Thursday, January 31, 2013

January 2013 Favorites

My January Favorites
While I'm always vaguely terrified by how quickly the days fly by, I really look forward to doing these monthly favorites post.

However, between trying out a slew of Christmas and birthday products and being so sick that I didn't wear a stitch of makeup for a week, my list for January is pretty paltry.

To make up for the lack of products, I decided to include a few little random favorites - mainly because I personally love hearing about people's favorites in non-makeup categories on occasions because you never know when you might come across a gem and I think it helps you get to the blogger or video maker a little better.  

Now, on with the favorites ...

My skin is bizarre - though it's normal-to-dry (more dry now that it's winter), it eats up foundation like nobody's business. If I don't set my makeup with powder, I'm lucky if I get five hours of wear before my foundation starts fading like crazy.

This month, I've been trying a few new foundations so I didn't want to use a product with too much coverage to set my makeup because I wanted to be able to judge the foundation's coverage on its own.   

Bare Minerals Perfect Light Mineral Veil worked like a charm.

Bare Minerals Perfect Light Mineral Veil

Bare Minerals Perfect Light Mineral Veil
I got this in BE's holiday TSV on QVC, and I think they touted it as a finishing powder that would make you look perfect in any light. I don't know about that, but it's a lovely, lightweight powder that sets foundation perfectly without looking cakey or adding any real coverage or color.

I don't think you get this on its own yet, but BE often offers items exclusively in TSVs before launching them so keep an eye out for this in the future.

I raved about how much I love the upcoming Tarte Journey to Natural Beauty TSV (airs February 5th on QVC in the U.S.), and I swear I'm not being melodramatic when I saw that the Brow Architect and Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara have become life-changing products for me.

The Brow Architect has a brow color, concealer and brush all in a single pencil.  The brow color is a universal shade that you can customize to match your brows by how hard you press the pencil.

Tarte Brow Architect in Fair/Light (from l. to r.): universal brow pencil, underscoring concealer and brow comb

Tarte Brow Architect (from l. to r.): concealer in Fair/Light, 2-3 layers of pencil, single layer of pencil
The pencil is very nice, but it's really the concealer that rocks my world. I use it before I apply the brow color (or my eye shadow) to cover up any stray or unsightly hairs that I want to hide so my brows look neat and polished, with the exact shape that I want.

I am so in love with this product, I can't even tell you.

Right now, the upcoming TSV is the only way that you can get the Brow Architect. I imagine that Tarte will release it on its own in the not too distant future, though.

Now, I love the original Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara, but the Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara may be even more amazing.  It is absolutely true to its name - it gives me big, thick, statement lashes that are as close to falsies as I'm ever going to get (without actual falsies, of course.)

Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara

Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara's interesting brush head

*Update* - Linda asked below in the comments if I could post a photo of my lashes with the mascara on - a totally reasonable and valid request.  The only reason I haven't include photos like that for mascara reviews previously is photo issues. I need a new camera for sure, but my photography skills are also appallingly bad. I'm working on both issues, so if you bear with me, I promise they'll get better.

Anyway, here are two side by side photos of my lashes with the Lights, Camera, Flashes! (left) and my bare lashes (right.)

Not the greatest photos, I know, but I think you can see how this mascara transforms my puny, non-existent lashes.  

I've heard a few folks say that this mascara is really difficult to wash off, but I always use olive oil to remove my makeup and I don't have any issues getting it off.

Like the Brow Architect, the mascara is only available in the TSV right now, but I think I saw that it will be presented on its own on QVC during that Tarte visit.

While I tried quite a few new lip products in January, I did have one go-to item that I wore quite a bit. I don't see many folks talk about MAC's Lipstick in Sequin, but it's always one of my favorite winter shades.

It's kind of a plummy pink shade, and while it's not super dark, it is a frost finish - and it is definitely frost-iclicious.

That doesn't bother me at all - I'm a longtime fan of frosty lipsticks (all the way back to ninth grade when I wore the most ridiculously frosty apricot-colored lipstick that you've ever seen in your life.) but I feel like they can look a little heavy on the lips when they're a darker shade.  I'm not a fan of that in the spring and summer, but in the fall and winter, I think it's a lovely everyday lip color.

MAC Lipstick in Sequin

MAC Lipstick in Sequin
(The swatch above is pretty accurate, I think.  I had to take photos with about 100 different types of lighting to get it right, though.  I'm not sure why I have such an issue with lip color accuracy, but I'm trying to work on it.)

Now, on to my little random favorites ...

After makeup, sports and my dog, the thing I'm probably most obsessed with in this world is music.  I love me a good singer songwriter like nobody's business - and in my mind, there isn't anyone better these days than Josh Ritter.

His new album, The Beast In Its Tracks, doesn't come out until March, but I've spent all month listening to the songs that have been released as a preview.  If you don't know Josh Ritter or haven't heard the new stuff, you should definitely check out my personal favorite, "New Lover."

When I was sick for that week, Netflix Instant was a serious lifesaver. I watched a ton of movies and TV shows while laid up in bed, and my absolute favorite was "Everything Must Go," starring Will Ferrell. 

I remember seeing a preview for this movie back in 2010 just before it came out and thinking that it looked interesting because it wasn't the usual goofball stuff that I usually associate (and like quite a bit, actually) with Will Ferrell.  It's based on a Raymond Carver story (that I've never read but really want to now) and follows a few days in the life of an alcoholic who's just lost his job and his wife.

It probably sounds depressing - and it is, to be honest, but it's also beautifully realistic and while it may not have a neat, tidy "they all live happily ever after" ending, there's something hopeful about it.

I seriously loved it.

If you haven't seen it, it's streaming right now on Netflix - you should definitely check it out.

Oh, and the return of hockey was a big favorite this month too.

Oh, how I missed JT and Moulson!

I'm a happy girl now that my Islanders are back -- and they're going to make the playoffs this year, mark my words.

So what were your favorites this month?  Makeup, skincare, whatever random stuff tickled your fancy in January - I want to know about it all.


  1. What a nice and small selection! :) Especially the brow architect looks like its really handy.

    The song is awesome! Thanks for the recommendation. :D

    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the song. I am so obsessed with it that I think it's starting to become unhealthy. :P

  2. jennifer...can you tell me if the new mascara holds a curl like lights, camera, lashes? that (and lights camera splashes) are my go-to mascaras. i have relatively long lashes already, and every mascara weighs them down and i lose the curl i spent time trying to perfect! with LCL, if i do the tips first lightly, then apply another light coat, it doesn't totally weigh them down. and of course, the waterproof rocks in holding the curl, but i don't want to use it everyday. will you post a pic of your lashes with LCFlashes? thanks in advance, linda

    1. I haven't noticed my lashes losing their curl with the new mascara at all - though I haven't exactly been on the lookout for that, I can't say with 100% certainty off the top of my head. But the formula doesn't seem terribly thick, so I don't think it would weigh your lashes down.

      I wore a different mascara today, but I'll make it a point to wear the Lights, Camera, Flashes tomorrow and snap a pic for you so you can check it out yourself. :)

    2. thank you! i'm still on the fence about the tsv, so your reviews are helpful :) linda

    3. No problem - I added some photos above. They're not the greatest pics in the world, but I hope they help. :)

      For what it's worth, I love the TSV. If you're a fan of the foundation, I'd pull the trigger for sure.

    4. thanks for the photos! i decided to try the tsv. my concern about the foundation was color choice. i recall in a previous tsv getting the light and it was too yellow. i tried the fair this time. hope it works out allright :)

    5. I have the fair and it reads pretty neutral on my skin, so hopefully it will work out for you. Enjoy the TSV. Let me know how you like it once you've had a chance to play around with it. :)


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