Tuesday, October 3, 2017

favorites: September 2017.

I've been excited to do this month's favorites list all month because September was a good one for new things. It's also getting into that cozy autumn season soon (at least, I hope so...I don't remember how California's seasons work) so instead of freaking out about my super dry skin and trying to match my foundation to my tan, here we are with new products that have been making me love life lately:

1. Just Peachy Velvet Matte Eye Shadow Palette – Peaches and Cream Collection by Too Faced


As soon as I saw the Sephora email about Too Faced's new Peaches and Cream collection, my heart jumped a little. If you know me, you know how much I love Too Faced, especially their Sweet Peach collection. And an all-matte eyeshadow palette? What more could you want?

The colors are gorgeous (and subtle) and the shadows blend beautifully. The scent also isn't too overwhelming, and I know some people don't like that about Too Faced's scented palettes. The Peaches and Cream collection seems a little more subtle. I poked around at other products in the collection, and there were a few misses (I don't like the primer), but if you're going to get one thing from this set, get this palette.

2. Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna



I know, I know – everyone's talking about Fenty, so it seems #predictable to include it in a favorites list, but this foundation is literally one of my favorite products I think I've used. I normally am not a huge fan of wearing foundation, but this one is super lightweight and provides great coverage. it doesn't go on streaky and it dries quickly so you don't have to worry about making a blotchy mess of everything as you try and move onto other parts of your face.

And, of course, I love Fenty's range. I know other brands have a lot of foundation shades, but there's something unique to how deeply thought-out Fenty is. At Sephora, the employee who was helping color match me showed me two different shades that could work for my skin that really only had one subtle difference between them, but it made a world of difference. I've always leaned more toward using golden-y foundations because it doesn't wash me out, but the downside is that those shades can also make me look too yellow. The Sephora employee recommended I go with shade 220 and it's made a noticeable difference (at least, to me it's noticeable!), especially with how the rest of my makeup looks on top of it.

3. Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask by The Body Shop


Shoutout to Kristen for scooping me a bit of this mask on the metro home one day because I am obsessed. The smell isn't overwhelming, I can see the redness going down, and it makes my skin feel amazing. I love the tingly sensation it produces after going on, and after it's washed off, I just feel fresher. I've been working this year toward reducing the amount of waste associated with beauty products (for example, I'm all about my makeup eraser now over disposable makeup wipes), so this has been a great replacement for sheet masks.

4. Scrubee by Lush


It's a cult favorite, but I've never jumped on board because I'm not too big a fan of solid soaps/scrubs. But after the Lush employee gave us a demo, I was sold. It leaves my skin feeling smooth (hello, it's basically a block of shea butter) through the night and it smells incredible.

Also, it's super cute. How can you not love it?

(I will say that storing it requires an extra step: you can't just leave it sitting on a soap dish in the shower. When you're not using it, it needs to be placed in a soap saver away from steam/water, or else it can melt.)

5. Statement™ Matte Liquid Lipcolor by BareMinerals


I've been using the shade "Fire" in this range lately, and I love it. Not exactly the best autumn color (it's a bit too bright), but that's besides the point. The point is that the formula is amazing. It glides on easily and dries fast, so by the time you go to blot your lips, it's set pretty well. I've been loving liquid lipsticks lately, and this one is definitely up there with my favorites.

6. Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book by Jomny Sun


I meant to include this in last month's favorites, but I forgot! :( If you're familiar with @jomnysun, then you don't need too much of an introduction to this book. (If you're not familiar, then check out our profile of him from January.)

Reading this book felt like a warm hug, followed by a deep conversation – the kind that really mean something, and that you know you won't forget. There's a simplicity to the concept that most pieces of art struggle with when trying to send a message, but Everyone's a Aliebn gets it right. It's heartwarming and lovely and moving, and I'm not gonna lie: I sobbed through the last half of this book like a toddler who lost her favorite stuffed animal. I can barely even talk about this book without getting emotional. It's that beautiful.

7. Who? Weekly


Amanda recommended this podcast over lunch recently and the second I started listening to it, I was obsessed. You know those conversations where someone mentions a celebrity (or, "celebrity") and you're just sitting there thinking, "Who's that?" – well, take that and blow it up into a 45-minute chat and you've got "Who? Weekly." I love chatty podcasts filled with good banter, and the hosts are so fun. Who doesn't love a good kind-of-gossipy-but-not-really session?

8. Black Tie Waist Cropped Trousers from New Look


These pants are so comfortable, and they pair well with solid T-shirts or tanks. They also look great wth my Adidas trainers or with a pair of heels. Seriously, can I just wear them all the time?

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