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December 2015 Favorites

on January 3, 2016

Hello again!

As I was working on my favorites of 2015 post, I realized that I hadn’t rounded up my December favorites yet. Oops.

With the end of the year and holidays, it was tough at quick glance to really get a sense of the things I loved this month. There was everyday as well as special event/holiday makeup, gifts still in boxes and then the products in rotation that haven’t been used enough to determine whether they are favorites. I started to make a list and realized I had a few real standout things that were definitely worth mentioning.

Guerlain Abeille Royale Gold Eyetech Eye Sculpt Serum ($130/0.05oz)

There are directions to use this product in 3 ways – each sculpts and defines in a specific way. My preferred method is to lightly press the product on to the under eye area with the gold tip. It cools, depuffs and minimizes fine lines. I love that I can feel the cooling effects for up to a couple hours after application. This was a ridiculous self-indulgent Black Friday splurge, but I definitely don’t regret it!

MAC Sheertone Blush in Breath of Plum ($22/0.21oz)

This has been my go-to blush shade for probably 10 years. I’ve gone through countless containers over the years. It had been several months since my last compact was used up and I was getting the urge to use this again despite the other 20 blushes open in my stash. I did purchase a backup of this a while ago so broke open the new package. After a couple uses, I had to stop using it because the formula and shade were off and it wasn’t performing how I remembered. The great folks at my favorite MAC store swapped it out and I have been using almost daily for the last couple weeks.

Breath of Plum is a beautiful, sheer (yet buildable) blue-toned pink. It leans a bit cool, which should in theory, not look good on my NW10-15 skin. However it looks like a very natural flush.

NARS Lip Pencil ($26 each)

I have been using the Bite pencils for a while and love them so never felt the need to venture out. Sephora kindly rewarded their Beauty Insiders a NARS lip pencil 2-pack during the birthday month. I’ve had these for a few months, but didn’t take them out of the package. I finally tested them out and am kicking myself for not trying sooner! There is a Velvet Matte and a Satin pencil – both formulas are fantastic. Both are hydrating and long-lasting. I’ve been using both regularly all month.

There you have it – stay tuned to see if any of these make it into my year-end favorites!

What were some of your favorites this past month?

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