December 2016 Favourites


It’s been a little while since my last monthly favourites post, so I am very much overdue! I thought I’d start with the December 2016 Favourites, no time like the present!


Something I’ve been using almost everyday has been the Nyx products from the Nyx Flagship Store Event. I picked up the gorgeous NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette (RRP $29.95) and I’ve been using it constantly since. Some gorgeous colours (both wearable and ones for more daring looks) and the powder is very finely milled. I wouldn’t say it has the same softness or buttery-ness as higher end highlighters like Becca Cosmetics, but they are definitely good quality. If you’re interested in a full review, one will be on the blog later in the month.

As always, I’ve been loving my Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (RRP $31.99 – 250mL) I’ve been swapping between Sensibio and Hydrabio this year, you can read about the differences between the two in this post. While I ocassionally dabble in other cleansing waters, I always come back to my tried and true.

Another favourite from the lovely France Pharmaceuticals is Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (RRP $42.95), a multi-purpose dry-oil. I love the scent of this oil and I’ve been using it at night after my shower for extra hydration. I also like using it on the ends of my hair seeing as they are a bit dry and over-processed.

Another hair product I’ve been using is the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Mask (RRP $15.99). I actually used to use this product quite frequently a few years ago, and I’ve only just rediscovered it again recently. I love finding those products that you have no idea why you stopped using it in the first place!

Another favourite for November as well as December has been the Etude House My Lash Serum (RRP US$5.90). One of my friends was kind enough to pick this up for me recently as she loves her own. I haven’t seen a great deal of growth in my lashes, but they definitely feel thicker and more nourished.

A bit of a random favourite for last, but I really wanted to share it with you, as it will hopefully help make a few posts on The Minted Blog in the future make a bit more sense! If you’ve got Netflix, I highly recommend watching Minimalism, a documentary about starting a minimalist lifestyle. I know you’re thinking that a beauty blogger couldn’t possibly be a minimalist, but I am determined to try. Even if you don’t plan on throwing everything away, it’s sometimes good to review and get perspective on the things you own, and how you use them. If you end up watching it (or already have!) let me know in the comments so we can chat about it!

What were your favourites this December?

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  • Mel – Loads of Lifestyle

    Great favourites Kate!! I have just started using the Nuxe dry oil too!! (I’m actually wearing it right now 😉 ) I may just check out that Minimalism documentary! I loove minimalist scandi design however, I live with a person who likes to keep things.. Like high school diarys.. from 1999…. haha but seriously the last time we moved I found them! And made him throw them out!!!

    Mel xx || Loads of Lifestyle

    • Kate Flint

      Haha I feels that! I just shredded a diary from 2003 when I was in Yr 9. All I learnt by reading it is that I was a little brat haha!

  • Rachel | Beauty and the Bird

    Great post. I’ve got the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse but never really sure how to use it! I might try it after my shower like you said as it does smell gorgeous.

    Rachel | Beauty and the Bird

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks Rachel! A little goes a long way with the oil so use a little at a time as needed 🙂 Hope you love it as much as me!

  • Chantalle

    Great bunch of favourites! The Bioderma Micellar water is pretty much a staple for me, I can’t live without it! I also love the Nuxe Oil, especially in winter when my skin is so dry! xx

    Chantalle |

    • Kate Flint

      Yes! The Nuxe oil is also great for fading scars! I swear that some pesky scars on my knees are finally fading thanks to this baby!

  • Elise B

    I haven’t tried Nuxe but it looks/sounds really good.

    • Kate Flint

      Hope you get to check it out, it’s an awesome product!

  • Maddie |

    I’m going to look into that docco, I’m addicted to shows like Hoarders so it’ll be interesting to see the other side of the coin.

    Love the Bioderma micellar waters 🙂

    Maddie |

    • Kate Flint

      Hahaha Hoarders is a great show, always makes me want to go on a cleaning spree 😛

  • Becomingtashh

    Watching that doco PRONTO. It is a goal of mine to be more mindful and minimal with every aspect of my life! <3


    • Kate Flint

      It’s so good Tash, get on it! Very inspirational. I’m going to look into reading the book of one of the duos featured in the doc too 🙂

      • Becomingtashh

        Thinking I might pop it on tonight while i do some planning!

  • Ela

    Sigh, my favorite micellar water (Bifesta) is phasing out of my country, so I need to find a replacement 🙁
    Ela |