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November Favourites

My November favourites

It’s favourites time again, and I’m so impressed with myself that I’m actually getting this up on the 1st of the month.  It must be a record?!

I’m so Christmas-crazy, so it’s my favourite time of the year now.  I have so many wonderful Christmas-themed blog posts planned, so fingers-crossed I’ll actually be able to get them all up timeously!

BODY CARE

 

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner and Palmolive Gourmet Spa Mint Shake Shower Cream

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner R245 for 215g

I have been obsessed with the Snow Fairy shower gel that comes out every year at Christmas time.  So when I saw they had a body conditioner in the same scent, it went to the top of my Lush wish list!  I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this product, other than how can it be limited edition!?! It leaves my skin soft and nourished, and softly scented of cherries and candy floss.  Plus, it’s bright pink!

Palmolive Gourmet Spa Mint Shake shower cream R49.95 for 500ml

I have tried a few of the Gourmet Spa shower creams, but this has to be my favourite of the bunch.  I love a minty shower product, as it gives me a bit of a zing in the morning.  This is minty in a delicious creamy way – it reminds me exactly of mint ice-cream, the creamy green one with chocolate chips in.
The only problem with this is that I have not seen anything about it online here in South Africa (or even very much overseas), and I have only found it in my local Checkers.  I’m thinking I must go back to Checkers and stock up so that I don’t run out!

SKINCARE

 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel and Cleanser, Avene Eau Thermale spray

 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser R99.95 for 200ml*

I’m not usually the biggest fan of gel cleansers, as I feel that they leave my skin clean but very tight and dry.  This isn’t the case with this beauty!  I give my face a wash with this after removing my makeup, and it takes every last bit of makeup off, yet leaves my skin soft and calm and not in the slightest bit tight.  This must be down to the hyaluronic acid in it, which helps to draw water into the skin.

I’ve really been enjoying this, although I also have the Micellar Water variation, and I don’t find it as effective at getting rid of my eye makeup as the Garnier micellar waters.  I’ve been using it instead to give my face a once over clean first thing in the morning, which leaves me refreshed and clean.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel R139.95 for 50ml*

I talked last month in my October Favourites about the Cream-Gel formula of this, which has been fabulous both day and night at hydrating my skin.  I did wonder if the Water Gel would be as effective, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it most definitely is.

It’s a lighter, more watery version of the Cream-Gel, and it has the same fresh, clean smell.  It leaves my skin smooth, soft and glowing with hydration, yet it’s light enough that I can wear it under makeup without my skin feeling greasy and slippery, or my makeup coming off during the day.

I find that using the Water Gel in the morning and the Cream-Gel at night has been amazing for my skin.  These two with the cleanser have honestly put all of the water back into my skin.  It’s looking less red and irritated, more even and much smoother.  I’ve been using them in conjunction with my regular toners, serums, eye creams and facial oils – I’ll be doing a post on my morning and evening skincare soon.

Avène Eau Thermal facial spray R149.95 for 150ml

I received this small travel-size bottle as a freebie with a magazine last month.

I used to always have a bottle of this on my skincare shelf, and I haven’t for a while.  Having it back in my life again has been so wonderful, that I wondered how I have been without it for so long.

This helps to hydrate and sooth skin, and is so lovely after a shower and before I apply serums and moisturisers.

 
 MAKEUP

 

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage, Milani Luminoso, MAC Fanfare

 

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation R144 for 30ml (in 030 Sand Beige)

After seeing a review for this on KandyKane Make Up, I decided it was time to give it a try.  There was only one shade left at my local Dischem, but luckily it was exactly my shade!

This super lightweight foundation gives medium to full coverage, is buildable, feels like absolutely nothing on the skin and gives a soft matte finish that wouldn’t even really require powder (if I wasn’t so OCD about setting my makeup every single time I apply it).

Such a winner, and for such a lovely price!  The only downside is the minuscule shade-range – there are only 4 shades!?

Milani Baked Powder blush in 05 Luminoso $8.99

I think I bought this off Muse Beauty ages ago – so long ago that I can’t remember where I bought it from!  I’ve been cleaning and reorganising my makeup and skincare products – I have a gorgeous acrylic organiser from The Beauty Box, and I’m determined to set up all of my products on display now.  While cleaning through the goodies I found this blush, which I had actually forgotten I had.

It seems quite orange at first glance, but once applied to your skin, it shows up exactly as it states on the site – as a luminous peach.  It gives skin a beautiful soft glow and brush of colour.

MAC Fanfare Cremesheen lipstick R240

This is described on the MAC site as a mid-tone yellow pink.  To me it just looks like a warm nude-pink in a glossy, pigment rich formula.

I’ve had this lipstick for ages – in fact, it’s my oldest MAC lipstick – and every now and then I rediscover it.  I’ve been grabbing it at least twice a week, as it really brightens up my whole complexion, and finishes off my makeup nicely.  It’s a little glossier than I usually go for, so I tend to blot it down with a tissue after I’ve applied it.

Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, Essence 2in1 eyeshadow & liner

Essence 2in1 Eyeshadow & Liner in 01 Go Bro’nze R59.95

I loved these eyeshadow sticks – I can use it as a base for other eyeshadows, as they’re waterproof and really stay put once they set down, I can use it on it’s own as a one-lid colour, and I can use it as a liner to smudge out on my lash line.

I’ve been using this as a single colour wash on my eyes, on mornings when I don’t have much time to get ready.  I simply swipe some one, and then blend it out using the brush I’m about to mention.  I just do a bit more along the lash line after I’ve blended, and smudge it out slightly, and BINGO – I have a slightly smokey, bronze eye look that took minimal time.

Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush 

I got this in an eye brush kit from Real Techniques, and it’s superb at blending out cream shadows like this Essence eyeshadow stick.

I’ve loved every single Real Techniques tool I’ve bought or been given, they really don’t let you down!

NON-BEAUTY

 

Type notebook, Swarovski pen

Typo Rose Gold Glitter A5 journal R99.99

I’m an obsessive note taker and list maker.  I love having a notebook that I can carry on me at all times.  This glitter notebook fits in my handbag, and is just so damn pretty.

Added bonus – it seals shut with elastic, so your pages can’t get all crumpled, and it has a little folder in the back that you can add slips of paper into for safe-keeping.

Swarovski Lady Ballpoint Pen in Vintage Rose

My mom bought this pen as a gift for me years ago on a trip to Austria.  It’s a beautiful rose gold ballpoint pen, with pale pink Swarovski crystals in half of it.  You can buy refills at any Swarovski store here in South Africa, and after years, I’m only onto my first refill.

It’s so pretty to keep in my handbag, along with the Typo notebook.

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What were your favourites – both beauty and non-beauty – in November??

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