JANUARY FAVOURITES

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I can’t believe the first month of 2016 is already (nearly) up. Keeping to my new years resolution here are my January favourites…

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BEAUTY

Real Techniques Setting Brush

I think this is my favourite brush of them all, of all time, ever. I use it every single day currently for  blending concealer but I’ve used it before for setting concealer and it works perfectly. I’m going to buy two more for setting and highlighting. If you don’t own this brush already, go get it, in fact, go get three!

MAC Prep + Primer 24-Hour Extend Eye Base

This eyeshadow primer has officially reached holy grail status for me. I’m a big Urban Decay Primer Potion fan and I’ve been neglecting that for this product. I did a small review in a previous post. In short it’s amazing at evening out the skin texture and really making product adhere to your eyelids.

MAC Blush in Peaches

Peaches is my go-to blush and every warm toned woman should own this. Now that it’s Winter I’ve been sleeping in more, meaning my make-up routine has become super quick. When I’m strapped for time I know that I can dust Peaches on my cheeks and look fresh. It’s the first blush I’ve hit pan on too!

Kerastase Cimente Thermique

Central heating always wreaks havoc with my hair. This product has been giving my hair life. I just plop some onto my hair before blow-drying at night and it adds shine, strength and protects it from damage.

L’Oreal Mythic Oil

I have the frizziest hair but although it looks quite thick it actually gets weighed down really easily with product. To get rid of those fly-aways I’ve been using this hair oil and it’s really great for adding shine and removing frizz whilst not weighing down the roots.

Body Shop Rainforest Shampoo Moisture

I was desperate to finish the shampoo that I was using (L’Oréal Hair Expertise EverPure Colour Care & Moisture Shampoo) which made my hair feel dryer so that I could revert back to this shampoo. It’s my absolute favourite SLS-free shampoo as it feels really moisturising and doesn’t irritate my scalp.

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SNACKS

Furikake Rice Seasoning

For Christmas one of my colleagues gifted me a box of hot sauces and some of this interesting rice seasoning (they know me so well!) I’d never heard of rice seasoning before but OMG now that I’ve tasted this I’m not sure I can have plain rice again. This seasoning adds a salty, shrimpy, savoury, “umami” flavour to the rice. Perhaps not the most healthy, but a nice addition once in a while when I’m eating rice with a plain dish.

Quaker Oats So Simple Sweet Cinnamon Porridge

Now that is is truly Winter here in London I’ve been craving delicious hot porridge in the morning. I love oats, I love cinnamon flavoured everything and sometimes I sprinkle some pecan nuts on it too. YUMMY!!

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Tell me, what have you been loving in January? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

DECEMBER FAVOURITES

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Hello hello! How are you beautiful people doing? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of great food, gifts and time well spent with your loved ones  ^_^

I can’t believe we’re nearly at the end of 2015. I’ve decided to start one of my new years resolutions early, because, why not?! I’m going to start doing a monthly favourites post covering not just beauty but fashion, snacks and any other things that come to mind. So without further ado, let’s go!

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BEAUTY

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993

I spoke about this lipstick in a previous post and I’ve really been struggling with wearing any other product on my lips. Seriously, I’m obsessed. The colour, the formula, the colour *sigghhhhh*, it’s beautiful.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Deborah

When day turns to night I like to opt for a deeper lipstick shade. I’ve been on the search for a brown lipstick in forever. This lipstick is very expensive but it’s offset by the amazing formula, very much like the Urban Decay formula but even better dare I say. The colour is stunning and a little bit different from your standard red or berry.

Koji Dollywink Eyeliner

For a long time this eyeliner has been sitting in my collection without use, however recently I’ve started using it again and I can’t remember why I stopped. It is easy to apply, pigmented, long lasting, doesn’t smudge and it easy to remove when used with a good eyeshadow primer.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette

I don’t think I’m ever going to get bored with this palette. The warm brown shade is amazing for the crease and THAT glitter shade though! Whenever I wear this shadow and I catch a glimpse of the shimmer I take a second to appreciate how beautiful it looks. It’s amazing for nights out/ date nights.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDP

Narciso Rodriguez is slowly becoming one of my favourite perfume brands. This has become my signature daytime scent. If you’re into your woody, musky, white florals then this is one for you. It’s fresh, subtle, sexy and grown up.

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FASHION

Camel Coat

I’ve been on the hunt for a camel coat in forever and I found the most gorgeous wool and cashmere blend coat in Debenhams AND in a petite size. It is literally the most beautiful thing and fits like a dream. There’s something about a camel coat that make you look put together, classy and chic making it a staple in every closet.

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Dune Trish Over the Knee Boots (Grey Suede / Leather mix)

For the longest time I’ve steered away from boots because high street shops in the UK generally don’t cater to slim calves like mine *sob* However! I took a random gander to Dune and came across this pair which looked unusually slim, I tried them on and my goodness they fit so well! I’ve always wanted to rock the over the knee look and this grey pair comes just over the knees and I love that it is half suede and half leather. I’m looking to purchase a black pair now!

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Nubian Skin Tights in Cafe Au Lait

Any darker skin ladies know the struggle of finding skin colour tights. Either you wear a pair that is too light, buy a £25 pair from Wolford or just go bare legged. Refusing to do either of the three I decided to try this pair from a relatively new brand Nubia Skin and I have to say I am very impressed. I picked mine up at House of Fraser for £8 a pair, the colour Cafe Au Lait is perfect for me and allows me to rock the bare legged look for less.

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SNACKS

Nakd Bar Caffe Mocha

I love Nakd bars, they are so delicious I can’t believe they’re actually good for you. This bar covers my chocolate addiction and has a strong coffee taste, it’s so decadent and makes the tastiest afternoon snack.

Nescafe Instant Coffee – Gingerbread Latte

I’m not a fan of instant coffee sachets, I always find that they taste a bit rubbish to be honest but constantly buying hot drinks from coffee shops always seems so wasteful. I recently tried this limited edition holiday flavour from Nescafe and I have stocked up on them for a significant period of time. They taste delicious, creamy and actually give a good amount of froth. My favourite hot drink at the moment for sure.

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So guys tell me what have been your monthly favourites and also what are you getting up to on New Years Eve? Comment below and let me know.

P.s. See you next year!

Lots of love,

Jay