January Beauty Favorites
Is it just me, or did January fly by? I had some fun using a VISA gift card for some post-Christmas gifts to myself, many of which are documented below. Let me know- what were your favorite hair and beauty products of January?
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
Confession: I only recently started using fast masks within the past few months. I have relatively good skin, so I just never found the need to. However, after trying this Queen Helene masque, I have become a weekly user. Not only does it smell minty-delicious, but my skin feels instantly tighter and softer after removing it. The price tag is amazing, too, so I highly recommend trying it out. Be careful- it goes on green, so you may just scare your boyfriend/cat when you walk into the room.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat
A cult-favorite in the beauty world, this Seche Vite top coat promises to dry quickly while preserving chips. I’ve only used it once so far (I’ve been slacking on my manicures lately), but you can already call me impressed.
Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up!
Although I’m a huge fan of Benefit Hi Beam, I thought I’d give out this warmer, golden-toned highlighter a try. I think it works better when your skin is a little tan, so I reserve it for days when I wear a darker foundation/bronzer. Apply it above your cheekbones and on browbones for a gorgeous sheen.
e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer
I’ve tried a few different primers meant to hide pores, but this is my favorite affordable option. Although the smell is very chemical-y, the product goes on smoothly and a little goes a long way. I suggest letting it sink in for a few minutes before applying your foundation for best results.
Covergirl TruMagic Mini Skin Perfector
I’m still not quite sure what single thing this product is supposed to do, but I like it anyway. You can use it as a base for makeup or apply over makeup for a mattifying effect. On days when I’m in a rush, I use the compact and puff as a primer all over my face.
Hot Tools 2″ CeramicTi® Tourmaline Spring Iron
I know, I know- this barrel looks huge. It sort of is. I bought this 2″ curling iron to produce loose, bouncy waves. This curling iron is great for curling your ends in or out or adding volume to layered hair. The curls don’t hold as well or looked as defined as if you used a 1″ iron, but that’s the entire point. I plan on doing a little tutorial sometime in the future.
I love the masque i use it weekly and seche vite is the bomb.
A mini version of the Watt’s Up was part of my free birthday gift from Sephora in December and I am OBSESSED.
I had friends that were obsessed with that face mask but I don’t think I’ve ever tried it. I’m not even sure why!
I keep wanting to try that Queen Helene face mask. Good product and total price performer? Sign me up!
Seche Vite = amazingness!! I use it every time i paint my nails and every time they dry in a minute or less!
I used to use a 2″ barrel all the time when I had longer hair, it makes hair so bouncy and voluminous!
I need to get that top coat! I’m all about the quick dry!
my friend & i (and her bf, lol) did that mint julep mask and it was amazing! it looks terrifying but our skin felt super soft afterwards.
My boyfriends mom swears by that polish! She gave me some and it is so great!
Seche Vite is the absolute BEST!!! xo, Julie
I wrote down a bunch of these to pick up on my next Target run!
I need a curling iron like that! I rarely curl my hair, but when I do it’s a pain because my curling iron and wand are both only an inch and it takes forever! Definitely can’t wait to see a tutorial!
I’ve been wanting to try this Benefit Watt’s Up! Sounds great, although I’m really really fair skinned right now, so maybe I’ll wait until summer to purchase it! Great post Rachel! 🙂
i love the watts app highlighter too – i am pretty pale and don’t find it too dark for me, but maybe it’s the difference in our undertone colors! and i love the seche vite topcoat too – second to my favorite essie ‘good to go’ 🙂
I love this! Finding out what other people use is always so interesting. I’m really wanting to try more e.l.f. products because I hear amazing things about them!
I love that e.l.f. primer! I’ve been using it for a few weeks and I’m such a fan! xx
I have been wanting to buy a face mask to use at home. I will definitely follow your suggestion!
I definitely want to try that Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter!
I definitely want to see a tutorial with that curler!
I love Watt’s Up! It’s so good! And I’m really interested in that curler (although I just got a “trim” by my cousin that ended up being 4 inches, so it’ll be awhile until I can use a barrel that large again – ugh). 🙂
I got a sample of what’s up and love it, when it is gone I might have to buy a full sized one!
That CoverGirl Skin Perfector is such a neat concept. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it- it sounds great!
Oooh, digging the beauty goodies. I need to look into that highlighter- looooove me some Benefit. 🙂
Yesssss. In love with that mask too! Feels all tingly.
Still impressed with the top coat? Do you use a base coat? I’m looking for something better than i currently use.