Let me go ahead and show you the products I loved in January. Do you like the new title - Favorites and Fails? Catchy, amirite?
This month I am showing you 5 items that I absolutely LOVE. 4 of the 5 are now holy grail items to me. 2 of those 4 have been holy grail items for well over a year now, and the other two are brand new to me. 4 of the 5 are also under $5, so totally worth trying if you're in the market for any of the items above.
Onyx Professional Soak Off Acetone - Coconut scent: since I have been posting manicures on Tuesdays, I have started painting my nails more frequently again! I needed polish remover during a recent Wal-Mart trip and spotted "coconut" on the bottle. Coconut scented remover?! Could it be true? I believe this was $4, for a fairly large bottle. It still smells of acetone, and it is slightly drying to use, but the coconut smell is there as well and it is spectacular!!!!
Nooni Pore Cleansing Jelly Pad: honestly, I am afraid of electric face washing devices. No matter how gentle the brush head advertised looks, I just don't like the concept of it being electric...I don't use a power toothbrush, either, LOL. Odd, I know, but still. I saw this squishy pink miracle on sale on MemeBox for $4, so I tossed it in my cart. You apply your face cleanser, then use this to rub it in. I use it in the shower with LUSH Ultrabland and my skin has never been softer. If it is still on the website, just get it. You're welcome.
e.l.f. Kohl Eyeliner: this is a product that I refuse to be without because I use it daily. Literally every single day. This is probably my 5th pencil - it's been years! e.l.f. has some surprisingly smashing, perfect, holy grail in your stash items, and this is IT for me.
NYC New York Color Cosmetics Eyebrow/Eyeliner pencil in Taupe: I second everything I said about the e.l.f. liner. This pencil is perfection. I use this when I don't want to go all out with the gel or pomade brow. I believe this is 99 cents at Wal-Mart. I used to buy them two at a time, because they are a soft wax and don't last too long (but for the price, so what!), until my Mom decided she loves this, too. So, now I buy them 3 at a time.
You know, one of my other Holy Grail items is the Matte BB Cream by NYC. Thank heavens for cheapy miracle products!
Yep, I have a cat. And I'll never be a hand model. :)
Murad Matte Effect Blotting Perfector: I am ashamed to admit that I fell for a Facebook ad and clickbaited my way into buying this. NO REGRETS, however, because I use this constantly! First, it is a cushion compact - super trendy, I know, but still neat. The pink spongy thing in the compact holds the product and keeps it fresh. You use the little puff, on the right, to press into the pink sponge. This lets you control the amount of product that dispenses. This is a touch up product - safe to blot gently over your makeup for a slightly cooling (ahem, not at all like the product below) and then instant mattifying effect. This is a bit of a splurge for me, but the product more than justifies the price! New to me and instant holy grail item!
Now it is time for my one "fail" of the month. I hate to say fail, because while I do like the product, it just is not the right time of year to use it. Let me show you and then I will explain.
Yuzu Aqua Cooling Sherbet Cream: See that name? When they say cooling, they mean a lot more than a gentle breeze rippling across your cheeks. They mean straight up ice cube on your cheek when it's only 20 degrees outside. I cannot use this product during the frigid New England winter. With that said, I cannot wait to use this in the summer, especially after coming home from the beach!! See you in July, Yuzu Aqua Cooling Sherbet Cream.
And that's all she wrote - literally. Have you tried any of these products? Did I make you want to pick any of these up to try now? If so, let me know here or on Facebook!