Most Valuable Products: November 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Before I head out with the family to enjoy not one but two Thanksgiving feasts, a roundup post of this month's favorite products is in order. I cannot believe how quickly this month has gone by, as November and December are my favorite months of the year and they always seem to go by the fastest. On the bright side, this month was the Sephora V.I.B sale, so I've got some new discoveries in this post!

1. Rituals Cherry Blossom Sakura Scrub: My friend returned from a trip to London and very kindly brought back this scrub and a Rituals whipped body cream for me. I've been desperate to try this brand, and while the cream is just alright, I adore the beautifully scented scrub. I rarely exfoliate my body, but every time I do, I'm rewarded by how fantastically soft my skin feels afterwards. This tub is special in that it's not a wet scrub a la Bath and Body Works or The Body Shop--it's just straight chunks of super-gritty sugar that seem to have the smallest bit of oil mixed through. The dryness of the sugar scrub allows for thorough exfoliation, but that bit of oil helps moisturize my skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. I've made this a regular part of my shower routine now, and have been very pleased with how much the small bumps on my arms have gone away. 

Ugh so much prettier before I got foundation transfer on it =(

2. NARS Light Reflective Setting Powder: MakeupbyTiffanyD got to me, and I picked up this powder and the Dior BB Eye Cream (which is a total rip-off, FYI), in the Sephora V.I.B sale. I'll do a post on why I don't get along with the Dior product, but my love for this NARS powder makes up for the deficiencies of the BB Eye Cream. I've heard of this being compared to the Hourglass Ambient Light Powders, but although they produce similar effects, lately I've been preferring the NARS one. Both create that gorgeous soft-focused look that takes the harshness out of your makeup, but I don't have to fuss with different finishes and shades here, as NARS only does this powder in one translucent shade. For some people, the fun of the Hourglass powders might be collecting the different colors and using them for various parts of the face, but I like having the one that can go all over. I'm not sure that this is as illuminating as my Hourglass Dim Light, but it has the same soft-focused, almost no-makeup look I love for this time of year.

4. Avon Super Shock Gel Eyeliner: After hearing Pixiwoo rave about these in their videos for so long, I finally got my paws on one in black, and completely get all the hype. It's good for lining my lashline as you typically would with eyeliner, but I really love it for tightlining the upper waterline. I did a whole post on the Shu Uemura Gel Pencil Liner (link) which is a very similar product, but I actually think I might like this Avon one better for my waterline. It seems to grip to that area better and hold on for longer, and it's definitely got Shu beat in terms of price!

5. V Rohto Ex V Eye Drops: Are you ready to kill me if I mention these one more time? I go on and on about these more than most people could about eye drops, but these are seriously that good. Incredibly intensely (you may have to get used to it) cooling, hydrating, and refreshing, I refuse to venture outdoors without this in my purse and I never even used eye drops (let alone carried them everywhere) before I met this wondrous little bottle. Again, this particular kind is exclusive to Asia as far as I know, but really any drops from the Rohto V range would be excellent.

6. It's a 10 Miracle Silk Conditioner: This is the time of year when I step up my haircare game, as unless I pull out the moisturizing, softening big guns, my hair basically turns into straw. I hadn't tried any of the It's a 10 line apart from their famous treatment but have been really pleased with this. My hair has been looking especially healthy and shiny recently (and it's a large enough difference for others to notice), and I give partial credit to this, but more credit to the next product. This conditioner has everything I like going for it--good hydration without weighing down my hair and silky-softness, but I'm irked by how quickly I ran through it. I don't know if it's because I use more conditioner this time of year, or if I'm used to larger drugstore bottles, but this tube is already empty and I haven't had it for that long. 

7. Peter Thomas Roth Hair to Die For Hair Treatment: I've been debating over purchasing this for a long time, weighing the potential gimmicky-ness of the product with its likelihood of actually working. I finally cracked when I saw Amazon had it for a reduced price (it's gone up a bit since then, but here's the link) and have been using it consistently for a little over a month. I'll do a full review when I've used up the whole bottle, but I really feel like this has made my hair fuller and significantly shinier and healthy-looking. This is one of those hair treatments you have to commit to as application is one dropper-ful twice a day, but I'm the laziest girl and even I'll take the time to do it given the results I've seen so far.

8. Avene Soothing Moisture Mask: I raved all about this in my Products for Dry, Irritated Skin post, and have been loving it all month long. Like I mentioned in that post, the texture and consistnecy of this overnight mask are gorgeous (densely hydrating but touchable on the surface) and I love how it comes out white so I can actually watch my skin drink it up. I'm running low now, but will definitely be repurchasing.

9. Benefit Watt's Up: It's officially highlighting season for us oily-skinned girls, and I've come back to my beloved Watt's Up for that perfect soft, natural golden glow. I did a whole post on the product when I first got it, and it's still my go-to highlighter. I might reach for something a bit more cool-toned and shimmery for evenings, but I love how the warm golden tones lift my face for the daytime.

10. The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: I just did a whole post on this, but it had to be included in my November Favorites. And don't think anything of it being last on the list--when I first started thinking about my favorite products of the month, this was the first to come to mind.

I'm off to stuff my face with loved ones!

Hope you're well and enjoying good food with good people, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not!


  1. Hey! Love your blog! Just read one if your posts from last fall about the Odile Gilbert hair pin. Any luck finding a good knockoff. I just cannot pay $85 for a hair pin. :) thanks!

    1. Yes! I don't know how similar it is to the Odile Gilbert (never tried that beautiful thing), but I've been playing with the Oscar Blandi Pronto Styling Pin, which is definitely meant to work in a similar way.

      I've had it for a while now, and still don't feel like I've got it down pat, because it does take quite a bit of practice to work with. I get the impression it's not as well-designed as the Odile, because any time I use it, the result is very hit or miss.

      Here's the link to it on Amazon if you want to take a look!

      Hope that helps, Beth!

  2. Hi, Where did you get the rhoto eye drops? I think Target used to have them but I haven't seen them there anymore. Thanks!

    1. Well these particular ones you can only get in Asia (sorry!), but I think you can find Rohto in most drugstores--CVS and Walgreens and the like.

      If you can't find them in stores, Amazon has them for sure!

      P.S. If you really want to try these specific ones out, there mayyyy be a giveaway coming up on my blog. You'll have to wait a while though, as it'll be a couple of months!