Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 2012 Favorites

My last favorites post for 2012 wooohoooo!!! I'm proud of myself for sticking with it for each month. And thanks to those who have read and commented!

What I did this month was trrrry to use only drugstore makeup. Keyword being try. I did ok earlier in the month. Heard about challenge on YouTube from prettydaysies. For me this was mainly eyeshadows, blushes, lip products and nail polishes. I haven't been able to find a foundation, concealer, bronzer and powder that works for me from the drugstore. I'm hoping that one day drugstore brands get with he program and offer more shades. I only have a few eyeliners from the drugstore as well. I love the items that I do have from the drugstore and get on kicks every now and then but I reach more for my mid-range/high end items more. Oh well on to the favorites!


I finally picked up the Laura Mericer Artist for Eyes palette. This was the last palette on my wish list for the year. I wanted from the moment I saw it an email I got from Sephora. Then I went back on forth on getting it based on some of the reviews I saw. But I'm glad I stuck with my original instincts and got it.  I saw crystalis007's review on the palette and it sealed the deal for me. Some stuff you just have to try out for yourself and make your own decision. I love this palette. It has half matte and shimmer shadows. When I first got in I was stuck of the mattes. Cafe Au Lait and Coffe Ground are perfect for my skin tone if I want a barely there eyeshadow look. I also love the dark navy shade Deep Night. I got the palette in store at Sephora. I looked and it's not available online anymore So if you still want check your Sephora store.

I picked up Bare Minerals Shades of Decadence set from QVC. It contains 9 eye shadows. I've already mentioned my love for their loose eyeshadows. There are a good selections of shades in this set. Two shadows I have been loving out of this set are Atomic Plume (smoked clove) and Cypress (glided evergreen).

I played around with the Maybelline Stylish Smokes quads that I have earlier in the month. I've mentioned them before. Very pigmented and go one smoothly. My favorite is the Natural Smoke quad.

I know I mentioned shadow sticks last month but here they go again :). I picked tarte's 5 pieced Holiday Amazonian Clay Shadow Sticks Collection from QVC last month. tarte is my favorite when it comes to eyeshadow sticks so I jumped at getting this set. I love all the colors. They go on smooth and last all day on me with or without a primer. I loved this set so much that I was mad at people giving it low rating claiming that these are full of glitter (which there are not). I wrote a review on them which I rarely do.

Lancome was on HSN for which I think were their last visit of the year. The had a special of the day perfume set but I already had the perfume lol. They have free shipping going on on all items until the end of the year. So I picked up the new Hypnose Star mascara. I'm trying to pair down my mascaras. I have a lot of favorites that I'm kind of over. I've tried two other Lancome mascaras and I like them so I said why not to this one. Make this number 3. I love everything about this. I love the formula, the brush and how my lashes look. I'm not claiming this as holy grail status just yet but we shall see.


I have talked about the Revlon Lip Butters before. So I will be brief lol. The color that I have been loving this month and is my #1 fav is Red Velvet. I typically don't buy back ups in a product but I would for this product. And it is hard to find in stores. Usually when I troll the Revlon section in stores I don't see this one too often. It's an amazing deep red color and the pigmentation is insane for it not to be a true lipstick. Also I have been reaching for Fig Jam as well. It's a great everyday color that goes with just about everything.

The Shades of Decadence Collection I mentioned above also came with 6 lip glosses. There are 3 of their 100 natural glosses and 3 of their Moxie glosses. I am LOVING the 100% natural gloss in Wearable Mauve (glazed rose). I need for them to make this available in full size. Like seriously! I even tweeted them telling them so. That's how much I love this gloss.

CVS had another one of their sales around the middle of the month. The Revlon Colorburst lipsticks were part of the sale. Lord knows I didn't need anymore lipsticks and I did pick up some for Christmas gifts. So of course I had to get a couple for myself right? *shifty eyes*. I got Rosy Nude and True Red. Both are gorgeous on. Rosy Nude is a brown girl friendly nude for me and True Red is just that. I've said it before that Revlon is #1 for me when it comes to lipsticks.

I am a fuchsia lipstick lover. And I think I've picked up 3 recently in the last month or so. Sad I know but *shrugs*. Two that I have been in my reach are Revlon SuperLustrous lipstick in Fuchsia Fusion and CoverGirl's Spellbound lipstick.

There were some days that I went makeup free but of course I threw on a lipgloss. One that I reached for a wore for about 4 days straight was Bare Minerals 100% Nautral lipgloss in Apple Butter. And it really does look like the color of apple butter. It's a great throw on a go gloss.


I had some face brushes that I wanted to mention last month but forgot. One is the Simga F05 small contour brush. I have 2 of these, so this gives you an indication on how much I love this brush. But last month into December instead of using it as a contour brush (what I typically use it for), I used it as a blush brush. It's great for putting blush on the apples of your cheek and blending it out. Another brush I loved is the Bare Minerals angled buki brush. This was in their mini brush set for the holidays last year. This brush is AMAZING for applying Bare Minerals foundation. If it was available for purchase on it's own I would buy another one. That's how amazing I think this brush is.

I've had Peter Thomas Roth's Ultra-Lite Oil Free Sunblock SPF 30 for a while and have used it daily. I was however never really wowed by the product and had be looking at trying other SPF products for my face. I had been playing around with small bottle of Mary Kay's Day Solution which is an SPF product. You would apply after you washed your face but before you applied your moisturizer. I liked it and was debating on getting in a full sized bottle.  But then I was like hmmmmm...maybe I should apply Peter Thomas Roth's Sunblock the same way. So I did and now I LOVE it! I also love that it has other ingredients in that are good for the skin. So I will not be switching to another SPF product for my face. I picked mine up from Sephora.

Another skincare product that I have been loving this month and I have dubbed my holy grail daytime moisturizer is Bare Minerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for combination skin. This stuff is amazing. I love how it sinks right into the skin and it's lightweight.

Another product I've talked about before are the Wet n' Wild Color Icon blushes. I have all 4 and picked the final one in Berry Shimmer earlier this year I believe. Inexpensive, very pigmented and blend nicely on to the cheek.

I purchased Bare Minerals November Today's Special Value. Included was a brand new Mineral Veil called Perfect Light. It's supposed to adjust to whatever lighting your in and I have been loving it since I received it. It's kind of peachy in color.


I went to CVS to get some toothpaste and mouthwash, but of course I trolled through the beauty products. This one CVS I go to has OPI polishes. One caught my eye and it happened to be Warm & Fozzie from The Muppets collection. I was like score! I didn't get anything from that collection but this was one I was interested in when the collection was released. I guess it a brown pink shimmery collection. Gorg on and I got tons of compliments on it.

I picked up Good Tidings We Bling glitter polish from Sephora when I got the Laura Mercier palette.  I wanted this polish last year and never got it once it sold out online. I had no idea that they brought it back again for the holidays. It's a pretty red and green glitter polish with fine and chucks of glitter, perfect for your Christmas inspired nail looks.

I picked up Sinful Colors polish in Sugar Sugar last year from Walgreens. It's the perfect red nail polish for the holidays. It does have some glitter in it as well but it's not that noticeable.

This and That

Once the weather gets colors I throw on a scarf every now and then. But I have really been into scarves lately, especially infinity scarves. I picked up one from The Limited (side bar: I forgot The Limited had cute stuff and inexpensive!). It's a "pretty" scarf and not really one for warmth since the material is light. I have 3 infinity scarves that are cute but will keep your warm that I got from Rachael Zoe's QVC line. I like infinity scarves because I'm not the best at tying my scarves all fancy. Just loop these around your neck and go.

I ordered Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You CD from HSN. They had a bonus CD with some duet songs on it. I have had this in the car and have been straight JAMMING OK!! Ugh still can't believe she's gone. She SANG you hear me! And if "I Look to You" wasn't her testimony. She truly was "The Voice" and there will never be another Whitney.

I purchased these Amrita Singh bracelet sets from a Hautelook sale. Simple, easy and you can rock them with any outfit. I think they were called the Beyonce set. Teehee.

And there you have it! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!! See you in January :)

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