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Leah’s January Favorites


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January is the time for new ideas and new articles! For the first time in College Fashion history, I’m going to start writing monthly favorites posts.

From the comments, you seem to like articles featuring real people showing the products, and instead of just sticking with fashion, I’m expanding into these categories: makeup, hair, fashion, and a miscellaneous category. (And, this should go without saying, but all of these are products I’ve bought with my own money and that I genuinely love, honor, adore, and hoard like a crazy person.)

Scroll down to check out my first favorites post:

Makeup Favorites

January favorites anastasia brow gel

Do you see a difference between those top two pictures and that bottom one? That’s right: my eyebrows are gone!

I used to use drugstore eyebrow powder, but the color was never light enough. This is the Anastasia Brow Gel in Caramel, which I believe is the second lightest shade, and it perfectly matches my highlighted hair. The gel colors, fills in, and keeps your brows in place all day.

The only downside to this gel compared to powder is that you don’t get as much control. It does make your eyebrows feel stiff and crispy, but that doesn’t bother me because I don’t touch my eyebrows. Does anyone?

January favorites heated eyelash curler

I never wore mascara on a daily basis until this semester. In fact, if you go back and read my very first College Fashion article, I’m not wearing any. Mascara didn’t make a big difference on my lashes. Someone I dated once even pointed out that I had small lashes.

My lashes might have indeed looked small… until I discovered heated eyelash curlers. This creates a curl that lasts all day. Throw away your fake lashes and buy this. I got this one from Ulta, and it uses one battery.

Please don’t use this in a moving vehicle because it does get hot and you don’t want to accidentally burn your eyeball! Remember: thou shall be careful using a heated device near your eye.

Hair Favorites

January favorites dove hair therapy

This is the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Detangler, which is made from a weightless Argan oil blend. If you’ve ever put bleach in your hair, you know how tangled and unruly hair can become. This doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it greasy. Instead, it gets rid of frizz and makes my hair easy to comb. I use it when my hair is dry or wet.

It’s less concentrated than a serum or plain Argan oil, which I like because I can’t accidentally use too much and a have a glob of oil in my hair.

Am I’m the only that’s done that?

Fashion Favorites

January favorites furry parka chunky cardigan

This black parka with fur-lined hood, drawstring waist, and huge pockets has saved me from dying from hypothermia waiting for a bus.

Likewise, I have loved layering with this chunky, patterned cardigan that I featured in Sunday’s article on cozy outfits. I have gotten so many compliments on this, and for good reason!

Believe it or not, both of these pieces are from Sears! I never shopped at Sears until recently, but I am very impressed with the stuff they have in stock.

L.L. Bean boots

Bean boots are a durable, water-proof lace-up boot. For the longest time, I couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted a pair, because I didn’t want to be labeled as trying to dress a certain way.

Regardless, when I found these at a local thrift shop for a fraction of the price, I had to get them. They keep my toes toasty… even when hiking through mud.

Miscellaneous Favorites

January favorites acai snacks

This last section in these posts will be dedicated to an unrelated item, like a book, or a band, or in this case… a snack!

I tried acai (ah-sigh-ee) for the first time. It’s a super fruit from Brazil that some believe help your skin. (You can read up on in on WebMD.) I prefer acai with other flavors, especially blueberry. Acai juice or smoothies tastes a bit like grape juice. These dark chocolate covered acai, despite looking like rabbit turds, are a great dessert or snack to throw in your backpack.

Both of these snacks were found at my local Kroger, but should be available at whichever grocery chain you have around you.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this post? Do you like any of these items? What are your January favorites? Let me know what you’ve been loving this month by leaving a comment below!

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23 Responses to “Leah’s January Favorites”

  1. 1
    January 28th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Love this article! Keep them coming!

  2. 2
    January 28th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Does anyone have a direct link to that sweater? I had a hard time finding it on the Sears website.

  3. 3
    January 28th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Love the acai flavors from Brookside! These are my go-to when I need a chocolate fix. Anyone who shares a similar obsession with the super fruit may want to try Rener Gracie’s acai bowl
    It’s a long video, but it’ll keep you entertained for sure. Rener Gracie is a member of the family that revolutionized Brazilian jiu jitsu. They follow strict dietary rules, so you’ll know exactly what you’re eating and what it’s doing for your body.

  4. 4
    January 28th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I love the Brookside Acai chocolate covered berries! A handful are the perfect sugar fix without overdoing it.

  5. 5
    January 28th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks Megan! :)

    Catt, after a long look at Sears website, I found the sweater! Bonus: it’s on sale! I also wear mine 2 sizes larger than I would normally wear so it’s loose.

    Yasmeen, I have been hearing about these mysterious acai bowls but I never really knew what they were. That guy is hilarious! I’m also very impressed with his coconut breaking skills. Thanks for the video.

    Mariah, I agree completely. My chocolate addiction is soaring out of control–I am drinking hot cocoa as I write this–and those berries are usually the only thing between me and a candy bar.

  6. 6
    January 28th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I definitely have tiny eyelashes too, I always thought I must be applying mascara wrong because it never seemed to make much of a difference, lol. I’ve never heard of heated lash curlers before, I’m intrigued!

  7. 7
    January 28th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Wow those boots are adorable!

    I didn’t even know Sears sold clothes, especially fashionable ones like that! I’ll definitely have to check that out. Keep up the good work!

  8. 8
    January 28th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Dee, they will change your life!!! Or at least your lash life, haha. I know what you mean. My eyelashes look good for 10 seconds after putting on mascara and then… it magically goes away.

    I’ve seen heated eyelash curlers that are a little less expensive, and still work as well, at TJ Maxx.

  9. 9
    January 28th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Could you do a post on bean boots? I just got mine and it seems like there’s not very much variety in styling them out there

  10. 10
    January 28th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    ^I agree with Mary above. Do an article on how to style those bean boots, or at least boots that are similar with the rubber bottom and tan upper! I have a pair of hiking boots that I’d like to start wearing around campus more. :)

  11. 11
    January 28th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Mary and Jessica, I love that idea. Fingers crossed, it should be out next month :) Most likely February 9th!

  12. 12
    January 28th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I have been looking for a new detangler since the Not Your Mother’s Knotty to Nice detangler was out of stock in Target the other day… I didn’t see the dove one – but it sounds amazing. I am definitely going to pick that up.

  13. 13
    January 28th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Traci, you won’t regret it. I use it basically everyday, particularly on the thick layer of hair around my neck that seems to hoard tangles. It also works good when straightening your hair. Your blog is so cute, by the way. I adore that sparkly blue and black dress :)

  14. 14
    January 28th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I always look forward to your posts because you have a cute but comfortable style! Keep writing! :)

  15. 15
    January 28th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you, Gell. I enjoy getting inspiration from bloggers with more daring, trendy styles, but I’m a comfort girl at heart.

  16. 16
    January 28th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    LOL at rabbit turds haha, cracked up at that!

  17. 17
    January 29th, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Bean boots and cardigan are cool! You are missing a nice bag

  18. 18
    January 29th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Thanks Annie and Christine. Maybe next time I’ll include the purse I use to carry my rabbit turds in :) have an awesome day!

  19. 19
    January 29th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Great article, Leah, love the Bean boots!! I saw a girl on my SC campus wearing them recently. I was working, and I literally stopped talking to a cute guy to give her props for wearing them for fashion. The guy was flabbergasted, and proceeded to tell me that he was surprised I was interested in fashion, bc “You always seemed so intellectual, and I just never thought you were into fashion.” Lol!! Someone needs to get with the times. Btw, I’d love to see a future article on what you can do to personalize a work uniform, such as for food service. Personally I like to wear cute hair accessories and red lipstick with mine.

  20. 20
    January 29th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Julia, oh my gosh! Has that guy been living under a rock?! Lol. Your work uniform style sounds SO cute. Thanks for your kind comment–and props for being both intellectual and fashionable!

  21. 21
    January 29th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    ditto annie – totally made me laugh. :)

    i also have very small lashes, but i would never have thought of a heated lash curler – thanks for the tip!

    any other suggestions for an oil detangler? argan oil gives me a horrendous rash…

    & also love your posts!

  22. 22
    January 29th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks M! I’m sorry you react that way to argan oil; must be tough since everrrrything seems to have it these days :( Sorry. Have you tried Moroccan oil or keratin oil?

  23. 23
    February 23rd, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Leah, do you use the heated mini eyelash curler before or after you apply mascara? I’m thinking of getting it because the regular eyelash curlers and mascara don’t do it for me.

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