Anyway, December is coming and it is my favorite time of the month again! Christmas is coming in 19 days and I kinda feel like Christmas comes way too fast this year. Does anyone feel the same way as me? While I had always looked forward to Christmas for the last few years of my life, this year, I get more and more depressed and anxious as The Day is approaching. Lately, I have been planning a lot of things to celebrate Christmas like making Christmas cards for my friends, baking Christmas treats with my mom and buying Christmas decorations. However, time flies unacceptably fast that I freaked out a little bit. I'm excited for Christmas while at the same time I don't want it to pass by very quickly that I don't get the chance to really enjoy it. The image of 26th of December, when everyone will be taking off their Christmas decorations and yelling, "Christmas is over" really terrifies me.
So, let's get on to my November favorites.
I don't have many beauty favorites this month because I haven't really shopped a lot since I went back to Indonesia. But, I've been really loving this shower cologne by Etude.
It's the Belle Dress shower cologne and mine is the Marine Look one. I believe this is not a new product and to be honest this is actually the first Etude product that I purchased. A few days ago I told my mom that I wanted to buy a cologne/perfume because I've ran out of my previous one. So, we decided to pop into the Etude shop in Citraland Mall and I finally found this smell that I really like (plus, the price is very affordable too, which is IDR 88.000!). Basically, this smell reminds me of the cool summer breeze on a beach near my house (taking away the fishy smell of course). Maybe that's why it's called Marine Look. The smell is also very soft and casual, which I like because strong perfumes always remind me of my older relatives on our family gatherings and they always make me want to puke. Another reason why I choose this variant is also because I've always wanted to try something new. My previous perfumes have always smelt like either floral or sweets and I think my taste has changed as I grew up.
My second beauty favorite is this foot cream by Oriflame.
I've almost ran out of my Feet Up Anti-perspirant Pine & Witch Hazel Foot Cream and I've yet to try the Cooling Lemongrass & Water Mint one. So far, I really like the former because it makes my feet feel really cool and fresh because of the minty sensation in it. I usually apply in on to my feet in the morning, before I wear my socks for school, and at night, before I go to sleep. When I woke up, it left my feet feeling as soft as baby feet. Also, it is supposed to help our feet breathe by controlling perspiration and reducing foot odours. So, it's great for those who suffer with stinky feet.
My last beauty favorite has to be this cream which is given by my dermatologist.
The brand is Papulex and it's the Oil-free Cream for acne prone skin. I've actually never heard of this brand before but when I visited a dermatologist a few weeks ago because of my pretty bad breakouts (due to trying out a new BB cream), he gave me this cream. It has been helping my skin a lot, especially with my naughty cystic acne on my forehead and temple. This cream is also non comedogenic, which means it won't further clog your pores and cause more acne to grow on my face. Thankfully, my skin condition has improved a lot now. I'm not too sure where you can get this product because I myself have never seen this product before. But if you happen to come across this product anywhere and if you're suffering with acne, you should definitely try this out. I know how annoying acne can be but trust me, bad things shall pass, and so does breakouts.
I haven't went shopping for clothes since September but I definitely will this month. :(
I haven't watched that many movies recently BUT I really have to include Catching Fire in this month's favorite. If you haven't watched it, you definitely should! If you have already watched it, tell me who is your favorite character down below. I personally love Peeta because of his sincerity towards Katniss and I think he is very brave despite not being as tall as other guy characters such as Gale and Finnick. ;)
I haven't read any of the Hunger Game Series novel because I'm not a fan of adventure books but I really love watching the movies! I've watched the first movie but I think Catching Fire is way more thrilling and intense. I'm not gonna spoil the movie for those of you who have yet to watch it but all I want to say is that I really can't wait for the third movie to come out!
My new movie favorite is not really a movie but it's more like a drama series. I have two Korean dramas and one Thailand drama. The first Korean drama is the Gu Family Book. Honestly, the first reason why I watched this is because of Lindy (from BubzBeauty in YouTube) mentioned this in one of her vlog so I (who kinda fangirl on her a little bit) decided to start watching Korean drama again after about a year of hiatus.
Fun fact: I actually really like Korean dramas which settings is in the old monarchy era because I like to see the cultures and ways of living of the Koreans back then. The storyline is also very unique and once you start on the first episode, it's very difficult not to continue watching. The fighting scenes are the kind that keeps you at the edge of your seat and I kinda have a girl crush on Suzy because of that (just a little bit).
My second favorite Korean drama is The Heirs and I know many people are watching it right now.
I think I know why many people love it. The main reason must be no other than the main character, Lee Min Ho! Frankly speaking, I used to 'not-really-like' him when I first saw him in Boys Before Flowers, maybe because of his slightly curly hair in that drama. So now I realize that hair does make a pretty big difference in one's image because in this drama, Kim Tan has a shorter hair with side-wept fringe that makes him looks much younger and charming, in my opinion.
My last movie favorite is a Thailand drama entitled Hormones.
I think Thailand drama is different from Korean drama in a way that it's more brave when it comes to expressing their strong emotions such as anger and hatred. And also, most of the Thailand movies/dramas that I have watched are more relatable as they are more common to see in our daily life (even in Indonesia and Singapore). This drama is about the life of Thailand teenagers and their problems which I think, some of them are also daily life problems for Indonesian and Singaporean teenagers. Some of the issues that are discussed in this drama include smoking, premarital sex and homosexual relationship. On top of that, I think it's a drama that not only teenagers should watch. Parents, too, can learn from it, especially if they are raising teenagers. This drama can help them to understand more about us, teenagers, and the issues that we are currently facing. The issues that we are always afraid to tell the adults.
And he's my favorite actor from the drama. :)
I don't know what it is about the environment here that makes me so lazy to read thick novel books. I haven't even finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey but I decided to postpone it until I return to Singapore. I'm sorry but I don't really have a favorite book this month but however, I have a favorite magazine!
My cousin from Australia got me this when he visited us in Semarang because he said he knows that I like anything 'hippie'. HEHE. Unlike many other magazines which mainly talks about celebrity, gossips and fashion trends, this magazine has all the things that I love ― design, art, fashion, music, craft, etc. ― in one. Perfect. Just perfect. Reading this is just like reading the stories of people who are living my dream life. Some are quirky, some are inspirational but I just love the satisfaction when I feel like, hey, my life is still under my control and I can make it wonderful too.
Though I'm very sad that they don't sell it here in Indonesia, I heard that they have it in Kinokuniya store in Singapore (for me it's a bit on the pricey side but maybe I can get them once in a while when my eyes need an escape from school notes and textbooks).
I'm not sure why but I've been really addicted to watching makeup tutorials lately (despite the fact that I'm not into wearing makeup on a daily basis). I think I just enjoy watching people putting makeup on their face because they are like artists to me. Here are some of my favorite beauty and makeup related YouTubers, or famously known as beauty gurus. Their channels are not just about beauty related stuffs but also fashion and lifestyle. Cool. (I try not to repeat the same ones from my September Favorites)
1. Ann Le (Anneorshine)
2. Jenn (From Head To Toe)
3. Louise (Sprinkle of Glitter)
4. Angela (TeddyBearKitties)
5. Ingrid (missglamorazzi)
That's all of my favorites for the month of November. I hope you find it somewhat interesting. What are your favorites of the month? Do you have any movie recommendations, especially the Christmassy ones? Do let me down in the comments!