It’s time for my last Monthly Favorites (and Fails) post of 2015. You may have noticed that I didn’t do a Favorites post last month. I just didn’t have enough products to make up a post, so instead of forcing it, I figured that I would combine November and December. For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month. Fails are products that simply did not work out and I do not recommend, because it is just as important to know what products to avoid as it is to know which ones to get. So these are the products that I have been loving for the last two months.
My number one, can’t get enough of it, holy grail favorite for the month is definitely the Michael Todd True Organics Hydration Boost. I had been using the Hydration Boost, but had run out in October. I really noticed the difference in my skin without it, even though I was using the same moisturizer. I placed a Michael Todd order on Black Friday, and I am thrilled to have the Hydration Boost back. My skin feels so much more hydrated and healthy with it. Especially now that winter cold has set in and is trying to dry me out, the Hydration Boost is vital in my skin care regimen.
My next skincare type favorite is one that I only had a sample of, so this product photo is from Sephora. This is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. This stuff is amazing! I have chronically dry lips, and this lip treatment makes a huge difference. I am going to say right off the bat that this formula is not going to be for everyone. It is thick and waxy when you apply it, and I definitely had my doubts at first. Once it warms up on the lips, however, it melts into the skin and provides so much healing moisture that I am a little blown away. This isn’t a lip balm that you throw in your pocket. It is definitely an overnight lip treatment mask. The main ingredients are lanolin, agave nectar, and jojoba oil. A little does a long way, and even though the tube is only half an ounce, I am sure that it would last for several months of daily use. It is $26 on Sephora’s website, which is pretty hefty, but it just might be worth the splurge because it is wonderful.
Next up are the MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes. If you haven’t seen my review and swatches of these palettes, be sure to check it out. I have really been enjoying these MUA palettes. The shades are lovely, and they have been so much fun to play with. They are really nice for drugstore palettes. MUA is only available at CVS here in the States. There is a good chance that you can score these palettes on sale or with a coupon and I think that they are worth checking out.
Because the MUA palettes have no matte shades, I have been pairing them with the LORAC Love, Lust & Lace Matte Eye Shadow Palette. This was one of the $12 Black Friday palettes that Lorac sells through Ulta every year. I never got any of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes, but this one is the same idea. There are five matte neutral shades, and this is a great palette to mix in with other palettes that may be missing these essential shades. I know it is sold out on Ulta’s website, but may still be available at your local Ulta store. If so, pick it up.
I’ve been reaching for my Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose quite a bit. I reviewed two of these Rose Powder Blushes from Milani over the summer, in case you missed it. I love this shade. It is a muted, nude rose shade in a similar color family to Tarte Exposed. It is a very subtle color, but it looks gorgeous on the skin. The look is minimal and natural, but beautiful. And of course, I can’t mention this blush without talking about that beautiful embossed rose. Even though I have used the blush a lot since I got it, the rose is still going strong. It is a winner.
You may remember the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve that I was obsessed with last year. Well I busted it out again, and reminded myself why I loved it so much. It is such a beautiful shade, and it wears really well. It is sort of a plum toned rose-gold shade with beautiful shimmer that doesn’t look chunky or glittery. It gives me a lovely sheen and looks great. A little goes a really long way, so I’ll have this blush for a long time. You can see my review and swatches of both this blush and one of the bronzers here.
That does it for my favorites, now onto my Fails. Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results. So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product. It just means that it did not work for me. And these next two products definitely did not work for me.
I reviewed the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer, and I recommend that you read it because it isn’t necessarily a bad product. It just didn’t work for me. The packaging is frustrating, and there are definitely some issues in the formula, mostly that it does not contain SPF and it does have fragrance (though I did like the fresh scent). I thought that the formula was nice and hydrating and it felt good on the skin. The moisturizer broke me out, so ultimately I couldn’t use it, but I ended up giving it to a friend who liked it a lot.
The biggest dud that I have tried in a while has to be the Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit. If you read my review, you know that these shadows were terrible. There were a few decent shades, but overall the palettes lacked pigmentation and the formula varied wildly from shade to shade. While some of the shimmer shades were nice, other shades were hard and chalky. The blue toned palette was especially bad. I did like the green toned palette, but not enough to make the kit worth it. It was such a disappointment.
That’s it for my Favorites and Fails for November and December. I hope that you saw something that you liked. What were some of your favorite items for the month? Let me know in the comments below. I am so excited by all of the new items that are releasing for Spring 2016. I am trying to keep a tight reign on my spending because lord knows that I don’t need more makeup. But there are some really interesting products popping up in the drugstore, plus all of the spring collections from prestige brands. What new releases are you most excited for? Have you gotten anything new for Spring 2016 that you want to tell me about? Share with me in the comments.