Hey all! We’re well into our very last month of 2015 and I gotta say, I am pumped. I feel super festive this year and every day closer to Christmas just reinstates that excitement! It’s time for my monthly favourites and for a change, I don’t actually have ANY unfavourites. I haven’t been playing with many new things and whatever I have tried that is new, I have liked quite a bit. Lets get into it.
We’re gonna start off with skin care this month. I had pneumonia for the first half of November so I have been focusing a bit less on make up and more on skin care. I have been using up some masks and trying to make my skin nice and healthy before the weather comes in to terrorize the place. Something I plan to use into even the most dreadful of winters is the Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning Stick. I got this last year around this time to try it out as it is cruelty free, organic and vegan which I tend to gravitate towards. Over the past month between being ill and the colder weather, I have been applying this at night for a burst of hydration. And I love it.
The three masks I have really loved are the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair mask and the Origins Charcoal mask. Both PTR masks came as mini’s in a kit I bought earlier this year and I gotta say, I am impressed. The Pumpkin mask (with it being fall, I thought it was appropriate to finally break this bad boy open) is a major exfoliator and has helped my skin stay soft and that much cleaner. You can feel it working as you apply it and I quite like the smell but some people wont. It is very pumpkin candle-y. After using such a intense mask, I like to apply the Rose gel mask to soothe my skin. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice this felt. Unlike any mask I have used, it was quite cooling and hydrating without being oily. I plan to give more gel masks a try after this one. Of course, being an oily girl, I couldn’t be without my deep-pore cleansing mask and this month, I pulled out an oldie which I wasn’t really a fan initially. This is the Origins Charcoal mask which I have heard people rave about in the past which is how I ended up with it (YouTubers are such enablers). I didn’t find it did that much for me but this time around, I really liked it. It was very good at tightening my pores and seemingly cleaning them.
As I said, I wasn’t incredibly focused on make up but there are two products I did love. The ABH World Traveller Palette which is now totally gone, unfortunately, has been a fave since I got it in the late summer. The quality of these shadows it out of this world and I particularly love the shade range in this thing. With this, I have been tip-toeing into the Christmas spirit with a bold red lip. I actually have a whole post with my recommendations but the one I have been wearing the most actually isn’t even on the list. The Covergirl lipstick in Succulent Cherry is one of two lipsticks I keep at work in case I want a bold lip that day and I have gotten into the habit of taking off whatever I do have and putting it on right when I get in the door. Oops. It’s a glossy but pigmented red that stays put. The one issue I have with it is the smell which is awful, but obviously, I have been putting up with it to get that colour.
Now for a few random favourites. Keeping in line with beauty, I really love the Maple Holistics Degrease shampoo**. For those of you out there with an overly oily head of hair, listen up. It does a fantastic job of lathering (super important to me), cleaning the hair of everything without stripping it at all and I really like how it smells. It’s rather herbal and is made of entirely organic ingredients. I plan on checking out their entire range of shampoo rather than going back to the drugstore.
With the holidays coming, I have pulled out an old collection from Demeter. I believe both of these are still sold individually so don’t fret. I actually didn’t do this before, but Roxanne mixed the Snow and Christmas Tree fragrance** together to make this amazing, woodsey scent which we have been using all about out house this year. It is a beautiful winter smell which is getting both of us in the festive spirit!
Let me know what I have been missing out on from your favourites in the comments below! I am always looking for new things to try. Also let me know whether you have tried any of these things yourself!
Til next time, ttfn x