October marked the start of a second job, which happens to be in the beauty industry. I've been inspired and very lucky to try new products I never would have without this work experience. While I have many items covering makeup, skincare and paper goods on my list this month, my ultimate favorite has been getting to know my amazing coworkers and clients through my new position.
1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil - I never would've purchased this product without working for a beauty company solely because of the price. It's outrageous. But I will say, the ingredients, quality and ethos behind the brand (cruelty free AND vegan) make it absolutely worth every penny. Sunday Riley uses organic, cold-pressed oils and a retinol complex to give the skin major hydration and reduce pore size. Blue tansy gives Luna its stunning sapphire color, but it also provides anti-inflammatory properties for more balanced skin. The scent takes a little getting used to, but knowing how transformative Luna has already been for skin allows me to enjoy every part of this oil.
2. NARS as a brand - My love for NARS cannot be adequately described. There isn't a single product I've tried from the brand that I haven't loved. This October I've rekindled my love for the Radiant Creamy Concealer, Madly Blush and the Audacious Lipstick line. I also had the opportunity to test out the Audacious Mascara, which makes my eyelashes long and fluttery.
3. REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser - In my search for more cruelty-free beauty brands I came across the REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser. I needed a new balm that could completely remove my makeup without leaving a film over my complexion. Rosa Centifolia goes on dry skin and is wiped away with a warm washcloth, as its name suggests. The removal process feels like an at-home facial, which is especially luxurious during the cooler months.
4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light & the e.l.f. Blush Brush as a duo - The hype behind the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders is real and justified. There is some kind of magic in these powders that keeps the skin covered while also glowing. Applying it with the e.l.f. Blush Brush allows me localize the powder exactly where I want it, which is usually under the eyes to set concealer or in the t-zone to prevent oilyness.
5. Kevyn Aucoin The Controur Book: The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II - The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is another product I've been lusting after for ages, but wasn't prepared to drop money on before working in beauty. Now that The Contour Book: The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II is out I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try out both the Sculpting and Candlelight Powder as well as their cream counterparts. They are all as dreamy as I hoped they'd be, and the four eyeshadows that come in the palette are pigmented and easy to blend.
6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn & being a redhead again - The Dipbrow Pomades are my perfect brow products, and now that I'm back to being a redhead the auburn shade matches my brows to my hair perfectly.
7. Buxom Dolly's Wild Side Eyeshadow Palette - These Buxom shadows are just beautiful. My three favorite shades are the deep matte mauve Spoiled Sexy, metallic bronze Mink Magnet and lighter matte mauve Lingerie Lover. They have the worst names ever, though.
8. Darling Magazine - I've talked about how much I love Darling Magazine before, but this month they really stepped up their game. I recently moved and changed addresses, which made the most recent issue get lost in the shuffle of the Post Office. The kind folks at Darling agreed to send me a new magazine free of charge without any questions asked. Not only are the contents of and philosophy behind the magazine wonderful, their customer service is exactly as it should be. They made an even more loyal customer out of me. Long live print!
9. Rifle Paper Co. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 2016 Calendar from my friend Jenny - Finally and most importantly, I was able to visit with my best friend Jenny briefly at the end of the month (it was technically on the first day of November). She is one of the most inspiring, driven and giving people I've ever met. She makes me so happy even if our meetings are brief and more infrequent than we'd like. Since we haven't seen one another in a while she gave me my August birthday present - the new Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 2016 calendar from Rifle Paper Co. It's so beautiful and will make me think of Jenny each month of the year (more than I already think of her, of course.) Thank you, Jenny! I love you so much!
How was everyone's October?
Cheers to a festive and love-filled November, y'all!