Sunday, December 1, 2013

November Beauty Favorites

Settle in with a cup of tea my friends and get cozy.  It's monthly favorites beauty time!  I'm still loving all my October Beauty Favorites with the addition of the beauties below.  Let's start with smells!  

This scent is PHENOMENAL.  It's such a clean, crisp orange scent but it isn't sickly sweet.  I haven't purchases a body spray in years simply because the longevity tends to be poor but I like the idea of having this in my bag for touch-ups throughout the day.  This will certainly be a staple for a long time for me.  

Guys, I've found my signature scent.  For years, I've found scents that I've enjoyed and used daily and then, poof, I hated them.  Overnight I'd become sick of them and I'd find the scents to be overwhelming.  Finally, I caught someone wearing this scent, chased them down and asked what they were wearing.  Chloe!  Eureka!  This scent is so light and not at all sweet.  It actually reminds me just a little of bug spray but in the best way possible.  A little astringent-y perhaps?  Lately I've layered this with my Satsuma Body Spray and I'm in scent heaven.       
Now onto skincare.

Micheal Todd Blue Algae Toner
As I've mentioned in my Nighttime Nourishment post, I've made an effort to enhance my skincare routine as of late.  My previous routine didn't include toner (it didn't include much of anything actually) so this addition was a no-brainer.  Based on EssieButton's suggestion, I tried this Michael Todd version (that I got for a steal on Modnique).  It's such a wonderful gentle but effect toner.  It never feels harsh or drying and my skin feels clean afterwards.  Also, it smells herbal-y and spa-like.  Heavenly.  

The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay
I'm a bit of an at-home facial fanatic so I was on the hunt for an effective face mask to wake up my skin.  This mask is formulated for combination or oily skin and I've found it wonderfully clarifying.  I just slather some on, leave it for about 15 minutes while it dries, and it washes off easily.  I always make sure to follow up with a good moisturizer and I know my skin will look clean and toned the next morning.  

L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation and Hourglass Ambiant Lighting Palette
I won't drone on and on about these two products anymore but if you're interested in getting the deets, just peruse through my High/Low Face post.  
Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer
For the last few months, I've been using NYX's HD Photogenic Concealer and I've been quite happy with it.  Lately though, my under eye circles have been out of control.  I'm not quite sure why but I've realized that I need something with fuller coverage to handle those bad boys.  Rimmel's concealer has been the answer.  It's much fuller coverage but still creamy and blendable.  I don't use it as a highlighter, as it's billed, but it's an effective concealer for those persistent under-eye circles.  
Maybelline Color Elixirs in Intoxicating Spice and Fuchsia Flourish
I'm madly in love with these glosses lately.  They're so well pigmented and I find that they're almost a hybrid between a gloss and a stain.  The first application creates a deep wash of color and the second application adds more pigment.  While the gloss will wear off a bit throughout the day, the stain of color sticks around for hours.  I've been loving the two colors listed above but I've had my eye on nearly every shade they have.  The whole display is gorgeous.  

Rosebud Salve
As soon as the cold air hit, I was in dire need of some lip moisture.  I grabbed this from Sephora and have been using it religiously every night since.  It's such a slick and thick moisturizer and my lips drink it up.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm and Matte Balm in Vivacious and Demure
Now "balm" may be a slightly misleading name since I don't find these particularly moisturizing or medicating but I certainly don't find them drying either.  The colors though!  Oh. Em. Gee.  All month long I've reached for the matte shade Demure when I want a no-brainer, goes-with-anything, deep pink color.  At this point, I've forcing myself not to buying every shade in both collections.  

L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara
Well I'm certainly a sucker for a gimmick aren't I?  The wand on this mascara sucked me in and I had to try it.  And at first, I hated it!  It seemed to wet and hard to work with.  Although, I tend to hate every mascara at first.  After letting the formula dry out for a a few days, I gave it another try and I've really enjoyed it so far.  I don't think the wand is particularly amazing but I've had very few clumping issues and no smudging.  Plus, it really creates some excellent length.

American Classics Gelous
This may be life changing.  I think it's the solution to my majorly chip-prone nails.  I'm still experimenting with the perfect at-home DIY mani (post to come soon) but I can safely say that this base/top coat is totally amazing.  

INM Out The Door Top Coat
I reeeaallly hemmed and hawed over whether this would replace my Seche Vite top coat.  In terms of shine and dry time, they're about even.  But Out The Door wins out for longevity on the fingers AND in the bottle.  Seche Vite tends to get goopy after a few weeks and for the price, it's frustrating.  Not so with OTD and it's a few bucks cheaper.  We have a winner.  

Phew!  We covered a lot of ground, no?  Like last month, you can have quick access to my monthly favorites by following my Pinterest board here

So what have your favorites been this month?  


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