It’s that time of the month again! Actually, I wanted to get this favorites post up a few days ago and now it’s February, but whatevs. Let’s start chatting about what I considered to be my favorites during January!
January 2020 Favorites
Real Techniques Eye Shade + Blend Set
I haven’t bought any new eyeshadow brushes in a while, but before I quit Ulta, they were having a buy two get one free sale on Real Techniques so I picked up a few things. I don’t buy sets of brushes often, but this has definitely become one of my fast favorites. I feel like you can get such a variety of looks from these two brushes! They deposit color onto the lid really nicely, and they blend really well too. And I believe it was less than $10 so that’s not bad for two good quality brushes!
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Quarters with the Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso
I know I’ve talked about these blushes before as being some of my favorites, but I had to mention them both again this month because I’ve been layering them and now I love them even more. They’re both beautiful on their own, of course, but I love how wonderfully they blend on top of and complement each other. They give my cheeks such a nice, warm look without being muddy or overly sparkly.
Colourpop Loose Pigment in The Crab
My friend Alli recommended this and I’m so glad she did! First of all, because I’m a Cancer (and this is part of their astrology collab with KathleenLights) and second of all, because I’m a sucker for a pale purple shade. I’ve only used this a few times so far, but I feel confident in saying it’s definitely one of my favorites. It’s super pretty as a pop of color in the inner corner of the eye, but it’s also beautiful on the lid as well. I can see this being a really versatile shade, but be aware that it does have a fair amount of fallout since it’s a glittery loose shadow. #worthit
Colourpop Main Squeeze Shadow Palette
I have honestly been obsessed with this palette since I first got it a month or so ago. I knew I’d like it, but I didn’t know I’d love it as much as I have been already. Red eyeshadow formulated or applied incorrectly can make you look super tired and even sick, but I’ve never once had an issue with these red shades. Also, even though they’re super pigmented, I’ve never had problems with the shades staining my eyelid, which oftens happens with pink and red shadows. #winning!
Juvia’s Place The Warrior III Shadow Palette
I don’t really know why I bought this palette in the first place, but I’m really glad I did because now it’s one of my favorites. The color scheme and selection seem really random, but the colors do blend together really beautifully and seamlessly. I haven’t used all the shades yet, but I’ve loved all the ones I have used so far. This palette helps me get out of comfort zone with makeup, which I really appreciate. I definitely want to try more Juvia’s Place palettes in the future!
Zyllion Scalp Massager Brush
This is super random, I know, but it’s legit become one of my favorites so I had to mention it. My scalp gets so dry all year round, but especially in the winter. I’ve tried different types of shampoos and different methods with varying amounts of success, but I’ve had more luck with adding this brush to my routine than anything else. I use the Jason Tea Tree shampoo and then I take this brush and scrub back and forth gently all over my scalp. It exfoliates my scalp without being too harsh since it has silicone bristles. It has a handle on it, so that’s also really nice.
Omg this book. THIS BOOK. It’s so damn good. Honestly. I can’t shut up about it lately, and I’m not sorry. If you run a business or want to, this book should basically be required reading. My friend Chelsea recommended it to me, and I’m so grateful and appreciative of her that she did because I love it so much! There’s so much I’m still learning about (and obviously I’ll always be learning something!) business and entrepreneurship and all of that, and this book laid out such a simple yet monumental way to look at your business’ finances in a way that’s understandable and also easy to implement without dumbing anything down. I really don’t know how to describe this book and fully give it justice, so please just check it out because it honestly has been lifechanging for me.
Podcast: 5 Minute Marketing with Brian Moran
My friend Hannah recommended this to me (man, my friends have really been killing it lately with the recommendations), and it has quickly become one of my favorites when it comes to podcasts in general, let alone business specific ones. While the episodes aren’t five minutes like that name suggests, they’re mostly under 20 or 30 minutes and completely packed with really helpful and useful information about marketing, business, selling, social media, email lists, etc. Brian talks about a wide variety of things, but they all come back to what’s going to help you in your business most. Even if you’re not an entrepreneur, I’d still highly recommend this podcast because you might learn a lot about the state of marketing and digital communications.
TV Show: The Circle
I remember having no interest in this show when it first came out (which, admittedly, wasn’t that long ago), but I had finally gotten caught up on Grace & Frankie (and I need new episodes of that ASAP, k thnx) and I wanted to watch another fun show. This reminded me a lot of Love Island but instead of being on an island (that’s not really an island anyway), everyone stays in their own apartments by themselves and communicates with the other Players on a voice-activated social network. It was super interesting to watch everything unfold, and I can say that I’m sad that it’s over but very happy with who won! If you’re looking for a fun, quick show to watch that’s a little quirky but not as vapid as The Bachelor, check this one out.