January has been a long month filled with dark, cold nights (and payday seemingly forever at bay). For most of us we are back at work, harshly thrown into reality after the season of indulgence, with those resolutions to get fit and save money already failing.

But it’s also a chance to reset and reassess your life. This is the first year where I am eagerly awaiting new beauty launches and keeping up with trends. While these are not new launches, these are the products which softened the January blow for me!


L’Oreal Mega Volume Collagene 24h Black Mascara
I was a little skeptical at first about this mascara because I usually go for thinner brushes – I find the thicker type here tends to clump up my lashes – but L’Oreal have really delivered on their promise of a product that provides volume and length for lashes. Thoroughly recommended.

Caudelie Lip Conditioner
I suffer greatly with chapped lips. It seems that no matter what I do I can’t escape the dryness and peeling but this lip treatment from Caudelie has helped repair some of the damage. It’s intensely nourishing and long-lasting, and is always in my bag.

Lush Sunkissed Lip Tint
This shimmering lip tint works wonders in these cold months to both project my lips from the elements whilst providing a subtle dash of colour. With yummy and natural ingredients such as banana, oatmeal and almond oil what is there not to love?

Stila Smudge Pot Eyshadow & Gel Eyeliner (Kitten)
This product is magic. Gel-like in the jar but quickly turning to a powdery dust upon application, this will innovate your eyeshadow routine. And you can also use as a liner! I personally wouldn’t with this neutral shade but can totally see the appeal for the darker tones in the range. I may invest further.


L’Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadow Quad – Green/gold tone
This came in a free Xmas gift I received when I purchased the L’Oreal blush nudes palette from Boots and whilst it may be small, it packs the punches with four highly-pigmented shades that can deliver both neutral and bold looks. I keep this in my handbag as it contains the shades that can take me from the office to the afterparty.

La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Cream
Foundation just doesn’t work for my skin tone. I often end up looking like an orange with even the lightest of shades, so I tend to even out my skin tone using BB creams instead. I love this one from La Roche-Posay which is lightweight and moisturising.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
I have never used such a fast-absorbing face product before. This is exceptional and although the price tag reflects that, it is worth every penny. Admittedly, I received this through a subscription box but this may be the first skincare product I will splash out on as I cannot find any alternatives. This serum is like a daily vitamin supplement for your skin and you will be shocked by how quickly it comes into action. I apply this to my face and neck after cleansing and before moisturising.

Blogosphere Magazine
A magazine written by bloggers, for bloggers, about blogging you say? I’m in. It’s so great to see many familiar faces from the world of beauty, health, photography, fitness and food blogging amongst these pages. I especially loved the article on how brains and beauty are not mutually exclusive. Whilst this issue may be a few months old, you can still pick one up on the Blogosphere website (including a tablet edition) or from the computing shelves at WHSmiths.

Sound Intone Bluetooth Headphones
I love watching YouTubers but not everyone shares this taste, so a good pair of headphones are a necessity for me. These connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to a number of devices and so are perfect for the workday commute, as well as around the house when doing chores (yawn). Just remember to charge them up (although they come with a connecting cable just in case – phew) Added bonus: the fold up neatly so can be comfortably carried around in your handbag. I got mine from Amazon, £26.

What have you loved in the first month of 2016, and are you tempted by any of the products discussed today? Please let me know in the comments and subscribe if you would like to read more posts from me.



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