My October Favorites – 2016

Hey Guys,

October was a great month, what with throwing a good friend of mine’s Baby shower and of course Halloween. Hope you all had a great one, let me know what you were dressed up as  in the comments.

Chanel Bronze Universel – Bronzing Makeup Base


Now that my summer tan has faded for good, I need bronzer to give me a nice warm glow and this one by Chanel is one of my all time favorites. It’s warm but not too orange and so natural looking.

It blends just like a dream. If you skin is on the oily side, you don’t need to be afraid to use this cream product. I’m not usually a fan of cream products but this bronzer and the Maybelline 24 hour Tattoo eyeshadow creams are the exceptions.

Just add a powder bronzer on top if you’re going out after work and want extra longevity.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Medium to Tan


Some of my favorite contouring shades are by Anastasia Beverly Hills, so I was overjoyed when I learned that the French Sephora was finally carrying this brand in September ! I’m going to dedicate a whole post to it !


Theses powders layer beautifully over the Chanel Bronze Universal or just your everyday foundation.

I love the greyer contour shade as it doesn’t make you look muddy. It’s perfect to carve out the hollows of your cheeks.

I also really like the lighter highlighting matte shade that I use in a triangular shape under my eyes to set my concealer. I feel that it helps with concealing and not just brightening. If I’ve had a good night’s sleep then I like using the Hourglass ambient lighting powders under my eyes. But if you need a little extra help without looking cakey than ABH has your back!


Sonia Rykiel x Lacome Fall collab eye shadow palette


I’ve been loving this palette in October which you know if you’ve check out my review of this fun Fall collab between Lancôme, Lisa Eldridge and Sonia Rykiel the French fashion designer. Purple is my favorite color as stated in my award post. This palette has  a great range of purple lilac colors with a great taupe thrown in the mix.

Taupe is one of my all time favorite shades as well, so how could I not love it? I also really enjoy a palette that can be used as a stand alone product, meaning I don’t have to reach for any other palette to do a complete look.


Shiseido Ultimine


This is my favorite pre serum skincare product. If you’ve read my Top ten things to do in Japan post, then you know I’ve been to Japan in May 2016 and loved it. I love Japanese make up and skincare. Shiseido is one of those wonderful Japanese brands. I don’t know of any other pre-serum product.

I use this after I cleanse my face as a base under my primer. I’ll have to do a skin care routine post for sure. I use the Clarins Double Serum  in the morning and the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair at night.  This Shiseido concentrate will help any serum that you use over it work more effectively. I also feel it adds to the moisture factor of my skin care. My skin is more supple and nourished when I use it.

I love the silky texture. It penetrates quickly which is nice. I hate having to take hours rubbing something into my skin. But at the same time a little goes a long way. I do acknowledge that it’s a pretty pricey item so I always buy it from Sephora when I get at least 20 to 25% percent off. The VIB Sale is going on right, now so you can take advantage of that!

Burberry Small Canter in Horseferry Check Tote


I’ve just reviewed this bag and I have to say it’s my perfect fall bag. I love the color combination of the canvas with the darker leather trim.

It goes with all types of outfits and can be dressed up or down. It’s perfect for a work bag if you don’t need to carry a  laptop but it will fit a tablet or a kindle quite easily along with all your essentials. To see exactly how I pack mine, check out My What’s In my Bag post.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Venom


For the Fall a great way to transition from summer shades is going for a vibrant burgundy color. The Urban Decay Vice lipstick just fits the bill perfectly. I love sporting a bolder lip in the fall.


This lipstick isn’t the creamiest formula out there but it’s quite comfortable to wear. This darker color does stain the lips a little, so you might beware but to me it has the added bonus of making it super long lasting without needed to line your lips prior to wearing it.

I love the golden packaging, it’s pretty and modern at the same time. It’s also quite lightweight which is important if you are a lip product junkie and end up carting way too many lippies in your bags on a daily basis!

Swatch of UD Venom

Atelier B-A French Designer Bracelet


This was a Baby Shower party favor that I received from my friend whose Shower I through with the help of her close friends. It was really fun because most of my French guest had never been to a shower before (it’s not a tradition here, as giving gifts prior to the birth is considered bad luck).

I love discovering new cultures when I travel (check out the Top then things to do in Japan! or Snowmobile Safari in Lapland), but I also love helping people discover mine. I feel sharing and experiencing is a wonderful way to enhance and enrich your friendships. Don’t you agree?


What products have you been loving in October?



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Chocolate cake with Buttercream frosting decorated by my 6 and 7,5 year old  nieces!

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