It’s been a slightly strange month and I think I’m glad to see that it’s over! However, it was a pretty good month for beauty products, so it’s time for my November favorites! I do not have a ton of products to mention, but I have come across some new products that I really, really love. So let’s get on with it, shall we?! J
My first favorite is an oldie, but a goodie. It is my Urban Decay Brow Box in “Honey Pot.” I imagine there’s nothing particularly special about these brow powders, but I really like the kit and, at least for the older version, I like the layout too! The convenient compact kit contains a light and a darker shade of brow powder, some baby tweezers, a little baby brush and a pan of clear brow wax. I haven’t ever really used the tweezers, but I always use the mini brush. I find it’s actually works pretty well and it’s nice and small, which I find makes it easier to be precise when filling in my brows.
The colors are great for lighter hair, while not being so light that your brows don’t show up. Then there’s the wax, which I just apply with my fingertips after the powder, to keep everything in place. I really prefer the older version’s layout because the brow wax is in a little drawer away from the powder so it stays nice and clean. The newer one has the wax right next to the powders, which I envision getting little bits of powder all over the wax and making a nasty mess.
Other than the couple times I tested out a new brow pencil that didn’t work well for me at all, I have used the Urban Decay Brow Box every time I’ve filled in my brows this month! J
My next favorite is a blush that I’ve used before, but never in this shade…which is gorgeous! It is the IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Hydrating Brightening Anti-Aging Powder Blush Stain. Wow! That’s certainly a mouthful! These blushes are really pigmented, last amazingly well, and blend beautifully. This month I started using the shade “Magical in Mauve” and it’s just perfect for this time of year! It give a nice healthy flush to the cheeks and I have also worn this pretty much every day this month! It’s a beautiful plummy-mauve shade that appears to have a slight bit of shimmer in the pan, but I don’t really see it on the cheeks. If anything, it just adds more radiance. So, so pretty!!!
This next product is totally new to me, but now I just might be addicted! It is the Marvelous Moxie Lipstick from Bare Minerals in the shade “Live Large.” I’ve never tried these lipsticks before because whenever I swatch them in stores, they just don’t look like colors I would wear. Then I did a google image search on some of the colors and thought “Live Large” looked really pretty and decided to try it. Aside from being a stunningly beautiful color for fall and winter, the formula is incredible! It is nice and creamy, but stays put. It’s very pigmented, but it doesn’t look like you’re wearing lipstick…well, other than the fact that they’re a different color. It’s incredibly comfortable and not at all drying. It’s just a really impressive formula and I have been obsessed with it this month! J
For lip balm, I’ve been using the Hugo Naturals Pineapple Coconut Lip Balm and it is really great! It’s a bit more on the greasy size, but it is also seriously moisturizing! My only complaint is that it’s become a bit grainy and I’m not sure why. It doesn’t bother me that much, but it’s kind of weird and every time I apply it, I find myself wondering why it’s so lumpy. It’s kept my lips in tip-top shade though, so I can definitely deal with it! JIt is also Vegan and Gluten-Free, which is awesome!
Finally, with the cold weather returning, my hands have been getting pretty dry again. I’ve been reaching for my Out of Africa Organic Shea Butter Hand Cream in “Verbena.” I really love this stuff! I don’t find it to be overly greasy, but it hydrates hands beautifully. The scent is light and doesn’t linger and it’s just the perfect hand cream right now! I broke the cap from using it so much! J
An honorable mention this month is the Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro. I’ve been testing it all month, but I’m still on the fence. I like it a lot – it has great coverage, looks beautiful, applies and blends beautifully and is just all around really nice. I’m still trying to find the best way to apply it, but I don’t feel I can call it a favorite yet because I’m still trying to determine how to avoid greasiness because it does tend to make me a bit oilier throughout the day. Other than that, I really love this foundation! I just don’t love blotting my face all day, so it’s still a question mark for me.
That’s going to do it for my favorites this month! I hope you enjoyed and thanks, as always, for stopping by! Let me know what some of your favorite products have been over the past month! I need more suggestions for new things to try! Ok, no I don’t, but I still want to know what everyone else is loving! JUntil next month, I hope you all have wonderful holiday season!!! J