What’s in My Makeup Bag: November

Anyone else refuses to believe that it’s December 1st tomorrow?

Because I do. If I’m being honest, I’m kind of ready to kiss 2017 goodbye though.

At the beginning of this year, I promised myself to stop buying so much makeup after realizing how many products from my collection went untouched for months. I have to say that with everything else in my life having been turned upside down this year, that was one of the very few goals I was able to stick to.

Of course, running a blog means that I’m also incredibly lucky to receive a lot of products as gifts, but the heart wants what it wants and I still keep a very long makeup wishlist, but I am so happy that I no longer buy things on impulse.

So, let’s see what’s in November makeup bag, shall we?

Urban Decay’s Naked Skin One and Done– ever since I got off Accutane, I’ve been loving light coverage base products and this one is… interesting. Yes, it has a very light coverage, natural finish, which is nice, but I do think that you have to have already a very good skin in order for this base to work for you. It’s said to blur imperfections and even out the skin tone, but I do think that this works a lot better for me when my skin is in a great shape. Bad skin days and this product don’t really mix well, sadly.

For lips, I’ve been reaching for an all-time favorite Stone from Dose of Colors and a new favorite, Bond Girl from CT. Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Balm and Lip Mask are also in constant rotation because well… dry lips.

REN Perfect Canvas Skin Finishing Serum– now this is a product I’ve been in love with. I use it in place of a makeup primer and it does a great job of prepping the skin. It has a serum-gel texture that absorbs nicely and leaves the skin feeling and looking soft and smooth while also being silicone-free. It creates a perfect canvas for the base application.

If I ever doubted that Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pen Eyeliner was worth the price, these last few months convinced me that yes, it is worth every penny. After months of use, it still glides on smoothly and applies effortlessly. It’s almost as if it suddenly makes you better at applying eyeliner; definitely worth the splurge if you can afford it, THE best pen eyeliner I’ve ever tried.

Speaking of eyes, I was SO excited when I received Urban Decay’s Distortion palette (coming to Sephora tomorrow, December 1st). This palette is SO fun to use- the top row consists of transformer shades that have reflective pigments and change color in the light. This means that you can mix different shades to customize your looks. If you like to have fun and experiment with your makeup, then you will absolutely love this palette. If on the other hand, you’re a neutral-shadow kind of girl or guy, then it’s a pass for you.

I do have to say that it’s this kind of products that make me feel excited about makeup again. While recently cleaning out my stash, I noticed that I have so many products that are pretty much the same. I feel like a lot of products that beauty brands come out with are a bit samey, and it’s nice to see Urban Decay do something different.

Glossier’s Wowder has grown on me a bit, I must say. I mean, I really dig the formula, like the way it feels on my skin but it’s #palegirlproblems all over again here. The lightest shade- Light/Medium is a bit too dark for my skin, and as lightweight and subtle as this powder is, it’s not really translucent and I think that 3 shades are definitely not enough to cover all bases.

Another powder I’m loving (other than my beloved Hourglass Diffused Light and MUFE’s Pro Finish Powder) is Givenchy’s Prisme Libre Loose Powder (in #7). It is such a fine powder that adds radiance and glow to the skin and brightens it a bit.

What products did you reach for during the month of November? Are you ready to close out 2017? Any makeup/beauty goals you were able to stick to this year?


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  • That UD palette looks so lovely. I love how there’s a mix of shades in it!

    Emily xo
    http://www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sarah Ⓥ

    I am so ready to finish 2017 and start fresh!

    Sarah
    SarahAurorax.wordpress.com

  • Brianna

    My eye kept going back to the DOSE of colors lip color in your pictures! I think I am going to treat myself for my birthday coming up and try it, I’ve heard some good things about it!

  • Caroline

    I am with you on kissing 2017 goodbye!! But oh do I need that DOSE of colors lip color and dying to try that Nars concealer! Thank you for sharing!

    xo Caroline
    http://www.calijae.com

  • I am not ready to say goodbye to 2017, but not mad about it either. The first three months of the year were hard, but it has become a lot better ever since, so I am excited to see what 2018 will bring.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  • I am READY for 2018 too. All of these products look so lovely. I want to try the Glossier Wowder!

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

  • I don’t think I have bought any make up this half year o.o It’s just been so hectic. Time to start hinting for appropriate Christmas gifts, I guess :)

  • I am trying not to buy any make-up as of lately (except that one MAC Holiday lipstick) but I really like the look of that UD palette! I am all about “transforming” shades, so it sounds like something I’d love to try. Great picks and speaking of that TF eyeliner – I gave one to my mom last Christmas and she only threw it away yesterday. Can’t believe it’s been (almost) a year in use, considering she wore it on a daily basis.

  • Natalie Redman

    Nice selection. I always love your photos. So good!

    http://www.upyourvlog.com

  • The REN Perfect Canvas sounds interesting! I’d love to try the Tom Ford eyeliner but just don’t think I can bring myself to drop quite that much money on an eyeliner!

    Pumpkin Lemonade

  • Neha Gada

    While I’m grateful for a lot of things this year, I’m ready to say sayonara too !

    Neha | dreamsandshades.com