i didn’t do a december picks in 2017 in favor of my 2017 discoveries post, but there were a lot of products that i got into at the end of the year. so december and january picks it is! as everyone else in the world has been saying, january was a ridiculously long and grey month, so i’m looking forward to february and just 28 days. happy happy, my dear bohemians!
skincare & haircare //
cetaphil moisturizing cream // my winter standby. it hydrates my skin so intensely and gives me a nice glow. it’s simple, but extremely effective and reliable.mad hippie cleansing cream // i love mad hippie and this cleanser is no exception. i purchased this at whole foods while home for christmas and have been using it ever since. it’s very hydrating but still cleansing, which can be a difficult balance for cleansing creams or more lotion-based cleansers. if you have dry skin and are looking for an eco cleanser, i think you’ll enjoy this!
jordan samuel hydrate 4 oz. // you all know i love this serum, but i had to mention the new 4 oz size. i am so pleased that jordan released this super size product. it’s pricey but actually results in a great amount of savings. and 1 oz for serum is just too easy to get through. r&co cactus shampoo // this seems to be my winter hair product of choice. i have long toted this as giving me my “summer” hair in the winter, and i still stand by that description. texturizing and thickening, but doesn’t leave the hair sticky or clumpy. i’m on my second bottle since my original purchase last winter!
makeup //nars radiant creamy concealer in vanilla // while i was loving the sephora full coverage concealer for half of december and half of january, i’m back to my nars creamy. i don’t know why but this is just my favorite concealer of all time. i usually stray when i feel like the color is oxidizing on me, but it must depend on what i wear underneath because it’s not doing that right now. it’s just perfect for blemishes and lasts all day. i’m sorry i leave you sometimes, my sweet.
bare minerals complexion rescue gel tint in opal // i tried this a really long time ago and hated it, but i wanted to try it out again. and i love it! the shade opal is perfect for my winter skin and it gives me the perfect boost of hydration and glow while the tint remains remaining sheer and perfecting on the skin. i highly recommend this for all “tinted moisturizer is still too much” people like myself.
charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze and glow // this was my birthday splurge and i am so pleased i finally took the plunge. the bronzer is absolutely perfect in that it’s light enough for my winter skin but can be built up when i have more color. it sinks into the skin for an undetectable finish. the highlighter definitely gets less use as i’m not a big highlighter person, but i have been wearing it as an eyeshadow for a bit of something. i knew going into this purchase that i wouldn’t use the highlighter as much, so it really has been perfect for me.
w3ll people mascara // i know it seems like i’m always on the hunt for my next mascara, and i really am. i had a sample size of this mascara so when i felt like a change from my maybelline volume blast, i knew this is where i would go. and i must say i’m extremely impressed. eco mascaras seem to be a tough category to perfect, but this mascara remains natural looking while lengthening and volumizing the lashes. not a ton of volume, but really the perfect amount for me. i’ve even gotten compliments on my lashes while wearing this! when my sample size runs out i do think i will purchase the full size, which is saying something. mineral fusion pressed powder in cool 1 // i know i’ve mentioned this somewhere else, but i purchased this after my alima pure pressed foundation smashed to smitherines. and i love it! it’s quite pricey but easy to find on sale if you do a little digging. the powder itself is extremely finely milled so it never looks powdery on the skin at all. it sets my concealer and t-zone without ever taking away my glow. highly recommend if you are looking for a clean powder with lighter coverage. clarins instant light lip comfort oil in honey // this is the lip product that has been on my lips for the past 2 months straight. it looks like a gloss but feels like a balm. it makes me feel put together while still hydrating and treating my lips. expensive for sure, but i love it! the shade honey is essentially clear, but sort of warms up the lips if that makes sense. the shades are all sheer tints, but they do have some reds and pinks if you are wanting a little bit of color.
shows, coffee, & extras //
lovesick // a great, easy to watch netflix/british series. i am sooo sad that i’ve watched all the episodes and am not so patiently waiting for another season to be released. lovesick is super funny and cute, but with a little touch of seriousness and reality. check it out!
rita // another netflix show that i just happened upon. rita is danish, but i never mind using subtitles. this show is quite different from anything else i watch in that it is about a school and all the issues the teachers deal with. sounds boring but i absolutely adore it. more serious than lovesick, but not in a bad way at all. devotion by patti smith // my sister got me this book for christmas and it’s actually SIGNED BY PATTI. i almost died, as i’m sure you can imagine. i’ve actually already read it twice, the first time within two days of receiving it. it’s quite different from her other works in that it is separated into three parts: the first about her creation of the story, the second being the story itself, and the third being why she writes. it’s a beautiful gem and if you love patti you need to read it. asap.
swell x target coffee thermos // the best thermos i’ve been able to find! i bring coffee with me to school every day and i found my other thermos was cooling down within a few hours. this keeps my coffee hot and delicious and, most importantly, is very easy to clean. they have a ton of colors at target and it’s very reasonably priced compared to swell’s other products and just other coffee thermos that have good reviews. a necessity, if you ask me!
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