So this first month of 2016 has gone by, so it's time to share the bits that have tickled my fancy over the last four weeks.
There have been two palettes I have been reaching constantly throughout the month. One of which has had plenty of hype in the blogging community recently, so I'm sure you won't be surprised when I say I've been loving the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. Firstly the package of this the beautiful, I also find it very practical, it's a good shape and fits in my current make up bag, it also has a good size mirror which I've found myself using a lot. I have been reaching for the shade 1987 most days, it's the shimmer golden colour, and if you know me, you'll know I am the biggest fan of gold eyeshadows, so this is right up my street. I also love the shades steady and punk, and I've found the shade Harajuka makes the prettiest shade of blush, so I've found myself applying it to my cheeks rather than my eye.. The eyeshadows are so pigmented and blend so well, they're just really great quality eyeshadows.
The second eyeshadow palette I'd never actually heard of before I got it myself, it's the Stilla Whole Lot of Love Palette - I've got a feeling this was a christmas limited edition, but if you can get your hand on one, it's so worth it. I found this in M&S, reduced in the January sales, I think I paid around £18 for it - I basically just bought it because it was reduced and I like the brand Stilla, I had no expectations for this palette, however I think it may now be my favourite palette ever. It comes with four blush shades, a mascara (which I'm yet to try) and 20 eyeshadows. Everything is so pigmented, long lasting and blends like a dream. There are so many shades, you can create the most amazing looks with it. My favourite shade is the bronze gold colour in the top right corner, I've been using this colour constantly. The only thing I don't like about this palette is the packaging, it just a bit cardboardy and cheap feeling.

To apply my base products this month I have gone back to using my Real Techniques sponge. I'm sure this had featured in a favourites before, but I had somehow forgotten how much I love using this. It's so easy to use and my foundation and concealer just look more skin-like when I use this.

I'm going through a bit of a nude lip phase (isn't everyone?). Anyway, as much as I love my MAC Velvet Teddy, I thought it was about time I got a more high street nude lip, as I've been wearing it to work most days so I just wanted a cheapy one so it wouldn't matter if I lost it, and that I'm getting through my nude lipsticks faster than you can imagine, so I picked up the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in the shade 38 which is a pinky nude shade with a glossy finish. I love this a lot more than expected. It's so pretty and wearable. 

I also picked up a nude lipliner at the start of the month. It's the Kiko Automatic Precision Lip Liner in the shade 500 Natural Rose. This lip liner just goes on so easily and makes my lipstick look a lot neater. I've been using this with  Kate Moss lipstick, it's a little more brown and darker than the lipstick, but they work together, it gives a kind of ombre look making your lips look fuller. I've also been using this with velvet teddy, I just think they're a great match.
On my nails, I've been reaching for almost black shades. I've been constantly wearing two nail polish through January, those are Essie Wicked and Tanya Burr New York Night. Wicked is a very dark burgundy shade, and New York Night is a very dark purple toned shade. I love dark nails, and I think the slightly colour to these makes them really a little more interesting than just going for the standard black.

When I popped into my local Superdrug, and I picked up the Zoella Beauty Wonder Hand as I walk passed, not expect much from it, just because I had dry hands and it was right in front of me. Anyway since I've been using this my hands have been in a much better condition. For a couple of days I used a hand cream by cowshed, however my hands seemed to go back to being in a dry bad condition. So I switched back to the Zoella one, and within a few days my hands were soft and smooth once again. I also think the packaging on this is really cute too.

A fragrance I've been enjoying recently is a bit of a rediscovery. It's Dior Hypnotic Poison - I used to wear this years ago when I worked at a perfume shop so I could get it discounted, however didn't repurchase when I stopped working there as it is a bit of a pricey one for a 18 year old, and completely forgot about it by the time I was earning enough to treat myself to perfumes - anyway I got given a bottle for Christmas (thank you mum), and I have fallen in love with it all over again. I think it's unlike any other fragrance I've ever tried. I'm pretty rubbish at describing scent, so pop into you local boots or where ever and give this a sniff. It's smells beautiful - I can see this becoming my new signature scent and plan on purchasing this over and over.

It has been rather chilly in England recently, so I've had two go to things that have been keeping my warm.
Firstly my fluffy headband. I love this, it's so warm and cosy, and looks sophisticated and I feel so sleek (is it acceptable to say this), at least I like to think so. I also love the teal colour. I'm thinking of doing a fashion blogpost featuring this, so keep an eye out for that if you want to pictures of this being worn.

My burgundy leather gloves were another christmas gift I received. With my tiny hands, the small is a little big for me, however I have still been getting my wear out of them. I love the colour, I love the gloves, and my hands are so much warmer.

My music favourite for the month is a bit of a random one, however all through january I found myself listening to George Ezra constantly, his voice is just beautiful, and listen to his music his music just makes me feel good.

That's all the bits that popped to mind when I thinking of my favourite throughout January. It would be great to hear what you were loving through the first month of January?

I hope you had a great month.
Chloe x