January Favourites



Another month, another favourites. But rather than me waffling on, let’s get straight into shall we?

Lee Stafford Oily Roots, Dry Ends
If you’re like me and get so frustrated with your hair that you think of sporting the bald look as it gets so oily, so quickly, then I definitely recommend picking this up. Wandering the aisles of Boots (something I do far too regularly), I picked this up on a whim as they had a 3 for 2 offer on all things haircare and wanted to try something new. I currently use Lee Stafford ‘s Here Come the Curls (featured in another favourites post here), and was so impressed with that, that I wanted to delve deeper into the brand. Boy, am I glad I did. This is the first shampoo that has actually made a difference to my hair. My hair isn’t naturally shiny (one can hope) but this gives an enviably, healthy shine and helps keep the grease at bay and really does prolong your hair-time between washes.

Benefit Hoola
This is the first bronzer I have ever bought, yes really. Being a fellow member of the snowman complexion society, I’ve stayed well away from bronze-y type products as I thought I could never get them to work with my skintone and end up looking like an orange, muddy, unblended disaster. This past month I was on a mission (and I mean mission) to find a bronzer that gave me a healthy glow as I had a serious case of ‘Sallow Winter Skin’. The best way I find to use this is with my Elf Complexion Brush on the high points of my cheeks blended down to my apples to give me more of a glow, then a light handed contour with the side of Elf’s Stippling Brush (LOVING this technique at the moment). Voila! I no longer look like I belong in a morgue.


Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine & L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Exclusive Reds in Blake
Continuing the theme of my ‘Sallow Winter Skin’ this month, I’ve been wearing nothing but reds on my lips to brighten up my complexion (or at least attempting to). You’ve heard me talk about one of my favourite dark berry shades to wear here, but let me introduce you to my new best friend, L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Exclusive Reds in Blake. I’d heard a few bloggers raving about this particular shade in the Color Riche Exclusive Reds Collection, so I decided to pick it up to see what all the fuss was about. Some matte lip products can make your lips feel like the Sahara desert, however this is extremely comfortable to wear and is one of the best formula’s the high street has to offer. This particular shade is a beautiful, eye – catching red that has a slight blue undertone so your teeth look extra white, so you’ll be all smiles when wearing this gem. It’s one of the most low maintenance red lipsticks I own (is there such a thing?) as when paired with a lipliner, I’ve been using Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in Red Diva, the wear time is amazing. I put this combination on at 7:30am in a morning and even by lunch, five hours later, it hasn’t budged one bit were as by now with other products I’d be topping up & reapplying.


Urban Decay Naked Concealer in Fair/Neautral + Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque
A review of the wonder product that is Urban Decay’s Naked Concealer will be going up in a few days so I won’t waffle on about it too much now but just know, it’s good. Like, life changing kind-a good. But you haven’t read my review on Bobbi Brown’s Corrector and my current undereye routine, click here.


Benefit Perfume in Under My Spell Noelle
I picked up a set of Benefit’s miniature perfumes in the sale (£11.50 to be exact, bargain) to try some new fragrances as I’ve really been loving using Lancome ‘s Tresor Midnight Rose this past month or so (read more about in last month’s favourites here). By far my favourite out of the four is Under My Spell Noelle. It’s smells mainly of Vanilla with a hint of floral to it but this is how Benefit describes it (probably a little better than me) and the all important fragrance notes:

“An exotic & glamorous woody floral. A poem to describe Noelle? Noelle entices & intrigues. She’s the toast of the town, the essence of mystery in her divine velvet lounge. So glamorous & exotic she’s sure to beguile all in her presence. “Long to linger awhile.”

Top notes: cardamom, black pepper, lingonberry
Middle notes: wild orchid, jasmine petals, vanilla flower, fresh rose, soft violet
Bottom notes: patchouli, accord oud, black amber, vanilla beans, benzoin resin, raspberry “


BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette & Tartelette in Bloom Palette
If you are a regular reader of ELR then you’ll know that the Tartelette in Bloom Palette holds a piece of my heart (a rather large part) but I’ve been trying out the new BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette and I think I’ve found it’s cheaper sister. The pigmentation and versatility of this palette is astounding but if you want to hear more about it you’ll just have to wait because a review with full swatches is in the pipeline, so keep your eyes peeled. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it.


Hourglass Blush in Radiant Magenta & Colourpop Eyeshadow Quad
A lovely lady on Twitter (@SurelyChar) was hosting an umissable blog sale a few weeks ago and I managed to pick up an Hourglass Blush in Radiant Magenta & Colourpop ‘s Eyeshadow Quad in Collaboration with Kathleenlights called ‘Where the Night Is’ that I’ve been dying to get my hands on ever since they came out last year. The blush is a work of art in itself with it’s intricate marble design and is one of the most longlasting powder blushes I’ve ever tried. Although it looks scarily bright in the pan, it transforms into a light, natural flush to the cheeks.


Now onto the eyeshadows, where do I start? As Colourpop is an American brand and is yet to make it to the UK, it was my first taste of the brand. And let me tell you, I’m hungry for more. They have a mousse like texture that is unlike any other eyeshadow I’ve tried before and pigmentation of these are incredible. See for yourself in the swatches above.

What have you been loving in the month of January? Have you tried any of my favourites? What others do you recommend I try next? Is there anything I’ve featured you would like a full review on?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Ciao for now



3 thoughts on “January Favourites

  1. […] Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta Another baked beauty worth trying is that of Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Blushes. Although at £28 a pop, it’s the most expensive blush on this list, it’s also one of the best. The staying power is remarkable and the pay-off is so great, you only have to use a light hand. There are six shades in the range to suit everybody’s complexion and tone however they are very adaptable as I am extremely pale and I have the brightest shade and it still looks stunning on. Next on my list to pick up from the range is ‘Mood Exposure‘. If you’ve tried it, let me know as I’d love to hear your views before I purchase! […]


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