Monday, December 31, 2012

December Favourites

I can't believe it's the last day of 2012, I'm not one to go all out with New Years celebrations but tonight I'm braving the horrible weather and heading into town. Before I start getting ready and glammed up I wanted to show you my December Favourites. It seriously only feels like yesterday that I did my November Favourites, like always Christmas went by super fast. Even though I didn't have anytime off over Christmas bar the day, I did enjoy spending time with my family. I love the atmosphere around Christmas time, my nephew was super excited to see what Santa left in our house for him. We must of spent hours playing with his new toy ship. Back to my favourite products, I don't have too many bits to show you this month. I've been busy with the festivities and trying to get college assignments out of the way but most of the products featured are new finds. Keep an eye out for my 2012 Favourites which will be a rundown on the products that I've been loving over the past year. It may go up in 2013 but it's coming!

First of is a body cream from Bath & Body Works which I can't get enough of. Vanilla Bean Noel is from the brands Festive range and it smells amazing. This is the Triple Moisture Body Cream so it's nice and thick, perfect for this time of the year as my skins been so dry. As you all know I adore vanilla scents so this was always going to go down well  with me. I can tell why this is such a winner during this time of year, I don't know how someone could not love this. The festive packaging looks really special too, I just hope I don't run out of this anytime soon as it's impossible to get here.

There is no doubt in my mind that this palette will make an appearance on alot of blogs over the coming weeks. I bought my Naked Basics palette a week before Christmas and I'm so glad I did. I had €5 on my Debenhams Beauty Card so I got this baby for €21 (SCORE!). I own both the Naked 1 and Naked 2 palettes and for me personally I think I'll get more use out of this one. It's a nice sized compact with a mirror which will be absolutely perfect for travelling. The palette contains 5 matte shades and one shimmery shade. All the shadows are extremely pigmented, I use the shimmery ivory shade as a brow highlight and it's perfect. While were on the topic of brows I'll bring in another one of my favourites from this month, Fashionista's Brow Kit*. I've never been too fussed about my brows but over the past while I've been taking the time to fill them in. When I was younger I had super bushy eyebrows, I started getting them waxed when I was 13/14 after someone commented on them. I've felt that in the last while they're not growing back as quick and they've become quite sparse in places which is extremely frustrating. Surprisingly after filling them both in with the shade I've hit pan on, I like the look it gives me. I feared looking like I had caveman brows to be honest! I do believe this brand is only available in the UK but if you can get a hold of this product I'd definitely recommend it. I'm hoping to repurchase this when I'm over in Manchester in the New Year.

Before I put on my makeup I've been using the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfection Touch Primer. I've enjoyed using it so far and I think it's a gorgeous product. It leaves my skin feeling nice and smooth, perfect for applying foundation. You may be thinking that this is a awfully small pot but I don't use all that much to cover my whole face. I've been using mine for a while now and there's barely a dip made in the product. I usually judge a primers staying power by judging how it fares with the dodgy air con and running around in work, I can happily say this has passed the test. I've heard there's a self tanning version of this primer too for around the same price so I want to try that next. For setting my makeup I've been using my mini MAC Fix+. I've neglected this stuff for a while and I only rediscovered it during this month. This is a handy little travel size that the brand brought out I'm not a 100% sure if there still available now. I hope they are as I want to buy another one as I think it's seriously great. I use this during the day, a couple of hours after I've applied my makeup as I find it really refreshing on my skin. If I can't get the mini version I know I'll be getting the full sized bottle.

Lastly I have to give my favourite festive candle, Christmas Cookie a mention. This is the medium sized jar and I'm sure it's going to last ages. The scent reminds me of Vanilla Cupcake but a bit sweeter. When I light this it literally leaves my room smelling like a bakery no joke. I know that they usually have these candles on sale at this time of the year, I'd definitely pick up this gem while you still can. I got given a couple of these as gifts over Christmas so I know I'll be stocked up for a while and I have no problem burning them in the New Year. They smell so good!!

Do you have any plans for New Years? What made it into your December Favourites?



  1. Great collection :) Happy New Year!!

  2. I really want to try the clarins primer. Great post. Happy New Year. x


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