January Favourites 2016

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water £1.99
I love these little 125ml travel size bottles so much more than the full sized 400ml bottle. I find these last alot longer for me (I don't know why) and are the perfect size to pop in your bag on the go. This is the only thing I will use to take off my makeup and it works so well at removing every trace of dirt from my skin. Although I can't use this to take off my eye makeup because I just hate the feeling of liquids on my eyes so I just use any type of fragrance free wipe to remove my eye makeup. This cleansing water doesn't break me out and leaves my skin feeling really nice and moisturised but not feeling tacky like others have on me but I still go in for a double cleanse with another face cleanser just to make sure there is nothing left lerking in my pores. Garnier Micellar Water is so affordable and usually is on offer for £1 in Asda aswell.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser £15
I've spoken about this in my skincare must haves post so I won't go into alot of detail but this is the perfect daily cleanser in my skincare routine. Isn't too harsh on the skin and leaves my face feeling clean and fresh.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins £35
Again this is another mention from my skincare post but a true favourite of mine. A lovely thich consistancy that feels like it is actually doing something to my skin. When I wake up my skin feels hydrated and refreshed. Sadly I am nearly finished my pot so will have to quickly repurchase! I am yet to find a night cream as good as this one.

Lanoline Manuka Honey Firming Serum £6.99
This product has been a miracle worker for me! I got this in my local TK maxx and is a New Zealand based brand. I have hunted the internet and can't seem to find anywhere in the UK that sells this so it is worth checking your local TK Maxx to see if they have it in stock, there was only 1 in my store but you can get it on Amazon for around $15. I love anything with Manuka Honey in it at the moment, I find it really works well with my skin. This has quite a thick and sticky texture, not like your usual oil serum but does dry to feel more moisturised than sticky. I use this everyday morning and night after cleansing and before moisturising. I can see a massive difference in my skin, all my blemishes are alot more calm, less red and some have even vanished completely. The serum is full of vitamin C, E and Marine Collagne which helps with ageing and firming up the skin. It also helps with restoring your skin which I have seen happen with my skin, I usually have abit of redness throughout my skin and since using this that has dramatically changed and my skintone appears much more even. A huge favourite of mine throughout January and need to get my hands on more!

Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve £19 
I love hand creams, I have so many lying about the place but I never seem to find one that really feels like it is doing something to my hands, until I came across this one. I have the small 30ml travel size and has lasted me a few weeks but I am just about finished this tube so need to repurchase. Designed for active hands that go through heavy industrial labour, manual labour, neglect or exposure to harsh elements. I am a part time cleaner so this is something I really need when I am working with chemicals and machinary for 3 hours a day that dries out my hands alot. Once applied it leaves a lovely, non sticky glove like film on my hands and shortly sinks into the skin making them feel soft and hydrated. Any rough or cracked skin on my hands instantly feels hydrated and has a lovely fresh, eucalyptus scent to it which makes me feel quite calm and relaxed. Has botanical oils from avocado, eucalyptus and seasme seeds aswell as natual wax from olive oil. If you suffer from extremly dry hands then I would highly suggest giving this a try.

Morphe E8 Contour Brush £8.95
I have spoke about this brush in my Morphe Brushes Review at the start of January and still it is my all time favourite brush although I don't use it to contour. I use this to buff out my concealer and does so seamlessly without leaving any brush strokes on my face or shedding. It is the perfect shape, density and size to blend out my concealer. A holy grail brush for me, I have not yet found one that is as good as this one.

Morphe 35K Koffee Eyeshadow Pallet £18.25
Continuing with Morphe which is a great and affordable American brand I had to include this eye pallet in my January favourites and I have also done a Morphe Pallet Review post earlier this month. This is the only pallet I will reach for when I want to create an eye look and also when I fill in my eyebrows since it has the nicest matte brown shade that matches my eyebrows perfectly. Has a lovely mixture of bronze, nudes, golds, blues and brown shades which are matte, metallic, frost, satin and shimmers. Pigmentation is on point, easy to blend and I experience no fall out with these shadows either. Depending on where you buy this pallet the price is very afforable considering you get 35 shadows in each pallet.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop £32 
Of course, like many others this had to be included in my monthly favourites. BECCA collaborated with Youtube star Jaclyn Hill to make this stunning champagne gold highlighter which everybody has been dying to get their hands on here in the UK. People were purchasing this from the US and selling on for ridiculous prices but I decided to wait and see if I could get a good deal and finally this was available in the UK at SpaceNK and Cult Beauty. It has a lovely buttery consistancy and isn't full of glitter which many highlighters are so it gives a lovely glowy sheen to the cheekbones. I've got my eye on the moonstone highlighter next since I was so impressed with the quality of this one. This is a limited edition product but I believe it is being made permanent, HURRAY! The only down side to this is how fragile it is, I have seen so many posting about there highlighter breaking very easily so you have to be super careful.

Colourpop Lippie Stix Bichette $5
This is my first Colourpop purchase after seeing so many gorgeous colours all over the internet and Youtube. I think this has to be my most favourite item out of all my January favourites. Colourpop is a super affordable American brand that sells lip products, eye shadows, eye liners and cheek products. Sadly you cannot get these in the UK, nor do Colourpop ship to the UK as of yet. You can get them delivered to the UK via a postal service which sends to a US postcode first then to your UK address. But I purchased mine on Depop, there is so many sellers that do this method and sell on for around £7-£13 which I personally do not mind paying. The quality of these lippie stix is like nothing I have seen in the UK drugstore market. Brichette is a matte finish but it applies and feels so creamy on the lips and doesn't settle into the lines in my lips like other matte lipsticks do. The colour is perfect, looking a slightly dark reddish/pink shade on my lips. Despite its deep colour I don't need to use a lipliner, this lipstick does not bleed at all which I love. I am currently waiting on a few more lippie stix and ultra matte lipsticks to be delievered and I am so excited to build up my collection. I will be making a whole blog post dedicated to Colourpop so keep an eye out for that.

Gosh Foundation Drops £12.99
This foundation has without a doubt been my favourite foundation throughout January, and other months too! It is an oil like foundation, very watery so I wasn't expecting coverage to be great but I was so wrong. I use mine in 002 Ivory and has buildable coverage, for me it gives high coverage and I prefer to apply this with my Morphe flat top kabuki brush as it is quite a dense brush and gives more coverage. Although it is high coverage it feels like I have nothing on my skin but it is hydrating and gives a lovely glow to my skin aswell. This foundation doesn't settle into my fine lines or pores as much as other foundations do on me. Great foundation if you have dry skin but I have combination skin and still works great for me.

Collection #BlushAndGlow Blush Pallet £4.99 
This is the only pallet I will ever need, it has a matte bronzer which is perfect for contouring since it isn't too warm on me and it has 1 matte blush, 1 shimmer blush but the shimmers don't appear on my skin. One being a more pale pink and the other more vibrant and also has a highlight shade but I am not too keen on that as it is abit too chunky but is still a gorgeous colour. All the colours are very buttery and blendable and doesn't make my skin look muddy or patchy. The packaging is abit flimsy but still a lovely pallet for £5. I took this with me when I went to visit my mum down south at christmas and it was all I needed for the week. Collection are really stepping up their makeup game and that makes me happy since they are such an affordable brand.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer £17.50
Another product that I have recently spoken about in a previous post about my concealer collection which you can read here. So I wont go into alot of detail again but this is closely following behind my favourite Collection concealer. Super creamy, great coverage, lovely packaging and a good colour match for my pale skin.

There could of been so much added into this post, January was a great month for discovering new great brands and products. I am looking forward to what February will bring. What were your favourites of January?

Thanks for reading,