Favorites | October & November 2014

Hey everyone! First, I just want to say sorry for being MIA lately. My job has been pretty demanding lately, to say the least, which has resulted in my schedule being really unpredictable, and I just haven't had the time to write a proper blog post. Not to mention, we're losing more and more daylight everyday here in Alaska, so by the time I get off work, the sun is down & I can't photograph outside. Anyway, I'm really sorry and I'd like to make it up to you, so I'm hoping to have a few posts up this week, so stay tuned for that! Now, lets get started on my October & November Favorties...

1. Mario Badescu - Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater Facial Spray: This product is actually a long time favorite. I use this face spray as a toner and I love it because it's really refreshing, I find it pretty hydrating, and it makes my skin feel so soft. It also smells amazing. This is my third bottle and I think it's something that will be in my skin care routine for quite some time.

2. MAC - Fix+ Spray: I have my best friend, Stephanie, to thank for turning me on to the MAC Fix+ spray. For those of you that aren't familiar with it, it's kind of a multi-purpose spray. Some people use it before applying their makeup to prime the skin, some people use it after applying their makeup as a setting spray, others use it while putting makeup on to make powders, loose pigments, and eyeshadows apply more opaque. I have used it several different ways, but lately I've enjoyed using it as a setting spray after applying my powder foundation, blush, and bronzer (but before applying eyeliner and mascara). I love it because it really evens out the powder products and makes my makeup look seamless. It also adds a nice, dewy look, which is my favorite, and it smells so good.

3. The Body Shop - Vitamin E Eye Cream: This eye cream from The Body Shop is supposed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. I started using it in the beginning of November, and I don't know for sure if it's working in the way it claims it does, but I like it a lot because it's very hydrating without being too heavy. Sometimes I have issues with eye creams because they make my concealer crease or my mascara smudge, but I haven't had any problems with this so far. I figure even if it's not making fine lines, puffiness, or dark circles completely disappear, it's probably preventing new fine lines from emerging, and I dig that.

4. MAC - Pro Longwear Painterly Paint Pot: I have heard so many good things about this paint pot for years and I finally purchased it back in October, just to see what all the hype was about, and let me tell you, it is awesome! Just like I have problems with my under eye concealer creasing, I also have issues with my eyeshadow creasing, so when I do wear eyeshadow, it's important I have a good primer or base, and this has been my go-to eyeshadow primer/base for the last two months. It is a neutral-beige matte cream. I usually apply it all over my lid to create an even base. It really enhances eyeshadow colors, so they appear extremely opaque while remaining blendable.

5. Butter London Nail Lacquer - Cotton Buds: This is probably my all time favorite nail color. I'm obsessed with white nail polish, and Cotton Buds is a beautiful, solid white nail color. It's definitely something that I wear all year round. I love the formula of Butter London Nail Lacquers. They apply so smoothly and have great lasting power, especially when applied with the Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel Base Coat that I featured in a favorites post in the past.

6. NARS - Virtual Domination Cheek Palette: I love NARS products and this pallet is no exception. It is awesome. It includes (3) gorgeous NARS blushes in the shades Deep Throat, Sex Fantasy, and Final Cut, (1) highlighting blush powder in the shade Miss Liberty, and the infamous NARS Laguna bronzer. I ordered this palette online from Sephora for $65, which might seem outrageous for such a small palette, but check this out: Single, full-size blushes from NARS include 0.16 oz of product and are priced at $30 a piece. A full-size bronzing powder from NARS includes 0.28 oz of product and is priced at $38 a piece. In this palette, each of the blushes contains 0.15 oz of product and the bronzer contains 0.35 oz of product, so you're almost getting four full-size blushes (including the highlighter) and you're getting more than a full-size bronzer. According to Sephora, this palette has a value of $115, and the products are amazing, so I feel like it's definitely worth it.

7. NYX: Soft Matt Lip Cream: First, I just want to say that NYX lip products are underrated. NYX has some of my favorite lip glosses (NYX Butter Glosses) and now, some my favorite matte lip colors. I have two soft matte lip creams in the colors Milan, which is a pretty pink color, and Stockholm, which is more of a peachy-nude color. The texture of these lip creams is something that you definitely have to get used to. Because they're matte, they're not exactly hydrating, and they don't really soak into the skin, but the color payoff is awesome and they look really nice on the lips. I wouldn't recommend using these matte lip creams if you have chapped lips, because they will settle into the cracks in your lips, so definitely exfoliate before applying these.

8. Forever21 Necklace: I don't know exactly what this necklace is called, but it's a mixed-metal, tube bead necklace. I bought it from Forever21 back in October for $1.99 and I have been wearing it like crazy. I usually don't like to mix metals, so I generally won't pair silver and gold jewelry together, but this necklace isn't too over the top, and when I do wear it, I feel like it doesn't clash if I wear silver earrings with a gold ring.

9. Spin Pins: I don't know for sure what brand these particular spin pins are (I have some by Goody & Conair), regardless, they are the best hair pins ever. I literally use them every day. I don't really know how to describe to you just how amazing they actually are, so here is a Buzzfeed list for you: 21 Ridiculously Easy Hairstyles You Can Do With Spin Pins.

That is it for my October & November favorites. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you have any recommendations for products to try or if there are outfits you'd like to see or if there are any DIY projects you would like for me to try, let me know! I'd love to hear from you all. Thanks for reading! XX

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