January is over, which is equal parts exciting and horrifying. Exciting because January is such a cold and gloomy month, but horrifying because time is passing so fast and I’m almost done with school. Yikes. But anyway, this month, a lot of new things, and some not-so-new things worked their way into my daily routine and are very much my favorites now.
First are my makeup/beauty products.
Just like last month, myPhilosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel made it on the list. It seriously just smells so fresh and clean and after a month I’ve barely used a quarter of the bottle. I love the way I smell after showering with it.
Going along with the Amazing Grace theme, I started really, really loving my Philosophy Amazing Grace Prefume this month, too. Andrew got this for me for my birthday last year, and I’ve basically been using it sparingly, because I love it so much and don’t want to use it up, which is actually not how it should be. I’ve started using this all the time now, and I absolutely love it. Again, the fresh smell is amazing. I want to get body butter, too, but I’m also a little afraid of it being Amazing Grace overkill. But I’m not sure that’s possible, to be honest.
Another repeat on this list is my Naked 3 palate. It’s amazing. I love it more over time, and I legitimately look forward to doing my makeup every day so I can use it. Sad or amazing? Not sure. Regardless, I’m so happy I bought this and it’s so so wonderful. Definitely a favorite.
Right when I got back to school I had to run down the street to Rite Aid (because I managed to forget my deodorant in Rochester?) and so I grabbed a new topcoat in addition to my new deodorant, and it was the Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat. I’ve been super dissatisfied with the topcoat I had been using, which is some kind of Sally Hansen one, because my nails would chip after literally 12 hours, 9 of which were spent sleeping. I’d heard good things about Revlon, and it’s so much cheaper than Essie or Sally Hansen or OPI, so I went for it, and I’m so happy with it. It makes my nails really nice and shiny and keeps them from chipping for a few days. A+.
Over break, I went to Target with my mom (“just to poke”) and she ended up buying two of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain for herself in a nude-pink-mauve color that I don’t typically wear. After trying them on, though, I really, really loved the color. It’s a good, natural looking color that still brightens up my lips. So I grabbed this one–in the color Honey– at Wegmans while I was on a beer run. One of my classiest purchases to date. But I seriously wear this all the time.
Finally is the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin. My mom got me a little sample-size of this primer and the one in Eden for Christmas, and I had been using Eden for a while and the kind of discovered Sin. It’s a super pretty champagne color and it looks good with color over it, or kind of on it’s own. I don’t know what it is but I’m a sucker for that pretty shimmer.
There were a lot of things that are non-beauty related that I loved this month, too.
To start: Candles. I have a super sick obsession and love for candles. The day after Christmas, I picked up two mason jar candles from Bath & Body Works, and I had a Yankee Candle from Black Friday as well. I’ve finished all three in the three weeks I’ve been back. Sick, I know. But I love burning them during the day, at night, whenever. It’s just so relaxing and wonderful.
I also started loving Chai Tea when I was home. I don’t know what posessed me, but on one of my three thousand trips to Sips at home, I decided I needed a vanilla chai and ohmygod it’s so good. I tried the Tazo liquid Chai Latte mix with vanilla soy milk. but the Oregon Chai Vanilla Chai Tea powders are amazing! I’m rationing them while I’m here to make them last as long as possible.
I’ve always loved statement jewelry, but somehow my love for the statement necklace has grown, if that’s possible. I think it’s just the best way to add some personality to a otherwise boring outfit. I especially love wearing them with collared shirts, to dress them up a little, add a little sparkle. The black one in the photo is from Target, and I wasn’t sure how much I liked it at first, but it’s grown on me and I’ve worn it a ton since I’ve been back at school. The other one is from JewelMint. I really love the necklace, but beware of JewelMint–when you order one thing, you get signed up for a monthly subscription and they dock you $30 a month. I did not know that, and then I became painfully aware, and promptly cancelled. But I love the necklace!
And finally, those aviators. I kept seeing pictures all around the Internet and Pinterest of these tinted aviator sunglasses, and I just felt like I really needed some. The cold weather is just making me really crave sunshine and fun colors. I got these from H&M and they we’re really cheap but a decent quality. I love ’em.
The first clothing love I’ve had this month is hats. I have a beach hat that I got this summer, but I wanted one I could wear about on bad/dirty hair days. Of course, Bridget came through and got me this pretty green LeMoyne hat for Christmas, which I have worn a ton, and I love. The color goes really nice with my gingey hair.
I also really wanted a knit beanie with a pom pom after seeing this one Mackenzie Horan had, and I ended up finding this one on 6pm.com. I love how cute it is but still seasonal. It makes the gross Polar Vortex a little more cheerful for me.
Finally: vests. I really really love the quilted J. Crew excursion vests but I could never ever justify paying for one, or ever even asking for one as a gift. And then I found the Quilted Barn Vests from Old Navy. Of course, by the time I got to tell my mom about them, they were sold out of every color in my size in store and online, except pink. She ended up getting it for me for Christmas and I didn’t hate it, but I was also nervous about wearing it, since bright pink isn’t one of my go-to all-over colors. But! With all the navy I wear, it ends up being a really nice pop of color. And then, literally hours before my flight back to New York, Old Navy had a navy one in my size and we scooped it up. I’ve actually worn both of them pretty equally, which makes me happy. And I also have my fleece one from Patagonia that I got for my birthday last year, which I consider more of an indoor vest, but I love it the same. At this point, I think I may be on the verge of having too many. If that’s even possible.
This was an extremely long post, which I didn’t anticipate, but these are my favorites from January. I’m glad to be done with this month and ready to move onto the good parts of the year.