December 2014 Favourites & Unfavourites

December went really quickly for me. With all of the holidays, the anticipation of Christmas and finding a new home, there was a lot keeping me busy. When it came time to pick my best beauty products in December, I had a bit of a hard time. I didn’t wear make up too frequently, or buy much for myself as you saw in my haul, but I was able to pick out a few things I loved and a few that I really don’t. I am going to start with the most important thing that happened in December: I got my engagement ring!

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My fiancé and I have been engaged for a few years, but since I proposed to her, I hadn’t received a ring of engagement to call my own. I knew I wanted one, and she knew too, so at the beginning of November, she went out and found this gorgeous ring. I won’t go into details, but closer to the end of November, she serenaded me with a beautiful song she wrote for me, and when I turned to look at her, the box was in her hand. I, of course, cried. However, the ring didn’t quite fit so I had to wait several weeks before I actually got to wear it. I picked it up December 14th and it hasn’t left my finger since. Very unique and beautiful, and definently a favourite of mine for the month.

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With all of the holidays, my next fav has for sure been glitter. A little glitter here, a little sparkle there. I was completely into it all month long. My manicures all month were soaking in shine though none so much as my Christmas Day nails. How spectacular is that? And to top these nails off, I had the pleasure of using another amazing product: the Sally Hansen Triple Shine Top Coat. The number 1 most perfect thing about this product is that the formula is consistent. Not once has it been kind of gloopy or messy. It dries quickly with a gorgeous shine while protecting your nails to boot. The brush is also huge and can cover just about your entire nail in one swipe. If you haven’t tried one of the Triple Shine polishes, you’re missing out. Simply put, I love it – and the price.

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Staying with nails, I want to briefly mention these amazing nail wraps. As you know, OMG Nail Strips had graciously sent me a few wraps to try in December. Not only are they super cute, but the most amazing part to me is how easily you can take them off. Most other nail wraps are sticky and chunky when taking them off – OPI, Sally Hansen, and Essie to name a few – but these are a dream. They come off easily using nail polish remover but otherwise, they last for at least a week and a half. I will absolutely be picking up some more (actually, I am awaiting the arrival of a few…) so this isn’t the last you’ll be seeing of these!

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Since the weather has started to take a turn for the chilly, I have been using a lot more lip balm. Though I have about 3-4 on rotation at a time, this one has stood out above the rest. The Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning stick is a life saver. I don’t know what it is, but the texture is perfect, the eucalyptus scent is amazing and is so hydrating on my lips. I put it on at least when I wake up and 2-3 times before bed and if I miss a day, you can be sure I notice. Add to the fact that it is organic and cruelty-free, I am sold.

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A sample piece of skin care that I have been using has also made the list. If you remember last month (or last year, if you wanna play that game), I rambled on about this Kate Somerville miracle worker and how much I loved it. It turns out that I was able to snag another sample of the HydraClear Hydrating Acne Gel to further test out whether I want to drop so much dough on this skin care product. I still am on the fence because so many reviews have said the sample worked wonders, but the product then disappointed. Yikes. But this little sample is saving my skin one zit at a time. It is not drying in the least, a little goes a long way, and as a spot treatment, it works wonders. My acne simply shows up and once this product goes on, it quickly develops and then disappears. By quickly, I mean overnight or for the really big, bad, painful pimples, after a day or so. It’s an amazing product and if you have the $80 (or can get it on sale), I highly recommend it.

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Some of you may judge me for this, but I was never all that into the Harry Potter series. I did see each movie one, some in theatres and some with a few friends on the couch. For the most part, I never really got into them. I just didn’t care for the story. This December though, my fiancé and I decided to sit down and marathon the movies over a few days to get us into the Christmas spirit. Perhaps that is a bit odd, but I quite a few people do this so I don’t feel too weird about it. Anyways, after popping in each movie, getting sucked into the storyline and watching them in succession, I surprised myself in really liking the series. My most beloved one has always been the Chamber of Secrets which may be the only one I had seen more than once (before now), but I completely understand what everyone was so excited about when these books and movies came out. I am so pumped for the next time we decide to watch them. They are just so good!

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Last up, we have the make up. I am entirely aware that I am the minority in this case, but my first unfavourite of the month is this Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer. Obviously, I have had it for some time and used it almost entirely, but this month I came to the conclusion that it just isn’t for me. Let’s start with the packaging: it is messy, unhygienic and wasteful. Look at all of that product that I will never be able to use. I don’t know why mine is like that when no one else’s seems to be, but I have two shades of this and the same thing has happened to both. It is annoying. The most complained about thing I have heard about with this product is the applicator sponge. It’s something you have to use each time but you can’t really clean it. That is a little disturbing if you ask me. But the reason that this is in my list of dislikes for the month is because for whatever reason, this concealer has decided it wants to have a pool party on my face. I only use this concealer underneath my eyes and for some reason, it has started to pool and crease and move around throughout the day. It simply doesn’t settle. I have tried several primers and setting powders and different ways to apply it but it just doesn’t seem to want to stay put. How annoying is that?

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A newly discovered concealer of mine that has me hooked is this Covergirl Trublend fix stick that I found at the Dollar Store of all places. I always check out the make up aisle at dollar stores because sometimes, they have amazing little gems like this at a great price! I have never been very into Covergirl for whatever reason but this is a game changer. Coverage? Amazing. Colour? Perfect. Consistency? Creamy and thick and soft and supreme. I am in love with this stuff and am now seeking out the foundation to match. It covers all of my acne with ease and any discolouration (as you can see on my vein). I highly recommend giving it a try. You will not be disappointed.

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Speaking of disappointed, my last product is a bit of a bummer. I purchased the Bite Beauty lip gloss trio to use for gifts but of course, ended up keeping one for myself. I have a few other Bite products which I haven’t used too much, but have liked. When this $12 set came out, I figured it was a great time to give the gloss a try but the results were less than amazing. It’s just really not for me. I don’t know if it is the colour which doesn’t show much or last on my lips, but the consistency and smell don’t help either. The swatch is pretty pigmented here but on the lips, it just doesn’t do anything for me. It isn’t worth the usual price tag in the slightest. I also found that the bit of colour that is there sinks into lip lines very quickly which isn’t really a look I am going for.

Overall, December was a fantastic month and it has left me very excited to see what 2015 brings. If you have a December or 2014 favourites post, link it below so I can see what I may be missing out on! I love reading about all of the best products out there!
Til next time, ttfn x

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3 thoughts on “December 2014 Favourites & Unfavourites

  1. yay the ring is gorgeous! congratulations on finally having one!

    i got the bite lip gloss trio too but haven’t tried any yet, too bad it disappointed, sigh sometimes good deals are just too good to turn down though…

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