2 February 2014

The End of #NoBuyJanuary + January Favorites

#NoBuyJanuary is officially over and I'd say it went exceptionally well.  I stuck to it and didn't buy anything beauty related for the entire month and the fact that it didn't end up being all that difficult, leaves me feeling pretty good about my spending habits.  I always strive for conscious spending, so I guess not spending anything at all is just an extension of that.  

Along those same lines, I want to talk about a few products that stood out as favorites while "shopping my stash" this past month...



Amala Brightening Toning Essence*
I did a full review of this toner back in November, and even though I liked it, in true beauty blogger fashion, I moved onto other things shortly after that.  So, what's so great about this product?  It completely lives up to its claims and brightens like nothing else I've tried.  However, keep in mind that it isn't something that makes your skin instantly look brighter or more luminous.  Instead, it brightens by improving skin tone and evenness over a period of time.  Since I last pulled it out, I've had a couple blemishes that left behind those charming dark spots and once I reincorporated Amala's toner into my routine, I could see a difference within about a week (of morning and night use.)  They still aren't 100% gone, but I'm confident that the toner is helping them fade. 

Nourish Organic Purely Unscented Body Butter
These body butters are the perfect consistency!  They're solid (though not overly hard) in the pot, but as soon as they touch your skin, they transform into a creamy butter.  I especially love slathering this rich, unscented butter all over my hands and feet.  It's been working wonders at keeping them soft and hydrated through all the cold weather we've been having.

Devita Moisture Tint in Light
I purchased this sample from White Rabbit Beauty and I really like it.  It's a tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 and very minimal, light coverage, but it just about evens out the skin and leaves you looking incredibly glowy and healthy.  My favorite way to wear it has been with a light dusting of Honeybee Gardens' powder on top.  The powder adds a bit more coverage and takes down the dewiness of the moisturizer just slightly, to a point where I'm more comfortable with it.  Together, these make the perfect pair to counteract dull winter skin.  The color I've been using, Light, leans pretty golden/yellow, but the coverage is so sheer that it blends into my skin just fine.  

Homemade Lip Balm
The pink pot in the middle of the photo is a tinted lip balm I made a while back.  I don't remember the exact recipe, but I know I used a base of coconut oil and beeswax and colored it using a mineral blush sample.  It's really soft and lovely on the lips and pulling it out again this month has reminded me that I need to get back into the habit of making my own lip balms.

Vapour Organic Illusionist Concealer in 010*
This is another rediscovered favorite.  010 is a fantastic color match for me and while I've always loved it for under the eyes, I've just recently started using it for more spot concealing.  I apply it straight from the tube and just blend it out with a finger, so application is a breeze, and as long as I set it with some kind of a powder, it lasts all day.  I've also sheered the concealer out and used it as an all over light foundation (à la RMS Un Cover-up) and it works well that way too!

What products did you love in January?




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14 comments:

  1. Well done for finishing #NoBuyJanuary. Vapour cosmetics seem to be very highly recommended x

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    1. Thanks! I really like Vapour, they're a great company :)

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  2. Love that you made your own tinted lip balm! x

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    1. Thanks! I love doing little DIY projects like that :)

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  3. Love your picks! Congrats on finishing NoBuyJanuary, I wish I could have done just as well! I've been curious about the Amala Brightening Toner, glad it works for you. Going to read your review on it :)
    -Kasey from pleinvanity.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm super impressed with how visible the results from the toner are :)

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  4. Great selection of products, I've wanted to try the Vapour concealer for a while now, think this might have just twisted my arm to try it :)

    www.fernandmoss.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I think you'd really like the concealer :)

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  5. Congrats on finishing 'no buy January'. How long does it take you to finish up the product hun?

    Please do check my blog too at www.walkoverthemountain.blogspot.com ;)

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    1. Thanks! It depends what it is, but other than things like body wash and lotion, it generally takes me a while to finish anything up completely :)

      Off to check out your blog now!

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  6. Yay for completing #nobuyjanuary! I should really try out brightening toners some time - I'm currently using Thayer's for some added moisture for my winter skin.

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    1. Thanks! I think you'd enjoy the Amala toner. It has the brightening effect, but is also quite hydrating at the same time :)

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  7. Well done for completing it! :) The lip balm sounds lovely, would you do any DIY tutorials? :) x

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    1. Thanks! Definitely! Next time I make some, I'll have to snap some photos and do a write up :)

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