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December 2014 Beauty Favorites

It’s time for the first round of monthly beauty favorites of 2015!

I’m considering still doing a best of beauty 2014 post, but for now, I’m focusing on the few items that got me through the crazy month of December.

Between moving, lots of traveling and the holidays, I solely relied on these few items to keep my hair, skin and makeup in good shape.

Suave Natural Infusion Moisturizing Light Oil Spray // Since my hair tends to get oily, I always have stayed away from oil sprays; however, when Real Simple Magazine recommended this product in one of their recent issues, I took the plunge. I simply spray a few pumps onto my damp hair, roll my hair up in a towel while I’m getting ready, and then I blow dry. I’m left with shiny, silky strands. It also smells like heaven. 

ChapStick Hydration Lock // Another recommendation from Real Simple Magazine, I love this lip balm because the yellow side has an SPF for daytime, and the blue side is to moisturize your lips before bed. I’ve mostly been using this at nighttime, and I wake up with a smooth, hydrated pout.

Flirt! Peek-a-Blush Sheer Powder Cheek Color in Caramel Belle // Since this cosmetic line is sold exclusively at Kohl’s, I don’t think it gets the recognition that it quite often deserves! Flirt! is owned and produced by Estee Lauder, so the products are the same high-end quality but for a lower price point. I’ve been loving this particular color to help warm up my face a bit in the cold – it’s a brownish, pink shade with just a slight hint of shimmer. 

LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight // I would consider this to be the perfect, most universally-flattering shade of highlight for any woman. It’s subtle but packs a strong punch of sheen to give the skin an almost angelic glow. I wore this to every holiday event that Ryan and I attended last month for an extra bit of holiday shimmer.  I couldn’t find the link to this product anywhere, which worries me that it’s now discontinued … anybody else aware of this?

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Matte Palette // As I was working out of my cosmetic bag for a few weeks with moving and getting unpacked, I kept this palette handy since it offers a whole lot more neutral, matte shades than the Naked Basics palette, but it is still compact enough to travel with. It’s hard to find quality matte eyeshadows from the drugstore, but as always, Sonia Kashuk succeeds with this one.

Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Exposed // Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed is my holy grail of all blushes, so it’s no surprise that I also love this matte lip tint in the same shade. It’s a good neutral shade with just the hint of a dark pink undertone. Also, don’t let the word matte scare you away; the formula is rather creamy and hydrating on the lips. 

What products were you loving throughout December?

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