December 2015 Beauty Favorites
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Monthly Favorites: December 2015

LE SIGH, 2015 (A.K.A. my last year as a 20-something) is really coming to an end. It seems like yesterday I got my first rollerball lip gloss and clear mascara… I can picture them as sharply as the Backstreet Boys telling me that as long as I loved them, they didn’t care who I was, where I was from or what I had done… And BOY, did I love ’em!!!

Errrm… Before I go all sappy and start revealing too many details of my early teenage years, let’s move on to the best products I’ve discovered (or rediscovered) over the past month.

PUPA Vamp! Mascara – 100 Extra Black

PUPA Vamp! Mascara is DA BOMB, I absolutely LOVE it! If you’re familiar with Too Faced Better Than Sex, this mascara is very similar to it (but way more affordable!): same hourglass wand, same dramatic effect. Its formula is on the drier, thicker side, which makes it EXTREMELY volumizing, but also lengthening and curling. PUPA Milano is an Italian brand that I’m sure is available in other countries as well, but I don’t exactly know which ones. Should you ever come across it, give VAMP! a go. If you like volumizing mascaras, this one will hardly disappoint.

LUSH Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

This mask smells like freshly brewed coffee with a hint of vanilla and cocoa… delicious! If you’re a coffee lover, you should really give it a try. The ground coffee it contains gently exfoliates the skin, leaving it radiant and awake. Click here for a more in-depth review.

KIKO Flawless Fusion Bronzer – 03 Cinnamon

KIKO’s new bronzer is a very pretty product to look at, both when it’s sitting on your vanity table and when it’s sitting on your skin. Well, actually, it doesn’t ‘sit’ on your skin! It’s so sheer and finely milled that it just makes you look naturally glowy. Read my full review for more details.

Highlighter for Oily Skin The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint Fiery

Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint – Fiery

I’ve been using several red lipsticks I love throughout the month and it was hard to only choose one. Even though it is the least long-lasting of the bunch, I picked this one from Tarte because I adore its color and texture. I find its slightly deeper shade of red very elegant and its AMAZING texture, very smooth and almost gel-like, a pleasure to apply. I think it’s important to note that, although it doesn’t remain intact if you eat or drink, it fades evenly (which to me is essential!) and, thanks to its crayon form and velvety texture, is very easy to touch up. Be also aware that it has a minty scent, which I can only smell upon application and personally don’t mind, but I’m sure some people won’t like it.

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush

Zoeva 231 has become my go-to brush to apply and blend shadows on the lower lash line, because, unlike most brushes, it doesn’t make my eyes water. It’s soft, washes well and doesn’t shed. AND it’s affordable! I highly recommend it.

What have you guys been loving this month? Thank you for stopping by, I wish you an amazing start to your 2016! See you on the other side! 😉


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38 Comments

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    Jodie
    December 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

    That Tarte Lip tint sounds like my perfect match and I love the colour!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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      Carol in a
      December 31, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      It’s such a beautiful shade of red!

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    LindaLibraLoca
    December 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    The mascara sounds perfect, and I can get it through Amazon here in Germany, so I will give it a go some day. Volume and length for an affordable price sound perfect.
    I hope you have a great NYE and I cant wait to see you on the other side, Backstreets Boys are forgiven 😉

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Carol in a
      December 31, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Haha, thank you so much! I wish you an amazing 2016!

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    Wendee Isaacs
    December 29, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I would love to try the face mask. thanks for sharing carol
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    Kay
    December 29, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Great selection of favourites! I adore the sound of that Tarte lippie, deep red shades are my favourite, especially this time of year. <3 The mascara seems awesome, too – great alternative to more expensive ones! I'll have to take a look whether it's available in the UK. 🙂 Thanks for your recommendations! x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.com

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      Carol in a
      December 31, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      The mascara was such a pleasant surprise! You can probably get it on Amazon 🙂

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    Jamie
    December 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    This is an amazing list!

    ♡, Jamie of http://www.spotlightonjamie.com

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    Ela
    December 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I was a huge BSB fan… I guess it has been some years since I listened their songs! I am only 7 days away leaving my 20s, can’t we just stop the time? I will definitely be checking coffee mask when I visit mask, it has been on my list since you mentioned it. Fiery is a fab shade, it suits you.

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

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      Carol in a
      December 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      I’m glad to have found a fellow BSB fan 😉
      Oh, I remember you saying you were turning 30 in 2016 as well!

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    Cielo
    December 29, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    You look amazing! The lipstick really suits you =)
    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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    alexandra
    December 30, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I must try that fact mask, looks lovely.

    http://www.aly-space.blogspot.com | Alexandra xxx

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      alexandra
      December 30, 2015 at 12:38 am

      Face, even. Lmao.

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        Carol in a
        December 31, 2015 at 4:41 pm

        Haha, indeed it is. I’m about to pop it on! 😉

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    Samantha
    December 30, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Great picks! I would love to try out that Tarte matte lip tint as it sounds great (if it has to fade, at least it fades evenly haha) but I have yet to get into the Zoeva brushes. I hear they have great value, and since I’ve been using brushes more often I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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      Carol in a
      December 31, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      231 is the only Zoeva brush I’ve tried, but I’d definitely like to try more!

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    H A Parker
    December 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I still want to trey the LUSH Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask when I saw you mention it before! I have been loving my Too Faced palette so much. I ended up getting 4 for Christmas lol, shows for much I went on wanted them to people. I hope you have an amazing New Year Carol.:D

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      Carol in a
      December 31, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Haha, four?!?! Lucky girl! 😉
      Happy New Year!

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    Chichi
    December 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Craving that lip tint! Ur makeup is flawless!
    Thestyletune.blogspot.com

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    Helen
    December 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I love anything from LUSH and that lip shade is gorgeous!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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    Gemma
    December 30, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Love the sound of that PUPA mascara. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

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    Shireen L. Platt
    December 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    That mascara sounds brilliant and I have yet to try Too Faced Better Than Sex but it’s on my list to try. I’ll need to check if I can find Pupa Vamp! mascara here, don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere and this is the first time I’m reading about it too.

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    Danielle Beautyblog
    December 30, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I love the Luxe Petite Crease brush! So soft! The bronzer looks gorgeous too!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

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    Jalisa
    December 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Wow, that’s such a beautiful red lippie and it looks wonderful on you, Carol! I love Tarte; I use their foundation and blush upon occasion, but have never used their lipsticks. I’ll have to check this one out the next time I’m at Ulta. I like that even though you mentioned that it fades, that it does so evenly. I hate when a red lip fades and looks blotchy!

    Thanks so much for sharing your favorites with us and I hope you have an amazing day, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

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    Viviene Kok
    December 31, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Gosh! Is Cup o Coffee a new product from Lush?! Love the Cupcake Mask and haven’t tried anything else from Lush since. Happy New Year Carolina 🙂

    Real Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.com

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    Sarah
    December 31, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    That face mask sounds so cool! The coffee lover in me thinks that I need to buy it!

    nolongergrey.com

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    Nina
    December 31, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip is amazing ! and the color looks pretty on you !!
    Have a fabulous new years dear !
    Nina
    xox
    http://www.titritmode.com

    Makeup artist ♥ http://www.facebook.com/glamoroustouch.be

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    Hannah
    December 31, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I would get the LUSH coffee mask, but I feel like it would perk me up since I take showers at night, haha. I did go to LUSH the other day and smelled it, it was divine! I’ve tested that Tarte lipstick in “Fiery” and “Lively” and they are beautiful!

    Hannah
    http://floraful.blogspot.com

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    Perkymegs
    January 1, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Tarte Lip tint looks gorgeous on you 🙂

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    Velvet Blush
    January 1, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    The Tarte lip balm sounds so good, it really stands out against other lip crayons I’ve used, the packaging just has an extra wow factor. I think it’s time I got myself a Zoeva brush! Happy new year 🙂

    Velvet Blush

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    Alyssa Monique Bustillo
    January 2, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Great collection! Happy new year.

    I Feel It All ~ Styleccentric Fashion’ | BLOGLOVIN

    xo, Alyssa

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    Samio
    January 2, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Oh the days of clear mascara, I used to love that stuff back in the day. That Lush Coffee face mask sounds amazing! I think I may have to purchase that one. =D

    Samio
    http://www.samio.co.uk

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    Darriyan
    January 3, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I would LOVE to try that face mask!! I’ve just followed you on BlogLovin’!

    Darriyan x

    http://darriyancateland.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Jasmine
    January 6, 2016 at 2:36 am

    That lip tint is such a stunning shade of red!!

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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