Wednesday, 6 January 2016

December Favourites

I am definitely having that post Christmas feeling after going back to reality of a 7 full day week. Can we rewind to the middle of December please? I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year! Today, I'm bringing you my favourite beauty products from the festive month of December...

I kicked off December with a new shower gel, after my Lush order arrived wrong, they sent me the Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream as an apology. I cannot knock Lush for their customer service at all, they're always helpful and friendly! I'd only ever tried Snow Fairy from Lush and I always thought I didn't need to try the others and wasn't ever particulary bothered about picking them up in store, how wrong was I. Yuzu and Cocoa smells exactly like chocolate oranges, which I associate with Christmas so this was my staple shower gel scent for the festive period. 100% better than Snow Fairy, sorry not sorry.

After running out of mascara, and taking a trip to TK Maxx, I picked up Revlon's Lash Potion Mascara on a bit of a whim and I've really started to like it. At first I was put off because I only ever use mascaras with a plastic brush, I just find them so much better. I have to admit, this isn't the best mascara I've ever used, but for a bristle brush it's definitely up their as one of my favourites. I find it really lengthens lashes and makes them look so full, but I find it clumps them together quite easily sometimes, so I like to run an old mascara brush through just to separate them up a bit more.

I ran out of concealer and Boots were out of stock of my holy grail Seventeen Stay Time, story of my life lately. I picked up my old favourite, Rimmel's Wake Me Up Concealer, and fell back in love with it again. I still find the shade range isn't light enough for me as I think a 'Porcelain' shade would be better for under the eyes and highlighting areas, but for covering unwanted blemishes I love this concealer. As it's slightly too dark, it doesn't highlight them, instead it completely masks them, I will be picking this up alongside Stay Time from now on.

After featuring in my 'Top 5 Festive Reds Post', which you can read here, My Christmas Day lip choice was Maybelline's Colour Drama Pencil in Light It Up. I wore it pretty much all the way throughout December, and it was also my New Years Ever lip too. Maybelline did good with these lip crayons, they are so easy to apply; which I proved by applying it in under a minute before rushing out of the door NYE as we were late for dinner! It does need a touch up after a meal and a few cocktails, but it stuck perfectly through a NYE kiss so it gets a good formula rating from me. The matte finish is oh so similar to the NARS Velvet Matte pencils, I would consider them a dupe for sure. I need to pick these pencils up in every shade possible, I absolutely love them!

Winter skincare has been a massive change for me as I've never really had a skincare routine so it was all a shock to the system when I realised my go to products just weren't doing the trick anymore. I reached for my The Body Shop Camomille Cleansing Butter to give my skin a bit of hydration and I haven't looked back. It removed my NYE makeup without too much hassle, and it's definitely got a luxury feel to the product. My skin is so clear and smooth at the moment, with no dry patches in sight. I found my other cleanser offerings were getting quite drying through this horrible weather, but this thick butter formula is working wonders for my skin.

Last up is the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette. I got this for Christmas last year and to be honest I haven't used it as much as I should have done over the past year, so I made it my mission to use it this month. I am so glad I dug it out of my collection as it's a beautiful palette. I used it to create my Christmas and NYE makeup looks, alongside the Naked Smoky. It lasted all day and night with no worries at all. The shade range gives you so much variety and you can create an infinite amount of looks with this palette, from natural to absolutely colour crazy! The Vice 3 isn't available anymore, but I'd recommend picking up the Vice 4 whilst you still can!

What were your December Favourites?

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