January 10, 2015

December 2014 Favourites

Hello Beauties! 
I know it's been forever since I've posted last; I got so caught up in school and work that my blog unfortunately got pushed aside over the semester... BUT, I'm not going to let that happen this year.  I truly love creating posts on here and interacting with other bloggers, so I definitely don't want to let it slip away again.  I'm currently working on re-vamping my blog, and I have a ton of ideas for upcoming posts that I'm really excited about.

Anyways, onto today's post!

 In December, I tried quite a few new products and ended up finding some gems that have quickly become must-haves in my daily makeup routine.

 My first two favourites of last month are without a doubt my Makeup Forever HD Foundation in the shade 115 and my Beautyblender for flawless application.  The lady at Sephora recommended this foundation to me after matching it with my skin tone through their new "Color IQ" technology system - which sounded pretty gimmicky to me at first, but this shade actually blends perfectly with my natural skin tone so I guess there must be some sort of science to it! This is a medium-coverage foundation, but it's easily buildable to full-coverage if needed.  I love how smoothly the formulation blends into my skin, so that it still looks really natural while evening out any redness in my face.  I've also found that it's really long-lasting, and I mean really long-lasting because even after a 12-hour day of work I find it looks almost as if I had just applied it - a definite must for a splurge-worthy foundation in my books!
I've been lusting after the Beautyblender pretty much throughout the entire year after hearing every beauty blogger and YouTuber rave about it. And ladies, let me tell you, if you were to buy only 1 beauty tool make sure this is it because it makes applying your foundation a DREAM!  I'm honestly kicking myself for having only just bought one this month - it just saves so much time and effort and I love the natural look it gives my makeup. 
 Another face fave in December was the Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder I picked up from Sephora at the beginning of the month.  This is a very lightweight and translucent powder that's perfect for setting your foundation for the day without looking cake-y.  In the winter, I tend to have an issue with dry, flakey skin that makes most setting powders tend to cling onto the dry patches (trust me, not a cute look) - but this pressed powder is so fine and lightweight that it covers any shine without accentuating my dry skin.  I don't find that it's as long-lasting as the Makeup Forever HD Foundation, as I usually have to re-apply to mask a bit of shine after a long day, but I honestly have yet to find a powder that I don't feel the need to re-apply at least once before going out at night so this isn't a problem for me.
 My next beauty favourite of the month was the L’OrĂ©al Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara.  I love how long, full and defined this mascara makes my lashes look.  It doesn't clump at all and the large, tapered wand really makes my lashes pop.  This is an amazing mascara for only having paid around 7 dollars, so I definitely recommend that you give this one a try!
My lip fave of the month was definitely this Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Red Revolution (#630).  I bought this for my birthday dinner back in October, but found myself wearing it quite often over the month of December since it's the perfect colour to compliment any holiday party outfit! I absolutely love the deep cherry hue of this lipstick, and the pigmentation is amazing - it seriously stays perfect all night long, even without a lipliner.  I wore this baby to a party on New Years Eve and failed to take my makeup off before bed (so bad, i know) and while my eyeliner was an absolute disaster the next morning, my lipstick hadn't budged! I can't wait to try out some of the other beautiful shades in this line.
I really got into doing my brows in December, so I quickly fell in love with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil in Taupe.  This baby makes filling in my brows an absolute breeze! I love how fine the pencil-tip is, it makes it so easy to create a defined, but natural-looking fuller brow with small strokes. The dual-ended wand with the attached spooky brush is perfect for softening any harsh lines to finish off the look.

And lastly, I really loved the "Sugar Plum Dream" products from Bath & Body Works winter collection.  These smell like absolutely heavenly mix of vanilla, berries, and sugar cookies - and obviously, the packaging is gorgeous. I really loved using the Triple Moisture Ultra Shea Body Cream to sooth my dry skin in the cold December weather  - it's really thick and hydrating but not at all greasy!

Let me know what your favourites were last month!

4 comments:

  1. wow, we have all the same favorites!! ;) i just purchased the makeup forever foundation and I'm in LOVE

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    1. haha great minds think alike ;) I know it's AMAZING! kinda angry at myself now tho for falling in love with like a $50 foundation but it's so worth it!

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