November Favourites

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Hello Gorgeous 
I hope you all had a good month, and are already starting to feel the Christmas atmosphere. I did not even realise when London started to look so magical once again, the lights are everywhere, the ice skating rings are filled with ice skaters and the window displays look wonderful. This month I have been focusing on skincare and body care as with the colder months, I noticed that my skin is more vulnerable to damaging effects of temperature differences. 



Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask 
When I discovered this mask in Selfridges, I was amazed by the beautiful smell of the Manuka honey. It was the main reason for my compulsive purchase (guilty as always). Having tried and tested this tube of wonder, I can honestly say that this has become one of my favourite masks. It is moisturising, cleansing and has antibacterial properties, so it is great for all skin types.

I found this mask to be very hydrating, and also purifying, clearing out any spots and blemishes. I used it 2-3 times a week, layering a thick layer over face and neck, and leaving it on for 20 minutes, then washed it off with warm water. The 'user' experience is great as it is not messy, smells divine and is easy to remove, leaving your skin feeling smooth and glowing. (Available here, £22) 

Melvita L'Or Bio Extraordinary Oil 
Recently, I was invited to a Melvita Press event and I received this Extraordinary Oil to try. As you all know, I am a fan of oils so this was a very exciting product for me to try. The Melvita Oil is 100% natural, made with 5 essential oils :

- Argan oil from Morocco (Skincare properties)
- Kendi oil from Indonesia & Inchi oil from Amazonia (Regenerating properties)
- Buriti oil from Brazil (Promotes healthy skin glow)
- Pracaxi oil from Amazonia (Improves hair shine & strength) 

You can use Melvita Oil for face, body and hair as it has great properties for skin as well as for hair. This month I've been loving this product, especially with the new, gorgeous packaging! I used it daily as it is very nourishing, so it is perfect for the winter season. After a couple of uses my skin was silky, smooth, and glowing. The oil is not heavy, so it gets absorbed quickly into the skin, meaning you can get dressed and go. It smells divine, as it is a mix of bergamot, basil, jasmine, cedar and rose. Definitely a must- have product! (Available here, £15)


This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up
Best. Primer. Ever. This is a must-try product for every beauty fan out there. I always thought that if you don't wear liquid foundation, there is no need for a primer, until I tried this one. I don't use a lot of make-up and I tend to stick to powder foundation as my skin is not problematic. I noticed that before I started using a primer, half way through the day my concealer and powder seemed to disappear and I had to reapply again. 

I started using this primer last summer when I got a sample, and since then I am obsessed with it, hence why I purchased a full size bottle. It is worth noting that it is a completely different primer to what you normally get, as it is a 3 in 1 product - primer, mask and moisturiser in one. It has a texture of a moisturiser, it is light and easy to apply. You only need a pea sized amount to cover your face, then let it sink in for few seconds and your skin is full prepped for makeup. When I applied my concealer, powder and bronzer, my skin looked perfect, and it seemed like I was actually wearing foundation. I described the effect as airbrush finish, as the primer gives your skin a boost, plumps it up and smooth out any imperfections. (Available here, £30)

L'Occitane Shea Light Comforting Cream 
It has been a long time since I reviewed L'Occitane, but as a loyal fan, I always end up in their stores, trying products and purchasing new items. I tried this product last year, and got another sample this year. I always seem to try it during the autumn and winter months, and it just fits in with the cosy evenings, candles and winter weather. 

The texture of this cream is very light, so it sinks into the skin almost immediately, hydrating your skin. Like the whole Shea range it has a comforting smell, so it is a cherry on top during my pamper evenings (Available here, £26). You can use it as a day or night cream, but for night I would recommend the more hydrating version  Shea Ultra Rich Comforting cream. (Available here, £28). 



Aveda Dry Remedy

During the colder months, my hair becomes very dry so I need to use a lot of hair oil to ensure it stays smooth and shiny. This month I chose Aveda Dry Remedy, as it is filled with the amazing BBuriti oil, which ensures that the hair stays moisturised, supple and shiny.

What I liked about this oil that it controlled frizz so my hair looked smooth throughout the day. 2-4 drops is enough and you should use it daily for best results. The oil has a herbal scent which is very relaxing  so I am sure you will want to use it in the mornings and evenings ;) (Available here, £20.50)


Ania's advice
1. Focus on skincare 
2. Use facemasks 1-2 a week 
3. Visit Winter Wonderland!

x
Ania 

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26 comments

  1. My goodness the review is bewildering. So many great ideas for holiday season. My fav is L'Occitan Cream.

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    1. Hi Nuca,

      Glad you like it! I love the L'Occitane cream, it is amazing! x Ania

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    2. I just wish their cosmetics were cheaper, but I guess quality costs.

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    3. I know what you mean, I must admit their products are very good though... x

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    4. No doubt about that! My fav is their hand cream. I just lost my, have to get a new one, especially since the winter is almost here and my hands are getting dry so easily.

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  2. Ania as always your reviews are very accurate and inspiring. At my age the main problem is the lack of water especially now when is cold. I love your blog.

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    1. Hi Magdalena,

      Thank you :) Hope you will like the products I recommended, they are perfect for the winter season! x Ania

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  3. Detailed and honest review. I'm new to the blog, but will definitely add it to my RSS.

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  4. How do you get invitations to so many great events like Melvita? It must be such a great life you have, trying out all of these cosmetics. So jealous. Keep writing, because I became addicted to Beauty Obsessed.

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    1. Hi Alex, the more you post and the more you build your blog then you will be invited to more events :) Haha I will do my best to keep writing and keep you interested :) x Ania

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    2. You are very welcome! x Ania

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  5. Great picks! I love the packaging of that Extraordinary Oil. :) It sounds like a wonderful product! x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Kay! I am glad you like my choices. It really is lovely, give it a try and let me know what you think! x Ania

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  6. Do you know if L'Occitan has any promotions right now? I want to buy that Shea Light Comforting Cream.

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    1. In the Uk they do since it is Black Friday, but better wait closer to Christmas as they have lovely sets! x Ania

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  7. The products you mentioned sound amazing! I especially want to try out the Camera Close-Up primer since you said it also had moisturizing properties and my face is on the drier side, especially with these colder months. I love the packaging for the Extraordinary Oil! It's properties remind me slightly of Argan Oil. Great products!

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. Hi Samantha,
      The Camera Close Up is such a great product, I think it is the best primer I ever had - give it a go and let me know what you think ;) I agree! the packaging is simply stunning! x Ania

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  8. Like the first photo :)
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    Maria V.

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  9. The Antipodes mask looks so good!

    Samantha | www.questforcalm.com

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Thanks for commenting x Ania