Blogmas Day 3: November Favorites

Hello guys and welcome to Blogmas Day 3! You know what this means, right? In three weeks it will be Christmas Eve! I feel like 2016 has just flown right by. I have about 2/3rds of my Christmas shopping done and we still have no snow. But there’s time enough for both before Christmas!

 

This one helped me get ready. Isn’t she cute?

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Evie is wearing: t-shirt from JCrew (sold out); Check Shirt: Zara; Leggings: Zara.

So, getting on with it then, I’ve decided to share some of the things I’ve been loving this past month. I’ve not done any clothes shopping for myself this November (well, other than on Black Friday. . .), so I’ll be focusing mostly on favorite beauty and hair products.

First off, is something I was super excited to find back in stock at Lush, Rose Jam shower gel! Last year–for some reason that escapes me–I walked out of Lush with just a sample of this. When I got home and tried it out, I was smitten by the scent. It reminds me of roses and raspberry, and is absolutely divine! I returned to Lush later that week, intending to pick up a bottle (or three), only to find it sold out. It also turned to be a seasonal item, and they weren’t sure it would be back for the next year. Needless to say, as soon as I learned it was back, I rushed over to Lush! This has to be my favorite scent Lush has ever created!

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After Lush, we stopped by The Body Shop, because I really wanted to try this Banana shampoo and conditioner. As the packaging says, they both contain banana puree and fair trade honey. Naturally, they smell quite sweet. I thought the scent was a bit strong when in the shower, but they left my hair subtly scented, which was much nicer. My hair tends to be dry at the ends because it’s quite long at the moment. These did seem to leave it more moisturized and shiny. They also worked great on Evie’s super-long hair!

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Next up are two more hair products I’ve been enjoying this past month, Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. I’ve had the Ojon hair mask lurking in the back of a drawer for a while now. After trying to find it online for this post, it seems to have been discontinued. You can still find it on Amazon, but the price has been marked way up. 😦

As I mentioned, the Ojon treatment is a hair mask. I like to apply it before I get into the bath and leave it on a good half-hour before washing and conditioning. When used weekly, it really makes a noticeable difference in the smoothness and overall manageability of my hair. I hope they bring it back!

The Nuxe dry oil was a new find. You can use this as a body, or even face oil, but I’ve been using it exclusively on my hair. I have thick, dry hair, which tends to be more frizzy than greasy. This oil is really light, however, and I think you could get away with it if you have thinner hair as well. I use it after styling, to add shine and tame stray bits. It’s quite affordable at under $20, and I feel this bottle will last forever, because you don’t need much!

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Next up is my new favorite eye makeup medium, cream shadows! None of these are brand new, but I’ve really started reaching for them over my powder palettes this past month.

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These are my favorite cream shadows: Silver: Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow in Galaxy (see it on in my Holiday Makeup post); Gold: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette; Purple Metallic: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Illusoire; and what I wore today, Rose Gold: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in New Moon. I love how blendable these are, and they leave my eyes with just a hint of glossy shimmer. I wear them with a lighter, powder eyeshadow on the browbone.

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This next item I’ve been loving is the new perfume from Charlotte Tilbury, Scent of a Dream. I was actually really lucky and won this in a giveaway, right when it came out! The scent is sweet, floral and musky, but not overpowering or cloying. This is how the notes are described on Charlotte Tilbury’s site: “Featuring a blend of JOY top notes including Lemon, Peach and Black Pepper, ‘FLEUROTIC’ heart notes of Jasmine, Frankincense, Tuberose and Violet, plus MAGIC MOLECULE base notes of Fire Tree, Iso E Super, Patchouli and Ambroxan.” I certainly get black pepper and frankincense. I can also discern the violet, but it’s not that strong. I have no idea whatsoever how fire tree, Iso E Super, or Ambroxan smell, so they could be noticeable as well! It is quite a warm scent, if that makes sense and I feel it’s perfect for this time of year!

Speaking of scents, I’ve really been loving Cinnamon & Clove Bud from Bath & Body Works at the moment. It’s such a lovely, wintry kitchen aroma, and the description is spot on! It has great throw without being overpowering. If you love sweet/spicy scents,  or are a fan of cinnamon, this one is for you!

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Last off is my favorite bag as of late, a Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM. I don’t know why I chose to shove it atop my messy vanity to photograph it, but here it is:

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This bag isn’t ideal for the rain we’ve been having, as it’s open at the top, but it is soooo easy to wear. It’s super lightweight and holds everything comfortably. I actually prefer totes to other sorts of bags. Likely because the large openings mean less searching around. I also really dislike carrying anything heavier than necessary (I prefer running to weightlifting)!

So there you have it, my November favorites! Let me know if you enjoyed this post, and I might continue it next month (which will be next year by the way!). I’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying this past month as well! (:

Untill tomorrow,

-Cate

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Mom of one, lawyer, and figure skater.

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