Monthly Favourites | November

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Monthly Favourites 2013

A slightly late favourites from me this month guys - I've been such a busy little bee. Also, if you work full time like I do, I'm sure you'll know how I feel about this dark and grey winter weather. As much as I love winter, its just not ideal for blog photography. I'm having to wait for weekends to take photos so my posts can often take way longer to get up than I'd originally hoped. Boo! Anyway, weather aside, I can't believe its now the 10th of December. Two weeks today I'll be heading home to the Lakes on Christmas Eve and I couldn't be more excited even if I tried. I'm like a big kid at Christmas, its definitely my favourite time of the year.

I feel like I've been trying quite a lot of new products lately so it was tough to whittle it down to my top picks but I got there in the end and these are the products I've been loving lately. Most of them are new discoveries but there's a couple of old favourites thrown in there for good measure ...

November Favourites 2013 5
REN 3-in-1 Cleansing Water* | Link
I'm a huge fan of micellar solutions or 'cleansing waters' as they're more well-known as they're such an effective and gentle way to remove makeup. They're great to use as a 'pre-cleanse' to remove the majority of your makeup before you give your skin a thorough cleanse with a cleanser of your choice such as a balm, oil or gel (my personal favourite formulations). This 3-in-1 cleansing water from REN is the latest to be added to my cleansing water stash and it does a great job at removing makeup (even stubborn eye makeup) and it feels lovely and refreshing on the skin. A big thumbs up from me!

November Favourites 2013 6

Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm* | Link
I've mentioned this product in a favourites post before but I just have to mention it again this month as I've been using it more and more now the harsh winter weather has taken its toll on my skin. This balm cleanser is such a luxurious treat and I actually look forward to getting home from work and cleansing my face with this stuff - who'd have thought it? It has a fairly thick consistancy like you would imagine from a balm but when massaged onto the skin it becomes loose and more oil like, gradually removing every scrap of makeup. It also has small oatmeal grains running through it which gently exfoliate the skin while the balm removes grime and thoroughly cleanses. To remove it I splash my face with warm water, massage the product around my face even more and then remove it with a warm face cloth. If you want that salon facial feeling at home - I can't recommend this stuff enough. It leaves my feeling clean, fresh, hydrated and smooth. I love it!

November Favourites 2013 7 Yonka Pamplemousse Vitalizing Cream* | Link
Until recently Yonka wasn't a brand I was familiar with but I'm so glad blogging has introduced me to it as its amazing! My mum and I are both hooked. My favourite product from them has got to be their Pamplemousse Vitzalizing Cream (don't you just love the name?) - seriously, I'm so impressed by it. If you're after a lightweight moisturiser that sinks into the skin super fast whilst still providing lots of hydration, this is the one for you. It also smells fruity thanks to ingredients like Grapefruit, Lemon and Orange. I absolutely adore anything citrus scented so this gets a huge thumbs up from me! I also find it really perks up my skin and adds some much needed radiance to my face on these dark and grey winter mornings. Overall I'm absolutely in love with this product and if Yonka skincare is good enough for the likes of Beyonce and Victoria Beckham who both use it, its certainly good enough for me!

November Favourites 2013 8
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation | Fiji | Link
I repurchased NARS Sheer Glow recently and I'm so glad I did as its definitely one of the best foundations I've ever tried. I won't go into too much detail about this as I've already done a full review here but its a great foundation to go for if you want something that's medium to full coverage whilst still looking natural on the skin. However, if you're after something very 'glowy', don't be fooled by the name as it isn't glowy at all. It does give the skin a healthy radiance but its not as glowy as the likes of Rimmel Wake Me Up, for example.

November Favourites 2013 3
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Lycra Flex Mascara | Black | Link
When I first bought this mascara a couple of months ago, I HATED it. It was dry and didn't do anything for my lashes. No colour, not length and no curl. Nothing. However, recently I decided I'd give it another go and it turns out I now love it. I don't know what's happened but between the first time I tried it and now, its like a completely different mascara. It now gives my lashes lots of volume and curl and its no longer dried out. I know, very strange isn't it?

November Favourites 2013 2
Art Deco Hydra Lip Booster | Wood Rose* | Link
I received this Art Deco Lip Booster in my November Love Me Beauty box and I've been using it almost daily ever since thanks to the amazing glossy but none sticky formula. I really hate lipglosses that feel like glue on the lips (especially in winter - sticky lips and wind are not a good combo) but this one feels so lovely and creamy and isn't remotely sticky. The shade  'Wood Rose' is the perfect 'my lips but better' shade too and I find it gives my lips a nice wash of colour without being overpowering. I would like to point out that I don't think this product 'boosts' my lips like it claims to but it definitely smooths them out and covers any imperfections. I love it!

November Favourites 2013 9
Gucci Flora Gracious Tuberose* | Link
I love nothing more than receiving new perfumes so when I was recently send this Gucci Flora perfume from Fragrance direct, I couldn't have been more chuffed. I love having perfumes sat out on my dressing table so I'm quite fussy when it comes to packaging and I normally go for elegant looking bottles that are quite simple and chic. Think 'Miss Dior' which is an all time favourite of mine. This one from Gucci has that same chic look to it and it looks absolutely beautiful sat on my dresser. As well as looking pretty, it also smells amazing! Its very girly and while it does have floral tones, it definitely isn't overpowering like some floral scents can be. Its just very sophisticated and feminine and lasts all day long. I put it on at 7am this morning and can still smell it now. That's good going let me tell you as more perfumes don't last on me. If you're after a new perfume for Christmas, I can't recommend this one enough and you can get the gift set from Fragrance Direct here for only £39.95. Bargain!

November Favourites 2013 10
Aromatherapy Associates Morning Revive Bath & Shower Oil* | Link
If you love a hot relaxing bubble bath in the winter like I do then the Aromatherapy Associates bath and shower oils are a must have. A couple of drops of this added to a bath really tranforms it from a standard bath to a luxurious spa like experience. The scents are really powerful so only one or two drops is needed meaning this little bottle should last me a good few baths. I've used it 3 or 4 times already and as you can see - there's still loads left. I know there's lots of Aromatherapy Acossiates Christmas gifts floating around at the moment so if you or one of your loved ones love to relax in the bath, these oils would be a perfect gift. My favourite set would be have to be this one here. A bath oil Christmas tree - yay!

Wow, that was a long post so well done if you made it to the end! I do go off on a tangent sometimes, whoops! Which products have you been loving lately?

Lots of Love,

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  1. I was contemplating putting NARS sheer glow on my Christmas List but now I definitely will! :) x


  2. NARS Sheer Glow looks amazing! And the perfume :)
    Elise -

  3. Love your review style. Thorough and eloquent. I've heard a lot of good things about Yonka Pamplemousse and that's funny about the mascara. I find my tube of L'Oreal Voluminous is much better after about a month! New follower here on GFC :)
    zozo | atelier zozo

  4. Such a lovely blog :) x

  5. Ive heard such amazing things about NARS sheer glow..hmmmmm but do i really need it?!

    1. I vote yes, I am dreading the day my Nars Sheer Glow runs out and I have to repurchase it! I use it almost everyday. It is a lot of money but personally I love it so much!

  6. I really want to try out the Nars Sheer Glow, everyone has raved about it so much.

  7. That is a bit weird about the mascara, it usually happens the other way around! xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  8. I love the perfume, it smells so nice!
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  9. I really enjoyed reading this post :) I've never heard of the Yonka product before but it sounds great! xx

  10. I definitely fancy giving the Nars foundation a go - ready to move on from my M.A.C studio fix habit!

    Georgina at

  11. I really want to give a go of the mascara and the NARS Foundation xx
    Pearl | Pearluxe Beauty&Lifestyle

  12. So cool you got to try that perfume and loved it! I may have to try the mascara, I love finding good drugstore mascaras that work!

  13. I have been contemplating in work for weeks about getting a cleansing water. Think I will just have to do it :-)

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

  14. I really want to try Nars Sheer Glow! And that perfume sounds amazing!

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  15. I have been hearing so many good things about the Nars Sheer Glow foundation! i think it might be my next foundation once i finish my tart amazonian clay foundation!

    Brittany // bri by day

  16. I really want to try the Nars foundation but having oily skin, am a bit worried it's too dewy! I'm not sure whether to go for it or not! I've also seen the bath oils so much on Christmas gift guides! Need to try them! X.

    Amy Lauren

  17. The Yonka product sounds lovely and I love the smell of that perfume, it's so lovely! Great favourite lovely!

    Claudia xxx

  18. I really need to try the Nars foundation heard so many good things about it. I have been loving Yankee Candles this month.


  19. Christmas is coming, the latest michael kors bag here, good price quality, introduced to everyone

  20. Dying to try a nars foundation. What is the coverage like? Great post once again xx

  21. looks like some lovely favorites!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  22. You've chosen loads of brands I love, but products I haven't tried yet, so will definitely check them out :)


  23. I love the look of that lipgloss, and the colour it is in is gorgeous! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  24. That Art Deco lipgloss looks lovely, it's such a pretty shade! xx

    Leanne | Seeking Serendipity

  25. I love NARS products at the moment! NARS sheer glow is a fab foundation and i love their creamy concealer even though I didnt get on with it at first!

  26. love this post :) Would love to try some of these products!

  27. I love the sound of scandaleyes!
    What camera do you use hun?
    Your photos always look fab! xx

  28. I'm a huge fan of balance Me's Cleanse and smooth face balm, I just love it! I haven't tried any of your other favourites. I'd love to try one of the Nars foundations but they're a little expensive and I'm not sure whether I'd prefer to go for Sheer glow or Sheer matte x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  29. deffo gonna try some of these! lovely post xx

  30. Tried and tested a couple of these, I may need to check out the others :)

    Jaynie Shannon Beauty & Lifestyle


  31. I love NARS Sheer Glow foundation, haven't found anything quite like it!

  32. I'm always on the hunt for new foundations so nice to see one I haven't tried being raved about, think I need to give this a try. I keep meaning to try out the mascara too as heard quite a few people say good things about it

    Belle Part of Belle's World

  33. Great selection of favourites, I love the sound of the foundation and perfume :) ones for the christmas list <3


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