September Favorites: Beauty.
Oh my GOSH! This has been such a fun beauty month!
So. Almost all of this stuff below is new, which is crazy. I was almost out of a few of my skincare products and decided to try a few new things. And let’s just say that I.am.in.love. Oooooh
I mentioned some of the things below on instagram stories a few weeks ago, and promised I’d give an update!
And OH guess what? Remember last year when I mentioned how much I loved Jo Malone’s Ginger Biscuit (it’s been in my faves for multiple years!) but it’s usually limited edition and they brought it back? I randomly searched for it yesterday and it is online right now! This is huge. It seems to sell out ASAP (and I never know when they are bringing it back?) so make sure you get some soon. Early Christmas present, hello!
Ooooh and it’s worth noting that I am still loving all my favorites from last month. Even the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc. I haven’t switched yet.
Okay! So onto this month….
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel. This was my first purchase in the skincare line and I bought a travel size pack in the aisle of doom at Sephora. That checkout aisle kills me. I used it once and was sold. Did lots of research and read billows of reviews. I used it two days later and was like OMG this is amazing. I have since been using it every other day and I love it. Now here is the kicker. I use this in conjunction with my Sunday Riley Good Genes (which I can’t ever imagine giving up!) and Luna Oil. I alternate days. And always moisturize like crazy after (with Lala Whipped Cream or Protini Moisturizer). I can’t believe how the texture is gone from my skin.
Also, side note: I started using Luna Oil sparingly again last month after asking my doctor about it because I’m still nursing. She said it was fine because Emilia isn’t nursing constantly anymore, it’s not a prescription strength and I use it right after feeding her at night on my face. I still don’t feel comfortable using it daily, so I’m using it once or twice a week at the moment! If you’re nursing, I’d ask your doctor before trying.
Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Serum. So far, completely in love with this stuff too. When I bought this, I had a day or two left on my Drunk Elephant C Firma Serum and decided to give this a go. I’ve been using it for over two weeks now and love it as much as the C Firma so far. I was tempted to try this because it said COLLAGEN of course. I can’t tell a huge difference from the C Firma but think it’s important to use vitamin c every day. I do this before the Protini Moisturizer every morning.
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic & Retinol Eye Serum. A later purchase in the month, but after reading reviews, I couldn’t pass it up! This is sort of in the same boat as the Luna Oil above – I’m only using it once a week around my eyes. I swear that yesterday I could already see a difference! I’m interested to see how this one plays out, but so far it is great. And I’ve had no irritation with it. Some of the reviews are crazy.
Dr Dennis Gross Dew It Right Eye Gel. I grabbed this one because I’m obsessed with all things hyaluronic acid. And my Drink Elephant C Tango Vitamin eye cream was almost gone! I really liked how that one worked under makeup so decided to go with this gel version. Totally adore it, of course. But feel like it’s going to run out super fast. I’m only using this in the morning.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter. Okay I know I know I know. This is my typical once-or-twice a year OMG foundation post. I hate foundation. I will (hopefully) NEVER wear it everyday. I just can’t imagine. It’s so heavy. But sometimes, I have to wear it. If I have to be on camera or film, I definitely need a little more coverage – my skin just looks more even. Yes, daily I still use the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. But I have wanted to buy this all summer and figured while I was on this beauty binge, why not? I LOVE IT. No, I won’t ever wear it daily, but I freaking adore it when I do wear it. It definitely looks like a foundation + highlighter filter in one and I’ve used it alone, but also combined it with foundation. If you have oily skin or if you don’t like a dewy look, you will hate this. If you have dry skin and love that highlight, you will adore it! I’m obsessed with it.
Laura Mercier Glow Setting Powder. This was a total impulse purchase and another thing that probably makes you go, WTF? I don’t wear any powder on my skin since it’s dry – like ever. I do use bronzer sometimes and use powder blush (but I’ve been using this Glossier one all year!) but I NEVER set my makeup. WELL. My friend Natalie bought this and was telling me how amazing it is. Kind of like the situation above, I knew I needed something with a little more coverage for events, TV, etc. I use the LIGHTEST bit of this (no, seriously, I swirl my brush in a very light pile in the cap, tap it off then blow it off and then use it) and holy glow. I love it so much. This + the filter stuff above is an insane combo. However, if you have oily skin, you will hate both together. You might like this on its own though.
Natasha Denona Lila Palette. Remember when I bought this last fall? When I want to do actual MAKEUP on my eyes (like some color, a little smoky eye, etc), this is what I use. I love these shadows so much. I mostly use the bottom row and have been using it weekly this month. I love these colors so much! They are so silky and smooth too.
So tell me, what are you loving right now? What holiday things are you most excited for? I can’t wait to hear!
[as usual, none of this is sponsored and all of these products were purchased by me. i am not affiliated with any of the companies above, nor do i accept free products. just love to talk about what i like, makeup junkie to makeup junkie. there are some amazon and general reward style affiliate links above. thank you for being here!]
27 Comments on “September Favorites: Beauty.”
My skin is dry too, and I am in search of a new foundation/not foundation after the one I previously used got discontinued. Will definitely check your recs out!
I love those Alpha Beta peels! I use them once a week and have for a few years now–really re-texturizes my skin. I have heard that eye serum is to-die-for but I’m so nervous about retinol around my eyes. I am constantly trying new vitamin c serums but the one I always go back to is Ole Henrikson’s truth serum collagen booster; so good that after a week my husband noticed a difference in my skin so now he’s using it, too.
i tried that one and it made my skin freak out, but that was years ago before my skin was used to some products like these. i may try that one again too!!
Have you ever tried anything from The Ordinary? I’m looking for some budget friendly skin care but wondering how it compares to the higher end products. Love these posts!
I actually really love the few products I tried from that line. My skin is crazy sensitive and nothing irritated my skin at all.
I was gonna comment about The Ordinary!! I love their vitamin C products, marula oil, niacinamide, antioxidant serums and their alpha/beta hydroxy peel. Aside from the odd public meltdown the founder keeps having on their Facebook, you can’t beat their price and quality. Haven’t tried the other Deceim brands though.
I LOVE the ordinary too! Niacinamide, the marula oil, the moisturizer with hylauronic acid.. I could go on forever. I am on a strict budget and the ordinary has helped me feel like a grown up with a full arsenal of skincare.
i have actually wanted to try some of The Ordinary stuff FOREVER!! honestly i think every time i went to order, what i wanted was out of stock on sephora. but i’m going to pick some things up to try!!
I haven’t tried anything from Dr. Dennis Gross yet but I may have to now! Thanks for sharing!
| Katie Actually |
Next time you need a vitamin c serum, try skinceuticals CE ferulic. Double the price but so so good.
ooooh interesting thanks!!
So glad you’re loving Dr. Dennis products :) Right now, I’m obsessed with Tatcha.
i love tatcha too!!
I’ve been wanting to try those Dr. Dennis Gross peels. I’ve only tried a few masks from his line. I typically use DE C firma, too, but this month I tried Maelove Glow Maker since I kept seeing rave reviews about how it was a dupe for SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic. I like it, though I’m not sure I see any huge changes in my skin. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve been using c firma for over a year and my skin (i.e. hyperpigmentation) has gone has far as it’s going to go with vitamin c or what. I also tried Kate Sommerville’s Goat Milk Moisturizer. I really like it! Reminds me of Protini.
i love that goat milk moisturizer too!!
Which shade of cloud paint do you use? I did a deep dive into Glossier reviews the other day and decided I am totally treating myself to some of their products sometime soon.
Did you see that bum bum cream now comes in a HUGE size??? I totally thought of you when I saw it!
Also I just wanted to say I am THE SAME WAY about foundation, I hate the way it feels, and I love how it looks but I can’t wait to wash it off as soon as I get home. I feel like my skin cannot BREATHE! But this Milk blur foundation is amaze – on the thin side but great coverage, feels silky when on. The only complaint I have about it is they didn’t seem to have my perfect shade, or a lot of shades really so I’ve been mixing it with Ulta foundation drops and other things. https://www.sephora.com/product/blur-liquid-matte-foundation-P421938
i use the puff shade and i LOVE it.
i did not see that about bum bum cream! omg, i might have to buy it for next year. eeep.
ahhhh. i just literally used the last of the Dr Dennis Gross vit C serum and was thinking i should try something new. cuz for some reason i think the next best thing is always out there ? but now you are making me re think it !
this month i have been loving nars radiant fondation though i am wondering if it will work for me in the winter and the new too faced concealer. i also go tthe new hourglass setting powder and am thinking its ok.
now off to research vit c and see if i make the plunge to skincueticals or keep dennis gross !
I’d love to hear your thoughts! I have used the Dr. Dennis vit c and Drunk Elephant one, but now I’m wondering if I should plunge into skincueticals, too!
i am also very interested in the skinceuticals now too!!
I literally ordered it 2 day shipping yesterday. I totally justified that i will be trying it for all of us and so the price was not ridiculous. 😏I will report back!!!!
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I think I’m going to pick some those peels up! In what order do you use them, cleanse, moisturize, and use your SR products?