Monday, 12 December 2016

November Favourites

Since I was in late high school until now, November is always a crazy month as I've always had my end of year exams, this month being no exception. There are always dozens of markets and street festivals taking place each weekend, everyone starts talking about Christmas, and I dream of being able to get started on festive baking and crafting - yet I've always been in a study-induced, stressed-out daze. That being said, I've just sat my last lot of university exams ever, and I'm ecstatic (albeit somewhat sad) about finishing my studies. So I thought I'd roundup a few things that have been getting me through the exam/final essay period that have become firm favourites.

I've never been a big lover of undereye concealer, mostly because I found that they tended to crease or go crepey on me, unless I used the tiniest, thinnest amount - which would never end up covering much at all. I've tried moisturising eye creams, face primer, and damp sponges on the area, but all to no avail. So it was with great curiosity and excitement that I heard about Smashbox's Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer. I bought it, and I have to say that it's pretty much miraculous - I can use any concealer, and even layered with my Bobbi Brown Corrector, and it will never look heavy or dry. You need the tiniest amount as it goes a long way so I can't see my tube running out soon. As far as I know, it's a very unique product, and I can honestly no longer do my makeup without it.

The book I read throughout my exam period was Sali Hughes's new offering, Pretty Iconic. I first discovered Sali when her first book, Pretty Honest, was released in 2014, and as I loved that one so much, I had high hopes for her new release. And indeed it is a fantastic look at the iconic beauty products of the last 150 years or so - many of which are household names, while others were new discoveries for me (I picked up the Blinc tubing mascara on her recommendation, and my mascara hasn't smudged in a week - winner). I suppose you could say it's a history lesson through the lens of the makeup, skincare and hair products we use on an everyday basis. It's informative, sometimes deeply personal, and often laugh-out-loud funny. I flicked through it with my mum, who said "I remember that!" to a lot of products, many of which I'd never heard of, but have in some way or form influenced the beauty industry in an important way. A good read for anyone interested in the greatest products from across the ages.

I'm never particularly loyal to a lip balm - I find them all to be much of a muchness - but when I finish my little pot of NIVEA's Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose, I most certainly will be making a repurchase. Firstly, it smells so delicious - not unlike raspberry lollies mixed with a hint of rosewater - which is one of the main reasons I look forward to using it every night. Unlike other balms, it doesn't dehydrate your lips or evaporate off them within seconds, but is actually moisturising, and lingers without being too sticky. Plus, it's very inexpensive and on sale more often than not. I'm also interested in the coconut scent that they offer, but either way, I'll be buying it again in due course.

My final favourite is Laura Mercier's Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser. I'd been keen to try the original for years, but settled on the oil free formulation after hearing Lily Pebbles say that it had a bit more coverage to it, without sacrificing the radiance. I never quite got the point of very, very sheer bases -what's the point? Why not just bypass the whole thing and go foundation free? I instead wanted something perfecting, yet imperceptible. This does just the job, plus offering pretty good longevity for a tinted moisturiser. I use the colour Porcelain, which is the perfect match for me. I can see myself reaching for this as an everyday base over the summer and "no makeup makeup" days all year round.

I was in Sydney last week and picked up a few items from Sephora, which may be featuring in my next monthly favourites, so keep your eyes peeled for that... But in the meantime, I hope you are having a lovely start to December!

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