Sunday, 1 December 2013

November Favourites!

Happy 1st December!
It's crazy how fast this year has gone, it only feels like yesterday when we hit 1st January 2013 and I had to get used to writing 2013, not 2012, in my school books. I know I uploaded a blog post yesterday and I've been wanting to space my posts out a bit but since it's the first of the month, I thought it would be necessary and suitable to upload this one: my November favourites! Throughout the month, I've been trying new and different products and some of them I have really loved, like the ones I'm going to show now. I probably won't do a favourites blog post for every month as some months I don't find any new products I particularly like.
Also, I've been thinking of making Youtube videos. I have a channel (makelovepretty) but I haven't made any videos yet. Once I get a new memory card and a good set-up, I might start. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Anyway, moving onto this month's favourites...

Makeup Favourites

Please excuse the obnoxious background, I wanted to get this post up asap and had nowhere decent to take pictures!

 This month, I've been really loving my Mac products: Studio Fix Fluid foundation and Mineralize Skin Finish Natural powder. I only bought them last month - my first Mac products! I never used to love high-end products (mainly for the fact I never have any money) and I'd only ever tried out Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation and a couple of their Boi-ing concealers (which I loved). However, I did always want to try out something from Mac and as I love a good full coverage foundation, I picked up Studio Fix. I have mine in NC15. You can buy it from the Mac website (HERE) for £21.50. An excellent dupe for this is the L'OrĂ©al True Match which you can buy from Boots or Superdrug (HERE or HERE) for £9.99. Studio Fix has a matte finish so if you prefer a dewy finish and you don't like high coverage foundations, it definitely won't be for you. I've also been loving Mac's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark. I have super pale skin so I don't use it to powder as I'd walk out my house looking incredibly orange and ridiculous! Instead, I use my Rimmel Stay Matte powder (which I included in my top 5 drugstore must-haves) and I then go on to use my Skinfinish powder to bronze underneath my cheek bones, around my temple and my jawline. I don't use it to contour, however. You can buy the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural HERE for £22. I think this will last me a long time considering the amount of product you get!

The final 'face' product is my Bourjois blusher in 34 Rose d'Or (Golden Rose). This is a gorgeous light pink colour with shimmer running throughout it. When it's applied to the face, it's very sheer so I might start using this as a bit of a highlight. It has a little bit too much shimmer for my liking (if you apply too much, it's possible you'll resemble a disco ball as soon as the sunlight hits your face) but I have been liking this product a lot as it can look very natural. It has a strong scent, though, which I don't particularly like.


I have two lip products that I've been loving this month. The first is Vaseline, pretty self-explanatory. This does an excellent job of moisturising my lips. I have mine in cocoa butter - my absolute favourite! This tastes and smells so good.You can buy Vaseline from almost any shop for quite a cheap price. I've especially been loving it because of the weather and season change.
The second lip product is my Revlon Lip Butter, which I have in 045 Cotton Candy. I also mentioned this in my top 5 drugstore must-haves but I didn't say too much about it because I've been wanting to do a full review later on. If you'd like to read a review on these lip butters, leave a comment below. I particularly like these because they are moisturising; I tend to stick to plain lip balms in the winter, so a type of lip balm with added colour is a must for me! Revlon do a whole range of different colours which I've been wanting to try out. Cotton Candy is a sheer baby pink colour. They would look a lot more natural if they didn't have as much shimmer but as they are very sheer and light, they are great to wear to school. If I'm doing a full make-up look, I love to pair this with a pink lipstick, to add a bit of shine so my lips aren't completely mattified (is that a word? I don't know.) The packaging is beautiful and handy too. It's very sleek and slim so it is easy to throw in your bag and the plastic surrounding the actual lip butter resembles the same colour as the product itself. It also has a nice 'quilted' detailing effect, which I love.


Last month, I did a little (by little I mean a lot) online shopping on the Elf website (HERE). They had an offer on: get 50% off your final order, as long as it was over a certain amount, I believe. I ended up spending thirty pounds and I bought sixty pounds worth of make-up! If you'd like to see an Elf haul, let me know. Anyway, I bought two of their Baked eyeshadows. You can buy them HERE for £3.75 each. At the moment, you can also buy a whole palette of Baked eyeshadows for £10 (HERE). I bought Bark and Toasted. Bark is a very deep brown whereas Toasted is quite a coppery colour - a colour which really suits and compliments my - blue - eye colour. There are four other Baked eyeshadows (Enchanted, Pixie, Burnt Plum and Dusk) so six in total. You get quite a lot of product so I do think they will both last for a while, especially considering how pigmented they are, you don't need a lot to go a long way. I don't wear these as an everyday combination, I tend to only wear them if I'm going out in the evening (like to dinner). I place Toasted all over my lid then work Bark into my crease, blending them both together. I always use any white eyeshadow in my inner corners and on my browbone, to highlight. Elf's Baked shadows are very shimmery, which may not be to everyones taste. It's possible to blend them out so much that they aren't so harsh. I don't always wear them together; sometimes I'll wear Toasted with a matte brown or I'll wear any matte, neutral eyeshadow and run Bark through my crease, to contour and define. I can see myself wearing them a lot in the future!


In the Winter, it is (in my opinion) mandatory to moisturise. The weather change always takes a toll on my skin, leaving it quite dry, so a good moisturiser is key! I'm a big fake tan..addict, you could say. Recently I haven't been using my usual fake tan - I've been pulled towards the Garnier Summerbody moisturising lotion. I used to use this a long time ago but never got round to repurchasing when I ran out. This stuff smells amazing! It has an extract of apricot in it. However, I've started to get sick of the smell as it tends to make my clothes, pyjamas and bedsheets stink of it. Unattractive, I know. It has a gradual, 'natural looking' build up of 'sun-kissed tan'. In other words, as I use it every night, I look orange. Great. Despite that, I really do like this product as it moisturises my body and gives me a sun-kissed glow. When I use my usual fake tan, I don't tend to moisturise before applying as I find my tan doesn't stick to my body. However, this is a two in one, so I don't have to worry! It doesn't seem to go too patchy either which I like. You can buy it from any shop that sells beauty items; I bought mine from Boots (HERE). The second skincare item I've been enjoying using is my Soap & Glory Hand Food hydrating hand cream. I was gifted this in a Soap & Glory set for my birthday, back in October, and I started using it straight away. It leaves my hands feeling so soft and I think I may be a little bit addicted to the smell. I stopped using it for a little while after a couple of weeks of trying it out and I noticed a huge difference with how dry my hands got again. I take this everywhere now!

Hair (take a shot every time I say 'hair')

I'm always looking for hair products that create texture in my hair and give me volume as my hair is very thick and I have a lot of it, so it gets weighed down which causes it to look very flat and dull. I have been loving my V05 Cherish My Colour full bodied spray. I have dyed hair, so when a product says it can stop my hair colour from fading as quickly, I almost fly to the till in excitement. Cherish My Colour also claims to enhance the shininess of my hair and add natural bounce and thickness. This product gives my hair quite a bit of volume and, since I've been using it, my hair has started to look a lot healthier and shinier! I only apply this when my hair is damp, after being towel-dried. I don't like using products on dry hair as so many things can make it look and feel greasy. I definitely recommend this product to anyone with long, flat hair.
The final product I'm going to talk about is my Toni & Guy casual sea salt texturising spray which I bought from Boots for £7.19 (you may have gathered that I love shopping in Boots). Again, anything to stop my hair from looking so flat! This is the perfect spray to create tousled waves but if I use too much, it gives the appearance of my hair looking extremely matted and not very well cared for, so you have to be very careful. I normally use this on second to third day hair because I like to wash it straight out that night otherwise my hair gets super knotty. The bottle is quite big and because I don't use it every day, or very often, it should hopefully last me a long time.

So, that concludes my November favourites! I really hope you enjoyed this post and I'd love to know what your favourites for this month have been.


  1. I am OBSESSED with the e.l.f baked shadows, they're soooo beautiful aren't they?! I love how silky smooth they are, and so pigmented too xx
    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. Very! It's amazing how cheap they are. Personally, I think they almost resemble high-end eyeshadows! They're so easy to blend too xx

  2. The bourjois blusher is such a nice colour!

    xo Mel
    Selfhelp | Inspiration | Positivity

  3. I love the mac foundations and really want to try the mineralized skinfinish it looks so pretty!

    xx Heather

  4. Great post. I love soap and glory products, they smell so devine!

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  7. Soap and Glory products are wonderful...the smell of them is intoxicating. And I really wish we had Bourjois in the states...that blush looks gorgeous.

  8. I have been using the garnier tanning lotion at the moment also! Although instead of a lotion it is a mist, its not really working as well as i hoped! But i will continue to use it! Great post!

  9. How similar are the ELF eye shadows to the MUA ones you can find in superdrug? The packaging is almost identical!

  10. You're still not back yet?! AHHH--- lol. Lovely picks. ;D

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