Hello folks and welcome to my January Favourites! Hope you are having a good start to the year, and if you’re aren’t, I hope things soon improve. Nearly Spring! I personally can’t bloody wait. I live for March… it’s my favourite month, the one where I feel like it’s actually the beginning of the year! Who decided to put New Year in the middle of Winter? (Yes, apparently I think I have a better alternative to the Gregorian Calendar.)
Anyway, here we are in January! My favourites post for this month is way different to a lot of my previous ones. I’ve totally been sticking to well-loved skin care, so very few new products, and I have only bought one, yes JUST ONE item of makeup this year so far! This is such an achievement for me, so I’ve decided that unless it is something essential I run out of, like mascara or concealer, I’m going to try not to buy any new makeup, because I have loads of gorgeous colour cosmetics that I wanna actually play more with and use up!
So, shall we have a look at what’s new to me that I HAVE been loving this month then? 🇻 denotes vegan products btw.
Yes, I have been LOVING these moisturising eye drops! They are the most natural ones I could find and both cruelty free and vegan friendly. My eyes were playing havoc with me, watering in the cold wind, and then when I’d get in to work under the lights and with the heating systems, they would dry right out and get red and irritated at the sides. The fab staff at Holland & Barrett recommended these and I can honestly say they have saved my peepers from dryness and excessive watering, restoring moisture, balance and comfort. Highly recommended if you struggle with winter eyes too. (Don’t be scared of the firework looking packaging now!)
Another practical purchase here, I went into my local little Holland & Barrett when I ran out of my trusty sensitive aloe toothpaste and I saw lots of new charcoal ‘toothpastey’ type situations. This one looked to have reasonable ingredients (most importantly no irritating SLS, which I cannot abide in ANY product). I was a bit apprehensive that being a whitening toothpaste it might not keep my tooth sensitivity at bay, but it is working brilliantly for me as an all round toothpaste, and also fabulous at naturally whitening with the charcoal. I had to close my eyes whilst brushing for the first few times, as I could not bring myself to put the black gel in my mouth, but now it’s fine. I’m converted and I love it.
OK so here’s the one item of makeup I bought, and am loving! I dropped my previous beloved Zao lilac pink blush and it crumbled all over the carpet. It was a refill pan in a Z palette, so I decided to get a proper compact blush. This one is the perfect raspberry pink, with the added bonus of a pretty, yet universally flattering sheeny highlighter! Both halves make for a gorgeous look, the blush is pigmented as, yet glides on lovely and blends like a dream for the perfect pop of colour. The highlight is just enough, but not too much, and most importantly has no chunkiness and does not emphasise texture! Ideal for on the go and touch ups, this product also comes in a cream formula, and there are additional shades (a nude bronzey one and a peachy number, both in pressed or cream formulas). I’m obsessed with this, I love a good blush. Thank you to Ashley, The Green Bunny, for the rec.
I had really been wanting to try this serum for a good while, having had good luck with many of Evolve’s other products. So I finally got hold of this sample size, which is 10ml for £12. One pump is all you need and I like to pop this on after my toner (my very beloved Evolve Daily Defence Moisture Mist*) then let it sink in before applying any other product such as moisturiser, SPF, makeup. It’s really simply formulated, but so effective in plumping and retaining hydration. I’ve not felt much benefit with other serums I have tried, but I definitely think that this one is worth that extra step in my skin care. I highly recommend and will definitely be getting the full size (30ml for £30).
Lots of people in the beauty communities at the moment seem to be talking about eyebrow and eyelash serums. I’ve looked into natural, vegan and cruelty free ones myself but they’re flipping expensive and I’m not willing to risk that kind of money on a product I might not like. I’m lucky to have pretty decent brows and my lashes are fairly long. I have noticed some thinning as I’m getting older and after my work’s Christmas do, I managed to rip the outer third of my eyelashes off removing falsies! I decided to go for the old tried and trusted lash and brow remedy – Castor Oil. It is, after all, a main ingredient of many of these fancy lash products, but this 100ml bottle cost me only £3.99! And it’s organic and will last me ages. So I have been using this almost every night and am already noticing a difference. My individual lashes feel thicker and are growing back, and the sparser areas in my brows, including one little bald patch, are looking fuller already and that’s only after a couple of weeks. Castor oil itself is quite a thick, sticky and ‘fatty’ feeling oil, so I like to run it through my brows and lashes with an old (but clean) mascara wand, and then let it sink in before going to bed, just so it doesn’t feel sticky around my eyes.
Two products that we do not necessarily think of when it comes to switching to cruelty free or vegan, are things like shaving and dental care. I previously had a very, very old Oral B Braun Electric Toothbrush, that didn’t hold a charge well anymore. I had stocked up on brush heads before going cruelty free, but as I know Oral B is not cruelty free, I was looking to replace this once I had used the brush heads up (the brush heads are not tested on animals but all their toothpastes etc are, and I do not want to support that). So I replaced it with this Superdrug one, as Superdrug is Leaping Bunny certified and all their own ranges are cruelty free. It’s just as effective as the Oral B Braun one, and much cheaper, what’s more the brush heads are cheaper too. If you own a Oral B Braun toothbrush and you don’t need to replace the handle, Superdrug’s own brand brush replacements fit the Braun handle (and they do brushes that fit the Phillips ultrasonic too). Same thing with the razor, I did not want to support a mainstream razor brand, who test their shave gels etc on animals, by buying their blades. So I picked up this cruelty free Superdrug one, and it’s honestly good as any other branded one, the replacement blades are cheaper, and the moisture strips on the blades are cruelty free and vegan. So these are definitely new faves!
This gorgeous diffuser was a Christmas present from my brother and sister-in-law to my husband and I. We had been wanting one for so long! We’re absolutely loving it and using all of our favourite essential oils. This one lights up and colour changes, you can pause it on one shade or turn the light function off. Plus it switches off automatically when all the liquid is diffused, so it’s really safe to use. It’s made from sustainable bamboo and glass with only a small plastic inner section (a lot of diffusers are made from plastic only). Yes, you can get cheaper diffusers, but this one is really high quality, well made, and totally discreetly beautiful. We are producing much less waste too because we are not going through as many scented candles or incense sticks, and it’s cleaner in the air too. I really want to get the Kharis Diffuser * for my bedroom!
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