It’s that time of year, when all the Christmas fun and New Year celebrations have wrapped up and the lack of pretty festive decorations have left our spaces feeling bare.
Things can seem a little bleak in January, especially if you set some New Years resolutions that ban you from your guilty pleasures. So to help you hit the ground running, refreshed and ready to take on the new year, here’s a list of five beauty products I love that help make me feel just that little bit better.
Nip+Fab – Glycolic Fix Extreme pads
During the party season, you may have gotten a little lazy with your skin care routine and resorted to makeup wipes, if that at all. Well, to undo all that damage, check out Nip+Fab’s Glycolic Fix Extreme pads. These pads are soaked in Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic acid, which I know sounds scary but they’re all key ingredients which are often found in blemish-fighting skin care products. These pads are perfect for exfoliating away dead skin cells and act as an at home chemical peel for a fraction of the cost. I literally wake up with brighter skin after using this on a cleansed faced the night before.
Origins – GinZing Eye Cream
If like me you messed up your sleeping pattern over the holidays, getting back to those early morning alarms can be a struggle. Well, to help you look like you had a good night’s sleep, the GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s got a lovely creamy consistency which isn’t too thick and feels cooling around the eyes that soothes away my million dollar bags. It also contains caffeine and natural optic brighteners, which instantly makes my eyes feel awake and reduces the appearance of dark circles. Okay so funny story, when I first started using this I found myself getting super watery eyes, I was training up a new starter at work and my eyes were literally flooding?! So to save myself that embarrassment again, I did some research and found it was just because I was applying the eye cream totally wrong. Instead of applying it directly on the delicate skin around your eyes, you just need to lightly dab and blend the cream around your brow bone and along the very tops of your cheekbones. Your skin will naturally absorb the eye cream like a sponge and disperse into those problem areas – I haven’t cried since!
Bourjois – Healthy Mix Foundation
In December, continuous Christmas and New Year’s celebrations meant having to wear more makeup than usual. I particularly wore the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation a lot as it’s great for its long-wear and flawless finish, however I do find it too heavy and pricey to be my everyday foundation. My favourite lightweight foundation is definitely the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, it’s been my holy grail for years. It has this amazing subtle glow to it which reminds me of the Lancôme Teint Miracle foundation for less than half the price and it looks really natural on the skin with its moisturising ingredients (Vitamin C, E and B5 hello), with a medium to buildable coverage. I also don’t mind using this foundation on a regular basis as it’s super affordable.
Becca – Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter
Once my base is all sorted, there’s nothing I love more than a good highlighter to achieve a nice, healthy glow. I came across the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Press Highlight in the shade Opal in Sephora whilst on holiday in Barcelona and I fell in love. It’s the perfect shade that’s not too pink or gold, it’s just the right nude shade which I think is super universal and flattering for all skin tones. It doesn’t have chunky glitters, just a lovely sheen that’s super smooth and easy to blend out. I did hesitate to buy it the first time as it is costly for what it is (I was weak in Christmas, treat yo self), so if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative that is just as buttery and pigmented, definitely try out the highlight found in Sleek’s Face Contour Kit, I use the shade medium. It’s the first highlight and contour I’ve ever used and is still a huge staple in my makeup kit.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Definer
If it’s one thing that makes me feel like I’ve got my life together, it’s a good pair of super groomed, super defined, full eyebrows. So in my beyond excited state in Sephora, I accidentally purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer instead of their Brow Wiz. However, I do think the formula of the two are absolutely the same, the only difference is the shape of the pencil. I personally prefer the Brow Wiz as it’s pointer so you can mimic the hairs of brows better but the angled tip of the Brow Definer does work really well for outlining and shaping the arch of your eyebrow; there’s no need for having an angled brush and an eyebrow product with the Brow Definer. It’s quick, easy and definitely doesn’t come out too harsh on the brow – which Anastasia brow pencil do you prefer?
So that wraps up my favourite beauty products that are keeping me going this month. I hope you found this helpful and enjoy trying out some of these staples of mine!