Monthly Must Haves are one of my favourite posts to write. Nearing the end of every month my roommate and I think about all the new products I’ve tried, or the things I have been using a lot lately, and pick out my favourites. She is usually better at remembering which products I have been using the most then I am. The other thing I love about monthly favourites is that it gives me a little bit of time to reflect on the actual month itself. The month of November was a crazy busy month for me. Despite the busy time, I still managed to give lots of new products a try! Let’s get into some of my favourites!
Vasanti Taj Mahal Silky Eye Shadow Duo ($22) – This duo has a metallic champagne rose colour paired with a luminous cream shade and they are absolutely stunning. I love wearing the champagne rose colour all over my lid and applying the cream shade to my inner corner and brow bone as a highlight. I usually add some depth to the crease by using my bronzer. The shadows are incredibly pigmented and super smooth. They have beautiful colour pay off as well. I also love how small and compact the duos are. It is the perfect size for someone who travels, or is on the go a lot.
La Roche Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara ($20) – I rarely test out new mascaras. I have my tried and true go-to products that I stick to for mascara. This month, I was having some issues with my eyes feeling irritated and I was trying to determine if it was related to my eye makeup. While testing out this theory, I swapped out my regular mascara for this one from La Roche Posay. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This mascara is designed to provide zero discomfort from application to when you remove it at the end of the day. It is paraben free and made for those with sensitive eyes, as well as safe for contact lens wearers. The product itself is enriched with ceramides, which will help strenghthen the lashes. I love when cosmetic products provide extra benefits, like stregthening my lashes. This product is really good at creating a lot of volume. The large brush catches each individual lash and helps to separate and provide fullness to the lashes.
Rodan + Fields Redefine Pore Minimizing Toner ($55) – This month, I did a thirty day challenge using Rodan + Fields products from their Redefine product line thanks to one of their consultants Devon – check out her page here. During the challenge I fell in love with the toner that is part of their Redefine line. My number one skin concern is pores. I am constantly up close in a magnifying mirror examining the appearance of my pores, or trying new products to improve or conceal my pore size. When I received my Rodan + Fields package, I was so excited to discover the toner that is specifically designed to minimize the appearance of pores. This toner is alcohol free. That alone is a huge win in my books. I often times, avoid toners because I don’t like the heavy smell of alcohol that is present. I have to say, this one smells fantastic! This product uses hydroxy acids to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores. This can enhance the benefits of the product you use afterwards because the exfoliating and pore clearing actions will allow the products you apply after to better penetrate the skin. I did notice while using this product that my moisturizers absorbed more quickly into the skin and the exfoliation from this product left my skin looking brighter.
Clean Sweep Makeup Brush Pad ($8) – This product is a life changer, I am not even being the slightest bit over dramatic. This is a dry brush cleaning tool you can use as a quick cleanse between colours. I use this specifically for my eye shadow brushes. You just swirl the brush on the textured pad and it removes all colour from the brush. It allows you to use the same brush for different colours without having to worry about ruining a shadow because there was still pigment on your brush from the previous shadow. I found mine for around $8 at Winners. Here is a link to a comparable product at Sephora, but I would recommend looking at other retailers for cheaper alternatives.
Those are a few of my favourites from the month of November. Did you have any new favourites this month? Please share them with me in a comment below!