December Obsessions

There have been a few products that I used every single day for the month of December; one is an old favorite that I rediscovered, and the rest were new products to me.

During 2018, I was maintaining a minimalist mindset and spent the whole year going through waves of decluttering. I have given away, close to 20 garbage bags and many boxes of junk (mostly clothes) that I didn’t need and was only making our small apartment look crowded and messy.

I REALLY LOVE TO DECLUTTER!! And whenever I feel stressed or overwhelmed, I will pick one spot, one day it’s my makeup drawer the next day it’s the junk drawer in the kitchen (come on, I know we all have one). I will take everything out and look at each individual item and I will ask myself why is this here and what is its purpose in our home? If it doesn’t bring me joy, has no purpose, or is expired it is being tossed! The more decluttering I’ve done the more ruthless I got and honestly, once I placed the items in the garbage bag I immediately forgot about it making it easy to donate. Then the apartment opens up and it now takes me 10 minutes to straighten up, HOWEVER, this is NOT what this post is supposed to be about but because I don’t own an overwhelming amount of makeup products, I can use each one and truly find out if I like it or not. If I don’t like a product, it usually won’t stay in my collection very long after that; gotta make way for new and exciting products!!

For the month of December, I kept this minimalist mindset and kept my morning routine easy and natural. I only want to show you products that I truly LOVE and these four products were the things I was LOVING this past month.

SOL DE JANEIRO: Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 8.1 oz for $45

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*photo provided by Sephora.com*

On Sephora, this cream is described as a fast-absorbing body cream that helps tighten and smooth the look of skin with the keynotes being salted caramel, pistachio, and vanilla. All I have to say is this was my lifesaver for the month of December in South Florida. We’re starting to get dryer weather and I needed something for my legs and elbows. Before our move in October, I ended up decluttering a couple of body lotions that I wasn’t loving and new my only option was my bum bum cream. SERIOUSLY GUYS, every time I open this up I fall in love with it all over again the smell is literally to die for! Personally, I think this is perfect to use all year round, BUT my favorite scents are anything summer related and that’s probably because it never gets below 60 degrees here.

This cream does have shimmer in it which makes this perfect for the beach or whenever I’m wearing a dress but if shimmer isn’t your thing then try this out in the store.

Glossier Boy Brow in Blond 0.11 oz for $16

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*Photo provided by Allure.com*

I normally don’t use a single product on my eyebrows (I usually let them do their thing and darker eyebrows, even if it’s only slight, looks really weird on me) BUT that all changed once I found this freaking son-of-a-gun! Before their sale, I heard this brand’s goal was to enhance your natural beauty and that’s what I wanted for my eyebrows: to look natural.

The first time I used this product I instantly fell in love because it didn’t look like I had anything on my eyebrows but they looked groomed and it made me look slightly more put together. I kid you not, I have used this product EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’d like to compare this experience with when your bra and underwear match, no one knows but you know and that gives you a confidence boost; that’s kind of how this product is. I don’t care if no one can tell a difference in my brows, I know they are groomed and that makes me feel put together and confident.

Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in Champagne Shimmer for $24

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*Photo provided by Thrive Causemetics**

I received this product in my Winter 2018 FabFitFun box and I have been using this every single day while getting ready for work. I dab a little bit on the inner corner of my eyes and it gives off this illusion that I slept for a full 8-hours the night before. At first, I would put too much on my inner corners and it definitely was too much but with a softer hand, this has instantly become a staple. It’s also super easy to travel with as well, especially because I can hardly sleep when I travel need something to trick people that I’m not a vampire that stays up all night.

Bath & Body Works Candle in Campfire Donut for $24.50

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*Photo provided by Bath & Body Works*

Not a beauty product, HOWEVER, this is the candle I was lighting up for the whole month of December. Bath and Body Works was doing yet ANOTHER sale when I picked up campfire donut and crushed candy cane, but the former is the one I fell in love with.

Crushed Candy Cane was the first candle I tried out and while it was lit for the whole day, I felt like I could never smell it. I stopped using that candle after a few days and switched over to campfire donut and this candle fills your WHOLE room with a wonderfully sweet smell; Alec thinks it smells like sugar cookies and then proceeded to make sugar cookies, and that should tell you everything you need to know about how wonderful this candle smells.

BONUS: DECEMBER DISAPPOINTMENTS 

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Face Spray 8.4 oz for $44 or 3.3 oz for $25

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*Picture provided by Allure.com*

Hate is a strong word but I hate this product so much! I purchased the smaller size and want to use up the whole thing because I bought it but every time I spray it, I hate it! And for two reasons:

  1. I can never really feel the spray on my face. I spray a lot on my face but it never seems like enough.
  2. I’m am SO tired of the Sprite smell. It no longer smells like oranges to me, all I can smell is FREAKING Sprite!

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm Quenched SPF 20 for $2.98

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*Picture provided by Walmart.com*

I can’t remember when I bought this or why I was buying it in the first place, all I know is that I cannot stand this product anymore. I had this in my work drawer for the LONGEST time and every time I used it there was an overbearing smell and taste of sunscreen. While I don’t mind the smell of sunscreen this was something you could smell for freaking hours and then it also had the sunscreen taste and it is this month I decided I’m tired of trying to use this up.

THAT’S IT!! Those were the four products I was absolutely LOVING for the month of December and two that are WAY BEYOND disappointing. I love that I declutter every now and then because it reminds me of what I already own, and that has allowed me to fall back in love with some products and then toss the ones I don’t. What was everyone obsessing over this past month?

Sincerely,

A Simple Wildflower

 

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