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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October Favorites



Tomorrow marks the end of October; yet, luckily, it makes a graceful parting as it leads the holiday which imparts l o a d s of candy. If everything were that peachy, there would be no 'Breaking News' to interrupt the season finale of Lost; October has also dropped the thermometer to below freezing, where I live, at least, and has left me with no time to visit the pumpkin patch. In other words, this month has been a busy one. Without much time to dig into the depths of my stash, I've been left with a rather scarce 'October Favorites' titled page in my notebook; but as I round up the mere five products that have served me well throughout the month, I can't help but smile at their rather genius and amazing egos.

I've been mixing things up--slightly--on the skincare front with a few new replacements as I've said sayonara to some old favorites. To fill the sun-sized void of exfoliating toners in my stash, I picked up the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant. I'm obsessed with exfoliating toners and have made my way through numerous bottles of the stuff, but I've been using this one long enough to say that it's the favorite out of the ones I've tried. The texture is dreamy, being not too thin or thick and a little goes a long way. Also, the scent smells gorgeous--herbal, but not in a medicinal way.

As the leaves fall one by one, I can sense the ever-approaching winter season fast approaching--i.e. moisture dosage time. And I've been doing just that. I've been swapping out my previous scar-busting oil for a moisture packed alternative: the Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil. Why do I love it? It never fails to initiate a plump and nourished complexion come six-fifteen a.m. and it's unscented aroma means it doesn't smell funky (like others I've tried).
In the morning, I've been slapping on the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer Stress Minimizing Hydrator. Significantly, it's reduced a lot of the redness in my skin and never falls short of being an amazing morning moisturizer. It quickly sinks into the skin, leaves nearly a matte finish, yet leaves my skin with a not too dry-not too oily bit of nourishment.

On the makeup front, I've dug the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free out of my stash to cover my daily coverage needs. Although I used to find the formula lacking on my dehydrated skin, I now see that the stuff is blemmin' amazing. With a primer underneath, it lasts all. day. and supplies the perfect amount of coverage.
Similarly, when I first purchased the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil a while back, I wasn't wowed. I had never used a brow pencil before and was a little shocked at the too full-on look that it gave to my overage made-up face. Yet, after a good two months use, I can now say that, first, I look so much better with some added length to my brows and, second, a more defined arch. So, I've fallen head over heals for this waxy, wind up, triangular shaped pencil *cue heart-eyed emoji*.

So far, November is looking much more leisurely, but I still have no doubt that I won't continue to love these busy-bee used products. I know this post is coming at you a wee bit early, but I've got to get my Halloween costume sorted.

15 comments :

  1. I love the sound of that Aveda toner.
    I adore when I'm not overly impressed with something, and then I try it again later and love it. It feels like you've bought a whole new product :)

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  2. That Hourglass pencil has been making the rounds! Do you know if they have a shade for black/brown brows? I have pretty dark ones but I hate using a dark powder because they look overdone like that :/

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  3. I've added the Aveda exfoliating toner to my wishlist!

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  4. Forever lusting after the Hourglass brow pencil. You are such an enabler for me, I've just added all of these onto my wishlist. Unfortunately we don't get Josie Maran in the uk :( Hopefully when I one day visit New York I will be able to pick one of those little bottles of goodness up. xx


    www.crazylins.com

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  5. I love exfoliating toners, they are the best!
    Ah the Laura Mercier OFTM is my favourite, so covering and long lasting!

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  6. The Kiehl's Skin Rescuer is so good & calms my skin so much. Its a favourite in my skin routine. I have quite alot of redness in my cheeks & I agree this calms it right down

    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  7. I love the tinted moisturiser, it has the most beautiful coverage! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  8. I've never looked at it that way, but it's so true. xo

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  9. Hmmm. I have the darkest shade (and my hair is around medium/dark brunette), but I definitely think that you would love this. The pencils are quite ashy toned, so I think they could work with pretty much any hair color. I hope this helps, and don't hesitate to ask other questions if you have them. xo

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  10. Good; you'll love it. xo

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  11. Ha! I've gotten that before. It's such a shame that some brands are exclusive to countries; I'm nearly positive that if you buy an organic argan oil at a health store, it will be the exact same. xo

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  12. That makes two of us. xo

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  13. We're like two peas in a pod. xo

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  14. A. g. r. e. e. d. xo

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  15. The Aveda toner goes directly into my wishlist! I love exfoliating toners too, and I'm on the hunt for a new one, since I like try new products: now I'm using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar one, but when I'll finish it, I will definitely try the Aveda one!

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