September Favorites

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So for the month of October, I am going to attempt to put up two blog posts per week (maybe more) so get ready for lot’s of content from me! I thought this would be the perfect intro into the new month with a little recap of products and favorites I was loving in September! img_2909-e1538523397783.png

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I am planning on doing an updated skincare / makeup routine blog post on it’s own so I just wanted to feature some of my ultimate favorites for this.

The first product I want to talk about is the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. This has been a cult-favorite this year, for good reason. It took me the longest time to try it out (mainly because it was always out of stock) but I finally picked it up and gave it a try. I’ll admit, my first reaction was that it reminded me of toothpaste — it has a minty scent / thick texture. After using it overnight, I was amazed at how soft and moisturized my skin felt! I have fairly normal-to-dry skin so I found this stuff to be super helpful for that. Even though it’s considered a mask, I love using it as my daily moisturizer… it’s just that good!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

Next, I wanted to mention a fun little brand I discovered on Instagram. I feel like I’m always seeing ads on my feed for smaller skincare/body brands similar to this so I thought it’d be interesting to give you guys a little insight on how I actually feel about their products. Anese is a skin/body care brand that specializes in booty care. Yes, you read that right. They have a bunch of different scrubs and lotions for your bum. I wanted to mention that + I will link those products below if you’re interested! However, I decided to test out their new skincare SLAY serum for your face! I have been loving this product. I usually apply it under my moisturizer before my makeup! I personally think it’s super important to hydrate your skin before applying a full-face of makeup, because it applies sooo much smoother and lasts way longer.

Anese SLAY serum

Anese Bootycare

If you haven’t already heard of Wander Beauty, get ready for a huge spiel from me because I have been obsessed with their products! They are a cruelty-free beauty brand that carries makeup/skincare. I am planning on featuring a couple different products from them in my makeup routine but for this post I wanted to share their eye masks with you guys! They are so easy to apply, you can seriously do it anywhere! I love these.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Foil Eye Masks

Lastly, I wanted to mention two primers that I have been loving! Similar to moisturizer, I honestly believe in using primer. I know a lot of people have different opinions on whether or not it actually works but personally my skin needs all the hydration it can get! I notice a difference when I use primer versus when I don’t so that’s why I love it! You guys know I love Smashbox primers so I decided to pick up this Radiance once. It honestly reminds me of my Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer, so I am super stoked about that.

Smashbox Radiance Primer

Another product that I am long overdue to test out is the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ spray. This stuff smells so dang good and works amazingly! Personally, I can’t do my highlighter without some sort of primer spray so I really love this! It sets your makeup and leaves it looking super hydrated.

Mac Prep and Prime Fix+

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This was a hard section to pick for because I feel like I am still transitioning into my fall closet and I want to a do a fall style report so I just decided to go with some accessories that I’ve been loving.

I think these KDB boots might just be my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned! I am seriously obsessed with this style. White boots are so cute for fall because they bring a lil pop of color to any outfit! I am super excited to style these.

Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Boots

Similar Style – I love these for everyday wear!

I have been meaning to pick up a mini backpack and I was so excited to find this one at Brandy Melville. This goes with every outfit and it’s SO convenient. I will see if I can find the exact link to this one but I will be sure to link some of my other favorites below.

Brandy Backpack

Similar style + Cheaper

Lastly, I wanted to mention some undergarments that I have been obsessed with. This might sound so weird to feature in a monthly favorites post but these are so comfy + amazing to sleep in! Richer Poorer also has t shirts + socks so I highly recommend checking their stuff out. Their products are super high quality and soft!

Richer Poorer Brand

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I have a few different things for my lifestyle favorites but first I wanna talk about this perfume I’ve been loving from by Rosie Jane. They recently released their new scent Angie, which is a mix of honeysuckle + fig. I am obsessed! It’s the perfect light scent for fall.

Angie by Rosie Jane perfume

I am so excited to announce that I am partnered up with Olly. Olly is a vitamin brand sold at Target that I’ve honestly been using forever! I think my mom originally introduced me to their brand last year + I have been using them every since. They are gummies so they’re super easy to take daily + they have a decent taste to them. As a full-time student, I have been loving their laser focus/ goodbye stress vitamins. These are so helpful and I seriously think they make a difference!

Laser Focus Vitamins

Goodbye Stress Vitamins

Lastly, Califia Farms is my go-to almond milk / creamer brand. I have been using their stuff forever! I will admit I am not a huge pumpkin spice fan but every year around this time I give it another shot because I want to get in to the fall spirit. I picked this one up at my local Von’s and I was pleasantly surprised! It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t like that intense pumpkin flavor. It’s a subtle taste, which I love. I highly recommend adding this to your fall morning routine.

Real Talk – Mental Health + Celebrating Every Tiny Victory ft. Homesick

These past couple days I have been in my head a lot about what I want to put out there for my readers and people who follow me on Instagram. Many of you probably don’t know that the reason I started this blog is because I love to write. I actually major in English at San Diego State + I have always had a passion for style + beauty so I decided that a blog would be the perfect creative space for me to express myself. It’s been three months since I started Faithfulluxe and I have fallen in love with blogging and everything that comes with it. Seriously, I feel like I’ve found my calling in life and I am so happy that I took the leap and went with it. I always get loads of questions on IG about how to start a blog so if you guys would be interested in that I’d love to do a blog post all about it! Back to where I was going with this, I really miss writing + just putting my thoughts out there for the world so I thought I’d do that for you guys today.

I always want to share positivity + inspiration on my platforms, but it’s also so important for me to be real with you guys. These past couple days I haven’t been posting very much + to be simply put, I just haven’t been in the best mindset. Many of you wouldn’t know from following me that I have struggled with depression + anxiety since high school. In the past year, I have learned to handle it much better + in a healthy manner, but I will admit I still have days where I just don’t feel like my best self. For anyone who can relate, I just want to tell you that this is perfectly normal and a few bad days doesn’t equal a bad life. Trust me when I say that it does get better + you’re not alone. I do plan to share my story with you guys when I am ready but for now I will leave it at that.

With all of that being put out into the world, today I received a candle in the mail + it provoked me to write this blog post. I probably sound crazy at this point and I do realize I am a bit all over the place but I honestly just need to get my thoughts out there. So if you didn’t already know, Homesick is a brand that specializes in candles that vary from smelling like your hometown to your favorite childhood memory. They kindly sent me a Kentucky scented candle + I am obsessed. Sitting there looking at this candle that strangely enough does remind me of my hometown, I started to think about how far I’ve come. When I have days where it’s hard to get out of bed + put on a brave face, it’s really easy for me to get discouraged and question the entirety of my life. It’s hard to put into words but if I had to, I would explain to a friend that it’s like some days I get out of bed + get ready for the day with the kind of courage it takes to skydive. To some people, that may sound dramatic + a bit absurd but I think it’s so important to celebrate every tiny victory in our lives. To look yourself in the mirror and say, “Hey, you got out of bed today + just that is enough.” So while I was feeling discouraged, I looked down at this candle + I was reminded of all the tiny victories I’ve faced these past three years. I was reminded of that hopeful eighteen year old girl who dreamed of moving to California and doing exactly what I am doing right now. I guess with this post, I just wanted to remind not only myself, but you guys that if you’re ever feeling far from your best self, remember how far you’ve come. Remember to celebrate every tiny victory and lastly, remember that everyone has those days + you’re never alone.

Link to Homesick Candles

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