7 Things I’ve Been Loving (November 2012)

November has passed, so it’s time for my favorites from the month already. Cannot believe how fast this month has gone, and cannot believe it’s December first today! It means that I only have 3 weeks left, or to be precise 21 days in Paris. Though I’m having a blast here, I’m ready for my next step in my life, which is where ever my internship will take me ;-).

This month I’ve totally integrated my new French pharmacy buys in my skincare routine, and have to say my skin has been looking better than ever! Even got compliments from my mum, and aunt… while Skyping. So yes, these bits have been amazing to me, and cannot say anything bad about them.

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector (not in shot) | €75 – €130

It’s a serum that claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pores, and imperfections (uneven skintone). It’s been on the market for a while now, and has received many raves on the blogging/Youtube world. Though I have put off trying this serum out ever since it’s been out, I gave the serum a shot at the beginning of the month. I still had a deluxe sample laying at home, and decided to try it for a while, and see what I thought about it. But wow, I can really say it does work, and I don’t say that very fast for anti-pigmentation serums. I’ve tried a fair share of “brightening” serums etc, and I’ve only found this one, and the Kiehl’s Color Correcting Serum to work for me. Little goes a long, long way, and I’ve tried this exactly a month now. Some pigmentation have gotten lighter, and some even almost disappeared! I’m not very sure whether my pores have been minimized, but I’ll keep you posted on that.

Melvita Rose Floral Water | €16.90

This has been on my “to try” list for a while (with while, I mean years), and have never gotten to try it. As it’s almost impossible to find in the Netherlands, and always sold out in the pharmacy. And I can get why. I was lucky that last time I was able to snap up a bottle (unfortunately, when I got there today it was sold out again…)! As I said in the beginning, my skin has been so clear, and well this month, and I’m sure it’s also because of this. It’s organic rosewater, and smells like roses – duh. I definitely will repurchase this, and am saying sayonara to my Caudalie Beauty Elixer as toner. It is a staple for my on-the-go make up bag for refreshing purposes, but I just feel that rosewater is doing many good things for my skin at the moment.

Chanel Joues Contraste ’72 Rose Initiale’ | €37.50

When I saw Lisa Eldrige’s make up look for Keira Knightley, I absolutely adored the blusher used on her, and was dedicated to get it in duty-free.  It is very buidable, and gives the healthiest rosy glow to my face. It’s not the most pigmented, but that is alright, as you can build it up slowly, and doesn’t give you a heavy make up look. It also has a slight rose scent to it, which disappears once applied on the skin. It’s a rosy blush mixed with some peach, and flattering for most skintones. There is a slight shimmer in the blush, which is great for sporting the no-make up look.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask | €37.70

I’ve used this mask 4 times now, and can say I really like it. Though I don’t see major improvements, once removed my skin does look brighter, and smoother in a way. It doesn’t irritate my skin, nor breaks me out, which is always the factor I’m most scared of.

Dior Addict Extreme ‘Chérie Bow’ | €31.20

I picked this up at duty-free as well, and cannot be more happy with this impulse buy! I’ve gotten many compliments from my female friends about how gorgeous it looks on me, and how natural it is. Basically it’s a very easy wearable “nude” tone. I first wanted to get ‘Incognito’, but that was too brown toned, so I looked very sick. ‘Chérie Bow’ has a slight pink hue to it, which makes it so easily wearable.

Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer ’20’ | €32

Eh… I kind of feel awkward to say, but yes. Yet again another duty-free purchase, this one from CDG in Paris though! Have been using this one literally everyday. I tried using this as undereye concealer, but though it’s alright, I love using my Laura Mercier Undercoverpot for this matter more. I think it depends on what shade you get, as I got the one that matches my skintone more (yellow) it’s not as useful for the undereye area. I guess the pink one would do a great job neutralizing the grey/blue tones. It’s great for blemishes, redness, or minor imperfections. I would say the finish is rather matte/velvety if that makes sense. Great when opting for a natural look, as the concealer doesn’t cake.

MUJI Blotting Papers | €4 (approx.)

I have these for a while now, and have only really used them a lot this month, as I finished my old pack of blotting papers. I didn’t expect anything of these, but they have impressed me quite well. It takes the shine away without dragging or removing my make up. 

What products have you been loving lately?