Well hello again December – the most beautiful time of the year! Happy smiling people, hope, snow, fairly lights, family time, mulled wine, hot chocolate, advent calendars, carols, Christmas, mistletoe, presents, winter wonderland, cozy warm fuzzy socks and sweaters, yummy food – what’s not to love about December?! I absolutely love everything to do with it and I cannot express how happy and excited for the holidays I am right now! <3 I’m so glad November is over but I will have to admit – I did fall in love with some new beauty products and rediscovered some old loves as well, so it was a good month when it comes to beauty. Here are my top five picks that have been really well loved this past month, I hope you’ll enjoy!
Superfacialist Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask (£8.99)
Starting off with skin care, my latest obsession has been this Pore Purifying Clay Mask from Superfacialist. This little gem from the drugstore works miracles on my skin and I am absolutely loving it! I was a bit skeptical if it would do anything special to my skin, as usually with face masks I don’t quite notice a difference, let alone a difference coming from a drugstore mask… However, I was blown away by the incredible results this product gives me. It is supposed to be detoxifying mask that unclogs pores and restores skin balance. It really does an amazing job at unclogging my pores and making my skin look and feel so clean and even. The consistency of the mask is a bit thinner than other clay masks I’ve tried and it feels a lot more lightweight, which I adore. The mask dries out quickly and I love that you can actually see some tiny dark spots all over your face where the pores have been cleansed and all the excess oil and dirt have been derived from. After I rinse out the product, my skin tone is so even, my pores are visibly clean and my face feel ridiculously soft and smooth. I also love that the mask contains Salicylic Acid, which is known to unclog congested skin and to help battle blackheads, whiteheads and acne. This clay mask has never irritated my skin and it is an overall winner for me. If you don’t fancy splashing out on some expensive purifying masks, I think this is your best bet! :)
Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm ($27)
Moving on to lip care we have a huge surprise here. I used to hate Crème de Rose, as for some reason it used to dry out my lips and make them all chapped and nasty. I don’t know what it was but I recently decided to give the lip balm another whirl and oh my days – I cannot stop wearing it! It is so SO good and moisturizes my lips like nothing else I’ve tried! You may know that I have a massive issue with dry lips and to find something that actually makes them soft and flak-y free all the time is really a big deal for me. Crème de Rose restores and nourishes my lips, while protecting them with an SPF 10. It keeps them hydrated and soothed for hours and feels so luxurious on the lips. Now for the plumping effect, I can say that my lips really do appear a bit fuller, but if you expect them to suddenly start looking like Rose Huntington-Whitely-s – I will have to disappoint you haha. :) What I also adore about Crème de Rose is the incredible rose scent. If you are into rose scented products you will love this one because it’s super fresh and not artificial in the slightest! I know that this lip balm is rather pricey but if you fancy a bit of a splurge I would absolutely recommend it because it has made my lips so juicy and soft!
MAC Rebel Lipstick (£15)
For the month of November I’ve been really loving two lipsticks and I didn’t know exactly which one to include in this post. I was torn between Mac Rebel and Rimmel Kate 107 (review and swatches here) but eventually I decided to go for Rebel as it is my all time favorite lipstick and I’ve been wearing it a bit more this past month. Rebel is this stunning deep fuchsia berry color that just compliments my skin tone so beautifully and it is ideal for the colder months. It is really pigmented but is definitely not as scary as it looks in the bulle, so don’t be put off by the vampy color. The lipstick applies easily and smoothly but it does dry out my lips a bit but it is not that big of a deal when I put some balm underneath. If you want to invest in a bright, bold lipstick this season, I think Rebel is a great choice as it is so unique and feminine and gives a nice edge to your overall look. See my full review and swatches here. <3
MAC Springsheen Blush (£18)
I cannot believe that I’d stopped wearing this beauty! MAC Springsheen was my absolute favorite blush last fall and I was wearing it non-stop. When the warmer months rolled in though I switched for some pink-y, coral-y shades and I only rediscovered it last month. I am so happy I did because it really is a stunning shade that worms up my complexions and adds lovely glow to my winter dull skin. Springsheen is a gorgeous peachy pink shade with golden shimmer running through it. The blush looks really natural on and definitely doesn’t make you look like a disco ball; it just adds lovely sheen to your cheeks. Springsheen is really pigmented and stays on for hours and hours. If you love shades like this, I think Springsheen is definitely a product that needs to be swathed, it is really beautiful and I think you’ll love it as much as I do. :)
Too Faced LashGASM Mascara ($21)
I don’t know how many times I’ve raved about LashGASM, so I will spare you the long ramble and if you want to read more about this little gem you can do so here. As for this post, I only can say that it’s official – LashGASM is my new favorite mascara! It used to always be my second choice when it comes to bold, voluminous lashes and I was reaching for Benefit They’re Real first but this past month I realized that I actually prefer the Too Faced one a lot better. The reason for this is probably because of the wand. I love it so much and I’ve recently mastered it and now I find it so easy and faff-free to use. The mascara gives my lashes such volume and length that I get asked all the time if I wear false lashes, which will have to tell you something! :) Also, LashGASM has never clumped on me and it holds curl brilliantly. If you fancy trying out new mascara please consider getting this one because it is hands down incredible! <3
So, these were my top beauty products that I was reaching out most of the time in November. I highly recommend each and every one of them and I think that you will love them all as much as I do. Have a wonderful December loves and let the Christmas countdown begin now eeek! <3
What have you been loving during the month of November?