December favorites.

I’m usually not the type to buy different things every month as I’d rather stick to the products I love and buy only after thinking it through. Therefore it might be difficult for me to offer a list of favorites every month. But this is Christmas and I happen to have a few discoveries to share with you.

As it is winter, I must say my very first favorite is my Dermophil hands cream, indian fomule, which works absolutely great, especially on my very broken skin. You can buy it at Di in Belgium.

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Then comes this beauty that was on my december wishlist and that I finally got (I didn’t wait very long), the O.P.I Matte Top Coat that I already applied on my nude Essie “spin the bottle”. It looks perfect and I can’t even describe, I’ve been waiting for such a clean discreet look for so long. I will probably post a review very soon. You can buy it at Planet Parfum for 15€.

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This also comes from Planet Parfum and I also got it for Christmas, the Helena Rubinstein mascara Lash Queen Sexy Blacks. I’ve been loving this mascara for a few years already and I always seem to go back to it but it just costs too much (30€) so I kind of always wait for Christmas. Anyway, I’m going to start using it very soon but I might just use it on special occasions. After all, Miss Manga does the job very well too.

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Now comes my all-time favorite that happened to serve a lot in the christmas-blocus time. I use it all the time but in this period where I stay home a sometimes go out just for an hour or so, I like to skip foundation and go straight to the concealer. The Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer does a great job by himself (whit a touch of my Maybelline pressed powder to help). This product has a special place in my heart and on this list because I just found out Maybelline literally stopped making it (according to a seller from Di) which is like the dumbest decision ever. Anyway, I love this and I hope they make it again.

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On my favorite list also, two eyeshadows Phyto-Ombres Eclat from Sisley that I found in my mom’s huge collection of middly used make up. I don’t know when they were made. All that counts is that they work amazingly. One is called Quartz (a greyish purple that looks good on the outer lid, on the upper lid and on the whole moving lid too. It’s a nice shadow that still looks natural.

The second one is called Vanilla. It’s a clear beige color, clearer than femme-fi from M.A.C’s stroke of midnight warm palette. It’s very little shimmery. This color gives you a natural look and lights your eyes. I can use both of these colors to perform somewhat of a smokey eye that is hard to mess up. Of course, I discovered the price of those products (around 25€ a color) and I don’t think them again once it runs out. They’re used, but I think there is still enough for a while.

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This is all for now but I hope there will be more favorite lists in the following month. Oh and you’ll notice that all the pictures are taken with my very new Nikon D3200 which I love! I wish you a happy new year and don’t forget to mention your own December favorites in the comments.

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Girly gifts for less than five euros.

This year, a friend of mine decided that we should celebrate Christmas together, two weeks before the actual Christmas. And of course, we’re buying gifts for everyone. There will be eight of us, which means that I have to find seven gifts with a budget of five euros for each (it’s the rule). The first question is : how to find seven different gifts at only five euros? Well, it’s simply impossible, at least if you don’t want to buy useless stuff.

So do I offer seven identical gifts ? Or seven variants of the same gift ? First, I tried to find some in gadgets shops, as I call them. Those shops where you can find small original objects. But it’s impossible to find anything relevant for less than ten euros in there. I had two other ideas: underwear and beauty/wellness product.

It is probably possible to find panties at H&M for less than five euros but they’re not forcefully original or attractive. On etam.com, I successfully found panties in promotion for a little more than five euros. And finally, I paid a visit to Hunkermoller where you can find the promo : 5 panties for 23€. The only problem here is to not mess up with the sizes. A very good friend of mine had already had the idea of coming back from NY with a panty for each of us five. It’s also possible to by panties in different stores for more diversity.

What about the wellness & beauty products ? I went into three different shops : Lush, The Body Shop and Yves Rocher. In the first one, it’s possible to buy blocks of approximately 100 grams of soap for +- 5€ and the same for bath bombs. It’s convenient because they come in different colors, odors and shapes.

At The Body Shop, there were a few promotions, for example there were products that you could buy in three examples for the the price of two. It is possible to buy seven little body butter for 30€, seven shower gels for 15€ and seven body polish for 25€. You can vary the odors (even though there are not so much possibilities).

Finally, at Yves Rocher, there is a promotion on body products smelling cacao & oranger, red fruits and black fruits. You can buy a 200 ml body polish for only 4€, a 200 ml shower gel for only 2€, a 200 ml body milk for 4€ and a 75 ml hand cream for 2,50€. It is then possible to make different combinations and offer two products to each friend (even though the others are not so diverse).

Of course, I wonder if offering a pack of Yves Rocher or soaps to each of them is not very original but with only five euros, it’s a beautiful gesture that will not disappoint. Who doesn’t like red and black fruit odor, who does not like to wash herself with a great soap that you would never have bought yourself ? If you have any other small price ideas, don’t mind sharing. Good shopping to you all !

You can find the Yves Rocher promotion here, the Bath Bombs Lush here, and their soaps here.

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