Beauty Haul #6, the Winter Edition - December

by - Sunday, December 27, 2015

December is usually a month I tend to spend loads of money on buying presents for friends and family and put my own consumer needs on the side, but it's also the time I receive gifts or maybe shop a bit when sale begins. This year I forced myself to keep it to the smaller but lusher side of things and I'm very glad I did!

Let's start with the two items I bought out of necessity since I ran out on both my lovely Embryolisse micellar water and previous Batiste dry shampoo. 

I ended up with a Bioderma micellar water after visiting my local Boots - who are now carrying Embryolisse by the way - but were still waiting for a delivery on that specific product. I've read many blogs and watched many Youtube videos where people rave about the Sensibio line but I opted for the Sebium one as it's targeting oily skin and so far I'm happy with my purchase. 

I have to admit I hadn't a clue Batiste had added new lines to the existing ones, but apparently they have and I've been missing out. I picked up the Dry Shampoo PLUS for show stopping heavenly volume in the hopes of adding a little bit of that ooomph on my roots. Boy, does it deliver! Even my extremely heavy, very weighted straight hair look less oily and more puffy on the second day. I definitely recommend it! 

For the last couple of months I've been feeling a bit bored with the perfumes I've been wearing. I have my two favourite ones for special occasions and nights out and the like but my everyday ones were quickly becoming stale and uninspiring. After a trip to the Bodyshop and becoming reacquainted with their Red Musk perfume, I knew I had to get my hands on one, but why get only the perfume when for a few pounds extra you can have the gift set? It just had to happen and it's not the first time I went in a store looking for someone else's present and ending up with a little bit of something for myself. 

The reason I instantly fell in love with Red Musk is because it's the first in the line of Bodyshop Musk perfumes that has no flowers in it, only spicy musk, cinnamon and tobacco. It's right up my street.

But what about the few days I felt a bit more girly (I swear, that doesn't happen much)? That need was covered with the Organic Vanilla perfume from Yves Rocher, a very sweet and natural scent that is not overpowering at all but stays on for hours. I actually had people asking me if I could smell cake when they were close to me, which I have to admit made me laugh. Such a good pick, I know I'll be wearing it quite a lot on an everyday basis.

The last two of the haul guests this month have been the ones I've been most enthusiastic about. I know everyone and their grandparents cousin's wife knows of Laura Mercier and some of her amazing products, but the one I've been eyeing for a long time now was the Secret Camouflage concealer palette in the shade SC2. I used to have acne when I was a teen and I still have hormonal breakouts during those days of the month that I was finding impossible to cover with the products I had. A good investment to a great product had to be made, so now this baby is safely tucked away in my makeup drawer. Haven't had the chance to use it for it was bought for yet, do keep an eye for a review soon!

Have you heard of the beauty brand Cargo before? No? Take a trip to your local Debenhams and look out for their booth. With a big variety in colours and products, there's no chance you won't find something you like. I happened to stumble upon this gorgeous eyeshadow palette called Northern Lights, last year's festive addition and also on sale. Not only are the colours stunning, the pigmentation out of this world and blending is a piece of cake but also it makes me want to book a holiday to Sweden as soon as possible and go see the northern lights myself!

With 2016 round the corner fast approaching I want to wish to you all Happy New Year and share a wish Neil Gaiman wrote.

"Be kind to yourself in the year ahead.
Remember to forgive yourself, and to forgive others. It's too easy to be outraged these days, so much harder to change things, to reach out, to understand.
Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin.
Meet new people and talk to them. Make new things and show them to people who might enjoy them.
Hug too much. Smile too much. And, when you can, love."

Until next time,

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