just bitten kissable balm stain

October Favorites

Welcome back to another Monday! Instead of doing a Weekend Wrap-Up today I wanted to get in an October Favorites post before we get too far into November (and I head out of town tomorrow). You can tell that the cold has definitely hit NYC, as the majority of these products are dedicated to achieving vampy fall makeup looks or keeping my skin smooth and hydrated. Here are my must have products for the month of October–

october favorites

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Crush) – The original drugstore chubby lip crayon, you really can’t beat the Revlon Balm Stains. They’ve come out with Lacquer and Matte versions recently (see the shades I picked up here), but I have to say the original Balm Stains are still #1 in my heart. This particular shade creates the perfect wine colored lip for fall, plus it stays put for hours and leaves behind a beautiful stain when it begins to wear away. My boyfriend even commented that he loves all the fall lip colors I’ve been wearing lately… the truth is it’s pretty much just been this one!

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream – I picked this up earlier in the month after my Sephora Skincare Basics course (actually more of a spa day– check out my post here). It’s a rich cream that I’ve been applying nightly before bed, and so far my hands have stayed soft and moisturized despite the chilly air. I’ve also sampled the Rose scent, which was great, but I’m really loving the Lavender best– it definitely has some soothing aromatherapy properties that help to totally relax me!

Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush – This brush comes as a part of the Real Techniques Your Eyes Enhanced Starter Set, and as far as I know cannot be purchased on its own. That’s really a shame, since I’d love about 10 of them in my collection. At the risk of inciting a beauty community war, I’d say that this fluffy blending brush does the job of a MAC 217– only better. An essential tool for packing color on the lid or blending out the crease, if I had to live with just one eyeshadow brush forever more, this would be it.

Milani Easybrow (Natural Taupe) – Let’s start by saying, my eyebrows are kind of crazy. I lust after the thick arches that Lily Collins is famous for, but instead I’m left with brows that are somehow both thick (the hairs themselves) and sparse (they’re few and far between). I’ve been on a quest for the perfect product to give them a little extra oomph, and would appreciate not draining my bank account in the process (Benefit and Anastasia, I’m looking at you). While the Miliani Easybrow pencil isn’t perfect (the tip is a little too wide for my taste and the packaging breaks easily), the color and texture of the product are the best I’ve come across. A cool taupe that seems to unite my naturally dark brows with my bleached blonde hair, the pencil has a slightly waxy consistency that holds my hairs in place and fills in gaps without being too noticeable. I wouldn’t give this one holy grail status, but I have reached for it most days this month, so I thought it deserved a mention.

Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask – It seems that charcoal based detoxifying masks have been quite the rage lately, so I was excited to see Freeman’s came out with their version that allowed me to jump on the bandwagon at a drugstore price. The mask features activated charcoal to absorb oil and impurities and black sugar to exfoliate dead skin cells. This mask is fairly gentle and leaves my skin feeling smooth and clear after each use. It can be a little messy to apply and remove so I like to put on my bathrobe, apply the mask and relax on the couch for 5-10 minutes, and then jump in the shower to rinse it away.

The Body Shop Moringa Beautifying Oil – This all-purpose oil (they recommend it for face, body, and hair) has become a staple in my quest to keep winter dry skin at bay. It contains a blend of moringa seed, kukui, sweet almond, and marula oils, and I must admit I was first draw to it hoping it would contain the same skin benefits as the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. A few times a week I like to massage a couple of drops of this oil on to my face before bed and I wake up the next morning looking radiant.

I’d love to hear about any new discoveries or old favorites that you’ve been reaching for on the daily. Leave a comment and tell me about it!

-LMC ♥

What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

I left bright and early Saturday morning for a week-long business trip, so sadly there isn’t much excitement to share in a Weekend Wrap-up this week. Rather, since I’m traveling, I thought I’d share the items that made it into my travel makeup bag. I’d say there’s a good mix of old favorites and new products I’m trying out. Most were selected because they’re either easy to travel with, good for natural (work day) makeup looks, or because I couldn’t go seven whole days without them– or a combination of all three. If you’d like to hear my thoughts on any of these products I’d be happy to do an in-depth review, just leave me a comment and let me know!


Face: NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray, Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer (Light), Revlon ColorStay foundation (110 Ivory), Maybelline Dream Lumi highlighting concealer (Radiant), Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer, NXY blush (Taupe), & Revlon Photoready cream blush (Coral Reef)

Eyes: Maybelline The Rocket mascara (Black waterproof), Maybelline Great Lash mascara (Clear), Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow (Nude Pink- limited edition), Lorac Unzipped eyeshadow palette, Jordana Fabuliner eyeliner (Black), & Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal eyeliner (Black)

Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (Honey) & L’oreal Le Matte lipcolor (Matte For Me- limited edition)

Tools: Real Techniques Stippling Brush, Sigma Large Angled Contour Brush (F40), Sigma Large Powder Brush (F30), Sigma Tapered Blending Brush (E40), Rite Aid Renewal Eyeshadow Brush, Sigma Small Angle Brush (E65), Eyelash curler (not sure the brand, but it’s from the drugstore) & a Beauty Blender

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my travel makeup bag and that your week is off to a great start!

-LMC ♥

Weekend Wrap-up #3

This weekend was quite a change of pace, as I got out of the city for a couple of days to head down to Virginia for a good friend’s wedding! Although we were only gone for 48 hours (16 of which were spent in the car) it was nice to sit in the grass, see the stars, and catch up with some old friends.


The ceremony was held at sunset on the Kingston Plantation in Mathews, Virginia.  The evening was fun and casual, with guests wearing plaid flannel and seated on bales of hay for the ceremony. Between the ceremony and reception we took a few group photos, including one featuring all of the alumni from our university in attendance– over 50! Afterwards we dined on a southern feast of roasted pork, mac & cheese, and baked beans, and tons of desserts. A roaring bonfire and dancing to some favorite songs capped off the night.

The wedding was a great time, and although tiring, the drive down with friends in a big rented van was fun as well. Plans for this week include our first bocceball league game and a visit to the new Harmon’s they opened a few blocks away. With Bed Bath & Beyond seeming to get their hands on  limited edition makeup collections first lately, I’m hoping this new Harmon’s will follow suit. Crossing my fingers that some of the new drugstore items will be there, as my matte-loving heart is melting over the matte Maybelline Color Tattoos and matte Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on some!

-LMC ♥