December Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

It’s the end of another month and not only a month but the end of 2017 – I cannot actually believe that another year has gone. People really aren’t lying when they say time flies and we need to make the days count. December has been a crazy month at the start of the month our family had a new addition – a puppy! It’s been a crazy month with our new family member along with Christmas. Obviously Christmas consumes the most of the month which is fine by me! I got a Harry Potter tattoo with my best friend which was part of my Christmas present – I know amazing right!

Although I have recently written my Top 10 Makeup and Skincare products of 2017 here I thought it would be nice to share with you what I have also been loving this month as opposed to the whole year. It still works right?

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Tarte – Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette see here

I recently mentioned this little baby in my recent Black Friday Haul that I picked this  up. I have never had anything from Tarte before and I was so excited to get my hands on this. The colours are completely up my street and I have loved experimenting with the colours inside. The eyeshadow formula is beautiful, not as pigmented as other brands but they are buildable and if you are heavy handed like me then actually it’s a blessing in disguise!

The packaging is blooming beautiful as well – like do you need any further information!? I will be posting a full review of this product in weeks to come when I have experimented with it a little more to give you a more detailed post of my thoughts. First impressions though are a big thumbs up from me!

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Tarte – Lights Camera Lashes Mascara see here

This is another product that I picked up in my Black Friday Haul and actually this is a product I have wanted to try in FOREVER. This mascara has rave reviews and I was on the hunt for another mascara and the packaging sold it to me. I am so happy I have tried this mascara, honestly trust the reviews on this one! The effect it gives your lashes is beautiful!

Unfortunately I suffer with my lashes being quite oily in the sense that I always end up looking like a panda especially under my eyes and there are very few mascaras that don’t create this unflattering look. Fortunately, this mascara doesn’t give me the panda look and I am over the moon! It’s everything I want in a mascara! Again, I will be doing a further in depth review of this so keep your eyes peeled!

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Garnier Skin Active – Daily Exfoliating Scrub see here

Another new product I have been trying out this month. Although brands always claim you can use exfoliators daily I’m not too sure. I worry that it also scrubs away the good stuff especially with constant use so I use this 2/3 times a week and I feel that this is more than enough. This scrub focuses on combating spots and blackheads which this month I have really needed help with as with a new puppy licking my face I have completely broken out.

This stuff is pretty strong so if you have sensitive skin, I don’t think this product is for you. Luckily my skin can take most thing but it does make your skin tingle but it actually feels like it is doing something as opposed to being washed off the skin. I absolutely love it and I think my skin has got a lot better in recent weeks because of this product.

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Sephora – Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Always Red see here

I picked this up around September this year and for whatever reason completely forgot I had it. Obviously December is all about the red lip and I thought I would give this a go. My oh my it’s AMAZING best lip cream I have EVER tried. I know that’s a bold statement but trust me on this one. The colour pay off is perfect with one layer and you are good to go. It is a matte lip which doesn’t dry your lips and actually feels pretty comfortable AND it lasts ALL day.

What more could you want!? I’m literally gutted that I don’t have more of these because the colours they have are amazing I believe there are 40 shades to choose from and if they are all the same formula as the one I have then I want them all. I need to go to Sephora ASAP, UK why do we still not have a store it’s not fair!

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Botanics – Cleansing Balm see here

I love trying new cleansers and formulas and I have never really tried balms before. I have an Estee Lauder balm but I’m not the biggest fan I thought I would try it again and try this one from Botanics which is a brand I have never tried before. I’m not too sure why because this is amazing. It does such a good job of removing my make up & cleansing my face. I can’t fault it.

The biggest test of whether a cleanser is good or not is how good it can remove mascara. I have tried this with multiple mascaras and I’m pleased to report back that it does a great job. I couldn’t be more happy with the little baby. I think next time I am in Boots I will be seeing what else is in the range!

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John Frieda – Daily Miracle Leave-In Conditioner see here

I have been on the hunt for a new de-tangler/ leave in conditioner for the longest time. The one I usually use is from The Body Shop but I find it so hard to get hold of so it was time to try something new. I was in Boots for the longest time trying to find the one that would work for me. I chose this one because I knew I had to pick something up because I was running low of my current one.

I absolutely LOVE it, it smells so fresh which is perfect when I have washed my hair and I am adding this product. It instantly de-tangles my hair and leaves my hair feeling so lovely. I do feel like the ends of my hair are a lot healthier this month and I think it is down to this little baby. It’s even better than it’s a little cheaper than my favourite The Body Shop product, move aside I think I have found my new love!

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Technic – Get Gorgeous Highlighter Powder see here

I reviewed this product earlier this year and I wasn’t completely wowed. However I always feel perseverance is key and I have been still using it throughout the year. This month it has been my go to highlighter. It just seems to create the perfect glow and I love the outcome. Highlighter is a big thing when it comes to the colder months as you still want the perfect glow and this really is amazing especially for the price. I think I am going to have to swallow my words from what I wrote earlier in the year. To see my full review on this product you can read it here

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The Balm – Fratboy Blusher see here

I feel as though The Balm has become a bit of a forgotten brand. I don’t have many products from them but everything I have I do really like including this one. I have brought this blush out this month and fell completely back in love. It’s a beautiful soft pink that creates a soft subtle flush on the cheeks. It’s perfect for this time of year especially when you want your highlight to take center stage. I actually mentioned this in my Top 3 – Blushers and I would still stand by it being one of my favourites.

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Let me know if you have used any of these products and what your thoughts are on them, I’d love to know.

-A x

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