Winter Favorites 2014


It Cosmetics Concealer | Naked 2 Basics | Bare Minerals Anti-Acne Foundation | Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask | Kiehl’s Lip Balm | Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner | Veronica Mars | Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens | Old Navy Sherpa Hoodie | Pink Pewter Headband


The weather outside might still be frightful, but the last full month of winter is coming to a close (*cue the Hallelujah Chorus*).  Because I’ve been living out of a suitcase since the start of 2015, my access to products has been limited.  Despite that, I’ve still come up with a few things I find I have been reaching for all winter.


It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector–  I was in desperate need of some extra help in the under eye department, so I decided it was time to buy a concealer that was specifically made for my eyes.  I found this consealer by It Cosmetics.  Bye Bye Under Eye is peach based so it corrects my dark circle discoloration.  It is a thin, but full coverage formula, and a little bit goes a long way.  This tub is going to last me forever, making it worth the price.  I have had very minor problems with creasing and caking, but that’s mostly due to my under eyes being dry (my skin is a whole mess of problems right now), but with a little smoothing and a layer of powder, its perfect.  I finally look wide awake!

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette– I got this beauty for Christmas and she’s everything I expected.  This set of 6 shadows has cooler tones than the original Naked Basics palette.  In general, I tend to work well with cool toned colors, and this palette is no exception.  Every shade looks amazing, goes on smooth, and has great pigmentation.  The 6 shades you get are: Skimp (pale nude satin), Stark (nude-pink matte), Frisk (warm gray matte), Cover (muted red-brown matte), Primal (muted brown matte) and Undone (deep, smoky brown matte). My favorites are Frisk and Cover. This is an essential natural matte palette to add to your collection.

Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Acne Clearing Foundation– Bare Minerals formulated a powder foundation with salicylic acid to aid in the treatment of blemishes.  I’ve been using this powder alone on days I don’t need a full face of makeup, and I will also use it to set my liquid foundation when I do a full face of makeup.  The power has buildable coverage and is perfect for every day wear.  The formula is not drying and it’s noncomedogenic.  I’ve been applying it with the Sephora Classic Multitasker brush. The foundation is a Sephora exclusive (at least it was when I bought it)

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask– First of all, this is the fruitiest smelling face mask ever, which I love.  Think of this as a night cream that you use occasionally.  The Origins mask contains avocado and apricot oils for a deep moisture treatment, which my skin has been needing in the dry Japan winter air.  I use this about twice a week.  Just slather some on like a moisturizer and go to sleep.  There’s no need to rinse.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1– My lips have also been having some major dryness issues this winter.  Hubby obtained this lip balm at a conference for me (look at him picking up products for me while at a business conference:-) ).  It’s formulated with soothing emollients Squalanea, Lanolin and Wheat Germ Oil, as well as Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate chapped lips.  I apply this stuff generously at least 5 times a day.  It leaves my lips feeling soft, smooth, and flake free.

Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner– I was wondering how I was going to keep my makeup brushes clean while in Japan, and I accidentally came across this little piece of perfection while browsing in Sephora. This container of brush cleaner fits in the palm of my hand, so it was perfect for travel, but that was only the beginning.  The little pink silicone mat that comes with it helps work the cleanser into the brushes to make sure they get cleaned well.  There is conditioning argan oil in the cleanser so my brushes are clean, soft, and bacteria free.  I just wet the bar, swirl my brush on it, lather up, and rinse. Really easy!



Old Navy Men’s Sherpa Lined Hoodie– Yeah, this is a men’s hoodie.  I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a fashion favorite, but it is a function favorite.  This lined hoodie is so thick and warm that it’s perfect for chilly nights in tiny apartments.  My husband had one similar for the last few years and I was very jealous of his epically warm hoodie, so this winter I ventured out to find one of my own. He got his at Old Navy, so that’s where I browsed for mine. I just bought the smallest size, and while it makes me feel bigger, it’s definitely warm. Rarely does an evening go by where this hasn’t been worn.

Pink Pewter Headband in Ginny– I’m new to the headband way of life, but since I can’t really style my hair (because of my arms, not my hair), I decided to give it a try. I got this beautiful Pink Pewter headband for Christmas from my mom and I love it.  The soft backing makes sure the headband has a solid grip ensuring it stays in place all day.  I love a little bit of bling, so the shimmery silver and gold stones turns leaving my hair down into something a little more stylish with no extra effort.  I love easy, and throwing a gorgeous headband in my hair is as easy as it gets. There are SO many styles of Pink Pewter headbands that you’re bound to find one that speaks to you.

Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens– Seeing how I just did an entire post on these, it should come as no surprise that they made my favorites list.  Rainbow colored erasable pens that write like a dream? Enough said.  Check out my post for a complete breakdown of these colorful beauties.

Veronica Mars– Yes, I mean the TV show from 2004.  We started watching this thanks to my husband, who was convinced I’d enjoy it.  Turns out he knows me pretty well.  This show stars a young Kristin Bell as a high school student who has a Private Investigator father ( I love the dad character) who she helps out with work.  It’s a great show with a good balance of drama and light-heartedness.  That’s exactly what I needed after finishing The Tudors (a series on King Henry VIII).

That’s all I’ve got for winter favorites. I’m hoping to get back into monthly favorites soon, but with life still being a mess of transitions, I can’t make any promises just yet.  I want to know what your favorites were for this past month or season. Let me know in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “Winter Favorites 2014

  1. beckye5 says:

    Loved it! I read it, then I watch it cos it makes me feel like you are not so far away! LOL I wish you could bring those silly pancakes home so I could try them! LOL

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