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december favourites

I did consider doing a 2013 beauty favourites post but as I didn't have all of my favourites to photograph I decided it was just easier to do a December favourites post! All of the products I mention in this post are some of my most loved products of 2013 anyway.

I've actually had this bottle of YSL Touché Éclat Foundation a year now, a gift from Dom last Christmas I saved it for more special occasions due to it's high price tag but also because it's one of the most luxurious makeup products I wanted to savour it! I had forgotten how lovely this foundation was to be honest, it's not heavy or thick it is just the right consistency for hiding any blemishes but gives a healthy glow.
Throughout Winter I suffer from dry patches on my hands & around my nails which is something I hate the feeling of. The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream has really helped to soothe & calm the dry skin I've been suffering from the past few months. It's quite light & soaks in really quickly, greasy hand creams are the worst!
I've already burnt a couple of the samplers of the Yankee Candle Snowflake Cookie & purchased the little jar when I spotted a local shop selling all the festive scents for half price! It's a similar scent to Christmas Cookie, buttery & vanilla, I think the only difference is the pink icing which adds a sugary sweetness to the smell! 
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow is a shade that suits my eye colour really well, I tend to use this in my outer corner blended on top of a neutral shade such as Naked Lunch or Sin from the Naked palette. As I said in my Beauty Resolutions post I started to experiment with eyeshadow a lot more towards the end of 2013 & really it is all down to the MAC 217 Blending Brush. I can't rave about this brush enough, I only wish I had invested in it sooner! It's a high price to pay for a makeup brush but it helps me achieve smokey eyes almost effortlessly which is something I've been trying to do for years...
My go-to nail polish in December was Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint 'Pomegranate' paired with Ciate Enchanted Rose glitter polish for the perfect festive nail combo. Barry M Gelly Paints are my favourite High Street formula & I'm sure I'll be picking up a few more colours to add to my collection this year.
It wouldn't be right if I didn't have a supply of LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel to use throughout December. The super sweet scented shower gel is my absolute favourite & I love how the smell lingers in the bathroom all day after I've used it!
I  was really pleased to unwrap a Liz Earle gift set on Christmas Day after being without Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser for a good few months but I've used it everyday since & I'm so glad to have this back in my life, my skin is so much better for it already!

Do you have any December favourites? What was one of your favourite products throughout 2013?

L x


  1. I am obsessed with all body shop body scrubs!

  2. I've never actually seen a Ciate review or a polish in a favourites!
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  3. I love the barry m nail polishes! this shade is stunning... i need to pick it up! :)

  4. I can relate with you about the dry hands in winter issue, it's such a nuisance! I've been using an Elizabeth Arden hand moisturiser, which is good, but overpriced because I've tried other cheaper ones, just need to finish this off! I also want that Yankee Candle, based on your description of it, haha!

    Amy :-)

  5. Snow Fairy is such an amazing scent, I only tried it this year but I can tell I'll be stocking up every Christmas time from now on x

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  7. Snow Fairy is amazing I wish I could get it all year round - I missed it this year stupidly so I'll have to wait for next to stock up again! x

  8. I have just tried Barry M for the first time and am really impressed. I have the same shade :)

  9. I think I need to invest in a MAC blending brush too! I have just started to experiment with eye shadow this year, I never used to wear it. Sometimes it takes me ages to blend a smokey eye!

    I get dry patches on my face in the winter which is a nuisance but ever since I started using Bach's rescue cream it has completely gone. Maybe it could also work on your hands, and it isn't greasy at all!

    Thanks for sharing your favourite products xx