After lots of shimmer, glitter, and bright lips in December, I was in need of a makeup refresh. My beauty look in January was all about neutrals and easy-to-apply products. I no longer wanted to spend a lot of time getting my look just right, instead I wanted something I could throw on in a few minutes before running out the door (while still looking good, of course!). There were three products that I kept reaching for over and over again because they always worked with whatever I was wearing and lasted all day long. My January beauty favorites were the Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays, the Blinc Mascara Amplified, and the Catrice Illuminating Blush in Kiss Me Ken 030.
Isn’t it funny how sometimes our outfits can go in stages? Sure, we all have certain pieces that we gravitate towards and trends that we like to follow, but don’t you sometimes just find yourself reaching for the same thing over and over again, even though your closet is full of other clothes? I know I definitely experience that and this black and white striped tunic is my latest obsession.
The Laura Mercier Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays is a new eye palette that contains six shadows with a unique formulation and a setting powder. These “clay” shadows are a mix between a cream and a powder and they have almost a wet, spongy feel to them. They are designed to be super pigmented and the included setting powder keeps them from wearing off or smudging throughout the day. This palette contains three matte and three metallic shades, all with intense color payoff. The neutral shades can be mixed and matched to create tons of different looks ranging from smudged, smoky eyes to sharp, graphic looks.
December is always such a fun month makeup-wise. It’s full of holidays and parties and lots of time off to play around and experiment. I usually use a lot of different beauty products and go through lots of glitter and red lipsticks. Last month, there were three products that I kept reaching for again and again even as I changed my look over and over. My three December beauty favorites were the Topshop Smoky Eye Palette in Enigma, the It’s Skin Prestige Creme D’Escargot BB Cream, and the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu.
Since New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, I wanted to share some outfit inspiration for any parties you may be attending. New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holidays to dress for because it requires so many sequins, crystals, and glitter- you can never have too much! It is a bit tricky to dress for though since cooler weather calls for lots of layers. I usually like to pick one statement piece and then wear dark, neutral layering pieces with it. This outfit is the perfect example. I get plenty of New Year’s Eve sparkle with my sequined top and then keep it simple with black jeans and a black jacket. The layers help me stay warm and the dark colors also make the silver sequins really pop!
There are certain details I always like for my holiday looks. I like lots of sparkle (obviously) and a bright lip is always fun for going out. I love lace and I really like it paired with leather to toughen it up a bit. Layers are super important for me because I’m always cold and a great pair of boots or booties can instantly make a holiday outfit look finished. This holiday outfit is one of my favorites because it combines all of those details into one look without being too overdone.