october beauty favorites

I know that some of you noticed I haven’t done beauty faves in a month. I mean, it’s crazy considering I didn’t miss a month for almost a decade and it’s one of my favorite posts to do!

As I’m sure most of you can relate, I have barely been wearing any makeup. It’s been amazing for my skin. I’ve def been keeping up on skincare (will update you on that fully next month!), but not makeup as frequently. Obviously!

Still, the sephora sale is here! VIB rouge starts today, VIB starts 11/3 and Insiders start 11/5! The code is HOLIDAYFUN.

october beauty favorites

EVERYTHING below is something I use and love (or have used and loved) – these are all my personal recommendations. They probably come as no surprise considering I talk about beauty stuff nearly every month, but here we are! I did include a wishlist of what I want at the end. Spoiler alert: it’s not huge.

I love to use the VIB sale to stock up on my favorite skincare. I also love it to buy perfume, because you can rarely find that on sale (if ever!) – especially my favorite Tom Ford.

Obviously this is a frivolous post in this crazy time, but if you need a moment to take your mind off everything, it’s here!



Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. My favorite cleanser I have found in years. Been using it for at least a year and love it. Plus, it smells like strawberries.

Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peel Pads. I haven’t stopped raving about these since I bought them and they have changed the texture of my skin. Can’t imagine ever going without these now. I use them every other day.

Caudalie Moisturizing Toner. I use this every single day, morning and night, with an exfoliating cotton round. It’s the best!

SkinFix Barrier+ Eye Cream. This has been my go-to eye cream for well over a year. It works wonders under makeup!

Drunk Elephant The Littles. This is the perfect travel set – also great if you want to try out all Drunk Elephant without the investment. In years I’ve traveled a bunch, I’ve bought this twice. I also LOVE the bag it comes with.

Drunk Elephant LaLa Retro Whipped Cream. This is my favorite nighttime moisturizer, but it also works during the day too. I use it because I have dry skin.

Drunk Elephant Protini PolyPeptides Cream. I use this one during the day under makeup. It dries down so nicely and is slightly more of a gel texture.

Sunday Riley Good Genes. I’m still OBSESSED with this product. It works wonders on my skin. It’s my OG holy grail – have used it for years. I alternate it with the peel pads above.

Sunday Riley Luna Oil. I love this as well, and it does work great in conjunction with Good Genes.

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow. This is an incredible resurfacing serum. I occasionally use this instead of Good Genes. It’s very light and really does make you glow.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate. This is the only physical exfoliator I use on my face. I also use this on my body and it’s great. It has a chemical exfoliate in it as well.

Supergoop Glow Screen. Found it this summer and fell.in.love. It also makes wearing sunscreen everyday bearable.

october beauty favorites


Sol De Janiero Bum Bum Cream. As a freak for all things scent, I love using this from April to October – it’s the best summer scent ever. I always buy the huge one at this sale for spring to come.

Sol de Janiero Nude Body Cream. This is a fragrance free RICH body cream. Fantastic for winter.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I love this cream for all over the body – everyone in our family uses this. It’s also fragrance free. It’s mild and great for eczema.

Derma Doctor KP Duty Scrub. I only use three body scrubs: the exfoliate above, my homemade ones in The Pretty Dish and this one. If you have those bumps on the back of your arms or if you have eczema, this is great. I use once or twice a week.

Derma Doctor KP Duty Cream. Same as the above, in cream form! I don’t use this every day or even every week, but I use it as needed. Eddie really loves this too.

Tax Luxe The Butter. This is my favorite self tanner. I don’t use it in the winter (funny, right?) but I use it all summer long.

october beauty favorites


Beauty Blender. If I wear any sort of foundation, this is the only thing I apply it with. I also apply concealer with it.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter. I LOVE this combined with BB cream. Such a pretty glow. I put it in any sort of foundation or tinted moisturizer.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. This is my daily go-to for any sort of color or foundation on my face. It’s super light and I’ve used it for years. I use the shade vanilla.

Illi Super Serum Skin Foundation. If I DO decide to wear foundation (zoom meeting, video conference, etc), this has been my go-to all year. It has really great coverage but feels like nothing on the skin.

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip balm. Definitely my holy grail lip balm. It’s pricey and not one I keep in my purse (because they always go missing!), but it’s amazing for dry lips.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Another great option in a pot for dry lips. You can still feel this on your lips in the morning. Max loves this too.

Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book. I have volume one of this and it’s great for traveling if you want an all-in-one. If the colors work for you, it has everything you need.

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil. I use both shades of this bronzer (tropical days and tropical nights) every time I wear makeup. The days shade is great for bronzing and I find that the nights shade is better for very light contour. It’s much cooler in tone.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light. This one is my go-to forever subtle highlight. You just look perfectly glowy with this. I love it so much! Have gone through three of these.

Benefit Gimme Brow. The ONLY thing I use on my brows. It’s so natural. Nothing compares to the tiny brush.

Nars Pro Prime Smudgeproof Base. This is my favorite for eyeshadow base. Have used it forever.

RMS Magic Luminizer. I’ve rambled about this forever. It’s an incredible gel-like luminizer and you can wear it on days you don’t wear makeup. It’s super pretty!

Milk Makeup Eye Pigment. I use this almost every single day. And I love it on its own but it’s also a great base. I have hotel lobby and after party – both gorgeous shades. Have also repurchased both!

Marc Jacobs Eyeconic Eye Palettes. These are my current favorite palettes that check every box – great pigment, so blendable, pretty shades and perfect for travel. I have glambition and provocouture. They are SO pretty.

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick. This in amethyst is one of my favorite shades ever. I use it as both eyeshadow and liner.

Fresh Bloom Lip Balm. This is the MOST flattering shade ever. I use it all year round – it works with little makeup, or a full face!

Glow Watermelon Pop Lib Balm. I repurchased this twice this year. It’s a glossy balm that adds color based on your body chemistry. For me, it was the perfect pop of pink.

Sephora Cream Liquid Lipstick. I fell in love with these late last year when Lacy was getting married. We both got a shade for her wedding. It lasts super well and isn’t that uncomfortable for a liquid lipstick!

october beauty favorites


T3 Whirl Trio. I bought this at a VIB sale a few years ago and still use it weekly. It is an amazing high-quality set that took me a long time to buy (so pricey!) but I use it SO much. And I love that it comes with three sizes of the wand.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day. I love this for styling when I have to blow dry my hair.

Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray. This is my all-time favorite hairspray. I also always have a travel size.

Drunk Elephant Tangle Spray. I use this on Emilia’s hair every night. Smells incredible and takes the tangles right out.


Fragrance is super personal, so I don’t know exactly how to describe these without saying “I love them!” I gravitate towards warm, woodsy scents – think amber, musk, tonka bean, vanilla, etc. Below are my favorites!

Tom Form Noir Pour Femme. This is my winter fragrance.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc. This is my summer fragrance!

Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom. An all-time favorite for me.


These are my absolute favorite candles to burn during the holiday season! And they never go on sale, unless you’re lucky enough to fine leftovers come January. The reed diffusers also last a few months in my bathrooms. I always get these as gifts during this sale and sometimes buy an extra so I have one come September of the next year.

Maison Louis MarieNo.04 Bois de Balincourt Candle. I first discovered this scent on our Michigan vacation in 2018 and bought the perfume oil. I’ve been obsessed every since and adore that they make it in a candle.

Next Pumpkin Chai Reed Diffusers

Nest Birchwood Pine Candle. 

Nest Holiday Candle

Voluspa Spiced Pumpkin Latte Candle.


T3 Smart Curling Iron. I am dying for this. I’ve loved my trio wand so much over the last few years!

Dr Dennis Gross Facial Steamer. I’m going strong on the skincare these days. I’ve seen steamers on amazon, but this one seems to have the best consistent reviews?

Nest Pura Diffuser Set. I bought one of these last year and loved it. It’s so great for making your home smell incredible.

[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!]