Most of you probably already know by now that I'm not going to do a Christmas haul video or blog post. Jonathan and I agreed that we wouldn't blog about what we got for Christmas, just because we don't really feel comfortable doing that BUT that does not mean that we have anything against those of you who are doing it! In fact, I have watched a couple of Christmas haul videos and thoroughly enjoyed them! :) It's just not something I want to do personally. I hope you all understand.
So as a compromise, I decided to blog about my December Favourites and I included two of my Christmas presents in there...I realise that Christmas falls on the 25th of the month but I have been using these items ever since I got them so I think they qualify as monthly favourites, no? So here were my absolute favourite items and products from December 2010.
1. Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in 01 Nude Beige
This product really surprised me. I was skeptical at first, because I had never tried a Maybelline foundation or concealer from their Dream Mousse line. I started using this because my Bare Minerals concealer ran out and I couldn't justify buying a new one knowing that I had never used this Maybelline one and it was just sitting on my make-up stand unopened! This works really well for my skin type (oily) as it dries very quickly and lasts all day, it doesn't settle into any fine lines or crease throughout the day and it isn't cakey.
2. MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch
This isn't a new purchase but I felt I needed to mention it because it's kind of like a revisited favourite of mine. I absolutely love this eyeshadow but had almost forgotten about it! I've been wearing it almost everyday this month in the crease and on the outer corners of the lower lashline. It's a very pretty shimmery bronze/brown.
3. MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker in Point of View
This was a gift from a lovely subscriber of mine, Purrsuasive1. I wore this in a vlog and got so many compliments on it. Since then I've been wearing it a lot more and I love the simplicity of this product! It's a neutral, but shows up like a darker more intensified version of my natural lip colour. It's so easy to wear and just gives your make-up that extra "lift" without looking overdone.
4. Avon Hollywood Lights Lipgloss in Celebrity Pink
This was a Christmas present from my friend Rebecca from See You in Sweden. I love her and I love this gloss! It's the perfect shade of nude pink. It's so natural and I absolutely LOVE the packaging! Not only does it have a mirror but the inside of the tube lights up when you open it...perfect for an emergency lipgloss application in a "dark situation". Hahaha!
5. Sterling silver name necklace from MyNameNecklace.ie
I know people on YouTube tend to get a bit ratty when I mention things I've received for free in my monthly favourites...but to be honest, I think it would be weird if I didn't. Being that I only review things that I genuinely love and that work for me, I'm not going to just use them once and then throw them out! I often use/wear these items for a very long time and even repurchase them if needed. And I have been wearing my name necklace almost non-stop since I got it so I felt it had to be included in this post. You can read more information on it here.
6. BaByliss Travel Hairdryer
This was a Christmas present from my fiancé. I really needed this as my last one broke after 7 years of blow-drying...which is actually a pretty long life! Maybe it's due to the fact that hairdryer technology has improved considerably over the last few years but this new one is SO MUCH BETTER! I was amazed by how fast it dried my hair...hahaha I sound like an old person! But really, it was very quick. And I love that this comes with a travel bag and bendable bits so it's compact and easy to store places!
7. Purple wool scarf from Mat De Misaine
This was also a Christmas present, but from my mom! I have been wearing this almost non-stop since I received it...it is sooo cosy! Purple is generally a colour that I don't wear a lot of but I actually really like it and it looks great with black! Chunky knit scarves like these are so practical this time of year because they keep you warm but they're also very cute paired with simple outfits to add a pop of colour!
To watch my December Favourites video on YouTube, click here!