January Beauty Favorites

January beauty favorites featuring Urban Decay Naked Flushed, Sunday Riley Luna Oil, Becca Beach Tint, NARS Albatross, Ilia Setting Powder, Missha Ampoule
January beauty favorites featuring Urban Decay Naked Flushed, Sunday Riley Luna Oil, Becca Beach Tint, NARS Albatross, Ilia Setting Powder, Missha Ampoule
January beauty favorites featuring Urban Decay Naked Flushed, Sunday Riley Luna Oil, Becca Beach Tint, NARS Albatross, Ilia Setting Powder, Missha Ampoule

January beauty favorites featuring Urban Decay Naked Flushed, Sunday Riley Luna Oil, Becca Beach Tint, NARS Albatross, Ilia Setting Powder, Missha Ampoule

But, like, how the flipping hell did the first month of 2017 already fly on by?

January Beauty Favorites

It was about 3 am on a Friday night when the idea of shopping my stash came into my head. Being the impulsive and impatient person that I can be sometimes (perhaps, all the time?), I pulled out all of my makeup, sat on the floor, and picked out products that I wanted to start using more often. Then I stored them in my everyday makeup drawer that I turn to most mornings when I don’t want to spend eons searching through my makeup stash, which tends to be separated into two rooms because my photography room is separate from my bedroom. That “I’m going to be more organized” goal this new year still hasn’t kicked in… working on it, guys. 

Anyway, I ended up rediscovering some makeup bits that have been gathering dust. I’m happy to tell you they’re no longer dusty, and they’re getting some much deserved love.. on my face.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed

[Available at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Selfridges]

I was not a huge fan of this palette when I first picked it up. It was one of those “come on, it’s on sale” impulses that took over me when I picked it up (learn how to fight those here). But, because it was only $15 I wasn’t too bummed when I realized that I didn’t like it. I decided to give it another chance this month in hopes of using it up, and it wasn’t until I used a Beauty Blender to apply it that I actually started to like this little powder trio. The highlighter used to be so powdery, but when applied with a makeup sponge it blends into the skin nicely, and looks so much more vibrant and smooth. Switch up your technique and apply those overly powdery powders with a damp sponge. Perhaps they’ll start working for you too.

NARS Albatross

[Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Barneys, Net-a-porter]
I think this was one of my first high end highlighters. And the obsession with it was real. It gives the skin a very subtle yellowish gold sheen that looks very beautiful, but since I’m into a much more intense highlight these days, it just wasn’t cutting it. I was going to pass it along to my mom or sister, but then decided to apply it with a makeup sponge and holy hell… I love it again. Applying it with a damp sponge really makes it melt into the skin and look much more dewy. So, of course, I ended up applying this basically all over my face..

Ilia Setting Powder*

[Available on their website and Net-a-Porter]
Setting powders can be quite tricky. Especially in the winter when it gets cold (yes, it does get cold in Dallas, guys!) and my skin tends to get a little drier. That’s why I’ve been loving this Ilia Beauty setting powder. It has aloe, passion fruit oil, rosemary oil, and castor seed oil, which may sound weird, but it works. My under eyes never look dry and chalky or powdery with this setting powder. And that is a major feat in and of itself.

Becca Beach Tint

[Available at Sephora, Ulta, Cult Beauty]
This is one of my “help, I overslept” beauty essentials because it’s a two-for-one lip and cheek tint. It’s super speedy and effortless when you’re in a hurry, but the color Raspberry has been a go to even on the days I’m not in a rush. I really love this shade on the lips because it gives them that “I just ate a popsicle” stain minus having to eat an actual popsicle, you know?

Glossier Moonstone

[Available on their website]
First of all, let me just tell you I’m sad this specific shade was limited edition. I generally don’t like to include limited edition products in my favorites, but I had to because this has been my go to highlight. I love applying this even on the days I’m not wearing makeup because it gives the skin such a beautiful sheen. Even though it’s super pale, it looks beautiful on my skin and doesn’t look ashy at all. Bring it back!

Missha Ampoule*

[Available at Seoul Apothecary, Target]
I hauled this in my K beauty haul the other day, but I’ve had it for about a month now, and have been loving it. It leaves my skin so smooth, soft, bright, and supple. You don’t need a ton of product so I know this will last me a good while.

Luna Sleeping Oil

[Available at Sephora, Space NK, Cult Beauty]
There was a time when I was the slathering-oil-on-my-face queen. I used to love slathering rose hip seed  oil on my skin before bed, but I realized that my skin is quite sensitive to straight up oil, and it caused my skin to break out into little tiny bumps. That’s why I was a little skeptical to try this out, but picked it up anyway since all the rave reviews sucked me in. Luckily, I’ve been really enjoying this. It’s very moisturizing and you only need a few drops. I avoid the chin area since it does make me break out there, but my skin is always game for this everywhere else.

What are your current favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • leah rachel

    Your january favourites all sound amazing! I love the sound of the Luna sleeping oil!! The urban decay naked flushed looks gorgeous! x

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  • I so badly want to try Glossier products I wish they shipped to the UK, they’ve got so many things that look amazing!

    Courtney | Lashes and Luxe

  • Besides setting powder, I’ve never tried applying other powders with a sponge. I’ll have to go back to all the products I feel iffy about and apply them using a sponge! But wow, you really got a steal on that Naked Flushed palette!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Right? that’s why I justified picking it up haha. I hope that technique works for you!

  • I love the Luna! I have been wanting to try the Glossier highlight stick for some time now. I really love their boy brow and cleanser. I’ve never heard of that setting powder before, but sounds like a great find!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • Looks like some great products! Luna sleeping oil sounds amazing!
    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

  • Great favorites! I love your tip for powder highlighters! I’ve done that for ones that look way too intense, but never thought to use my beautyblender for adding a bit of oomph to some lackluster ones! I also really enjoy Becca Beach Tints on lazy days, they’re so quick but pretty!

    Jenn – http://www.beautybyjellybean.com

    • Thanks babe! I hope the highlighter trick works for you :). The Becca Beach Tints are so pretty! I wish they had more colors lol

  • How odd the Luna oil breaks you out only around the chin area! Well, that’s one of the most sensitive oils for acne. I would pick this up but I think the retinol content would be too low for me. I’m wanting to try other SL products though, especially the eye cream. I hope you pick up a lot of pretties for your birthday!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

    • Right? It’s so weird, but my chin area is more sensitive and prone to congestion. Thanks babe! I want to explore more Sunday Riley too!

  • The UD Flushed palettes are so pretty and definitely not talked about enough. I recently bought Sunday Riley UFO but haven’t used it yet. But I’m already tempted to get Luna & Good Genes lol xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

  • You know, I wouldn’t mind having to eat a popsicle. Even in the winter. Just sayin’. Love the sound of all your favourites! I have one of those BECCA tints and I should really try it out. It’s great that you’re trying to give some of your forgotten some products some love!
    Ivory Avenue

    • Haha I wouldn’t mind it either tbh. I hope you love the Becca tint as much as I do :)

  • NARS Albatross is a beautiful highlighter. Every time when I go to sephora I always go and check this out :)

    Michelle Morchella

  • I’m definitely going to try applying my UD flushed palette with a beauty blender! The Luna sleeping oil sounds amazing. I really need to try sunday riley – i hear only good things xx


  • The UD flushed palette looks amazing, I really want to try it!

    Lauren x Huggled

  • Such a shame the Glossier Moonstone was limited edition, it looks and sounds lovely! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • I would love to try the Becca Beach tint product, sounds like a great quick fix!

    Abigail Alice 💕

  • Sam

    Ooh, shopping your own stash is such a good idea (one that I really need to do). I’ve had my eye on the Missha Ampoule but I just have so many other products to get through, my wallet can’t justify getting it just yet. Glad to hear you like it!

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

    • I feel you on that, babe! Hopefully once you’ve finished some stuff up you can try it out :)

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    That Nars highlighter looks absolutely beautiful! Every time I see someone talking about it I just want to buy it right away for myself. :)


  • The Luna oil is fabulous. I tried a sample and I really like it a lot. I just hate the smell and the price…Haha
    I want to try Glossier products this year! xo

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

  • Ela

    I included Sunday Riley in an upcoming post on ‘things I wish were available in the Philippines’, heh.
    Ela | http://www.stealingyoursunbeams.wordpress.com

  • The luna sleeping oil is not greasy but is doesn’t suit my oily skin.

  • NARS Albatross looks like such a stunning shade xx

  • The UD flushed palette is one that I have always had my eye on!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

  • The NARS albatross looks like something I need! I really do need to buy more NARS products, they’re amazing :) xx

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

  • I really do need to try out NARS products. Also, that sleeping oil sounds flipping amazing. I need to look it up! x

    – Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • I love the Urban Decay cheek palette, I must use mine more! x


  • I love the look of the Nars highlight! x


  • Great products ! NARS Albatross is a beautiful highlighter!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • So many bloggers raved about Luna Sleeping Oil and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Let’s hope it’ll be the little miracle that everyone said it is on me.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • It’s really nice, and I’ve been loving it, but if you’re used to retinols then this might not be enough of an oomph.

  • That NARS palette looks amazing!! :)


  • I’ve never seen Nars Albatross in the flesh so will have to seek it out. I really want to try some Glossier products this year! xx


  • I’m obsessed with the idea of lip and cheek tints! I’ve been looking for the perfect one everywhere so I might have to give that Becca one a go! And to be honest I’ve never thought of applying powder/ highlighter with a beauty blender so it looks like I have some experimenting to do :P

    Great post as always Nida xx

    Imogen | http://www.faux-silk.cm

    • Experiment away haha! Thanks babe :). I hope you like the Becca beach tints!

  • I really didn’t like the Flushed palette either, might try your trick and see if that changes my opinion on it. The Ilia setting powder sounds lovely, those ingredients make me very happy. Have you tried RCMA No Colour Powder? It is not heavy enough for me but on dry skin it works really well, not heavy, cakey, no cast. Really good, thanks for sharing Nida. Always love your posts xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • So glad I’m not the only one who wasn’t impressed with the Naked Flushed palettes! I hope applying it with a makeup sponge helps you love it. I haven’t tried the RCMA, but I really want to. Thanks for the sweet words, babe. It means a lot!! xx

  • I really need to get my hands on the Luna oil, everyone raves about it! Have a lovely day :)

    Trishna xx


    • I’ve been liking it :). I don’t know think it’s holy grail status for me, but it’s a good one!

  • Fatima

    I’ve heard so much about Glossier! Definitely need to give it a go

    Fatima x http://www.fatima-writes.blogspot.co.uk

  • Great products! I’ve always been drawn to the Urban Decay trio – I might just finally give it a try!

    MademoiselleDena96 | mademoiselledena96.blogspot.com

  • Oh my! I didn’t know that there was a NAKED BLUSH palette, I totally need it! ♥


  • That Becca Beach tint sounds like something that would be super good in the summer. It would be great on the lips, cheeks, and then some mascara. Can you tell I want summer? haha


    • Haha I’m the opposite. I want winter :p. It really is the perfect summer staple though!

  • Albatross- oldie but a goodie! Love all of your picks. I can’t believe it’s February already. I can’t wait for spring, but at the same time, I had so many plans for winter I didn’t get to fulfill- like snowboarding, I didn’t even go once this year! Lately I’ve been doing a whole lot of “shopping my stash” too. I just have so much stuff, this year I really want to try using everything up a bit more before spending money on new products lol

    Thirteen Thoughts

    • I’m with you! I’m trying to finish up some more products before buying new shiny things lol. Aww I hope you’re able to go snowboarding before spring arrives!

      Nida | Caked To The Nines

  • I really want to try bits and bobs from Sunday Riley – but that price tag though !?

    Robyn Xx | http://www.butterfly-culture.com

  • Amazing products, love everything!
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Have a lovely weekend*


  • I would never have thought of applying a powder highlight with a sponge.
    I will give this a go! Thanks for sharing!

    Ioanna | beautyloverstories.com

  • I have been hearing lots of things about Becca cheek tints! Love the fact that it’s a stain :)
    xo, Yasmin

  • Albatross highlighter looks stunning! Every time I see someone mentioning it I always tell myself I need to buy it and then never do haha x


  • Natalie Redman

    These all look so good! Thanks for sharing!


  • The Albatross highliter looks amazing! I have always wanted to try it but not sure if it’s ever worth spending all that cash on but you and a few other bloggers have slowly convinced me haha


    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings