Happy Halloween everyone! As today might be the epitome of fall, what better way to end the month than discuss my beauty favorites of the season? Over the past couple months it’s been a whirlwind of work, travel, and more in a great way. But that doesn’t mean I’ve neglected trying and testing out new things either, which as you know I love to share. Check out below my beauty favorites of the season!
Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo
One of my newly discovered beauty favorites is Maple Holistics’ Tea Tree Shampoo. This is designed to heal your scalp and treat minor issues such as flaking, dryness, and shedding. In particular, I love how it draws on the power of natural ingredients and essential oils to cleanse, versus harsh chemicals. After using this for about a month I found it leaves my scalp feeling refreshed and tames any mild flakes and dryness as we move into the colder months.
It comes out of the tube in a slightly thicker consistency, so I recommend mixing it in with a little water and working it in your hands before lathering it onto your scalp. No surprise, the shampoo smells quite strongly of tea tree oil but the scent doesn’t carry over strongly after rinsing. I also love how it leaves my hair feeling soft, and not weighed down or heavy like some shampoos can do.
I discovered the Maple Holistics brand recently and definitely can get behind their mission of the natural approach to health and hygiene products. For example, their products are free of sulfates and cruelty free. This time around, I tested out the Tea Tree Shampoo as you can see. If you’re interested in trying the brand, but aren’t ready to commit to a full order yet, they have a cool free sample program. Just sign up and choose a product to test out free of charge! Win-win.
First, let’s talk about the unique application. Apply the color with its doe-foot applicator to your lips and let it dry. Next, apply a second layer and wait for it to dry down. As I was warned, it smells strongly and initially stings your lips. The stinging dies away as its how the color bonds to your lips. (However, if you have extremely sensitive lips or dryness, this might not be ideal.) After, apply the moisturizing gloss as a top coat, sealing in the color.
Because of its staying power, LipSense sells a remover. To be completely honest, I don’t think it’s totally necessary. I used/tested it a few times. Alternatively, I wiped the lipstick off at the end of the day with a regular makeup remover. The latter required a little more rubbing but did the job. So if you make a big LipSense order, the remover would be valuable, but I don’t think it’s 100% necessary if you just pick up one or two.
Pros and Cons
As I mentioned, the alcohol scent and initial stinging make up the main two caveats for me. They aren’t deal breakers, but I’m not going to pretend they don’t exist. On the other side, I was amazed at how transfer proof this is. It didn’t leave a mark on my morning cup of tea and stayed on through lunch. It didn’t last 18 hours on me but it did last significantly longer than most lipsticks other than my Colourpop Matte ones. For events like weddings, holiday parties, or a night out this is definitely handy to have in your makeup bag. I think the great color selection and longevity are the top selling points. I picked mine up from Anna, who is a distributor of the brand! If you are interested or have more questions, you can find her on Facebook, which is how we got in touch.
Tarteist Pro To Go Eyeshadow Palette
As you probably can tell from my blog, I’ve been really on the go the past couple months. Between Philadelphia in August, Spain in September, and a work trip in October, travel makeup has been the name of the game. I picked up the Tarteist Pro To Go Palette during the April VIB sale, but didn’t start using it until this summer/fall. I like the slim and compact packaging…very travel friendly.
Furthermore, the quality of the shadows is great. They are long-lasting, pigmented, and you can create both day and night looks with the colors. This quickly became one of my beauty favorites between the quality and convenience. (My favorite shade is definitely “crisp”–a matte caramel transition color!). And while there’s a little bit of fallout and kick up, it’s nothing major.Between some upcoming work trips next year and hopefully another vacation, I’m trying to reserve this just for travel and not hit pan too quickly.
Benefit Watts App Highlighter
As a tried and true favorite, this should come as no surprise. After using up a sample size, I went ahead and picked up the full sized version a few months ago. Although this was hyped up a while ago (thanks to Kim Kardashian vouching for it), it’s barely mentioned in the beauty community nowadays. I adore its creamy texture and how you can blend it in for a lowkey glow or layer it
Gucci Guilty Perfume
In my effort to actually use all my samples, one day I rifled through my stash and came across a mini version of Gucci’s Guilty perfume. In my book, this hits the exact right scene- modern, fresh, flirty, and not overpowering. It’s a mix of both floral and fruity, and is long lasting yet subtle. Although I’m not running out to drop $75 on one perfume at the moment, I’d definitely cash in some Sephora points for it the next go round.
Sephora Beauty Amplifier Primer
Where I live, it’s a transitional time of year. It’s not no longer hot or humid, but it’s not full-on jacket weather either. For me, this means changing to a primer meant for just “normal” skin. I picked the Sephora Beauty Amplifier primer up in a summer haul, but started incorporating it more into my routine only lately. In regards to texture, it’s similar to the iconic Smashbox Photo Finish primer. This really makes my BB cream blend so smoothly into my skin it looks like a second skin. Thus, if you have problems with caking or getting to make your makeup last, check this out! This time of year, this is definitely comes in as one of my beauty favorites.
Shea Moisture Coconut and Radiance Hibiscus Mud Mask
Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good clay face mask. I’ve always been a proponent of Lush ones, but I recently picked up this Shea Moisture mud mask. Shea Moisture is a cruelty free personal care company offering a range of products. This face mask is absolutely amazing. While it dries down, you can feel it tightening your pores. Furthermore, it really does draw out impurities and I saw a noticeable different in my skin’s brightness after using it.
Thank you all for reading this season’s beauty favorites! I love to share about hair care, skincare, and makeup and hear your commendations. Let me know below in the comments some of your beauty favorites of the month!
FTC Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. Thank you to Maple Holistics and Anna of Lipsense for sending me products to test out. This post reflects my 100% honest opinion.