New Year New to Me Beauty

Happy New Year! Is it ok to still say that on January 10th? Between the virus that shall not be named hitting our house for Christmas and into the New Year, and still being super busy at work I haven't had a chance to hop in here for a bit. Thankful to report that we are all much better, and if there's ever a time to get sick it's when school and gymnastics are out for Lil' Miss coupled with company holidays and PTO. We were able to hunker down at home eating Christmas cookies and watching holiday specials while Face Timing with the fam up in Connecticut. 

Since it's a new year, it was time for me to update some beauty items. I used to overspend at Sephora and went from VIB status to not even spending $1 in there the past few years. Needless to say, I needed to start replacing some of my staples and discover new-to-me products. 

I was looking for another wear with practically everything lipstick, and finally scooped up MAC's Twig which went for a spin on girl's night out recently. Such a pretty shade! 

I'm a total dunce at doing my own hair (and makeup if we're being honest), so a tool that will help achieve that salon blowout look was calling my name. I'd seen so many people try the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer Brush and alerted my husband to a great sale before Christmas. The look of surprise when it was under the tree on Christmas morning was Oscar award worthy. The only complaint I have is it doesn't do as great a job at controlling my fly-aways as my trusty regular hair dryer. 

Oh Shape Tape - the overpushed by influencers beauty product. Well, I finally decided to see what they hype was about and scooped up a duo that included their Glow Wand as well. 

Did you know you can purchase Ulta products at Target now? Well none of the Targets around me are fancy enough to carry the products in-store, but I was excited to order this clarifying shampoo with my Red debit card for free shipping and 5% off. It had been too long since I used a weekly clarifying shampoo and my hair was getting dull. Glad to bring some of the oomph back until my next salon visit. 

I've never ventured into a blending sponge for applying makeup, but now that I picked up the Shape Tape Glow Wand I wanted to properly blend it in for an extra glow. Enter the $6 e.l.f. sponge that I simply added to a recent Target Drive-Up order. 

I used to ask for a new perfume every Christmas, and realized I hadn't refreshed my collection recently. Maybe it was the Lady Gaga commercials, but whatever the reason Valentino's Voce Viva eau de parfum is the perfect blend of florals and vanilla. 

Dry Shampoo {only $9} | Rose Quartz Roller {only $15} | Honest Primer

I also hadn't replaced my dry shampoo for far too long even with less showers thanks to permanent work-from-home (can I get a hallelujah?) I wanted to try one that was specifically for brunettes, and got this dry shampoo from Santa in my stocking. 

Another score from my stocking was a rose quartz face roller. No matter how much sleep I get, I still have puffiness and dark circles around my eyes and let's not get started on the wrinkles creeping in. I picked one up a few months back, and after only using it once Lil' Miss picked it up and said "Mommy what's this?" and then proceeded to break it. Needless to say my new one will be kept safely out of reach. 

I'm working on trying to be better about clean beauty products, and have liked everything I've tried from Jessica Alba's Honest Beauty line. The Everything Glow Primer is the perfect base for a dewy look plus it contains hyaluronic acid. 

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  1. That perfume sounds like a great scent! Glad you all are feeling better! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  2. Twig is one of my favorite standing lipsticks and always will be! It is a fantastic color for most people.

    Happy New Year - not too late! Glad you're all feeling better.

  3. I have giant bags under my eyes all the time and I hate them. I need to see if one of those rollers will at least help a bit. My bags are hereditary so I have a feeling it won't. Haha.

  4. I'm so happy you guys are on the mend. Hope the virus didn't hit you guys too hard xo


  5. That lip color is one of my favorites too, and I love my roller when I remember to take the time to do it! That perfume sounds lovely. I tried shape tape, but it creased way too much in my fine lines :( I know so many people who rave about it though. Hope you guys are back to feeling better!

  6. I love these products! I have a jade roller (like the rose quartz one but with jade) and I love it!

    Lots of love,
    Krissi of the marquise diamond

  7. Twig is one of my favorite Mac lipstick shade! I also got that hairdryer for Christmas and love how fast it drys my hair! Need to check out that Honest primer!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  8. Happy 2022! So glad you guys are feeling so much better. I don't use a lot of beauty products but I'd love to try out that roller.

    Maureen |

  9. I'm so glad that you are doing better and that you were able to take care of yourself through the holidays. I LOVE the Revlon one-step. That was my favorite quarantine find. I really want the Dyson Airwrap, but I can't justify the cost when the one-step does as good as it does!

  10. Mac's Twig is my JAM! I seriously cannot get enough of it- it's that perfect cool-toned mauve that seems to look good on everyone!

    Le Stylo Rouge