October Favorites

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When I sat down to write this post, I named it "September Favorites," so you can really tell where my head is. Like I say every month, October went by so quickly! This month's favorites is yet again a mix of new and old favorites - just the way I like it. I haven't been as strict about my spending this month, but I'm going back on my low-buy now to save money for Christmas. So next month's favorites may be more rediscoveries than new products.

Glossier You* | You had to guess this would be here, right? This has only been out for about a week, and I had only been trying it a week before that, and yet it's already become a firm favorite. You can read my review for my full thoughts on it, but I just love that it's a subtle, "skinlike" scent that sits close to the skin and isn't heady or overpowering. Usually I like my perfumes to have a bit of rose in them, but this doesn't and I'm still in love. I don't think I've ever gotten more compliments on a fragrance as I have on this.

Jordan Samuel Skin etOILe Facial Oil I also wrote a review on this oil this month, and it's been a daily staple for most of the month. My skin absolutely loves this oil blend - it's become more balanced, even, and radiant this month after consistent use. I use it every night without fail, and sometimes in the morning too. I need to check out the retinol version next!

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NARS Powermatte Lip PigmentsI fell so head over heels in love with these this month. I thought I was over the liquid lipstick trend, but I guess not. These feel so lightweight on the lips like a stain, and although they're quite a flat matte, they don't make my lips shrivel up. I love how easy they are to wear - on an everyday basis, I've been tapping a little onto the center of my lips and blending it out for a more stained effect. Starwoman is now the only red I want to wear forever and ever, and American Woman and Save the Queen are perfect everyday shades. I think I'm getting Walk This Way from my sister soon, too, so there's no end in sight for this obsession. You can check out my review for swatches of the three shades I have, too.

Pixi Glow TonicThis is a rediscovery this month. After using The Ordinary's Glycolic Acid Toner for awhile, I just really missed the Pixi Glow Tonic. It's so much more pleasing to use, and I think it has much better effects on my skin. I've been using it every morning to wake up my skin, and it's been keeping it smooth and (aside from some hormonal breakouts) clear. I'm fully back on the Glow Tonic train, and I won't stray again anytime soon.

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder FoundationSpeaking of breakouts, I've been actually wearing foundation this month as opposed to a smattering of concealer. While I'm not happy about the breakouts, I am happy I've rediscovered my love for the Light Wonder Foundation. It gives good coverage for me, and it leaves my skin looking so glowy and healthy. It also seems to smooth over any texture and blur my pores. It lasts throughout the day on me, and it looks beautiful both on its own or mixed with other products like the Glossier Skin Tint.

What were your favorites in October?

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New In: Skincare

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Trying out new skincare is one of my favorite things to do, even more than trying new makeup. It's just so relaxing to pamper yourself, and the scientist in me loves to look at it as an experiment. There's a fine line between trying new products and completely overloading the skin, and I am always toeing that line. It's so tempting to just try all the things, but that wouldn't make for a very well-designed experiment, would it? So far my skin hasn't had any adverse reactions besides the usual hormonal breakout, so so far so good!

Jordan Samuel Skin | I wrote a whole post about the two products I've been using from Jordan Samuel Skin here, but I just wanted to pop in and say my skin has still been absolutely loving them. I'm going through them at a bit of an alarming rate, actually. The Hydrate Facial Serum is now my go-to to keep my skin hydrated and plump all day long, and I love how lightweight it feels. The etOILe Facial Oil has been giving my skin such a beautiful glow - it's really selling me on using oil blends as opposed to single-ingredient facial oils.

Monastery | A couple absolutely beautiful products from Monastery have recently come in the mail, and I've been head over heels for them. Monastery makes products from whole, natural ingredients that contain no drying salts or alcohol, and that are infused with aromatic oils for a truly luxurious experience. I've been trying out the Aloe Hyaluronic Gel*, which is an extremely lightweight gel moisturizer. I use this as a serum rather than my sole moisturizer. It contains two forms of hyaluronic acid to better penetrate the skin, as well as aloe and clary sage to rebuild and restore damaged skin cells. It also contains lavender to soothe. It's so incredibly comforting on the skin, and it's been calming down my breakouts for sure. The Gold Botanical Healing Serum* was another one that sounded like a godsend for my currently stressed skin. It's a facial oil containing evening primrose, rosehip seed, squalane, and English walnut oils. It's also scented with Edwardian rose, ambrette, cistus, and rosewood, so it's really relaxing to use before bed. This has also been amping up my glow and helping my skin heal itself over the past few weeks - I'm obsessed.

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Thank You Farmer | Thank You Farmer is a K-beauty brand I've been super intrigued about, and they just recently became available at Ulta. I had been looking into picking up a few products when I got an email asking if I wanted to try some, so I jumped at the chance. I was sent products from the Miracle Age Repair line: Eye Cream*, Toner*, Serum*, and Emulsion*. They all work to brighten and restore the skin's natural glow with peony extract and burdock root extract. So far the standouts of the four to me are the Eye Cream and the Serum - the eye cream has a whipped, buttery texture that feels divine on the skin and hasn't been causing any clogged pores/milia. It leaves my undereyes SO beautifully nourished and hydrated - I've definitely noticed some plumping of my fine lines. The serum also makes my skin feel super plump and nourished, and it also contains niacinamide to calm the skin - an ingredient my skin responds really well to. I will keep you posted on these as I use them more, but so far so good. 

Fresh Beauty | I recently got the most exciting surprise package from Fresh, and I was so grateful! They were sending out a few of their Rose products, and since I had been posting about my love for the Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner and Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream, so they sent me refills of those along with a few other hero products. I have lots of cleansers open and on rotation now, so I haven't opened it yet, but I've tried many many samples of the Soy Face Cleanser* and I know I already absolutely love it - cue me using large amounts of my open cleansers to finish them faster and get to this baby. It's not stripping on the skin whatsoever, removes makeup well, and leaves the skin feeling nicely cleaned and conditioned. I love using the Rose Cream at night, so I've been digging into the Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream* during the day. It's been perfect for this transitional weather - it's rich enough to keep the skin feeling nourished all day long, but it doesn't feel heavy at all. It plumps up my skin nicely and leaves a bit of a tacky finish, which makes it an excellent base for makeup. And a standout product I had never even thought about trying is the Sugar Face Polish*. It's not abrasive or harsh, and it helps to chemically exfoliate with fruit enzymes as well as physically exfoliate with the sugar. This is a great pick-me-up to use in the mornings to help energize the skin. I'm in love.

What new skincare products have you been trying lately?

*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information. This post contains affiliate links.


NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments | American Woman, Save the Queen, Starwoman

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Do you ever put off trying a product for so long, and then when you do, you get mad at yourself for waiting so long? That was me with the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments. Maybe it's because they came out at the peak of my spending ban, but now that I've allowed myself to buy a few more things here and there, I jumped at the opportunity. The first shade I tried blew me away so much that I immediately bought two more within a couple days.

I had pretty much been over the whole liquid lipstick trend, finally admitting it just wasn't for me and my dry, sensitive lips. But the NARS Powermattes are so different from the thick, drying liquid lipsticks I had been used to. It's a thin, watery formula (don't tip the tube over while it's open) that feels more like a stain when applied and sets down to almost nothing. It moves with your lips so it doesn't crack throughout the day, and it's such a lightweight layer that it doesn't make the lips shrivel up with dryness. There aren't many lip products where I truly want to own every single shade, but this is one. The formula is quite versatile too - the shades I've tried all apply quite opaque with one layer, but they can easily be sheered out for more of a stained look.

T-B | Save the Queen, American Woman, Starwoman

T-B | Save the Queen, American Woman, Starwoman

The applicator is quite interesting - rather than a typical rounded doefoot, it's pointed and a little more stiff. This makes it super easy to get a crisp line without needing a separate lip liner. The thin consistency of the lipstick also makes it super easy to blend into a blurred lip, if that's what you're into - you need to see these in action on Katie Jane Hughes's Instagram. I'm trying so hard to learn how to blur them like her. 

The first shade I picked up was Save the Queen, inspired by my girl Amelia, because she was wearing it in her Instagram stories and it looked SO pretty that I needed it too. It's a beautiful dusty mauve shade that's just the kind of shade I always go for. It's a little more purple than the usual neutral moves I gravitate towards, so it's perfect to pair with all the cool-toned eyeshadows I love. Next I just had to try the formula in a red and grabbed Starwoman. It's a stunning blue-red that is seriously making me think about getting rid of all the other red lipsticks in my collection. Nothing compares to this. If you like blue-toned reds, get this one. The latest addition to my collection was American Woman, a more typical "me" shade - a neutral brown/pink. This is quite close to my natural lip color, making it the perfect "my lips but better" shade for me. I've been wearing this dabbed and blended into a lip balm almost every day since I got it. 

I still have almost all of the remaining shades on my wishlist and I can't decide which I'll get next. Any suggestions?

Have you tried the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments?

Five to Try

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Another month, another “Five to Try.” This edition is pretty much all makeup, but I’ll have some new-in skincare featured soon. I’ve got a good mix here of a couple things I treated myself to, a couple things that were sent to me, and a rediscovery. 

Wander Beauty Glow Getter Mist* | I’ve been trying this out for the past week, and it’s already become a go-to for me to finish my makeup. It reminds me a bit of the Pixi Glow Mist as it does have some oils to give the skin a glow.  It boasts glacial water, propolis extract, evening primrose oil, and hibiscus fruit extract to nourish, soothe, and illuminate the skin. I just love how fine the mist is on this, so it adds just a nice veil of luminosity rather than drenching the skin. Any time I feel like my makeup is looking a little too matte/powdery, I just spray a bit of this on and it melds everything together. It'll definitely come in handy in the colder weather when I'm more likely to use more matte and powder products.

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Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss* | If you're looking for a cool new eyeshadow product, then you definitely need to check these out. They're so interesting - they're a wiggly, jelly-like substance in the pot, are incredibly pigmented, and they set once on the eyes. I love the glossy eye look, but it really does not love me and my oily eyelids - it's crease-city within seconds. But with these, the metallic quality of the shades give them a wet look that set and don't budge. I have the shades Frosted, a stunning rose gold, and Oil Slick, which is my favorite of the two - it's a burgundy/brown with an incredible teal/blue shift. It's going to be a staple for fall for sure. Keep an eye out, I'm going to be posting a look using both of these on the blog soon.

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash CurlerI had been wanting to try this for such a long time, and I finally bought it in a bit of a "treat yourself" frenzy last weekend. In my defense, I had had my old eyelash curler for probably over three years, and it was starting to get a little too easy to pinch my eyelid. The Surratt one is much wider and a flatter shape than I was used to - it's so easy to get super close to my lashline, but easy to avoid pinching. The curl it gives is so natural, too - none of those L-shaped lashes here. It keeps them curled for so long, too - my eyelashes normally fall flat within a couple hours, but I've noticed they stay looking curly almost all day, even without mascara.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye ColourThis is another product I've been meaning to try for ages, and again, something I picked up last weekend. I had been saving the shades Amethyst, Rose Gold, and Au Naturale in my Sephora Loves, and when I saw all three shades were included in the Mode to Modern set, I needed it. I've been using these everyday for a super easy eye, and they're already one of my favorite eyeshadow stick formulas. It stays pretty well on me without a primer, and it doesn't budge at all with one. On super quick makeup days, I've been using Au Naturale all over - it's a lovely soft mauve-y brown that adds a subtle hint of definition. On other days, I like using Amethyst on most of my eyelid and Rose Gold on the inner third. 

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Glow Shot Liquid HighlighterI've had this since the summer, and I'm really getting back into using it. It gives such a beautiful dewy sheen to the skin without feeling sticky. It has a subtle fragrance to it - I like how it smells, but it's definitely something to keep in mind if your skin is sensitive to fragrance. It's easy to apply and blend out with fingers, and it doesn't move around any makeup underneath. It can also be built up for a more intense, mirrorlike sheen. But for me, I like just applying a little bit for a subtle radiance. 

What are your favorite things you've tried lately?

*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information. This post contains affiliate links.


Glossier's New Fragrance that Smells Like You

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Glossier has been killing it with their new releases this year, and their latest one pushes them into another new realm of beauty: fragrance. They've just launched their first perfume, Glossier You. As the name suggests, it's meant to be more of an "enhancer" kind of scent, working with your body chemistry to smell like the best version of You. The whole concept fits in so well with Glossier's minimal, "you're beautiful the way you are" message.

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Glossier You is designed to smell the same for pretty much the whole time you're wearing it, meaning it consists mainly of base notes. There's of course some (synthetic) musk in there to mimic that warm, skinlike smell, as well as ambrox and ambrette, giving it a smooth, comfy vibe. It also has top notes of iris and pink pepper for a sparkling and fresh opening that mellows gracefully into the aforementioned musk. It leaves such a "familiar" smell on the skin, like the way I've always wanted to smell. It makes me feel grown up and put-together, even if I've just rolled out of bed. I've been describing it as the way I want my favorite fragrance to smell after I've been wearing it all day - except it smells that way from the get-go. Glossier says, "Please be advised that the formula comes incomplete. You are the first ingredient." I love that. It really does feel like a natural smell. Your skin, but lovelier.

Because it's got a lot of base notes, it lasts quite a long time (on me, anyway - all body chemistries are different!). I can spray it on at 6am and still smell it on my clothes and body when I come home from work at 5pm. It barely changes as the day goes on, too - it just gets slightly muskier as those sharper top notes wear away. It feels like such a natural scent that I've been wearing it everywhere and getting lots of compliments on it. It's not a "what perfume are you wearing?" but a "You smell good!" You wear the perfume, not the other way around.

Lastly, can we just talk about the bottle? It's weighty and glass and fits perfectly into the palm of my hand. I love the thumbprint indent detail - it makes it so easy and pleasing to hold, and it helps convey that "meant for you" feeling. Like, "it fits in my hand perfectly."

I'm seriously into Glossier You - you can order yours through glossier.com/reps/kelsey and get 20% off your first order (or just to support me if it's not!). If you're not into buying fragrances blindly, all orders will come with a sample of You. Glossier You can be shipped to continental US and Canada as well as the UK, and is $60/$75CAD/£45 for 50 mL.

Will you be trying You?

Glossier You was sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. I make a small commission on orders through my rep link, and I direct that money back into my blog. Your orders allow me to try Glossier's new launches, too!


Marc Jacobs Beauty Glambition Palette: A Review

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So I caved and bought another eyeshadow palette I didn't need. Ever since Marc Jacobs Beauty relaunched their eyeshadow palettes with a new and improved formula, I had my eye on the most basic of the bunch, the Glambition palette. I have an older palette by the brand, The Lover, and I loved that formula - I figured if they improved it even more, it would be a winner for me.

The Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes contain seven shades in a range of matte and shimmer finishes. There are six different color combinations, ranging from this super basic option, to super warm reds and browns, to purples, and even blues. I don't wear eyeshadow all too often, so this neutral option really stood out as the one I'd get the most wear out of. The shades are a bit on the peachy side, and a really beautiful gold shade pulls it into warm territory. A lot of colors instantly pull orange on my skin, but these have just the right amount of warmth to not do that. The shade names in each palette form sentences - Glambition's is, "She was infamous, known for seeking the most over-the-top glamour." The palette contains a satin cream highlight shade, a peachy brown transition shade, a beautiful gold shimmer, a medium neutral brown matte, a shimmering peachy champagne, a deep matte brown, and a matte black with a few sparkles. They create a stunning color story and all look beautiful together.

They certainly have improved an already lovely formula. The shades almost feel like creams to the touch and swatch beautifully, and they have great color payoff on the lids as well. They don't kick up tons of powder in the pan, and they blend pretty flawlessly without becoming muddy. I am pretty unskilled with eyeshadow and I still managed to create a decent halo eye in no time at all. They also last well - I always use a primer, but some formulas still crease on me. These stayed put without fading all day long. I can't wait to use this to create some beautiful bronze-y looks this fall, and I'm keeping my eye out for when Sephora restocks the Edgitorial shades.

Have you tried any of the new Marc Jacobs palettes?