle. I love how this has kept me in track on my goal.

14- Zumba Fitness Rush for Xbox Kinect : So besides watching my calorie intake, I have been doing Zumba Kinect every other day this past January and though the game tells me I have burnt 1000+ calories from dancing for 45mins, I usually enter less than that since I am exactly not bouncing around as much as the dancer on the video but knowing I burnt calories after dancing makes me feel much much better than just sitting around the house. I have noticed how I feel better about myself and the sweat I get from dancing is just great. And I get to do this from the comfort of my own home and nobody watching me sweat like a pig! I am interested in joining one of the classes in the city later in the year when I don't feel like I am about to die half way in the class. It is a great way to burn some calories than just doing a usual exercise routine.

I am hoping I'd be able to do this every year this 2013. These products may have been out for a long time now but this is not about what is trending out right now or what's the newest product out there. These are stuff that I recently just found out and have been using it a lot and in the end I can share you ladies my in depth review on it since I have been using it for the past month! Til next month and don't forget to share your monthly favorites down in the comments below!

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