Saturday, January 5, 2013

December Favourites

It was such a whirlwind of a month to close the year with. I didn't wear makeup for the second half of December, but I did draft up a few makeup favourites before I left for China because some products were definite stand-outs. :)

Rimmel Mono Blush in 001 Santa Rose
I bought this after reading Temptalia mention it was similar to MAC Blushbaby. The Santa Rose sold in Australia is one of those blushes that only proves itself when applied on the cheek. In the pan, it's a sort of boring peachy beige, and it appears more pink when swatched, but on the cheek it's different. It's a no-makeup blush for me, because when I'm just going for a really simple look, I don't want to have pink or apricot cheeks. I wanted something more natural and Santa Rose is a very pretty buildable nude-pink that warms the face without looking orange-peach, or too pink. Admittedly it's no substitute for Blushbaby, but for the price, it's a beautiful little product and I have a feeling it's going to be a long-time favourite. :)

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Lush Nectarine
I posted about this earlier in December, and although it's a gorgeous peachy coral, I'm over corals and am more into peaches at the moment. Nevertheless, this is still a gorgeous blush, and with the Ecotools Mineral Powder brush, it can impart a really glowy, healthy flush. It's definitely one for summer though- I can't see it fitting winter complexions as nicely. The packaging is so luxe and the softness of the powder makes it so easy to apply.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
This is a product that I will always love using. I usually blend it out all over the lid on its own, but recently I've been using it as a base for eyeshadow after seeing MissGlamorazzi wear it under Stila Kitten in a few of her videos, and the effect is quite nice.

Smashbox Eyeshadow in Pronto
I bought this in a blog sale for a steal and it's the first product I've ever tried from Smashbox. On its own, the pinkish champagne is a bit pale but I've been using it over Bad to the Bronze and I like it.

L'Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadow in 033 Tender Caramel
I posted about this a while ago, and my appreciation for it has only doubled since. This is such a pretty taupe and I've been running some of it on my lower lashline, just on the outer half, when I'm wearing Bad to the Bronze and Pronto. I've been staying away from eyeliner this month, but this adds subtle colour and definition.

CoverGirl Lash Exact waterproof mascara
This is on its last legs, and this past month was its final hurrah. I've enjoyed using this as it's adds a bit of length and a bit of volume and it has good separation. It holds a curl for ages too- 10 hours after application and it was still there. I'm going back to Maybelline Full N Soft waterproof to see if it's just as good as I remember, but I'll be sad if Full N Soft can't beat this because Lash Exact isn't available in Australia.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex
This was a skin saviour throughout my stay in China. Between -20 degrees to 20 degrees and constantly walking between the below-freezing outdoors and overly-heated indoors, and an odd patchy redness on my cheek one night, ANR got my skin through it and it would be visibly better the next day. My skin's improved so much since using this every night and though it's definitely pricey, I think my skin needs the stuff. :(

Nivea Soft
Dove Essential Nutrients Protective Day Cream SPF15
I used both these moisturisers daily over the past two weeks. Nivea Soft was amazing, especially when I got a violent cold and got that annoying dry skin around the nose from using tissues so often.

Nivea Repair and Protection SPF20 Lip Balm (forgot to photograph it, but it's the mint green one)
This trumps Maybelline Baby Lips- it's so effective and the texture just won me over. It's such a good lip balm. Fun fact, my Carmex actually froze in Harbin, so I couldn't use it at all. It was a funny moment when I found it in that state.

Keep an eye out for a Best of 2012 post! I've seen people doing the 'Top 12 of 2012' but I've got too many favourites to cut them down to a mere 12! :S


  1. I haven't tried any of the products featured but they all look so lovely! I just bought a Rimmel blush (but it was one of there 3 in 1 ones) and so far it's pretty good! :)

    1. I haven't tried any of Rimmel's three-colour blushes! I've swatched them but wasn't as happy as I was with Santa Rose. I might have to give them another look! :) xx

  2. I haven't tried any Rimmel blushes but the fact that this is a subtle one seems like a good one to try out. I've been trying to find more natural blushes lately. The Cover Girl Mascara was my first mascara and I remembered loving it. But since then, I've developed an obsession with mascaras that could give me all the length and volume it could for my pathetic lashes haha. I think I might go try the Full n' Soft mascara as I've heard good things about it esp. for the lower lashline?

    1. I'm using Full 'n Soft again and I don't think it's volumising at all. :( It's fine on the lower lashline, but I don't think it's amazing. I might have to try some more that do more for length and volume. I've abandoned wanting MAC Blushbaby- I'm so happy with Santa Rose! :) x

  3. Great picks. Im loving all those browns for the eyes! I'd love to try that estee lauder serum! I need to be investing in skincare!

    1. Advanced Night Repair is the best thing I've done for my skin so far! Such a good investment. :) xx