Monday, January 4, 2016

December Favorites

December flew by like it always does, but one reason it always goes so fast is because of all the festivities. With so much going on-friends and family in town to see, holiday parties, and lots of places to be and people to see all leading up to New Year's Eve, it's a busy month. I feel like I wore a lot of makeup in December. I was either going full out glam and rocking a party
look, or needing to quickly throw on a little makeup to look awake before running around to the next place. These are the products I reached for literally almost daily all month long, and I used whether I was going with glamorous and dramatic, or quick and natural.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

These things are my holy grail. This summer I didn't get anywhere near as tan as I usually do, which still isn't saying much, but I was already wearing my winter foundation shades in December. Usually I can go until about February before I have to break out the truly ghostly shades. I didn't want to buy more, even lighter foundation, and frankly, I don't know of many or any brands that would even make a shade that light. This was the perfect answer. These are concentrated drops of foundation that you can mix in with your foundation to adjust the shade. You can also mix them in with moisturizer, BB Cream, anything you want. It is not meant to be used as foundation by itself, because the color in it is super concentrated. But that is what makes it so genius for mixing in with other products.  I bought the lightest shade, which is literally almost as white as a piece of paper, and I have been adding a drop or two to my foundation to lighten it, which has worked perfectly. I'm sure I'll be adding more as Winter goes on, but this is THE PERFECT solution for anyone who already has a foundation they really like, but the shade isn't perfect for you. Brilliant!

NIVEA for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

I know, right?? Men's aftershave? I heard NikkiTutorials talk about this on her YouTube channel a few months ago, and I feel like everyone in the beauty community has been trying it since. She said it worked great as a primer, and since I'm always hunting for a primer I love, I had to try it. One of the main ingredients in it is Glycerin, and Glycerin creates a tacky surface, which makes things stick to it. I wanted to try it for a good month or so before telling you how I felt about it, but I really like it. I rub it on for a good minute or so until it feels sticky, and then my foundation not only goes on really smooth over it, but it lasts forever. I never really notice that a primer makes my foundation last that much longer, but there were lots of days this month where I used this, and then noticed my foundation still looked good 12 hours later. It smells a little manly (which actually I don't mind), but the scent goes away quickly. It's also super cheap and from the drugstore, so I have to say, it might be my favorite primer now.

LORAC Unzipped Gold Palette

I love this palette so much. Each color is absolutely gorgeous, and the variety between them is awesome. There were so many days when I only used this palette for my entire eye look, whether I was doing dramatic and smokey, natural, or anything in between. There is a great variety of mattes, shimmers, and metallics, cool, warm, and neutral, and the lightest to darkest shades. I don't even know what else to say about it, other than it is seriously the perfect palette. This is one of those VERY few eyeshadow palettes that I could take with me on a vacation, and seriously not need to bring any other shadows. You can create so many looks with this palette. It is great and gorgeous no matter what mood you are in or what the occasion. The formula of the shadows is super blendable too, even the metallics. They are buttery smooth, and even Unafraid, which at first looks like it has a scary amount of glitter in it, is so smooth, and the shimmer is so fine, that you don't get a ton of fall out, and it can be worn other than to a bling-appropriate party.

Morphe E4-Angled Contour Brush

I know everyone is probably sick of hearing me talk about this, but it's just so fantastic. It literally does almost everything. I grab it to contour, to blush, to bronze, to highlight, to set, to bake, everything. It's seriously the best brush for almost any powder, and even some cream products, ever. And it feels so luxurious and soft, you just want to keep blending.  If you want to hear me go on about it more, or other Morphe brushes, check out This or This.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft-Spoken

I love liquid lipsticks. Especially now that they have started making formulas that last all day, but don't crack or totally dry out your lips. I was excited to see NYX make one since the brand is so cheap, and I really liked the formula. It didn't last as long as some, but it did for quite a while, and it felt creamy and smooth as long as I had it on. I liked this shade in the store, and then as soon as I got home and put it on, I noticed it looked very, very close to the cult-favorite Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Lolita. You can see the two next to each other below. Major drugstore dupe alert!! These Liquid Suede lipsticks are a great drugstore dupe for the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks, but this shade is totally Lolita. If you have been wanting Lolita, but it's always out of stock, or if you want to pay less than half the price, I would definitely say pick up Soft-Spoken. There are  not nearly as many shades in the NYX line as the Kat Von D, but the shades they do have come in a great variety. I like this product a lot, but for the price, it's definitely a staple.

NYX Slide On Eye Pencil in Golden Bronze

Apparently I couldn't stop with the metallic eyes this month. I love bronze on the eyes, especially on green eyes, and this pencil is sooooo smooth. The name "Slide On" is very true, it really does slide on without skipping or leaving any chunks, but it also stays put and lasts long. It's basically a gel in a pencil. I bought a couple other shades I liked this one so much, but this shade was definitely my most used. It looks very different in different light, like in the pictures below. It definitely has more orange in it than some bronzes do, but I like copper tones too so I actually liked that. It can look very dark and copper in low light, or much more golden bronze (just like the name?) in brighter light.

Urban Decay Brow Beater Microfine Brow Pencil

I am just going to come out and say it. After using this Urban Decay brow pencil for a month or so, I am so done with my Anastasia Brow Wiz. Scandalous, I know. This one has the same fine tip as the Brow Wiz, and the same spool brush on the other end, but the texture of the pencil puts Brow Wiz to shame. I feel like with brow pencils they are always either dry and hard to work with, but last a long time, or softer and go on smoothly, but don't last long at all. This is the best of both worlds. I feel like I said that about Brow Wiz at one point, but this is so much softer and smoother. I didn't realize how hard, and hard to work with, the Brow Wiz was until I started using this. It glides on so smooth, doesn't tug at your skin, doesn't leave chunks of pencil, the creaminess does well at holding brows in place, and it blends out so much easier, but it also lasts.

beautyblender blendercleanser Solid

Like I said, I wore and used a lot of makeup this month. That also  meant my brushes were constantly dirty, and my eye brushes constantly had a color on them other than what I was going to use that day. This is made to clean the Beauty Blender, and it does a very good job at that, but it is amazing for cleaning brushes. I know I have mentioned it before, but I used it a lot this month. I have tried all kinds of vinegar, baby shampoo, and other concoctions to try to clean my brushes, none of which every really got them clean, even after lots of scrubbing. With this, I literally wet my brush, rub it around for a few seconds on the solid, and everything just comes right off. 

Tarte Lash Curler

 I use an eyelash curler almost every day, and this one is definitely the best I've ever used. A lot of them seem like they are not wide enough to get all my lashes at once, and I have to curl them in two segments, but this gets them all in at one time. It also has a firm grip and curls my lashes more than most lash curlers. There's not a lot of exciting things to say about why you love a lash curler, but I will say this one is my favorite and was the only one I used daily all month long.

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