Finds of the Month: January 2019

With the start of a new year and a new home, I’ve been decluttering and tidying thanks to a love affair with Marie Kondo’s principles. As a result of donating and selling things I no longer use, I’ve been much more prudent about what I’m purchasing and bringing into my space. With that said, each of the items I found this month contribute to a cozier and more comfortable daily routine. Keep reading to see my Finds of the Month for January 2019!

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in “Amazonian”

In the winter months, I need a lipstick that is creamy and moisturizing, but can also last through a dinner of soup or pasta. Usually my wine-stained lips have transformed into an ombré style by the tail-end of a meal (not a cute look), so I’m constantly searching for an infallible lip color that won’t budge all evening. After a leisurely stroll through Ulta one afternoon, I happened upon this flattering brown nude shade called Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Amazonian. At $8 a pop, this drugstore-brand liquid lipstick has a long lasting formula with a precise lip brush.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Amazonian

This neutral shade perfectly achieves that “no-makeup” look that we are all aspiring to pull off, am I right? I’ve been sporting this shade with athleisure looks and at date nights. It’s a versatile shade that feels understated yet polished.

P.s. I definitely over-lined my lips here to make them look full and lush. Stay tuned for a tutorial soon!

Madewell Emmett Wide-Leg Crop Pants in Corduroy

I paired my Madewell cords(also available in Winter White) with a navy blue striped turtleneck and Nisolo booties. Also, let’s hear it for this vibrant blue painting! We were testing it out in our new home, but are still on the hunt for a statement work of art in our living room.

Since there is a constant chill in the air, I invested in a pair of soft, high-quality corduroys. While I mostly buy secondhand, sometimes I’ll shop a big sale and come out on the other side with tailored basics, like these marigold corduroy pants. When I’m looking to add to my winter work wardrobe, I look for pieces that are comfy, warm, stylish, and bright. These cropped cords are just the ticket for adding a touch of warmth and whimsy to my gray, white, navy, and black wardrobe. If you are in the market for thick winter pants, these cords provide style and function. They are currently on sale for $36, reduced from $125! I wear mine with a chambray and long orange cardigan or paired with a black turtleneck and denim jacket. The cropped style adds visual interest and lets your shoes take center stage.

Making Winter by Emma Mitchell

Making Winter by Emma Mitchell

For the last few years, hygge has been the hype word amongst lifestyle experts and winter enthusiasts. Since my daily routine could incorporate more cozy concepts of hygge, I treated myself to Emma Mitchell’s Making Winter, a $14 book full of inspiring lifestyle tips for winter months, including creative crafts and recipes. Since receiving the book from an online order, I’ve already amassed the ingredients for a winter treat: orange and plum blondie bars. The recipe calls for sloe gin (gin made with plums) and serves as an easy way to use up the bowl of oranges sitting on my kitchen counter. Mitchell recommends baking the blondies, wrapping one up, and taking it with you to enjoy on a winter afternoon stroll through the park. If fresh air, some sunshine, and a citrus treat don’t sound lovely right now, than I don’t know what is!

Trader Joe’s Red Refresh Herbal Tea

Available at your local Trader Joe’s

This seasonal herbal tea by Trader Joe’s boasts bright, tart notes of hibiscus and peppermint. The rose color of the tea feels springy and adds a touch of color to an otherwise gray winter day. Even better, it’s caffeine-free so that I can have an afternoon cup with feeling jitters as the sun is setting. Have you tried the $3 “Red Refresh Herbal Tea” yet?

Rose Gold Hair Clips Set

Rose Gold Hair Clips from Stein Mart

Hair accessories are making a strong comeback for 2019! With that said, I happily welcomed this rose gold set from Stein Mart into my collection. These clips keep my hair out of my face and feel a bit like jewelry. They add a touch of polish and visual interest to an otherwise minimalist outfit. I wear mine with a deep side part and clip one side back behind my ear. These clips look much more expensive than their $7 price tag and remind me of Madwell’s chic hair accessories.

Finger Paints Nail Polish in “Pastel Vibes”

Finger Paints Nail Polish in “Pastel Vibes”

On the quest for a winter pastel nail color, I browsed my local Sally Beauty Supply to find this lovely lavender shade under $5. The brand Finger Paints is a generic version of OPI and delivers long-lasting pigment and finish. I have gotten so many compliments on this color as I’m embracing pastels and gearing up for Valentine’s themed shades, like pink, red, and purple. Have you ever worn lavender nails? They look incredibly chic with an otherwise neutral outfit.

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

Makeup Brush Cleansing Palette by Real Techniques

In search for a makeup brush cleansing mat, I recently discovered this $15 mat by Real Techniques. If you don’t already have a system for cleaning your makeup brushes, this palette is handheld and so easy to use. I make a habit of cleaning my brushes once a week and especially after I’ve just gotten a facial (when my pores are more open and my skin is more susceptible to bacteria) . If you wear makeup and use makeup brushes, it is imperative that you have a brush cleaning system to avoid bacteria build-up. Dirty brushes can be the cause of acne! To avoid that, just add a drop of liquid soap to the handheld cleansing pad, run the makeup brush under running water for a second, and scrub the brush into the palette until the water and soap suds run clear in the palette. Let your brushes dry by hanging the brush side off the pad et voilà! 

What did you think of my Finds of the Month for January 2019? When I look back on last year’s Finds of the Month, I am thankful to say that I still use all of those items! This series helps me keep track of my shopping and holds me accountable for bringing only the things I love into my home. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have tried any of these products!

6 thoughts on “Finds of the Month: January 2019

  1. Love those hair clips!

    1. mylipstickletters January 21, 2019 — 4:47 pm

      Thank you, Liz!

  2. Watched Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix and I immediately starting cleaning! I reorganized the pantry, took two bags of clothes from my closet to Goodwill, and cleaned out the closet where we store Christmas decorations. So cathartic! I am a big fan of those corduroys. I rocked some cords in high school so I’m happy they are back!

    1. mylipstickletters January 21, 2019 — 4:46 pm

      So happy to hear that she inspired you! I agree that it feels cathartic to let go of things we no longer use or need–so liberating!

  3. I could use a brush cleaning palette like that for sure! Awesome post!

    1. mylipstickletters February 5, 2019 — 5:44 pm

      Yes, it’s so handy!

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