picture my dad singing “these are a few of my favorite things…” in the background, as he was doing while i was taking my photos 😉
shu uemera eyelash curlers – ok i finally caved and jumped on the bandwagon, and man i am never turning back. i thought my tarte curlers were good, but now i’m realizing that they didn’t curl that much and they definitely pinched. these make my eyelashes look not only curled but voluminous, and they stay curled all day, with mascara or without (and i use regular mascara, not waterproof). it’s no surprise these are the best of the best.
sarah chloe monogram necklace – something i’ve had for a long time but am really loving this month. i love the length and the chunkier pendant – it’s a little bit different from my usual dainty chains.
real techniques complexion sponge – i had a beauty blender for a while, but when it got a little too grubby, i decided to pick up this less expensive version instead of another $20 splurge. and it’s amazing!! in my opinion it’s way better than the original, as it has more points and flat edges for tough to reach areas (nose, under eyes).
go-to face hero – i have been reading about this for months on the file and have done some pretty thorough research on its benefits. i finished my mario badescu rose hips oil, but in the end i didn’t feel that it was hydrating or oily enough (which i know is actually one of its main selling points) especially with winter in full swing. i was going to get the pai rosehip bioregenerate oil, but i decided to get the go-to instead as it has such rave reviews. it includes so many wonderful oils, including rosehip, almond, jojoba, and many many more. once converted from australian to american dollars, the price point is great (roughly $34 american plus $18 shipping) and the international shipping was really fast. i am so glad i decided to get this, it has done wonders for my skin and i noticed the effects over night, no exaggeration.
l’oreal brow stylist plumper in medium to dark – i originally typed that as “brow plumber.” anyways! i have pretty ok brows, and truth be told i can’t be bothered to do anything over the top with them. but they do get pretty unruly and messy throughout the day so i have been looking for a really subtle brow gel to keep them in place but not look “done.” the glossier boy brow is ok, but it’s so thick and pomade-y that it was just too much for low-key me. i heard about the l’oreal brow gel somewhere, so i picked it up when i saw it at duane reade and i love it! it’s exactly what i was looking for. it is tinted, so it offers a little bit of color while looking totally natural and not too gel-y. i wipe most of the product off before applying, so that helps, but really this is a great product and doesn’t make me feel like my eyebrows are cemented to my face.
nars radiant tinted moisturizer in terre neuve – this has been my go-to base this month. for one thing, it’s my perfect winter shade, and the coverage is perfect. it evens out the redness that i have going on and doesn’t cling to my dry patches, but looks totally natural and nonexistent. i don’t typically wear a “base” every day, but i have felt it necessary this month and have been happy to have this guy around. if you’re looking for a good tinted moisturizer, i highly recommend the nars one. though i can’t seem to find a good summer shade, this one matches my pale, pink winter skin like a dream.
bioderma sensibio – this is a repeat from november, but i feel the need to mention it again! i got a small bottle of this while in london in november and have used up the whole thing in the past 2 months! it has been really nice to have an actual makeup remover for my whole face, and i love using this as a first step before my cleanser. it gets rid of my mascara (not waterproof) in just a few swipes and gets rid of the leftover bronzer, tinted moisturizer, and layers of grime that have made home of my face during the day. also, it’s now available a couple places online like beautylish and violet grey, so it’s finally available to us americans!
violette_fr – i have seen violette featured a ton on violet grey, but i had no idea that she had a youtube channel! violette is an amazing parisian makeup artist, and her channel shows you how to achieve that perfectly french look. i love how short and simple her videos are, and how she focuses on one feature, be it eyes, lips, etc. her looks are simple and beautiful and i am addicted!
a christmas carol by charles dickens – for whatever reason, i really wanted to read this dickens classic this month. i was in search of a cozy read – whatever that means – and this fit the bill perfectly. though i know the story by heart, i have never read it first hand. it is such a beautiful and timeless story, and even if you think you know it all i recommend taking the time to read it. it’s quite short – i finished it in a day or two – but i thoroughly enjoyed it and was reminded of it’s great lessons on life, appreciation, and kindness.
drawing/sketching – i’ve always been a doodling, but this month i enjoyed my drawings a little bit more than usual. i drew winter guides for my sisters’ christmas presents, and i loved drawing the products and items that i love in my real life and want them to love too. you know what’s better than a new glossier product? drawing a really cute picture of one!
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