Lauren’s Loves: October 2016

Hey everyone! I can’t believe October is over and November is here! It’s been a while since I’ve written a favorites post, so I’ve rounded up some REALLY good things!


Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo – October was basically the month of “I really don’t feel like washing my hair.” Of course I did wash my hair routinely, but I just wasn’t into taking the time to wash and style my hair. Thank goodness one of my college classmates and blog readers told me about this dry shampoo. I’ve been testing it out a while and have really liked it, but this month confirmed my love for it. It soaks up the oil and makes my hair feel nice and clean without leaving any weird textures or residue. This is definitely a staple in my hair care routine now!


MAC 224 brush– I have been wanting this eyeshadow blending brush for a long time, and I finally broke down and added to my brush stash this past month. I am so glad that I did! This brush is perfect for blending eyeshadow into my crease and for any additional blending to my makeup look. I love how it is nice and fluffy, but I still can control where I’m placing eyeshadow.


Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue and Hydrating Mineral Veil– The Complexion Rescue has been a daily staple for me for quite a while now, but I thought I would try the Hydrating Mineral Veil to set it for a more natural and glowy look. And let me tell you, I LOVE these two together! Now, if you have oily skin, you probably won’t like these products. But if you have normal to dry skin and don’t need a ton of coverage, then definitely give these two a shot!


Tarte Lip Facial– I’m all about a good lip scrub, so I was interested in try this scrub from Tarte when it came out a few months ago. I’ve never used a scrub in a stick form, and I really like this one! I just rub it back and forth on my lips in a circular motion and then wipe away the product with a damp wash cloth. It has a nice peppermint flavor and has been so handy to throw in my toiletry bag when I travel. This would make a great stocking stuffer for pretty much anyone, including yourself!!


This month I’ve used two blushes that I’ve been absolutely loving. The first is one is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in Exposed. I used to have this blush and loved it, but it got old, so I tossed it. It doesn’t look like much in the pan or even when you swatch it, but if you want a matte, natural blush that will go with any makeup look, this is the blush for you. I also have been loving Charlotte Tilbury’s Chic to Cheek Swish and Pop Blusher in Love Glow. This is a beautiful glowy pink with a little bit of a sheen. I think this blush is also perfect with just about any makeup look and the formula is amazing!


YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in No 44 and Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Liner in Pillow Talk– My favorite lip combo of the month is hands down these two! Honestly, if you could only pick one of my favorites to buy, try the lip liner! It is the most perfect natural pink and the formula isn’t too dry but isn’t too creamy. I’m debating if I need a backup! I like to line and fill in my lips with the liner, and then top it off with the lipstick. I love YSL lipsticks. This formula is hydrating and more on the sheer side, and I love the nude pink color. I will say the lipstick isn’t the longest wearing, but that doesn’t bother me.


Kendra Scott Alex Lux earrings in Ivory Pearl – A few weeks ago Kendra Scott launched a bridal line at her store, and let me tell you, some of the pieces are GORGEOUS! I’ve been wanting a pair of Alex earrings for a while, and when I saw you could make a pair on the Color Bar with rhinestones in them, I was sold. I chose to make a silver pair with the ivory pearl stone. I wore them to my brother’s wedding and couple times since then, and I love them! They help make a simple outfit feel more dressed up.


Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley – I’ve been following Emily Ley on Instagram for a couple years. She’s a mother of three and owns her own business. Her posts are honest and encouraging, so when she released a book earlier this month, it was a no brainer to hop on Amazon and have it delivered into my grubby little book loving hands. Moms. Women. You need this book. I needed this book. I’m a perfectionist and sometimes I can be too hard on myself when dinner ends up being turkey sandwiches, the house is a wreck, and I have laundry everywhere (both clean and dirty), and I have yet to shower that day. In her book, Emily writes the message that it’s okay if things aren’t perfect. It’s about prioritizing your life to make room for what matters most: your people. She also gives great tips on organizing your life so you can make the most of your time with your people. I’m still working my way through it, but in a world of Pinterest and Instagram perfection, this is what I need to hear: It’s ok not to be perfect, just find joy in the mess of everyday life.

And that’s it for my October favorites! What products are you loving lately?