Since I didn’t do a December favorites this will be a bit of mishmash of things I enjoyed over the past two months. You may notice there aren’t as many nail polishes included this time around and that is because I’ve not been painting my nails as much these days because I’ve noticed they are a bit on the fragile side as of late. So I’ve been trying to give them a little break, while I try to whip them back into shape by taking biotin and allow some breaks to grow out. I’ve also included a few non-beauty related items to mix things up a bit.
Canon IXUS 125 HS / ELPH 110 HS: Captain Canada got me this for Christmas and it is the reason that my pictures are looking so much better. This is a really great camera and you get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s very user friendly, even for a novice and the photo and video quality is excellent.
Tigi S Factor Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner: This has really helped my hair feel soft again and it’s just a really good every day shampoo & conditioner. I love the strawberry fragrance as well.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution: This is hands down the best, most effective, and gentle makeup remover I have ever used. It’s unscented and safe for use around your eyes. In fact it is the only remover I’ve come across that has not bothered my sensitive eyes. You can see my full review here.
Bioderma Sébium Foaming Gel Cleanser: A month in and this has proven to be a nice cleanser for my acne prone, oily combination skin. It does seem to help a bit with oil control and a little goes a long way.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir: I’m on my second bottle and I feel as though it has helped brighten my complexion. I even suspect that it might be helping to tone down the redness on my cheeks as well.
Beauty So Clean Cupcake Conditioning Brush Cleanser: How To Be Fancy actually recommended this to me when I asked for some brush cleaning advice a while back. Now I will never be without it. It does a fantastic job of spot cleaning and makes deep cleaning with soap and water a much less arduous task.
Sleek Blush in Rose Gold: So glad Painted Nails & Baking Scales sent me this in our swap. I’ve really been trying to give blush more of a chance recently and this gives a nice healthy glow.
Kiko Milano Colour Seduction Palettes in 01 Sumptuous Mocha & 02 Sensuous Burgundy : I picked one of these up and ended up going back for another since I loved the first one so much. These shadows are incredibly pigmented, have a soft buttery texture and blend nicely.
M.A.C. Diva Lipstick: While I’m typically a red lipstick loyalist (Russian Red is my signature color), I really wanted to try something just a little different and Diva was a perfect choice. It’s described as an “intense matte reddish burgundy.”
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer: This is just a good, affordable drugstore under eye concealer that can also double as a highlighter.
Chanel Malice Nail Lacquer: You can read my full review here if you’re interested. Malice is truly the most beautiful red nail polish I have ever laid my eyes on and I love it. It’s one of those classic colors that pretty well anyone could pull off.
Carcassonne The Castle: I gave this to the Captain for Christmas and we’ve both enjoyed playing it. It’s more of a quick play and it’s especially nice because it’s a two player game.
Carcassonne Mayflower (New World): We just picked this up last week on whim since it was on sale for 7 EUR and were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. It’s a bit of a twist on the original Carcassonne. So if you’re a Carcassonne fan or just an avid board gamer then I highly recommend picking this up.