Monthly Faves: January 2014
Anyway, enough with the babbling, I know you’re excited to find out what I have included in my January 2014 Faves. But before that, I just wanna mention that some of the items I have included here are also the ones that I’ve loved last December. Since I wasn’t able to include my December Faves in my 2013 Faves (at least some of them), I decided to include some of them here. Let’s start, shall we?
ZA Perfect Solution Restoring Collagen Cream – I use this often as a part of my nightly regimen. I often apply it on top of my moisturizer, and what I love about is that a little of this cream goes a long way. I’ve been using it everyday ever since I got it and it doesn’t even look like I did some damage. Nevertheless, this is still one of the most moisturizing “night” creams I have ever used (I prefer to call it as a night cream since I use it only at night). I love the fact that I wake up with my face feeling soft, and supple. With regards to the ‘restoring’ part, I’m afraid, I’m not that much helpful since I haven’t really noticed anything yet. Maybe in the long run, I will see those results, but as of the moment, I like the fact that it can moisturize my sometimes uber dry skin.
Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream – I got this from Sample Room back when they were having their 12 days of Christmas thing, along with the Colour Collection lipstick. I really liked this one (the lipstick, not so much). If you liked the blue one (the whitening version) you’re going to love this one. I love this more because it provides more coverage, and it matches my skin tone a lot better than the whitening one. Not that I had any problems with regards to the other one, but I just noticed recently especially when I got this one that this was a closer match. Also, I liked the finish of this one, it looked a lot better on me. Like I said, if you liked/loved the whitening version, you’re going to love this. Same way, if you didn’t like the whitening version, you might want to give this a try, you might end up liking it. (specially now that they’re still available at Sample Room!)
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in ‘Light Pale’ – I got this last December when I had the chance to test Eyah’s. If you remember my last collaboration with Eyah. We talked about what we have inside our makeup kits. She had this and I was able to swatch it, and I really liked the texture. It finely milled and really silky as well. It has a great pigmentation and offers a light to medium buildable coverage. It doesn’t cake and works well whether you apply it with either a brush or a sponge. As for me, I like applying it with a kabuki brush. I like the sponge, but it’s just too small so I bring my own brush, like I always do.
Smashbox Masterclass 2 Palette Blush in ‘Flush’ – I’ve lived off from this palette for months ever since I got it last November and I’ve been loving this blush, called ‘Flush’ a peach-toned blush that gives you that natural touch of color when you have your makeup on. Hence the word/shade name ‘Flush’. It’s looks so simple on the pan, but it’s one of the most gorgeous shade I’ve ever used, and it brightens up my cheeks when I use it. I lah-ove it.
Smashbox Masterclass 2 Palette Highlighter in ‘Shimmer’ – For those who have been following/reading my posts ever since, you all know that I’m no fan of pink highlighters. I love gold/yellow-toned highlighters because it looks more natural than the pink ones. However, this highlighter is really different. It’s a bit more subtle and it just gives you a hint of glow on the areas where you apply it. It finely milled with tiny specs of silver glitter which can only be detected when you stare at either the pan or the swatch itself. It’s blends very well onto the skin, and the chances of over-applying this product is highly unlikely.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer – My love for this bronzer came back. At first I was wondering as to why I bought this expensive product, but I now get the hype. Especially after I started using the brush that came with it. Using the brush, it gave me a subtle yet defined contour that I don’t usually get with my other contouring powders. It looks so natural yet I get that definition, and contour that I often get from my other contouring powders, without looking like I applied a ton of makeup. I’ve been loving it to bits. The only downside of this product is that, it’s friggin’ pricey. Duh.
Smashbox Masterclass 2 Palette – Like I’ve previously mentioned, I’ve been using this palette non-stop ever since I got it. This palette is the most versatile palette I have ever owned (aside from Lorac Pro) due to it’s variety of shades, finishes and also due to the fact, that not only does it offer a multitude of eyeshadows, but also a couple of blushes, highlighters and cream eyeliners. Here’s a glimpse of what the palette looks like at the part where the eyeshadows are located. Don’t worry, I’ll do a separate review about this palette soon after we do our ‘Drugstore/Budget-Friendly Series’.
ZA Double Action Smudgeproof Mascara – This is the mascara that I won from the ZA giveaway that Sample Room held last November. I still haven’t used the eyeshadow quad yet, but I’ve been enjoying this one so far. True to its claim, this mascara is indeed smudge proof and quite volumizing. It did give some length, but like I said before, this mascara is more on volumizing. I like the wand as well, it’s unique and something that I haven’t encountered before. I’m still experimenting with it, so I’ll let you know more regarding this mascara probably during the end of Feb.
Maybelline So Nude Lipstick in ‘NU 37’ – This was one of the lip products that I got when I won as the blogger winner at the Maybelline event (Search for the Top BB Models – you can refer to Genzel’s post regarding the said event, as I wasn’t able to blog about it). These are my kind of nude lippies. Peach/pinkish nude lipsticks that doesn’t wash me out whenever I wear it whether I’m wearing just a subtle makeup or a heavy smokey eye. I love it because it’s creamy and easy to apply. Wear time lasts for approximately four hours.
Virginia Olsen Mineral Lip Creme in ‘Sweet Seduction’ – This is also a nude lipstick that doesn’t wash me out. I love it especially when I just want to go out and run some errands. I love it because it’s very moisturizing and it’s easy to apply. Despite it’s formula, it has a good wear time and it stains my lips, which I happen to really like. It’s the type of lip color that is very suited for every day wear. But like all nude lippies, it’s also something that you can wear to tone down a heavy makeup. I like this because it’s my classic MLBB shade.
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in ‘Mightiest Maraschino’ – I got this together with my Smashbox palette. It’s a gift from the owner of makeovershop. I wore this especially last December. This was my classic red lip. It’s very easy to apply since, of course, it’s a lip crayon, and it stays on my lips for a couple of hours. It’s a blue-toned red which is my favorite, and it also stains my lips, which like I said, is something that I actually like.
Wet N Wild Megalast Lipstick in ‘Mauve Outta Here’ – Aahh.. meet my first love. WnW’s Mauve Outta Here is actually one of my first lipstick obsessions before I fell head over heels in love with MAC lippies. Now, it seems that we’ve reunited. Lol. I love this because it’s pink but it’s not on your face pink, nor is it something that is too light-barbie-ish-pink. Again, this is something that I really like to wear when I’m running errands or when I’m just going to the mall. It’s simple yet it makes a statement. Oh, and it’s affordable too. Provided that you know where to buy it, which I’m sure most of you do.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – Like I said in my previous haul post, this is a bit different from my old-time favorite Beauty Blender. Still, that doesn’t make this less efficient. It still works, and it works great. If you don’t have the budget to splurge for the famous Beauty Blender, then go for this one. You’ll hardly see the difference unless you own one yourself. The only downside of this sponge I think, correct me if I’m wrong is that, I believe that this sponge absorbs more foundation than the original Beauty Blender. But for some reason, this is way easier to clean. Lol. Irony.
Ellana Cucumber Melon Makeup Brush Cleaner – Oh, I love this brush cleaner. Maybe even better than my old favorite. This smells so good, it keeps my brushes smelling fresh, and only a couple of spritz of this product goes a long way. I was able to clean my makeup brushes in no time, and get rid of the foundation stains too. Ooh, I love this product.
Girl Stuff Nail Polishes
Unfortunately, I don’t know some of the names of these nail polishes as their names fade really quickly from their respective bottles. Like for instance, the forest green nail polish at the top and the one beside it, their names have already faded so I don’t know what their shades are anymore. The two nail polishes at the bottom, however, are named ‘Posh’ (left) and ‘Audrey’ (right). I really love Girl Stuff nail polishes because they are so opaque and they last long on my nails. I just wish that they change their way of placing their shade names because it’s hard to keep track especially once they fade. All I can tell you is that the forest green nail polish is textured, it’s like one of those sand/gritty nail polishes that are currently ‘IN’ these days. The other one, however, has a combination of pink, gold and orange shimmers in the bottle. It also looks like that when applied. Sorry, that’s all I have for you regarding those shades.
SO! That was a lengthy monthly favorites post. If you made it reading this post from top to bottom then kudos to you! I really appreciate that! (Virtual kisses & hugs! :* <3) I guess I'm really in the mood to blog and I really miss it so much. Lol. Anyway, I apologize to those who are not a fan of these types of posts, I know I'm not (sometimes). It's just that it's too late to summarize. Anyway, thanks a lot for taking time to read my faves. How about you? What were your January favorites? Let me know