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Monthly Favorites: October 2021 Edition!

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Even though the sunny weather outside my window is having a bit of an identity crisis, I’m more than ready to embrace all the Fall vibes and buckle down and get cozy. (Speaking of which, don’t forget to join theFall Cozy Challenge if you haven’t already!) Spending more time indoors again means I’ve had time to pick up some new self-care habits (like dry brushing), experiment with some TikTok skincare trends (toner on my underarms?!), and rediscover some old favorites while I re-organize my beauty stash. There’s something about Fall that puts me in the pampering mood, and sometimes that means simply doing my makeup or hair “just because.” Now all I need is some pumpkin spice! 🎃🍂


Here are the products I’ve been loving all October long:


What skincare, hair, makeup, fragrance, and/or wellness products have you been reaching for this October? Reply below and be sure to tag your favorites by using the “#” sign!

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@AlexBT  Did you see that sumner Fridays came out with a trio with another darker shade 🤣

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Skincare and scents have been a source of comfort and self care for me for the last year and a half, and particularly this month, judging by my October favorites! 💖 Hydrated, glowy skin and cozy scents are fall faves all the way @AlexBT

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Paula's Choice Omega Cleansing Balm (not sure why this isn't showing up when I try to tag it) has been a fantastic first cleanse any time of the year, but has really been a nice one to reach for as we move from summer-to-fall. It's a lightweight, unscented balm to oil to a very thin milky emulsion that breaks down and removes makeup and sunscreen, leaving my skin feeling cleansed and hydrated, and without irritating my eyes. I finished my first tube earlier in the month and immediately picked up a second.
The fall and winter months means my skin is more dehydrated and dry. To help combat that, I've been incorporating L'Occitane Immortelle Reset Overnight Reset Oil-In Serum 1 oz/ 30 mL  and Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil Original into my evening skincare routine over the last couple of months. Depending on my skin needs, I usually alternate between the two, though some nights, I will reach for both products, with a cream in between for a nourishing moisture sandwich. 😉  I'm seeing some noticeable results after a couple of months with this routine - in fact, I went in for a facial the other day and even my aesthetician remarked that my skin was looking good, which is probably one of the best tells of how well these two skincare items have been performing for me.
It's safe to say that I like a good sheet mask. I use them for an added layer of hydration; if my skin looks a smidge brighter which is also a common result from sheet masks, all the better. The brightening effect from this soft, thin, lightweight 100% cellulose sheet of the Some By Mi Diamond Brightening Glow Luminous Ampoule Mask, however, was on a whole other level. My skin looked LIT ❣️ and that radiant glow came through my makeup too. 😍
Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask Red Camellia is a beautiful raspberry red tinted gel-balm. The consistency feels more moisturizing than the original version and the pretty tint adds a lovely color and sheen to the lips. I've been wearing this one a lot since picking it up.
Warm, cozy, spicy. That's how I would describe Skylar Fall Cashmere. There's a faint creaminess to it, very subtle in its sweetness. I pick up on the cinnamon and spice first; the dry down is soft. Both the SKYLAR Fall Cashmere Eau de Parfum Rollerball 0.33 oz/ 10 mL Eau de Parfum Rollerball and the Skylar Fall Cashmere Candle give off a light scent, a fragrance you notice more as you move closer to the source. The throw on the candle is very subtle - it won't fill up a larger room, but is nice for a small space, adding to the comfy, cozy, familiar feel of the scent.
Happy fall everyone! 🍁🍂

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@itsfi Gaaaa, I think you just added another product to my shopping list. I don't think I had seen the new photos of this. For some reason I wasn't thinking it was red. Maybe I had seen the original. It looks lovely. Thank you for swatching! Very thoughtful!

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@Margalee, oh, ummm, I'm sorry?! 😬 😬 Eeek! It's so hard this time of the year - shopping lists just get longer and longer by the day, it seems. Lots of beautiful holiday collections being released. I'm happy that the swatch is helpful. I'm not sure whether Sephora will carry the new version in store so I thought it might help to see a photo of it. I've found those to be helpful when I've seen others' swatches so I'm very happy to do the same if it can help someone else get a better idea of a product.


Here's a photo of both the original version and the new LE tinted version of the lip mask.

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The original has a jelly like texture; it applies and wears more thinly than the tinted LE Red Camellia version which has what I describe as a gel-balm consistency, if that makes sense. It's not thick but it looks and feels thicker than the original Kissu lip mask. 

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@itsfi  OOO, Tatcha Lip I've been thinking of trying. Have you used ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 ? If you have how does Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask Red Camellia  compare? My Ilia conditioner I wear at night is about done so I've been considering trying others too. Love the Ilia though.

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@Margalee, the Ilia tinted lip treatment is a nice one. I had a mini version of one a while back. I think the Tatcha is more emollient. Here’s a swatch of the new LE Tatcha lip mask -  

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@itsfi Love this festive flat-lay! 🍁🍂 You reminded me - I'm almost done with my full-size Biossance rose oil! I actually use it in the morning and it always makes me feel so bright and glowy first thing 🤩

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Thank you @AlexBT! 😊 I’ve only used the Biossance oil in the morning a couple of times - I do love the glow from it! 😍

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 I have been loving the Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Mini Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara Black i got in the Sephora Pop set. I plan on getting a full size during the sale. I’m so glad I picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Super Nudes Nudegasm Bronze, Sculpt & Glow Face Palette it is so pretty. KORA Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil 0.34 oz/ 10 mL is one of my favorite eye treatments and I’m glad to have it back in my routine. Trader Joe’s pumpkin body butter is my absolute favorite, the scent is so good! I received the new Youth To The People Superberry Dream Cleansing Balm 3.4 oz/ 100 mL from Youth to the people and I love it. It has replaced GR papaya as my top cleansing balm.

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YTTP has a new cleansing balm, @faeriegirl?!?! How did I not know about this? How is the scent? I definitely will need to try this at some point, as their Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser is a little too drying for my skin. Thanks for sharing your faves!

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@eshoe  When I first scoop some out I can smell a light scent of the superberry mask, but it fades as soon as I start massaging it in.

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Thank you so much, @faeriegirl. It sounds better than I anticipated. Adding to my loves list immediately👍🏼☺️

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@faeriegirl Oh wow - I've already had that Charlotte Tilbury palette on my Loves List for a little while now, but I didn't realize the packaging was so cool, too!

Good to know about the YTTP cleansing balm - I still have a ton left of the same Papaya one you mentioned, so looking forward to trying the Superberry one next.

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@faeriegirl I totally agree that the YTTP cleansing balm is amazing! And that pumpkin butter looks so nice!

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 October Favs 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃👻👻👻👻👻


Regimen labs level serum

Paulas Choice super hydrate mask

Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon

Biossance Rose oil

Lisa Eldridge Lipstick  

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@jen81 Great faves! I love gettin' my glow on with the Biossance rose oil 🌟

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@jen81  Great favs! I like how they are mostly skincare 

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@AlexBTthat The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Exfoliating Toning Solution 8 oz/ 240 mL is a welcome once a week treat for me as well! Especially helpful in the cooler weather now☺️

My favorites this past month include a couple of oldies but goodies:


The Guerlain L'Or 24K Gold Radiance Primer was in the most recent Sephora Luxe box and has made a world of difference in the occasional pilling I experience post spf application while applying foundation.

Of the three scents in the Farmacy Garden Party Green Clean Trio, the Tangerine has won me over. All three are great, I hope these LE scents become a seasonal thing!

I still have two more travel size sprays of the original Commodity Velvet, and even though they are back in predication, I am still on ration mode. This is my favorite deep, smoky fall scent.

The Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair Serum in Cream Treatment 1.7 oz/ 50 mL doesn’t feel like a heavy cream, but nourishes my skin like it is. It absorbs quickly and I wake up with well-0hydrated skin. Thanks @sprocketta for sending this little beauty my way!

The Kosas Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Talc-Free Vegan Powder Comfy feels like a cloud, as I barely notice it when applying and have to check my brush to ensure I am actually picking up product! It does not make my skin look cakey, just softly smooths everything I’ve done prior to it.  I also like the shape of this, similar to the Merit, so that I can easier see how much product remains.

 With every candle I light from the Sephora Favorites Mini Candle Discovery Set I change my mind about how I will redeem my certificate. This NEST New York Grapefruit CandleNEST New York Grapefruit Candle is phenomenal and quite strong for such a tiny little thing. There are only a few scents that I can tolerate when they are strong, and this is one of them. Fruity but not overly sweet, yum!

The Aveda Foot Relief is an old favorite. It absorbs quickly so that after applying a generous layer and cozy socks, I can remove the socks within a half hour.

There was a time when I was skeptical about the benefits of adding an essence into my regular routine. I’ve kind of fallen head over heels for them in the past couple of years, and am currently loving #Tatcha The Essence Skincare Boosting Treatment 5.1 oz/ 150 mL. The unique pour spout is incredibly helpful in dispensing just the right amount (and preventing waste). Bonus points for the brilliant design! I have been using it both day and night, and find that with regular, consistent use, my skin feels and appears ever so slightly bouncier. This is going to be extremely beneficial in the months to some!


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@eshoe I have to try that Tatcha essence at some point. I’m afraid I will fall in love with it and have to pay the price. 😅

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That is the problem with products, isn’t it @lnum  😄

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@eshoe Amazing how quickly the love blooms and you wonder how you ever lived without your fave products. 🤣

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