December was a great month for me, beauty wise! For the first time in what seems like forever, I actually started finding products that really worked for me and weren't a complete waste of money. This is just a small collection of those products that I am currently really jazzed out of my mind about:
(out of order from the photos below)
- Benefit They're Real Mascara
- MAC 109 Brush
- Mac Pink Swoon Blush
- Urban Decay YDK Eyeshadow
- MAC Porcelain Pink MSF
- Crack leave in Hair Cream
- Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil
- Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation
- Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum
Crack Leave In Hair Cream: I received a sample of this a couple of years ago and tried it on my curly hair after I got out of the shower. Immediately, my hair felt like silk. I couldn't wait for it to dry so I could get some real results. Once my hair dried, my curls were really smooth, defined, and the frizz had been cut down dramatically. I was so excited, I ordered the full size bottle (for $20 I believe.)
Mac's Porcelain Pink MSF was sort of an accidental purchase. Ok, not quite accidental, but unexpected, I suppose. I went to MAC looking for the much hyped Stereo Rose MSF (which I also purchased) and I just couldn't resist this soft, pink prettiness with gold veining! It is actually slightly pinker than it looks in the photo here. This just acts as a really nice, glowy highlighter for my pale skin. I apply this with the Mac 168 angled contour brush. It does leave tiny glitter balls on my face, but I just buff them away with a Kubuki brush and it looks really fresh and just all around pretty. I have been wearing this on top of Mac's Pink Swoon blush.
I received Pink Swoon as a Christmas gift from my dad and I think this is the first Mac blush I have owned that I can honestly say I love. It is pretty similar to my beloved Desire by Nars, but a bit softer. This blends really well and gives a really lovely flush of color to my white as paper cheeks. Some blushes end up looking dirty on me or too pink, or just barely show up at all, but this is quite flattering, and exactly what I look for in a pink blush. Thanks, dad!
I think I purchased YDK eyeshadow a couple of years ago and wore it almost every day for the whole summer. Then, it sort of got lost in the massive heap of products I have since compiled. I recently rediscovered it after becoming quite bored with my beauty routine and remembered exactly why I adored it so. This is the most beautiful cool toned bronze with silvery shimmer. Normally, "silvery" isn't what I go for, but I feel like it really works with this. YDK works really well as an all over wash of color, in the crease, or the outer corner. This is one of the few eyeshadows I actually feel looks "sexy" on me. It is super pigmented and smooth, with minimal fallout (I just apply this before foundation so any fallout can be wiped away during foundation application.) Also, I don't have blue eyes, but fyi, this shadow looks gorgeous on them!
I had been hearing so much raving about Benefit's They're Real mascara. I have purchased expensive, overhyped mascaras in the past, so I was apprehensive at first. Then, I saw this mini version for only $10 so I figured I might as well try it out. OMG! I really am enjoying this mascara! This has a stiff, plastic wand (which normally does not attract me) with a tiny medieval weapon looking spikey ball on the end. Lovely description, eh? This defines, lengthens, and volumizes really nicely. I apply with the brush first to coat the lashes and then I go through with the little ball to lengthen. I believe I will be buying the full sized version!
I also received the Mac 109 small contour brush from my dad for Christmas. The wonderful thing about this brush is its versatility. I use this to apply my foundation and then my blush. I absolutely love how well and easily this blends foundation! I have read that this brush sheds really bad, but so far I haven't seen too much of that. I dab foundation where I need it and just blend it in with this brush. This leaves a really nice finish, with no streaks. It also applies my blush beautifully, and would be perfect for contouring/highlighting the face.
This Guerlain foundation applies like a dream! It is a light to medium coverage, satiny foundation, that looks really natural. It doesn't cling to dry patches which is really big for me, and it feels light and smooth on my face. I got the lightest shade, which may be a bit too light, since I like to use a fake tan once in a while, but I have just been using a bronzer to warm it up when needed. Also, the packaging is kind of pretty and comes with a pump dispenser, which I appreciate.
This is a super flattering photo of me with my top two choices for the month of December. These are the two I would recommend if you were looking for life changing products to splurge on.
First, the SOS Thirst Quenching Serum from Caudalie. This is the first product of theirs I have tried and I can honestly say I don't ever want to live without this serum again. This has saved my skin. Normally, I would have dry, chapped, peely, inflamed, bumpy, angry skin this time of the year. Well, now, I use this miracle serum after cleansing morning and night, and then my moisturizer, and it just allows my moisturizer to really penetrate my skin. It's left supple, soft, and ridiculously smooth. This is oil free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic. My sensitive skin loves this stuff. Organic grape water is the key ingredient, and it is supposed to increase hydration and decrease sensitivity. This really has done wonders and is well worth the $48.
Next, Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser's Oil. This, in combination with the Crack leave in cream, is the only thing I have found that really cuts down on the afro frizziness that is my hair. When I get out of the shower, I let my hair air dry about 80% of the way and then I use a small dallop of the leave in cream, and then a few pumps of this oil throughout my hair, concentrating on the ends. Then, after my hair has completely dried, I add a bit more for extra shine. My curls actually look somewhat healthy, smooth, and shiny. I have never seen that with any other combination of products. This also works wonders for adding smoothness and shine to my hair after I straighten it. It also has a really nice, subtle scent. I have used Moroccan Oil in the past, which I liked, but this Bumble and Bumble version seems lighter and absorbs better into my hair.
Ok, I think that about wraps up my favorites (finally, right?) What are some of the products you can't (or wouldn't want to) live without?