January 2016 Beauty Favorites

Monthly favorites: January 2016

The month of January has been pretty uneventful. My two main activities have been as bipolar as the weather: I’ve spent the nicest spring-like days (well above 20° C) soaking up the sun while having long walks in the country, and the freezing ones (below 0° C) curled up on the couch under three or four blankets. Ahhh, the joys of the continental climate… Something that hasn’t changed regardless of the weather is my love for bright lipstick. I’ve worn it in the warmest weather, because, hey, bright lips and bright days just go hand in hand, but I’ve also worn it on the gloomiest days to make up for the overall absence of color. Keep reading to find out which ones I’ve been using and loving the most!

BITE Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick – Palomino

I’ve just reviewed this in my last post, so let’s get it out of the way. I’ll summarize what I said there by quoting myself: ‘this lipstick is pure perfection’. Click here to find out why! 😉

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I got my first complexion sponge last summer, but didn’t really like it for foundation (I much more prefer using my fingers or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush). Turns out I really like it to blend out my under-eye concealer instead. I find it quicker than using my fingers and the end result looks significantly better.

Make Up For Ever Step1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer

I’ve never really been a big face primer wearer, mainly because I didn’t want to add yet another product to my base. This month, though, I got a mini-size of a foundation that wasn’t strictly for oily skin but I still wanted to use, so I thought I’d dig out this MUFE primer to prolong its wear-time on my oily face. I like that it’s silicon-free and contains lactic acid and hyaluronic acid, among other ingredients. It’s not a miraculous product (remember that if you’re oily, no product will ever keep you completely shine-free all day), but I think it’s a good priming option for those who have oily skin but are not big fans of silicony textures.

Burberry Eye Colour Wet & Dry Glow Shadow – 002 Nude

I was super impressed with my first Burberry purchase. The Wet & Dry Glow Shadow in 002 Nude, besides having the prettiest packaging and a fantastic formula, is a very versatile, complex taupy shade. The perfect desk-to-date eyeshadow, if you ask me. You may find my full review with swatches here.

KIKO Matte Muse Lipstick – 05 Haughty Mauve + MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – Oh, Lady

I love these two liquid lipsticks for different reasons: I prefer the formula of the first and the shade of the latter. KIKO’s liquid lipstick (swatched here) is one of those you completely forget you’re even wearing, as, despite being long-lasting, is very comfortable on the lips. Unfortunately, it was limited edition and it’s sold out in most countries, but US gals can still find it here on sale at $2.90!!! I really think KIKO should make these permanent, because in my opinion the formula is really spot on.

The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is even more long-lasting, but slightly less comfortable to wear. Unlike the KIKO one, it dries down immediately, so you have to be extra careful when applying it. That being said, the shade is gorgeous and pretty unique (at least in my collection), so I love it nonetheless! You may read my in-depth review here.

Has your year started off as quietly as mine? Anything exciting in your corner of the planet, both beauty and non-beauty-wise?

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    January 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    That Bite Beauty lipstick is so stunning, I can’t get over it! Love the other things, that MUFE primer only works for me when my skin is at least slightly combination but is amazing! I really need that Burberry Eyeshadow though 🙂 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

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    January 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Amazing post! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Keen On Beauty
    January 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I have the same RT sponge and didn’t like it for foundation either. However, it works good for powder products, the flat side is perfect for that. I should try it for concealers as well and see how it goes, thanks for the idea 🙂 xx

    “Choose a highlighter like a pro” // http://www.keenonbeauty.com

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    H A Parker
    January 30, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Great picks Carol! I remember reading your Burberry eye shadow review and thinking how beautiful it looked. I’d love to go to a counted of theirs and swatch everything properly. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Make Up For Ever primers. I have combination skin, so it sounds like it would be good for me too. I don’t mind the silicone textures actually, but I’d definitely like to try one without it.:)

    http://www.youtube.com/veebzboo – Fashion Haul – ZARA

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    January 30, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I’ve really missed spring-like days, we’ve had enough minus degrees! I wasn’t a fan of the complexion sponge when I first got it, but now I love using it. I still prefer my brush when I am having a quick makeup. They should release Kiko lipstick again, this time I will make sure to pick up one.


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    January 30, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Nothing exciting here in my corner of the world. But a few spring like days and early flowers I noticed on my walks. And a lot of glitter in my January makeup.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    January 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I have that RT sponge and I really like it to apply a very heavy foundation, it helps me stop it from sinking into my pores and looking cakey. I use the flat side and I pat it where I need extra coverage. I’m happy with it this way but it “drinks” a lot of product, I think!
    And I agree with you that Kiko should make their liquid lipstick part of their permanent line. But based on their past decisions about some great formulas that remained limited editions, I don’t have my hopes up…Beaumiroir

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    January 31, 2016 at 1:09 am

    I would looove to get some eyeshadows (and lipsticks) from Burberry especially because I’ve heard all good things about the quality and colors, but it’s not in my budget right now, sadly. However that KIKO liquid lipstick is something I have to get. I think this is one of the few times I’m happy to be in the US since it looks like I might be able to get it for a killer price! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    January 31, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Great picks you have here! I love the Burberry Products too =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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    January 31, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I love all the bold lip colour choices in here! I haven’t tried any burberry eye products but it will be on my wishlist, I’ve felt them in stores and UGH – why they so soft and pretty and expensive?! It’s been mostly cold and rainy on my end here 🙁

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    January 31, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I love the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge and I really want to try the Burberry Eye Colour in Nude. That shade looks so pretty!


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    Shireen L. Platt
    January 31, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I just knew Burberry would make it into this list and for very good reasons too, it’s a stunner. January has been a crazy busy month for me, in between trying to pack and get ready for our trip today and everyone still trying to recover from the nasty cold, there wasn’t enough time in a day.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    Shannon Sage
    January 31, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Great favorites!:) I LOVE the real techniques beauty blender! That thing is a miracle worker haha! I also really want to try some BITE lipsticks! I always see them in Sephora and I really need to just take the plunge and buy one! That shade looks so pretty!:) I also really want to try that MAC liquid lipstick! I hear it’s amazing!:)

    Shannon Sage

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    January 31, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Nothing exciting here in Cyprus, this month has been the same everyday! I am just waiting patiently for spring to arrive and to hit the beach!!! 🙂 haha Great post and nice products, I always enjoy reading your posts!
    Yiota x

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    January 31, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I love Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Really makes it super easy to apply foundation.

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    Kait Elizabeth
    January 31, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    There you go convincing me to get the Burberry eyeshadow!!! Hugs, Kait

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    January 31, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Oh man that Kiko liquid lipstick looks so pretty and perfect for the spring! I wish they sold it in the stores in the US, so I wouldn’t have to worry about shipping, lol. Would love to try them!


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    January 31, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Great post! I’ve been dying to try that Burberry eye color!


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    Danielle Beautyblog
    January 31, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Those lip colours all look gorgeous!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

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    February 1, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Loved reading about your beauty favourites, hun! How would you say the Real Techniques sponge compares to the Beauty Blender? I need to replace mine but don’t quite want to spend all that money on it again, I was wondering whether the RT one is a good dupe – the opinions on it seem quite divided. x x


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      Carol in a
      February 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

      I’ve never tried the Beauty Blender. I was more attracted to the RT one because I thought it would be more versatile, since it has both a pointed end and a flat end. Sorry I can’t be of any help!

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    February 1, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Love make up forever!
    Tobruckave Blog

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    February 1, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I’ve also rediscovered my RT sponge this past month… great post 🙂 xx

    Samantha Series | bloglovin

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    February 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

    great tips – love the MAC cosmetics 🙂
    cape outfit

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    February 1, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I really love the look of the Burberry product. It looks gorgeous! A brand I’m yet to really try.

    Lovely read.

    Laura http://www.shehearts.net xx

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    February 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I tried the Make Up For Ever primer but sadly it does not agree with my skin . I broke out in spots 🙁


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    February 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I tried my best but couldn’t get to love the RT’s sponge. I’ve heard they’ve changed it since I bought mine but the one I have feels too much like a memory foam. It’s a nightmare to wash. I prefer the Beauty Blender 100x. But I also love the Burberry eyeshadows. 🙂 x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK – Eyelash Enhancer GIVEAWAY

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    Ella Pinto
    February 1, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Honestly, all of the brands on this post are perfect and brands I’d definitely go for. I’d most like to try out the Make Up Forever primer and of course, the Burberry. But at the same time, who wouldn’t right? They look absolutely gorgeous.

    Ella x

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    February 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I can’t tell u how bad I want those liquid lipsticks!

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    February 1, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I’m always looking forward to your Favourites post and January did not disappoint 🙂 I love the mixture of products 🙂 BITE Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick sounds amazing – on the look out for it now, let’s see if it’s available in UK 🙂


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    February 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    These products sound amazing! Lovely post .x


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    The Sunday Mode
    February 2, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Some really great picks here, I wish we could get KIKO products where I live! I’d love to try a Burberry shadow one day as well, they look so luxurious.


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    February 2, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Love the berry lipsticks 🙂 -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

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    February 2, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Really like the sound of that Kiko liquid lipstick and what a gorgeous shade too. Oh and that Burberry eyeshadow is just the perfect everyday kind of shade x

    Beauty with charm

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    February 2, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Everything looks great <3 Would love to try the liquid lipstick!!


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    February 2, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Great products. The KIKO lipshade looks stunning. Please post pics with it 🙂


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    February 2, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I would love to try the Burberry Eye Color. I cannot find an eye shadow that I truly like so it’s nice to know your experience.


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    February 3, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Love it that there is a number of lippy product that made it to your faves, hon. Monthly favourites are my personal favourites because they do sum up what bloggers have been loving and it’s a great tip to take on board 🙂
    MUFE primer sounds like a big treat. Really would love to give it a go one day soon. KIKO is one of those brands I am definitely going to explore more this year <3
    xox N.

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    February 3, 2016 at 8:03 am

    “to make up for the overall absence of color” haha I love that! I tend to go for darker tones on grey days to kind of match (I don’t mind cloudy weather one bit) but I think I’m going to try something colorful next time.

    I need to pick up that RT sponge, I keep seeing it everywhere these days. xx


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    The Urbanista
    February 8, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I love the pics you take Carol! And I love Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge really makes it super easy to apply foundation. Haven’t tried other products, thanks for sharing.
    Latest post: http://www.theurbanista.net/february-inspiration/

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