Unlike last year when I wrote about My 2015 Beauty Favourites in December, I thought this year I'd talk about my actual December favourites instead. I'm not one for usually writing about my monthly favourites, mostly because gone is the day I actually tried new products every month. Through trial and error, I'd like to think I've found products that really work for my skin and I am happy with how they perform. Which is why, I've only included a few beauty bits but also have other non-beauty related items. Some were great finds I simply had to share with you all, so I hope you enjoy reading this!
I first came across Zara fragrances whilst shopping at Zara in Portugal where I picked up one of them cute roll-on perfumes (perfect for handbags) so when my usual perfume ran out and payday was still miles away, I knew exactly where to go. And because I couldn't just choose one new smell I opted for two of their fragrances, both of which I've been wearing daily ever since! Zara Oriental Eau De Toilette (£7.99) is composed of bergamot, jasmine, patchouli and caramel notes (according to the Zara website because let's be honest, I have no idea about any of these) and I find it to be my perfect night out scent. My daytime scent choice is the Zara Fruity Eau De Toilette (£7.99) and I love how sweet and floral yet non-sickening it is, thanks to its vanilla, rose, grapefruit and tangerine notes. Despite these being eau de toilette, they are surprisingly long lasting on. Hence, if you have not yet tried Zara fragrances, definitely go check out their rather huge range, and if not for yourself, these would make up for a great yet affordable Christmas present for someone in your life.
Let's now talk about candles and how obsessed I've become with them. Is there anything better than having a cosy night in, under the covers with a nice candle burning in the background? I think not. And whilst I do love the occasional Yankee Candle, those are not exactly cheap so a Primark candle instantly becomes the affordable alternative. The Stay Sweet Strawberry Peach Jar Candle (£3) is as yummy as it sounds and I love its cute design (cat lady alert). Must go back to pick a few more!
Moving on to the beauty bits, I have to talk about the Burt's Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter* (£4) which has been my saviour this winter! Unfortunately I am one of those who really suffer with dry lips in the cold season, so I am always on the hunt for a moisturising lip balm to put my lips back in shape. This mango lip balm not only tastes and smells amazing; it leaves my lips feeling super soft, smooth and perfectly hydrated.
Speaking of lips, if I had to choose one lipstick this month the crown would definitely go to MAC Odyssey (£15.50), a gorgeous spiked-up, berry-wine/ plum shade with a frost finish. This lipstick applies nicely and evenly, and I love its almost metallic finish making it perfectly trendy for this time of year. Odyssey is definitely a staple MAC shade for me; not a too dark shade making it a great choice for someone who doesn't quite want to go ultra-dark but still wants something with more depth.
Speaking of MAC, I had to bring MAC Soft & Gentle (£24) back because I've been obsessing once again about this highlighter. Described as a luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish, this warm beige shade is ideal for my skin tone. Every time I use it I fall in love with it a little more and I'll go as far to say this is my all-time favourite highlighter, so definitely one for you to try if you haven't yet.
And finally, I had to talk about my experience with the PMD Personal Microderm* (£135) as this handy little gadget has recently made wonders to my skin! This is one tool I've been very excited to try ever since it arrived, given it promises to deliver the same anti-ageing and skin purifying results as microdermabrasion treatments offered in medical spas and salons, but at a fraction of the price.
How does it work, I hear you asking. PMD Personal Microderm uses the same aluminium oxide crystals as found in professional machines, which make up a flat, coarse disc that has a deeply exfoliating effect on the skin. After carefully reviewing all the info and tips on how to use the device in the included DVD, I was ready to be wowed. My biggest skin concerns are uneven pigmentation in certain parts of my face, blemishes and fine lines on my forehead, all of which this device promises to help with, and let me tell you it failed to disappoint. With continued use I am sure I will see an even better improvement with pigmentation and reduction of those pesky lines, but what I can already report on after 1 ½ months of weekly use is diminished clogged pores and brighter and smoother looking skin. I am particularly impressed with how efficiently the vacuum action of the device removes the dead skin, releasing trapped dirt and oil to reveal a much more glowing looking skin.
Yes, its price tag may seem excessive at first but think of how much each session of microdermabrasion in a salon would cost you (I did my research; approximately £50 for 45 minutes!), making it actually very reasonably priced. I honestly cannot think of anyone (women and men included) who wouldn't love having one of these and my mum is already begging me for one given the results I've experienced. It makes for a great luxury Christmas present for your loved one and it can be purchased from Harrods, www.lookfantastic.com and www.currentbody.com.
What do you think about my favourites? Let me know below what your favourite beauty bits currently are and whether you've tried microdermabrasion! Thanks for reading beauties and happy Monday!
* Contains PR Samples. All opinions are my own (disclaimer here).