The Beauty Bag: January

The first of the month has rolled around and that can only mean one thing – a look at what beauty fodder will be thrown into the seasonal mix this month. I’ll try to ignore the sweet, sweet pounding in my head and focus on all things beautiful as this bag had an almost ‘Shopping The Stash’ vibe while I was riffling through making my edit. I thought I’d take the opportunity to add some old favourites into my everyday box and address some mini speed reviews while I’m at it. Fresh, illuminating with a hint of perky pink – enter the January Beauty Bag…

January is the perfect time to embrace that dewy, ‘I’ve just been out for a big ol’ walk’ complexion, blah, blah, blah. But in all seriousness I’m planning to give a nod back to the lighter bases of last summer this month. I’ve given a fair amount of BB creams a go, but none have dazzled like the Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm. Colour range is classically limited but I do find the grey tinge melts away when blended into the skin and leaves the slightest amount of coverage. It may be shifting into tinted moisturiser territory but I like it and paired with Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base* I fall neatly into the New Year ‘dewy‘ makeup stereotype. I’m not sure I’ll let go of the MAC Chromographic Pencil in NC15-NW20 and Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude* over the next few weeks. Both perform exactly the same role and pencilled onto the lashline wave goodbye to eyes that tell the secrets of the night before. Another good’un that I don’t think has earnt a mention before is Laura Mercier Metallic Cream Eye Colour in Platinum. A quick slick over the lids equals champagne shimmer perfection; warning: layer over a primer as it does tend to crease. For lips I’m back on my dripfeed of daily nudes, the Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Cream in White Russian for gloss, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 148 Tea Rose for colour and AERIN Rose Conditioner* for moisture. And it’s a similar story with nails, it’s time to rid them off their berry stain and lacquer over the sheer pinks - Essie Muchi Muchi and Ballet Slippers.

Into the everyday mix they go so there’s no doubt what I’ll be reaching for this month. Fresh, flawless and flushed is on the menu for the next four weeks and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. Digging into a bag of beauty treats – what better way to start the year, eh?

*PR Samples


  • Louise

    Hallo! Just popping in a quick comment, have been reading your blog for months and find it so enjoyable! Gives me a quick injection of beauty excitement and off I go ready to buff and polish and whatever else tickles my fancy. Thank you! Louise xx

  • Katie Fawcett

    I tired Dr Jart and loved it, great choices 🙂

    Katie xo

    • Katie Fawcett

      Obviously I’m tired too! *tried ha xo

  • Katie Hello

    I love these posts you do showing us your beauty bag for that month. Always so interesting, and inspiring- I sorted out my makeup drawer yesterday, and today I’m going to fill up a makeup bag with the products I’ll use this month. Happy new year!

    Katie xx

  • BeingRaquel

    great choices… but… how about blusher? stila’s gerbera? or any other cream blush to stick w/ the dewyness theme? 😉 xx

  • Girl! You truly camnot sleep huh?its 1st of January haha! No, but seriously, great choices! Have the best time in this new year 2013 ever!

  • Nicky

    Hi Vivianna,

    First of all, A very happy new year!
    When is your favorite skincare of 2012 coming online?
    I’m looking forward to it!


  • Daria Buonin

    I love the contents of this beauty bag! First, lighter coverage: I love it. Second: the pinks, love them too! Great post 🙂 xx

  • Strawbry_Blonde

    Lovely choices Anna and I’m so with you on setting aside the sparkle and aiming for a fresh new look 🙂

    Nic x

  • Emilie Garnes

    I am going for the fresh and clean look myself, what better look to accompany the new years resolutions ? Love your blog Anna! Happy new year! xx Em

  • katherine.parkes

    love the nail polishes and the gloss 🙂 I’m going for the ‘fresh’ look too this month I think! x

  • Liora

    I absolutely love the Rimmel Scandaleyes liner, I went out and bought it after reading your review! What a great mixture of products! xx

  • I recently tried the Dr Jart Regenerating BB and was really impressed usually just stick to foundation but 2013 might be the year I am more adventurous

  • Kirsty Hill

    I love wearing sheer pinks in January its like a new start so my nails need a break from heavy colour as well! 🙂
    I have just started up a blog and would love if you came to check it out! 🙂

  • Denise F.

    Happy New Year!Like your blog a lot!
    This Makeupbag is so cute!

  • So many lovely things! They all go so well together, really want to try the bb cream! Xx

  • EH

    Those essie polishes are a gorgeous neutral shade and I really want to try laura mericer products this year! Happy New Year hope you have a brilliant year 🙂


  • MonicaBobbles

    Love the neutral polishes and lips! All the wintery dark reds got a bit gloomy after a while. Happy New Year! x

  • I love the colors of the polish. I am in love with the YSL lip stick but the money is not there, great to know that you are a friend of the YSL lip sticks.

  • Zoe Newlove

    Love the Laura Mercier metallic eye creams, I have a few in my kit! So easy to work with! I keep meaning to do this monthly beauty bag change, I have been sticking to the same old thing of late, but determined to give it a go!! Loving your posts, you make me want everything!!! xxx

  • Olive

    is the rimmel eyeliner available in the US?