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September Favorites: Beauty, Lifestyle and Everything Inbetween

What a month it has been! From moving back to Boston, to starting classes, to keeping up with all the awesome new Fall releases from makeup companies, September has been one hectic month.

But did that stop me from spending money I don’t have on products I don’t need? No Siree.

There’s just something about the start of a new season that ignites a makeup loving flame in me that, no matter how hard I try, cannot be extinguished. SO, if you’re interested in checking out the products I’ve been loving this month then just keep on reading!



Glossier, The Supers: I’m going to keep this nice and short as to entice you to read my full blog post on these bad boys next Sunday. A-freaking-mazing.



Simple Moisturizer: Ok, now that we’ve gotten the vagueness out of the way, let’s talk about a skincare product I am more than willing to run around and rave about! Finding and falling in love with the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer happened by chance, but I’m convinced it was fate. After misplacing my usual Cetaphil Moisturizer, I ran to the drugstore and decided to grab something new. I had always heard awesome things about Simple Skincare and how it was a great brand for sensitive skin, so when I saw this bad boy I decided to pick it up. And oh good god is this moisturizer a winner. I’ve genuinely never used a moisturizer that sinks into the skin and plumps up the features as well as the Replenishing Rich Moisturizer. My favorite aspect about this moisturizer is that, while it is incredibly rich and hydrating, it doesn’t leave an ounce of residue. In case you can’t tell already, I’m in love.



Coty Airspun Extra Coverage Translucent Loose Face Powder: After hearing the makeup goddess herself, Tati, rave about the Coty Airspun Loose Powder for what feels like decades, I decided to pick it up myself. I am happy to report that Tati has yet to fail her viewers, as this powder is essentially bottled magic. I’m generally not a huge fan of loose setting powders because they tend to make a mess and often make the coverage of my foundation go somewhat wonky (did I just use the word wonky?). However, the Coty Airspun Powder sets makeup beautifully and gives you a porcelain, flawless look to the skin. So far this is one of the best loose powders I’ve tried!


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Too Faced Sweet Tea Bronzer: Now that the weather has been getting a little more brisk, I’ve been trying to compensate my drier skin by using more shimmery bronzers. My favorite that I’ve tried out is by far the Sweet Tea Bronzer by Too Faced. Too Faced always kills it in the bronzer department but this beauty is on a whole new level. A beautiful shimmery warm bronzer, “Sweet Tea” brings a real liveliness to the faec and makes your features glow. Just a warning- if you’re pale, you do have to be wary of the warmer half and use a light hand overall. That being said, this bronzer is a total must have!



Sally Hansen Strobe Light: A nail favorite of the past month has been something I don’t usually veer towards- GLITTER. ALL THE GLITTER. The Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in the shade Strobe Light *runs out of oxygen* is the only glitter polish I have truly fallen in love with. Why, you ask? Well I’ll tell you. Unlike most glitter polishes, which tend to act as more of an overlay and have no real, for lack of a better term, coverage, Strobe Light can actually be worn by itself as a nail polish and look badass to the max. I also love that this polish has a unique purple, pink, rose gold sheen with a hint of silver. Basically it’s unicorn puke. In the best way possible.


And Then There Were None Miniseries: As a longtime Agatha Christie lover, when I heard that Lifetime (no jokes please) was coming out with a 3 part miniseries of one of my favorite books, “And Then There Were None”, I knew I had to watch. And gosh darn it, I’m glad I did. Let’s be real, Lifetime doesn’t have the greatest reputation for producing quality programs, but their rendition of “And Then There Were None” was honestly quite spectacular. The Miniseries stayed true to the book, and the actors and producers created a visually stunning and unique look to the program- and the show itself reminded me of a BBC show more than anything. Even if you’ve never read Agatha Christie, I highly recommend checking this out.

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A Darker Shade of Magic: Last up is my new obsession. My love. So here’s the deal. I used to be an avid reader. Like a reader obsessee. A new book everyday kind of reader. But as I got older, busier, and more into the internet (lol), my first love quickly became harder and harder to squeeze in. Luckily, the “Shades of Magic” series has sucked me right back in. I recently picked up the novel, “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab and quickly became absorbed with the intricate writing, unique imagery, and the lure of magic that fills this book. I finished “A Darker Shade of Magic” in two days, and did just the same with it’s sequel (which is just as, if not more, amazing) “A Gathering of Shadows”. And you can bet your butt I’m going to be all over the final book in the Series, “A Conjuring of Light” when it gets released in February. This is my favorite kind of novel- a book that keeps you turning the pages and transports you to an entirely different world; and in this case, worlds. Set in London(s) in the 1800s, “A Darker Shade of Magic” is a story filled with historical fantasy, swashbuckling adventure and magical mayhem. Below is a full summary of the first installment:

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“Welcome to Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic and with one mad King. Then there is Red London, where life and magic are revered, and White London, a city slowly being drained through magical war, down to its very bones. And then there is Black London… but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveller- an Antari- one of the last magicians who can travel between the worlds, acting as an ambassador and messenger between the Londons. Unofficially, he’s a smuggler, which is a dangerous hobby for him to have- as proved when Kell stumbles into a setup with a forbidden token from Black London.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cutpurse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him, and then forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery and treason lurks at every turn. To save all the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.”

That’s it for my monthly favorites! Don’t forget to let me know what you’ve been loving in the month of September as well 🙂

Have a great day,

Love, Lieve



  1. I really appreciate the book(s) recommendation – like you, I used to read voraciously, and now it seems I barely ever have time for it (or fall asleep when I try). Your suggestion has me intrigued, though, so I think I’m going to give V. E. Schwab a chance. And I didn’t know about the “And Then There Were None” series – love Christie’s books, and this one was a good one (if not very P.C. today); I’ll have to track that down online!

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    • So glad you appreciate the book recommendations! I feel like adding books to my monthly favorites really motivates me to read more 🙂 And yes! You definitley need to check out both V.E. Schwab books and the And Then There Were None series- both are totally binge worthy!


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