November Favourites 

November welcome in the cold, and with it, a big old cold for me! Not to worry – we should embrace what life throws at us, right? If life gives you a cold, enjoy your warm bed, scarves, soup and plenty of cups of tea.

  
I was thinking of running separate beauty and lifestyle favourites posts but I’m not a fan of scrambling around to force favourites which aren’t necessarily favourites just to fill up a post. So the combined post was born…

So, in no particular order, here we go…

 

1. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

I’ve been using this for about 5 or 6 weeks now. I can’t comment on its ability to erase pores, as it’s so darn dark in the morning that it’s impossible to tell. However, I really love the formula of this primer. It’s velvety soft, without being powdery, and as it’s quite thick and siliconey it really does feel like you’re giving your make up a good thick base, whereas creamy primers can sometimes feel a bit thin and toothless. 

However, because it is thicker, it isn’t very easy to spread as far so I feel like I’ve been using more product meaning it’ll be used up more quickly and be poorer value for money than a sheerer primer. On the other hand, it is in a tube so it’s going to be easier to squeeze out the last traces than would be the case with a pump. Overall, a great everyday base; even better if there’s a deal on!

  
2. Vaseline Lip Therapy (Cocoa Butter)

This is more of an essential than it is a favourite. I always have at least one of these kicking around, and I have real trouble getting through a winter workday without one of these in my handbag. I’ve actually gone out to pick up a new one at lunch time before, it’s just that necessary (I should really keep one in my drawer….).

Anyway, like many, I really suffer with dry skin when the weather gets cold and the heating comes on. Particularly when it comes to my lips and eyes. I primarily larger this onto my lips throughout the day, and it’s the only product which has ever worked for me in terms of coming even close to being in any way moisture repairing. Some people hate petroleum jelly due to it being so greasy, but that seems to be necessary for me!

I have very sensitive skin and some really odd allergies, so I’m quite fussy about moisturising products. In terms of the scent, I prefer the cocoa butter or the crême brûlée (although I think it was limited edition) as I had an allergic reaction to the rose and I find the original and aloe vera to smell crude oily and a bit unpleasant – the cocoa butter makes it feel a but more like a lovely girly product. 

When my skin in general is really dry, I also use this to help give it a boost, anywhere I have set patches such as my undereyes, eyelids and elbows, as it’s much better for rescuing skin than an ordinary moisturiser, and can also be used sparingly just before you apply your make-up to give your dry areas a fighting chance.

  
3. MaxFactor Creme Puff Blush in Gorgeous Berries 

I mentioned this blusher in my recent Superdrug haul, as I picked it up as a deeper berry shade for the winter – farewell pretty, peachy pinks! It is a beautiful colour which goes into the skin as the darker of the two shades in the pan. It’s pretty matte, as far as I can tell, so it’s perfect for an everyday autumn/winter look. 

However, it is a drugstore brand blush, so it was always going to fall a little flat for me as I’ve used Benefit blush for years, and have recently fallen for a MAC Mineralize product so the quality is a little disappointing. It goes onto the cheek in a very pigmented but uneven way, but seems to buff off rather than in, meaning that you end up with only a slight flush at times. It doesn’t seem to have much longevity either, and you definitely need a mirror to apply it. I’ll keep playing around with it though as I may just be using the wekmg brushes. The Real Techniques Blush Brush is too soft for buffing but a Kabuki is perhaps too harsh. The colour is too beautiful to give up on!

  
4. Bicycle Jumper from Gap

I bought this jumper at an outlet sale towards the end of summer. It’s the perfect smart casual weekend jumper, layered over a shirt. It’s great quality snd was an absolute steal. I don’t think you can buy this particular one anymore, but there are lots of similarly shaped jumpers in the sale, which I’ve linked above. 

  

5. Miss KG Spitfire Tan Boots 

I’ve finally had to concede that my favourite River Island pixie boots are letting in water. My Nana bought me some great Moda in Pelle ankle boots last Christmas, but they have a 4 inch heel and I was in dire need of something comfortable, warm and waterproof for a trip to Newcastle at the start of this month. 

Solution found after about 5 minutes on the Debenhams website. A £68 impulse buy but really they’re cracking value. They are smart, comfortable, cushiony in the inside, with a hardwearing sole and they’re waterproof, with the uppers made from beautiful tan nubuck. I wore them all weekend (including standing up at a gig for about 5 hours) without breaking them in, but with no pain. Very lucky find!

  

6. Twinings Lady Grey Teabags 

Lighter and fresher than my old favourite Earl Grey (although I’m pretty sure Twinings changed the formula for their Earl Grey a couple of years ago and I’m not quite over that yet), so I’ve switched to this guy. A godsend in the cold evenings, and all day when I was ill. 

  

7. Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles Strawberry & Blackcurrant

Fruit Pastilles, only better!

  

8. Revival by Stephen King 

I’ve been a Stephen King fan for as long as I can remember. His writing is perfection, his plots have me hooked, and every story is totally different. I’m still reading this one actually, but it’s a good’un, and I would highly recommend it if you like a thriller. It’s supernatural but I’m not sure I would call it a horror. Not yet at least! Almost looking forward to the 75 minute train journey tomorrow morning just to have plenty of time with this bad boy. 

9. Live Music and New Adventures

I’ve told you already that I had a great weekend with Mr Brooker at the beginning of the month, seeing some really great bands (Truckstop Honeymoon, Beans on Toast, Will Varley, Skinny Lister and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls) all of whom are represented by Xtra Mile Recordings (apart from Truckstop) who I’ve linked above. 

It was the first time I’d spent a weekend in Newcastle and it was pretty eye-opening! Even though the weather was miserable and I got a bit grumpy thinking we might miss our train and then again re the start of the gig because we couldn’t get a table for supper, I really had a great time. Just not enough down time with Mr B for my liking!  

10. How to get Away with Murder 

A great new drama on Netflix with some great twists and turns. I was a bit disappointed with where they went with the season finale, but I’ll reserve judgement for the next season!  

That’s us for another month! What are your favourites this month?

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