September Favorites

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As lame as it sounds, September really flew by. Maybe it’s because I’m moving next week, maybe it’s because work has started to pick up, or maybe it’s because it’s still warm and summery in New York, but I am not in the Autumn spirit. Nevertheless, I’ll take any excuse to change up my skincare and makeup routines and buy a huge haul of new products at the start of the season. These are the products that I’ve been using the most this month and have managed to keep my interest all month long.


A few skincare purchases that have made a huge difference in my skin lately and have earned their spots in my permanent routine are the Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum and the Pai Echium Eye Cream.

The Evologie serum entered my life at a desperate moment when I had clogged pores all over my chin at the beginning of the month. This unassuming product has some amazing ingredients, including Azelaic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil, so it immediately caught my attention. Although I was wary about its promises to heal and prevent blemishes without drying out the skin, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Although it might not be the strongest blemish-buster I’ve ever tried (*cough* GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment *cough*), it’s a great option for adults with acne who don’t want to dry the bejesus out of their skin.

The Pai eye cream isn’t my first foray into eye cream, but it is the first full-sized eye cream I’ve ever purchased. As I get further from early 20s and closer to mid-20s, I’ve started to lean towards products that have “anti-aging” and “age repair” written on them…even though I haven’t seen the first sign of wrinkles. Yet. I love that this is one of the few thicker eye creams I’ve come across that is in tube packaging. I’m all about that hygienic packaging. Although it is very creamy, it never feels heavy and simply hydrates my tired under-eye area.


I received the Nars Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil as a birthday gift from Sephora this year. I already had an unhealthy obsession with Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (blog post on this coming later this week) and this only fueled my love for them. Thanks, Sephora. I usually go for blue-toned red lipsticks because they really compliment my fair skin, but this was the first red lipstick I pulled out once I started playing with autumn makeup. Not only is this the perfect crimson red for all skin tones, it does not move. Ever.

I lost interest in eyeshadow over the summer and focused on an easy makeup routine that wouldn’t melt off my face. Now that warm browns and reds are back in season I’ve added a ton of new eyeshadows to my collection. The one that has really stood out and is my go-to is the Stila Eyeshadow in Jezebel. This color swatches as a pinky-brown on the eyelids and is an easy one-and-done color.

I’ve rediscovered my love for Nars Deep Throat Blush this month. I’ve spent the entire summer looking for a blush that suits this rosy-cheeked lady, but this has proven near impossible and I’ve all but given up at this point. This is the one blush that gives me a sheer wash of pink glow that neither looks overdone or clownish. I’ve found so many colors that are popular among bloggers make me look ruddy and dirty, but this one makes me look like I’ve just taken a walk in the crisp air.

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I have had the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter for a long time. Like, too long. I never remember to moisturize my body, but I’ve been told that if I keep this up I’m going to shrivel up like a prune by the time I reach my late 20s. With that in mind, I’ve really tried to step it up this month. According to my boyfriend, this body butter smells like rain but it reminds me of laundry detergent, which I love. The thick cream is blue in the tub but the color dissipates as you rub it into the skin, leaving behind a subtle scent and a soothing layer of moisture. This may not be moisturizing enough for the super dry skinned gals out there, but for a body butter newbie this fits the bill perfectly.

As the seasons have started changing, my perfume has stayed the same. Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt is the perfect transitional scent: it smells like the sea and reminds me of time spent on the beach in August but is deep enough to suit warm autumn weather. I pined after this scent for almost a year until my boyfriend surprised me with it before a beach vacation earlier this summer. I have such fond memories associated with this scent that it will hopefully remind me of sunnier and happier times when the polar vortexes roll in later this year.

I enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte as much as the next basic girl, but I’m not the biggest coffee fan. My pumpkin drink of choice for the past two fall seasons has been David’s Tea Pumpkin Chai. Last year I got the last tin at the David’s in the city so I had to ration it all year. But don’t worry: this year I have already stocked up (read: hoarded) adequately.

What have been your favorites this month? What are you most excited about for October? Let me know below!



  1. Beauty Anti-Guru · September 30, 2015

    Jezebel looks gorgeous! I’m usually not a fan of Stila – how does it perform?


    • leximccoll · September 30, 2015

      It’s beautiful – super pigmented and has great staying power. Jezebel and Kitten is an amazing combo. They’re admittedly the only two Stila eyeshadows I’ve tried!

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