I'm not gonna lie, just like putting together my December Favourites was a bit of a struggle January's has been much the same. I've been wearing the exact same makeup, using the exact same skincare for months on end and have only finally started switching it up towards the latter end of the month thanks to some new purchases. Thank god.
I originally bought the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush for blending in concealer - which it's great for - but I've also found it's great for, y'know, blending in eyeshadow. Like, the job it was designed to do. Who'da thunk? While my MAC 217 will forever reign supreme as my ultimate blending brush sometimes my eyeshadow can be a little too harsh at the edges and the relatively dense bristles of the 217 can't save it. This is where the 224 steps in as the bristles are less compact (though also less soft) allowing the shadow to really get properly blended out. And voila, seamless eyeshadow. I only wish I'd done this a lot sooner as I've had the brush a really long time. Doh.
See that nameless black double ended stick? Well once upon a time it had 'Maybelline Brow Satin' written on it but it all melted off onto my handed at approximately the second use. What's all that about? The product inside makes up for the shoddy packaging thankfully and Medium Brown is a good fit for my brows. The twist up pencil is nicely pigmented and thin allowing for a good defined shape and the other end has a cap and sponge loaded with powder which I initially thought would be pretty gimmicky but actually it works well to bulk out the brows. It's the first time in a very long time that I've stepped away from my powder and brush to fill in my eyebrows and it's really nice to have just the one product to do all the work.
I've used the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer daily since I bought it as I just love sweeping the big domed sponge under my eyes, it's just so easy! The formula is quite light and creamy (but not too creamy, I don't have a problem with this creasing) and covers as much as I need it to although I don't really suffer from dark circles, I just need a lil' bit of brightening going on under there. I have the palest shade Light which is unfortunately the only downside as it could really do with being lighter especially with it being an undereye concealer. Come on Maybelline, you're very nearly onto a winner here! It's so, so close to being amazing.
Ok so I know, not the most exciting products ever featured and there there's not a great deal of them but they're legit my favourites of the month. Sometimes you just don't have a lot to show, you know? I can almost guarantee next month will be swarming with new products though - I've done my fair share of online shopping recently and am lurrrrving everything. I think it's time for my bank card to go back into hibernation.