November, probably the third* dullest month is gone and done. It’s finally got really cold outside and in my opinion that’s a good enough reason to stay indoors, drink copious amounts of tea and watch TV series. Really, why would anyone want to go outside to freeze their socks off?
However, there were some make-up, perfumes and skincare products that made getting ready for work (or going to sleep) much easier. This is my first favourites post, in which I will describe some things that I liked using the most in the past month. Enjoy the ride!
(Psst, there are swatches, too!)
Lancôme Hypnose Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara
My eyelashes are really long but also stick-straight. If you’re familiar with Mateja’s Beauty Blog, you’ll probably know what my struggles are like and which mascaras I’m interested in. I opted for this version of Lancôme mascara because I’m not looking for more volume or a lengthening effect, I simply want separated and defined lashes that hold a curl. And Hypnose Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara does exactly that. The only thing I’m not keen on is its scent.
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy Glitter Glue
This one’s pretty epic in the indie community. It’s not an eyeshadow base nor a primer, though – it’s meant as an adhesive for all the glittery and sparkly eyeshadows. It holds all the sparkles and glitter in place all day, and it also increases eyeshadow staying power. I use it whenever I want an additional pop of colour or a more intense effect. This is a sample size (when I ordered it I didn’t know I would end up loving it).
Fyrinnae Intergalactic Bookstore Eyeshadow
This is another magic product by Fyrinnae. It’s an Arcane Magic Eyeshadow that changes its hue depending on how the light hits it. It’s incredibly hard to photograph it because it’s nearly impossible to capture all the various shades it goes through – this one changes from coppery-pink to gold-green – isn’t it great? It’s also rather sparkly and I know some people don’t like wearing this type of eyeshadow to work but, to be honest, I don’t care about that and do an eye make-up look with this shadow at least twice a week. I always apply it on top of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.
I have tried to capture the different colours of this eyeshadow but this proved to be a difficult task – the change is the most noticeable in person. The coppery-pink colour is most visible from up close but when you look at the shadow from about half a metre away, it appears to be gold. Interesting, huh?
Hello Waffle Lavender Cream Liquid Highlighter
This is the first highlighter I’ve ever tried. At first I was a bit sceptical because it’s a) very cool-toned, b) it’s liquid, and c) I’ve never used a highlighter in my life. Luckily, it’s very blendable so you can achieve a nice, glowing effect without letting everyone know that, yes, you put some highlighter on (it took me a while to reach this stage, I’ll admit that).
As you can see from the swatch, it’s a lovely light lavender highlighter with a white sheen. It reflects the light really well but isn’t over the top.
Femme Fatale Glass Coffin Nail Polish
I wear this shimmery nail polish a lot and its changing colour has lots to do with it. On me, it goes from a very lovely lavender purple in its cold state to a nice, light sky blue in its warm state. It’s mesmerising and I could watch it all day long. It’s also a good indicator whether you’re cold or hot. 😉
Future Primitive The Gloaming Whipped Butter
On to my favourite skincare item of the month. I bought this whipped body butter as soon as FP’s Halloween collection part 2 went live. The Gloaming was inspired by a Radiohead song of the same title, and its perfume recalls cold autumn nights with a chilly wind, announcing the imminent arrival of snow. As opposed to the body whip by the same company, the whipped butter is formulated without water and contains more oils and butters. Heaven for dry skin!
Sixteen92 Spellbound Perfume
Frankly, my Sixteen92 experience has been a hit or miss with a nearly 50:50 split. It’s made me wary of ordering their perfumes on their official website so I stick to Sunday Swaps on Reddit where I can get perfumes for a bit cheaper. This way, my disappointment is smaller if the perfume I bought second-hand is a total dud. Spellbound, however, is a total hit. This gourmand beauty (creamed pumpkin, spiced bourbon & Tahitian vanillas, sticky marshmallow fluff) is meant for everyone obsessed with sweet pumpkin pies and vanilla. It doesn’t smell of pie or pie crust but there is pumpkin spice that is joined by the vanillas and marshmallow, dancing their dainty dance. Basic? I don’t care!
So these were my November favourites – what are yours? Would you like to see a more detailed review of any of these items?
*Right after January and February. They’re gloomy and cold and dull, aren’t they?