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September Beauty Favorites

It’s been a hot minute since I last did a roundup of my monthly beauty picks. I’m currently trying to transition my makeup, hair, and skincare products from summer to fall, as well as adding a few new products to my collection. 

I'm actually really happy with my daily hair and makeup routine, and it's essentially stayed the same for the past few months. 

I tend to keep my makeup choices consistent, but hair products are a whole different game. I am crazy tempted every time I go to CVS, Ulta, or Target. I literally have to restrain myself so I don't end up buying unnecessary items that will promise me long, strong, and shiny hair. But, I ran out of shampoo and conditioner recently so I decided that I would take that opportunity to try out some new products. 

As for the rest of my September beauty favorites, y'all will just have to read below!

I wanted to put the Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen in this roundup because it was my go-to product when I was at the beach last week. It's definitely my favorite sunscreen, and have used it consistently since buying it before my trip to Naples, FL in February.

Sunscreens are hard because they either make you breakout, dry out your skin, make your skin oily, or aren’t as buildable with other face products (foundation, powders, etc.). I really like this Beautycounter version because it actually lives up to the protecting part of the name (my face hasn’t gotten burnt since using this product), and I can wear it alone or with other products. 

My mom actually gave me this brow pencil and highlighting duo from Clinique when I saw her last week. I've been looking for a new brow product, and I have to say that this really takes the cake. Recently I've been using the shade "Whiskey" from my Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette to fill in my eyebrows.

This Clinique duo includes a brow pencil on one end, and a highlighter on the other. I really like both ends. I have it in “Deep Brown” and it’s honestly not as crazy dark as I thought it would be. It’s very buildable, which is great because personally I don’t want to swipe on some brow product and have my face change drastically.

Also, the highlighter is bomb.

Another Clinique product that I've bene using daily is the Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen. My everyday makeup look includes a little feline flick on my upper lash line, and this liquid eyeliner is really good at ensuring the line is thin (but buildable). The color is black, but it's not the really harsh, unnatural looking black that a lot of eyeliners use. 

I use this pen on the outer part of my upper lash line, and then I add a little bit of my favorite gel liner to the outer corner and my lower lash line to connect the two.

I’ve had this product for a really long time, but for some reason it was one of the few hair products I brought with me on my move to Charlotte. 

I’m still looking for a really quality heat protectant, but currently I apply this Kérastase cream every time I blowdry my hair – so every time I wash my hair. It supposedly makes your blowout last longer, even though no matter what products I use or how I change my hairstyling process, my hair never looks as good the second day. 

So, I don’t really think it lives up to the extending part of it’s description, but that could really just be my hair. 

Otherwise, I do really like this cream. My hair looks great after I blowdry it, and it’s super smooth and shiny which is a huge plus.

If I were stuck on a desert island, the one beauty product I’d bring would 100% be mascara.

My go-to mascara for years (like actually, since I was 15 or 16) has been Bad Gal Lash by Benefit. Don’t get me wrong, I still use it daily, but it’s nice to venture out and try a new mascara or two. I like starting with Bad Gal Lash as a base (aka 3 layers, HA), then curling my eyelashes (I know this is out of order but I have a process), then applying this L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara on top. I’ve noticed it really makes the difference. 

I’ve tried to transition some of my beauty products to be drugstore brand, and I had read some really great things about the L’Oréal mascara as an alternative to Too Faced’s Better Than Sex

They even have almost exactly the same packaging.


I actually think I like Lash Paradise better than Better Than Sex (gasp!). It’s not as clumpy, the brush is ideal for creating super thick eyelashes, it comes in waterproof, and it’s less than $10. 

TBH I really had no intentions of buying this conditioner, but I ran out of my previous one. The Renpure Biotin & Collagen Thickening Conditioner caught my eye when I was grocery shopping the other week, and I’ll pretty much buy any hair product that mentions “biotin” in the title. 

This is now my new daily conditioner, and I’m pretty happy with the results. I haven’t had a bad hair day since starting to use this product, and you definitely get your money’s worth. I think I paid $5.99 for this conditioner, and it comes in a freaking huge bottle. 

Another drugstore alternative to a lip-plumping fan favorite is the Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL Lip Plumping Gloss by Soap & Glory (wow that’s a mouthful). I found it at the Holy Land aka Target, and have been really happy with the results! 

I’ve never used any products from Soap & Glory in the past, but I think they’re packaging and presentation is absolutely adorable. I’ve been getting back into girlier beauty looks (black cat eye, pink lip gloss, non-bedhead curls), and I have been on the hunt for a good pink lip gloss. 

Although I don’t have thin lips, I am always looking to make them appear larger naturally. No Kylie Jenner lips over here! 

The main attraction (and added bonus for me, as I was just looking for a pretty pink color) to the Soap & Glory Lip Gloss is that it is a plumping product. 

Remember Lip Venom? The clear lip gloss that made your lips feel like they were on fire? 

Yeah, Pillow Plump is nothing like that.

There’s definitely a little tingling, but honestly I think that feels good. It also tastes like chocolate! 

Take a shot every time I say I'm trying to grow out my hair.

I'm taking every extra measure to make sure my hair grows out healthy and strong. Biotin, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, heat protectant, etc etc etc. Besides the Renpure conditioner mentioned above, my newest effort is using Viviscal Shampoo and Conditioner.

In the past, I took the Viviscal supplement, but I've been trying to save money so bye bye unnecessary hair growth pills.

I got Amazon Prime when I moved to Charlotte, and honestly the idea that I can get pretty much anything in 2 days or less is so tempting. I Prime the most useless things. But, there is an added bonus that things typically cost less on Amazon then they do in-store or on other websites.

When I took Viviscal, I could get it for $32 on Amazon, versus $40 at Ulta. WHAT!!!

So, it was a no-brainer that I would try and look for the Viviscal shampoo and conditioner on Amazon instead of any other store. I found both items for a total of $20, which I will totally take considering it takes me a super long time to actually go through a full bottle of hair product.

Thoughts on the products: I do shampoo my hair every time I get my hair wet (I have to have clean hair, I know it’s not the cool thing to do anymore but whatever), and I’m really happy with how it cleans my hair. I don’t feel like it’s drying, which is good, and my hair has looked thicker since starting to use it. As for the conditioner, I use it mixed in with the Renpure conditioner, so there’s a lot of biotin and collagen being soaked into my hair. I’ll give an update after a month or two of using the Viviscal products so I can give an accurate description of how it’s affected my hair.

What beauty items have y'all tried out recently?

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Have a happy Monday!

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