October Favorites

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It’s about that time of every month, when I tell you about the products that I have enjoyed the most for the past 30 days. Aside from the rash that I had last week, that has almost completely healed, I had a lovely October (the wonderful cool weather has something to do with it, of course). I am looking forward to a cozy rest of the season and to a lot of delicious seasonal foods.

Osmia Organics Vanilla Shea Hand Cream. I know I have already raved about this hand cream so much, but I had to include it in my monthly favorites! It has the perfect texture for daytime use. It’s rich and moisturizing but as you massage it into your hands it turns into a light, almost runny film that coats and protects the hands without greasy residue. The scent is light, slightly sweet. I have not finished my first tube, but I quickly ordered another one, (the Rose-scented one called Linden Rose) because I already know that I am going to need it even more in the months to come.

Blissoma Natural Deodorant*. This deodorant spray was a welcome surprise. I have been hoping to find a safe and effective deodorant spray for ages, and yes, this is it. I am using the lavender-scented one, which is lovely and works great with my body chemistry. I have even used it on warm, hormonal, stressful, & sweaty days and it still worked. I highly recommend trying it because it works and it is definitely more convenient than a cream deodorant.

YULI Halcyon Cleanser. As I mentioned in my last weekend post, I have loved this cleanser so much lately and it is now almost completely gone. It took me a while to get used to the texture because I was very used to cream and oil cleansers. Now I not only appreciate the light, runny consistency; but I would not cleanse with anything else in the morning. It is quick, effective, it does not make my hair greasy, and it leaves the skin properly cleansed with no residue. It helps with keeping my skin clear, free of blemishes and it makes any treatment that I apply after cleansing work properly. My perfect skincare morning routine consists of Halcyon+Cocoon+Liquid Courage.

De Mamiel Rosey Lip Balm*. Since I started to use this lip balm, I practically abandoned all my other ones, except for the Ganache lip balms that I love to wear underneath lipsticks. The de Mamiel Rosey Lip Balm is great for conditioning the lips overnight and keeps them very soft. I know, all lip balms are meant to do that, but some are just more effective than others. I don’t like to use it in the daytime because I don’t like the taste of it, but for nighttime treatment, it is perfect. On the other hand, the Ganache lip balms have a completely different formula that moisturizes the lips but is completely shine-free. The matte finish makes this lip balm perfect to wear underneath a lipstick to soften and moisturize the lips without adding glossiness.

De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm*. This has been my skincare treat for the month. Most days I am so sleepy at night that all I want to do is duty: cleanse, tone, treat, lip balm, goodnight. However, a few times a week I take time to pamper my self with a luxurious face massage and this balm is a dream. It contains two of my favorite ingredients: Calendula and Manuka honey, so no wonder why my skin feels amazing when i take it off. I have been experimenting with how much product I should use, whether I should follow with another cleanser, and I have resolved to use less than a finger scoop and follow with a few pumps of YULI Halcyon to make sure that no residue is left. More than a necessity, I consider this balm a special treat for my “me-time”, but my skin does look particularly healthy after each use.

One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder. In case you missed my last weekend post, I went out of town for a few days last week and although I brought some shampoo with me, I secretly hoped not to need to wash my hair at all. For some reasons, my hair always looks horrible when I don’t style it at home. Maybe because the water is different from place to place  and my shampoo does not work the same everywhere I go, (my favorite shampoo is still the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo). Anyways, I washed my hair and styled it with a flat iron the night before I left, and I ended up using only two products, the Captain Blankenship Mermaid Mane Sea Salt Spray, and the One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo. The first one is nice to refresh my hair and add a little crispiness when my waves start to get straight, while the second one makes my roots look fresher and add some oomph and volume. I didn’t even use it every day, but only the first day and it kept my hair nice for the next day, too.

Kure Bazaar Cappuccino. Love me a good nude nail polish and Cappuccino has become my #1 choice. It’s a nicely pigmented beige with a very glossy finish and it is very long-lasting. I swatched it on my nails two weeks ago, so you can see what it looks like here.

ILIA Beauty Strike It Up Lipstick. I am so glad I picked this lipstick, because I did not have a classic red like it, (no, really I did not). I just reviewed it in a recent post, so you can see more photos and swatches here. If you had to get one lipstick this Fall, I would say this is that one.

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel. I will spare you the story of my rash that happened last week, but if you missed it you can read it here. I desperately needed a product to soothe my skin (not trying to be dramatic, but I was in real discomfort) and I ended up reaching for the Dr. Alkaitis Organics Soothing Gel. It calmed the itchiness right away and gave a cooling effect. I applied a generous amount before going to bed, and the morning after it started to get a little better. I also applied the following days and now my skin has almost healed completely. It was so awesome to find out that it offers relief in case of a serious irritation.

What were your favorite products in October? Any non-favorites?

*PR Sample

  • Claire

    Lilly, just out of curiosity, have you heard of this brand call Living Libations? I am curious about their Best Skin Ever – Seabuckthorn. Any reader/followers of GG heard about this brand and have used it before? I am so glad that you have recovered from your rash, welcome back beautiful skin! :>

    • Rika

      Yes I have Best Skin Ever and am a fan of Living Libations. But I think it’s too “raw” and after using for a few weeks my skin completely went insane with red blotchy flare ups that I never had before.

      • Thanks for sharing your experience, Rika! I went to look at the ingredients for that product and saw that it contains virgin coconut oil. That would probably break me out. It also contains a few essentials oils. Maybe it was some essential oil that caused your flare ups? It must have been so uncomfortable :(
        Thanks for reading the post x

        • Claire

          Thanks Rika and Lilly for your replies! :) I decided to just take the plunge to try out their product. But I will try it on one small area of my face first to see if my face will react badly to it. I did some research on coconut oil and came up with mixed reviews on it. Some say it is comedogenic while some say it is not. I feel so confused.

    • Thank you, Claire! I have not tried anything from Living Libations, but will add it to my list of brands to look into. Thanks so much for reading :)

  • Love your selection :) I really want to try Dr Alkaitis and the OLO dry shampoo! x

    • Hi Ria! I use both products almost daily and consider them essentials! I hope you like them if you give them a try :) Thanks for reading, x

  • These all sound lovely! That hand lotion must really be something, and I love anything vanilla. And the Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel is an absolute cure-all. Hoping to try out the de Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm as well! I’ve heard so many fellow bloggers raving about it.

    • Please let me know how you like the hand cream if you try it! Thanks for reading :)

  • The vanilla hand cream sounds gorgeous; I love vanilla scents! I’m also still on the hunt for the perfect natural deodorant so I shall be looking into the Blissoma one. xxx

    • Hi Emma! Let me know how you like the deodorant if you give it a try ;) Thanks for reading, x

  • Bambi Organics

    Cao Lilly! Come stai!? Che bello ritrovarmi di nuovo nel tuo blog *_*
    Abbiamo in comune l’amore per Strike It Up, il Soothing Gel e il ganache lip balm! Il resto non lo trovo qui in Europa sfortunamente! (Dobbiamo assolutamente fare uno swap LOL).
    De mamiel in passato ho usato l’autunm face oil e alcune delle sue tisane…. Vorrei provare il lip balm e la terra lavante ma avendo le cose di May Lindstrom e 37463625484 balsami/burri cacao lascio perdere LOL

    Un bacione enorme ❤❤❤


    • Ciao tesoro! Sto benino, a parte l’eruzione sulla pelle dovuta alle creme di Tata Harper. Ah, e poi ho un occhio che e’ molto irritato! :( Insomma, non c’e’ male… come stai tu, bella? Fammi sapere cosa vuoi provare, quali prodotti non riesci a trovare. Se vuoi ti mando questo deodorante, perche’ e’ troppo buono! Davvero, il migliore che ho provato, e poi molto conveniente nel formato spray. Fammi sapere quale fragranza preferisci. Io uso Lavanda, ma scommetto che Citrus e’ anche buono. Un bacione grande a te! ❤

  • Alyssa Nett

    Seems like you are pretty happy with your routine but I have to rep gressa skin!! Most of their formulas even the makeup has soothing ingredients like calendula and chamomile. I have combo skin too and my skin just loves her products! The foundation, lip boost bare and rejuvenating mist by the lovely Svetlana are definitely my fall favorites :)

    • Hi Alyssa, thanks for sharing! I plan to try Gressa’s foundation very soon. I saw that shade number 4 looks like it could match me nicely and the ingredients look good, too. I hope to like it as much as you do! :) Thanks for reading the post, x

      • Alyssa

        No problem! The consistency is out of this world, high coverage but feels like you’re wearing nothing. You can adjust the coverage based on how many drops you use but I get medium-full coverage with about 3-4drops so it makes it last forever. It also helped clear up some lingering acne on my chin. I think you will love it!

        • I ordered it, and it’s on its way to me right now ;) Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for your recommendation, Alyssa! ♡

  • Gorgeous selection, I really want to try Blissoma! A spray deodorant would be a nice change to my normal cream deo :) xx

    • Hi Jana, I hope you give it a try, it works great! Thanks for reading, x

  • Hephzibah

    Excellent selection. I love the look of the de mamiel… and I’m just waiting for Osmia to come to the UK xx

    • Hi Hephzibah, I hope they bring Osmia to you guys soon, so many lovely, good-smelling products :) Thanks for reading, x

  • Stephanie

    I am so intrigued by the Osmia hand cream and the de mamiel stuff looks gorgeous. Great post :):)

    • Thank you, love! I think that you would love the hand cream :) The cleansing balm is a luxury treat for a little pampering ;) Thank you for reading! x

  • Bianca

    What cleanser/moisturizer would recommend for dry but also oily acneic skin? My pores are clogged and my face is quite tight after cleansing lately (weather change/heating too im sure). thank you!

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