I know it's already a day or two into December and I have yet to share my November favourites with you! So without further ado, here are the products/things that I've been loving throughout November!
I've been loving simple things that I've probably mentioned before, there's almost nothing that I haven't mentioned in previous posts. As it is the festive season, I've ended up spending most of my money on presents so I haven't really bought anything besides the products I've mentioned in my previous post. Moving on, let's look into each product~
1. Sephora Cleansing Pad
I randomly picked this up at the counter at Sephora about a month ago. I saw it a number of times but I never thought too much about it but one fine day I decided to give it a go. Part of the reason being: it was pink.
This is a very simple product, I stick it on my mirror as shown in the photo. I just clip it between my middle and index finger and gently massage my face with it when I'm using my facial cleansers. It's easy to clean; just gently wash it under running water. I realised that it does have simple exfoliating power that goes a long way. It doesn't scratch your skin as it's really soft and it's great for everyday use.
Bottom Line: Gentle exfoliating power that's really good for daily use. Easy to store as well.
2. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream
I've been searching for this for quite a while. I actually had to go through 4 Sephora stores for this product. The outlets at Ion, Ngee Ann City and Plaza Singapura did not have this product, they said they ran out of stock. One fine day I was wandering around Jem and I came across their Sephora outlet and they had ONE tub left (besides the sample tub).
Obviously, I didn't think twice.
This buttercream has a really thick consistency but it doesn't leave your skin feeling oily or sticky like a body butter. I used this throughout my trip to Macau and I've also mentioned it in my Travel Essentials post for that holiday. Now I just use it after my evening showers.
I love the smell of it, it's a very sweet buttery smell but has that refreshing mixed into it as well. I'm not sure what the refreshing scent is but it makes my skin feel soft and I just love going to bed smelling like this buttercream. I know they do have the body wash which smells delicious but I'm not too adventurous with soaps, so I definitely love the body buttercream the most!
Bottom Line: Absolutely gorgeous scent that never leaves your skin feeling sticky!
3. Avène Spot Treatment
This tube is really small but you won't need much of this at one time. I've been getting loads of spots on my forehead recently so I've been using this a lot. I don't really have a breakout that often but somehow my skin is getting really agitated these few weeks and this cream has helped a lot.
My T-zone is really oily and this cream does cater to oily and sensitive skin. It doesn't work over night, but I can definitely see improvements after using it for a day. I was introduced to this product a few years back when I had a sudden breakout as well and this was what the pharmacist recommended. I only got this tube a month or two ago but never used it as much as I did until recently.
The cream is a little on the thick side, I don't usually spread it all over my forehead but I use a cotton bud and dot a little of it on the spots. I always apply this after a shower or after I've washed my face. I honestly haven't a clue on what's in the formula because the tube doesn't say anything except to avoid direct contact with the eyes. But it does get absorbed into my skin well so I really like that.
Bottom Line: Absorbs into skin pretty well, a little on the pricey side.
4. Avène Thermal Spring Water
This is another product from Avène. I was also introduced to this product a few years back, but my mum had the bigger version of this in one of her goodie bags and both of us shared it for a while. It's really good to carry around. I believe I've actually mentioned this in my October Favourites too.
It's basically a fine mist. I bought the mini bottle because it's easier for me to carry around. This product has been rumoured to be able to help set make up as well, but I didn't think it did much for setting mine. I very much prefer my Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray. But this definitely refreshes me when I'm having a long day. Plus having no smell whatsoever is definitely a plus point.
Bottom Line: Great to carry around for a quick refresh!
5. Victoria Secret Body Mist in Secret Craving
I've had this with me for a while, but I have a thing for buying fragrances and body mists. I like using body mists on my hair because it gives my hair a very subtle scent that won't kill people when I turn my head and so on. Also, body mist does spread a lot better than a perfume.
This scene is really sweet and fruity, I'd say like a candied berry. I like this for night time, like if I'm going for a drink with my friends, I love using this on my hair. If I'm going somewhere like the beach, where I'd like a little bit of fragrance, I'd spray this all over my body. Just wished the bottles weren't so big!
Bottom Line: Sweet smelling that's better for evening/night use.
6. China Glaze Feather Effect
If you've watched my latest youtube video, you would have known that I bought quite a number of polishes from Wow! Pretty Nails and the loot came in at the beginning of November. I've been dying to use the China Glaze Feather Effect polishes and I was not disappointed!
This one's a periwinkle-blue and peachy sort of colour. I quite like how both the colours in this polish contrast yet compliment each other.
This one's my personal favourite. A light blue and pastel green mix. This looks really pretty on my nails!
The only problem with these polishes, would be that you need to apply quite a few coats until you get a nice opaque manicure. Additionally, they're really hard to remove as compare to your creme or even shimmer polishes. They're rather messy when you remove them because they contain mainly confetti, its like glitter polishes that take forever to remove. Also, the thick coats that you may have to build up would cause the polished to chip faster as well, I won't wear this over a long period of time. Then again, these are really pretty!
Bottom Line: Fun to apply, pretty on the nails but messy and difficult to remove.
7. Eos Lipbalm in Summer Fruit
This product is definitely one of my ultimate favourite lip products ever. EVER. I can't wait till I save up enough money to actually get the rest of the flavours!
I've mentioned this is two of my previous posts: Macau travel Essentials and Macau Haul. I absolutely love the formula of this product. I cannot get over it. I love the packaging and honestly I love it so much that I don't care that it's a little on the bulky side.
Bottom Line: Great great great formula. Get it if you don't own one.
8. The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil
I finally got around to blogging about this product in a monthly favourites. I also mentioned this in my travel essentials. Up till now, I've been using this product everyday. I may be slightly addicted to it though.
I love that it's a little bit sweet but almost scentless. It's a simple formula that hydrates the nails but it takes a while to be absorbed because it's a oil and not a water-based product. But nonetheless, if you need to hydrate your nails, get your hands on this because it's really good.
Bottom Line: Good gentle formula that hydrates nails.
9. Benefit Gimme Brow in Dark Brown
I've mentioned this in my October Favourites but it has made it into my November Favourites as well!
I just love Sephora for recommending this to all their White Card members. I just love it!
The wand is small and the packaging itself is small. So perfect for my make up bag! It has a slight scent to it but it doesn't really bother me. It makes my eyebrows look neat and natural, and I don't have to worry about drawing then brushing like I do when I use an eyebrow pencil.
Bottom Line: Gives you natural brows and is perfect for your make up bag!
10. M.A.C Select Moisturecover in NC 30
I've never really talked about this product apart from my What's In My Make Up Bag post. I've honestly never really appreciated this product until I went to Macau earlier this month.
This product is towards the medium coverage range. Its sufficient for me so I'm not complaining. Like I said, I never thought much about this product because I use so little of it everyday. When I went to Macau, I had forgotten to bring my liquid foundation, so I ended up applying this all over my face. Somehow, my skin looked so much better.
I admit that I like to do this often especially if I happen to leave the house with no make up and I decide to beautify my face when I'm on-the-go. I don't know if this is considered as a good habit or not, if it's recommended or not but honestly make up is like playing with paint so no one should really define what brush should be used for which product or what exact product goes where. I know sometimes, our lash mascara is applied on the the eyebrows. I've personally never tried that and I don't intend to but, that's just another example.
Bottom Line: Gives a medium coverage.
11. Lush Angels on Bare Skin Facial Cleanser
I don't know how many times I've raved about this cleanser. I've finished out my tub a few days ago and I have yet to buy a new one. But yes, I love everything about this cleanser, I cannot wait to get a new tub, I just need to remember.
It leaves my skin feeling smooth and relaxed, especially at the end of a long day when I've had make up on my face for the whole day. It's really gentle and it smells so good! And as it claims, it evens out the skin tone!
Bottom Line: Gentle exfoliation, leaves your skin smooth.
12. Carousell App
If you've yet to download this app, I'd like to ask you where have you been the past year. I'm not sure when this app was created but I downloaded it earlier this year. I've not used it that much, though I browse through the listings nearly everyday because it's perfect window shopping to pass the time if I'm on-the-go.
I've recently bought tons of this this month so I thought I should put it in my monthly favourites! I don't like selling my pre-loved clothes so I don't have many listings there. If I list something it's new, probably bought it and realised it was a mistake only way later. But I've bought a lot of clothes there, usually people trade or sell their items at a pretty cheap price. It's almost like going to a flea without actually having to leave your house. I like that a lot.
I like how you can find almost everything and anything on Carousell. Sometimes if you're lucky you can bargain a little if you want a cheaper price. People there are generally nice but sometimes you get unlucky and get a rather unfriendly seller/buyer. But it's all in the fun. Get it and start shopping!
Bottom Line: Very easy to use, provides a massive range of items.
13. Plants vs Zombies 2 Game
I'm not a gaming person, but this year, I've been downloading games on my phone and playing them non-stop everyday. I've actually contemplated on getting a PS3 (or a PS4 when it comes out.. or if it's already out..) or an xbox or some random gaming console so that I can play games like Resident Evil or Sims. I've never played games like these before, only watched people play them. Honestly I've never really like games but I think I've gone really crazy this year.
I've always been addicted to mobile phone games like Tiny Tower, Temple Run, Tap Tap, Candy Crush and Angry Birds but PvS is addiction on a whole new level. I actually ignore texts while I'm playing this game and that's not something to be proud of. Then again. I absolutely love it!
Bottom Line: Addictive. SO SO ADDICTIVE.
14. D'Arts Royal Heirloom
I honestly haven't been any good at publicity. I bet half of you readers don't actually know what D'Arts is. For your benefit I shall just give a little background information.
My mum has been creating these lovely eggshell jewellery boxes for a few years now, probably over ten years I think. She's always wanted to sell them but we never got around to it. Since I've had a little more time on my hands since I've graduated from Poly and will only enroll into University next year, I thought I'd help her start selling them online. The pieces on our online shop are brand new pieces, the ones she has been making over the years sit humbly in our display unit. She's very proud of them and I'm proud of my mum for making them.
How this thing works is that my mum makes the eggs and I basically do the rest of it (publicity, site maintenance blah blah blah)
We've just released our Christmas Collection today so do pop by to take a look. I'm currently working on a new site so we won't have to depend of blogger as a domain for our site, plus I'd like to make the shop look a little more professional.
On to this particular piece. This one was from our November Collection. It's still on sale, you may click here to view it. I honestly think that this piece looked so fairytale like and reminded me of a pumpkin, but I wasn't going to name this one pumpkin, simply because it wasn't the traditional orange that pumpkins are. But yes, I've took a liking to this piece and I really hope people would give our site a look because so much effort has gone into it.
Bottom Line: It'd be a unique way to propose to someone ;) #justsaying
Alright everyone! That's all for this blogpost! I hope you've enjoyed it and that you'd consider buying some of the products that I've mentioned! Also do take a look at the links I'm providing below and show D'Arts some love!