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December Favorites (Nars, Benefit,Starbucks and more!!!)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Every girl needs a perfect red lipstick in her makeup repetoire and I know they are not always easy to find. Whilst wandering around Sephora the other day, I happened upon a new red lipstick love, NARS velvet matte lip pencil in the shade Cruella. 

As a redhead, it is extremely difficult to find a favorable red lipstick that coordinates with both my hair and fair skin tone, but NARS seems to handle that difficulty with ease. Described as a Scarlet red, this is the perfect red lipstick for those looking to go bold and bright!

I was so excited to pick this up just as Winter sets in. Winter is the perfect time for you to showcase your darker berry or red shades of lipstick! 

Starbucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha
Every year, as Fall rolls into Winter, Starbucks changes their cups from the drab everyday green and white to a super festive red and gold to celebrate the holiday season and the bringing back of the holiday beverages. 

This is the time of year to order the delicious seasonal Peppermint Mocha. My new favorite is the same name that has been made 'skinny'. After stumbling across the nutritional value of the original, I had actually considered giving it up for the season! 

Instead, my sister showed me that if I just ordered the 'skinny' version of the drink instead, it was a much more acceptable indulgence. The 'skinny' version of the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha consists of using steamed nonfat milk, sugar free mocha sauce, sugar free peppermint syrup and skipping the whipped cream. If you are like me and want your holiday indulgences to be guilt light, then I would definitely suggest trying Starbucks skinny Peppermint Mocha!

Benefit The POREfessional

This is by far the best and my favorite primer ever! I have to admit that this is my HG face primer! It goes on like a velvet cream and minimizes the appearance of all pores so your foundation goes on really smooth. 

It also does a really good job of mattifying my combination skin without over drying the already dry parts. I have gone back and forth using other primers, but I continually go back to Benefit's the POREfessional because it really is that great!

 Another upside is that it doesn't mess with my sensitive, acne prone skin. The only downside is the price, which can be quite steep given that it is a rather small tube of product, but I think it's worth it.

Comfy Cashmere Sweater
Another must have favorite for the cold Winter season is a mountain of warm sweaters! Everyone has their own personal favorites and mine is a black cashmere sweater that I've owned for forever.
I throw on this sweater almost everyday over whatever outfit I'm wearing so I can stay cuddly and warm when it's cold outside. 

The only downside of cashmere sweaters is the difficulty in washing. They are all usually dry clean only, but I've found that I can handwash and hang dry mine and it works just the same! Stay warm this holiday season and make sure to have lots of comfy sweaters!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
My last, but certainly not least December favorite is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish hot cloth cleanser and muslin cloths. I got a sample of this in one of my previous Birchboxes and I now know what ALL the hype was about this product. It is a cream cleanser that you can rub all over your dry, made up face. After you rub in the cleanser, you scrub it all off with a muslin cloth that has been rinsed under hot water.

I had no plans to use this product as I was happy with the cleanser I was using, but as most products do, my cleanser ran out and I had no backups to grab. I decided that maybe all the great reviews I had read about this product gave it enough credence to finally give it a try. 
I am a very clumsy face washer who can never seem to not get water everywhere when washing so the fact that I never have to splash water on my face is amazing! I slightly deviate from the suggested use as I take off all my makeup with a face wipe before I use the cleanser and muslin cloth and it seems to work great for me. I like the daily exfoliation as it rubs away all leftover traces of makeup and makes my face feel soft and super clean. If you're looking for a new HG cleanser, I would totally suggest getting the travel Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and testing it out for yourself!

Let me know what your December favorites are in the comments below! 

December Birchbox Unwrapping!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

It's time to showcase some Sparkle and Shine. There is nothing more exciting than being able to unwrap a present before Christmas! The opening of my December Birchbox was just the same! My box contained 

 As soon as I opened my box, I was engulfed in this amazing combination of scents coming from a very small box. It was the Greenleaf votive sized starlight candle! The Greenleaf Starlight Candle combines the scents of fruits, citrus, mint and white musk and it is a really strong scent, perfect for the kitchen or a bathroom. The Birchbox sample is the size of a small votive candle, but it packs the same amount of scent power as a big candle would so it's definitely a great sample to see in your box! 

Another great item in my December Birchbox was the Camille Beckman Body Butter in Morelia Monarch. It's a small container, but it has nice notes of green tea and amber with a base of vanillla. I only wish the sample was a bit larger so I could use it as a travel body butter, but it is far too small for that! Another sample that I got in my December Birchbox was a sample of Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum. I haven't used it long enough to give an adequate review, but I have been using it for a couple of days now and I like it thus far. It hasn't aggrevated my sensitive skin and it's a big sample so I'll be able to see if I notice any difference! I also received two foil samples of Nelson Argan Oils healing mask. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm pretty excited to as I'm always looking for ways to keep my hair shiny and healthy, which is quite difficult when your hair is so long. 

There was only one thing in the box that I truly didn't care for and that was the Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier in Goldenstar. Although it might work for some, the creamy peach sheen just didn't work for me or my skin tone. I was really hoping I would get to try one of the darker shades, but it was not meant to be. Overall, I was happy with my December Birchbox and can't wait to see what they showcase in the new year! 

November Favorites (Urban Decay, Pressed Juicery, Bath & Body Works and more!)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Alas, I am a week late in posting this, but I very much wanted to show off my November favorites! This month, I had very diverse obsessions. I was thoroughly enjoying the last of Autumn before Winter sets in. (As I type, it is pouring rain and icy cold outside)

One of my absolute favorites this month was Bath & Body Works Cider Lane candle. The candle was  a great mix of cider and caramel and kept the entire room bathed in cider scent! It was a perfect compliment to the fall scene of apple picking. 

My second favorite item from the month of November was actually a fall inspired beverage! Pressed Juicery, a cold pressed fresh juice company, added some delicious fall flavors to their menu and I could not have been more excited! My favorite flavor turned out to be a twist on the classic apple cider (noticing a theme here? ;)) They combined apples, cinnamon and persimmons to delight my tastebuds and put me in the festive fall mood. These juices are also great for quick pick me ups when you've eaten too much junk food or you can do juice cleanses to kickstart your healthy eating!

Twitter: @PressedJuicery 

My third favorite item from this month was the Naked Basics palette from Urban Decay. I recently showed this in a Sephora haul post, but since then I have used it every single day. I prefer matte shades in the day-to-day and sparkly shades for more celebratory events and this is perfect for an everyday look. I promise if you enjoy matte shadows that are highly pigmented, then you will thoroughly enjoy this palette!

My last favorite item for the month of November might be one of my favorites for all of Winter. When I traveled home for Thanksgiving, my mother had a small pile of parcels waiting for me to open! Amidst the pile was a large box that held matching adult Nick & Nora Sock Monkey onesie pj's for my sister and myself. I remembered having onesie pj's when I was small and I absolutely loved them! It seemed to be the only thing I could wear that would keep my feet toasty and warm at night and these were no exception! Red and White stripes trailing down to little Sock Monkey feet, simply adorable. It was just icing on the cake that my sister and I got to be matching in them! If you would cherish a pair of your own, then check out your local Target! There are tons of patterns to choose from and they will keep you warm throughout the cold Winter.

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