January Gems

It may be the month of cold weather, darkness and feeling the pinch but January also represents a new start and although I’m not one for resolutions, it’s a great time to try out new products. (Any excuse) I was lucky enough to have a bit of Christmas money to spend so I treated myself to some beauty pick me ups to help get me through this grim time of year.


There’s been such a buzz about Glossier products now being shipped to the UK that I had to see what all the fuss was about. As someone who always has dry lips no matter what time of year it is, I decided to try the balm dotcom and I picked the birthday flavour because it sounded tasty! I’m yet to try any other Glossier products but this beauty of a balm certainly lives up to the hype. The smell, like vanilla cake is actually addictive, I love the smooth texture, the subtle glittery finish and it relieves my dry lips. The taste is reminiscent of lip balms from the 90s that I used as a child and young teenager and anything that gets my nostalgic juices flowing is a yes from me. If you try anything from Glossier I would definitely recommend this. I need to try the cherry one next…


Now I’m in my early 30s I need to wear foundation more often to smooth things out a bit and make my skin look insta-ready. I’ve tried the Chanel foundation samples that you get in the glossy magazines and every time I’d get compliments on my skin, so I took the plunge and bought a bottle of Vitalumiere. I’ve only used it once so far as I don’t get out much in January but I was pretty pleased with the result. I would say the coverage is on the lighter side of medium but you can build it up to cover a multitude of sins. I love the fresh smell and it does make me look more glowing than usual. Keep an eye on my instagram when I post any selfies or weekend outfit pics as I’m sure to be wearing it then


Urban Decay are my favourite brand for all things eyeshadow related and their eye primers are no exception. I went for the anti-aging option in the hope that it will help keep my eyelids as youthful as possible (I can only hope) and make my eyeshadow pop. I’m definitely an eyeshadow person, if that’s even a thing and I love putting a transition shade in my crease and wearing different shades on the rest of my eye. This primer does make the pigment more vivid and also makes the shadow last longer. I’m getting used to the wand applicator as the only other time I used this product was from a sample that I got with one of the Naked palettes. I do love a sample


Most of us can only dream of being a Victoria’s Secret angel, but we can have the next best thing (almost) by wearing a VS fragrance. My teenage love of body spray has been revived recently and there are some decent scents available in their range of body mists. Two of my favourites are Bombshell and Pure Seduction which are great for every day. Pure Seduction has quite a summery vibe with notes of plum and smells exotic but without the use of coconut traditionally associated with summery scents. Bombshell has a hint of musk and is quite fruity and fresh. They’re both great for freshening up and to spritz when you want a bit of a mood lift.

We are heading towards the end of January and hopefully the start of slightly warmer weather and lighter nights but if you need a pick me up, I’d recommend all of these products to beat the January blues.

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