January 2016 Makeup Rotation

Show a Little Lovin’… January 2016

When purchasing makeup, I try to only get those things I know I’m really going to use. But, you know, only having one set of eyes and one mouth, it might be months before I get to reuse a product, which sometimes leads me to forget about it and only use the most recent stuff I got.

Well, in order to make sure that doesn’t happen again, this year I’ve decided that at the beginning of each month I’m going through my collection to select a few products I’ll have to incorporate in my looks as much as I can. Below I’ve listed the lucky picks that are getting some serious lovin’ this month.

January 2016 Makeup RotationKIKO Intensely Lavish Lipstick – 04 Mild Sangria

This is one of the lipsticks from their Fall 2015 Rebel Romantic collection, which happens to be my favorite one of all time. It’s still available and currently on sale in several countries, so don’t miss the last chance to get your hands on some beautifully packaged, high quality makeup at a very low price! I have to admit that I’ve purchased the Intensely Lavish Lipstick mainly because of the super pretty, rose gold packaging. If you’re not new to this blog, you’ll probably know that I mostly use matte finishes, but I’m forcing myself to reach for this creamy option because it’s undoubtedly a great one. I really like its berry rose color, which works amazingly well if you’re going for one of those day-to-night looks. Longevity is good for a non-matte lipstick and can be extended by using the coordinating liner (you can read my rave review here).

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

A beauty blogger favorite, the original Tartelette palette features 12 matte shadows in various, mostly cool-toned, neutral shades. The reason I haven’t reached for this great palette much is that I’ve been stuck using my beloved Too Faced Natural Matte (review and swatches here) whenever I need matte neutrals. But this month that’s going to change and I’m planning on using the Tartelette palette to make one shadow on the lid, one in the crease and one as a liner type of looks.

Collistar Silk Effect Eyeshadow – 60 Satin Taupe

Since the beginning of the month, I’ve already used this versatile eyeshadow from Collistar a few times. It’s a very dupable taupe shade, but what I really like it’s the beautiful satin finish. It’s basically a matte with a little luminosity to make it more interesting. The way I’ve been applying it is with a blending brush as a one wash wonder. It’s very pigmented, so it can look pretty dark when applied at full intensity with a flat brush.

January 2016 Makeup RotationNARS Blush – Amour

NARS blushes are cult favorites with good reason: they’re very pigmented, yet easy to blend, finely milled and long-lasting. Amour is a warm reddish pink that I can see flattering a lot of different skin tones. Since it packs some serious pigment, I usually apply it with a fluffy brush (Real Techniques Blush Brush) and find that on my pale complexion one sweep is enough for a natural-looking pink flush.

KIKO Matte Muse Lipstick – 05 Haughty Mauve

Another limited edition lipstick from KIKO! This one is from their Midnight Siren collection, which was released shortly after the Rebel Romantic one. I absolutely LOVE its non-drying, long-lasting formula and beautiful purply raspberry color. Why I haven’t shown this amazing liquid lipstick much lovin’ over the past few months is a real mystery! It’s as much a mystery as why KIKO don’t have a matte liquid lipstick in their permanent range… I have a feeling they will launch one soon, though!

Do you ever forget to use any products for extended periods of time, even if you actually really like them? What do you do to prevent that from happening?

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    January 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve been hearing a many great things about the brand Kiko I wish we had them available

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      They’re expanding into more and more countries, so hopefully they’ll get to SA soon!

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    January 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    These colours are totally great! :-*


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    Velvet Blush
    January 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    This is a great idea. I often rotate my lipsticks around but hardy ever other products. I’m going to have to check out the KIO Rebel Romantic collection now 🙂

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    January 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I try to shop mists every week and mix things up on Sunday, but to be honest it usually turns out to be more of a monthly thing than that. Whenever I blogged my “Favorite face” I feel the most excited to change things up.

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Creating looks for the blog is a good incentive to mix things up!

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    Isabelle Collins
    January 9, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve never tried anything from Nars or Tarte but i’m in love with the two products you have here woaah, may have to try them! xx


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    January 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I always forget to use products which I love, but I rearrange my make-up storage around quite often and it reminds me what I’ve got and what to use!
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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      That’s a good way to make sure you use most of your makeup!

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    January 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    This is a really good idea, hun, I too have tons of makeup products that I’d like to use up this year, especially lipsticks! x I absolutely love the look of that Tarte palette, and would love to see your review on it! x Hope you’re having a fab weekend, lovely. x x


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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      I might do an FOTD with swatches!

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    Shireen L. Platt
    January 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    This is what I have been doing for the past few months; going through my makeup graveyard, purging old makeup and rediscovering old favourites again. Not only it makes me use every single product that I have but it also pushes my creativity boundaries for my blog. I hate Nars Orgasm blush but Amour looks like a stunner!

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      I’ve never liked the look of Orgasm either!

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    January 9, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Great post (as usual!) I especially love how funny one those paragraphs is, not sure if you even realize it. “I don’t use this one often because I’ve been reaching for Too Faced..” The irony is just too much! Love your blog as always. Hope your weekend is treating you just splendidly 😉


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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      It’s the irony of being insane and having too much makeup! 😉

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    January 9, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    I have the same problem, sometimes I completely forget about a product even though I was super excited to buy it :/ I’m also trying to find a way to use up what I have more, instead of buying new, shiny things. Picking a few products out and putting them somewhere I’ll see them is one way to go!

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Sometimes I feel like a spoiled child: I’m super excited about my new toy, but then get bored of it and want more!

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    January 10, 2016 at 3:14 am

    the blush looks lovely!

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    January 10, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I’ve heard great things about the Tartlette shadows, but I never really got into them. Now Too Faced eyeshadows are another story. I just got the Chocolate Bon Bons palette and now they are going to come out with a PB&J AND peach palette! NARS blushes are so beautiful, I got Seduction in November which is a deep wine shade that’s perfect for colder months. I love this post, I wrote something similar a while back of rediscovering my old makeup favorites so it’ll force me to think twice before buying new makeup. So far, so good!


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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      I’ve heard about the PB&J palette, that’s pretty original!

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    January 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Everyone is using Kiko products lately, are they that good?? I always do that with my lipsticks, I have so many that I have to use and never do and I keep purchasing more and more 🙂


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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      KIKO is an Italian brand and, being Italian, I’ve used it for the past 10 years… There’s a lot of buzz around it now because it’s expanding into more and more countries and everyone is trying their products. Some things are really good, others not so much. In my experience their mascaras and liquid liners are pretty awful, while you can find some real gems in the other categories.

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    January 10, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Great idea! I’ve been giving some love to the original Tartlette palette lately too. It’s easy to just get stuck in a rut and reach for the same stuff day in day out, I need to rotate more.

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      It’s such a nice palette!

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    S A L L Y
    January 10, 2016 at 11:57 am

    The Tarte eyeshadow looks gorgeous. So many matte eyeshadows in one palette makes me very happy! That Nars blusher looks lovely too, I’m going to give it a swatch when I’m out shopping next!

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      I love matte shadows, too! 🙂

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    January 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    The Kiko products sound really nice. Wish I could get my hands on these.

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      They’re expanding into more and more countries, so hopefully they’ll get to India soon!

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    January 10, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    the brand Kiko has many great products ! Love that NARS blush !!
    Have a great weekend ahead !!

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      It’s a really pretty blush!

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    January 10, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I love KIKO a lot ! Great selection 🙂
    That lipstick and gloss look fab !


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    January 10, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I need to try this. I buy something new, then use it until I get sick of it, completely forgetting about other products. I think I might have to try selecting a few products and use them as much as I can, just like you do! It’s a brilliant idea.

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    La French Connection
    January 10, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Wow! The palette looks brilliant. But everything you have featured him is very tempting. That’s totally my style.

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Good to hear you liked everything!

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    January 10, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Great post ! 🙂

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    Rachel Holliday
    January 10, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    That is such a great idea! It gives you a fab way to update your look without spending anything! This Nars blush looks especially lovely

    Rachel xx

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    January 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I started rotating my makeup last September, I just felt so guilty I didn’t use half of my stuff. I’m using Tartelette a lot lately too. 🙂

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    Shannon Sage
    January 10, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    That’s a great idea and I really should do that as well! I really want to try that Tarte palette! I’ve only heard good things about it and it looks so gorgeous!! I also need to get my hands on a NARS blush! Another cult favorite that I have yet to try!!

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      NARS have a great blush selection!

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    wendee isaacs
    January 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    so true about forgetting about some products sometimes. I do that a lot.

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      It happens to the best of us! 😉

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    Charlène Jiho
    January 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    This palette is so pretty !

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    January 10, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Your pictures are so beautiful and I’m in love with your layout! Also just followed on G+

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    January 10, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I’d love to try out the NARS blush! It looks so pretty!

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    Adalias Closet
    January 10, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Ive recently bought the Tartelette palette and I’m in love with it! xx


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    Neelima Sunil
    January 10, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I’m a die hard NARS fan! I think it has the best pigments when it comes to blushes! Thank you for reviewing it!

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    January 10, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea to make sure you really make the most of your make up collection
    These all look and sound like lovely products to make part of your routine again, I still can’t believe I haven’t tried a Nars Blush yet, that shade look gorgeous

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    Adaleta Avdic
    January 11, 2016 at 12:13 am

    These all look like incredible products, and I love the bright colorful photography you’ve got going on! I’ve heard a lot of great things about that Tartelette palette, and while I don’t like Tarte shadows I feel like I should try this palette!? xx adaatude.com

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:48 pm

      I’ve heard that Tarte eyeshadows can be really hit or miss, but I think this palette is pretty good!

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    January 11, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Great post 🙂 I’m also trying to use more of certain makeup products… mainly blushes because I just have soo many!

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      I don’t have too many blushes but I was only using Tarte Exposed all the time, so I thought to mix thing up a little!

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    January 11, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Great idea huni. I do that too (mine’so called Weekday Me, what’s in my makeup bag. It’s been a while since I’very done one. Need to get back on that horse 🙂 great picks !!

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    Viviene Kok
    January 11, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I like how the KIKO Matte Muse Lipsticks is packaged like a nail polish! Carolina now you need to pay attention whilst selecting haha!

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      Carol in a
      January 11, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      I find the packaging pretty cool, too!

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    January 11, 2016 at 5:44 am

    I never tried NARS and KIKO products. KIKO products sounds really nice

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    January 11, 2016 at 10:20 am

    This is a really good idea! And I believe every beauty blogger should copy you in this! It’s so easy to buy new things and think “I’m a blogger now, I need this” and forget about the old goodies.
    That Tarte palette looks by the way like heaven on earth! I love matte shades!
    I hope you have a fantastic week girlie <3
    Emma xxx


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    January 11, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Great review, that Tarte palette looks wonderful, love the matte shades!
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    Lubka Henry
    January 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    This is a great idea to go through the makeup collection once a month and try to incorporate the different beauties into the looks. I tend to get stuck in using the same products once I found something I love and I often forget the precious items I’ve loved.
    I will follow your suggestion and try to do the same :))

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    January 11, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I really want to try one of Nars blushes! Great post <3

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    January 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    The Tarte Palette is one of my absolute favourites – it’s just beautiful, and so pigmented xx

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    anu dev
    January 11, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I have the same problem..My vanity cant breathe properly because of all the stacking and the old ones dies in the heap..Your pointers are handy…will surly incorporate these


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    Style Tomes
    January 11, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    That Tarte eyeshadow palette looks wonderful! I totally love your idea of setting aside products you plan on using on a consistent basis.
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    January 11, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Oh god, that Tarte palette needs to be mine now! Thanks for a great review on them all.

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    January 11, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    It happens to me a lot. I buy something then use it a lot, then when I buy something else I completely ignore the other product, which is not good. It is actually a really good idea and I want to start using the products I have instead of keep buying. One of the main reason I got that intensely lavish lipstick was the adorable gold packaging!


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    January 11, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    That palette is simply gorgeous! I need to check it out the next time I’m at Ulta because I simply love Tarte! I don’t have too much makeup in my collection, as I don’t wear too much and prefer a neutral look. With that, I, too, like to shop and purchase items that I know I’m truly going to use because let’s face it (no pun intended 😉 good quality makeup is pretty expensive! I made the mistake of getting the Vice palette a while back, which is indeed beautiful, but very expensive and I don’t really use it. I need to take a lesson from you and perhaps come up with some looks that I can create using the palette to get my money’s worth; thanks so much for sharing! I hope you’re having a an amazing start to your week so far, beauty!



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    January 12, 2016 at 12:20 am

    The palette looks amazing!


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    January 12, 2016 at 9:24 am

    yeah that happens with me also a lot. I have so much of unused products in my Vanity. Using most products in videos and tutorials is a great idea 🙂 I just love the KIKO lipstick. Its so gorgeous 🙂


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    January 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Tarte palette looks amazing..I wish I could get it here 🙂
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    January 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I love the Tarte palette it’s lovely, I have this one also and really want to try their second palette they’ve recently brought out, it looks so gorgeous!

    Some great picks.

    The NARS blush looks really pretty and I know this peachy shade would suit my skin tone very nicely.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Laura xx


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    January 15, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Love the products , Carol, especially the Nars blush 🙂 -Maireem

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    January 17, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Lovely post, those beauty products look gorgeous.


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