November Beauty Round-up

It’s quite a month. November brought us to a new country and I’ve spent the last several days unpacking all of our stuff after its six-week journey at sea. Man do we have a lot of shit. Every time I think we’ve gotten rid of enough, it always amazes me to see it all packed up. No doubt we’ll be making some donation runs in the coming days — after being parted from your things for a while, you always look at them a bit differently, wondering why you held onto certain things and realizing what you did and didn’t miss.

November also brought another quarantine and national lockdown here in England. To keep busy and sane, I leaned into self care, namely P.volve (I’m hooked) and, of course, my skincare routine.

Here’s what I finished up this month:


Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme — If you’re looking for a luscious night cream, this one feels right in the middle between a balm and a cream. The star ingredient is moringa, which provides vitamin C, omega-3s and amino acids. I really liked the texture and how quickly it absorbed into my skin. Each morning, my skin looked refreshed and smooth. I did find it a bit too rich for my neck, which can get irritated with heavier moisturizers.

Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask — If you wanna talk texture, this gel mask is just amazing. The pale pink gel has a bouncy texture and gives your skin the same effect. The star ingredients (along with plenty of hydrators) are prickly pear extract and vitamin E. I used it twice a week and always woke up looking glowing. I liked to apply it 30 minutes to an hour before bed and then gave my face a quick blotting before lying down.

Liz Milano Vitamin C + Orange Stem Cell Serum (discounted) — I have a hard time with vitamin C serums. I’m still dealing with scars from the cystic breakout CE Ferulic gave me. Thankfully, I had no such issues with this gel serum made with orange stem cells, vitamin C, orange oil, enzymes and chamomile. It layered really well with my other products and did give my skin a brighter, more unified look after applying.

On the Fence:

LA FAON Instant Lifting Serum (gifted) — Made with a hydrating mix of ingredients that includes hyaluronic acid, apple stem cells and ceramides, this serum has a lovely smooth texture. It provides lightweight hydration and layers well with other serums. I used it on my face, neck and chest. However, I’m on the fence about it because I didn’t notice much in the way of firming or brightening.


Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist — This is controversial I know, considering the cult status of this product. I just didn’t find it gave my skin the same hydration and glow as the mist from Caudalie. It’s just so expensive for a mist and I was expecting to be blown away by the scent and its hydrating effects. Sadly, not the case, and I’m glad I only purchased a small bottle.

See what else I’ve used up here.

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