Five Favorites: January 2016

January Five

Happy Year of the Monkey / 新年快乐! Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t be happier that January is over. Have you ever felt like instead of riding on top the wave of life, you’re getting pummeled by tides? That’s what happened to me in January. While everyone was talking about “starting fresh” and “stepping into 2016 on the right foot,” I was just trying to stay afloat! So, I’ve decided to celebrate Chinese New Year instead – better to start late than never, right? Anyway, all bad analogies aside, here are the five things I most enjoyed last month:

  • Red, White & Blue Jacquard Scarf from Zara (on eBay here, similar here): I bought this gorgeous scarf on a complete whim in Zara two summers ago (it’s worth noting that I am completely powerless against a beautiful scarf), and then never wore it. I loved looking at it in my closet, but I never reached for it. That all changed this month when I decided that this scarf went with everything and wore it 10 out of the 31 days in the month. I’m also wearing it as I type this. I’m obsessed.
  • Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque: This mask has been a life saver this month. My skin has turned into a dry, flaky mess in the frigid New York winter, and one application of this a week sincerely helps. Plus, it smells lovely and feels so nice on the skin.
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Powder Foundation: Due to the dry skin issue, liquid foundation has just been awful on my skin – it sits on top, emphasizes dry patches, etc., so instead, I’ve just been swiping on this super smooth powder foundation in the morning. If you’re in the market for a powder foundation, I’d highly recommend this one. I have the shade “Light Neutral,” but there is a wide range to choose from.
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara: I’ve written about this mascara before. I love the long, thin wand, and it gives easy, natural length in one coat. What more can you ask for in a mascara?
  • theBalm’s Mr. Write Now Eyeliner in Bordeaux: I actually got this in an Ipsy bag, and I wasn’t excited about it at all initially, but I used it the next morning because it was the nearest eyeliner to my hand when I was in a rush in the morning, and wow, did this exceed expectations! Bordeaux is a gorgeous deep brown/purple, and it stays on all day without smudging. Win.

How is everyone this month?

xx, M


  • Hmmm, I might check out that UD foundation now, thanks!

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