Can you guys believe it’s September already?! I don’t know if it’s the record-high heat and record-low rain we’ve had in Seattle this summer, or if it’s just the same thing that happens every year where time seems to fly by, but it definitely doesn’t feel like September. If anything, it still feels like August to me, which brings me to my now overdue August favorites post! Read on to see what I loved last month along with rambles about each.
First up is something that has been a favorite of mine for months now: Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream. I keep thinking it’ll stop working for my sensitive, combination oily/dry skin, but it hasn’t let me down yet. I received it in one of my Play! by Sephora boxes earlier this year and quickly bought the full-size version. It’s a bit pricey at $52.00 for 1.6 oz. or $18.00 for 0.67 oz., but it only takes a tiny bit to make a big difference. I’ve had it for months and I think it’ll still last another month or two. If the you’re interested in trying it but the price scares you, keep an eye out on Sephora and other sites that have deluxe samples. If you’re overflowing with Sephora Beauty Insider Rewards points, you can currently get a sample of this in the Peter Thomas Roth Fantastic Four set in the Rewards Bazaar.
Next up: L’Oreal Paris’ Pure Clay Mask in Clear & Comfort. I absolutely love the other Pure Clay masks, so I was so excited to see a new version was out. This one is, as the name says, for clearing and comforting your skin. It goes on super smoothly and made my skin look super clean afterwards. If you haven’t tried any of the Pure Clay masks, definitely give them a go. They’re great for multi-masking, and they’re suitable for all skin types.
Another thing I loved in August is Zoella Beauty’s Bath Frosting. I reviewed everything from the Jelly & Gelato range in an earlier post, and this has been one of my favorites ever since. I already ran out of it but will definitely be ordering more. It makes taking a bath feel like even more of a luxurious treat! If the one negative review on Feelunique scares you a bit, I personally didn’t share that reviewer’s experience with the product, and I think it’s still worth trying since it’s so affordable.
Next is a new magazine called In the Moment. Most magazines from the UK usually aren’t released here until about a month later, so the one I got in August was actually the July issue. This magazine combines a few of my favorite things: mindfulness, crafting, free extras, and positivity in general. It’s also just beautiful to look at! If you’re living in the UK, you probably know where you’d be able to find this. If you’re in the US like I am, I found it at Barnes & Noble, but have also seen it at my local Joann Fabric.
In August, I finally tried the Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies by Nature’s Bounty, and I don’t know why I didn’t try them sooner! It may all be in my head, but I do feel like they’re working. My skin seems clearer and less temperamental, my hair feels softer, and my nails have been growing really quickly and aren’t brittle at all. Even if they’re not actually working, these gummies taste super yummy!
Since getting more into mindfulness and self-care a few months ago, I started loving essential oils and aromatherapy. One of my favorite blends to put in my diffuser in August was lavender and peppermint. I tend to get migraines now and then, and this diffusion seems to help ease the pain a bit. I pour bottled water into my diffuser to the max-fill line and add about 2-3 drops of each oil. It’s a subtle scent that helps to calm and soothe. And all benefits aside, it smells pretty damn good! For those wondering, I usually buy my essential oils from Whole Foods. They have a nice selection of Aura Cacia oils, which are high quality without being prohibitively expensive.
Favorite Favorite of the Month:
I’m kind of cheating with this one since I got it on August 31st. But I used it that day and fell in love, so it still counts, right? A little backstory: I LOVE autumn and winter and everything that comes along with them. The weather, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the decorations, the new products, the fashion (sweater weather, anyone?), Christmas movies/TV episodes, and something I don’t feel guilty using months in advance…the candles. I went a little crazy buying a bunch of stuff from Yankee Candle and Illume, which I’ll talk more about in a future home haul post. My favorite of all of them is a winter-themed Yankee Candle called Winter Garden.
Yankee Candle describes this candle as “quietly captivating…the refreshing scent of lush evergreen branches captured in icy splendor,” and I think that’s 100% accurate. This scent gives me a heartache in the best, most nostalgic way possible. It’s smells exactly like it did at Christmastime in Connecticut when I was growing up. Christmases in New England were (and still are) my favorites. Nothing beats a good chance of a white Christmas, nearly every house decked out in lights ranging from classic to whimsical, and bundling up by the fire with a delicious hot chocolate. This candle brings back memories of those Christmases, making it an instant favorite.
That wraps up this monthly favorites post! What products are you guys loving lately? Let me know in the comments so I can try them, too!