Nine days into December and I’m just now posting my November favorites. I’m judging myself, for you. Now during the month of November I did go a little crazy with spending and I did get a few gratis from work. By the way, it kills me to call it gratis but say it like GRA-TIS rather than with a Spanish accent. If you work in the beauty world or just watch YouTube videos who used to work on beauty retail, then you know what I’m talking about. But either way, free or not, I’m going to have an opinion about certain things and I picked out my five favorites of the month for you guys.
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Mario Palette
Let me tell you guys! While working, I’ve passed by this palette a million times and always sent it a yearning look because of ONE color. The color Bronx in this palette has gotten my panties wet on numerous occasions. It’s this perfect olive-green in the pan. I was SO beyond upset when I applied and it was more of a deeper forest green. But then, spraying my brush with setting spray brought me back to that gorgeous olive green that had me in love. Obviously I played with all the colors and became obsessed with all of them one by one. Bronx, 5th Ave, and Paris are my top three favorites BUT I use Isabel as a transition color to every look whether I’m using this palette or not. I would sell my soul for an unlimited amount of this color. I used this palette everyday for two weeks and always got compliments on the colors without fail. They’re just great pigment and super blendable. OBSESSED.
2. Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation
All my life, I’ve been living a lie. I had a bunch of cool toned foundations thinking that they looked fine. I’VE BEEN LIVING A LIE. Turns out, I don’t have a pink undertone. In fact I’m a yellow undertone soldier. A Tarte Representative actually taught me the trick to finding out your undertone or a clients undertone. Look at your veins on your wrist. If they’re green, you have a yellow undertone and if they’re blue, you have a pink undertone. But the most reliable way is to check the center of your chest (not between your boobs, ladies) and see the tone that’s there. It’s also really good to check your true foundation color there AND your jawline. After all this self discovery, I was matched to my color and went on my merry way. If you have dry skin like I do, then you’d know the struggle of foundation sitting on your skin or flaking around your nose. This foundation blends into your skin like a dream and helps you look hydrated all day. It’s such a moosey foundation and it’s so easy to find a match because the boxes have a little description with the undertone of each color.Your skin looks like butter, in the best way possible and compliments are always given.
3. Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Sell Out
This was my first Too Faced purchase ever. No doubt, it won’t be my last. I’m very careful with liquid lipsticks to not get anything way too drying because my lips are always dry. So in order to wear a liquid lipstick, I have to do a lip scrub beforehand and/or scrub my lip with a spare toothbrush to get rid of the dead skin faster. I bought this color after I applied it on a client (who hated it). I, on the other hand, loved it because it’s a pinky brown with a peach undertone and I couldn’t ignore it. I bought it, telling myself “you need it for that wedding you’re going to” but in reality, I do what I want. I wore it to the wedding and fell in love with the feeling of this lipstick. The matte finish isn’t drying and it feels velvet to the touch. Personally, it’s one of my favorite formulas.
4. L’oreal Algae Mask
I jumped up when I saw that L’oreal was making clay masks. I got up and bought two of them but fell in love with the red algae mask specifically. My skin is always the softest it could possibly be after this treatment. I always do this mask, cleanse, tone, and then moisturize about three times a week. When my son is in school and I don’t have work, this is my go to mask. Leaving this mask for 15 minutes just helps my skin so much by exfoliating and removing dead skin cells. It also unclogs and minimizes my pores and tightens my skin which I’m always looking for even though I’m young. I never want to sag so might as well prevent it now. I’d pay full price for this but sometimes, L’oreal does the BOGO 50% off and honestly I’d take advantage of that instead.
5. It Cosmetics Flawless Blush Brush
*theres blush on this brush obviously because I love it!
I was never a blush girl. I think I’ve seen too many old ladies with bright pink blush on their cheeks. But I’ve noticed that I don’t like my contour without blush in between so I decided to just learn to apply blush properly after finding a color I actually liked. The IT Cosmetics brushes are the softest brushes I’ve ever touched. IT Cosmetics brushes are made with anti-microbial hairs that are individually custom cut. They never shed and pick up so much product that sometimes it’s scary when applying product. Definitely have to be careful about that. The Flawless Blush brush is specifically cut and shaped to fit your cheek so you can just pat it on your cheek and sweep. I think the greatest thing about this brush is that it’s part of the Love Beauty Fully collection. When you buy a brush from IT’s Love Beauty Fully collection, another brush is donated to the Look Good, Feel Better Foundation. This Foundation is all about women empowerment and helps women with cancer feel better by teaching them how to apply make up. I’m a firm believer in when you look better you feel better. Personally, make up has helped me during my depression when I’ve felt my worse. I would feel useless or just horrible about myself and doing make up just makes me feel a thousand times better. Of course it isn’t a cure but it does help me climb out of the darkest hole. Chemo has a lot of side effects internally and physically. Look Good, Feel better gives patients the opportunity to feel better about these physical side effects and I’m totally down for that.
These are my favorites just for the month of November. It’s already a week into December and I already have five new products that I feel like will be my December favorites. I can’t wait to share those with you guys! These are MY favorites based off of MY opinions. I’m no expert.