January Favorites

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The first month of the year is over! Done. Finished. Finally! Am I the only one who thought this month just dragged on and on? The freezing, grey winter weather didn’t make things easier. Sluggish pace aside, January was a good month for me. I feel like I’m finally on the right track after months of feeling lost. And the blog is growing! I’m surprised at how much fun I’m having! Also, just want to give you all a little shout out. Thank you, dear followers, for sticking around! Ok, back to what you are all here for, my January Favorites. I limited myself to three items max in each category to prevent my word vomiting tendencies. Not sure if I succeed… Sorry, not sorry. I don’t know how to be concise.

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BEAUTY

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Whoops! Sorry to spam you all again. How many times have I mentioned my love for this on the blog already? At least five times, right?

I love it.

I LOVE IT.

That is not an exaggeration. The Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser has to be one of my best skincare discoveries in recent memory. If I’m honest, though I do enjoy most of the Glossier products I own, the brand is massively overhyped. Overall, their lineup is good but I wouldn’t say anything is revolutionary. BUT, the Milky Jelly Cleanser is friggin’ amazing. If you only get one product from Glossier, it should be this! It’s so soothing, yet somehow hydrating. A real treat to use! It’s nothing like any other cleanser I’ve tested before. Granted, I’ve never used a proper gel cleanser like this so maybe there are other great options on the market? I feel like the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel might be very similar to this.

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

I am the least adventurous person when it comes to mascara. I’ve stuck with my Covergirl LashBlast Mascara for a decade. Yep, you read that right. A whole decade. It’s my ride or die. The four or five times I did experiment in the mascara department I was left unimpressed. Most were clumpy, flaky, smudgy messes. I tried the ones everyone loves. Maybelline’s mascaras were disastrous. After each attempt, I would run back to the safety of my Covergirl LashBlash. It always gave me the fluttery, slightly lengthed, separated natural lashes that I love.

A few weeks ago I forced myself to try out something *gasp* new. I chose the Voluminous Butterfly and Voluminous Lash Paradise from L’Oreal. Shockingly, I didn’t hate either. It was hard to pick a favorite out of both. In the end, I went for the Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, which separated my lashes the best with zero clumps. Both do a fab job at giving my lashes crazy length while also giving them some volume. My natural lashes are sparse and short. Length and volume are key! No issues with smudging or flaking with this. The Lash Paradise, on the other hand, can flake if you try to put another coat on after the first coat dries. The Lash Paradise wasn’t as lengthening as the Voluminous Butterfly, either. The curved wand took some time getting used to. Overall, this is a great mascara. Not sure if it tops my Covergirl, but I’ll definitely add it to my growing list of favorites.

Pixi Rose Oil

Ah, facial oils. How did I spend so long without them in my skincare routine? Life changing, folks! The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate was my first facial oil. It still remains a holy-grail discovery, but it ran out earlier this month. I’m still in mourning. I don’t have the money to repurchase it just yet. Besides, I need to try out other brands. This Pixi Rose Oil came into my life in early December last year. I liked it immediately. The oil consistency is much thicker than my Kiehl’s, but I find that because of that I can use it for a mini face massage. Maybe you aren’t supposed to do that? I can already imagine the comments…

“PAT NOT RUB, HELEN!”

Oh well!

Where was I? Oh, right! Pixi Rose Oil… This gives my face the nicest glow. Often I’ll use this on one of my many makeup-free days. It makes my skin look nourished and radiant. What dry skin issues? Never heard of those. Only dewy skin here! It doesn’t just give the illusion of dewy skin, it also adds a lot of much-needed hydration. I wake up in the morning with baby soft skin. No flakey patches. Some nights I use it on its own. Some nights I pair it with a moisturizer. It depends on how dry my skin feels. It’s a bit too heavy, however, to use under makeup. Although, I’m tempted to add a drop of this to my matte foundations… Mmmm… Honestly, that sounds like a fantastic idea. I’m doing that tomorrow!

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STYLE

This was a difficult category for me this month. The first two weeks of January brought frigid temperatures to Boston. We had several snow storms. I’ve never been a person who suffers from seasonal depression, but honestly, this month was rough. There were days when leaving the house felt like a burden. I didn’t want to get dressed up. What was the point? It was too cold to wear much beyond chunky knits, jeans and snow boots. Adventurous, much? I needed help.

To fix the situation I made an impulse order from ASOS. Like the drab weather, my wardrobe was uninspiring. Too repetitive, too basic and too black. It needed a refresher. Often I find that adding one or two new pieces into the mix help liven up a dull wardrobe. I found three new pieces: two pairs of trousers and one midi skirt. I love each to bits but my favorite are these beige super high-waisted zip-up trousers that come with a removable black faux leather belt. They are exactly the sort of style I’m trying to incorporate more into my wardrobe. Edgy. A bit minimalist. Fun. You can dress them up like I did in the pictures above with Chelsea boots, a black sweater top, and statement gold earrings. You can dress it down by removing the belt, throwing on a graphic tee, adding a casual sneaker like Superga or Converse. Either way, they just look cool! Oh, did I mention how comfy and stretchy they are?! Worth every penny!

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LIFESTYLE

TV Shows

Hello, my name is Helen and I am the queen of binge-watching TV shows online!

You are looking at the woman who watched all 7 seasons of Game of Thrones in two weeks. TWO WEEKS. I don’t even want to think about how many viewing hours 7 seasons add up to. It was basically a full-time job. Don’t judge. I loved every moment of it.

Anyways, this month I binge-watched two amazing shows that I am dying to rewatch. That’s how much I loved them. Lovesick and Westworld. Two very different shows. The first is a realistic British rom-com following a hilarious group of twenty-somethings with a kick-ass soundtrack. (Dead serious. KICK-ASS! Tame Impala? Temples? THE HORRORS?! THE friggin’ HORRORS! My all-time favorite band that never gets any playtime on the radio, TV, movies, Spotify playlists? UGH! Seriously, check out The Horrors! They deserve so much more hype.) The other is a sci-fi Western (ish) thriller with androids who may or may not be self-aware. I won’t give anything else away from these shows. Go watch them! You won’t regret it!

Books

Can you binge-read a book? Is that a thing? It should be a thing because I do it all the time when I find a good one. This months’ pick was Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. Sometimes books have a way of coming into your life when you need them the most. And you didn’t even know you needed them. That’s what this book was to me. I mentioned in the intro that I’ve been feeling lost for months. If I’m honest, maybe even years. This book was the major motivation for me to just DO. Anything. Just do it. Stop making excuses. Stop saying no. Put yourself out there. I’ve read many a motivational self-help book, but none have inspired me to change anything about my life. Shonda motivated the hell out of me. It’s easy to read. Easy to digest. It’s not a hard concept. Say yes. Even if it scares the sh*t out of you. I’m going to put myself to the same challenge this year. Maybe not as formal. I’ll report back…

Alright. This blog post has gone on long enough. I told you I’m bad at concise writing! Hope you liked reading about all of my favorites this month. I know I loved writing about them! Some blog posts are a drag to write, but this one was easy breezy. Granted, it took a while, but I love how it turned out!

 

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