January Makeup Menu




January was very much a month of trying new things, but there were a few staples that crept in that I've reached for over and over!


On New Year's Even I managed to drop Sheer Glow on a marble floor and it smashed everywhere. It was a sad day (I genuinely had to scrape a bit off the floor without glass fragments in it to wear!) So I had to repurchase it at the start of the month and haven't stopped using it since. It will always be my favourite foundation as it gives me that medium coverage, flawless satin finish.


Another old favourite I returned to this month. After Christmas and New Year, my skin was pretty terrible and nothing else was quite cutting it. This concealed even my hugest spots, for which I'm very grateful! It's also great on dark circles if used sparingly with a corrector.

YSL Touche Eclat | £25

I finally bit the bullet and picked up Touche Eclat when my Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle ran out. I was gutted the Charlotte Tilbury ran out so quickly, I wasn't too fussed about the eye cream so would've preferred to have had to concealer-highlighter end on its own, which is why I chose to buy this instead. I have the shade 4.5 Luminous Sand, which I use as a final touch after applying my concealer to brighten up my under eye area. It works a treat but it's really quite pricey!

Crownbrush SS01 Deluxe Large Oval Foundation* | £9.39

I know this is called a foundation brush but I actually love it for blending in my under-eye concealer; it's the perfect shape and size to get it looking flawless. I was lucky enough to be sent a few Christmas surprises from Crownbrush and I'm absolutely loving the brushes that were in the package. 

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlight | £25 (for full size)

I got a mini of this product in a Laura Mercier gift set for Christmas and it gives the most natural glow to the skin. The pearly shade is perfect for everyday use and the small size makes it perfect for travel. The texture is so soft and doesn't have chunks of glitter in it so blends really nicely.

Ciate x Olivia Palermo Cheekbone Cheat in Seaside Park | £25 | post

If you saw the post, you'll have seen I've picked up a fair few bits from Ciate's collection with Olivia Palermo. The formulation of these powders is just so creamy and light on the skin. The matte coral blush shade is gorgeous but I've pretty much exclusively been using the deeper shade as a bronzer since the new year. It's really nice and warm but still adds some subtle definition. It's perfect for everyday wear.

Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette* | £14.80 | post

I've reached for little else in the cheek department because this palette is so stunning, so pigmented and has just about everything I need! My favourite shades are the coral shimmer and the vivid pink and the formulation is just so creamy, east to apply and long-lasting.



I finally did a Colourpop haul! I've written up the full details of how I shipped to the UK and how much it cost in the post, which is coming up later this week. However essentially these are spongey cream eyeshadows that are gorgeously pigmented. Desert is a warm beige-brown tone and the Satin finish has a very subtle sheen to it. For me, it's a pretty perfect everyday base colour.


Despite upgrading to a large Z Palette, I kept hold of my Small for travelling and at the moment it houses my everyday neutral shades. These are mainly the standard ones but I also have a couple of the super-metallic foiled shadows. In my palette there's: Shimma Shimma, Starry Eyed, Homecoming, Grandstand, Frappe, Cocoa Bear, Brown Sugar, Taupe Notch and Bada Bing (all of which are reviewed and swatched in the post). The quality, texture, pigmentation and longevity of these is just incredible and I'm obsessed with Makeup Geek!


For applying the eyeshadows, I'm loving this fab little 217 dupe that costs just £6! The fluffy bristles make it perfect for applying the lid shade or blending everything in. The domed shape also make it great for applying a soft crease colour.


This is the eyeliner that just keeps on giving! I can't believe it's still going strong after months of use. It's a thin, inky, pigmented black eyeliner pen that's great for getting a precise winged liner look.


So many people have raved about the Max Factor False Lash Effect mascaras, so I decided to get my hands on the latest addition to the range: Velvet Volume. It seems a bit gimmicky but it's supposed to leave your eyelashes feeling soft. I can't say it's ever been a particular concern for me but it's nice not to have my lashes left stiff or stuck together by my mascara. Anyway, I do really like this as it gives me that long, defined false lash look I absolutely love.


I have to admit that when I first received this palette, I did think it was kind of a makeup artist product and there was no way I'd use all of the shades, however when I swatched these, the formula was so smooth, creamy and pigmented I realised they would also be perfect as eyeshadows! So I use a mix of the Brown and Black shade to get my perfect brow colour, with the Blonde colour working as an eyeshadow base and the Red as a nice warm crease colour. It's great to have the different shades so you don't have to compromise and use a product that's not quite the right colour. I've always found powders in the brows great for a really subtle look just after I've had them shaped and tinted but not so great for the times when they need serious re-shaping. These powders are different, however, and are so pigmented you can definitely use them in place of a pomade or wax. This is all I've been using on my brows this year so far!


Zoeva Brow Line & Wing Liner Brushes | £7.50 & £6.95 | post

To apply the Hi Impact Brow powders I've been using a combination of these two brushes from my Zoeva Rose Gold Volume 2 Set. The Brow Line is a little softer and nice for brushing through the product to get that extra bit of fullness. The Wing Liner is perfect for precise application when you're re-shaping your brows.


This is one of my absolute favourite lip colours in one of my absolute favourite lip formulas! It's a gorgeous, creamy matte that doesn't cling to any winter dryness but is so long-lasting. The shade is a beautiful rose that's a little brighter than a nude but still perfect for everyday wear.

What have been your everyday products for 2016 so far?

 


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51 comments

  1. Al these products look amazing, I really want to try the nars lip pencil I've heard great things about it!
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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    1. I really want more of them, the formula is amazing! xx

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  2. The Laura Mercier Highlight is beautiful! I really need to look into it, I've been looking for a pinky bright highlight, since some of the ones I currently own are more gold tone, and look strange on my skin! xo

    McKenzie | therosynook.com

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  3. So many amazing products - I don't even know where to begin! I absolutely love the look of that Zoeva Blush palette. It's still a brand that I haven't tried but this product looks right up my street. I have the YSL Touche Eclat but I haven't used it in quite a while. You've inspired me to dig it out of my drawers and start using it again - I really should, it's a great product! I just recently placed another Makeup Geek order as I'm also obsessed with their stuff. I'm becoming more and more convinced that I need to get me some Colourpop in my life though. Great post lovely!

    Kirsty - Life in Excess

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    1. You definitely do need some ColourPop in your life! xx

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  4. There's so many lovely products here. Colorpop is a brand I've longed to try for far too long now, so I can't wait to see how you got your hands on some of their products. Makeup Geek is next on my list of things to try, I just feel a bit spoilt for choice when it comes to shade options!

    Jodie | Jodie Loue

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  5. That highlight looks lush. Laura Mercier is a top gal for sure lol. Xx

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  6. All of these products look so lovely and luxurious! I've recently started using the Nars Sheer Glow foundation and I absolutely love it! It's perfect for me! I seriously need to get some MUG eyeshadows - I have had my eye on them for nearly a year now but I never get round to actually buying any haha! Great post as usual :) xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's the one foundation I always go back to :) xx

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  7. So many pretty products. I just got the Nars concealer but i can't make my mind up if i like it or not! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  8. So many amazing bits here hun! The shades are all so lovely! I love all the brushes you have and they are really good prices!
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  9. I have been wanting to try the creamy concealer by Nars for a while now but I have been a bit confused between that and the Mac studio fix concealer.. But after reading your review I am a bit inclined towards Nars. What would you recommend?

    The Chicster Diaries xx

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    1. I've not actually tried the MAC, I'm afraid! I like the Nars as a full coverage concealer on blemishes though xx

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  10. Lovely post as always:) I've been loving Charlotte Tilbury's light wonder foundation and the Nars radiant creamy concealer 👌🏽 Thanks for sharing, lovely photography!


    KIRSTY | www.kirstyjennifer.com

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  11. I've only got one Laura Mercier product and that highlight looks lovely. I really want to expand my collection this year along with the NARS foundation wahh!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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  12. Makeup Geek shadows have been my everyday products this year so far! Can't get enough of them! I'm starting to feel sorry for my other palettes! Haven't heard of that brow brand before but the swatches looks great!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  13. every thing is beautiful! my favorite make up for routine is highlighter! I need light for sure!!! and I couldn't live without a red lipstick!
    the Nars looks like great.
    Rose xx

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  14. I really need to try NARS Sheer glow and the NARS concealer. I've been loving the Myabelline Matte and poreless foundation and for eye shadow it has to be the UD Gwen palette! xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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  15. Oh NO! I'm so sorry about your Nars foundation :( that's the most frustrating thing about glass packaging - why do companies do it to us?! On a brighter note, I love the sound of that Crown brush. I've been needing a few new brushes and I think I'm gonna have to order a few from there.

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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    1. It's such a thick glass bottle, I couldn't believe it actually smashed! :(((( xx

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  16. Nars Sheer Glow is one of the best foundations I've used, I guess 2016 will be a year for repurchasing it :) I want to get my hands on MUG eyeshadows, everyone is raving about it and I am really curious about the quality! xx

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  17. NARS Sheer Glow is a foundation I'm really desperate to try it honestly sounds amazing - one to add to my wish list! I've also just purchased a Z palette and Makeup Geek eyeshadows and am really excited to try them!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  18. Oh God, sad moments when you smash makeup, especially expensive makeup! The Laura Mercier highlight is beautiful looking, and the Zoeva blushes look pretty xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Nars Sheer Glow is definitely one of my all time favourite foundations. I haven't tried any of the rest listed but they look really nice, Jasmine! As usual, great reviews! Hope you had an amazing week, lovely! xx

    Ale | www.alemint.net

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  20. I can't wait to see your Colourpop haul! My everyday products have been the W7 Absolute lashes mascara and more in the way of skincare really, I've started using TBS body butters again and some lip products :)

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  21. I had a moment for your smashed bottle of sheer glow. Think I would have cried! :) Just reminded me I really need to try this after my Studio Fix runs out! :) Oh and I so need to do a MUG haul...

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  22. I have to try the Nars Sheer Glow foundation, if you love it so much I might do as well. I have some MUG eyeshadows and definitely need more :)x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  23. I have done the same dance myself with the YSL Touche Eclat. I have picked it up at least 15 times walked around the store picking up other things and then I put it back. I think I will need to bite the bullet too and just suck it up and buy it. haha It's just so good. :)
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    1. It's pricey but it is a very nice product :) xx

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  24. My heart breaks for the shattered NARS bottle, but glad you were able to pick up another one! I'm excited to see what ColourPop products you picked up! I'm still on the highlighter bend and have been reaching between my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette, Becca Moonstone, and CT Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette.

    Cindy | www.cindyhyue.com

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  25. I am obsessed with the LM Baked Highlighter - it's so beautiful isn't it?! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  26. Such a lovely array of products Jasmine! I think the NARS foundation has to be one to try this year as everyone has been giving it such great reviews. My Laura Mercier Masterclass palette has been my everyday makeup item for January! :) x

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Billion Dollar Brows 60 Seconds To Beautiful Brows Kit

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  27. I need dolce vita in my life asap!!! Oh wow I love the look of that bronzer, those rare to find but wondeful shades that can be used to warm up and contour are such a great find! The chocolate soleil by too faced in medium-deep works that way for me too ^_^
    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe

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  28. I wish I had that Zoeva blush palette! I should just bite the dust and purchase it!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  29. Ciate Seaside Park is stunning. I'd love to get my hands on it. MUG foiled eyeshadows are also a favourite of mine. They are so incredibly pigmented and smooth. Love them! x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  30. That Laura Mercier highlight is just dreamy, I really adore it! I just have the mini size as well right now, but it's amazing. I'm still waiting on my MUG shadows to come in, it's nice to see that we have some of the same shades!

    brooke | brooke elise

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  31. I've got a very large shopping list now!

    Ellé | www.ellesimpson.co.uk

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  32. Thank you for your comments! :) xx

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  33. Wow!! Great products! I tried my first NARS product at Christmas and am definitely interested in getting more!!

    www.ohsobecky.com

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  34. So many gorgeous products here! That Laura Mercier highlighter looks especially amazing xo

    ohhelloitshannah.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. It must have been devastating when you dropped your Nars foundation, I have yet to invest in their foundation and concealer! xx

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  36. OMG, that blush palette is lovely! I have so many Zoeva products on my wishlist.
    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

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  37. I'm so obsessed with that makeup bag it's just so gorgeous and I'm so tempted to treat myself to it :') The highlighter looks absolutely stunning x

    Darling Jordan || Giveaway

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  38. These are some lovely picks! That Zoeva blush palette looks incredible and I love NARS Dolce Vita anything! :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. The Dolce Vita blush is so pretty too isn't it? :) xx

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  39. Ahhh love the look of that Charlotte Tilbury makeup bag!! Great picks on the products this month - the Stila eyeliner is an absolute holy grail because it's so waterproof and Touche Eclat is brilliant ;) x

    The Girl From the North

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  40. Love the look of everything! Such a sad end to your Nars foundation xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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