Yay it’s December! Although I have to say, November 2015 was not as dire as I had originally hoped/planned – I gave up the ghost of Dry November literally on the 1st of the month seeing as it was a bank holiday, and ditto goes for trying to be scabby, skinny etc etc. So all in all it was pretty much December part one for me. Skincare wise, I haven’t been changing it up majorly since October… But there are one or two products I’ve fallen deeeply for, with Guinot’s ‘Creme Riche Fermete Lift‘ being the first. This moisturiser is targeted at dehydrated, dry skin. Present yo’self! I adore it – pretty much instantly after using my skin appears plumper and firmer. (That’d be the ‘fermete lift’!) It’s intensely moisturising without feeling greasy or heavy on your skin, and I currently can’t get enough of the stuff.
I’m extraordinarily late to the game on this one, but November was the month I discovered Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty. And it’s fantastic…
I love using clay masks, but their drying side effects annoy me. Pre- Mask of Magnaminty, I was alternating between GlamGlow’s Youthmud and Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask… Both of which are great for drying up blemishes but both of which are drying on the skin (particularly the Caudalie clay mask). How and ever, with Mask of Magnaminty it has all the benefits of a mud mask without the dehydration. Plus it’s super affordable. I’ve been using this twice weekly, and am loving its soothening and brightening effects.
Pretty much every single night in November I slathered my hands and feet in the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream… The formula is incredibly rich – (Actually at first glance it could pass for an ointment as opposed to a cream), yet it isn’t greasy or tacky at all. Amazing, and perfect for this time of year.
Along with the miracle hand cream above, I’ve been using the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm nightly as well. This is worth its weight in gold – it’s long-lasting, fragrance free, and non greasy/sticky.
Park Avenue Princess has been my go-to evening bronzer. It’s matte, richly pigmented and literally doesn’t come off ’til you’re removing your makeup. The colour is perfect – never orange, always natural, and I love the luxe packaging.
Mac’s Heroine Lipstick is a totally surprise love of mine – I rarely wear a statement lip, and of all the million shades of lipsticks available, a dark purple has never appealed. However, I received this from a pal for my birthday, and actually adore it. Touche! I wore this out on numerous occasions throughout November and loved the dramz of it all.
My feelings for the Babyliss Big Hair styler have known no bounds over the past few weeks. I’ve no idea where the hype for this hair tool is hiding – I depend on it so, so much! It’s the only thing I use to cheat a professional bouncy blowdry. I’ve flitted with the Instyler and the likes over the past year, but for my hair type (vile – frizz, dry, bushy but flat fml) the Babyliss Big Hair is where it’s at.
Other random November favourites include Kanoodle, a Dublin based Asian takeaway I first sampled at the start of the month, and have since ordered from an embarrassing number of times. I even tried to be healthy about it the last time, ordering a child’s portion in replace of my main… But then was over the moon at the nine tenth’s adult portion which arrived at my front door. God loves a trier.
I finally read The Secret Life of Bees at the start of November, and really, really enjoyed it. I’m practically a decade late on this one, but if you haven’t read it I totally recommend – It’s very sad in parts but equally addictive overall. The book is set in South Carolina during the civil rights movement in the 1940’s, where the lead character (a fourteen year old white girl) runs away from her abusive father, and finds shelter (and happiness) living on a bee farm with three black sisters. It was actually made into a movie since (staring Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson), so I’m now looking forward to watching the Hollywood version.
And finally (non-alcoholic) beverage wise, I’ve been knocking back Dr. Stuart’s Throat Relief herbal tea of late. It’s a blend of cinnamon, cloves, marshmallow, and sage spices – V. Christmassy, v. hot port inspired, v. delish!