Sorry this is a bit late, but it’s time for my December 2017 beauty favourites – all the products I was loving the most, in the year’s most festive month. There’s everything from makeup and skincare, to beauty gadgets.
Molton Brown Fabled Juniper Berries & Lapp Pine Bath & Shower Gel* – Sold Out, Molton Brown
Fabled Juniper Berries & Lapp Pine was the festive limited edition scent from Molton Brown. Unfortunately the shower gel has now sold out, but you can get a lot of their other products still in this scent, and in the sale too. This is such a hard scent to describe, but it’s very fresh and crisp, with a sweeter hint of berries. One sniff and you’ll be hooked! Molton Brown shower gels are so luxurious and before this, I’d forgotten how much I love them. They are thick and creamy gels that are packed with fragrance and are so refreshing. They leave a beautiful lingering scent on your skin. I’ve also been loving their Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel too – it’s a lot sweeter, more floral and more feminine than this almost masculine scent.
The Brush Bar Brush Bubbly Makeup Brush Cleanser, Brush Bar & Brush Board* – $84, The Brush Bar
This is a genius way to clean and dry your makeup brushes, and I don’t know how I managed before having this. I have the black Brush Bar ($38) and the green Brush Board ($28), and the Brush Bubbly brush cleaner ($18). Now I know this is a lot of money to spend on products to clean your makeup brushes, but they really do make the task so much easier. Brush Bubbly is such an effective brush cleaner, and it’s gentle on your brush, while being tough on what your brush is covered in. It breaks down powder, liquid and cream makeup so well, and you only need to use a little amount. You wet the brush, add a small amount of this cleanser, then gently swirl the brush over one of the textured surfaces of the Brush Board to help work the cleanser into all areas of the brush. You then rinse and you’re done. To dry your brush correctly – in a way that protects your brushes and gives them longer lives – you need to dry them hanging downward. This is where the handy Brush Bar comes in as you just place it on the edge of your sink and slot your wet brushes into its prongs until they are dry.
Sensse Facial Contour Definer* – £24.99, Amazon
You all know that I’m skincare obsessed, so any little gadgets I can use to help keep my skin looking healthy and youthful, I’m going to use them. This is a facial massager that’s designed to be rolled in an upwards motions along the jawline to tighten, sculpt and improve skin elasticity. You do each side of your face for around 5 minutes each, and it’s so relaxing. You can also just roll this across your whole face to increase blood circulation and stimulate collagen production. The only thing I don’t like about this is that the rollerballs are plastic, whilst the handle is a solid heavy metal. It would have been nice to make the rollers metal too; for a cooling effect on the skin. I love doing this at night in front of the TV.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte in 330 Decisive Poppy* – £26 from Estee Lauder
If I was wearing a red lip over the festive period, it was this one. It’s matte, but it’s so comfortable to wear – the texture is creamy and it feels moisturising on the lips. It’s also incredibly pigmented – this swatch is just one swipe of the lipstick across my hand. This is a real, true red and it really makes my lips pop. Application is even and it gives long-lasting colour. The shape of the bullet makes it really easy to get a precise application too. I’m definitely going to be checking out more shades of this lipstick.
Glossier Priming Moisturiser* – £18, Glossier
I’ve been applying this lightweight moisturising cream before applying my makeup, as a primer. It hydrates and plumps the skin, minimises the appearance of pores, and soothes and evens out skin tone (it has a unique anti-redness complex). It just leaves your skin feeling and looking very fresh and healthy. You can also build this moisturiser up easily – in the winter or on extra dry skin days, just apply more layers of it. It’s scent free and feels very simple; but it has great results and makes a great base for makeup.
This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.
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