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.

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best buys : glossier

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As an avid reader of Into the Gloss¬†(their Top Shelf series is one of my favorites), I discovered Glossier fairly soon after it launched. The first product I tried was the Balm Dotcom and I was immediately hooked. Now, there’s a regular group of Glossier products in my arsenal that I couldn’t live without. It doesn’t hurt that they look pretty on my vanity either. Here are a few of my favorites.

Balm Dotcom, $12
The aforementioned “skin salve,” as they call it, is an all around miracle worker. I use it on my lips and hands (specifically, my cuticles) daily and it has made such a difference. I’ve also used it on my feet in between pedicures and any small patches of dry skin, as needed. And, bonus, they also have flavored options – I have the cherry, which I love, but I still keep the regular version on hand as well.

Milky Jelly Cleanser, $18
This product comes with a backstory. The whole idea started with an Into the Gloss post about what people wanted in an ideal face wash. The answers came rolling in and, about a year later, they launched this cleanser. I’m in love. It’s super hydrating and incredibly smooth. It works on dry or wet skin (I do both) and rinses away makeup quickly. The one thing I had to adjust to was the lack of lather with this face wash – but once I got over that (and realized how well it was working) that was the last of my concerns. It makes my skin feel amazing year round.

Boy Brow, $16
A friend at work convinced me that I needed this a few months ago and I’m so glad she did. I have dark blonde eyebrows and, even though I get them tinted once a month, they usually benefit from a little filling in. I’ve used so many different brow products over the years it’s hard to keep track, but I think I’m sticking with this one. It makes my eyebrows look fuller and helps them hold their shape throughout the day or night.

Generation G Lip Stick, $18
I’m constantly changing up my makeup depending on the season and, of course, my mood. Especially at night. But during the day I keep a pretty standard regimen, mostly because it helps me get out the door faster in the mornings. Part of that regimen? This lipstick. I have the “Like” and “Zip” shades, but I’m eyeing “Crush” or “Jam” for winter. I use the “Like” one so much that I keep one in my purse or makeup bag and another stashed away in my office, just in case.