There are sooo many products I have been loving this past month- some new, some old. I haven’t done a favorites post in actual years, but I’m thinking I should start back up with these every month as they’re a great way to showcase things that I’m loving but haven’t necessarily done individual reviews on (or that I feel the need to mention again because they’re that good). So, for the month of October, I’ve been loving…
I apologize in advance to my non-Canadian readers, because as far as I know, this can only be found at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. With that being said, this is the BEST body scrub I’ve ever used. It doesn’t leave an oily residue and it makes my skin so, so soft. I also love the fresh lavender and rosemary scent. Most definitely buying more of these!
Shiseido recently launched a collection of 16 lipsticks in a “spectrum of intense reds for every skintone.” I am a little bit confused by this collection, because probably less than half of the shades are actually red, with the rest of them being nudes or pinks. Regardless, the lipsticks are super moisturizing and nice to wear, and the shades are gorgeous. My two favorites are Sweet Desire and Poppy.
Essie Gel Couture Polish ($11.50)
Yes, I’m still totally obsessed this nailpolish. I basically don’t use anything else, with the exception of giving a new polish a trial run every now and then (like the Chanel one that is currently on my toes and started chipping so badly within a couple days… grrr!). These polishes are SO. GOOD. I have turned so many of my friends on to them and there is really no going back, haha. I can get up to six days of chip-less wear out of these babies. Make sure you get the top coat as well, because that is the real winner. Favorite shades? Pre-Show Jitters and Couture Curator.
I’ve always quite liked Benefit Gimme Brow, but ever since they added in an additional shade that suits me really well (03 Medium), I’ve been using it WAY more. I can totally get away with not filling in any sparse areas and just using this on my brows for a day to day basis. Love it!
The Maybelline Color Jolts are such a little gem of a drugstore find. I think these are a pretty decent dupe for the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks, which I also love. They don’t very long, but I don’t find the Too Faced ones do either. My favorite shades right now are Never Bare, Orange Outburst and Berry Naughty.
Covergirl LashBlast Plumpify Mascara ($11.99)
I’m semi-hesitant to recommend this, because I think it’s only really good if you already have fairly long lashes. I mean, it’s a fine mascara otherwise, but it really works so well when your lashes are already pretty long. It’s great for separation and length, whilst still looking very natural. I don’t experience any clumping at all with this. This is what I’ve been using everyday for the past couple of months, and as my lashes have grown longer from using LiLash, I’ve liked it more and more (also, to note: I definitely don’t love every mascara more since my lashes have grown longer, it’s just that my lash needs have changed, haha).
This specific shade, Secret Salma, is the most stunning rosy mauve shade that literally suits everyone. Don’t believe me? Go look at the “see it on your skintone” section of the Charlotte Tilbury site… it looks good on EVERYONE. These are also very easy to apply with CT’s unique square angled tip that is meant to mimic a lip brush, and are very comfortable to wear with no drying and surprisingly minimal transfer compared to some other lipsticks I own. There are so many other shades of this lipstick I’d love to own!
Lipsense Long Lasting Liquid Lip Color ($55+tax for a starter kit and $25+tax for a single color)
You have probably seen this somewhere on a blog or Instagram or Facebook at this point. Lipsense lipsticks are a direct sales product- as annoying as we all know direct sales are, please stick with me here. These lipsticks are LEGIT. Like, so legit it seems unreal. Once they’re on, they’re on. It’s like a weightless layer of color on your lips, so there’s no flaking, no cracking, no moving, no smudging, no transferring, no NOTHING. They don’t go anywhere. Because of that, they’re quite difficult to remove, but it’s worth it for all day wear. The one I have is in the shade Fleur de Lisa and I definitely want to get a couple more.
These BECCA blushes are expensive at $34 a pop, but as with pretty much every other BECCA product in existence, they’re worth every penny. I have several shades of these, but I’m especially loving Foxglove and Dahlia for fall.
NARS Velvet Lip Glide ($26)
I freaking LOVE these. I already did a whole post on them here, if you want the full rundown- but long story short, they’re a liquid lipstick that is more like a beautiful, non-sticky, very pigmented gloss. They’re soooo nice to wear and I just all around am obsessed with these. Also, if you are able to get your hands on the NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set whenever they *hopefully* do a restock, get it. You will love it. Full review of the set coming soon!
This limited edition Diwali-inspired palette is a MUST. HAVE. I’m going to give it it’s own post soon so you can see how beautiful the shades in it are, but seriously- go get this before it’s gone. There are so many super popular MAC eyeshadows in here, like Embark, Cranberry and Coppering. You won’t regret picking this up!
Guys, Invisibobbles are my JAM (and Duke’s jam too, because he really, really loves to eat these… jerk)! They are a traceless hair ring- essentially an elastic that doesn’t leave kinks in your hair- and are the best ever. They’re pretty much all I ever use in my hair these days because they don’t damage my hair like regular elastics too, they don’t leave big kinks when I take my ponytail out, and they don’t give me headaches from having my hair too tight like regular elastics too. They’re seriously the best! If you haven’t tried them yet, you need to. They come in a three pack for $8, or you can pay a few extra bucks and get six in this duo (which are the ones I have pictured). They’re amazing and you will totally love them.
I’ve been using this for the last four or five months and it has yet to get an honorable mention on the blog, so I figured I should include this. I have the tangliest hair ever, regardless of how many hair masks I do or how much conditioner I use. Add a year’s worth of bleaching my hair into that equation, and you can imagine how difficult it is to get a brush through my hair after a shower. I am one of those people who has to brush their hair when it’s wet, because I have all sorts of crazy cowlicks that will take charge if I don’t, and the Wetbrush has been an actual game changer for me. I have the Wetbrush Shine Brush, which has both boar bristles and the Wetbrush Intelliflex bristles, and together these detangle my hair like no other. I honestly never thought I’d say that a hairbrush has been life changing, but it’s THAT good.
Milani Baked Blush ($9.69)
So while the quality of these blushes in general is pretty damn amazing, I am specifically referring to the shade Luminoso as an October favorite. Do you know how hard this blush is to find? It’s always sold out EVERYWHERE, probably because there’s so much hype about it. Well, you can believe the hype, because this blush is stunning. It’s a gorgeous peach with a bit of gold through it and oh my goshhhhhhh, I just love it so much. These blushes are insanely pigmented, so be careful to use a light hand.
Burberry Blush ($42)
Again, talking about a specific shade here- Earthy. Earthy is the most perfect contour shade if you are fair skinned and looking for something that is very natural and subtle. I got this on the recommendation of one of my favorite YouTubers (who is also Canadian, holla!), Allanaramaa, and absolutely love it. Besides the shade, the formula is also so nice. Soft, silky, super blendable, super natural looking. I definitely have a couple more shades on my wishlist!
I always used to think that I couldn’t use powder foundations because I have dry skin, but that’s totally not the case and the bareMinerals barePRO Powder Foundation has really proved me wrong on that. The coverage of this is great (I have a major chin breakout right now and it covered right over like 90% of it- to say I was shocked is an understatement), it doesn’t sit on top of my skin like I always used to imagine powder foundations would, it doesn’t look cakey and it doesn’t feel like I have a bunch of powder on my face. I won’t go into too much more detail because I have a full review coming up next week (with before and after pictures that are going to impress you… and probably gross you out because I’m baring my breakout so you can see how well this foundation covers, haha), so until then… two big thumbs up on this! Loving it.
What were some of your favorite beauty products last month?