Friday, November 06, 2015

October Beauty Favorites

I can't believe we're already in November, and the holidays are right around the corner. While I'm grateful and excited that I'll get to spend more time with close friends and family, it's also a time of big change for me, which comes with a certain level of stress. That, coupled with the recent changes in weather, and not to mention all of the Halloween makeup I've been caking on my poor face, has made my skin a very unhappy camper. That being said, here are the products that have been saving me and my skin in the last month.

1. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer, $16 (travel size)

I know what you're thinking  is a primer really necessary? If I'm being completely honest, no. But then again, you could argue that no cosmetic product is an absolute must. What I will say is that I highly recommend using a primer, but not because it'll make your makeup last longer (I still haven't found one that does). A more important purpose of a primer, one that often gets overlooked, is to act as a protective barrier between your skin and your makeup. If you apply makeup directly over a blemish, without a primer in between, you risk further irritating your skin and causing more bacterial buildup, which clogs the pores and ultimately leads to more breakouts. Take it from me: as soon as I started using this primer before applying my foundation and/or concealer, my blemishes started looking less and less inflamed and went away much quicker. I use the mattifying primer because I have combination/oily skin, but there are different formulas for dry skin, large pores, redness, and illuminating ones, which I'm itching to try next!

2.  Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream, $20 

I ran out of my regular eye cream and on a whim decided to try one that had retinol in it. Huge mistake! The skin under my eyes reacted horribly  stinging, redness, dryness  the whole nine yards. I know retinol works first by causing inflammation, but I just couldn't hang. My undereyes literally felt like they were crying out for moisture, and this eye cream came to the rescue. It is extremely hydrating, and also includes glycolic acid, which "regenerates collagen, thickens the epidermis and dermis, and evens skin tone" ("6 Things You Didn't Know About Acids," The cream is thick, so if you're using it in the day, just pick up a tiny bit of product by lightly dabbing your finger into it and then apply gently in tapping motions under the eyes. For nighttime use, feel free to slather it on like I do!

3. Soap & Glory Hand Food, $8

As a makeup artist and mother to a toddler, I'm constantly sanitizing my hands, so they can dry out pretty quickly, especially in cold weather. Unlike some other moisturizers, this one actually absorbs into my hands, making them smooth and silky without leaving a greasy residue. Made with shea butter, macadamia oil, and marshmallow, the scent really is delicious enough to eat. It's sweet, fruity, floral, and earthy all at once, yet still smells clean, which I can appreciate (I love to eat marshmallows, but don't want to smell like one, ya know?). The notes: Rose, Bergamot, Mandarin, Jasmine, Peach, Strawberry, Soft Musk, and Amber. If you want to try it out, I recommend grabbing the travel size at $4. I leave one in my car and it really comes in hand-y (see what I did there?).

4. Benefit's Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter, $30

I've had a sample size of this guy sitting in my cabinet for awhile now, but recently decided to pull it out and give it go, and I'm so glad I did. In the winter months, my skin tends to dry out, so I try to stay away from powders, and this is a nice cream alternative for highlighting. I like to rub some on my finger and dab on the tops of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. The full-size applicator comes with a small dome-shaped sponge that you can also use to blend seamlessly into your complexion for a natural luminous sheen.

5. Tocca Beauty Cleopatra Eau de Parfum, $68 (1.7 oz)

When I want something a little less deep than Chanel Mademoiselle, this is my go-to perfume. I always receive compliments when I wear it. The notes include Bitter Grapefruit, Lush Greens, Cassis Bud, White Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Tuberose, Warm Patchouli, Golden Amber, and Rich Vanilla Musk. The citrus and floral notes make the scent light and fresh, but the patchouli, amber, and vanilla add just the right amount of warmth and sexiness the perfect balance if you ask me!

Have you tried any of these products? What were some of your favorite beauty products in October? Let me know in the comments!

xo  Sc


  1. I haven't tried any of the above products, but I am always willing to try new things.

    My best buys for October have been....

    1. Bodycology Scrub Toasted Sugar - 16 oz – $5.99

    I’m feeling stressed and crazy busy at the moment which makes me feel dirty and clammy all the time. I love having a shower and applying this body scrub. It smells so delicious I want to eat it out of the pot! I feel so clean, refreshed and silky soft after using it.

    Which brings me to…

    2. Bodycology Body Cream Toasted Sugar - 8 oz - $3.99

    Not only does the cream make me smell nice it provides long-lasting hydration and it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin.

    3. NYX COSMETICS Dark Circle Concealer Size: 0.10 oz $5.99

    This concealer has really proved to be exactly what it says on the label – Dark Circle Concealer. It’s not oily and works a treat. Thanks for the tip Sarah.

    4. NYX COSMETICS HD Blush ‘Pink The Town’ Size: 0.16 oz $6.99

    I am loving this product, it really brightens up my cheeks and I am starting to feel more confident applying and wearing it – another recommendation from Sarah.

    5. BENEFIT COSMETICS BADgal Waterproof Mascara Black Size: 0.19 oz $19.00

    I don’t go anywhere without applying mascara and this has been one of my all-time fav buys. It doesn’t clump or run and my lashes feel great.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Michelle! I'm glad you're liking the NYX products. And I'll have to check out Bodycology! Dessert-type beauty products are either a hit or miss for me (some just smell overly sweet) but the way you describe it, it doesn't sound like the sugar scent is overpowering.

  2. I'm not a huge fan of dessert-type products either, but this one is very light and whilst they have a few other scents, this was in my opinion the best one.



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