Let me show you what I loved in December:
Mario Bedescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile, and Lavender: If you have tried and loved the original cucumber version or the reddish roswater version, make sure to try the lavender version which was recently released. I dislike putting fragrance on my face, so I spray this on my sheets and on my shoulders/arms before bed. Love it!
Boscia Sake Hydrating and Brightening Essence: For some reason, I didn't choose this for my Top 5 in 2017, but I really should have, because I find myself reaching for this daily and already worrying about when I can afford a backup, LOL. This essence is cooling, instantly hydrating, and works well with every other product in my routine.
Tarte BB/Primer in Light: I didn't realize this was also a primer when I purchased it, but it makes the BB cream have a different texture than others I have tried before. I usually do a second BB or a first primer in addition to that, but not everyone is slightly crazy and has too much time on her hands like I do.
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown: My Ulta manager recommended this and I purchased it immediately! It has a triangle shaped end - you use the pointier side for the tail and can use the thicker part to fill in as needed.
Lime Crime Velveteen in Cashmere: I knowwwww this isn't the best company but I have wanted to try this color for FOREVER. I actually purchased it from Ulta and used my points, so I paid $1.65 for this. I am sorry to say, it is everything I wanted!!!!! I love the color, the formula, and the longevity of wear. Sigh.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium/Deep: One of my co-workers used this on me while I was working and I purchased it immediately. Unfortunately, I am noticing an unaffordable habit forming here...anyway, this bronzer is matte, doesn't smell like chocolate, and also works as a decent eyeshadow color for me.
Above, from top to bottom, are swatches of: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown, Lime Crime Velveteen in Cashmere, Tarte BB/Primer in Light and Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium/Deep.
Now it is time to show you this month's Fails:
NARS Audacious Mascara: I was excited to try the deluxe sample of this that I received in a holiday Ulta order. I posted a photo of the brush below - it is a full sized head on a short handle and not easy to maneuver. It also flaked horribly under my eyelashes by the end of the day.
Cover Girl Super Sizer Mascara: I had high hopes for this one, too, and I liked the brush immediately. I have tiny lashes on the insides of my eyes and smaller brushes help reach those easily. I liked this formula for a few weeks, too, but realized it was also flaking off.
Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara: Sigh. See above.
Smashbox Primerizer Moisturizer and Primer: I actually almost purchased this without trying it and I am so glad that I didn't! It is super slimy - too wet and slippery for a moisturizer and too light for a primer. I think the full size comes in a spray, which makes more sense, so perhaps a packet was just the wrong was to sample it. Either way, I like a creamier primer than this.
Eyebrow Stencil from Wish.com: This is SUCH A FAIL that it deserved it's own blog post. Stay tuned. :)
That is it for December! I hope you have enjoyed this year's Favorites and Fails post. I do plan to continue them into 2018.