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November & December Favorites 2017

I know, I know, you’re flabbergasted that I didn’t do a November Favorites post…I’m shocked as well. Honestly with blogmas I just didn’t have time to share my November Favorites because I was focusing on the Christmas posts.

Today, I thought I would mesh my November & December Favorites together! Honestly, most of my November products are ones I’ve used in December anyway; so it all works out! I didn’t try many new products because near Christmas, my family tries not to buy stuff for ourselves so we don’t accidentally buy something someone was planning on getting for Christmas. But I did have some products that out shined the others and were more used.

I’m sure that January will be full of Christmas goodies! But until then, here is my November & December Favorites. Also, I have a few non-beauty items to I am breaking it into different categories this time!

*some of these products were sent to me complimentary for testing purposes. As always, all my thoughts and opinions are my own*

Beauty & Makeup

PUR No Filter Primer || AD

When I received this in the Kohl’s Voxbox complimentary for testing purposes, I was ecstatic! I always love trying new primers. This one by PUR is in a dropped bottle and is white shiny liquid. It blurs out my skin and gets my face ready for makeup! I honestly haven’t loved a primer as much as this in a long time. I haven’t used many PUR products but I’m interested now in testing more. My makeup applies well on this primer and it helps lock it on place. I’ve been using it every time I do makeup and am always impressed!

NYX Precision Brow Pencil || Ash Brown 

A few months ago I finally ran out of my e.l.f. brow pencil and needed to get a new one. Since I’ve been doing my brows more I wanted to try a new pencil and see how I liked it. This NYX pencil is amazing! First off, the shape of the actual color pencil is different and almost more oval than a tip…hard to explain but I found it easier to create hair like strokes with this shaped pencil. Also, the spoolie is amazing! It’s a pretty stiff spoolie so it really works through my brows better than anything I’ve tried before this. It’s definitely one of the best brow products I have ever tried.

Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick || Beso

I’m doing a full review of this line of liquid lipsticks later this month so I won’t talk too much about it now. I randomly picked up the vibrant, classic red called Beso for my Holiday Glam Makeup look for blogmas; it’s one of the best, if not the best, liquid lipsticks I’ve ever used. I have even went and bought more colors because the formula is just so incredible. I’ve worn this color all day and never had to retouch. The only thing close to its staying power is Lipsense but without having to re-apply gloss again and again. It’s been on my lips pretty much any time I can get away with a bold lip.

e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation || Natural (previously porcelain) 

I’ve been on the hunt for my favorite drugstore foundation, and I picked this one up to try. I will be honest, I didn’t like it at first. It felt oily (which is funny because it’s specifically mentions being oil free). The formula is also very thick; way to thick for my normal liking. I finally figured out if I used a very damp sponge, the formula worked well on my skin. The dampness of the sponge helps the foundation to thin out just enough that it applies nicely and not too thick. I definitely couldn’t apply this with a brush. But the color and price is just perfect!

the balm Scuba Water Resistant Mascara || AD

Thanks to Influenster, I received this new mascara to try in the Kohls Beauty Box. I was a little hesitant because of it being water resistant because I normally stay clear of waterproof mascara; I lost way to many eyelashes using that tar. Anyway, because of course I received this complimentary I went ahead and tried it…so glad I did! They say water resistant instead of waterproof for a reason. It is easily removed but still a little more long lasting on the eyes. My eyes water all the time in the winter because of the cold and allergies…so this is a great mascara for me! The wand is also really lovely- it’s a thin long one with small bristles which is what I prefer most of the time; perfect for bottom lashes as well.

Music, books, & more

“Unapologetically” Album || Kelsea Ballerini 

You may not know, but I love some country music. I’m pretty picky, but still, I’m Oklahoman through and through. I found this album through one of the showings of the Thanksgiving Day parade. I first bought two songs…then just bought the whole album! I honestly, listen to it a few times a day. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a full album this much. I highly suggest you purchase it! It’s probably one of the best albums I’ve purchased lately. Her voice is so beautiful and soulful. My favorite songs are by far: “legends,” “high school,” and “unapologetically.” What’s your favorite?

And then there were none || Agatha Christie 

After I saw the film, Murder on the Orient Express I purchased a few Agatha Christie books. I had heard so much about her and really loved the whole overall theme of the movie, so I thought I would read a few of her novels. Man! They are good. This one that I’ve read reminds me a lot of my favorite game/film Clue. It’s less than $5 on Amazon so if you’re a reader, grab it and give it a try! She is definitely the master of mystery. I’m already starting another one of her books, I can’t put them down.

Here’s to a great 2018! What products did you love during November and December? I cannot wait to hear friends! XO

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40 Comments

  • Reply Heidi

    Uhg I have been dreaming about Stila lipsticks for so long now, but I really should get one. That color looks absolutely beautiful and if it stays full day, yes please!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    January 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      They are such a great formula! And they have a good mix of colors.

      January 5, 2018 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Jennifef

    I love finding new products to use! Thanks for sharing

    January 5, 2018 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    What great product reviews! I love how you were so honest with your opinions and how you reviewed different types of products. I definitely think I’ll have to try a few of these soon!

    January 5, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

      January 5, 2018 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Jennifer M Outlaw

    These all look like such great products. I may have to add the Agatha Christie book to my reading list. I am trying to find time to read more this year and a good mystery is always a fun read.

    January 5, 2018 at 6:23 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Her books are so interesting! And amazon sells them really cheap!

      January 5, 2018 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply DIJANA

    These are some neat products. I got similar shade of lipstick for holidays, but now it seems to bright in this gloomy January. 🙁

    January 5, 2018 at 6:34 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Haha hey, a rockin red lip is always in fashion!

      January 5, 2018 at 6:45 pm
  • Reply Janea

    This is amazing. Thank you for your detailed shares and beautiful photos!

    January 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Aw thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

      January 5, 2018 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Joshua Jones

    Very cool. Thank you for sharing your favorites and thoughts with us. It is very informative.

    January 5, 2018 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Thanks for reading!

      January 5, 2018 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Laura P

    You’ll have to start a women’s version of the “try guys” for all the cool product reviews and information. Agatha Christie always does a solid job on mystery writing. Thrillers and mysteries are my favs. Have you read the Lovely Bones?

    January 5, 2018 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Those videos of the try guys are hilarious.
      No I haven’t, I’ll add that one to my list! I’m hoping to read a lot of hers this year.

      January 7, 2018 at 3:18 am
  • Reply brina

    OMG YES! I think these all might be my favorite things. I really want to read that book! Thanks for the rad list

    January 5, 2018 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Thanks for stopping by!

      January 7, 2018 at 3:18 am
  • Reply Jennifer Beckton

    I love hearing your opinion on these products! ANd your flat lays are so pretty and showcase them perfectly. Great job.

    January 5, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Awe thank you! I’ve been working to up my flatlay game! Ha!

      January 7, 2018 at 3:17 am
  • Reply Nichole Meredith

    That scuba mascara sounds like it’s something I need to pick up!
    Such great product reviews! Thanks for sharing!

    January 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Yes! Go for it! I was weary of it at first, but I use it all the time now

      January 7, 2018 at 3:17 am
  • Reply Melissa

    I recently started using beauty counter face cleanser and moisturizer and my skin has never looked better! I love it. Also got a spiralizer that I’m obsessed with and am spiraling everything with.

    January 5, 2018 at 11:14 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      I love finding great skincare items that work for your skin!
      I need one of those!

      January 7, 2018 at 3:17 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Weitz

    Ohhh I’ve been looking for a good primer! I’ll try that out. Thank you for listing these !

    January 6, 2018 at 12:04 am
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      I love the dropper and the finish of the primer!

      January 7, 2018 at 3:16 am
  • Reply savannah chandler

    I love the lip color! I wish I could pull of red. Thanks for sharing these reviews!

    January 6, 2018 at 12:45 am
  • Reply Twinspirational

    We are Bobbi Brown make up addicts, but your post makes us want to give other brands a try! Thanks for putting this list together.

    January 6, 2018 at 1:45 am
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      I really hope I can one day own more high end goodies like from Bobbi Brown.

      January 7, 2018 at 3:15 am
  • Reply Alyssa Bouma

    I love all these favorites! Stila liquid lip is my FAV! Also, you reminded me that I’ve really wanted to read some Agatha Christie!

    January 6, 2018 at 2:06 am
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      What’s your favorite shade of the Stila?? I want another one!

      I found her after I saw the Murder on the Orient movie and went swiftly to buy some of her novels—so good!

      January 7, 2018 at 3:14 am
  • Reply ashley marie

    Kelsea Ballerini is one of my favorites! Definitely going to have to try some of these products in the future, beauty tips and blogs are my favorite to read!

    January 6, 2018 at 5:39 am
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Well thanks for reading! Hope you come back and see some more!
      Isn’t she a great artist!?

      January 7, 2018 at 3:13 am
  • Reply Laura

    Ok, so I definitely need a Stila liquid lip now! I just did a big makeup shop but I will have to write some notes down from your product reviews before the next time I do a big buy!

    January 6, 2018 at 6:32 am
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Yes girl! I have a list going too! Those Stila lippies are flawless!

      January 7, 2018 at 3:13 am
  • Reply Teri

    Oooh I’m def going to try that primer out! I currently use smashbox, so I’ll see how it compares! Some other good finds in your roundup too! Love VoxBoxes!

    January 6, 2018 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      I’ve been wanting to try the smashbox primer…so we can both try the others suggestion baha!!

      January 7, 2018 at 3:12 am
  • Reply Lynn Marie

    Love this list of products and photos of them too. I’ve heard good things about that Elf foundation and may give it a try. Good tip about using a damp sponge!

    January 6, 2018 at 8:26 pm
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      It’s a great cheap foundation! I hate spending money on high end foundations. Yes, definitely use a damp sponge- it does wonders!

      January 7, 2018 at 3:12 am
  • Reply Sarah F

    I am obsessed with NYX. That brow pencil does not disappoint. You have got yourself a good collection here!

    January 7, 2018 at 1:08 am
    • Reply hilaryparr2015@gmail.com

      Yes! NYX is such a great brand!

      January 7, 2018 at 3:11 am

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