Thursday, November 29, 2012

November products I used & OOTD

Hiiiiii <3

I have been so, so incredibly busy this week working about 10 hours a day, I'm exhausted! I have the weekend off for the first time in forever and I'm so happy, I want to go dancing with my boyfriend tomorrow but I'm not sure where to go...

I have a lot of things going on as well... family, life, jobs. I feel so anxious and I'm not very happy at the moment but it's just so confusing the situations I'm in at the moment no one seems to understand, and I know it's not true but I'm feeling like no one cares, and no one wants to hear what I'm going through. As with jobs, I'm just so in the middle about what to do. I don't know if to apply for graduate schemes/graduate jobs, I graduated in the summer and have been putting it off and working casually in events since then. The thought of a graduate job just gives me the worst anxiety. It's a huge step towards a salary career and I'm just not sure if I'm ready, but I'm tired of people turning their noses up at me when I tell them that I'm only working as a waiting staff for events for £6.75 an hour when I'm a graduate. Bleh.

I have been using a lot of different products this month and last month I went on quite a few hauls, and this month I got both joliebox and glossybox, so I haven't got that many empties. So instead of empties, I thought I would just share a "products of the month"... all the things I have been using the most throughout the month, empty or not, I have been keeping in a little blue container so I can show you guys and review some of them for you. :) First off, I will show you my dress I wore today. It's so cute, I have a few of these in different prints and colours. They're very thick cotton with a velvety material by Hearts and Bows, I get them from Ark and LOVE them. So cute!!

November products!

Overall, this month I have been using some discovered old favourites as well as some new things I've been trying out for the first time. I won't go through everything because some of them I have mentioned before. It's a big mix, so let's dive in and see what is in there :)

Maybelline lasting drama gel eyeliner.

I've always, always used pencil eyeliners and this is the first time using a gel eyeliner. I've never got on with liquid eyeliners, my eyes are way too sensitive, and I've never had a steady enough hand. I got this as my free "3 for 2" from Boots on my last beauty haul (see here) and I've been really enjoying it this month. It's a tiny pot of what looks like thick, black matte gel. It's not moist like gel liquid, and really resembles paint. Because it isn't wet, it doesn't smudge when applying and it doesn't need time to dry which I love. It comes with a brush "pen" which is great for application, it makes it really easy and precise. It doesn't seem to last me the whole day without smudging so the "24 hour" promise doesn't really... happen, but it does last a LOT longer than any other eyeliner I have used before. I've been loving this, and even though it's such a small pot, only a tiny tiny tiny dap is needed because a little really does go a long way.

Revlon colorstay mineral finishing powder and MUA mega volume mascara (see my review here)

The mineral finishing powder by Revlon is a very old favourite. It's a gorgeous, silky powder that I use for contouring. I have been loving the MUA mega volume mascara because it is great for nice long eyelashes that are great for day wear.

Bourjois paris mineral matte mousse foundation.

This has been amazing. I have been wearing this on top of my Pure BB cream (review here) and those two are a match made in heaven! This mineral matte is nice and moist unlike some matte foundations which dry the skin out and leave a cakey look and applies brilliant with the kabuki brush which comes provided with it.

I know I'm disgusting and all my products have finger marks and foundation all over them. I blame this on the fact that I don't wear my glasses when I'm doing my make up so I can't see a thing!

I have been in love with this palette. SO cheap and the colours are amazing, not very very pigmented, but definitely worth the money and unless you've had your head under a rock I'm sure you've been hearing all about it. I've been using the top brown and cream shades during the day and for work... lovely. But I'm having a big problem with this product :(. I have milia spots and have had them for years around my cheeks, however since using this palette (and must be this palette, it's pretty much the ONLY eyeshadow I have used this month) I've had increasing milia over my eyes, even on my eyelid sockets which I've never ever had before. My milia already gets me really down so having even more grow around places I've never had them before is driving me crazy. At first I thought it was just my skin and these things happen, but the other night after I exfoliated I was looking at my skin close in the mirror and recognized milia spots right on my eyelids and I freaked out because I want them to go away, not to grow more! And I haven't used any other eyeshadow this month enough for it to give me milia. I'm not sure if it's not a coincidence, or if I should stop using this? (but I love the shades! :'(). Sob.

NYC highlight and contour kit. Found in my 10 products for £10 challenge haul here!

Love, love this! I've been using the brown for my eye shadows and the peach/pink for brow bone highlight. It's a perfect match and I love the little brush that comes with it. I'm so glad I found this little gem!

Nivea daily essentials refreshing toner and Pure BB cream.

I won't go into the Pure BB cream because if you read my blog you will probably be fed up of hearing about me rave on about this, lol but I have used... 3/4 this month? The Nivea toner I'm meh about. I won't repurchase it. It wasn't bad, it was nice and refreshing, but hasn't done ANYTHING for my skin this month so I may as well just use water. Can anyone recommend me a toner?

MUA pro blush perfection cream blush

This gives me a lovely dewy pink tint to my cheeks which looks lovely in this cold weather. I have been preferring this to powder blushes this month.

My skin has been terrible this month. It's really gets me down, anyone else? :( Due to that, I had to crack out the good old heavy coverage, thick foundation that is Revlon Colorstay. This is one of the only liquid foundations I like and use. It lasts me a long time because my skin is usually fine so I only need light coverage, but during the bad skin times like now, I have to use this because it's the only thing that really covers everything up and matches my skin perfect.

I ran out of my St. Ives so I've been using a sample size (I have about 4 of these sample sizes for back up!). I've been using this on a panic because I've suddenly broke out and my pores are huge and my skin is just... bad times.
The dermalogica daily microfoliant I got in this months Glossybox. It's so cute and I love how you have to shake it to get it out like a sugar shaker!

I'm easily pleased... haha. I have nothing much to say about this at the moment because I've only been using this for around 2 weeks so I can't tell any difference in my skin yet. I don't like the smell though (smells like flour) and it's kinda weird how it turns into liquid from powder when you apply it but I've heard really good reviews about this so I'm going to continue using it in the hopes that soon I will be able to tell some sort of improvement to my skin.

Oops, I should have put this Nivea night cream with the toner. Anyway, this raspberry & blackberry body butter by Beurre Corporel is amazinggggg. It smells like a dream and makes me smell wonderful. The Nivea night cream is... a cream.... I havebeen using it every night and it isn't seem to be doing anything. I like the smell, it applies nice, and is very moisturizing. But it feels really heavy on my skin and in the morning my skin can be oily and I have to wipe the leftover night cream off my face which isn't very pleasant... but I love the packaging and I had high hopes for this because I love Nivea products so I keep using it :/. This wasn't a good month for my Nivea products...

Empty VO5 plump me up dry shampoo.

This was okay. It did the job and refreshed my hair like a dry shampoo does but it didn't give me added volume and that was really disappointing because I rely on Batiste dry shampoo, the volumizing one, usually because that makes my hair HUGE and really nice and thick! So this was a bit blah with volumizing. Due to the fact that it didn't work as well as Batiste dry shampoo I used a lot of it so it didn't last even 3 weeks whereas a Batiste can lasts me a month or more. It smelt okay, nothing special. I will probably just get the Batiste and won't repurchase this again.

I will stop there because this post is huge! I'm sorry if you got bored and if you're reading this, thank you for getting through it all! I'm trying to put together a review directory/product list so that I can track what I have reviewed or mentioned a lot so I don't repeat myself, so let me know if you want anything specific added to that list!

Please follow me on GFC and if you would be so so kind to leave my comments below about this post I would love to know what you liked from above, what your thoughts are, and any advice you have for products I should buy for december that could help out my skin. Thank you!



  1. Definitely going to have to try that plumping shampoo!
    Your blog is great too, going back to check out past posts now!
    Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin'??


  2. I love your dress! I'll look out for the MUA mascara, as I'm looking for a new one with a thrifty price tag. I love all of the MUA range; it's ideal when I need to quench my thirst for new make-up xxx

    1. me too, reminds me of the christmas season!

  3. I bought that MUA palette for my best friend for Christmas and really want to keep it! haha! :o)

    In case you haven't already found a new toner you like, I really recommend the Boots Botanics one (can't remember the exact name). I'm never very impressed with toners, I think they're a waste of time personally. This is the only one I've ever used that I thought actually made a difference!

    I got that Dermalogica microfoliant in my Glossybox too! I was really excited to try it... but it seems to make me skin super sensitive and a bit red most of the time :(

  4. That OOTD is so amazing and beautiful and I could cry right now from wanting it so much!