I am an absolute failure when it comes to trying to post monthly favorites on time, so instead, I thought I’d do a general “Five Fall Favorites” post. My favorites range from beauty to body care to drinks. What are some of your fall favorites? Please share 5 of them with me in the comments–they can be anything at all! I’d love to hear them!
1. Lush Dream Cream*
As many of you know, Dream Cream is one of Lush’s bestselling products. I originally was wondering what all the fuss was about–after all, it was “just” a body cream–but then I read the ingredients. The main ingredient in this luscious cream is oat milk, followed by rose water, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), and cocoa butter. There are lots of other great ingredients, but those superstars make up the base of this…well, dreamy cream–so you just know that this stuff is gonna be good!
Despite all the intensely moisturizing ingredients, this cream is not greasy or heavy in any way. It almost reminds me a bit of soufflé–it looks dense and thick but feels nice and light and once you rub it in between your hands and warm it up, the cream almost seems to melt with the heat and becomes a thin, milky lotion. It sinks into the skin beautifully and is super gentle and hydrating. Plus, it smells lovely–like fresh lavender (none of that sickly synthetic stuff [though it does contain "perfume", it doesn't smell synthetic at all]).
I’ve read that this cream is great for those with sensitive skin and even for those with eczema. Apparently some even use it as a facial moisturizer–that’s how gentle it is! Though I personally won’t be using it for my face, I can say that I love this for my body. My skin is super dry during the fall/winter and is always super itchy no matter how much lotion and cream I apply. But Dream Cream leaves my skin perfectly moisturized and comfortable all day. Will definitely be re-purchasing once I run out of this tub.
2. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearl Soy Latte
Best. Drink. Ever! This stuff is lightly sweet, slightly creamy, and oh-so-satisfying. I like to substitute soy for milk adds because it adds a whole other layer of flavor. It’s just amazing–and it really compliments the hint of vanilla beautifully. Love this stuff–so much so that I am asking “Santa” for a milk frother, vanilla powder, and jasmine pearls in bulk ($167 for 1 lb.) so I can make my own at home whenever I want!
3. Essie Nail Polish in Leading Lady
Leading Lady is a blackened-crimson with red glitter and is absolutely beautiful. It’s more winter than fall, but still–it gets me in the Christmas mood and I love it! When I wore this last week, I kept catching myself looking down at my nails all day. It’s a gorgeous, well-done glitter–not too sparkly or over-the-top. It’s subtle and sexy and doesn’t need to try too hard to catch the eye (yes, we’re still talking about a nail polish here ).
4. Caudalie Vinosource Crème Sorbet Hydratante
As most of you are aware, I recently picked this one up during the Sephora VIB sale. I have tried many things from Caudalie and loved every single one of them, so when I needed a new fall/winter moisturizer, Caudalie was my natural choice. It isn’t oil-free, which kind of worried me at first, but I trust Caudalie with my skin–they haven’t let me down yet! I’ve been using this nightly since purchasing it and I’m incredibly pleased so far. Not a single breakout or pimple since using this and every morning, I wake up with smooth, plump skin. My sister came over the other morning and woke me up. After I got out of bed and was talking with her, she leaned over and touched my cheek, commenting that my skin looked amazing. The Crème Sorbet was the only new thing I had added to my routine. Score! I still have a few more weeks of testing before I put up a review, but I will say that I am loving it so far!
5. Medicine Mama’s Sweet Bee Magic Wand
This stuff is awesome. It contains just a few simple and organic ingredients (olive oil, avocado oil, beeswax, and a honey and propolis blend), but that’s all it needs to get the job done. And what job is that, you may ask? This multitasker takes on cracked hands and cuticles, dry skin (elbows, knees, heels, anywhere), dry lips, can be used as an all-over face moisturizer or an under-eye cream, prevents chafing, provides nutrients, soothes itchy or raw skin, and protects sensitive skin, scrapes, cuts, and burns (for more uses, check out their website at medicinemamasapothecary.com).
This balm/salve melts into a thin oil upon contact with the skin. I rather like it–I’ve never tried a formula quite like this before. I’ve used plain olive or coconut oil on my lips before when I’ve been in a bind (aka: downstairs cooking and too lazy to run up to the bedroom to reapply balm ), but within minutes, most of it has migrated to your chin. The Sweet Bee Magic Wand is thin but has enough of a balmy consistency that it won’t drip all over the place and really has a chance to stay put and absorb/work its magic.
I like to use this on my lips (before sealing it in with something like Aquaphor) and on the backs of my hands at night. I am fond of treating the backs of my hands with treatments and serums (after all, the backs of your hands are one of the first places to show age) and oils are my favorite. If I have an oil that’s too rich for my acne-prone skin, I’ll happily use it on my hands. I feel like the Sweet Bee Magic Wand makes my hands look so much plumper and smoother. Plus, I feel like it’s more moisturizing and healing than the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream I’ve been using, so I’ve been using it on my cuticles as well. I definitely plan on getting a tub of the Sweet Bee Magic so I can use that on my whole body during the brutally winter months when my skin is perma-itchy.
One more thing before I go–HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I hope you all enjoy your turkey and pumpkin pie (mmm…) today! I’m going to go finish cooking some sides now and decorating the pies I made yesterday. I actually made 5 of them–was cooking from 4PM to midnight! Hope it all turned out okay!!
*denotes a product that was sent to me for review