2015 beauty picks

Essie polishes in Masterplan and Bordeaux // Estee Lauder lipglosses in Extravagant Pink, Pink Innocence and Brazen Berry // Catwalk by Tigi Root Boost Spray c/o Hairtrade

January is, for a lot of people, the worst time of the year. Christmas and New Year celebrations are over, the dregs of the sales are left in the shops, and it's far too cold to be thinking about new season trends just yet. It feels as if all there is to look forward to is miserable weather and dull days at work with the evenings still closing in around 4pm!

It is a good time, however, to shake up your beauty routine. I like to use January for a bit of a spring clean of my beauty kit; an opportunity to chuck out any old products that I haven't got on with or no longer use, and to look at my everyday style and see if I can introduce any new items to freshen up my beauty routine, both in terms of haircare and makeup.

I've chosen a few of my current favourites to talk about, mainly as a response to this post where I talked about some products that I really hated, so I thought it would be good to talk on the flipside about some that I really love!

I've really been enjoying Essie nail polishes recently which came about after my work secret Santa where everyone was bought a bottle of Essie polish. My Secret Santa chose very well with this perfect 'greige' tone called 'Masterplan', I actually applied it on Christmas day and it's only just needing replacing which gives you an indication of how longwearing this polish is. I also think the dark burgundy shade 'Bordeaux' is just beautiful and perfect for this time of year.

I wouldn't normally pick lipglosses to wear as opposed to a lipstick, but my signature red lip look day after day can get a little tired so I am ringing the changes with these beautiful Estee Lauder glosses which were a Christmas present from my mum. I like how they aren't shimmery but really rich toned, and they apply really smoothly without stickiness, which is the one thing I can't stand! The packaging on these is just beautiful, too.

For haircare, I am reaching for this Root Boost Spray by Tigi. I must admit, it's more a mousse than a spray; initially I thought it would apply like a dry shampoo but it is definitely a mousse. You spray it in to damp hair at the roots and work it through for an amped up look; definitely what I need with my long hair! It contains sweet almond oil and lavender and it smells amazing, it also adds texture to the hair without making it stiff or crunchy. A kit bag must have!

XO Amie
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