Is anyone else incredibly excited about the fact that tomorrow is December 1st? The official start of Christmas. I can't wait to have an excuse to watch Christmas movies for an entire month, eat Christmas food and nibbles at any opportunity I get and for all the Christmas festivities! This is the last month of 2013 where I will be sharing my usual Top 5 of the month with you - I have some special posts in store for December focusing on my favourite products and releases of 2013! So let's find out which products I have really been adoring this month!
Allure Magazine (Newsstand, £5.95) - I wanted to include a non-beauty favourite this month because November has been so hectic for me, and dipping into the beauty filled pages of Allure has given me a chance for breaks in between hectic schedules. Allure magazine is an American publication focused on beauty and fashion. A must-read for any beauty adorer.
My Allure post: 'What's all the fuss with Allure?'
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 'Cherry'* (Sephora, $22.50 & the Fresh store, London*) - This is a bit of a cheeky one to add in, because it is only available in UK at the stand alone store in London, although you American lovelies will find Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments pretty easy to find. This is my first dabble into Fresh products and the Sugar Lip Treatments are formulated to be a hydrating, nourishing and protecting lip treatment which also works to plump the lines. With an in-built SPF15, the beautiful Cherry lip treatment contains a blend of reparative oils and waxes along with real sugar, which is a natural humectant (which attracts and retains water) There's sweet and tart blackcurrant oil in there too, which is known for it's plumping properties and essential fatty acids, antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C and E, all which work to protect the lips, preventing damage from free radicals. There's a very slight menthol tingle to the lips when you apply, but I love it and the colour of cherry has great colour pay off that although fairly sheer, applies a gorgeous colour to the lips. If you can hunt this down, get it.
Read my Winter Lip Saviours post to find out how I keep my lips soft and smooth.
Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Collection Eyeshadow in 'Diamond Eyes' (Love Make Up, £8.50) - November seems to be the month I went a little bit obsessive over brilliant highlight shades and inner-corner eye brighteners. My favourite for the inner corner right now is Diamond Eyes, a brilliant icy white with fine shimmer and a velvet soft powder, Diamond Eyes has been my perfect bright-eyes wonder. The whole collection is stunning but right now, this is my favourite of the four shades and an everyday essential for my eye makeup!
Read my full review of the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Collection: 'Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Full Collection'
Lancome Hynose Drama Instant Full Body Mascara (Boots, £22) - I have had this little sample of Lancomes infamous Hynose Drama mascara for months now, as it seems to be the mascara that never stops! I know you're only meant to keep mascaras for three months but I prefer to use a mascara until it no longer works for me. I've never suffered any problems with my eyes nor do I allow friends or family to use eye products or lip products, so for me, using something whilst it's still usable is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. I am besotted with the Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara and since the beginning of this year I have hailed Extreme Party as my holy grail mascara. But the more I use this never-ending sample mascara from Lancome, the more I want the full size. It's just incredible. It adds volume and length to my lashes and has a beautiful yet subtle scent of rose. Addictive and absolutely amazing - I need the full size.
KMS California Hair Play Makeover Spray (Birchbox, 125ml, £15) - This is one of the products I received in the October Birchbox and it's during November that it has really come into play and been an almost every day reached for product. A dry cleansing spray which provides texture and a fresher feeling to your hair, I am simply besotted with this. The size I received is a generous 75ml which is great for my handbag and on the go touch ups. I definitely plan on buying the full size when mine runs out!
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Stereo Rose (MAC) - I always feel cheeky when I include a limited edition makeup product in my monthly Top 5 posts, but there was no way I couldn't include this particular limited edition beauty this month. I've completely fallen back in love with MAC Stereo Rose and I am besotted with this used with more intensity for a blush and a lighter hand for subtle handle. Just truly stunning and well worth all the hype it gets. Keep an eye on upcoming MAC collections as this has been released in a couple of collections now, so may resurface again!
Read my full review of MAC Stereo Rose: 'Dear Stereo Rose...'
So that's my November Top 5! Be sure to share your Top 5 products with me in the comments below and remember to keep an eye out throughout December for my favourites of 2013!