October Updates and Favorites

Room Makeover

Out of boredom, birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, and realizing I will not be moving out until next fall, I decided it was time for a room makeover.  I have had the same bedroom theme and decor for almost six years.. (middle school, 7th grade.) A change has been long overdue. I went from a cluttered and busy yellow and pink theme to a clean and relaxing red and black one.  I spent a little over a hundred dollars total (my walls and furniture are white so they can go with anything.)  A new bedding set and curtains were the "big money" items.  A few things just needed to be covered with fabric or black spray paint.  Then, I ran to local dollar stores and raided my craft box.  I failed to take before and after pictures.  Here is a stock photo of the new bedding...

Also, here are my DIY items I am most proud of... they all came from a dollar store yet they do not look like it with some ribbon and jewels.  Storage Bins and Makeup Holders. TIP: Use rice instead of bead-filler in your makeup holder.

Embracing Paleness
I have been "fake baking" for the past six years, usually every October-March (sometimes longer.)  I have to decided to give my skin a rest.  Seeing a pale reflection and pictures is taking some getting used to!

FOTD: using a few of this month's favorites*: MAC Eyeshadow Honesty & Bronze, MAC Technakohl Graphblack Eyeliner, L'Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic Mascara*, NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Nude Pigment*, Clinique Blush in Big, Wet'n'Wild Lipstick in Smokin' Hot Pink*.

Watching a New Show
Everyone always raved about One Tree Hill (season 8 is now airing) but I did not want to dive into it without watching them.  I watched the first few episodes (season 1) one Saturday morning on Soap Net about a month ago and decided it was worth a watch.  Luckily, I got to borrow them from someone local.  I am only on season 4 now, it is a good show, but I am not hooked.  (Gossip Girl Season 1:  i stayed up for 48 hours and watched the entire box.)  I am sure One Tree Hill will get better with time.  I like it, but has not made my top 4 TV shows (yet?)

October Favorites
"Favorites" posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) "rediscovered" items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month."

I recently realized I sold all of my larger purses on eBay, leaving me only with hipsters/cross-body bags.  For school, I like larger bags, so I splurged a bit and got my second Coach Purse.  (Coach OP Art Chainlink Maggie #14420) I love it!  It is pretty bag and has tons of compartments, so I can easily find anything I need.

Because of the room makeover and new purse, I stayed away from shopping for beauty products.  Most of these are rediscovered items.

Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep  Pillow Mist in Lavender and Camille - I had problems sleeping, my mind just would not shut off at night.  I was taking some over-the-counter "natural" sleep enhancements, not a good idea, led to breakouts and vivid dreams. I was looking for a healthier option and found this.  I can not decide if it is a mental thing or it really does work, either way, I sleep like a baby now and want to check out the other items from this line.

Moroccan Oil Hair Oil - This has been on my want list for some odd number of months.  There are plenty of positive reviews out there, I agree with them.  It is a bit pricey, yes. (The bigger bottle is a better deal.)  I have a head full of long, thick, hair and only need less than a dime size.  I have used it every 3-5 days this month and have only used 1/8 of it.  Immediately after applying (to dry hair) I can tell a difference.. more shine, less frizz.  It smells good, too.

OPI Black Onyx - Just a creamy, somewhat shiny, black.  I don't know if I was in the Halloween, rock chick mode, or what, but I kept reapplying this all month.

Physician's Formula Gentle Cover Concealer - I received a sample of this forever ago.  I was looking for a good corrector concealer palette, then settled for this instead.  I hate concealer and foundation all together and usually, I do not wear it unless I have to.  It is getting colder, that means redness around my nose, it kind of gets chapped I guess.  (I am not sure, I will have to do some research on it!)  Anyway, instead of layering on the concealer, using a corrector is a really good idea.

Wet 'n' Wild Smokin' Hot Pink (905DP) Lipstick - I am loving the Fuschia lip trend. (Not that I can pull it off.) I picked this up for .99 cents, not the greatest formula... it definitely needs a primer before.  It is a really pretty color.

LUSH Christmas Eve Bubble Bar - it's back!! I purchased it as soon as it was at my counter and have been letting it smell up my room.  This is definitely my favorite Christmas product, maybe even it all time (it ties with sex bomb!)  The scent is really girly: jasmine and ying-yang.,, quite floral-y and perfumey.  It is a relaxing scent as well.  (Which is the point of the bubble bar..  to make little kids fall asleep on Christmas Eve.)  Here is a demo... (starting at 1:15) However, I would suggest crumbling half of it under running water instead.

L'Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic Mascara - I have always been into high-end mascaras, for whatever reason I picked this one up awhile back, rediscovered it and it is all ever grab anymore. (2 coats)

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania - Nude Pigment (001) - (Repotted in the picture, the original jar is way too tiny.)  A perfect highlight (under brow on cheeks) now that I am a bit paler...

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