Favorite Beauty Products: December

2016 is quietly lurking around the corner. Can you believe it? As a kid, the days went by slower than a snail on a sloth. I remember feeling as if each class & year & subsequent summer would last forever. Then high school came, then college, then life after university. Now we're here. It's December 2015. I don't really know how it happens.

As I age, my beauty routine changes. Since I'm in my mid 20s I've come to focus on funky lip colors, SPF, & perfumes. Some of my December favorites include the drop in temperature, the occasional gloomy day, & these beauty products. Let's take a look, shall we?

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I have oily skin but my face is oddly dry this season. The Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer (similar) from HollyBeth Organics is incredibly rich & works wonders for my skin. I talked about it in my HollyBeth Organics Review from last year. The moisturizer is so thick I believe even those with the driest of skin can get some use out of it.

The Modere Antioxidant Gel (similar) is such a delight. It primes my skin, making it feel as smooth as a baby's butt. The gel comes as part of a beauty box but you can always purchase it separately. I reviewed the Modere Beauty Box last year. Packed with vitamin C, the antioxidant gel smells like a piece of citrus heaven. 

CC Creams are new to me so I took the leap & bought the Alba Botanica Even Advanced CC Cream with SPF 15. I mentioned it a couple months ago in my New Face Products I'm Excited About post. This just in: I'm still excited about it! After blending into my skin, I can immediately notice my complexion is brighter & more even.

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Left to right:  Rose Geranium Face Moisturizer,  White Winter Fresh Roll On Perfume,  Antioxidant Gel,  Dusty Rose Lip Liner, CC Cream

The subtle glitter & the invigorating scent of the Winter White Fresh Roll On Perfume from Bath & Body Works tie in well with the holiday season. Admittedly, this shimmer roll-on is several years old; I found it in the back of the cabinet one day. Oops. It still smells lovely so I decided to use it. I don't think it exists anymore but this one is somewhat similar

Autumn is all about those moody, dark lip colors but I adore the Italia Deluxe Lip Liner in Dusty Rose. I bought 12 shades for under $10!!! I'm still impressed at the bargain. Dusty Rose is a soft, pretty shade of pink. Check out the other colors I purchased in my review.

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My autumn beauty routine involves a lot more moisturizer than normal simply because my face gets so dry. I always moisturize but the past couple months I needed to moisturize in multiple layers. Is your face dry this season? Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your favorite items for December? :]

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45 comments

  1. Love these selections. As usual you are on top of the game with 2016 items. Hope you had a splendid holiday as did I. Sharing.

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  2. I feel the same exact way! My Mom always told me when I was a kid that time flies quicker the older you get and that would scare the crap out of me. I would always think, "How could that be possible? Every day just crawwllss by now" and I feel like I blinked and we are here in 2015! Scary!!

    The products you chose are really interesting looking! Especially that rose geranium facial moisturizer.. I'm actually looking for a new moisturizer with less additives and chemicals in it, so maybe I will give this one a go! It looks really nice!

    Thanks for the product roundup, Carmen! I hope you had a lovely Holiday Season so far!

    -Rachel
    www.blonderhombus.com

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    1. I know what you mean Rachel! Can't believe you're already in 2016. :]

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  3. A great selection. Xx
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  4. Wonderful post, that lip liner looks very pretty. x

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  5. Great post! That lip liner looks so pretty!

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  6. I love CC creams, I should try Alba Botanica's . Thanks for all the recommendations.

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    1. Works really well. I recommended it. :]

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  7. The years are flying by all too quickly! But I loved this post; the lip liner looks gorgeous!

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  8. I feel the same way! These few years have basically breezed by and I find myself wishing that time would just slow down.

    I've got oily skin and I find myself wishing that it would dry out abit, really, ha. Wonderful picks, Carmen!

    Cheers to 2016!

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    1. This season my skin has been particularly dry so it's been an interesting change. :]

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  9. That CC cream sounds really nice, and I love the good ingredients in it. Great list!

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  10. Normally I have really dry skin, but since the weather has been really mild and not cold at all, my skin has stayed fairly good this month. Love the products you've mentioned here!
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    1. That's good. It's never any good when it comes to extreme temperature changes & our skin. :]

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  11. Such lovely products! Great post. xx

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  12. Great products that you have here!
    Happy Xmas beauty!
    xxx
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  13. I love cc cream and that one sounds great
    Lovely stuff to end the year

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  14. Such a great review. These products look amazing!!

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  15. Great beauty routine! Im all about sunscreen myself. Hope you have a happy and healthy new year! :)
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  16. Lovely products! really like the lipliner
    xx
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  17. Ohh I really love the moisturizer! Hopefully I can find it somewhere! Because this year my skins been very dry as well and it's usually very oily!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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    1. I highly recommend it; it's such a great deal. It's so rich. :]

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  18. I totally get you, dear. My makeup routine and product preference has been "growing up" with me, too. You listed some great products, my skin gets really dry during the colder months so I'll check theses products out. :)
    xx

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  19. Time really does start to fly by as you move into your 20s, 30s and beyond! I also can't believe that it's 2016. I love all of your beauty picks. I also have somewhat oily skin, so that moisturizer is right up my alley.

    -Katie
    http://hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. You may like it! I'd recommend trying it out. :]

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  20. lovely review <3

    xx,
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  21. I have to try that face moisturizer, cause I have a quite dry skin this season!
    Happy Holidays dear :)
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  22. The dusty rose lip liner looks lovely and creamy!
    Great monthly review :)

    Holly | www.thekittyluxe.com

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  23. Lovely post, great product picks.

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