January Beauty and Style Loves and Favorites | Ashley Riley

February 04, 2016

January Beauty and Style Loves and Favorites

January Beauty and Style Loves and Favorites

My favorites for the month of January include both low-end and high-end products, scents, mousses, palettes, and more!  January was an amazing month for new beauty collection launches, and it's exciting to see what else will be released as we move closer to spring.

On an even more exciting note: at the beginning of next month we will be moving from New York to Portland, Oregon! It is an exciting and busy time, but don't think for one moment that means this blog will be going weeks without a post.  I am 100% committed and already have posts pre-planned and scheduled!

We will be driving across the county to out new home, stopping in places like Nashville, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and many National Parks and monuments in between!  In other words, you will be seeing A LOT of of journey on social media.  If you haven't already, make sure you are following me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snap Chat (AshEliz24) to follow along with us on this amazing journey!


January Beauty and Style Loves and Favorites

This 28 shade eyeshadow palette is filled with highly pigmented multi-dimensional metallics (or "foils") that give an amazing pop of color to any eye makeup look.  The texture is creamy and smooth, and they are a great dupe for the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows.  I have loved using the brighter colors in my inner corner or lower lash line to infuse a pop of bright color.  Even better, the price for this palette is basically a steal.

January Beauty and Style Loves and Favorites

I basically stalked the Sephora website waiting for this palette to become available.  Needless to say, it didn't disappoint.  This palette comes with three blushes, a bronzer, and a highlight shade.  One of the blush shades Angel, a champagne nude shimmer, I have tended to use as a highlight shade because it works better in that way on my olive skin tone.  The highlight shade OC, a soft peach with pink shift, has definitely been my most used pan in this palette.  It leaves a soft, glowing sheen on the tops of my cheekbones and reflects light amazingly.  I do think this palette will best fit light to medium skin tones, as the shades may not show up that well on darker skin tones.

January Beauty and Style Loves and Favorites

Ever since I received a free sample of this fragrance is has, hands down, been my go-to perfume.  I am not usually a fan of floral scents, but the rich spiciness counteracts most of what I don't like about fruity floral scents.  This ultra feminine scent feels seductive, empowering, and luxurious.  A classic fragrance that I will always repurchase.  Next fragrance I will be trying is Tom Ford's Black Orchid, which is more woodsy, warm and spicy, with sweet undertones.

January Beauty and Style Loves and Favorites

St. Moritz Instant Self Tanning Mousse

I have been through years of self tanning products, and it has come down St. Moritz's Instant Self Tanning Mousse as being my all time favorite.  During my late teens and early college years I heavily used tanning beds (BAD!).  I started my search for self tanning products and methods when I started realizing the damage I was doing to my body through UV tanning.  I feel like I have tried every single drugstore and high end product, and so far this one has been my favorite.  I love mousses over sprays and lotions, and apply this with a sunless tanning mitt.  It gives beautifully dark, non-streaky and non-orange all over coverage.  The only con is that it is not long lasting.  I find myself re-applying after just a few days, but it is a sacrifice I am willing to make for the deep tan color payoff. 

January Beauty and Style Loves and Favorites

Tarte Tartiest Contour Palette

I'll admit, I hummed and thought about this palette for a while before I bought it.  The thing that was holding me back: I LOVE Tarte, but do I really need ANOTHER contour palette?  I was still madly in love (and still am) with Kat Von D's Shade and Light Contour Palette.  Tartiest is now my absolutely favorite contour palette.  The powders are velvety soft and satiny, very blendable, and easy to apply.  The blush is a perfect muted pink, the cool tone contour shades create perfect shadows, and I am in love with the yellow correcting shade for setting my under eye area.  Also, the smell is fantastic!  It is a hard scent to describe (you will have to see for yourself), but quite possible like a candy-scented cocoa.

January Beauty and Style Loves and Favorites

RCMA No Color Powder

This is the new IT powder and I feel so fortunate to have been able to grab one before they went out of stock.  Word of advice: if you have not gotten your hands on RCMA's NC Powder, STALK their website until you do because it is 100% worth the hype.  It is a comparable dupe to Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder, and at 1/3 of the price.  It sets my under eye concealer and cleans up my contour, leaving is flawless, soft and smooth.

I hope you enjoyed my monthly favorites! Make sure you check out my latest post on 7 Must-Have ELF Beauty Products!
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