October 2016 Monthly Favorites

Whoa, it's already November!?! I know everyone says it, but I'll just have to join in and say that I cannot believe that it's already this late in the year! That means that I've almost got one grad school semester down, the election is days away (anyone care to share some anxiety coping mechanisms??!?), and we've got less than two months until Christmas!!Time surely does fly!

This month has been a month full of new things and I have plenty to share with you guys. I think that during the colder months, for some reason, I'm more likely to try out new products and this month was no exception. Like usual, this month's favorites are a mixed bag with no rhyme or reason... on to them!


Yama Moto Yama Green Tea with Toasted Rice - I've always enjoyed the taste of green tea, and I'm aware that it's a healthier option as far as teas go, but they often leave my stomach feeling a bit...dangerous. When I heard about green tea with toasted rice in it, I was intrigued and knowing that rice is often something people eat when they're stomachs are feeling a bit off, I decided to give it a go. I'm so happy I did because this tea is really nice! In all honesty, I started out with the Numi green tea with toasted rice, which I picked up from my local grocery store. However, they stopped carrying it (which is a trend I've noticed when I find something new ....*ahem* Wegmans, knock it off! *ahem*), so I headed to Amazon where I found this brand. I first ordered the tea in a smaller sized box and I'm definitely in love so I'll be ordered the larger box as soon as I'm out of the rest of my supply. It has a unique flavor and if you're a tea person, or perhaps not a tea person, and wanted to try a green tea that is different, I'd urge you to give this one a go!

I have struggled with chapped lips for as long as I can remember, and I'm perhaps a bit obsessed with trying out new lip balms, so when I saw Lanolips on the Ulta website, I had to try them out. I've heard of the brand before but I've never seen it available for purchase in the US. Luckily, when I purchased, there was a promotion so I received their strawberry lip balm for free with the original. I have to say that I do like both, but I enjoy the original the most. It's thicker, and I find it very moisturizing without being sticky. The jury is still out yet on whether or not its holy grail, but it's absolutely in the running!!

Sticking with beauty, I have to mention the mascara that I've been using all month, which is from Soap & Glory. I'm a huge fan of Soap & Glory and lusted over their beauty products which were UK exclusive for a long time. Finally they came to the states (albeit, not the entire range) and I've been slowly trying out different products. Their Thick & Fast Flash Extensions Effect Mascara is AH-MAY-ZING!!! It is honestly my favorite mascara that I've ever tried and I'm so happy that I did because I almost skipped out on it. I can do nothing makeup-wise but put on this mascara and that is good enough for me. It really volumizes, which is one of the main things I look for and is super dark. I find that it's easy to build up and it doesn't flake like other mascaras I've used in the past. It also comes off easy enough for a mascara that lasts all day. I think the price is great too - I'd say it's mid-range between drugstore and high end and absolutely worth it!!

While everyone is buying boots, I've been searching for a new pair of trainers. It took a few attempts (a good reason to love Zapppos and their painless return policy!), but I think I finally found a winner in these Nike Flex Trainer 6's. When I saw the black and rose gold combo (although they list it as red bronze??) I stopped in my tracks. I got a second opinion from my sister, and they were at my door the next day. These shoes are super lightweight and I love their simple design. I wear sneakers a lot so I wanted something neutral enough to go with a lot of different outfits and these fit the bill, while also having a little detail to them as well. I've worn them a bunch so far this month and I will say that they are a bit narrow and I've been trying to break them in, so I'll admit that they are not always the most comfortable, but I like them enough that they're definitely keepers and a favorite of this month.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here on the blog yet or not, but I've recently gone gluten-free. Despite being Italian, and a huge lover of carbs, it's been a fairly painless transition. It definitely helps to be able to find super delicious substitutes for those crappy food cravings that we all get. This Devil's Food Cake from Betty Crocker is a perfect example. Not only does it taste delicious, I would argue that it tastes better than normal cake mixes. It's super moist and chocolately and me and my hormones give it two thumbs up! and yes, I could make my own cake from scratch, but I like having this on hand and knowing that in a pinch I can easily make a delicious cake that is also gluten free!

Last but not least, I have to mention this amazing candle from Bath & Body Works. This is their Pumpkin Woods 3-Wick Candle and it's in my opinion, the perfect Autumn scent. I'm feeling a bit regretful that I didn't grab more than one when they were on sale because I've been burning it a lot this month. It's not too overpowering but has a nice scent that really fills up a room. It's woodsy and cozy, while also fresh from the apple notes. If you've got the chance, I would definitely grab one of these (or two...or three) babies up before they're overcome by Christmas scents (if they aren't already!). I couldn't find them online so I'd check stores near you!

Hope everyone had a wonderful October! I'd love to hear about what you were loving this month in the comments! :)

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