November Favourites

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Hello everybody! As it we are now in the first official week of December, I've got a November favourites post for you all today.

The very first thing that I've been loving this month, which is a very new addition to my beauty product collection, is the L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Shampoo. I've been loving this shampoo. In the winter time, my scalp gets very dried out, which gets only worse with product use. I've been on the hunt lately for scalp-friendly shampoos and came across this in the shop the other day. The idea here is that this shampoo deep-cleanses your roots so that your scalp doesn't get oily which as a result stops you from overwashing which dries out your hair. I did find that this shampoo kept its promises for me and my scalp definitely felt cleaner post-use than it did after using other shampoos. I'd also like to mention that this is the first shampoo that left my hair tangle-free post-wash, which I love.

I recently picked up the Essie "With the Band" Nail Polish at my local drugstore. I love a classic red nail but I wanted something that strayed a bit from the typical bright red shade I use. Which is exactly what "With the Band" is. It's hard for me to describe the shade exactly so I looked at the site and they describe it as a toasted spice burgundy, which I believe is the best description of it. I love this colour so so much. It's beautiful and personally, I think it compliments my skin tone nicely. The one thing I will say, which I find with all Essie nail polishes, is that it requires a top coat in order to keep it from chipping off. It does chip quite easily, so you'd need to be cautious of that.

The next item is one I mentioned in a Friday Thoughts post awhile back: the e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in "Rose Gold". I was kinda skeptical at first at how well this product would work but I was genuinely so amazed. It feels very strange to apply, as it's essentially a lip gloss tube and applicator that you put on your eyes.... But the result is lovely. It's a very shimmery, beautiful pinky shade. I find it looks particularly nice as a final touch to a pink/berry eye look. I look forward to experimenting more with this bad boy and seeing what other looks I can create with it.

It's kind of odd that I haven't mentioned this product already before, as I've been using it for a couple months now and I've even had to repurchase it already. It's the Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer. I've had a few bad experiences with cakey concealers prior to this one (I'm shuddering just thinking about them haha) so when I came across this one and tried it out, I was so relieved. It does an incredible job of hiding undereye circles, as well as masking the horrid acne scarring I've been trying to hide for a while now. It's very easy to blend and it doesn't come off looking very pale or cakey.

I know I've already mentioned this product in a post this month and I'm sure I'll mention it again after this, but I just had to include the Lush Sleepy Lotion in my favourites post. I know this is known to be a hit-or-miss product, but it was a definite hit for me. I have horrible re-occurring insomnia, especially lately - I'm talking staying up until three, four, even five o'clock in the morning because I can't sleep. I've tried a bunch of different things including Melatonin, different pillows, darker room, reading before bed, etc. Some have worked better than others, but this lotion has made a major improvement to the dilemma. On top of its magical sleep-inducing qualities, it has a lovely yet subtle scent and it is very hydrating on the skin which is an added bonus especially for the winter months upon us.

Another product I've mentioned recently that was worth re-mentioning is the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Room Spray. As you may or may not know, I do suffer from anxiety and that majorly impacts a lot of areas of my life but specifically my sleeping patterns. I've found that spritzing this spray in my room, above my bed where I'll definitely catch a whiff of it, has really helped my anxiety lately. It calms me down enough that I can actually have a chance at falling asleep (this is the part where the Sleepy lotion takes over!). At first, I was a bit iffy on the eucalyptus and spearmint scent, but I've actually come to really like it. I also have a candle of the same brand and scent that I love just as much as this spray.

Steering away from beauty-related favourites, the last thing I've been loving this month is the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack. 500 Days of Summer has one of my favourite soundtracks of all time. It has songs by Hall and Oates, The Smiths, Simon and Garfunkel.... all some of my favourite bands. There's not one song on the soundtrack that I don't enjoy. I've been listening to it often this month and I've been loving it so much that I actually purchased it on vinyl this week! I cannot wait to receive the record in the mail :) My favourite song off the album has probably got to be "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths because it's one of my all-time favourite songs.

What have you guys been loving this month?

Felicia x

Treat Yo' Self

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Hello everybody and welcome back! As you may have noticed, I have been MIA all week. I'm so sorry for my absence, I've been fighting off a cold all week and with that plus everyday life plus planning for our Christmas party tonight... I didn't have much time - or energy, for that matter - to post on my regular schedule. But I'm back, and I've got a special pampering post for you all today! Doesn't everyone love a good night in? I know I do. There's nothing better to prepare you for a week, or to relax you after a stressful one, than a rejuvenating evening of doing nothing but unwinding and overindulging. If you're looking to plan a pampering evening of your own sometime soon, here are some of my favourite things to do to inspire you!

A CUP OF HOT COCOA

First and foremost, I always love indulging in a cup of steaming hot cocoa whenever I need a little pick-me-up. Recently I have been loving Coffee Crisp-flavoured hot cocoa, which is absolutely to die for. I usually make my hot cocoa with milk and mini marshmallows on top, and I always put it in a super cute mug.

HAVE A SOAK IN A BATH

I used to be super opposed to the idea of bathing. I was pretty vocal about my dislike until I discovered Lush bath bombs. Now I've started having baths, I'll never look back. Though I do still prefer showering over bathing, I do enjoy a bath every now and then for a pampering evening. Bath bombs are so lovely. I love watching them melt and spin in the water, turning the colour pretty colours. The scent is phenomenal. And they make my skin feel ever-so-soft. Ones I love are Sex Bomb, Twilightand Butterball

FACE MASK

Once I've hopped out of the bath and put on a pair of comfy pyjamas, I immediately wash my face. It makes me feel so clean and refreshed. Once I've washed my face, I love to put a face mask on. My favourite face mask of all time is the L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Cleansing MaskIt makes my skin glow, honestly. I love how my skin feels and looks afterwards. Long-term, I have noticed major improvements after using this mask and so it is perfect for my pampering evening.

PAINTING MY NAILS

I think we can all agree that no girly pampering evening is complete without painting your nails - am I right?? I love painting my nails. Looking down and seeing freshly painted nails, as opposed to crap chipped nail polish, is soo lovely. I feel more put together when I've got my nails done. My favourite nail polishes at the moment are the Essie "With the Band"and"Comfy in Cashmere"

PLOPPING DOWN IN FRONT OF A FILM

Netflix is my BFF on my pampering evenings. If you know anything about me, you'll know that there's not much I love more than cuddling beneath a thick blanket with my favourite film on the tv. So, obviously, this is a huge component of what I consider to be a chill night in. Some of my favourite films to watch on these kinda nights are Notting Hill, My Best Friend's Wedding, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Mamma Mia. 

LUSH "SLEEPY" LOTION

The very last step of my pampering evening, when it's time to head to bed, is to apply the Lush Sleepy Lotion, my new favourite body lotion. I talked about this lotion in my Bedside Essentials post a little bit. Safe to say, it's one of my holy grail products. After a night of spoiling myself, I'm ready for a great night's sleep - and this lotion definitely helps with that. Once I'm all lathered up, I wrap myself up in my big comforter and drift off to sleep.. zzzzz....

What do you do on a pamper night-in?

Felicia x