January 2017 Favourites

See you later January because February is here! In Toronto, it was reported that we got only about 50 hours of sunshine this month and that’s too low for the blogger lifestyle. Although, even with the lack of sun my love for photographing and testing out new products was at an all-time high! Which gives you this January favourites post filled with new beauty and lifestyle goodies!

January 2017 Favourites

Skincare – Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (Similar)

To hydrate and combat my dry skin I’ve been using this Korean gel-based sleeping mask twice a week.

Face – Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent

I’ve gotten the hang of setting my under-eyes with this bestseller loose setting powder. I apply it only on special occasions or for photography because it gives your under-eyes’ an airbrush finish.

Eyes – Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Once you start using this pigmented liquid eyeliner, you will never look for another. This is my fourth pen and the closest drugstore dupe I’ve found is the L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Liquid Liner in Black Mica. After applying my liner, I then put on my favourite mascara of the month which is the Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara in Very Black.

Eyes – Maybelline Color Tattoo by EyeStudio Eyeshadow in 05 Too Cool

I retired my M.A.C. Paint Pot in Let’s Skate and found a drugstore alternative. These cream eyeshadows from Maybelline are a perfect eyeshadow base because they are pigmented, have a slight shimmer, and are cost effective.

Eyes – Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in Almond Satin (Similar)

When it comes to eyeshadows, I am constantly searching for matte and nude shimmery shades. In January, I wore a lot of pale shimmers and light browns. These shades are easy to find in the drugstore like this Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in Almond Satin (Similar) or like this high-end Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Size Eyeshadow Palette.

Brows – L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette

After finishing my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Mechanical Brow Pencil I switched to this drugstore alternative and was pleasantly surprised. This L’Oreal Paris brow pencil is long lasting, has a deeper pigmentation, and is more cost effective. I also apply the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Medium/Deep afterwards to seal my brows.

Lips – Too Faced Lip Infection Extreme

I love the look of natural lips without colour or pigmentation. In the month of January, I have been using this amazing Too Faced Lip Infection Extreme prior to lining my lips with the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay on Lip Liner Pencil in 007 Rose Quartz and applying this NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita.

Lips – Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balm in 6 Punch

After watching multiple YouTube videos on how to appear more confident one of the suggestions was wearing red lipstick. Even though, I already own a lot of red lipstick I decided to purchase this lip balm because it gives my lips a sheer red pigmentation without the fuss. Another drugstore red lip balm you can find is the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 125 Flirtatious.

Hair – Organix Nourishing Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist

My favorite hair product in January was this Organix Nourishing Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist because it made my hair feel ultra-soft and smell tropical. Plus, coconut is definitely on my list for top 10 scents.

Cleaning – Beauty Blender Blender Cleanser Solid

I’ve made cleaning my makeup brushes a weekly habit and my skin has improved. I enjoy using a solid soap bar rather than a spray because it feels more effective when removing the bacteria from the bristles.

Fashion – Athletic Wear

It is no secret that I am the happiest while working out. This means that for the month of January you could find me wearing workout clothes like these Nike Full Flex 2-in-1 2.0 Training Shorts.

Stationary – Rifle Paper Co Novel 2017 Agenda

Whenever a new year begins, you can always find me wearing my Michael Kors glasses (Similar) and scheduling in my agenda. This year, I  purchased a simpler agenda compared to my Erin Condren Life Planner last year and I will tell you why in a future post.

Food – Herbal Tea

Since my skin was acting up, I stayed away from diary-based drinks and stuck to herbal teas. As always, I love Yogi Teas and have now found love in lavender teas.

What were your January 2017 Favourites?

Let me know in the comments!
Laurel Astridge
Laurel Astridge

Toronto Music Teacher, Social Media Specialist, and Public Speaker. Founder of Laurel Musical.

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    • February 6, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks for commenting Rebecca! I always have a mountain of new products at the end of each month!

    • February 7, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Thank you for commenting Sharon! Herbal teas are an amazing way to up your water intake and they taste so natural!

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