January is the month of the year when most of us try to be our best selves - go to the gym, start running, meditate, drink 2 litres of water, eat more greens, and quite often stick to our skincare routine. It is a fresh start, a clean slate.
When it comes to beauty products, my approach is quite similar, and I try to keep things as simple as possible, and to use less but better. After all the Christmas parties and the excess and stress of December, I wanted to really look after my skin as best as I could, and the best way for me is to make sure that I cleanse properly twice a day. This can be very harsh on your skin if you use very drying products, and whatever your skin type, a cream cleanser is what your skin will thank you for in this glacial weather. I'd been using Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish, which I love, but it ran out as soon as I came back from Spain at the beginning of the month. I was walking the aisles of Boots and remembered I'd used Soap & Glory's Ultimelt before and how gorgeous it had felt, so I bought it again. I've been using it morning and night, either with a muslin cloth or a flannel. It is packed with oils, it doesn't sting your eyes and feels much more expensive than it is. I can already tell that this time next year I will probably still be using it.
Another step I have been taking is using Sephora's Cleansing Water to take off the last stubborn bits of waterproof mascara. I reviewed it earlier this month if you would like to know what I thought about it in more depth, but the fact it has made it into this very short list of favourites gives you a flavour of my feelings for it.
Finally, after all the reds, dark colours and glitters of December, I have really enjoyed having a lighter colour on my nails this month. The two I have been wearing all January have been Essie Sand Tropez, which is a perfect sophisticated nude (practically identical to Revlon Elegant) and Barry M Prickly Pear. This name bemuses me, as it looks nothing like a prickly pear! Well, you can see in the photo that it is a cross between a pale blue and a soft lavender. I really love Barry M nail polishes - they are affordable, the colour range insane and the quality of their jelly range is outstanding. I can wear them for 4-5 days without chipping at all.
I hope you enjoyed this post, which is my first monthly favourites! It makes me feel very excited, as it marks a whole month since I started this project, and have managed to post consistently bar one week I was very ill. I've hardly had any views, but I had a couple of comments, which was so lovely! Sitting in front of the laptop and planning or writing has been one of my favourite activities this month :)
And talking about planning and writing, I realise this is my third beauty post in a row, so I promise I will have something different this week. I recently got a juicer and am experimenting with different juices, so it may be a recipe!
Have a lovely start to the week and a great February!