Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Favourites | Beauty December 2014

December came & went so quickly. I can't believe I am already back at work, trying to get into the swing of things. For beauty favourites, I have a lot of repeats. Sometimes it takes an old fav running out and having to use a hum-drum product to make you realize what you love. I also have many that have been featured each month it seems. My spending money definitely went to gifts this year rather than my beauty addiction. Which is a good thing!

Burt's Bees Lip Balm in Coconut & Pear
Zoya Nail Polish Remover
Velvet Hair Ties from Forever 21

Lots of good favourites this month. Going on a trip forced me to really consider products-either because I have to bring them or I forget to and realize it was a big mistake. One thing that I did bring on my trip (in travel form) and had to open up a new bottle-it's a big bottle-was the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer. It's such a lovely light, hydrating spray. My recent Sephora purchases definitely all made favourites status this month. I have been loving bold brows this fall and winter, and the Anastasia Brow Whiz in Soft Brown achieves that look. I am still getting a bit used to it as the tip is finer and more precise than tarte The Brow Architect that I used before, which surprisingly makes it harder to use for me. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is one I am finally so happy to own. It just makes you look like you have perfect glowing skin. I think I have tried a foil packet sample (I did!) of the Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate before this little deluxe one, and I love using it again. It feels so nice under my eyes and works super well, which with all my lack of sleep and allergies, I need it to.

When I went to Florida, I tried to streamline my skincare, so I brought the Tatcha Pure One-Step Cleansing Oil to be an easy night cleanser/make-up remover combo. It breaks up make-up so nicely and is so easy to use.  I just apply it with dry hands to a dry face, then jump in the shower to rinse it all off with a bit of the Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Facial Cleanser (also used this in the morning). I love the Malin+Goetz travel set and will probably have to pick up another set to as it's perfect for travel, and I am running low on most of the products. I mentioned my fairly recent love for leave-in hair conditioners. Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner has been a fav. I didn't end up packing it and missed ending my shower routine with this spray. I did throw in the Macadamia Healing Oil and even though it was a favourite last month (or was it October?-correct answer: It was both...) I had to put it in again. It never ends up making my hair to greasy, just shiny and healthy looking. I am almost out of Lush Mask of Magnaminty which is a good thing as its expiration date is approaching. This mask does it all-hydrating, detoxifying, exfoliating. It makes me look like a sea monster, but I am definitely going to pick up another pot. I am always buying new flavours of Burt's Bees lip balms and picked up the Coconut & Pear scent. These are my favourite, no-fuss, throw in your purse balms, can't go wrong. The weather has been so dry, resulting in me constantly using hand cream. I got this Handmaid Hand Lotion in Fig in a limited edition Birchbox and love the scent and fast absorption.

For nails, I can't stop using Zoya Margo. I seriously haven't used one polish this many times in a row. It's such a pretty fall/winter plum. When I first started using the Zoya Nail Polish Remover, I was more impressed by the pump, but after bringing "regular" nail polish remover with me when I packed, I wish I had brought the Zoya instead. It is so much faster and less stripping on the nails. I'm converted. This season I burned through probably 3 Bath & Body Works Fresh Balsam candles, and I have 2 more to go (though I might pack one up in the Christmas storage box as a surprise for next year). It's a scent both Preston & I love. It's comforting winter while being clean and refreshing. I just ordered some more Bath & Body Works goods, so I will have to include a haul soon. Before my trip, I decided to stop by Forever 21 for some new pjs and maybe a little travel accessory if I stumbled upon it. I ended up finding some cute prints for pajama pants and also picked up a packet of the elastic tie style hair ties. They are my favourite as they don't crease or break my hair. These ones are velvet which makes them even better. They hold their shape better (though at first I questioned them being able to get loose enough to fit around my hair), and they look pretty on the wrist. The pack I picked came with the gray and pink pictured and also black and navy. Random find but a good one.

Wow. That was a long favourites-especially for so many repeats. I am actually feeling really content with my whole beauty regime. There isn't much more I am lusting after or 'needing' which is a welcomed change. Expect January & February favourites to be much of these same products.

What were some of your favourite beauty products this month?

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