Best of December: Beauty

Monthly Favorites

For the new year I think I am going to try a Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule which, is why this post is a few days later than I had planned. In past years, I have taken Blogmas right up to the 31st but was a bit burnt out on holiday posts and called it quits on Christmas this year. I cannot believe that Christmas has come and gone, yet again – I also cannot believe that New Year’s Eve is tomorrow already! I remember the week between Christmas and my birthday seeming like it was months away, now it’s already upon us. The weather has been incredibly horrendous, we had rain on Friday that turned into an ice storm on Saturday then more rain and now about 4 inches of snow. I don’t mind the snow but the ice I can do without. I think it will be here for awhile though since temperatures are supposed to plummet this week. I have this whole week off still but was already looking to see when the next federal holiday was because…I’m tired. In fact, I’ve had two people comment on the fact that I look tired recently and I’m like bitch, this is just my face at this point. Anyway, I had quite a few beauty favorites this month and here they are!

There was a time when I exclusively used Bare Minerals products but I couldn’t tell you what they’ve released over the last decade or so. I stopped wearing mineral foundation but when I decided to switch back to it, I was surprised at all of the new complexion products they had to offer. I decided to try their new stick foundation instead and am really glad I did, it’s a very light formula for a stick foundation with just the right amount of coverage. It claims to be hydrating and it does feel really good on the skin but it’s also long wearing. They really nailed it with this product although, I am miffed that they convinced everyone that liquid foundation was poison and then are selling that shit back to us. Well played.

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Next is a total impulse purchase that I snagged while in the Bare Minerals section. In my defense, it was in a two pack and it was 40% off. Their Lashtopia Mineral-Based Mascara is pretty awesome, it is volumizing and a deep matte black. It plumps up my lashes but leaves them so soft and natural(ish) looking. I also like how it washes off, this is the only mascara that I’ve tried that actually comes off with just micellar water. I really like it, I’m glad I snagged two tubes.

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I’m back on the Buxom Full-On Lip Creams but I’ve always loved these. I don’t know how plumping they are but I like the minty scent, my go-to shades have been a mix of Hot Toddy and Brandi.

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I have two new skincare items that have been helping me battle the winter flakiness and redness. I hadn’t tried tula until I stopped in ULTA one day when a rep was there handing out samples and doing demos. tula is a clean beauty line, cruelty free, made in the USA and packed with probiotics. I have been using their glycol toner and gel-cream along with my regular skincare and they are both great. The toner is mild enough to use everyday and has helped to clear up some of my most stubborn dry patches. The gel-cream is similar to an emulsion or serum and adds an additional layer of hydration that my skin has been needing. I am looking forward to checking out more of the brand when I use up my other skincare products.

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This next one is a beauty tool really, I dermaplane at home but this is something that I’ve been using to touch up areas when in between full dermaplaning. The Flawless Touch does really well at removing unwanted peach fuzz and stray eyebrow hairs without irritating the skin. I am curious to know how long a single head lasts, I have been using this well over a month and it seems to still be plenty sharp.

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I usually steer clear of the holiday scented lotions and body products because most of them are gross but Hempz did an awesome job with this Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai scent. It’s sweet and spicy, I only picked up a couple of the small bottles because it’s pretty potent and I can’t imagine that I will wear it all year round.

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My last pick is this tinted brow gel from Colourpop that I picked up when I ran out of my Glossier Boy Brow. This gel is less than half the cost and honestly, just as good. I like natural looking brows, this gel shapes them up just enough and adds enough to tint to look polished.

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That’s most everything that I’ve been loving this month – what products have you been loving? Let me know if you have tried any of these!

Blogmas Day 24: Best of December Lifestyle

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People, I just realized that I have not watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and I am just as shocked as you are. Here’s what happened, I got rid of most of my physical media last year and swapped to digital media. For some reason, I don’t own this movie though and don’t know how I overlooked this! It’s one of my absolute Christmas essentials, I’m purchasing it on Prime Video as we speak. I don’t think I have time to watch it today since I have places to be but tomorrow for sure. I was going to do one post for beauty and lifestyle but like I said, I’m on a time crunch – mostly because I slept past 8 this morning and it was glorious but I’m paying for it now. I wanted to quickly share what I’ve been loving in lifestyle this month!

The first item is this oversized sweater robe from Stars Above, a new pajama brand at Target. I purchased a grey one and this blush pink one (and another pink one since they went on sale), I have been wearing them non-stop. They are great for lounging around the house, I am a big nightgown person during the winter and they add just enough warmth if I’m up and about in my pajamas. Also though, I wear them out of the house too since they just look like super cozy cardigans. A little pricey but really awesome and so soft. The cats really like them too, as soon as a laid this out, Neptune came over – you can see her little cat butt 😉

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She’s mad that I scooted her out of the shot, that is her pillow – plus an additional two other pillows that are hers on my bed. No other cats are allowed on the bed, even though there is plenty of room and she can’t lay on three pillows at once.

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If you are a runner and like to get out in the winter, which I do since I actually run better when it’s cold – you have to have Yaktrax for your running shoes. They are like snow chains for your shoes and help you run on ice and snow without biffing it. Now, you can’t like sprint across the ice but they do help a lot with stability. They slip on over your shoe, I don’t really feel them through my show – maybe over the toe box but not enough to change my stride. I purchased these on Amazon, they run around $15 and last a good while.

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I don’t like headphones, I have weirdly small ear holes and in the winter I get terrible eczema patches in them so I really can’t have anything in them over them. I cannot justify spending too much on something that I can hardly use, I recently found these Purity Wireless Headphones on Amazon and I don’t hate them which, is about all you will ever get from me when talking about headphones. They fit in my ear tight enough to stay in but not so tight that they rub on the eczema since they are also kinda smooshy. I use them for about 1-2 hours each day and only charge them overnight once a week. They weren’t crazy expensive and seem to be holding up well – if you need some solid wireless headphones but don’t want to spend a fortune and have finicky ear holes, check these out!

Finally, I have owned this little beauty for like three days but I love it. The Echo Dot is amazing, it has added just enough background noise to my home and I already ordered another one for my living room. You can listen to books, music, podcasts, newscasts – pretty much everything. The speaker quality is fantastic, it sets alarms, has a sleep timer, whisper mode – I know that most everyone probably already owns one of these devices but if not – get one. Plus, it’s so small and cute.

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That’s it, I will post my beauty picks tomorrow – let me know what you’ve been loving this month. I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Eve, I cannot believe that it is here already.