January Beauty Favorites

january beauty favorites

Is it just me, or did January fly by? I had some fun using a VISA gift card for some post-Christmas gifts to myself, many of which are documented below. Let me know- what were your favorite hair and beauty products of January?

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Confession: I only recently started using fast masks within the past few months. I have relatively good skin, so I just never found the need to. However, after trying this Queen Helene masque, I have become a weekly user. Not only does it smell minty-delicious, but my skin feels instantly tighter and softer after removing it. The price tag is amazing, too, so I highly recommend trying it out. Be careful- it goes on green, so you may just scare your boyfriend/cat when you walk into the room.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat

A cult-favorite in the beauty world, this Seche Vite top coat promises to dry quickly while preserving chips. I’ve only used it once so far (I’ve been slacking on my manicures lately), but you can already call me impressed.

Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up!

Although I’m a huge fan of Benefit Hi Beam, I thought I’d give out this warmer, golden-toned highlighter a try. I think it works better when your skin is a little tan, so I reserve it for days when I wear a darker foundation/bronzer. Apply it above your cheekbones and on browbones for a gorgeous sheen.

e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer

I’ve tried a few different primers meant to hide pores, but this is my favorite affordable option. Although the smell is very chemical-y, the product goes on smoothly and a little goes a long way. I suggest letting it sink in for a few minutes before applying your foundation for best results.

Covergirl TruMagic Mini Skin Perfector

I’m still not quite sure what single thing this product is supposed to do, but I like it anyway. You can use it as a base for makeup or apply over makeup for a mattifying effect. On days when I’m in a rush, I use the compact and puff as a primer all over my face.

Hot Tools 2″ CeramicTi® Tourmaline Spring Iron

I know, I know- this barrel looks huge. It sort of is. I bought this 2″ curling iron to produce loose, bouncy waves. This curling iron is great for curling your ends in or out or adding volume to layered hair. The curls don’t hold as well or looked as defined as if you used a 1″ iron, but that’s the entire point. I plan on doing a little tutorial sometime in the future.


  1. I had friends that were obsessed with that face mask but I don’t think I’ve ever tried it. I’m not even sure why!

  2. I need a curling iron like that! I rarely curl my hair, but when I do it’s a pain because my curling iron and wand are both only an inch and it takes forever! Definitely can’t wait to see a tutorial!

  3. I’ve been wanting to try this Benefit Watt’s Up! Sounds great, although I’m really really fair skinned right now, so maybe I’ll wait until summer to purchase it! Great post Rachel! 🙂

  4. i love the watts app highlighter too – i am pretty pale and don’t find it too dark for me, but maybe it’s the difference in our undertone colors! and i love the seche vite topcoat too – second to my favorite essie ‘good to go’ 🙂

  5. I love Watt’s Up! It’s so good! And I’m really interested in that curler (although I just got a “trim” by my cousin that ended up being 4 inches, so it’ll be awhile until I can use a barrel that large again – ugh). 🙂

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