December is here lads and Christmas is nigh – which is to say, the most wonderful time of the year is nearly here! (I love Christmas almost as much as I did when I was five). I have a beauty advent calendar this year (the ASOS Face and Body one, which I’ll blog about later) so this month I’ll have plenty of shiny new products to try out. For now, though, here’s a little recap of what I enjoyed in November…
DISCLAIMER: My camera is kind of shit so the pictures aren’t the best quality, but I’m making the most of a bad sitch here, and I plan on getting a good camera soon. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good starting camera? Pls share with the class.
OK, back to my November faves.
Valjean Labs Facial Serums
I heard on the grapevine that these cruelty free serums are dupes for the Glossier serums, but I haven’t tried those so, alas, I cannot confirm nor deny. But I do know these are good. I got these from TK Maxx for like £5.99 each, but you’re more likely to find them in Urban Outfitters for around £15 each. The packaging looks kinda expensive and the stripped back aesthetic is giving me trustworthy scientific vibes.
The RESTORE one contains niacinamide and zinc, which helps to calm down blemished skin – zinc is anti-inflammatory – and reduce excess oil. It’s a very thin consistency, basically a tiny bit thicker than water. It feels lightweight, smooths on nicely and absorbs pretty quickly. After a few weeks of incorporating this into my routine, I noticed that some of the hyperpigmentation from acne had faded a little and my complexion was generally clearer! My skin just felt less ‘temperamental’ if you know what I mean. I like this a lot.
The HYDRATE serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 claims to lock in moisture whilst improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness. It feels a touch thicker than the RESTORE serum, so my skin felt a little plumper after applying. Once it’s absorbed, I apply a moisturiser anyway, so it’s hard to say whether it has properly hydrated my skin. I haven’t noticed anything amazing but it feels nice to apply anyway, and it definitely didn’t irritate my skin so you know, nothing bad happened.
Sigma Beauty Passionately Pink Brush Set
My mum won these in a raffle – pretty good considering the set is like £30 on Beauty Bay. Cute packaging, comes in a glitter pink case. Apparently these are 3 of their best selling brushes, but I’m not really one for complicated eye looks and I generally just use one fluffy brush to blend two eyeshadows – one on the lid and one in the crease. For that, the E40 Tapered Blending Brush is excellent and does the job perfectly. Also includes an E55 Eye Shading Brush and an E25 Blending Brush.
Added this to my perfume collection the other week. It’s floral, warm, woody and light, making it a gorgeous daytime scent. It has top opening notes of Italian Bergamot and Orange Blossom, heart notes of Casablanca Lily and Ylang-Ylang, and base notes of Sandalwood, Vanilla and Grey Amber. I googled those – I’m not a perfume connoisseur who can accurately identify all 15 notes in a perfume. But yeah, it’s really nice, not too sweet and not too strong. The base notes of vanilla and amber stretch out and keep developing hours after spritzing.
TV – The Sinner
TV wise, I binge watched the first season of The Sinner in two days and I was obsessed. Occasionally I looked away and seemed to miss something important so I had to rewind a fair few times, so you really need to concentrate for this one but it’s worth it. A little overview if you haven’t watched: basically, Jessica Biel randomly stabs this man to death on a beach, and everyone’s like, “why did you do that?” and she’s like “I don’t know, I just did!”. She confesses and pleads guilty, all confused, but a clever detective guy called Harry suspects there is a little more to the story so he decides to investigate, really get to the bottom of it, and boy, he finds out some mad shit. I recommend.
Films – A Star Is Born and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
I watched A Star is Born at the cinema and OMG, loved it, got very emotionally involved and I’ll admit, I may have cried.
I also realise I’m incredibly late to the party with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri but I finally watched it and it’s SO BLOODY GOOD. I was engrossed throughout the whole thing, and often shocked, and a little bit obsessed with Frances McDormand.
Books – Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
People rave about this, and to be fair, I actually got through it pretty quickly (which is quite momentous for me) so it definitely engaged me, but I didn’t love it, nor did I feel that much for any of the characters.
On that note, can anyone recommend any good books they have read recently? Fiction or non-fiction, all suggestions welome!
Thanks for reading and until next time. xxx