One month of the year down, and that means one whole month of new favorites. Check out my top picks for the month of January and hang in there, spring isn’t too far off.
KORRES Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream
After hearing enormous praise for this moisturizer I decided I needed to give in, head to Sephora and see what all the hype was about. I’m sure glad I did. After months of using mediocre moisturizer on my face, the difference was instantly visible. This formula is designed to brighten up the face and gradually fade any imperfections over time. I have terrible post-acne marks so I’m constantly looking out for products to help brighten my skin. Yes this product isn’t a cheap as some of the drugstore formulas you can buy, but when dealing with something as important as your skin, you want to spend the extra dollar or two. It is completely non-greasy and dries rather quickly. There is no build up and it makes your face noticeably softer after just one use. When I’m finished with my jar, this product will definitely be on my re-purchase list.
Laura Mercier Pressed Mineral Powder
I am a slave to Bare Minerals. Honestly. With annoying skin like mine, Bare Minerals is the only foundation that has ever been able to give me the look I want while covering up my imperfections… or so I thought. That was until I stumbled upon a similar product, Laura Mercier’s Pressed Mineral Powder. This powder can be worn alone as foundation or used as a finishing touch to an already applied foundation or concealer. The compact comes with an easy to use make-up sponge for application or you could just use a brush. The shade “real sand” matched my painfully pale skin perfectly and I was shocked to see that it actually gave me better coverage than the once holy Bare Minerals. This is a switch I was glad to make.
Natural Instincts Shine Happy
For someone who dyes their hair as often as me, it can be hard to keep hair looking fresh and sleek between dyes. Often my hair loses its shine or color after a few weeks and can fade to a brassy, unwanted color. I came across this product by Natural Instincts at my local CVS. It is a clear gloss that you apply to your hair as you would with hair dye except: this time there is no color being deposited. It is a plain, shine treatment to liven up the dull fade of a past dye creating a beautiful, natural looking shine to your hair.
The Rural Alberta Advantage
My best friend knows every band out there, I swear. Even better, she always knows exactly what songs and musicians I would like. When she blasted The Rural Alberta Advantage in her car for me on one of our long drives this winter break all I could think was “You did it again”. The Rural Alberta Advantage is a Canadian group that describes themselves as “a band that plays indie-rock songs about hometowns and heartbreak”. They definitely have that real “hometown”, sitting around a fire kind of vibe for sure. They play perfectly crafted folk songs that will have you humming all day long. Check out my favorite here:
Maybe it is something about winter that has got me listening to slow, emotional songs rather than my usual upbeat explosion songs. Whatever it is, I’m not complaining. If this season is to blame for my constant listening to Keaton Henson then I hope winter never ends. His songs are raw, powerful, and yet incredibly peaceful at the same time. Keaton Henson is a vision, making something that every artist wants to create every day: an impact.
The Buddha Walks into a Bar…: A Guide to Life for a New Generation by Lodro Rinzler
I was aimlessly strolling through Anthropologie one afternoon when the title of the book caught my attention. As someone who was raised to discover my own beliefs and accept all faiths, I am constantly looking to learn more about all different religions. This book certainly looked interesting to me because it was a more modern-day take on Buddhism. Three pages in and I was already in love. This book is not necessarily about Buddhism itself but rather applying different elements and lessons that Buddhism teaches to our everyday lives. The author is smart, witty and extremely insightful in teaching the audience life lessons in a contemporary style that relates to us all. It’s a great read if you want to learn more about Buddhism or even if you just want to learn how to bring peace to your own life. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, and I mean anyone.
I’m not a huge poetry person. Don’t get me wrong, I think poetry/spoken word is amazing and I think that it takes immense talent to write such beautiful pieces. I just personally don’t know a lot about it. I’m embarrassed to admit that I am so ignorant when it comes to poetry. I definitely would say I need someone to kick start my poetry education. However this month, one of my friends showed me a man named Rudy Francisco and I was instantly hooked. He is really great at what he does and I’m ashamed I’m so late on the jump. The one that really grabbed my attention was Scars/To The New Boyfriend which you can watch here :
Rifle Paper Company
I’ve known about this paper company for a while now but I just recently bought some of my first purchases. The designs are delightfully feminine and adorable. I purchased a set of three small notebooks all decked out in a beautiful floral print. I also purchased a set of thank-you cards with a refreshing, eye-pleasing design. They currently make invitations, stationery, phone cases and much more. I would definitely say they are worth checking out.
Bib and Tuck
Bib and Tuck is this great website where you can literally shop closets around the country…for FREE. Well…sort of. Bib and Tuck uses a point system as their “currency”. Put up some items for sale, gain points. Like their site on Facebook, gain points. There are a number of ways to rack up these virtual “dollars” which you then use to “purchase” clothing from someone’s very own closet. It is a very cool concept, I just wish I had thought of it first.
Until next month,