Editor Favorites For January 2018

It’s a brand new month (and new year!), which means a new round of products is making their way onto store shelves and into our makeup bags. These are the products’s editors can’t live without this January.

Dawn, Editorial Director

Maybelline Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner Pencil

There’s nothing worse than tugging on your eyelid with a dry pencil, and this one is the exact opposite. It’s beyond silky, glides on like a dream, has tons of color payoff and lasts all day — even on the waterline. I love this gray-black color with a hint of glimmer.

Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint

I’m not a foundation girl; I just love a barer skin look — especially if I’m having a good skin day. But I still need something to even out discoloration, and that’s where this minimalist tint comes in. It gives me just enough coverage, is hydrating (key this time of year) and comes in 11 shades. FYI: It’s exclusive to Nordstrom right now.

Red Flower Ambrette

Warm and earthy with amber and musk, this perfume is my wintertime dream. Add to that the fact that it’s synthetic free, and I wish I could bathe in it. (Plus, how pretty is the bottle?)



Sydney, Creative Producer

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

A friend who lived abroad in Australia introduced me to Papaw years ago and I never looked back. This moisturizing ointment has a multitude of uses but won my heart as a lip balm. It wears well on its own or under other products, especially matte lipsticks or a bit of highlighter on your lips. And the multiple different sized tubes and pots means I can stash some just about everywhere — my bag, my desk, the car, bedside.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

I used the same makeup for about 100 years until I tried this one. The coverage is significant without feeling cakey, and doesn't dry out after a day of running between overheated offices and cold city streets.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

This is a cult classic for good reason. The black feels really rich and coats without weighing down my lashes. It’s quite possibly the most reliable mascara I've ever used!

Justine, Visual Designer

YSL Pur Couture Rouge Lipstick

This shade has become one of my favorites for the colder seasons — it’s super creamy and extremely pigmented.

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner

These liners are great for when I want a pop of color and need it to last — this stuff doesn’t budge.

Milk Makeup Highlighter in Lit

This is one of my favorite highlighters — it’s super quick and easy to apply, and it’s perfectly sized to slip into any bag.



Courtney, Growth Editor

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter

This contouring kit is the three-in-one palette I've been waiting for my whole contouring life. These contouring shades are by far the most natural that I've tried — contouring without looking like a Bratz doll. The kit includes powders, creams and one pearl shade for highlighting, which makes it an essential if you're looking to optimize your makeup routine (and storage!). I was already a Naked addict, but Shapeshifter has become a permanent fixture in my collection with its range of deep to light shades that will have me covered from my pasty winter to my bronzed summer skin.

French Girl Le Lip Tint

In my never-ending desire to be mistaken for a French girl in a lineup, I am always looking for the natural yet chic products that a French girl might be trying RN. The French Girl brand Le Lip Tint in Rose Noire has replaced my go-to red lipstick this month because winter is real y'all. The mineral, buttery rich formula makes this tinted balm a naturally moisturizing mixture of goodness to later on your lips as obsessively as you want. The sheer finish of this particular shade makes it one of the most winter-friendly lip products I've tried lately.

Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Jetsetter Palette

The palette released this fall has really lived up to the hype. With holiday travel, this has become another efficient go-to with concealers, lip balms, eyeshadows, blush, bronzer, highlighter and mascara all in one place. I find that the blush makes a good eyeshadow for a citrusy vibe that still makes my fair skin seem sunny and warm. I wear it with just mascara and no liner, especially when I want my brows to stand out more.



Marisa, Assistant Editor


L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator

I've been using True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator under my foundation, and I'm loving how it's giving me a natural, glowing-complexion. If you're obsessed with products that give you a fresh-faced, natural glow, I highly recommend trying this product.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Lacquer Eyeliner

As a cat eye enthusiast, I'm always scouting out new liquid liner pens. I happened to come across this one, and I'm obsessed with it because it's super pigmented, long-lasting and very easy to apply.

IT Cosmetics Superhero 4-in-1 Eye-Transforming Super Shadow and Liner Brush

I thought I had all the makeup brushes that I needed until IT Cosmetics sent me this amazing (and super cool) 4-in-1 brush. You can click up on the brush to use it as a shadow brush, crease brush, smudge brush and liner brush. It's ideal for when you're on the go and need a multipurpose tool.


Alanna, Assistant Editor

L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer

I’ve been looking for a good matte primer for a while, so when I saw that L’Oréal Paris came out with this matte lock it, I knew I had to try. And, without surprise, I’m so happy I did. This is super lightweight, feels nice and airy and keeps my makeup budge-free.

NYX Professional Makeup Powder Puff Lippie in Cool Intentions

When I heard that NYX was coming out with a cushion applicator, I’ll admit I was hesitant. I don’t often like cushion applicators, but after trying Cool Intentions, I’ve been converted. This is super soft, cushiony and comfortable to wear and even more fun to apply. Obsessed.

Byredo Velvet Haze

If you know me well, you know I love a great winter fragrance. This winter I’ve settled on Velvet Haze as my absolute favorite. It’s super dreamy, smells luxurious and makes for a really killer Instagram, if I do say so myself.



Tembe, Assistant Editor

Fresh Beauty Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask

This mask feels so nice on the skin — it's cooling and exfoliating at the same time. Formulated with seaweed and lotus flowers (two super nourishing ingredients), it really does wonders for making you feel radiant AF. Whenever I use it I feel like I'm really doing something good for myself so it's no surprise it made it onto my favorites list this month.

L'Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer

I'm OBSESSED with this stuff because it gives you a smooth canvas to work with without feeling like there’s a mask on top of your face. There's something about the *glow* that makes me feel like I'm doing a little something extra, particularly on days when I go barefaced — save for my favorite highlighter.

Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

I'm a little late to the Monsieur Big appreciation party, but better late than never right? I'm famous for complaining about my small lashes but after trying this mascara I believe volume and length is possible. I use it with my fave L'Oréal lash primer, and I swear it makes me feel like a new woman.




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