Loving Lately | November Favorites

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Once again, I'm starting a monthly favorites post with "where has the month gone?!" But seriously, how is it the end of November? Every month seems to be going faster than the last. This month I got a fair few new things because of the Sephora VIB sale (haul here, but I ended up buying more than that oops) and also through PR. A couple old favorites have resurfaced this month, too.

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Starting with skincare, I was sent a few bits from the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair range earlier this month, and I've been loving them all (I'll be writing a roundup post on the collection soon). The standout for me so far has been the Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum.* It's a lightweight, hydrating serum that's meant to use the power of tiger grass to heal and soothe the skin. I'm just amazed by this because I added it into my skincare routine without changing anything else, and a couple large under-the-skin spots that were starting to emerge were gone in one day. Usually those kind of blemishes last actual months for me, so I'm just in awe that this has been getting rid of them that quickly. I still have a few popping up, but I think this serum is just helping to keep them in check and go down more quickly. 

I was also sent some things from Belif this month, and my favorite was the True Cream Moisturizing Bomb.* I had used samples of this before and loved it, so I was so excited to finally have the full size. I've been using this pretty much every morning and night, and it's really been keeping my winter skin (my true lizard self) at bay. It packs such a punch of moisture despite feeling quite lightweight on the skin. I'd recommend this one for dry skin and the Aqua Bomb if you're more oily. Since I loved the face cream so much, I had to pick up the new Moisturizing Eye Bomb in the VIB Sale. It has a creamy gel consistency that really smooths out and plumps up my undereyes. It's amazingly hydrating without feeling too rich, and I find my undereye concealer doesn't crease nearly as much when I've applied this eye cream first. This is my go-to in the mornings.

The last skincare bit is a tool that I've been wanting to try for ages. My Glossier Rep friend Stephanie recently launched Mount Lai with her friend, specializing in Jade Rollers and other facial rollers. I was sent the Jade Roller* and I'm officially obsessed. I use this every night to help press in my face oil before applying my night cream, and it's made a huge difference in my skin. I've noticed my skin seems more plump and taut, my redness is reduced, and I'm not nearly as puffy in the mornings anymore. The stone feels cooling on the skin, so it's so refreshing and my favorite part of my evening skincare routine. They've also just come out with a Pink Quartz Roller that I'll need to get my hands on (because pink, duh).

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I've got a couple new makeup favorites I got in the sale that I just can't step away from. I finally bit the bullet and got the Lilah b. Bronzed Beauty Bronzer Duo and I'm in love. It contains a lighter and a darker shade, but I just mix the two when I apply it. It has a little bit of a glow to it, and the shade is perfect for making me look sunkissed and healthy. I like that the pigmentation is buildable so I can customize the amount of bronze I want. Also- that packaging though. It speaks to me as someone who needed to stop at every rock garden and pick up the prettiest rock when I was little. It's like a nice, weighty pebble and I'm going to need a million more of their products now.  I picked up the Kari Gran Lip Whip in Radiant on a whim during the Sephora sale (the Sephora in Boston was wild that day and I don't know what happened), and it's one of my favorite impulse buys to date. It has the coolest texture - it's super light and creamy, not oily or slippery like most lip balms I'm used to. The Radiant shade leaves a soft cool pink tint, and I loved it so much that I picked up the Suji Red shade before the sale ended. Safe to say I'm hooked. 

Lastly, I fell for two old favorites again this month. Since discovering how easy it is to smear a lip product into my lip balm and create a more subtle stain, I've been getting a lot more use out of all of my lip product collection. My latest favorite to dot on the center of my lips and blend out is the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in Chutney. These have the loveliest creamy formula that blends out so easily and feels so comfortable on the lips. Chutney is a beautiful dusty mauve shade that adds a nice brown/berry stain when I blend it out. I'll be writing a post soon on all my favorite lip products to apply with this technique, and Chutney will definitely be included. An old, old favorite I'm loving again on the eyes is the MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters. I've been into just a sheer wash of one color on the lids lately, and this shade is perfection. It's the perfect kind of peachy pink sheen and it makes the eyelids look a little glossy. I know they're not talked about much anymore, but MAC Eyeshadows are still some of my favorites!

What were your favorites this month?

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October Favorites

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When I sat down to write this post, I named it "September Favorites," so you can really tell where my head is. Like I say every month, October went by so quickly! This month's favorites is yet again a mix of new and old favorites - just the way I like it. I haven't been as strict about my spending this month, but I'm going back on my low-buy now to save money for Christmas. So next month's favorites may be more rediscoveries than new products.

Glossier You* | You had to guess this would be here, right? This has only been out for about a week, and I had only been trying it a week before that, and yet it's already become a firm favorite. You can read my review for my full thoughts on it, but I just love that it's a subtle, "skinlike" scent that sits close to the skin and isn't heady or overpowering. Usually I like my perfumes to have a bit of rose in them, but this doesn't and I'm still in love. I don't think I've ever gotten more compliments on a fragrance as I have on this.

Jordan Samuel Skin etOILe Facial Oil I also wrote a review on this oil this month, and it's been a daily staple for most of the month. My skin absolutely loves this oil blend - it's become more balanced, even, and radiant this month after consistent use. I use it every night without fail, and sometimes in the morning too. I need to check out the retinol version next!

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NARS Powermatte Lip PigmentsI fell so head over heels in love with these this month. I thought I was over the liquid lipstick trend, but I guess not. These feel so lightweight on the lips like a stain, and although they're quite a flat matte, they don't make my lips shrivel up. I love how easy they are to wear - on an everyday basis, I've been tapping a little onto the center of my lips and blending it out for a more stained effect. Starwoman is now the only red I want to wear forever and ever, and American Woman and Save the Queen are perfect everyday shades. I think I'm getting Walk This Way from my sister soon, too, so there's no end in sight for this obsession. You can check out my review for swatches of the three shades I have, too.

Pixi Glow TonicThis is a rediscovery this month. After using The Ordinary's Glycolic Acid Toner for awhile, I just really missed the Pixi Glow Tonic. It's so much more pleasing to use, and I think it has much better effects on my skin. I've been using it every morning to wake up my skin, and it's been keeping it smooth and (aside from some hormonal breakouts) clear. I'm fully back on the Glow Tonic train, and I won't stray again anytime soon.

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder FoundationSpeaking of breakouts, I've been actually wearing foundation this month as opposed to a smattering of concealer. While I'm not happy about the breakouts, I am happy I've rediscovered my love for the Light Wonder Foundation. It gives good coverage for me, and it leaves my skin looking so glowy and healthy. It also seems to smooth over any texture and blur my pores. It lasts throughout the day on me, and it looks beautiful both on its own or mixed with other products like the Glossier Skin Tint.

What were your favorites in October?

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