Lifestyle

December Favourites

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I write sporadically about my favourite things and I think this has to change, starting now.

Beauty:

I don’t experiment with lip colours as often as I did in the past when I collected Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stains – now I stick to what suits me. Lip liner is something I don’t turn up to anything without, and as a creature of habit, I’ve been using Essence lip liner in In the Nude. As my lips are naturally quite full and pigmented, this one adds great definition and a teeny bit of colour without being too pink. I religiously line my lips with this pencil and swipe on a nourishing Lip Fondue to finish off any make up look.

I usually go for a powder blush, but recently I’ve gone back to Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Tansoleil. And I’ve fallen back in love! It’s very underrated. It has no shimmer in it whatsoever and blends seamlessly for a natural flush of colour on fair skin. Although I love shimmery cheeks, I find that the strong pigmentation of my MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen makes it easier to go overboard, so it’s slightly harder to work with. In the time it takes to tap off the excess and build sheer layers of shimmery colour, I can blend Tansoleil with a flat face brush and even dust some MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscape over the top for a dreamy glow. After that, it’s hard to tell I have blush on!

For a few months, my hands have been treated to the Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm. I like it mostly for its distinct, intoxicating scent but it also does what it says on the tin. Reverence is rich but lightweight, so it’s great for everyday use. If you’re after a more nourishing treatment, go for L’Occitane or Crabtree and Evelyn hand creams.

On the nails, I’ve been alternating between Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine 203 Lose Your Lingerie and Essie Ballet Slippers. The Rimmel is a creamy, cool pink. The Essie is a sheer pink that’s almost white and has a winning formula – it’s not bubbly when it dries, it’s not thick, and it stays on for ages.

I’m not ashamed to say that I enjoy a good men’s shampoo. So far, I’ve tried Clear and Sunsilk, and they just clean hair really well. There’s yet to be a women’s shampoo that is my holy grail. Well after the Sunsilk ran out, I decided to try L’Oreal EverStrong shampoo and conditioner. They smell like fresh herbs because of the rosemary oil and I love that. The shampoo is a bit of a disappointment as my hair feels like it needs another wash the next day. However, the conditioner makes my hair feel silky smooth and I would repurchase it.

Lifestyle:

Some nights before bed, I spray my pillow with Perfect Potion Jet Setter Aromatic Mist to help me unwind. I love the smell of essential oils and the lemon, geranium and peppermint oils in this bottle send me to a happy place. Smell this stuff and you’ll understand how it does that!

No favourites will be complete without some teas. I spotted Higher Living Rooibos Chocolate in the aisle at Coles one day and thought it had to go home with me. I thought it would taste like a chai tea, but it was very different to anything I would normally drink. I’ve been loving this in the afternoon without milk for a pick-me-up. Not too chocolatey, just delicious, red goodness!

Since earl grey is one of my favourite teas ever, I recently added a cute tin of Wedgwood loose leaf tea to the mix. I like that it’s got a more subtle flavour than Twinings and Whittard tea bags so it’s a fantastic brew for morning tea.

Lauren

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