December Favourites!

December Favourites | Maddie's Beauty Spot

My December Favourites are a little late this month, December is one of those months that just gets away from you entirely! Between hosting guests, family visiting, wrapping up work for the year and Christmas – it just doesn’t feel like you’ve got enough hours in the week a lot of the time!

My favourites this month are quite a lot of new faces to the drawer! I also received a new lens for Christmas, the Canon 50mm 1.8 which I just adore and helps me to take beautiful pictures for this blog.

My first favourite this month is my trusty Tartelette In Bloom palette which I’m sorry, but I literally feature this almost every month these days – I just love it that much! With a great sized mirror, sturdy packaging and a great array of colours, it’s hard to beat as my favourite palette these days.

A new favourite this month and one I’ve wanted to own since trying it in February are the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent Strobe Light. I received this in a deluxe size in the Sephora Glow For It set which I won from Sunday Luxe! I always feel so wasteful with full-size highlighters so this gets the tick of approval from me. It has a beautiful sheen on the cheeks and doesn’t look full on, which some of my other highlighters do. The pinky tones also compliment my neutral skin tone. If you’re looking for a highlighter suited for work/every day – this is your guy!

I picked up Stila’s Kitten Eyeshadow after a recent Mecca makeup application artist used it on me as a highlight. I had previously owned this shade in the Stila Spirit palette, but sold the palette after the only shade I used was Kitten. It’s so great owning Kitten as it’s just so versatile! Kitten can be used as a highlight or eyeshadow, and I frequently pop this on as my only eyeshadow on days when I just can’t be bothered.

Avene’s Micellar Water is another newbie to my collection, since receiving it in my Summer Marie Claire The Parcel and I’ve been loving it! You know I am passionate about my micellar waters as I recently reviewed a whole bunch a few months ago here. Avene’s offering to the market is gentle, doesn’t have an obnoxious scent and has fantastic packing in the form of a pop-up lid that you can open with one hand and pour the contents out as required. Other brands take note! This micellar water is fairly pricey at $32 from Priceline, but with a Skincare sale coming up at Priceline, I reckon it would be a good one to add to your lists!

I have a few of Benefit’s Porefessional mini’s and I’ve been enjoying using them up on my nose area and my chin where I have a lot of large pores and my foundation has a lot of trouble sticking. I usually get these in gift sets and they actually work the way I wanted Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless to work! I don’t know if I’ll repurchase it yet when I run out of my sample sizes.

Too Faced’s Lady Balls is another one I received in a set from my prize from Sunday Luxe and I love the new Melted formula! It applies with a doe foot applicator and dries matte which is different to the regular Melted formula. It doesn’t have the greatest lasting power through a meal, but it did only rub off in the middle of my lips which wasn’t too bad.

Are any of these your favourites? 

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  • I’m dying for the Tartelette In Bloom!

    xx Vanessa

  • Drooling over that Hourglass highlighter. ahhh.

    Sara |

  • I’ve heard such great things about miceller water! I need to try that one out. Also the packaging on that Tarte pallette is so pretty! Looks like I’ll have to check that one out as well, haha.

  • Charlotte

    Is it possible to have the same product in every monthly favourites because if it was I’d choose the porefessional, it’s my holy grail! That strobe powder is so pretty though!
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

  • Yessss, so true! December is one of those months that really gets you!

    Love the Tartlette in Bloom palette! Was going to get that for my friend’s birthday but I couldn’t be bothered going to Sephora, ahahaha.

    Jessica || Of Purity and Simplicity

  • Stacey White

    I really want that taste palette! its seriously so beautiful, i can’t get over it!
    I’ve become very fond of hourglass products recently as well so may need to try that!

    Stacey x

  • Yeah I agree about the Too Faced Melted Matte! Feels so comfortable and applies well but doesn’t stay the longest! Man, I’ve wanted Kitten for the longest time – it’s such a cult shade! I think at this point I already have a few other similar shades haha, but it is really pretty!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  • I love your new layout Maddie, the site is looking gorge! Great faves! The Tarte In Bloom Palette was definitely a standout for me in 2016 and I just love it as well. I also have the Stila Kitten eyeshadow single and use it as a highlight or sometimes just for my inner corners and I really love it. Great favourites!!!

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

    • Thanks Sarah! Still a few kinks to iron out, and I want to update a bunch of photos but I’m pretty happy with my new theme from Pipdig!

      Kitten is the best! I’ve been wearing it almost every day this month on its own.