Five Fall Favorites

22 Nov

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 :P).

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 :P), 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!!! :D 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! :P Hope it all turned out okay!!

 

*denotes a product that was sent to me for review

35 Responses to “Five Fall Favorites”

  1. dani@callitbeauty November 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    I’ve been intrigued by Dream Cream for some time, but I was never into the scent enough. I reeeaaally love Sympathy for the Skin, though. It smells DIVINE and makes my skin sooo soft. Have you tried Ro’s Body Conditioner? That one’s fantastic, too.

    • becca November 22, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

      Oooh I will definitely have to check out Sympathy for the Skin. What does it smell like, Dani?? I’m veeery curious now! I’ve also heard A LOT of good things about Ro’s Body Conditioner. It’s the one where you apply it in the shower, right? Sounds strange and I’m sure I’d have to get used to not applying a cream after the shower too, but sounds delightful!! :D

      • dani@callitbeauty November 26, 2012 at 7:54 am #

        SFTS smells like vanilla. Gloooorious vanilla!

        And the body conditioner is AMAAAZE! You apply it when your skin’s still damp and then rinse it off. It makes my skin soooo smooth and soft. <3

        • becca November 26, 2012 at 8:03 am #

          YUM! Ok yes, I definitely NEED both!!! :D

  2. Sunny November 22, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Happy Thanksgiving, Becca! I’m a fan of the Caudalie sorbet as well. I had one before they changed the packaging (possibly also the formula though I’m not entirely sure), and now I’m almost done with another tube! Love how light and hydrating it is :)

    • becca November 23, 2012 at 2:09 am #

      Thanks Sunny!! :) It IS really light, isn’t it? But it’s also really rich and moisturizing at the same time. It’s amazing stuff!!

    • becca November 23, 2012 at 2:09 am #

      Thanks Sunny!! It IS really light, isn’t it? But it’s also really rich and moisturizing at the same time. It’s amazing stuff!!

  3. Chris El November 23, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    Happy Thanksgiving Becca! Ooh I’m jealous you have access to a Coffee Bean… It’s my fave! Although I always get the Hazelnut Latte. P.S. I have a milk frother by Coffee Bean and I use it everyday. ;)

    • becca November 23, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      Thanks, Chris! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!! :)

      I hadn’t really had Coffee Bean until a few months ago and now, I can’t believe I ever went without it. Soooo much better than Starbucks, huh?

      • Chris El November 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

        So much!

        • becca November 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

          :D

  4. svetlana November 23, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    i want to try the lush cream… ok ok maybe because it reminds me of ice cream… te he he…

    • becca November 23, 2012 at 2:11 am #

      LOL! I guess the tub really does look like a tub of ice cream–and the name…Dream Cream, ice cream…:P

  5. Paris B November 23, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Becca! I love that you had a coffee in there. Love! LOL Happy thanksgiving and i hope you had loads to eat :D

    • becca November 23, 2012 at 5:15 am #

      LOL! I HAD to put that drink in there–I’ve been *obsessed* with it lately and buying one every day. It’s starting to add up…I really need a milk frother so I can make my own :P

  6. Larie November 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    :D I kind of want a milk frother, too…haha. Tea is awesome. I just ordered some more today – I drink a lot of it in the winter! And this season I’m more in a tea than a coffee mood, for whatever reason.

    • becca November 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      Really? Oooh I just LOVE tea–I drink a cup of green tea every morning and it’s a great start to my day! What kind of tea did you order? :)

  7. Tracy@Beauty Reflections November 24, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    I am intrigued by your tea drink!
    I drink chamomile at night-supposed to calm me down lol. Not sure if it does though haha!
    AND now I need that Caudalie Sorbet Cream! My skin is ugghh lately.

    • becca November 24, 2012 at 9:34 am #

      LOL really? I don’t think that chamomile in and of itself calms me down, but just sitting there with a steaming cup of tea always does the trick :P And YES–the Caudalie cream is AWESOME!! You (as someone with dry skin) would enjoy it a lot more than me, I think!

  8. JoanneP @ The Convenient Beauty November 25, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    That Essie nail polish is just perfect for the fall. I’ve been wanting a deep red/vampy color like that for so long. I’ll definitely check it out. Lovely list, Becca!

    • becca November 25, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Thanks, Joanne!! And Leading Lady really is SUCH a gorgeous glittery shade–by far one of the best I’ve seen! You really must get it! :)

  9. Lou November 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Hi!
    I´ve just discovered your blog and i have to say that it is awesome! I´m your newest follower!
    I have a review of some Caudalie products on my blog, in case you want to check it out! :)

    • becca November 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

      Hi Lou–

      Thank you so much for following my blog–I’m so glad you enjoy it! :D LOVE your Caudalie picks–I’ve tried everything except the Purifying Mask (sad I never tried it before they discontinued :/) and the Peeling Mask (which I still really want to try!!). But everything else I LOVE–especially the serum and Day Perfecting Fluid (that stuff is like MAGIC!!). I used the mist for a while before serum, but I switched to one that didn’t contain alcohol because I felt the Caudalie was a tad bit drying for me during fall/winter. Still, it’s one of my favorite face mists and it’s the most refreshing and luxurious I’ve found! Glad you love the brand as much as I do! :)

  10. Caroline November 26, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    Stop it, Becca. Just stop. I’m TRYING to reduce my stash and yet you have two of my biggest lemmings (Dream Cream and MOAR CAUDALIE) in one beautifully-presented post? Oh and Coffee Bean tea lattes too? You’re evil.

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 8:02 am #

      MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!! :P

      Caudalie is awesome huh? FAVORITE skincare brand EVER!! :D

  11. svetlana November 26, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    i went out and got that essie polish today. :P holidays, heeeeere i come!

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      YAAAAY! :D You definitely have to let me know how you like it! That shade will be getting a LOT of use out of me during the holidays! :)

  12. Makeup Morsels November 26, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    5 pies?? I bow down to you LOL. Also, I now want every single item on this list, especially 1 and 2. That latte sounds amazing, I’ll have to give it a try :)

    Let’s see…5 fall favorites. Chunky knits, an excuse to haul out all my blankets, Lierac Huile Sensorielle, Skin Food Potiron au Lait eye cream, and White Barn French Baguette candles.

    • becca November 26, 2012 at 10:04 am #

      LOL–damn straight!! It was HARD, man!! :P

      And what is all this talk I keep hearing about deliciously scented French Baquette candles?!? I NEED to get me one of these!

  13. Liz November 29, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Sorry I’m so late with this comment but I hope your Thanksgiving was completely mind-blowing and stomach-blowing!! (Or should I say bloating?)

    These are some nice favourites here, you! I keep getting sucked into trying more and more LUSH, so this one is going on THE LIST… I already share your love for Caudalie… and I think I might have to scope out that Essie polish. The tea I weep over because I don’t think anything like that is here but I shall investigate. <3

    • becca November 29, 2012 at 2:50 am #

      Haha thanks Liz! :P

      And you definitely should check if there is something similar at any coffee shops near you. It’s not too hard really–soy milk, jasmine tea pearls, and a dash of vanilla powder. Then prepare to be blown away!! :D

  14. Joyce (bronzerbunny) December 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    dream cream sounds awesome… i’ll have to check that out when i go to lush next! :)

    • becca December 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      Oh it is. It is…:D

  15. yen December 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    you had recently made me a big fan of the Caudalie cleansing water. i was surfing through Sephora and there is a Caudalie Beauty Essentials from the Vine “package” for $29 (reg $66). i was so excited to put it in my cart – and wouldn’t you know.. it’s not in stock. sigh…

    • becca December 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      I’m so glad you like the Cleansing Water–it’s one of my favorite Caudalie products!! :D If you love that, you NEED to try the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. It’s amazing!

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