My Favorite Makeup & Beauty Products This November

This and that in November – more THIS than that πŸ˜‰

:rose: I hope you Ladies are doinΒ΄fine πŸ™‚ Here some beauty news from my busy November. I could have made several posts of this one by telling you every single thing about every item regarding. But to wrap up my actually fast running time and situation this is just a quick overview on my beauty “activities” last month. It got cold and snowy early this year in Germany, supposed to be the earliest snow since 1970 or so and the coldest November for the last 100 years;Β  and so I canceled one shopping spree – was not only too cold I also had no time for it. But some new products arrived at my place via internet shopping.


OPI launched the Burlesque Collection and I ordered some of the polishes; was looking forward this release since I saw some previews on the net.My abs. fave from this collection is Let Me Entertain You, a deep Fuchsia with tiny, shimmering flakes which give the texture just a hint of a metalic finish.Β  Lovely colour, have a look:


I bought a few more colours but Let Me Entertain you is the one I really would like to recommend to you because of the outstanding, brilliant texture. If you like to try some more of the collection, you maybe would like to try the Glimmer and Shimmer sets, they have a free body shimmer included.Β  πŸ™‚


Set 1: Extra-va-vaganza and Take the Stage
Set 2: Show It and Glow It and Let Me Entertain You
Set 3: Sparkle-icious and Teas-y Does It

Then ALVA, one of my favorite german Brands featuring all natural cosmetics, launched an amazing Edition called Green Equinox Collection.

rati beauty ad

When it comes to pigments and mineral cosmetics there are only a few brands I use because most mineral cosmetics are only some kind of very dry, mixed pigments and thatΒ΄s all about. To get a good, long-staying color brilliance and smoothy texture you have to add more to such a product. ALVA managed to create an outstanding product – smoothy application, high pigmented, brilliant and longstaying, plus: Vegan and bio-certificated. The quality is amazing and I am utterly in love with these six multi-purpose stacks. Multi-purpose describes the diverse applications of a single product. You can use this colors for lips, cheeks, nails, as eyeshadow or eyeliner – itΒ΄s up to you. Since I already wrote a guest review for a german beauty blog I asked a friend if she would like to review it for IMBB – but she doesnΒ΄t konw if she will have time for that the next couple of weeks because she is jetting around the globe (work) till the end of December. So this here is just a basical information about the Edition.

The six stacks in detail:

Spring On My Mind


Featuring the colours:
β€’ Sparkling HarmonyΒ  –Β  Warm Sand with golden shimmer (Shimmer)
β€’ Bunrished Olive –Β  Warm Olive with golden and green Reflects (Shimmer)
β€’ Warm Azure – Greenish Azure with soft Reflects (Lustre)
β€’ May I? –Β  Deep Coral (Satin)



β€’ Cool Silk – Bright Skyblue with soft white Pearl (Pearl)
β€’ Li-La-Lilac – Bright Violet with silver and Violet shimmer (Shimmer)
β€’ Enchanting Sea – Deep Emerald Green (Satin)
β€’ Home of Phoenix – Mid-tone smokey Grey (Matte)

Do you speak Alva?


β€’ No Doubt – Soft GreyΒ  (Semi-Matte)
β€’ Mauve Me – Soft Mauve with subtle shimmer (Satin)
β€’ Guess What? Green! –Β  Deep Fir Green with soft shimmer (Satin)
β€’ Side by Side –Β  Intense Copper with copper shimmer (Metal)

Earth Song


β€’ Soft & Gentle – Polished Ivory with soft shimmer (Semi-Matte)
β€’ Arcane – Bright, greyish Green with golden Pearl (Frost)
β€’ Kiss of a Rose – Intense Rosewood with silver Pearl (Satin)
β€’ Gaia – Dark, Chocolate Brown (Matte)

Rich Planet


β€’ Solar Gem – Bright Gold with golden Pearl (Satin)
β€’ Autumn Joy – Bright Green with golden shimmer (Frost)
β€’ Promise – Deep Petrol with satin shimmer (Satin)
β€’ Sumptuous Grape – Cranberry with pink and copper shimmer (Satin)



β€’ Royal Flush –  Silver (Metal)
β€’ Atlantis –Β  Deep forest Green with petrol undertones (Matte)
β€’ Pink Attitude –  Magenta with violet Pearl (Satin)
β€’ Remember Me –Β  Nightblue with silver Pearl (Satin)

Ladies, this product does not look very special in the jars but believe me, itΒ΄s a real breathcatcher when it comes to brilliance, handling, colourstaying and ingredients. If you are somewhere where you can get your hands on it – you can buy it blind. Never had something like that in natural cosmetics,Β  the product is comparableΒ  with the good MAC pigments (since MAC has some losers among their pigments) but with much better ingredients than MAC. The Jars are quite big and contain 2,25 grams product each, so one stack delivers nine grams of pigments – this will last for a long, long time, even if you are going to do frankenpolish or just share the pigments with your friends.

Ranking: :-* :-* :-* :-*Β  +

Last but not least I would like to show you my November favorites in decorative cosmetics, means: Products I loved to use this November. There are some holy grails I use all of the time and there are products/colours I prefer using at winter time, cold weather, winter light etc.Β Β  So here they are:


β€’ MAC Beautypowder in Soft Dew, LE – nice for blushing and sculpting (light skin tones)
β€’ ALVA Baked Powder in Light – this product is on the best way to get a holy grail for me; lovely texture and finish, better than the MAC MSF naturals in my oppinion
β€’ MAC e/s My Dark Magic from the Venomous Villiains LE
β€’ MAC Dazzleglass Creme Gone RomancinΒ΄ LE, nice casual colour with lovely, lightcatching dazzles
β€’ MAC Lipglass Pink Manish LE from the Manish Aurora Edition;Β  love it
β€’ China Glaze First Class Ticket and p2 Daring Purple (Meet Me at 12:30 Edition) – both beautiful, deep Purples
β€’ Bvlgari Omnia – one of my favorit scents
β€’ ALVA Stack Kaleidoscope, not on the photo, see pic and impressions above πŸ™‚

What were your favorite products this November?Β Β  Except your “Holy Grailsβ€œ: Do your faves change? Are there special products you prefer at wintertime?


63 thoughts on “My Favorite Makeup & Beauty Products This November

  1. Ups, I have to use more attractive names for the photos – as you are using it at upload for the post πŸ˜€ Will use less technical names in the future πŸ˜€ :-* :-* :-*

  2. That is such an awesome post Tatjana…Lovingg your collection…. :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: …..Are they your nails??? Sooooooooooooo prettyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :-* :-* :-* I am surely gonna try Alva products in my next visit to Germany!! :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

    1. Thanks a lot cali :-* :-* :-*
      Yes, these are my nails πŸ™‚

      You are coming to Germany? 😯 :-)) :-)) :-)) When?

            1. Everybody from IMBB is going to Ulm… does Ulm have a special cooperation with India / indian cities? Ulm is in the very south of Germany and I am at the very west… but we will manage to meet, I am sure πŸ™‚ since Germany is not such a huge country as India is. :-* :-* :-* :-*

    1. Thank you Shreya πŸ™‚

      Does it look reddish on you computerscreen? ItΒ΄s a deep berry-magenta to describe it :inlove:
      Ma abs, fave from the Burlesque collection πŸ™‚

      1. ya kind of red .. guess bz of computer screen .. who cares the nails look ROCKING πŸ™‚ :inlove:

        btw thanks for replying to my comment somebody replied me πŸ™‚ my first reply yipee yipee :beauty:

    1. No no, rids I did not shop every single item showed in the post in November πŸ˜€
      I shopped the ALVA collection and four of the OPI Burlesque polishes πŸ™‚

      Thanks for liking it Rids :-*

      1. Umm there are some lovely products among there :-))
        Most often I donΒ΄t know which will be the monthΒ΄s faves – I discover it by using and then, at the end of the month I take a look what products I used most often the weeks before.

        Sending mail today :-* :-*

  3. hey, tatjana, i posted an article on ur giveaway gifts. hav u seen it? after getting those gifts, i was curious and i visited the alva website. wow, they hav quite a collection! it’s too bad that we dont get them here.

    1. Hi bulbul – good to see you :-* :-*
      I had a hell of a busy November and I hardly had any time for visiting blogs :-/
      ThatΒ΄s my usal rythm: Weeks I have lots of time and then weeks I hardly get some sleep..

      Would love :inlove: to read this article – is it on IMBB?
      Please give m a link :-* :-* :-*

    2. Now I found it – thanks a ton bulbul :-* :-* :-*
      What a nice post…. so sorry I had such a busy Noveber and was not following IMBB :-((
      And it is nice written, indeed; come to think: If your post is not, what are my posts then? English is my third language and I have to thank all of you for your patience with my English :rose: :rose: :rose:

    1. There are several polish brands claiming to have polishes glowing in the dark.
      I guess I tried them all πŸ˜› and here what came out:

      Then only brands not using the three BigBads (bad ingredients), the PPPs, and having polishes really glowing in the dark are OPI and China Glaze :-))
      Do you like the polish?

      1. not much. i have 5 bottles at all. πŸ˜› i like to collect eye pencils and eyeshadows. and tatjana, ur nails are very pretty. wow,i can’t believe i hav a German friend. i am a bengali btw. :-))

    2. Thanks a lot bulbul :-* :-*
      I have to confess that I did not count my polishes for months.. would take some time :silly:
      Me typical laquer head πŸ˜€

      You have a Croatian friend :-))
      Since I am Croatian – only living in Germany πŸ˜‰ :-* :-* :-*

  4. These stacks are so gorgeous, Tajana. Ragusa and Do you speak Alva are :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

      1. Hehee.. Rangoli is the design that you make with coloured \ white powder in front of the house mostly on festivals. The powder is reeeeally colourful and so are you stacks, hence. πŸ˜›

        1. Ah, kind of mandala with coloured powder :-))
          Seen pictures of these designs and I consider this as art for me.
          I know that there are religous backgrounds but this rangolis are so beautiful, made with passion and joy :inlove:

          1. yupppppppppp Tatjana!! I love making rangolis, and it is always a greatttttttttttt joy for me to make it , whenever I go home during Diwali time. Diwali is a hindu festival, usually celebrated in October/November :-). We light candles and “diyas”, decorate our houses, make rangoli, wear new pretty dresses, apply even prettier makeup!! :beauty: :beauty: he he…, exchange gifts, light crackers, eat yummmyyyyyyyy sweets and meet our friends and relatives!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ..It is like a Christmas for Hindus – quite significant!

  5. Seems you Ladies have no November faves at all 😐
    I must change that for the future by showing you a lot of great products πŸ˜€ :-* :-*

  6. I’ll die before my nails get that long!!! 😯 😯

    Awesome picks.. Lovved the ALVA stacks… :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

    I bet Rati’s home is flooding with drool… :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

    1. TY Mrun :-* :-*
      I use to wear them even longer πŸ˜€
      And when they get too long (getting on my nerves) I cut them down and let them grow long again. Ratis home flooding with drool 😯 :laugh: :rotfl:

    1. Thanks a lot bhumika :-))
      They will be a detailed review on the stacks as soon as my friend will find some time to do it.
      She is the only person I know who is more busy than I am actually 😯 😯

  7. fabulous nails tatjana..! and your technical as well as practical knowledge about makeup is amazing!! its always a treat to read ur posts and even ur comments!! btw i absolutely love your eye looks!!

    since its already december id like to say my decmber favourite product is the Lush tea tree toner… i just bought it and its fabulous, refreshing, and most importantly it works..!! 1st toner of my life which ACTUALY tightens my pores!!
    i dont think this will just be my december favourite.. it could become my HG toner!! πŸ˜€

    1. TYVM Neha, I am so glad you ladies like my posts and looks :-)) :-))
      There will be another HG post soon :-* :-*

      The Lush Tea Tree toner is a very good product and a nice pore refiner as well.I know several younger beauties with mixed skin loving it and donΒ΄t want to use anything else anymore :yes: :yes:

    1. TY Deb :-* :-* :-* :-*

      I am so sorry I had no time to follow IMBB :-((
      Did you test the mascara? Did you write a review on it?
      Woul love to know if it fits for your sensitive eyes :-)) :-)) :rose:

  8. Tatjana….everything is so bright and colourful………those stacks are so so lovely πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    1. Thanks a lot, jomol :-* :-* :-*
      Yes, these stacks are a pure colour explosion and hold different textures for multi-purposenal use. Lots of Greens there…. I love Green :inlove: :inlove:

  9. Those stacks :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: I am drooooooooooling :rain: :rain: :rain: :rain: :rain: me waaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnt…CALIIIIIIIIIIIIIii…I love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…you can get all this for me when you come from Gerrrrrrmannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:

        1. Seriously Tatjana!! :doh: :doh: Have you seen her Inglot eyeshadow palette? πŸ˜› πŸ˜› Me and Rati an hour getting it packed :sweat: :sweat: …and then I brought it safely from Delhi to Bangalore, to give it to her :smug: :smug: :smug: . And, till date I’ve not seen any eye-makeup look from her, apart from the pretty pretty palette pics and swatches!! :-/ :-/ :-/ :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry:

          1. Really? :rotfl: :silly: πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ :-*

            I would love to see a look with the Inglot palette since Inglot is not available here. But I will shop Inglot when I go to Poland the next time.

  10. :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad: Dont listen to her Tatjana…I am a goooood girl O:-)

  11. Ladies, I got email – a friend just gave me the information that this post was linked on the German ALVA cosmetics Facebook page as well as on their UK Facebook page. 😯
    Now how amazing is that?

    Google Analytics are really fast 😯

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