November Beauty Favorites

Monday, December 3, 2018



So, as you know, I both have my hair color-treated (#BleachBabe4Lyfe) and also don't get it cut or done nearly as frequently as I should because I get it done at home. Because of this, sometimes my hair just gets rough, especially when it starts to get too long. Before I got my hair trimmed a couple of weeks ago, my hair was tangling in the wind in NYC like no other and literally felt like straw 100% of the time, even after I freshly washed it. I use regular shampoo and conditioner every time I wash my hair and sometimes do a hair mask when it's really in desperate need, but I definitely needed something more heavy duty and long lasting than a hair mask that you keep on for a few minutes in the shower to help. 

This leave-in conditioner from Hot Tresses is meant to moisturize your hair (for me, overnight) and is good for fine, coarse, oily, dry, color-treated, and normal hair types. It has coconut oil to nourish your scalp and treat the dry, damaged hair, essentials oils to maintain a healthy scalp, and vitamin E to repair and rebuild hair follicles for healthier hair growth. I wash my hair at night, so I basically just do all of my other stuff in the shower on a hair washing night, wring it out a little bit, towel dry slightly because I have thick hair and if I put this conditioner on when my hair is just out of the shower one wrung out twice, it's still dripping all over the place. And then I basically just apply it mainly to my ends, but usually from the ears down. Then, voila, my leave-in conditioner is all set. I usually comb it out before or after and then braid my hair so I don't get my pillows super wet throughout the night.

I'm going to continue to use this, even if my hair is shorter and less likely to get tangled in the wind and break off when I try to brush through the snarls. My hair always feels softer the day after using it, but a different kind of soft than just a clean soft. If you also don't wash your hair every day or even every other day but style it, you'll know what I mean.

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It's usually around this time of year that this fragrance resurfaces for me and I feel the need to talk about it again and again. I've clearly had this bottle for, uh, awhile because it has new packaging now but ya know, fragrance is expensive and I don't nearly go through it as fast as I should. Mostly because I keep buying rollerballs in the meantime and then don't finish those either. I'm #KillingIt.

It's a combination of fruity and sweet with notes of lime, pear, almond, peony, amber, mahogany, and vanilla. But tbh, to me and on my skin it smells more like the latter scents, the amber/vanilla/mahogany combo hence why I wear it more when the temperatures dip and not in the spring and summer when fruits and florals are alive with the sound of music. This is just a really solid perfume for me so I should probably like...finish it soon.



I loved this brow pencil so much that I've actually completely run out of it because, well, let's be real...there's a lot of brow real estate on my face to touch up. I'm not a huge brow pencil person. I tried out NYX's Micro Brow pencil twice and kept ending up with the wrong shade so gave up on that pretty quick and reverted back to my tried and true powder ways. But then I got these at an event I was at for work and figured I should probably try them out, especially since someone from Chella picked the color out for me. 

Not that I really have much to compare this pencil to, but I feel like the fact that I'm so picky about my brows and actually really enjoyed using this and was sad to see that I had reached the end of the pencil says a lot about it. The color was lighter than what I usually use but was actually the color of my brows made me look ten times less intimidating, which is both a good and bad thing I guess. It was super easy to use in light strokes to avoid having my eyebrows look like waxy boxes. It didn't move all day, smudge, or bleed, which is A+ in my book. All in all, no complaints about this brow pencil. 

And then, you know, the brow gel keeps everything in place. It's a clear brow gel, so there isn't too much I can say about it. I like the size of the brush because it's the perfect condensed cone shape to get the tail of my brows without smudging the color everywhere on the skin around my brows.



My tried and true mask with AHAs and enzymes is my Pumpkin Enzyme Mask from Peter Thomas Roth but I'm basically out of that but needed a new chemical exfoliant in my life for those dire circumstances. Bless Hannah from The Cleansed Review for coming in clutch with this Korres mask. I haven't used anything from Korres since their lip butters back at the beginning of high school, so I didn't really know what to expect from this mask.

It's meant to be a natural resurfacing mask with glycolic acid and pomegranate grains to purify pores and minimize their appearance. This mask resurfaces your skin to make it more glowy, peels away dead skin cells, removes and balances excess sebum, and improves skin texture. What I noticed was that this one was a lot more gentle than my PTR mask (that one I sometimes have to remove early because it makes my face so itchy. Not in a bad way, that's still one of my favorite masks of all time). It smells super sweet and is a nice texture. Sometimes in exfoliants, the granules are so chunky that it literally hurts the skin to apply, but this one is the perfect consistency to use without irritating the shit out of your skin.



I talked about this line and this product in specific in a full blog post, but here are my main points from that. I like to sleep with a thicker moisturizer on because I had dry skin for so long because of the acne topical treatments that I was using that I never want to see flaky skin on my face ever again. This one is super thick without clogging my pores and getting stuck to my pillow when I sleep (trust me, this can be rare with sleeping masks sometimes). It has a nice, neutral smell and a little goes a long way, which is my favorite quality in a product that costs more than ten bucks!

What were some of your favorites last month?

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