january essentials

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte
This deep, berry hue has been my go-to lipstick this winter. Whether it’s a night out or during the day with nothing more than mascara, it’s versatile enough for almost any occasion. My only complaint is that there isn’t a shade in my name.

Waterlogged
I’ve been trying to drink more water lately and this app is helping me do it. (A cute water bottle doesn’t hurt either; I bought one of these). You can save multiple different size bottles that you regularly drink from, add them up as the day goes on, and even schedule different reminders (either at a certain time of day, in regular intervals, or only if you’re behind on your goal). It’s one of the only things I’ve found that is actually making a difference and, so far, I’ve hit my goal 15 out of 19 days this month!

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Sheet Pan Dinners
During the winter, I tend to be at my laziest. Combine that with a desire to be healthy and I’ve got a problem. Usually, I combat it by making a massive pot of soup at the beginning of the week. While that certainly makes lunch easy, for dinner I prefer to make something more substantial. That’s where sheet pan dinners come in. It’s exactly what it sounds like – throw a bunch of stuff onto one sheet pan and about half an hour (ish) later, you’ve got an entire dinner ready to go. Find more tips, tricks, and recipes here.

KNC Beauty Collagen Infused Lip Mask
This temperamental weather has done a number on my skin and lips this winter. Enter, this saving grace. My lips feel soft and are decidedly not chapped, which is important when you’re wearing bold shades (like the one above). Also, it’s kind of hilarious and adorable to wear.

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Shashi Bar Earrings
I was given these earrings as a Christmas gift, and they immediately became my go-to pick for work. I’m a person who rarely leaves the house without having earrings on and these are perfect for when I want something more understated, but still cool and pretty. The rose gold is especially good with my skin tone, but they also come in gold and silver.

Hollywood Sweater Saver
As it’s (usually) quite cold outside, my winter wardrobe consists of more than a few sweaters. This takes care of all those little bumps that tend to appear on woven clothing over time. I keep a stash in the laundry room and it’s been getting a lot of use lately.