Happy New Year everyone!
Facing the fresh start of 2014, I am feeling immensely blessed at the amazing things that have happened this year. 2013 wasn't so much about the tangible things that I had, but more so reminders of not taking for granted the things that I've always had: my family. From my sister battling and overcoming cancer to welcoming our puppy Oreo (his instagram) into our lives, I feel like I can't reflect on the past year without a great depth of appreciation for the love around me, especially when it was least expected.
I wanted to write this first before getting into my favorites because I know it seems like each month a lot of the talk goes into consumable products and tips for surface-level beauty but ultimately this blog, my videos, and everything else I talk about means so much more to me than just things. You guys give me passion. It's about how we touch each others' lives and bring each other confidence, hope, and positivity in a world where there is far too little of it and far too much judgement and cruelty.
For this next year, it's my resolution to (of course) continue bringing you my thoughts on my favorite products, but more than that, to bring you the ability to be more yourself by loving yourself at every stage of your face and body. Hopefully recommending a few good things will give you more time to spend doing you. Let's all be more comfortable in our own skin in 2014!
With that, lets get on with this month's favs!
Ralphs Hazelnut Cappuccino Mix
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Carousel Gloss in Candy Apple is fantastic for those who aren't afraid of a really strong shot of color, gloss, and sparkle. The short brush makes it easier to apply the sticky formula and get a precise application, plus the gloss is vanilla-scented.
The first time I tried it I was apprehensive since I assume bright glosses will go slip-sliding all over the lips only to get on teeth, clothes, and food by the end of the night. Thankfully this exceeded expectations. For someone who is chronically forgetful at reapplying, this gloss still looked vibrant and opaque after hours of dinner and drinks.
You'll notice here that the glitters really look like they are glowing, especially with how shiny the gloss is. Also, the formula is beautifully opaque like a solid lipstick. It does have a few drawbacks in that the outlines of the gloss will feather after some time and already chapped lips will do that gummy-peeling thing at the end of the night, but for a special evening where you really want some drama in your makeup, Candy Apple is a surefire stunner! It's now very high on my power lips rotation.
This isn't really a resolution per se, but I think I want to start wearing statement lips more this coming year. I just feel like it makes me feel so confident while being incredibly feminine and classy at the same time. Would you guys like me to do a roundup of my favorite reds? Let me know!
Readers, do you have any resolutions for 2014? What is your "power lips" color? Tell me in the comments!