I have been absent from blogging for over a week due to my attempt at jump starting one of my New Year’s resolutions. I’ve fully immersed myself in it and put many other things aside. Although building my blog was also one of my resolutions… fail. Getting back into the groove I bring to you, my December favorites. I’ve decided to skip the New Year’s Resolution post, I’m late to the party anyway and many of mine are “classified.” I’m a secret agent shh…
Rose gold was my go-to color this December. I normally stick with bronze and copper tones so the rose gold wasn’t venturing too far from the norm for me. Loreal Hip Tenacious and Loreal Infallible Bunged and Brilliant were the shadows I used to create a rose gold eye like the one in this FOTD post. To compliment my eyes, I used my new favorite NYX Illuminator in Magnetic. This illuminator does have a bit of sparkle to it, making it unsuitable for everyday wear for some. However, it was great to wear to holiday parties or nights with friends.
I fell in love again with Maybelline’s Baby Lips and used nearly half a stick of Peach Kiss over the month of December (obsessive chapstick application at work, lol). The body shop lip butters are also a new/old favorite. They were a favorite of mine years ago and I sort of forgot about them. Hard to believe with my Body Shop obsession. Santa must have known that I needed a reminder because I received a Dragonfruit lip butter in my stocking and have been religiously using it ever since.
Over the month of December, I really started to take a look at my skin care routine. I’m only 26, but I have had this sense of impending doom about aging lately and decided to up my skin care routine… or lack thereof. Tea tree oil has really helped me control my mild hormonal acne. I’ve purchased many new tea tree oil products and have been using straight tea tree oil* to help dry new pimples overnight. The difference tea tree oil has made in my skin care routine is truly amazing. I will be dedicating an entire post to skin care in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Arica over at Atelier Zozo wrote a wonderful post about the benefits of tea tree oil, check it out here.
*NOTE: It is recommended that you dilute tea tree oil, straight tea tree oil isn’t for everyone.
December is one of the coldest months in California with temperatures reaching 35-45 degrees Fahrenheit where I live (I know I’m a wimp, lol). I’ve been piling on thick fuzzy socks while I’m at home and warm scarves when I leave the house. I literally have an entire sock drawer dedicated to my fuzzy socks, it’s become an obsession.
I burn a lot of candles during the winter and the Hot Buttered Rum Candle from Bath and Body Works is my favorite. My entire house smells of caramel when I burn this. I love it! ‘Tis the Season is another good holiday scent from Bath and Body Works and smells of… well Christmas! If Christmas has a smell, this is it.
I donated my weekly Starbucks fund to charity this holiday season. However, due to the influx of Starbucks gift cards I received this month, I was able to keep my Starbucks habit without spending any money. The Gingerbread Latte is my favorite holiday drink at Starbucks or Peet’s Coffee. During my Christmas baking frenzy I also discovered a new ginger cookie recipe and it is amazing! Seriously if you’re into ginger, give this recipe a try. It can be found at All Recipes here: Big Soft Ginger Cookies.