December Favorites | 2015

Some month I struggle to narrow down my favorites and fit them all in one post. Come winter months, I just want to be wrapped up in a blanket with absolutely no makeup on my face, drench myself in moisturizer and watch Parks and Recreations on repeat.

Christmas parties? Don’t care. The weather is too cold for that.

I did manage to gather some favorites this month, though, because it was the time for gifting and it happened to be my birthday (well, it didn’t happen to be my birthday, it always had been my birthday… ), so I received many new items to try out, and some I’m absolutely obsessed with.

Aēsop Rind Concentrate Body Balm

That moment when you arrive back home and realize you have completely forgot your body moisturizer. And that moment you find that your parents have an unopened tube of Aēsop body balm. How much thrill I felt then is how much this product rocks. Anything aside, it freaking smells like orange pastries. The packaging is on point as always with Aēsop products, and the balm keeps me moisturized all night. There’s nothing too spectacular for the actual product, but the smell alone is enough to win me over. P.S. I just found out that this body balm is only classified as “light hydration” on their website, I cannot wait to try their “intense hydration” balms. They must be “balm”(see what I did there?)

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K (+) and Effaclar A.I.

I have some troubles with breakouts when it’s that exciting time of the month. And these two combined have been my saving grace. I talked about it in my winter skincare routine post, so I won’t repeat myself here. But if you have periodic (actually quite an adequate adjective here) breakouts or acnes, these two will give you results.

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

Alright. The next three are all highlight products. Seems like I’m not ready to jump off the highlight train of 2015 yet, still trying to hang on! I talked about both the Chubby Stick and the Laura Mercier powder in my “Homecoming “ post. So check that post out for more description. This highlighter is easy to apply, doesn’t move your foundation around which I always appreciate. And if you are a throwback-to-2013 kinda gal, then this highlighting stick will give you that Queen Elsa glow. That’s the best way I can put it. That’s the best compliment a highlighter will ever receive.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01

If you are not in for the sharp, icy gleam, then you are probably going to like the Laura Mercier highlighter, which makes you look like a Greek goddess. The highlighter is so soft to the eyes, and creates almost an aurora around you. The powder has a matte quality to it (though definitely RADIANT), and the radiance just spread around your cheeks evenly. This highlighter doesn’t have any coverage, which I am so excited about.

Kevyn Aucoin The Art of Sculpting Contour Book Volume II

This contour palette is simply gorgeous. The packaging is compact and rectangular (little known fact: I am super attracted to compact cuboids, brings me so much aesthetic pleasure), and the price is a bargain. But more than that, the products are amazing! This palette includes 4 contour/highlights and 4 eyeshadows. Personally, I use the shadows in “Brighten” and “Starlight” to highlight, too, just because I don’t love too much glow on my eyelids. The shades vary in formula, intensity, undertone and texture, but are all amazing nonetheless. I feel like the whole of December has just been me relentlessly swatching these on my hands.

It’s the last favorite of the year! Well, last year. I thought I started this blog only recently, and God only knows how I have done 4 monthly favorites already!? Ha, the usual sigh of “time flies”.

xx L.

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