30 November, 2015 November Favourites 2015
Well that went quickly! I can’t quite believe that November is nearly over, and Christmas is only a few weeks away. This year has offered exciting periods of change and new beginnings, and although it’s been awesome, I could not be more relieved to be heading off on holiday mid-December. Expect LOTS of packing guides, holiday beauty essentials and maybe even a travel photo diary of my trips to Costa Rica and Miami. I can’t bloody wait.
I’ve had a pretty great month beauty-wise. Apart from a comically large spot on my chin in the first week of November, my complexion has remained blemish-free, and is also slightly more normal-combination than my usual delightful cocktail of oiliness and blackheads. I’ve even noticed some dryness on my nose and forehead, which as a greasy gal, is a welcomed change. Keep scrolling to discover my eight makeup and skincare faves from the month of November, and don’t forget to share yours in the comments below!
My first favourite this month is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black (£14.50 here, review here). I can’t live without liquid liner, and have tried a bunch, including ones from NARS, Kat Von D and Soap and Glory. This is seriously smooth, pigmented, and it glides on beautifully. It has a high shine which dries down to a semi-matte finish, and although some people like the matte look, I prefer things to be a little more glossy. It’s also relatively affordable, and often on sale. A great staple piece for your collection.
I’m on a real Soap and Glory kick at the moment, and the Archery Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Brush in Blonde Ambition (£10 here, review here) has been amazing for getting my brows sorted when I’m going for a natural, simple makeup look. The slanted crayon has a waxy texture that grooms my brows and fills them out lightly, and the setting gel keeps brows in place without making them feel crispy. The best way to use this (if you have more time on your hands) is to fill in the entire brow with a thinner pencil (e.g. the ABH Brow Whiz or Soap and Glory’s Archery Pencil), and then use the Sculpting Crayon to add texture to the front and tail parts of my brow. Blonde Ambition is a fantastic shade that doesn’t make my brows look too warm, but still imparts enough taupe-ash goodness so that my brows don’t blend into my face. Big fan.
As my skin has been more dehydrated-combination than strictly oily throughout November, it’s been a pleasure to reach for nourishing products that won’t leave me looking like a greasy mess. The Antipodes Organic Grapeseed Butter Cleanser (£16.75 here, review here) is a rich, oil-based balm that removes makeup, works well during a facial massage, and ensures that dry areas are properly cared for. It doesn’t emulsify, making it a slightly messier experience, although it’s lovely when used with a muslin cloth and a more clarifying second-cleanse (The Sarah Chapman Rapid Radiance Cleanse is great for this).
To keep my skin hydrated during the day, the Pestle and Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum (£33 here, review here) and Glossier’s Priming Moisturiser ($25 here, review here) have been godsends. I’ve been raving about the Pure Hyaluronic Serum for a while – it’s completely non-greasy and it absorbs immediately, and it’s packed with hyaluronic acid to give skin an intense hydration boost. It works well during the day and at night, and pairs beautifully with oils and lotions if you want a double-dose of moisture. Glossier is one of my favourite brand discoveries of 2015, and their Priming Moisturiser offers the perfect amount of moisture under makeup. It has a similar consistency to the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, but this dries down to a matte, velvety finish. It contains honey, rooibos, radish root extract and glycerin to plump up skin and create a dewy, natural glow. It’s the perfect treat for in-flight facials and as a base on no-makeup days. I’ll definitely be bringing this to Costa Rica with me for on-the-go hydration – stay tuned for my vacation-themed posts!
Although I love my rosy, plum and mauve blushes for this time of year, you can’t beat a pretty, glowy peach. My favourite for November has been the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (£4.49 here, review here). Beautiful, sheeny and warm, this blush doubles as a highlight too, and can be applied lightly, or ramped up for evening looks. So affordable, creamy and easy to wear!
I’ve really got on the whole U.S. beauty bandwagon this year, and I recently placed my third Sephora order (haul coming soon). In that haul, I picked up two products I’ve been lusting after for a while – the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer ($30 here), and the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in #13 Marvellous Mauve ($14 here). The Too Faced bronzer is the perfect cool-toned brown, that blends beautifully and can be layered up to your exact specification. Allana Davison (aka my new Youtube guru love) always wears Marvellous Mauve, and it’s such a divine mauve/dusty pink shade for everyday. I’ve worn it LOADS and received compliments every time. She’s hilarious on Snapchat, creates amazing tutorials, and is generally a wonderful person. Give her a follow here.
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Congratulations on reaching the end of this insanely long post! Which products were you loving this month, and what have you tried from my November favourites round-up? Share below!
Wishing you the happiest of Mondays,