Month favorites its the most enjoyable post to read and write, it gives me the chance to see what other people have been using and i can make inventory of what i really like from my collection. Of course, this can change every month with all the new releases, season changes and why not hormonal imbalances of the skin.
Especially with the skincare, in December i had two main discrepancies. My skin has been either oily and congested or while i was sick (chest infection), dry and flaky. I think i will do a separate post on what i used to heal my dry face and almost raw hands.
Makeup wise i kept it nice and simple, using the beautiful neutrals from my Naked palette combined with my 2010 holy grail mascara Loreal Volume Million. Used plain black eyeliner only for nights out and sometimes didn’t even bother.
Foundation wise, I’m still using my Lancome Teint Miracle in 03 and Vichy Aera Teint fluid in 35 which are almost gone, combined with Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer in 53 underneath – great coverage, moisturising, no cakey appearance and wonderful for layering on top of it. Tend to apply it first under my eyes and on the lids, covering the cheekbones as well.
With all the cold weather going on, shine still bothered me so i used a light powder to set the foundation. If i wanted full coverage and a polished look i used La Roche Posay Toleriane Teint Mineral in Beige Clair and if i was in a hurry, i used the Bourjois Mineral Radiance Powder in 02 vanille – mattifies for about 3 hours or so, has a slight pink undertone which i don’t like and the nice smell i liked at first, smells sour on me :(.
I must say I’m very impressed with the La Roche Posay Toleriane Mineral, it is a mineral compact foundation which means it can be used instead of a foundation or on top of it for a maximum coverage. I used it both ways and found it great. On its own, provides full coverage while making your skin feeling very silky and smooth; surprisingly matches my skin tone perfectly as i am extremely ghostly pale during winter. If used on top of your normal foundation, it sets it for longer and hello full coverage. Also has a 25 Spf, fragrance free and no preservatives.
No bronzer was used in December or fake tan on that matter, i just embraced my paleness :). I used a soft shimmery peach blush from Urban Decay in Score. This was my first ever purchase from UD and i think it almost 3 years old (eek!), but is still going strong. Has the most beautiful undertones, sometimes in the light can look pink and sometimes can look peach. I tend to use it obsessively for weeks and the forget about it for another month, but always come back to it. I’m surprised really that i haven’t hit pan yet.
For my lips i have only used two products: Carmex lip balm and Loreal Glam Shine Juice in Candy Juice (224). I both the gloss from the Turkish duty free on a whim and it ended up to be the perfect shade of pink for me. Its not sticky and has a good pigmentation, what more can i ask?
Thats about it, i kept my makeup to a minimum and was mainly focused on protecting my skin from the cold.
Looking forward to read your makeup favorites!