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September Monthly Favorites

30 Sep

Hey there!

My birthday has come and gone, and I’m officially a year older. September is always a weird month for me, because I have to remind myself I have to stop telling people a number I’ve gotten so used to saying for a whole year now. Yet, where would I be without my monthly favorites? I’m always indulging in the items I own, and find my little happy place when I start using them routinely. These next items are no exception to that.


A Thousand Wishes is a very popular fragrance at Bath & Body Works, but I’ve since had to stop purchasing any lotions from there due to skin allergies (go figure). I was happy to learn this scent came in a candle. It’s described as a mixture of champagne, peonies & almonds.

I can’t really say for sure that’s what it smells like, but I do know it has a very light musky scent to it, which is perfect for anyone who loves subtly but doesn’t want a scent to be faded away in the background at the same time. Whether you like strong scents, or light scents, I feel everyone would love this candle, and I highly recommend it!


I swatched both the Matt Kumar and Swag lippies and eye shadows in my July Ipsy Glam Bag review of this year. Since trying them out, I’ve become a huge fan of them. TheBalm Cosmetics and BareMinerals are both high quality cosmetics lines, and the shade selection I own couldn’t have been more tailored to my likes! TheBalm Cosmetics Matt Kumar eye shadow is rich and buttery, and packs a punch, so I always have to be cautious when dabbing my brush into it.

It’s so easy to get carried away with that shade. While the new Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolors by BareMinerals never fully dry into a true matte, they are quite comfortable on the lips. Swag is an everyday shade you can wear no matter the occasion, and it also leaves your lips feeling hydrated after use!


I ran out of my Sephora Water-proof Eye Makeup Remover, so I was able to truly make use of my Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover, and I absolutely love it! I usually use it just to remove excess eye makeup that my cleanser, and Garnier Micellar water didn’t fully pick up, and it’s been working out wonderfully.

I’m also obsessed with everything L’Oreal this month, so excuse these next brand raves. I’m loving the new Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, and find myself picking it up more often than my Infallible Pro-Matte. If you haven’t yet seen my video comparing both foundations, see it now here!

You’ll be seeing me talk about these mascaras for the next few months, because they have quickly climbed to my top favorites list. The L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer along with the Voluminous Mascara are two drugstore duos you never want to underestimate.

I didn’t think much of them once I received them in my last Influenster Voxbox, but once I tried them out as instructed, I fell in love. The primer sets the lashes into place, and placing the mascara on top, creates a dramatic effect without having to put on false lashes. Who doesn’t want to save money on lashes? Pick these two up!


Included in my Voxbox, was an eye shadow form the L’Oreal Colour Riche line, in Paris Beach. If you’re looking for a matte, creamy, and pigmented lid base color, this is another one you don’t want to bypass at the drugstore. This shade is unbelievable for being a low-end product.

I even compared it to Urban Decay eye shadows, and was stunned to find this one was more pigmented than some of the UD lighter shades. I have been using this shade as base color ever since purchasing. It’s a beautiful, true cream white shade.

What are some of your September favorites? Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and I’ll see you back here on The Gift of Gab, for my October favorites coming up next month!

Products Mentioned

Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes 3 Wick Candle

L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris Beach

L’Oreal Original Voluminous Mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer

L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Creamy Natural

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag

TheBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony in Matt Kumar


September Monthly Favorites

28 Sep

Hey there!

Fall is upon us my friends, and this month’s favorites is a good one! I just have to say, turning another year older this month has left me with a bittersweet feeling. We often don’t realize how much time has passed us by, and yet how much improvement we’ve grown into.

This sounds corny, but my birthdays are less about me, and more about the people I am surrounded with as the years progress. Besides this little sappy intro, I did have a great birthday, and I also got to indulge in some new products as well!


I decided to venture out of my comfort zone of drugstore hair products, and I ended up buying a new shampoo and conditioner to try out. ULTA had an awesome sale going on, and I couldn’t help myself. I am now obsessed with Wella’s Brilliance line. They make shampoos and conditioners that cater to all different types of hair, and I’m glad I found them for my type!

Before this impulse buy, I had never tried any Wella hair products. My grandmother actually used all Wella hair care products when she owned a hair salon in Miami. How’s that for a little hair care history? The shampoo and conditioner smell like soft perfume-like candy.

It’s a hard scent to describe, but trust me it’s sweet without masking the refreshing hint it gives your hair after you get out of the shower. My hair feels so much softer, and it feels like it’s being taken care of. I will be repurchasing this shampoo and conditioner in the future for sure.


While at ULTA, I invested in their brand cleansing system. Yes, I do own one already that rotates too, yet I discovered the manufacture does NOT make replacement brush heads for their cleansing system. I was so bummed, but at least it came as a 5 piece set, and I can use that brush for other purposes. ULTA’s cleansing system is great in that there are replacement heads that you can buy for $8.

The only downside to this cleansing system is that unlike my Gyro one, this is not waterproof. I’ll continue to use my Gyro cleansing system with the other pieces, for when I’d like to exfoliate my body. The ULTA one will remain my day/night cleansing system outside of the shower. I must have overdone myself, but I like the fact that now I have one for the shower, and one for outside.


True to form, I would try one of Essie’s 2015 Summer Collection nail polishes on the month where fall starts. Yet I feel this nail color could be pulled off all year long, and that is why it is in this month’s favorites. I got Essie’s Pret-a-surfer because it looks like a washed out royal blue. It’s absolutely gorgeous on the nails, and the color is perfect for those who want to be bold without the shockability.

I did read some mixed reviews on some of the other colors, but I have yet to read a bad one about this shade in particular.  The next one I want to purchase from the summer line that could be worn in the fall is Private Weekend. Until then I’ll just say this: Pret-a-surfer, your name might be weird, but your color is on point!


I can never have too many makeup brushes, and I found such an awesome deal by BH Cosmetics for their 10 piece brush set, that I had to buy it! BH Cosmetics does make high quality products, and it’s a bit disappointing that they’re not spoken about in the media too much.

I got my brushes along with the Forever Glam Palette and one of their long lasting matte lipsticks in Faithful. The lipstick will be included in a special post along with swatches, and the palette will be up for review later this fall, so stay tuned for those!

This brush set’s purpose is to apply liquids, powders, highlight, and contour. They are of dual fiber material, which was nice as my Jessup brushes are not. I love that it came with four face brushes, and four small versions of those brushes.

I wondered what I’d use the smaller ones for, but I wasn’t about to let those babies go to waste. They are now my favorite! For the smaller versions, I like to conceal, blend out my eyeshadows (so amazing for that), and apply my eye primer.


The bigger brushes I use for foundation, blush, under eye concealer/brightener, sculpting the cheek bones, and applying all over bronzer. If I had to choose only one set of makeup brushes to use forever, these would be it. This set is extremely versatile, way more affordable than Sigma Brushes, and a must have in my book.

I was at Walgreens when I purchased the Better Skin concealer by Maybelline. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the concealer, than I have with the Better Skin foundation. I decided to give it a try, and it’s now my new favorite drugstore concealer for under the eyes.


I still use the Fit me concealer for highlighting, but I love the Better Skin one for under my eyes, as it provides a buildable coverage. It does take two coats to build up to full coverage, but it works wonders. Pick it up, if you’re in search of an affordable concealer!

I loved my favorites this month, and I plan on routinely using all of these products. Product prices might vary, as I purchased most of these during sales. Thanks so much for reading, and until next month, have a great one!

Products Listed

Wella Brilliance Shampoo For Coarse Hair

Wella Brilliance Conditioner For Coarse Hair

ULTA Dual Action Cleansing System

BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend 10 Piece Brush Set

Essie Nail Polish 2015 Summer Collection in Pret-a-surfer

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer in Light/Medium

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