Things I love: December

Monday, 5 January 2015

December beauty favourites

Welcome to the first blog post of 2015 here on - Of course we're kicking things off with none other than a good ol' beauty chat. For the past couple of days my brain and I have been very busy coming up with lots of new ideas. I've been on a roll with my ideas for some new series' but one of the things that had been bothering me for a while was the 'monthly favourites posts'. I don't really like doing them every month because a lot of the time most of the products are the same or I've already spoken about them in a 'product of the week' post but at the same time, I like to update you on what I'm loving at the moment. I guess you could say we have a bit of a love-hate relationship.

So I've decided to scrap monthly favourites (not that I was ever consistent with those) and bring in a new little thing called 'things I love'. It's just like monthly favourites except I'll probably only do them every 2/3 months and I never really liked the term 'monthly favourites' so I've made a little name change. Out with the old and in with the new, as they say!

Origins ginzing & L'occitane hand cream

Now that my first ramble of the year is out of the way, let's get started with what you all came here for...... Bring on the beauty stuff!

First up is an oldie but certainly a goodie - Origins Ginzing moisturiser. I've spoken about this a couple of times on my blog and you can read my full review here but if I had to sum up how amazing it is in just a few words here's what I'd say; Moisturises skin like no other without leaving a greasy residue, makes my skin look brighter and smells like jaffa cakes. One word - Amazing! And as you can see this tub is empty so I desperately need to stock up. Would ordering five tubs be a bit excessive? Me thinks not!

The next favourite is an old-school favourite but one I haven't mentioned on my blog yet. I was shopping my stash and I re-kindled my love for the L'occitane Pivoine Flora hand cream. It has a strong floral scent which won't be to everyone's liking but the formula itself is lightweight, absorbs easily and doesn't leave a greasy residue behind. I've been using their hand creams since I was twelve and I still love them to this day!

Origins mascara & L'oreal mono eyeshadows
Maybelline colour sensational glosses

The first of the makeup favourites is this Origins Ginzing Mascara (blog post here). The results this mascara gives is fantastic! It grabs every single lash, separates, lengthens and lifts them giving them fabulous definition. It's a great everyday mascara as it gives a nice natural look.

I've been putting off showing you my L'oreal Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadow in '204 Golden Nude' as I'm quite embarrassed by the fact that it's cracked - Ah well, I guess that just shows you how much I use  it ;-). This is probably the best pharmacy eyeshadow I've ever used. It's a shimmery gold nude that has a very creamy formula and is so easy to blend. I love wearing it on it's own all over the lid - It's so quick and effortless to apply but the end result makes it look like I've put a lot more effort into my eye-makeup than I actually have. If you're a nude eyeshadow lover like myself then you'll love this range as they have a huge range of beautiful nude shades to choose from. Next on my list is 106 Breaking Nude and 201 Cafe Saint Germain!

Another makeup favourite comes from Maybelline in the form of their Colour Sensational Shine Gloss in 'Cashmere Rose'. The formula is to die for - we're talkin' creamy, glides on so smoothly and is not sticky in the slightest. This shade is a beautiful light peachy pink and is such a lovely subtle lip gloss perfect for everyday wear. Oh and not forgetting how nice it smells too - It kind of reminds of bubblegum flavoured chewing gum. I'm so impressed with this lip gloss that I'd even put it into my top 5 lip products ever.

What products have you been loving recently?

Cliona xx


  1. Ohhh really fancy trying the Origins Moisturiser! Looks Fab xxx

    1. It's amazing!! I don't know what I did before it came into my life ;-) xx

  2. I really didn't like the ginzing, I am using it but its just not that 'wow' apart from the heavenly chocolate orange scent. I just found it was very greasy :(
    Thanks for leaving me your link tonight from the chat :)

    Megan xx

    1. Ah no way, that's a pity :-( I'm in love with it! It's the only moisturiser that suits my skin. Thanks a mil for stopping by! It was great chatting to you in the #bbloggers chat xx


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