Well I know it sounds bleak, but I am glad that January’s over. It’s been a really tough couple of months, and I hope that February is going to give me a whole new burst of energy and motivation to get on and make stuff happen. Although January was generally a bit rough, there were the odd few things that managed to make me happy, so I’m writing about them!
Meridian Almond Butter
I’m loving nut butters in general right now (I’ll probably write a post about it!) but in particular the Meridian Almond Butter. It’s literally 99.5% almonds and 0.5% sea salt and that’s it. And it tastes amazing. I like to have it on unsalted rice cakes and it is such a tasty, healthy snack, particularly for when I’m craving something sweet. If you like peanut butter, chances are you’ll love this too!
Sticking with the subject of nuts (well that sounds weird), I just have to go on about how amazing pistachios are. Lidl is just wonderful and has these box things filled with various nuts, and you can just serve yourself however much you want, so I go to town on the roasted-salted pistachios. I eat them as a snack, especially if I’m feeling actually hungry when it’s too early/late for a meal, and just a small handful will fill me up for a good while.
Rimmel Accelerator Endless Mascara
I bought this a couple of months ago (in fact, I think I got it free when I spent however much on other Rimmel products), and have only started to use it regularly in the last few weeks. I’d read some mixed reviews about it so wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really like it! I’d been using mainly waterproof mascaras as I would find that, with my oily skin, after a few hours regular mascaras would have left some lovely black smudges under my eyebrows, above my eyelids! Not a great look. But even though this mascara isn’t waterproof, the formula is such that it lasts much longer before this happens, yet is still really easy to remove at night. It goes onto my lashes really easily (you know how some mascaras just don’t seem to want to apply?!), and it thickens and lengthens really well. My lashes always seems to agree with this type of silicon(?) brush, but I know a lot of people prefer the more bristly brushes (great terminology there), so might find it less agreeable, hence the mixed reviews perhaps. Other than the slight difference in the shape of brush, I reckon I’d go as far as to say this could be a dupe for They’re Real mascara by Benefit. The Rimmel brush is narrower and doesn’t have the fab spikey end that the Benefit mascara has, but in terms of formula and applyability (is that a word?!) I reckon they’re pretty close.
My best friend Lucia gave me this as part of my Christmas present and I love it. When used all together, these shades produce a lovely, subtle, pinky shade that – with the high shimmer factor throughout – really brings out the apples of my cheeks. As well as this, each shade can be used separately as an eyeshadow or highlighter which I think is great: 3 uses in 1! Overall, it’s great for these wintry months, as well as when it starts to get warmer when Spring shows up!
The Body Shop Lipstick shade 13
Making up another part of my Christmas gift from the lovely Lucia, this lipstick is just beautiful. I would probably best describe it as the perfect daytime red lipstick. It’s like a browny red colour and once applied it appears actually quite sheer and shiny, but the hint of shimmer throughout gives it that little something extra. Perfect if you want to brighten up a simple daytime look, but also good for a laid back going-out look. (It only says shade 13 on the bottom, and I can’t seem to find it on the website so maybe it’s been discontinued.)
Herbal Essences Naked Shine Shampoo
Now I’m pretty fussy with shampoo, and have to say that the last Herbal Essences shampoo I tried (the limited edition Herbally Ever After shampoo) left my hair heavy, dull and getting greasy very quickly. However, the Naked Shine couldn’t be more different. It leaves my hair exceptionally clean-feeling, really light, shiny and – most importantly for me, as I only wash my hair every 2-3 days – it doesn’t get greasy quickly after use. It has a light minty fragrance, which I personally think could be a little stronger to compete with the other incredible Herbal Essences scents, but perhaps it’s all part of the feeling ‘naked’ idea. I do have the conditioner as well, and it’s fine, but nothing for me to rave about. If you have very fine hair, I reckon it would be really good for you as it’s so light, but with my long, thick, often frizzy hair, I think I’m going to keep shopping around for a conditioner that my hair really loves.
And those are my January favourites! What are yours? Let me know if you have a post on your favourites too: I love reading them.