This month has seen many parties, events and festivities with friends. It’s around this time of year that I take more adventures with my makeup and try out looks that have a real wow factor. Makeup I haven’t used for a while is enjoyed once more and to compensate for this I like to ensure that my skincare routine is suitable. My December Favourites reflect this. I’ve also thrown this month’s favourite book in for good measure. As much as I love beauty I think it’s important to cultivate the mind in other ways also and getting lost in a good book allows me to do this.
YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation – www.yslbeauty.co.uk, £32.50
I’ve used many foundations over the years, spanning across the pricing spectrum. The YSL Beauty is a luxury brand and everything about this product is inline with this. From the beautiful gold packaging to the formula used, this foundation lives up to the hype. The foundation gives natural look with a dewy finish. It’s long lasting and can be worn all day without having to top up. If you prefer the matte look then a swift sweep of powder will achieve this for you, under the base of YSL Touche Eclat le Teint. I wear shade B80.
YSL Pure Chromatics – www.yslbeauty.co.uk, £42.50
This Eye Shadow Palette shouts luxury. The four shades have a beautiful shimmer to them and can be applied wet or dry depending on the look that you wish to achieve. This long lasting palette gives you a range of looks to really make your eyes sparkle before heading out. Unfortunately the exact palette isn’t available online at this moment, but the Couture Palette for Smokey Eyes is very similar.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeliner – www.bobbibrown.co.uk, £19
Boasting over 12 hours of wear, there’s a reason that this eyeliner has won multiple beauty awards. With this product you’re offered the precision of liquid liner and the ease of a gel-based formula. I have worn this eyeliner while swimming and so can vouch for it’s waterproof, sweat and humidity-resistant wear. Though it looks small at only 3g this long lasting Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeliner will take you through many months if worn frequently.
Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara – www.clarins.co.uk, £20
The Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara is a simple yet effective product to have in your make up collection. Fantastic for making your everyday makeup turn into a long lasting product, to endure what a full day or night has to bring. This item can be worn alone, in place of mascara and an eyebrow pencil or shadow, or it can be used on top of what you have already applied to fix into place. Truthfully, could you buy this product at a much lower price on the high street and enjoy similar results? Yes, you certainly could. But what you’re purchasing along with the Double Fix’ Mascara is a trusted brand who ensure that their products are dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested.
Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream, Rosie 3 – www.superdrug.com, £2.99
I recently reviewed the full range of Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Creams and of what the colours look like when applied. I chose this colour specifically to be in this month’s favourites as I have been turning to it a few times a week to really make my make up stand out. Every girl should have a go to red in her makeup collection, and the Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream is a great place to start at only £2.99. In fact, the full Collection Cosmetics range is worth checking out if you are looking for some inexpensive additions.
Temple Spa Go Easy, Eye Makeup Remover – www.templespa.com, £16
This amazingly gentle eye makeup remover effectively removes eye makeup, even the waterproof types, without leaving a greasy residue that other bio phase eye makeup removers do. It soothes the delicate eye area, reduces inflammation and sensitivity associated with tiredness, so is suitable for all skin types. With wearing so much long lasting makeup this month I’ve really needed the reliable Temple Spa Go Easy Eye Makeup Remover.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish – www.boots.com, £14
The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish has won over 100 awards and is a firm favourite with beauty bloggers. Rich and creamy, this hot cloth cleanser quickly removes daily grime and make up. The purifying eucalyptus essential oil, toning rosemary plus soothing chamomile and cocoa butter leave the skin feeling clean, soft and radiant. This product has been perfect for keeping my skin healthy throughout December.
Strong Woman by Karren Brady – www.waterstones.com, £9.99
Strong Woman by Karren Brady is inspiring with practically useful chapters, ideal for anyone wanting to improve themselves, their professional lives or their business. Karren Brady is an inspiration to women, and her incredible success stems from her passion, business instinct, ambition, and down to earth outlook on life. The book gives a real look at work and life, showing how Karren defied the odds as a business woman in a male industry.
And there you are, the products that I’ve been loving this month. From beauty to a great book. I hope this inspires your choices for what to try out next month. What else have you been loving?