I’m really excited about October’s favorites because quite a few are super affordable (under $15 or less)! I can’t even tell you the amount of compliments I got on one of these products this month – from men, friends, strangers and even my shampoo lady at the hair salon. This month was a good one.
(counter-clockwise, L to R: Soap and Glory The Righteous Body Butter, ColourPop Supershock Shadow in I <3 This, MAC Powerpoint eye pencil in Engraved, Maybelline Fit Me concealers in Medium & Sand, St Tropez Gradual Tan in Medium/Deep)
Soap and Glory, The Righteous Body Butter, $15 // I’m not a big body lotion fan. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to applying body moisturizer and I just don’t need them that much, but what makes this product so fabulous is the incredible scent. I can’t describe it any other way than angels and fairies prancing upon your skin on a warm spring day with the sun shining. Pick it up at Ulta (in stores or online), some Walgreens and Drugstore.com.
ColourPop Supershock Shadow, I <3 This, $5 // This is the VIP of the month. I have never ever in my entire life received as many compliments on a freakin’ eye shadow as I have when wearing this $5 (FIVE DOLLARRR) piece. My husband is so funny because he obviously has grown to appreciate my makeup skillz, and thus thinks anything with cool effects (like sparkles) is pretty awesome. This has what I call “grown up sparkles.” It is totally wearable day or night and the texture is so different. I have a full review of my ColourPop purchases coming soon, but just know I had friends thinking this was a shade from my Urban Decay palette and I even had the little lady who shampoos my hair at the hair salon ask me to order her one because she doesn’t have internet at home and fell in love with it on my eyes when she shampooed me… #adorbs. You can only purchase ColourPop online from their website right now.
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil, Engraved, $16.50 // I’ve been using this eye pencil since 2008 (not the same one, chill). It’s my favorite black eye pencil because it wears well, doesn’t smudge nearly as bad as any other black pencil I’ve used and the color is a true black – it doesn’t pull blue or charcoal. It’s a solid standby that I’ll continue to repurchase.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Medium & Sand, $4.19/ea // In the past, I’ve tried these and been unimpressed, but I gave it another chance and happy I did. I initially picked up the new Maybelline Better Skin concealer and hated it. It had like, no coverage, and the shade selection was weird. I returned that and exchanged it for these two shades. Fit Me has less coverage than Maybelline’s Master Conceal, but a lot more than Better Skin. The texture is more creamy than Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind (which is more of a gel). Medium is a bit more pink/salmon which works great to hide under eye circles and blemishes, whereas the Sand shade is more brightening once I’ve corrected the dark circles. I’ll apply Medium under my eyes first, blend, then top with a couple of dots of Sand to brighten. I use Medium to conceal any blemishes/discolorations. The price cannot be beat.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan, Medium/Deep, $30 // As much as I love being sun-kissed, I’m obsessed with SPF and hate standard self tanners. The whole process of applying, waiting for it to dry, smelling like burnt grossness, having to sleep in that smell and then wash my sheets the next day just turns me off. I find that all the drugstore gradual tanners I’ve tried make me straight orange. I do enjoy St. Tropez self tanning mousse, but again, I don’t like the process, so when I saw they made a gradual tanner, I gave it a shot. It gives me the same tan/olive glow in about 2-3 nightly applications as I get with one application of the mousse. It’s also foolproof for streaking because the color builds subtlety. I do wish the bottle was slightly larger because I feel like I am going through it a lot faster, but I love that the scent is bearable, I don’t have to wait to get dressed for what feels like hours and I stay bronzed for a solid week+ before having to reapply.
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