Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November Beauty Faves Plus A Giveaway!



It's That Time of Year Again!  

Hello everyone! Can you believe it's December already? It's crazy how fast time flies sometimes, isn't it? I feel like it was just yesterday that Jake and I moved out here, but it's now been a whopping four months already. Whew! Lately, i've been treating myself to more face masks and moisturizing products to combat the dry Fall and Winter air. Here are four of my favorite items I have been using over the entire month of November that I love. If you would like to try them as well, you can enter to win them as a holiday gift from me! :) I've included a quick review of each product below. Hope you enjoy! 

Almay Liquid Lip Balm: 
These lipglosses come in a lot of pretty and natural colors and are super moisturizing. I love this really natural pink color that goes on almost clear and smells like cotton candy! These are great for a little shine and shimmer and I feel like a little goes a long way. This color is perfect for any natural look or to add over a lipstick for some shine. I've heard that some people find that the sweet smell of these are a bit overwhelming, but I like it! 

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray:
I have really sensitive acne prone skin so i'm worried about using anything new on it since i'm usually punished by a breakout later. This product was incredibly gentle and did not cause any weird side effects at all! The spray includes Rose water, herbs, and aloe which do a great job soothing freshly washed skin and reducing redness and tightness. I love misting this on a freshly washed face before applying moisturizer and makeup, or over the top of my makeup to set it for the day. It also works great on hair (says the packaging) but i've never tried that because damp hair is never appealing to me. Hopefully I'm not missing out on anything. Either way I'm in love with the rose scent and totally abuse this spray when I have it nearby. 

Tony Moly Face Masks: 
These face masks are absolutely amazing! Once again, my sensitive skin did not decide to punish me with an onslaught of pimples and bumps after using any masks from this line so I am instantly sold! These are a cotton sheet in the shape of a face that you pull out and wear for 20-30 minutes before removing and massaging the leftover liquid onto your face. I found that these fit a little strangely over the upper lip area but otherwise it covers everything just fine. I use one of these masks at least once week before bedtime and wake up with fresh, smooth skin the next morning. They smell great and are super easy to use! Plus it's fun to put one on and freak out your roommate/boyfriend/cat by suddenly appearing from around a corner, looking like Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (am I the only one that thinks this way? I can't be, right?). 

Burt's Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream:
I've been a fan of Burt's Bees products since Highschool, so I am thrilled that the line has expanded to include more skincare and beauty items. This hand cream smells like almonds and it's a nice, thick consistency. It's honestly a little oily after application, so I try to use it sparingly to avoid greasing up everything I touch and getting locked into a room, not being able to turn a doorknob. It works great to massage into knuckles, elbows, feet, knees and I also massage it into my dry fingernails and cuticles during the Winter. 

How to Enter! 

It's super easy! I promise. Just follow me on Instagram @Blonderhombus and after that, comment your favorite thing about the holiday season in the comments section below. You can also follow me on Bloglovin for a double entry to increase your chances! One Winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced in 11 days on Friday, Dec 10th. This contest is open internationally as well. Good luck everybody and thank you so much for reading! Hope you're all having a great week so far :)

***UPDATE!! The winner has been chosen! And it is Samantha (www.mybeautycloud.com)!!! Congrats Samantha and thank you everyone so much for participating! :) 

55 comments:

  1. Amazing beauty items, absolutely love everything on the list. x

    www.birdieliau.com

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  2. I cannot believe it is December either!! ohhh hmmmm. my favorite thing about the holiday season is the lights on all the trees and stores. Not so much houses but loveeee how the city decorates the streets with pretty lights. :)

    xoxo,
    Winn | ♥
    winscribbles.blogspot.com

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    1. I love that too! I bet the Winter lights are beautiful in New York city! Out here they're stringing lights on palm trees for Christmas hahaha :)

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  4. Wha ta great giveaway; I love Tony Moly face masks!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. Thanks May! Oh my gosh, I KNOW!! They're super affordable, smell great and are do wonders for your skin :) Which ones are your favorite? I love the seaweed and pomegranate the most!

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  5. I so want to try that Burt's Bee's hand cream! Your blog is so cute, i love it!

    www.lavishingg.net

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    1. It's really nice! Burt's Bees has a honey scented hand cream that comes in a tube as well and it smells UH-MAZING! Thank you so much Kierra! I'm so happy you like it! Yours is super stylish as well :) Hope you're having a great week!

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  6. These products sound so good! And a face mask would do me good at the mo hehe. If I could only ever have one beauty product, I'd probably go for lip balm. I'm such an addict when it comes to them: I have way too many and still keep buying new ones. Gotta have at least one per handbag lol. :D
    Love that photo of yours btw! So pretty.
    And this post was reaaly good, as always :)
    Happy December girl <3
    Emma xx

    www.wellemma.com

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    1. You should totally try these out! I've been treatin' myself every Sunday to one and I swear, my skin is getting nicer! We shouldn't even get started on that because I feel like we will just enable each other's addictions! Which ones are your favorite to use? Lately i'm obsessed with the Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers balm which has a surprisingly pretty color on. Who knew? So happy you love my silly posts Emma! That really means a lot to me :) Hope you're doing well!

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  7. Hey Rachel - followed you on Instagram but I'm already following you on Bloglovin'! My favorite thing about the holiday season is definitely the feeling (#justinbieber). Christmas always brings about a magical and cozy feeling for me that just isn't duplicated any other season. (p.s. this giveaway is such a great idea!)

    Also, this is my second time hearing such good things about Mario Badescu's facial spray and I'm so tempted to get it! It also helps it's not as expensive as Tatcha's either haha. I'm also a huge fan of face masks, and although I like Tony Moly as a brand, I haven't tried their masks yet! Good to hear that you like them :)

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. Yay!! I will add you to the giveaway! Omg I feel so old right now, I literally had to look up the feeling and I'm still not sure If I know what that is hahah! It's the song, right? (help I live under a rock!)
      You know what, I was really skeptical about a facial spray but I swear, when I don't use it I feel like I can actually tell the difference in my skin. You should give it a shot, it's super affordable and lasts for a really long time! Tony Moly is the bomb! Which products have you tried from them so far? Hope you're having a good week Sam!

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  8. Cool faves!!!

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Andy! I love your blog and your style! Hope you're having a great week :)

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  9. The hand cream seems really amazing! :)

    www.eatlovemerry.com

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    1. Thank you Ting! I love it because a little goes a long way and I'm all for my beauty products lasting a while :) I really love your last blog post, by the way! Your food pics have me starving now though hahah Talk to you soon!

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  10. Amazing giveaway. I love the look of those masks.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! The super cute packaging drew me in as well ;)

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  11. Actually I never tried any of the mentioned products, but I am on the hunt for a new moisturizing spray now that it is cold outside.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. This one is amazing but I think I mostly like it because of how it smells haha. It does a great job "sealing" in moisture in my opinion and leaves skin slightly dewy but not sticky at all. I heard that Clinique has a great moisture spray as well! Let me know if you find one you really like :)

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  12. Thanks for sharing these products, I loved reading your reviews, I love that almond cream so much :)

    Check out my blog if you want: www.theglamandglitter.com

    Tamara xxx

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    1. I do too! I found it by complete luck one day and I'm glad I did! I follow you on Bloglovin' and LOVE your beautiful blog and recent Las Vegas pics :) I hope you're having a great week Tamara!

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  13. The rosewater spray sounds amazing! And I love Burts Bees stuff. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. I love Burt's Bees too! Everything they make smells so amazing. What products of his are your favorite? Hope you have a great weekend, Kate!

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  14. Awesome beauty items!
    http://fridaynightstyle.com/

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    1. Thank you Olivia! Glad you like them :)

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  15. Hi Rachel,
    You visited my blog and left a comment there. It urged me to come over your blog. I loved reading this post and absolutely liked the picture. You are right, time flies quickly, but it seems to be a stubborn child, who never moves from his place until he gets what he wants, especially when you are waiting for something to happen. Lip balms are def fav for fall winter season.
    Thanks for coming over my blog.
    http://www.ThatGrlInHighHeels.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Nyda! Oh my gosh, no problem! I really loved your tips on hair oiling and I can't wait to try that! You have really helpful articles and adorable DIYS :) Can't wait to see what else you come up with! Lip balms are my favorite too! I swear, I have a different flavor and color for every day of the week hahah! I hope you're doing well and have a great weekend!

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  16. I love holiday giveaways like this!

    - Judith

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    1. Thanks Judith! This is my first one and I can't wait to mail it off so someone else can try these! Hope you're having a good week!

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  17. Awe love that you are doing a holiday giveaway that is so awesome! I love the smell of rose anything & would be dying to try that spray! Oh and my favorite thing about the holiday season is bundling up, sipping coffee, spending time with friends & family :) Hope you are having a great holiday season!

    xx

    Lauren
    www.blameitonbarneys.com

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I love rose too almost an unhealthy amount haha It's just so classic, and feminine smelling, ya know? Sounds like you're doin' the Holidays right with those things ;) That sounds amazing and now I can't wait for Christmas!

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  19. I love those sheet masks! I use them all the time! I had no idea they sold them in the US? That's awesome!

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

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    1. I KNOW! Which ones are your favorite? I was also able to get my grubby hands on the Tony Moly Lip stains and lipbalms, which are great as well. They strangely sell them at Urban Outfitters, haha. Who woulda thought? Have a great weekend Mallory!

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  20. I want to try that face mask! Sounds lovely
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. You totally should! They're some of the few masks that make my sensitive skin break out :) I'm hooked! Hope you're doing well Laura!

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    1. They're surprisingly nice! Are you a lipbalm addict too?

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  22. These products all look so fun. I'm interested in those face masks! So soothing after all our holiday shopping! Without a doubt, my favorite thing about the holidays is the time we get to spend with our friends and family. I live in DC and it gets cold too so it's so fun to be warm and cozy inside during this season!

    http://www.districthilo.com

    Love, Mary

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    1. Exactly!! I love using them at the end of a busy week while I'm taking a hot bath :) They're magical! Awww that's sweet! I love that too, but don't miss the cold too much haha Have a great weekend Mary!

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  23. All these products sound wonderful! My favourite thing about the holiday season would have to be the cozyness of everything! Cuddles in front of the fire with mugs of hot chocolate piled high with marshmallows wearing warm fluffy socks and over sized jumpers (sweater paws are so cute!) whilst it's peacefully snowing outside. Oh and an old movie will have to be playing on tv, I love 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Jack and Sally are just too adorable. I would also love to spend the day ice skating, my favourite winter activity by far!! Winter is by far my favourite time of year as I feel all the family come together and happiness is spread all around! Sorry for the long winded answer!:) Xx

    Aimee | AimeeSueXO

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    1. Don't be sorry! It's perfect! You're listing all of the most amazing things about Winter that I think a lot of people forget about! It's the only season where it's acceptable to wear pajamas all day and eat whatever you want, whenever you want. The Nightmare Before Christmas was my favorite movie EVER growing up! I used to sing all the songs and ohhh god now I'm totally going to have them stuck in my head all night hahaha Love your comment, Aimee! I can't wait for Christmas now :) Have a great weekend and talk to you soon!

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  24. My favorite thing about Christmas is that everyone seems so happy like there is nothing to worry about.
    Fashion's Iconic Capitals | Styleccentric Fashion'

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    1. Haha! That's a good one! I feel like the different personality types run rampant on the holidays.. Either you get someone shouting at you in a parking lot, or they're giving you free cookies on the street hahah Gotta love the holiday personalities!

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  25. oh great faves! i adore burt's bees products

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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    1. Thanks Helen! I ADORE YOUR BLOG URL! Oh my gosh I can't wait to check it out!
      -Fellow Cure Fan and actual cat fan ;)

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  26. This seriously would be the greatest! Awesome reviews! My skin has been so dry this year and I am on the lookout for some amazing products! I love everything about the holiday season! There is just such a great feeling around this time of year! xx
    leavingericafootprints.blogspot.com

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  27. Great picks, I really love the lip balm, and I always need it because my lips gets dry especially in these colder months! Thank you for sharing, hope you have a great day!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

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  28. insta i am @****kabbaoxx
    and i love gathering with my family and relatives to celebrate over good food

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  29. Speding time with family, decorating the house and the yard, and listening to carols !

    Instagram: @biancarogoveanu
    Bloglovin: bubble10

    Thank you for the chance and happy December !

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  30. Great little picks and what a fabulous giveaway! I've only heard of Burts Bees from this but I do love them, especially their lip butters!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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