November 2016 Favorites {Beauty + Fashion}

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November oh November, what a month you have been, with celebrating my birthday on the 4th and ending with a cheerful Thanksgiving. November has also been a time of reflection for me, as I use my birthday as an annual review of things I need to improve on in all aspects of my life. I think it's important to evaluate yourself from time to time, so you can continue to grow and evolve into a better & happier version of yourself. With new goals in mind, I have switched up my makeup regimen to improve my changing skin. I'm still going for a natural look, but incorporated more creamy products that I'm excited to share. The favorites for this month are beauty related (YAY), with a few other favorite's I've been loving this past month. I hope you give them a try and here they are:

MAC Liptensity Lipsticks: These lipsticks are a new love and they've been my go to for everyday. The Liptensity lipsticks are highly pigmented, giving you full color coverage upon first application. They provide a beautiful creamy gloss finish with comfortable wear and the color doesn't budge. For your lips but better, Doe is the perfect nude that makes your lips look full and lush. Charlotte Tilbury's Iconic Nude Lipliner or Mac's Lip Pencil in Stripdown make an amazing lip combo. I also picked up Smoked Almond, which is a warm medium nude. It's a very Fall & Wintery color, perfect for this time of the year. To see a more in depth review with swatches of the other lip shades, visit the Beauty Look Book here

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo: I've always been a blush girl and when I laid eyes on this gem, I knew I had to have it! I picked up the shade Kink & Kisses, which is a light pink/rose duo. What I love most about blush duo's is that you can control the intensity of the color, making it versatile to wear for any occasion. I like to apply this with a dense blush brush by swirling it in the pan, before patting it onto the apples of my cheeks. I've slowly been incorporating more of Marc Jacob's makeup line into my collection and this blush is among my favorites. 

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick: With cooler weather, comes drier skin days. I've been using nothing but hydrating products for the entire month of November and the Tom Ford stick foundation has helped my skin look flawless this month. I prefer cream foundations for it's natural finish and I really enjoy the emollient texture and lightweight feel it leaves on the skin. You can achieve sheer to full coverage with either a damp beauty blender or TF's foundation brush. Sable is my exact shade (medium with yellow undertones) and you get a whopping 15 grams of product. I will say... I am currently testing out Hourglass's Vanishing Foundation Stick and I'm finding that it is comparable to the TF foundation stick. TF is a bit more natural on the skin, but for a budget friendly option, the Hourglass stick is also worth checking out.  

Diorshow Maximizer 3D Plumping Lash Primer: I'm not an expert at wearing false lashes, but I wanted my lashes to look more voluminous and full. When I tried this lash primer by Dior, I was blown away! It has really helped my lashes to look fuller and longer, and it has a serum infused in the formula that promotes thicker and curled lashes. Paired with Benefit's "They're Real" Mascara, your lashes will look absolutely amazing. I can not recommend this enough!

Merona Utility Jacket from Target: Every year, I have two things on my agenda: get a stylish & durable jacket and a cute pair of boots. I'm so glad I found the perfect jacket and it has gone everywhere with me! From sporting events, to the park and more, this utility jacket from Target is the best! It comes in two colors, Moss Green and Brown (which I have both) and I love the drawstring detail that cinches you in at the waist.  I can see myself wearing this year after year and I know you'll love it too! 

Madewell Bandana's: These bandana's were just too cute to pass up! I picked up two colors (indigo and cabaret) and they amp up your look with the simplest of cotton tees and dresses. They're somewhat of a choker alternative and they even look lovely tied onto a tote bag. To see this in action with the Merona Utility Jacket, click here

H&M Fine-Knit Turtleneck in Beige Melange: Lightweight turtlenecks have been a hit this month because they're great layered under button down's and dresses. I've been rotating between a few turtlenecks, but this one from H&M has been my very favorite!  Mainly for it's amazing color in Beige Melange, it works so lovely as a neutral and the earthy golden beige tone of this top reminds me of Fall. It does come in 3 colors and it's a great basic to have moving into Winter. 

Threshold Chenille Throw from Target: Oh my goodness! This chenille throw is the comfiest blanket you will find for under $20. It's oh so plush, making it my favorite thing to cuddle up to, aside from my kiddos. I have taken this blanket from the sofa to my bedroom and back again. I can't seem to go without it and because of that, I'm going to purchase more! This soft throw makes a fantastic holiday gift, which is why I have it on my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide List!

Hart of Dixie on Netflix: Ok, so this has nothing to do with beauty or fashion, but I had to share this. I have watched this series a million and one times, but I've been watching it again this month and that's Hart of Dixie! It's a show that was once on the WB and it's witty, warm hearted, with the humorous bit of drama. I really enjoy watching it when I'm in a relaxing mood or when I'm working on handmade orders. The storyline revolves around a New York doctor named Zoey Hart who moves to Bluebell, Alabama to reconnect with her Father, whom she never knew. It turns out that he passed away and left the business to her. The episodes take you through her journey of trying to fit in with southern traditions. It's my favorite series of all time and I encourage you to check it out.  

What things have you been loving this past month? Please do share and I wish everyone a wonderful December month. Chat again soon!

Warmly ~

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