Even though it is tempting I will not start this months favorites post by rambling away about how fast November flew by. I guess that’s how it feels every month. I have been loving November this year. Beautiful cold weather, some snow, a bit of traveling and a whole lot of new makeup have been put to the test.
I can just start by mentioning the obvious; I don’t have any lipsticks in my favorites. That is not because I didn’t find new lipsticks I absolutely love, because I did, It is just that I have been testing out so many different lipsticks (around 30 this month) and I don’t think I have worn anything for a significant amount of time for me to call it a favorite. But I must shortly mention that both Guerlain and Dior makes some fantastic liquid lipsticks!
Anyway, lets talk a bit about all the goodies I have been using a lot this month!
The Jacklyn Hill X Morphe palette is by far the most used palette this month. I took this with me traveling for one week so obviously that was the only palette I used at that point. It is a really great traveling palette since you get a shadow for almost any mood, so I didn’t miss anything while I was wearing only this palette. Besides I have been playing around with this palette to create different looks and I hope to have a post with a selection of different makeup looks using this palette in not to long as well as a full on review.
Overall, this is a very versatile palette with good quality shadow. Some cons here and there, but nothing major, and the overall impression of the palette is great. It is beautiful with a nice range of colors and easy to work with. A big hit!
The NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder was in my monthly makeup bag in November. I don’t know if you have seen those post but every month I make a post presenting the makeup I will be using as my everyday makeup to get ready for work. And this guy just won the highlighter game. I love the pink duo-chrome effect and it is so pretty both as a blush-topper and as a highlighter on its own. I am sad to put this back in the drawer for a while to be able to play around with other highlighters as well. I guess I just realized that pink duo-chrome cheekbones are my thing. I did not know that!
The Violet Voss Pro Highlighter palette has been another favorite but I used this more in the evening or during weekends (And yes, I may just apply makeup two times a day just because I enjoy it!). I started testing it out only because I wanted to prepare myself for a review of it, but I just continued to reach for it over and over again. It is so versatile, and the powders are as buttery as they get!
And this have been my favorite combo for my base makeup. I have been all about glowing lately, and I have been using two pumps of the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear mixed with one drop of Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter in the shade Luminous Gold every day. The foundation gives good coverage and great staying-power while the Liquid Highlighter giver just the glow I want! The Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters are actually no less than great, and I did do a comparison between one of them and the Cover FX custom enhancer drops a while back and you can read it here if you want to know more about how they compare.
If you have been paying attention to the product lists in my makeuplook posts you have seen these two products in the list over and over again. The Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Liner in ultra black is very very black. It is so smooth and creamy and glides on effortlessly. And it is super pigmented! Since it is such a creamy product this work better for those sultry smudged out looks. It does transfer a bit if I use it for tight-lining so I found it better to use it if I want both my upper and lower lash line to be black. Whenever I want the full on dark sultry look this is a go-to!
The Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama gel eyeliner 24h (phew! what a name) has also been by go-to gel liner since I bought it in October. It is creamy and easy to apply and very pigmented. Best thing is that it does not budge so I can also create a bold wing without worrying about it smudging, and I can use the product to tight-line without getting any transfer to my lower lash line throughout the day. Best thing is that it is very affordable, and who doesn’t like a cheap product that works amazingly?
This month I also feature a skincare item. I am a total skincare junkie and I think it is so so important to take proper care of your skin, so I follow a pretty vigorous skincare routine every morning and evening in addition to pampering my skin with scrubs and masks on a very regular basic. So it is always fun to find a product I really love, and this 100 % plant-derived squalene face oil from The Ordinary is such a great moisturizing oil. I use it as a step in my skincare routine just before I apply my nighttime moisturizer so get some extra moisture. This is also the product I slap on my skin after a sauna or a shower just to soak it in some moisture. I also use it before applying makeup if my skin is a bit dull. Highly recommend this if you are looking for a good but affordable facial oil.
I have a few Morphe brushes and I have to say the quality is very inconsistent. Some of them are good, meaning they work and do their job but they are not exceptionally soft or easy to work with. Some of them I found to be not good at all, like their cheapest brushes I find to be a bit stiff and to fall apart quickly. This brush though is a part of their Deluxe series and I was surprised about how soft it is. It is HUGE so it distributes powder with an even wash of product. I like this especially for applying loose setting powder. The bristles are so soft, and quite dense so you don’t get that typical “powder-face” so easily because it buffs the skin a bit while applying powder. I like this so much that I actually trashed my MAC 150 large powder brush because I just found that to be too rough on the skin after getting used to this Morphe brush.
I do have even more products that I have been loving this month, but some of them I found a bit late or have only just started testing out, so it was a little bit premature to put them in my November favorites, but I can already tell that I will have a lot of good stuff to talk about in my December favorites post!
Did you try any of these products yourself? Leave a comment on your thoughts about them!