January always seems like a rough time. Christmas has left me broke, I’m trying to keep up with my new goals, and its only getting more cold and more dry here. However there are some products that have helped me through vacation, dry weather, and just an all around crazy month.
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Currently, my skin is breaking out and I am in the process of switching jobs so I am trying to keep up with life in general so my skincare and makeup have sort of taken a backseat. However, there are a few things that have been helping me to look like an adult that has it all together while I definitely do not.
My Makeup Routine
My go-to makeup routine is to do my brows, liner, and mascara. In the last week or so I have added a touch of concealer under my eyes. This helps me to look like I have gone to bed when the clock still said pm in the last few weeks.
Right now for my brows I use the Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium. This color is a good balance with my natural roots and my blonde hair. I am obsessed with applicators like this. Pencils are great and powder works fine but gel with this mascara like applicator go on so fast and so even without looking like I filled my brows. I like that it looks like my brows look like they are natural and don’t need to be filled in. This also lasts all day and doesn’t flake or rub off like some other products that I have tried.
For my lashes I use the Too Faced Better Than Sex and Diamonds. This formula is a limited edition from Too Faced and I really hope that they decide to keep it. It is a lot smoother than the original and doesn’t flake off as badly. It works well for both top and bottom lashes. I also love the voluminous and long look it gives to my lashes. On top of all that it has cute packaging with little diamonds on it.
My liner really hasn’t changed much in the last year or so to be honest. I still use the Ulta Beauty fine tip liner and I am still loving it. It doesn’t move once you put it on and I can make the line super thin like I like to. I feel like I have talked about this a ton on my site so I’ll leave it at this.
For under my eyes I am using a different concealer than I usually do. I am using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. This concealer honestly shocked me. I did not expect it to be anything special but I 10000% recommend this to anyone looking for an alternative to Shape Tape. It is a really creamy formula, it isn’t drying, and it is super pigmented. I love it. Please do me and you a favor and go out and purchase this. I put it under my eyes and over spots where I’m breaking out and set it and feel so much better about my skin.
My Skincare Routine
I can’t tell you how many nights I’ll fall asleep on the couch and drag myself to the bedroom and just want to crawl in bed makeup and all. However, I have discovered the Bliss Makeup Melt Jelly Cleanser. There are two different ways that I use this. Sometimes I will just get some of this on my hands with warm water and take my makeup off and wash my face all at once. This is not my favorite way to take my makeup off and wash my face but some nights its what I do. The other way I use this is just like a normal makeup remover. It takes everything off without being drying and leaving that weird film on my skin like wipes do.
For regular face wash I will use one of two face washes and I love them both equally. I will either use the Simple Micellar Facial Wash or I will use The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Cleanser. I will use the Simple one when my skin is feeling really irritated and dry because it is really gentle on my skin. It helps to clean my skin without striping everything out of it. I will use The Body Shop one when my skin is less irritated and I want a little bit of a deeper cleanse. This one I use more at night for this very reason.
As far as moisturizer I have been using a moisturizer and glow boost combo. The moisturizer I am currently using is not exactly budget friendly but I am definitely in love with it. The Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum is what is helping my skin to make through winter in Idaho. It helps my skin to stay really moisturized without it feeling oily. The glow boost that I am using is this one. It is a Valo Glow Boost that smells AMAZING. If you just purchase this to smell it it would e worth it. It leaves my skin really glowy without being greasy and makes it so smooth and soft.
My Hair Routine
So ever since I colored my hair last month I have had to change things up a bit. Also after spending last week in the sun on vacation I came back a lot more blonde than I anticipated. To help keep my hair soft and silky all week I was using the classic Treseme Shampoo and Conditioner. I did wash my hair everyday because of the salt, sand, and dirt that it was covered in at the end of the day. After I got out of the shower I used the Wet detangling leave in conditioner and then brushed my hair and let it air dry. II seriously cannot emphasize enough how soft my hair was every day. Some nights instead of using a detangling spray I used the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream. This is basically a super sticky hair gel. I would use this by putting it into towel dried hair and running it through with my fingers. I would let it air dry overnight and then style my hair in the morning . It helped it to have a more beach-y look to it and style much easier. Now that I am back I use it the same way on days when I don’t wash my hair.
These products helped me through what I think is the toughest month of the year. Let me know what you guys do to help get you through January and check back next week for my lazy girls guide to skincare!