Can you believe it’s already the end of January? I can’t believe that the first month of the year is already over! Time really does fly by! As with the start of every new year, the first month of the year is extra productive, and I’ve been really trying to get a head start on all of my goals for 2018!
One of my most important goals for the year is to take better care of myself, both physically, emotionally, and mentally, and I can say that if anything is an indicator of this, it’s definitely this month’s favorites! So without further ado, let’s get started
I know I may be a little late to join in on the electric toothbrush movement, but now that I’ve hopped on board, I don’t think I can ever go back to just a regular toothbrush!
Our teeth are essential to everyday life, though we tend to not ever consciously think about all that they do for us. Aside from a set of pearly whites that act as one of your best accessories, healthy teeth are also so important because they help us talk clearly, chew thoroughly, and of course, eat!
This is why it’s so important to take care of your teeth because they’re so important! At the beginning of this year, I wanted to invest in an electronic toothbrush, to keep my teeth and gums healthy, and I’m so happy that I found the Philips Sonicare Toothbrush! With dynamic cleaning action, this toothbrush removes up to six times more plaque than a normal toothbrush, and also helps to give better access to back teeth and hard-to-reach areas for a much more efficient brushing experience.
I know, I know, I already have so many eyeshadow palettes… But I just couldn’t help but pick this one up at Sephora over the holidays!
If you’ve been following along on my blog for awhile now, then you know that I tend to overpack on my trips, especially when packing my makeup and skincare. I love this small and compact palette because it’s packed with nine neutral shades that work for both natural and glam looks, so it’s great to have with you on a trip! Not only is it convenient, it’s also so functional! This is the perfect palette for the modern woman who is always running from one place to another! And another big plus – it’ll help me achieve another one of my goals for the year, to pack smarter whenever I go abroad!
Though I avidly take care of my skin so much, I often neglect my hair, so that’s why this year, I want to take better care of my locks, especially since I’ve been going back and forth on the decision to color my hair! Hahaha that’s a decision that I’m still wrestling with, but I’ll definitely give you guys some updates if it ever happens! 🙂
But because I’m trying to take better care of my hair this year, I’ve upped my normal shampoo and conditioner game, and recently, I’ve been obsessed with Bumble and Bumble’s Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner! If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you know that I’m obsessed with the heat protectant spray from the same line, so I was very excited to try this multitasking, hydrating shampoo and conditioner that’s infused with six feather-light oils to instantly transform dry, coarse, frizzy hair to soft, smooth, silky, and detangled. And the number one plus – it smells amazing! 🙂
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Griselda (Bold Burgundy)
I know I’m a little late to jump on this trend, but I’ve been loving Fenty Beauty’s packaging so much! I’ve been especially in love with this skinny lipstick because of the pretty rose gold container that it comes in! Though this product is a little drying, I really like how pigmented it is! I wouldn’t really wear this on a day-to-day basis, mainly because I have this lipstick in a really deep burgundy shade, but the matte finish definitely makes this a great everyday lipstick, if you have it in a lighter color! Can’t wait to try some of the other shades! 🙂
Last year, due to my crazy work schedule, my work-life balance was definitely thrown off track. One of the areas in which I suffered the most was self-improvement. Prior to working my current full-time job, I remember reading at least three books a month, but last year, I was either too busy or too tired to really take the time out to sit down and enjoy a good read. And it honestly made my feel so guilty. It didn’t matter if I was reading fiction, non-fiction, or self-help books in the past, reading alone just made me feel like I was always improving, learning more, doing things to expand my knowledge. So when I stopped doing that, I felt like I was stuck.
This year, I vowed to improve in this area, and I started this month off with a book that I’ve been wanting to read for such a long time, and that’s none other than Milk and Honey, a collection of poetry and prose by Rupi Kaur about survival. Despite not being a full-on novel, the prose in this book was so touching. I love the use of words in this book because it takes you on a journey through the most bitter moments in life, and still manages to offer just a glimmer of hope, if you’re willing to look.
And that wraps up my favorites for this month! What were some of your favorites this January? Let me know in the comments because I always love hearing from you! 🙂