Monthly Favourites | January

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So ive decided to switch up the format a little bit with my monthly favourites, i'm still going to include my beauty favourites for the month but im going to start including others things too like non beauty favourites, a favourite youtuber or blogger for that month, maybe a favourite book and song - i just want to try and make it a little different and a little more interesting for you - this is just a trial for now to see if it goes down well.

The fact that we are about 1 day away from February scares me a little - although I'm glad January is over, because January is probably my least favourite month! So let's get onto the favourite then!

Beauty Favourites:

Korres Ginger & Vitamin Foundation
I've really been enjoying wearing this foundation as it gives me enough coverage but as it's so lightweight it's i feel more like I'm wearing a bb cream rather than a foundation which i really like especially when I'm in work. I'd definitely say the coverage from this foundation is buildable, it gives a nice natural dewy finish and it lasts on my skin all day (i do wear a face primer with this) I think this is just an all round great foundation - just a shame its being discontinued so I'm gonna have to stock up on it before it disappears altogether! Read my full review here.

Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer
My sister gave me this little sample as she didn't like using it and to be honest if it wasn't for her doing this i probably wouldn't have bothered trying it but I've really been enjoying wearing and using this. It applies to the face really nicely and it leaves me skin feeling really soft and it's provides a really nice base for my foundation and helps it to stay in place all day. I honestly couldn't tell you the last time i was this impressed with a primer, i will definitely be going out buying a full size as soon as I've used up at least two of the primers i already own.

Smashbox Blush/Soft Lights Duo
This is a blush and shimmer product that i love to mix together and wear as one product as i find that the shades really compliment each other really well. The shimmer gives a really nice natural glow to the skin and leaves it looking really radiant, the pigmentation for these isn't anything amazing but i actually like that about this because it applies just the right amount for me and neither shade over takes each other, they work really well together. Read my full review here.

Boujois Delice De Soleil Bronzer
I've been loving using this bronzer to warm up the face as it's quite light so it looks nice and gives a nice natural glow to the face. It's really easy to apply and blends really nicely, it isn't orange-y or a dramatic bronze shade so it's perfect for everyday use and because its so light i don't have to be really wary of applying it, i can just get on with it and go so it's a great, easy way to add a bit of colour into my face. Read my full review here.

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Lip Balm in Hint of Red
I absolutely love this lip balm; I've kept it in my bag with me ever since i got it. As it's a tinted lip balm, its very sheer but it does give a pop of red to the lips and it's just really easy to wear with all make up looks. I love how sleek the packaging is and i really wish i could get my hands on more of these (and other Sonia Kashuk products) as i love this so much! Read my full review here.

Indeed: Hydraluron Moisture Booster
This truly is the wonder product that everyone says it is; since I've been using it my skin feels so healthy and more hydrated. I'm sure you all know what this is and what it does but if you don't you basically apply it before your moisturiser and it prepares you skin and helps it to absorb more moisture - i like to think of it as a primer for your moisturiser. I know this is expensive but it is genuinely worth every single penny, my skin feels amazing and more radiant, my sister has told me that my skin looks glowing and it's all down to Hydraluron. Read my full review here.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze
I've been loving wearing this lately; blending it out all over the lid and wearing on it's own, its the perfect lazy girl eye look as it's just so quick and easy but it looks really nice on it's own. These are really creamy eyeshadows, the blend quite easily and they last all day without creasing. You can use this as a base for eyeshadows too if you'd prefer but i just love wearing it alone. Read my full review here.

Burts Bees Lip Balm
Before this, id actually never tried anything from Burts Bees but my lovely sister got me a Burts Bees set at Christmas after i mentioned wanting one of their lip balms and this was in it and it's safe to say i love it. When I'm not wearing the Sonia Kashuk tinted lip balm that i mentioned earlier I've been wearing this, it's so moisturising and hydrating on the lips that i think i might even prefer it over my beloved carmex.

Maxfactor Excess Volume Mascara*
This is a fantastic mascara; it has dual ends one side that volumises lashes and the other is a dark lacquer that seals it in place. I normally hate mascaras that have a two step system as i find it usually leaves my lashes clumpy but this doesn't, this just gives me lovely long, separated and volumised lashes. It's is quite expensive for a high street mascara as it retails for about £12/13 but I'm really impressed with this mascara and the effect it has on my lashes so i would actually pay that much for it. Read my full review here.

Youtube or Blogger Favourite:

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I've really enjoying Beauty By Alice's youtube channel this month, I only discovered it a little while ago but i've really been enjoying watching her videos - she uploads really great content and some of my favourite videos have been her make up tutorials/get ready with me videos, i love watching how people do their make up and she's given me some great ideas of ways to wear my UD Naked 3 Palette. Ive spoken to her a few times over on twitter and she's just as lovely as she seems in he videos so definitely go check her channel and her blog too!

Non Beauty Favourites:
I will include photos in the future of my non beauty favourites but i dont have many this month so i feel it'll be a bit of a dull photo, but anyways here are some of the non beauty related things ive been loving.

Pretty Little Liars
I freakin' love this show and it started back at the start of January and im so glad its back, i love how it keeps me in suspense and it keeps me constantly guessing - even when you think you've got it all figured out it's do something to throw you off and your back to square one. Its one of those shows that i really want to know the answers but i also really don't want it to ever end. It's just awesome and ive found myself a little addicited to reading all the different theories people have on it, some of them are so clever and people notice a lot of things that i may have missed.

This is a little vague i know but ive been reading a lot lately, ive really gotten my mojo back and ive read some really great books. I'm not including specific ones here because i am going to do a recently read quite soon and ill do mini reviews of all the books that ive read so far then. I'm loving reading again and i really hope that i keep it up.

Jolly Ranchers
I think im a little addicted to these, unfortunately their American sweets so i can't get them that easily over here without it costing me an arm and a leg  but thankfully, my sister bought me a big family size bag for christmas and ive spent the majority of January chomping away on them. They're so tasty and i just can't get enough of them.

Music Favourites:
One Direction's Album Midnight Memories
I've not stopped listening to their album if im honest, i think its so good and their sound has a changed a little bit which normally doesn't work out well for bands but in their case i think they've done it really well. The songs are all great and there isnt one on the album that i dislike - my favourites would probably be Story of my Life, Throught the Dark, Half a Heart and Midnight Memories (it was hard not to list them all) I know a lot of people dislike and are very critical of them but i think they're really brilliant and ive enjoyed all their albums.

Let it Go from Frozen
I'm sure im not the only one guilty of belting this song out, or am i? Since watching Frozen i've loved putting this on and having a good ole howl along with it -im literally listening to it as i write this- it's such a good song - if you've not seen Frozen; id highly recommend it, Olaf will seriously make your day he was my favourite thing about the entire film!

So that is all my beauty and non beauty favourites for the month of January. What have you been loving this month?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review


  1. Fantastic post! I love reading other peoples favourites :)


    1. Aw thank you, Im glad you liked it :)
      Natalie xx

  2. I've loved reading this :) I'm looking forward to reading following months xxx

    1. Yey! Im really glad you liked it!
      Natalie xx

  3. Great favourites. The Smashbox Blush/Soft Lights Duo looks pretty. I am going to check out Beauty By Alice's youtube channel as I have never watched her before

    1. Thank you. Aw yey! Im glad, i really enjoy them :)
      Natalie xx

  4. Love your favourites, Hydraluron is the best! Thank you so so much for mentioning me in your favourites, means so much to me, so lovely of you :) Great post!
    Alice | Blog | YouTube | xxx

  5. Loving your favourites! :) I recently bought that primer and I haven't stopped using it I just love it!
    Danielle xo || Lilyofthevalley

    1. I can't wait til i get my hands on a full size but i want to use up some that i already have first! :(
      Natalie xx

  6. I absolutely love the Max Factor mascara, out of all the new mascara releases, this is easily the best!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

    1. Amazing isnt it? Im loving what it does to my lashes!
      Natalie xx

  7. I love Burt's Bees lip balm. I bought my first one just over a year ago and it's a firm favourite of mine.

    1. Ive used mine pretty much everyday since i got, its so good :)
      Natalie xx


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