December favourites

As its been a while since my last beauty post I thought it would be nice to look back at some December favourites before launching into my 2015 reviews and new product launches. With the weather taking a turn for the worse and the festive season in full swing my December favourites focused mostly on winter skincare essentials and party make up:

 December favourites

December favourites - skincare

Starting with Elemis pro-collagen marine cream which was my go to morning moisturiser. It's rich but not greasy and nourishing without being too heavy for my dry/combination skin. Normally by December my skin becomes dry and sensitive but this year used together with Clarins lotus oil my skin feels almost as hydrated and supple as it does during the summer. I like that it contains a whole host of anti-ageing ingredients and because of the thick texture helps to form a barrier against the cold wind and rain. Rather annoyingly I've just run out and need to stock up asap. I may be late onto the bandwagon but safe to say I now fully understand the hype of Elemis pro-collagen marine cream! 

For the morning after I've been loving these Elemis pro-collagen hydra-gel eye masks. We've all been there after a late night and one too many drinks - this helps to soothe the delicate eye area and after 20 minutes my skin is left looking brighter and more refreshed, At £46 a pack (for 6 sachets) these are a luxury treat however the ingredients list is seriously impressive and as an instant tightening, depuffing and hydrating treatment I've yet to try a better alternative. 

Most of my weekends are spent at home/shopping but for the odd festive party I've been using Venus proskin sensitive razor and He-Shi dark foaming mousse for silly smooth bronzed legs. I always find hair removal to be such a pain but thankfully with 5 blades the razor gives a closer shave and therefore longer lasting results. It's also got a lubricating strip and ribbon of moisture which helps to make it less irritating and drying on the legs. He-Shi on the other hand is an old favourite and as long as the skin is prepped properly its the easiest way to achieve a long lasting even tan. You can read my full review here

 December favourites - hair and make up

My love for dry shampoo is well documented on Peonies and lilies, however recently I've been converted to Swell ultimate volume dry shampoo. As it's a non aerosol it took some getting used to and still takes longer to apply but unlike most high street alternatives once rubbed in it's undetectable on the hair and there's no chalky feeling whatsoever. It may look small but the bottle is crammed full of powder and as you don't use much per application I can see this lasting ages.

It wouldn't be Christmas without some glitter and I found myself pairing OPI pink yet lavender with almost every nail colour I've worn during December. Full review and swatches here

Finally for make up I've been loving Bourjois smokey stories eyeshadow palette in Over rose and Rouge edition velvet in Happy nude year. Both are long lasting yet small enough to pop into my handbag - an essential these days as I often find myself going out straight after work. The eyeshadows have a lovely cream powder texture, are easily blendable and come in 4 complimentary shades for a quick and easy smokey eye. I particularly liked the glittery square in the middle - perfect for adding a hint of festive sparkle. To pair with the smokey eye I went for Happy Nude Year, a gorgeous pinky coral which despite being a long lasting matte wasn't at all drying on the lips.

Have you tried any of the products above? What were your December favourites?

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