Happy Friday everyone!
This Wednesday marked my return to work after 3.5 weeks on leave and honestly, I'm glad to be back to work. I'm also very glad (and realize how very, VERY lucky I am) to have been able to take the time off without worrying about my job, my salary, or what would be waiting for me when I logged back on this week.
A few factors this month have contributed to me having only a few true favorites for the month of November:
- I bought ALL the things this month, so I was trying ALL the things once or twice rather than using the same products all month long.
- I was on leave, so there were more than a few days where the only thing I did to my face was wash it.
Those things aside, there are definitely some products that were absolutely fail-safe and my go-to favorites of the month. Here they are:
1 & 2: Two of the brushes from Wayne Goss' line. I have to say that the reviews that have talked about these brushes being "small" or have talked about #1 being a concealer brush or #2 being a blush brush have made me absolutely nutters. Brush #1 ($45) is a foundation brush and it's a lovely one. I find that if I use it the way that it is intended I get a lovely, smooth finish to any foundation I use it with. I love the size, love the density of the bristles and again, I find that it does a beautiful job with applying liquid or cream foundations. Brush #2 ($35) is a terrific all over powder brush. It allows for precision application and you cannot imagine how soft it is. It will work wonderfully for highlighter, blush or bronzer, but I use it primarily for setting powders. Honestly, I may buy another one or two of these so I can diversify what I use the brush for without having to wash it after every use.
3. MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.($20) Soft Ochre is the perfect base for me with my yellow undertones. When I use this paint pot as my base I find that my eyeshadows apply much truer to the pan than if I use painterly (which seems to make everything pull pinky/purple).
4. Dew Puff Konjac Sponge. ($7)You guys. Seriously. THIS. A few years ago I was visiting Mike in Chicago and we went into an apothecary near his hotel. I found these konjac sponges and was so intrigued that I picked one up. I have NOT been without one since then. I'm starting to see them pop up at places like Sephora, but you can buy this one for $7 or $8 rather than $25 which YO, works for me. The texture of these is super weird, but that's totally part of the appeal to me. I love how the sponge feels when it's wet and I love the way my skin feels after I use it. Konjac is a root that has been used in Japan for more than 1,500 years and is used in beauty products and is also used in Japanese cuisine. As a beauty aid, it's supposed to pull impurities from the skin. If you haven't tried one of these, I highly recommend picking one up!
5. Urban Decay B6 Spray.($33) I use this as the first step in my makeup application process and I believe that adding a bit of moisture to my skin before I apply my makeup helps in the application and helps my foundation, etc., not settle into fine lines.
6. Benefit Rocketeur.($28) Dudes, seriously, I resisted this product for So. Long. I've gotten away from Benefit as a brand, I find them too gimmicky and without the oomf to back up their price points. After seeing so many positive reviews, though, I finally caved and I'm glad that I did. I really enjoy how natural this looks on my skin and how easy it is to wear - blending is easy, it is a long lasting blush, and it goes with almost any look because it looks so natural on the skin. This month has been ALL about products that are super easy and effortless to wear and Rocketeur fits the bill.
7. Benefit Dallas ($28)I hit pan on this a long time ago and so I've been actively using it so that I can finish it up (I have a lot of bronzers these days you guys. A. LOT.) I'd forgotten how much I like this - I like the finish (it isn't shimmery) and I like that it's also very easy to wear, apply, and blend. I use a big fluffy brush and contour my under my cheekbones, my temples, and the apples of my cheeks (before I apply blush).
8. MAC Creme Cup. ($15) This is a cremesheen formula and is a lovely, easy nude to wear. It has average wear time, but it is a great go-to when I want something that isn't complicated.
9. Perricone MD Blue Plasma ($95). I've been using this product every night for the past three or four months and I really like how soft and smooth my skin is. It is a pricy product, but you can sometimes find it as part of a kit. I find that it does not overdry my skin nor does it irritate it (and I have pretty sensitive skin). This product is supposed to act as a daily peel.
10. Buxom White Russian ($19). This is just an amazing nude gloss that goes with everything. I keep a large tube of this in my purse at all times and one on my vanity (I've also got a backup). If you buy nothing else from Buxom, buy this gloss.
11. Urban Decay Super-Saturdated High Gloss Lip Color in Lovechild ($19). This is another lip product that is just super easy to wear. You can throw it on (without a mirror) and be out the door with just a little mascara (and powder, if you're me). This is hydrating and has about average wear time. I wore this at least two to three days a week this month.
12. NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover ($25). I have bought this three times because I love it every time I see it. Enough said.
13. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle ($30). This has been my go-to highlighter this month. It gives a lovely sheen to the tops of my cheekbones without emphasizing my pores. I also swipe this on my cupids bow to accentuate my lip shape.
14. Chantecaille Wild Horses palette ($83). You GUYS. I cannot get enough of this palette. It is just so beautiful. I love that this very high end brand supports various charities through their products and the quality of their products does not disappoint. This palette contains four shades, which all work as eyeshadows, but the pink can also be used as a lovely soft pink blush. I can get many looks out of just these four eyeshadows and they are easy to blend, long-lasting (especially with Soft Ochre underneath them).
So that's it! Not a ton of products, but all truly my favorites for the month. Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? What were your favorites for November?