January Favourites

I thought my first post of 2014 should be a little different than usual, so here it is, my January favourites. Haven’t done a post like this yet but I personally love reading what other people loved each month. Now, everything I included here have been in my possession long before 2014 as I decided that January 2014 will be the so-called ‘no-buy-January’ for me.
Obviously, it was mostly due to the fact that after Christmas I was just simply broke (I’m sure I wasn’t the only one) and I just couldn’t let myself spend any more money than needed, especially on things that I didn’t urgently have to get (at least not yet). So in January I just embraced all the things I already had and you know what? It actually felt good. I made it through whole January without buying a single thing (well, maybe apart from one book, but I’m planning to write a separate post on that, *hint* it’s about a healthy lifestyle) and it felt liberating. Let’s move on to my favourites, though. 

My first favourite product of January is Neom Serenity candle (£15). I’ve had this one for a while but I used it regularly in January, which is one of my least favourite months to be honest. Neom is such a fantastic company. All of their candles smell incredible and are of high quality. Their Serenity candle is no exception. It blends scents of Vanilla and Sandalwood, creating a very soothing and, at the same time, uplifting scent. I love burning it at night before going to sleep as part of my nighttime ritual. I can honestly say that I’ve been sleeping like a baby after burning it. 

Another favourite of mine is African Botanics Marula Intense Skin Repair Body Balm (£40). I discovered it in October 2013 and it quickly became my favourite. It contains marula oil, Shea butter, olive oil, and honey and it’s just as fantastic for dry, dehydrated skin as for inflamed, irritated one. It helped me get rid of some suspicious dry patch under my eye in just few days. It’s perfect for any dry areas both on body and face. I like to use it at night on my under-eye area as well as cheeks as they tend to get really dry. Apart from all the good stuff it contains, it smells just incredible. I can’t get enough of its smell. I know it’s pricey but I’ve been using it since October and I still have more than half of it left. You really need the smallest amount.

I thought I wouldn’t love yet another facial cleanser because I really seem to have enough of them already, but when I ran out of my favourite Sophyto cleanser I decided to try something new, which in this case turned out to be Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser (£25). As you can see in the picture, there isn’t much of it left, which means that I really like it. I’ve been using it twice a day for almost 2 months now and I’m sure all my other cleansers feel a bit neglected right now. Sorry. It’s light, creamy, and oh so moisturising. Instead of wash cloth, I use Clarisonic with it and it works like a charm, leaves my skin clean and soft. Just like the name says it’s really gentle. The other Antipodes cleanser left my skin a bit red, with this one I have no problems at all. It’s great for removing make-up too. 

Since I can’t live without a good facial oil, in January when I ran out of my cheap jojoba oil, I reached for something more posh (I actually stole it from my mum one time) which is Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (£20). I’ve known it for years and have been ordering it for my mum ever since, but I’ve just never tried it myself for some reason. My, my, my, what a mistake it was… This stuff is like liquid gold! It’s not too oily, it absorbs in no time and leaves my skin soft and supple. After using it for a week or so, I noticed that my scars faded and any breakouts that I had just vanished. My mum swears by it and she has rosacea-prone skin. You just can’t go wrong with it! 

Last but not least, something not from the beauty world, Teapigs Organic Matcha (£25). My first ever encounter with matcha was at some shop offering food from all over the world. I remember noticing it, reading its label and thinking to myself that it must have been that tea I once had read about in some magazine. For some odd reason I wasn’t brave enough to try it, even though I’ve been a green tea drinker for probably 15 years. Maybe it was the fact that I didn’t know much about it and its benefits. Matcha is basically powdered green tea, but not just some green tea. There is a special process involved in picking its leaves, drying, and grinding them. You only need 1/2 teaspoon per serving and you can mix it either into cold/hot water or nut milk for a delicious latte. I also love it in a green smoothie (banana, avocado, honey, protein powder — YUM!). Drinking just one serving is like drinking 10-15 cups of regular green tea. It works just like espresso but without the jittery effect afterwards. Also, it’s higher in antioxidants than goji berries! It’s definitely a superfood. It helped me stay awake and overall great throughout gloomy, dark January. Did I mention that it also boosts metabolism, therefore having slimming effect? SCORE!

Maybe this January wasn’t such a bad month after all.. What were your favourite products in January? 

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