January 2021 Favorites

I hope everyone’s 2021 is off to a good start! Since the new year started, I’ve transitioned into the role of Teen Services Librarian at my workplace and received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Today, I am currently working from home as we are experiencing a pretty intense snowstorm which I’m definitely not mad about. Hopefully you’re all staying safe and warm wherever you are.

Here are some of my favorites from the month of January…

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

I rotate between a few foundations that I really like, but NARS’s Sheer Glow has truly become the “ol’ reliable” for me. Whenever I don’t know what foundation to wear, I always go back to Sheer Glow. Even with oily skin, Sheer Glow gives me a very natural finish. Coverage is medium, but buildable.

I could get away with just using the shade “Stromboli (Medium with olive undertones),” but I find it to be just a tad too orangey on me. Instead, I prefer to mix two shades: “Messine” is one shade above “Stromboli,” so it also has olive undertones, and “Guadeloupe” is a light shade with olive undertones. For some reason, this mixture creates a better match for me than “Stromboli” alone.

BH Cosmetics: Nazanin Kavari Brush Set

I prefer buying individual brushes over brush sets, but this specific brush set spoke to me because of its fluffy foundation brush (No. 2). I’ve been looking for a foundation brush that isn’t too dense with soft bristles, and the No. 2 brush in this set is fantastic. Fortunately, the rest of the brushes are equal in quality. I use pretty much all of the brushes in this set except for Nos. 7, 8 and 9 (smaller eye brushes) just because I don’t need them on a daily basis.

These brushes are also so beautiful–very sleek in design. I love that the handles are super long, slightly pointed and completely black (except the hairs are dark brown).

C.O. Bigelow Sakura Rose Salve No. 787

This simple and inexpensive salve has been my favorite and most used product from a Christmas package filled with beauty products from my friend. I didn’t think I could find a lip balm better than my Blistex Medicated Lip Balm, but the Sakura Salve is also so soothing and it just smells so good.

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Slow Ride

NARS describes the shade “Slow Ride” as a soft brown pink. I have slightly olive undertones and this color is a wearable warm-toned pink (almost coral) for me. The texture is watery with a matte finish that isn’t patchy. I like to blend out the color around the edges of my lips for a more natural look. I like to pair this lip color with the blush mentioned below…

NYX Sweet Cheeks Creamy Powder Matte Blush in Summer Breeze

“Summer Breeze” is a really flattering coral shade for my warm skin tone. I really like wearing a lot of blush, particularly peachy coral shades, on my cheeks and nose. The only con I have for this blush is the staying power, but it’s so pretty and I really enjoy applying this because it’s so easy to blend.

This is My America by Kim Johnson

This is My America tells the story of Black teenager Tracy Beaumont who is determined to save her innocent father on death row. Her world is flipped upside down again when a white classmate is found murdered, and Tracy’s brother Jamal is accused of killing her and flees the police. An engaging mystery and significant reflection of systemic racism in America.

T/W: loss and mention/depiction of murder (including lynching).

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

This absolutely beautiful tale tells the story of Ana, the fictional wife of Jesus, who longs to express the “largeness” within herself despite living in a world determined to silence women. It’s been a long time since I read a book so moving that I needed to buy my own copy just so I could read it again later. I’m no historian or theologian, but as a Catholic woman, I fell so completely in love with Ana and her story.

T/W: mention of rape, unwanted sexual advances, violence against women, loss of a child, suicide.

What were some of your favorites from January? Any good reads, lately?

xo jasmine

Instagram | Goodreads | 2021 Reading Goal: 14/105

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