Monthly Favourites | January

January Favourites 2014, Monthly Beauty Favourites, Beauty Blogger Favourites

Hey everyone! I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend so far? I can't believe we're already over a week into the month of February - where is time going? It only feels like five minutes ago it was Christmas. However, I can't say I'm complaining as January is never a particularly fun month and I'm looking forward to a few things in February so I'm welcoming it with open arms. One good thing that did come from January was getting to try lots of new beauty goodies - a mixture of things I received for Christmas and a few things I was very kindly sent. I feel like I've tried a lot of products that have impressed me lately so I was very excited to look through all the new bits I've been trying and pick my favourites for this post. It was a pretty tough choice but I managed to narrow it down to eight products that have really stood out to me throughout January and have become an essential part of my beauty routine. There's a mixture of hair, skincare, makeup and even a fragrance so keep reading to find out more ...

Herbal Essences Bee Strong Conditioner

Herbal Essances 'Bee Strong' Conditioner | Link
If you read my blog regularly, I'm sure you've heard me mention that my hair gets really tanged after washing it and no conditioners, not even high-end ones, can tame it. However, after Nicole Scherzingers pretty face tempted me to try the Herbal Essances 'Bee Strong' conditioner, I can now confirm that I've found one that actually detangles my hair and leaves it silky soft. The Honey & Apricot extracts also make my hair smell utterly amazing and the price just can't be beaten either. For a whopping 400ml bottle, this conditioner costs less than £4. I think I'm going to buy the whole range next time to see how everything works together - the intensive mask in particular has me intrigued! 

Benefit Porefessional Shine-vanishing PRO Powder

Benefit Porefessional Shine Vanishing Pro Powder* | Link
Before Christmas, Benefit released a loose powder to accompany their bestselling Porefessional primer (which I'll be talking about next) and I've really enjoyed using it ever since. At first I thought it would just be a bog standard loose powder in fancy packaging but I was totally wrong and this is definitely one of the best, if not the absolute best powder I've ever tried. As someone with an oily t-zone, its really important for me to set my foundation with a powder to reduce the chance of looking like an oil slick halfway through the day (nice thought for you all there). With this help of this powder, my face stays shine free for the majority of the day and it also blurs imperfections and creates a smooth, shine-free flawless finish. I wrote a full review on it here if you want to know more. The only downside of this one for me is the steep price tag!

Benefit Porefessional Primer

Benefit Porefessional Primer | Link
Continuing with the Benefit Porefessional theme, another product I've been loving lately is Benefit's original Porefessional primer. My lovely other half bought me this as a Christmas present and I've been loving using it beneath my foundation ever since. I'd read lots of good reviews about this and its totally lived up to them - it smooths the texture of my skin, reduces  the appearance of pores and imperfections and just generally makes my makeup look better. I'm not sure if it helps my makeup last longer than it normally would but that's not the reason I wanted to try it anyway. I mainly wanted it for its smoothing and 'pore-blurring' effect and it does that brilliantly! I'll post a full review on this soon.

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream* | Link
I've grown really fond of L'Occitane products recently after being sent some of their hand creams to try and also receiving a skincare gift set from my dad for Christmas. I think all of their products are exceptionally luxurious and really high quality so although they're pricey, you get what you pay for. I never used to get the hype surrounding hand creams but recently, I've become utterly obsessed with them and rarely leave the house without one stashed in my handbag. This Cherry Blosson hand cream from L'Occitane has been at the top of my hand cream list recently as the non-sticky formula is perfect when I'm in a rush and the Cherry scent is just incredible. I can't stop slathering it all over my hands and I'm definitely going to repurchase when it runs out - the 30ml tube is perfect handbag size!

Origins Gin Zing Moisturiser Monthly Favourites

Origins Gin Zing Moisturiser | Link
I'm planning on posting my full review of this product within the next few days so I won't say too much about it other than its been my day time moisturiser of choice ever since I received it as a gift for Christmas. Its light, oil-free, brightening and refreshing on my skin and I can't get enough of it. I love the bright orange packaging too and just to top it off, it smells like fresh oranges! Divine!

Jimmy Choo Flash London Club Perfume

Jimmy Choo Flash London Club Perfume* | Link (on sale at Debenhams)
This new fragrance from Jimmy Choo has been my go-to scent this month and every time I spot the beautifully designed bottle on my dressing table, I have to give myself a spritz with me. Its such a lovely fragrance and really versatile too - it has a mix of musky and citrus scents so its a good all rounder and can be worn day or night. I always feel very sophisticated wearing it and the scent lasts for a long time too. I wrote a post all about it here if you fancy having a read!

Rimmel 'As you like Victoria' Moisture Renew Lipstick

Rimmel 'As You Want Victoria' Moisturise Renew Lipstick | Link (on sale at ASOS)
If you read my blog regularly, you'll probably know that I'm pretty obsessed with wearing berry pink shades on my lips. I find its the perfect shade for my complexion and every time I'm wearing it, I feel ten times more confident! The latest lipstick to be added to my berry pink line up is this Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in the shade 'As you want Victoria'. Again, I got this as a Christmas present and I was so excited to give it a try as I'd heard nothing but good things about the moisture renew range. All of the good things I'd heard were completely true as this is a stunning lipstick. Intensely pigmented, moisturising and glossy - its perfect! I'll post a full review of this beauty with more photos and swatches soon!

MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish | Link
I recently wrote a full review on this product so I'm not going to repeat myself  as you can find out why I love it so much here but to summarise, its the perfect highlighter for creating that dewy healthy look. I apply it to my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose and a light dusting on my forehead every day and it finishes my makeup off perfectly. Its definitely one of my makeup bag staples and something everyone needs to try!

January Favourites 2014, Monthly Favourites 2014, Beauty Blogger Favourites
Which products have you been loving lately? Have you tried any of these ones?

Lots of Love,

72 comments

  1. I love these two benefit products I'm eager to try the new pore fessional powder.
    You have a lovely blog and I can clearly see you've put so much time and effort into it :)
    Asia Jade xo
    http://asiajade1996.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Great picks! I love the look of that lipstick - I didn't really like the old Moisture Renew lipsticks though!
    Catherine x
    www.alicatlife.blogspot.com

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  3. Your blog is so stunning!

    josievalerie.blogspot.com

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  4. Love that L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, one of my favorite hand cream out there! Actually, love the enitre cherry blossom line! And would love to try The Pore Professional!

    Anyway, great picks! Have a nice weekend!

    http://jeansandroses.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh no, more news of how amazing the porefessional products are! I just cannot afford them but I want them so badly :( I love the original flash so may have to give the new one a spritz

    Katydesu.blogspot.co.uk

    Katy xx

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  6. Great picks of the month love them all, Have a great weekend

    Anna-Maria | www.topdrawfashion.com

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  7. I never tried anything from Benefit but those products sound amazing! Great picks and happy weekend!

    Greetings from London,

    chrissabella.blogspot.com

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  8. the mac mineralize skinfinish is soo pretty!

    http://ciarapocket.blogspot.ie x

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  9. Great list the jimmy choo bottle is so pretty! I also want to try agent zero it sounds great :)

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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  11. Hi I really love your blog you are brilliant at what you do and I love reading all of your blogs. Amazing reviews :) x Richael www.polkandbelle.com

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  12. Mac Mineralize skin finish looks gorgeous! I really love Jimmy Choo flash too!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Kath xo

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  13. Porefessional and Soft and Gentle are lovely products, I'm a big fan of them both!

    I really want to try that Origins moisturiser too.. when mine runs out I think I might!

    Kimberley // Kimberley's Beauty Blog

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  14. I love the Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks, they're highly pigmented and so glossy! I used to find that Mac and Topshop lipsticks really drying so I've stuck to these now! xx

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  15. Im liking the look of the MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish. You chose some great picks!

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  16. Soft & Gentle is just too pretty, and the Jimmy Choo perfume sounds great! The tiny bottle is so cute, too

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  17. I love that Herbal Essence shampoo. I never used the conditioner yet, but I am so in love with the smell!

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  18. your photography is always so gorgeous! mac soft & gentle is perfect. :3

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  19. Great favourites!!! I love the Rimmel lipstick <3

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  20. The rimmel moisture renew lipsticks are amazing! as is soft and gentle, such a subtle pretty highlighter.
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  21. I love the look of the MSF, it is such a pretty colour! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  22. Great picks especially the Porefessional, I've been loving it too.
    xo

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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  23. Such great pictures! What camera do you use? x

    www.beautiful-in-essence.blogspot.com

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  24. FLASH seems really nice :D

    http://curlyscribbles.blogspot.in/

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  25. I love the Mac Skinfinish! I've been loving using Porefessional and the new Rimmel Matte primer together- it keeps my pores under control and I'm having great shine control!

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  26. I've been using the Herbal Essence Shampoo in this range and I love it! It smells great too. I use the Benefit Porefessional Primer but I don't think its the best primer I've used - my favourite has to be Mac's face visage as it actually lasts all day and is lightweight too :) x

    bittersweet-bhavna.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. I'm using the Bee Strong shampoo and conditioner at the moment and absolutely love them! My hair feels amazing :)

    http://daniellabeautyjunkie.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. Some great favourites there, some of which are on my list of fave products too and some I'll defiantly be trying :)

    Belle x www.partofbellesworld.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle is always a favourite of mine. It's just so incredibly beautiful, especially in photographs for me.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  30. I'm so desperate to try Benefit Porefessional primer, it sounds amazing! x
    Eden from edenroses xx

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  31. I love the Moisture Renew lipstick range! It's the perfect consistency for my lips, because they tend to get dry often because of the weather. Love the colour you've chosen! Very pretty.

    Valérie | scribblesofvalerie.com

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  32. The Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks are my favourite, they're so good! The L'Occitane hand creams are so lovely.
    Alice | Blog | YouTube | xxx

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  33. I LOVE the Rimmel Moisture Renew's, they're so pigmented, last ages and are moisturising! Yay!

    Sharlotte // Sharlotte

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  34. i wana try the origins moisturiser

    http://sarazbeautytonic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. I always joke that my hair turns into dreadlocks after swim practice and showering haha. I really need to try that conditioner as I can barely find conditioners that help!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  36. I've been loving the MAC highlighter too! It was sitting in my drawer for a while unused and in the past month I think Ive used it almost everyday :)

    And the Origins moisturiser is amazing - I'm planning on picking up the Night-A-Mins too, as I sampled it a while back and thought it was just as lovely, just heavier!

    BrodieJay.com

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  37. great favourites!

    http://pomegranateandcoffee.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. Yay! I spy the Jimmy Choo perfume! It's fast become my go-to fragrance at the moment as well!
    I must admit i wasn't blown away by the powder but I must give it another whirl! Really want to try the Origins moisturiser too - look forward to reading about it! xx

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  39. I've heard great things about the Bee Strong range, I think it's going to be the next shampoo and conditioners I try xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

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  40. Ooh that lipstick is gorgeous! x

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  41. Love the Bee Strong range by Herbal Essences it smells loverly!! Looking forward to your review on the origins moisturiser :) xxx

    SparklySJ
    http://sparklysj.blogspot.co.uk/

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  42. I love Soft and Gentle! It's perfect x

    http://katieizzy.blogspot.co.uk/

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  43. I've been using that conditioner and I really love it too!

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  44. Herbal Essences Intensive Masks are very good. I have been the same with conditioner and i absolutely adore the masks. They are amazing. With the added bonus because you only nees a small amount they last you ages!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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  45. I actually JUST got that Herbal Essences conditioner! I'm even more excited to use it now.

    I love the MAC highlighter, I use it every day, sooo pretty.

    That lipstick looks beautiful, I adore the berry pink colour too, and Rimmel do amazing lipsticks.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

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  46. I so want to try the Porefessional products; I've been reading/hearing so many good things about them! Wish my current pennies would stretch to the price of them :( Really love the Jimmy Choo Flash perfume though; I think it's next on my list to buy with my Boots points! Wendy xx
    Scottish Wendy | Wendy's World

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  47. I haven't tried any of these products yet but I really want to try out the Origins Moisturiser and the Benefit Porefetional range. I have been loving the Revlon Highligher and ColourStay concealer.

    P.xx
    GreyWalls

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  48. Gorgeous selection of products Kayleigh - I love those lipsticks too. Your hoots are gorgeous x

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  49. Great post! I haven't tried any of the 8 products yet but after reading your summary, I want to rush to the stores and try them out myself! I've heard quite a lot good reviews about the POREfessional Range from Benefit but somehow I'm still reluctant to give them a try. I think it's because they're a bit pricy.

    Temmy
    http://temmyduong.blogspot.com/

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  50. Great favourites as ever lovely! Loving how people are getting back into Herbal Essences as it's so affordable! Also loving the Benefit obviously ;) xxx

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  51. I tried the 'As you want Victoria' Lipstick a while ago and fell in love with it. The Urban Purple nail varnish is an exact match so you can match nails/lips

    http://thebeautytearoom.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

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  52. I love the Porefessional line from Benefit. I liked the sound of the Herbal Essences shampoo!

    www.cupcakesandskirts.blogspot.com

    xx

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  53. I love the Bee strong collection! I have always wanted to try the Porefessional but have never convinced myself to spend the money on it...

    Charlotte xxx
    http://charlottesconfashions.blogspot.co.uk

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  54. I really want to try the porefessional powder!

    beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk

    B xx

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  55. I think I may hop on that conditioner train with you, because my hair is a disturbingly tangled mess as well. It's mostly due to the dryness that happens with colored/bleached hair.

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  56. Lovely favourites - the Rimmel 'As You Want Victoria' Moisturise Renew Lipstick is a gorgeous shade
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  57. Soft & Gentle is one of my favourite MAC purchases - it's so beautiful! As You Want Victoria lipstick has been on my wishlist for a while but I never end up picking it up! xx

    kizzyhearts.blogspot.co.uk

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  58. The Herbal Essences conditioner sounds perfect for me! I have the exact same problem when it comes to tangles, no conditioner has every really worked for me. Definitely going to check it out! :) x.

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  59. I've heard so many good things about the Origins GinZing cream, I really want to try it, as well as the Benefit Porefessional Powder. I have an oily T-Zone and I've been on the lookout for a good powder, I absolutely love the original Porefessional, it's one of my faves!

    C x | Gymbags & Gladrags

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  60. Im loving Benefit so much at the moment! I do find though that it takes me a while to love their products? i started off thinking the porefessional was a bit rubbish but the more i've persevered with it, the more ive realised, i really cant live without it! oopsy! its pretty amazing! xx love em

    emtalks.co.uk

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  61. I REALLY want to try the porefessional range! great post :)

    Life’s a highway

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  62. These all sound like great products to try! L'Occitane hand creams are amazing but I've never come across this Cherry Blossom one. I'm curious to try the Benefit powder and Herbal Essences conditioner.

    I've tried Porefessional but it didn't do anything for me. I think I should give it another try as pores can be so unsightly.

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say?

    x

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  63. You ceremony is able and clear. I was afflicted with this adjustment and am analytic beat to ceremony added from you.
    Gold & silver chain by the inch

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  64. Ah great choice with the Benefit's products. I simply love them.
    Antoinette “letterstoa.com

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  65. I love MAC Soft & Gentle so much xx

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  66. New beauty blogger so I'm researching and reaching out for mentors. I love your blog. Our style is similar, from products to writing style. I would really like to get some advice from you. Thanks!
    http://www.brittanygary.blogspot.com

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  67. I really want to get the cherry blossom hand cream, I have the shower gel and it smells divine.
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    staceyshiddenbeauty.wordpress.com

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  68. I really want get MAC's Soft & Gentle, I have only heard great things about it! I also really want to try the Origins moisturiser. They all sound like good choices though :)

    Paula at Beauty Lover xx

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  69. Nice products !
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  70. Nice products !
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