January is in the past and 2016 is on a roll! We have exactly 2 months till our wedding day from today and I’m getting more excited by the minute! Our flights are booked, passports for the boys have been sent in and are working on our fitness, especially after that last wedding dress fitting, oui fucking vey!
At the end of the month I always love watching monthly favorite videos on YouTube, usually my wallet doesn’t. Rounding up some of my own favorites that include makeup, food and randomness. Here are my most loved products, favorite people and social media accounts I’ve been loving in the month of January.
Lets start with beauty products! I’ve been trying to use up products in my collection that I’ve forgotten about or are nearing expiration and while doing so I rediscovered my Maybelline Age rewind concealer in the brightening shade. I just finished that baby up and while I’ve repurchased it many times I’m excited to try another concealer I’ve been jonesing for, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. I’ve talked about this many times before but my go to foundation for these past few months has been the Too Faced Born This Way foundation. I did an entire post on it here if you care to read and I can say that 99% of the time if I post a selfie on Instagram and my face is looking flawless it’s because of that baby! It’s worth the money, no drugstore foundation has EVER made me look as fabulous as I feel when I have that base on!
With the winter months in Michigan my skin is dryer then normal so using my face makeup brushes doesn’t work well for me. To get the most out of my makeup I use my real techniques beauty blender. It’s a fraction of the price of the real beauty blender and works just as well! Speaking of dry skin, my beloved Nivea moisturizer is the last beauty product in the round up. This stuff is in the men’s isle and is THE best moisturizer and foundation primer and crazy affordable. The second listed ingredient is glycerin and in the beauty world that is key. This is the stuff that helps keep your makeup in place, it’s found in primers that can cost you a pretty penny but this stuff is found in any drugstore. I promise you won’t smell like a man either!
If you follow me on Snapchat (@eastwillowgrove) you will see me from time to time lathered up with the Mario Badescu drying lotion at night. I never understood the hype from other beauty bloggers but figured with Ulta’s amazing return policy it can’t hurt to try out and if I don’t see results, back to the store it went. Let me tell you something, IT’S AMAZING. I’ve been having some bad breakouts lately all over my chin and it ain’t cute. What is cute though is that I can plop that stuff onto my face and within two days there’s no sign of those pesky little fellas anywhere in sight!
With the wedding coming up I haven’t changed my hair much, just brightened it up thanks to Jamie but have kept the length where it’s at. I have a look I’m going for so I don’t want to be all crazy like I was before our pre-ception and chop 7 inches off. I always talk about my NUME wands and how amazing there are, and I still love them but I’ve been dabbling in the realm of curling my hair with my NUME straightener lately! I’ve owned many straighteners before, anywhere from a Target brand to an expensive Chi and my NUME straightener is still the best I’ve had. You can usually score them for 70% off most days. I have a video that will be up next week on how I use my straightener to curl/wave my hair because it’s become my favorite this past month! The silhouette straightener that I use is on sale till 2/29 for $38 with the code LOOKIE at checkout.
My favorite piece of clothing this month is hands down my olive green sweatshirt I snagged at Forever 21 a few months back. I like to call it a fashion sweatshirt though since it’s not a grungy, do housework type of sweatshirt that you bum around in. If you watched my Capsule Wardrobe video you would have seen it in there. I love to throw a big statement necklace on with a bright lip and rock it out on Friday’s, it’s pretty much my go to. Speaking of capsule wardrobe it’s been one month and I’m still very happy with the pieces I picked.
Moving on to the randomness! With the wedding approaching I’ve been trying to eat much better and get to the gym more every week. A big downfall of mine is snacking. I love snacks, I love candy, I love chips, I love food. When 2 pm rolls around at work I get antsy, I’m ready to leave work but more so I’m ready for a snack! My go to lately is the Skinny Girl popcorn in sea salt and lime with a cup of Trader Joes vanilla and cinnamon black tea.
The other week I told you how I was obsessed with Casey Neistat’s vlogs but there are tonsss of other YouTubers and bloggers that I follow and love just as much. I love discovering new creators online whether on YouTube, Instagram or a new blog. Lately I’ve been binge watching Jenn from Clothes Encounters, I love the way she films, her style and her overall chillness. A blog and Instagram I can’t stop reading is True Lane. The blogger behind True Lane is Chelsea, and I don’t just love her for her name, I love her clothing style the most, her coffee posts on Snap and her overall aesthetic on Instagram.
There are two shows I’ve really enjoyed watching this past month and that is the Chelsea Does series on Netflix and Parenthood! Chelsea Does puts a funny spin on topics often hard to talk about, I really hope that more episodes come out soon! I recently started watching Parenthood while I do cardio at the gym. Since I upped my running to 45 minutes a day watching a show helps me power through it! It’s almost like watching Gilmore Girls
I think that about sums it up for favorites from this past month, a little bit of this, a little bit of that!