The end of the year kind of snuck up on me, but here it is and it’s time for some favorites before the new year starts. I got a lot of beauty things for Christmas, and I’ve been testing out a lot of things this month, many of which have become my favorites.
Benefit Erase Paste | Before I came home for Thanksgiving, I got some Sephora Collection concealer for my undereyes. It was okay, but the formulation was dry and it didn’t cover my deep bags as much as I wanted. On Christmas morning, there was a little sample size Erase Paste and ohmygod, it’s amazing. It has a thicker consistency and covers amazingly. I sweep a little setting powder over it and boom, no circles.
Benefit They’re Real! | This was a favorite last month and it still rings true. It doesn’t make my long lashes droop, and it makes them look a thousand times more full. Plus, my mini tube has lasted me three months now and is still kickin’.
Urban Decay Naked 3 | I caved and splurged on this before I came home for break and I have been in love ever since. My eyes are a greener brown color, so the rosy tints bring that out in them. They’re all incredibly pretty colors and I feel like I discover a new combination every day. Definitely worth it.
Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray | Another mini-size I found in my stocking (good work, mom!) was the setting spray from UD. (Can you tell I’m a Benefit and Urban Decay girl?). I had an e.l.f. setting spray that I wasn’t too sure about, but this one is simply amazing. My skin gets pretty oily midday, and sometimes my makeup wears off, but this is absolutely wonderful. It keeps my skin hydrated without looking oily, and it keeps my makeup on all day (or all night).
Revlon Brow Fantasy | I always considered myself to have full, dark eyebrows, but after a terrible mishap last month at the salon, a large chunk of my right brow was missing, and I knew it was time to start filling them. I wasn’t sure if I should go for gel or a pencil or a powder, and this duo offered the perfect solution. I can tame my brows and make them equal without overdoing it, and it was super inexpensive for the amount of product I got.
Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer | I flew home for this break and I didn’t feel like paying to check a bag, so I lightly packed one carry-on, and therefore, could not bring home any liquids, my moisturizer included. So the day I got home, I made the first of many Target runs, and picked up my essentials. I wanted to try a new, deeper moisturizer for the winter, but also wanted something inexpensive, so I grabbed this one on a limb. Turns out, it’s amazing. My skin has felt so soft since I started using it. I had read how high quality the Boots brand is, and I’m a serious convert now.
Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System | I asked for a Clarisonic-type facial cleanser for Christmas, but not as pricey (since I have a tendency to break everything I touch) and my mom delivered. It makes my skin unbelievably soft and smooth afterward and it just feels so nice. It’s amazing.
Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel | A few Christmases ago, my mom got me a bottle of this body wash on a whim, and ever since, I have been in love with the Grace smell. I have the perfume at school, and my mom put a bottle of the body wash under the tree for me, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s just such a gentle, clean smell.
Old Navy Rockstar Jeans | I foolishly only brought home one pair of jeans, and after wearing them day after day, I knew it was time to go find another pair. We were at Old Navy, and I saw they were having a sale on jeans for $20, and I knew they were right. They have a great wash and an easy fit. I’ve worn them more than I’m willing to admit…
J. Crew Pixie Pants | I ordered these on Cyber Monday and since I’ve had them I’ve worn them more than 50% of the time. The fit is amazing. They look dressy or they look casual and they are so comfortable. I am seriously considering a pair in black ASAP.
J. Crew Camp Socks | My dad convinced me once years ago that the way to stay warm in the winter is to wear warm socks, and ever since, all I’ve wanted is warm, wool socks for the winter months. I wear them as often as possible and they are so comfy and warm, I never feel like I have enough.
Breaking Bad | I’m a little late to the party on this one, but this break, Andrew and I started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and I am absolutely obsessed. It sucked me in and now I’m addicted and emotionally attached. It is amazing in all ways.
I’m sure I forgot things, but these are what I remember off the top of my head as amazing products from this month. I’m so excited for the New Year and to see what 2014 has for me.