Monthly Favorites

October Favorites!

Hello! Welcome Back! Can you believe we are already at the end of October!? It feels like it should have just started, it’s crazy. Next thing you know it’s gonna be Valentines day and the ground is gonna be covered in snow. Okay maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but you get my point. With it being the end of the month, it’s the perfect time for me to do my October Favorites. I have always enjoyed doing Monthly Favorites post, it’s a great way to look back on everything I’ve loved during the month and do mini reviews on multiple products all in one place. I haven’t done one in a while, but I’ve tried some new stuff this month that I just HAD to share with you guys. So without wasting too much time, let’s get into what I have been loving in the month of October!


Bare Minerals Complextion Rescue

Shade: 01 OPAL

The first product I want to tell you guys about is this new foundation I’ve found by Bare Minerals. This isn’t a new product to their line and honestly I could have tried it at any point in the last two years, since I sell it almost everyday! We sell Bare Minerals at the store I work at and I’ve heard great things about this for so long. I overlooked it because I knew it didn’t give much coverage. It’s not suppose to, it’s a tinted gel cream so I would say it has a little more coverage then a BB cream. It’s really meant to just even everything out, for that reason alone I thought for so long that I wouldn’t like it. I’ve never liked full coverage but medium coverage like the Too Faced Born This Way was perfect for me. However, as I’m getting older and taking better care of my skin I have realized I do enjoy a light coverage foundation. This is the only foundation I’ve worn for the last three weeks, it gives a healthy dewy look to the skin which is great as the air becomes drier. It has SPF 30 in it, which is another plus. I honestly don’t have one bad thing to say about this product. It’s 30.00 USD but, that price could vary depending on where you purchase it, also you get 1.18 fl oz which it’s a little more than the standard in foundations. If you are looking for something to not add much coverage but just even out your skin tone, highly recommend this.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Concealer

Shade: Fair

I’ve had a bit of a love affair with Bare Minerals this month. I’ve not tried many things from their line but everything I have tried I’ve loved. I’m a big fan of concealer, I have always loved trying new ones and if I could only have a few products for the rest of my life, concealer would be one of them. This concealer is INCREDIBLE. I love a liquidy concealer, which this would fall under since it’s a serum concealer. I know saying it’s liquidy could give a bad impression but honestly there’s no other way to describe the consistency of this product. Like the last product it gives your under eyes a nice dewy hydrated look, which is essential for me. I don’t know anyone who wants their under eyes to look dry lol. It has decent coverage, it’s not full by any means but definitely a medium coverage. Which again, is something I prefer because as I get older the full coverage concealers just crease under my eyes. I use a beauty sponge to blend out all my liquid products and this blends out like a dream. It doesn’t cling to anything and also creates a nice base on my eyelid for whatever i’m planning to do that day.  You get 0.20 fl oz which doesn’t sound like a lot, but you don’t need to use a whole lot at once. I believe the pigment is strong on this product so a little will go a long way.

Dior Backstage Contour Palette & Highlight Palette

Before I get into this one, I know it’s Dior and that sounds really bougie but these products we birthday presents. These palettes are 45 dollars and it is smaller then I expect but even still, I think they are so worth the money. First i’ll start with the contour palette, I’m white as paper which makes it nearly impossible to find contour shades that work. They are either to dark or have this weird grey undertone and things just end up looking messy and muddy. However, the shade light contour in this palette has changed my life. It’s just the right amount of a cool tone shade, that it creates a shadow under your cheekbone without over doing it. Then the shade deep contour, is a great shade for me to lightly bronze up the rest of my face. I do have to use a light hand or else it could be too dark. If I do happen to go heavy on my bronzer, if I take a duo fiber brush it blends out effortlessly. I don’t use either highlight shade because I like a really intense glossy highlight but if you like something subtle these would be great for you. Now, onto my pride and joy the highlight palette. I have gotten so much use out of the highlight palette, whether it’s using them as highlighters, blush toppers or eyeshadows I have used this palette almost every day for the past two months. The shades are intense without looking glittery. What I really like is that the gold works on my fair skin. I do prefer a warmer highlight, like a peachy gold or light gold because I feel it compliments my eye color but far to often gold highlights are to dark and just look like a yellow strip on my face. Only complaint is I wish the pan sizes were a little bigger on these products. If you want to treat yourself, I really don’t think you can go wrong with anything from this collection from Dior however my number 1 pick would be the highlight palette.


First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

I love trying new skincare and something I have recently learned about my skin is that it really loves chemical exfoliators. It especially loves lactic acid, so I have been on the hunt for products with lactic acid that didn’t break my bank account. I had a sample of the Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid treatment and my skin was obsessed with it but, a 1 oz bottle of this product costs as much as my student loan so that won’t be joining my collection anytime soon. Which is okay because I think I have found a winner with these pads. They are so convenient and easy to use while providing such benefits for your skin. It is going to tone, exfoliate and even brighten your skin and all you have to do is wipe a little pad over your face. My favorite thing about First Aid Beauty is that it’s effective but also suitable for sensitive skin types. I have been using these pads every morning and night and I’ve been in love with my skin. It’s part of why I feel comfortable using my light coverage foundation I mentioned up above.


Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner

One drawback of my job is I get hooked on expensive hair products! Bumble and Bumble is not a cheap brand, but if you want to treat yourself I really do recommend this line. I have a few sample packets of the thickening shampoo and conditioner because I don’t like recommending something to my customers without having tried it. If you have fine hair, you need these products. Well at least the shampoo, it’s the only shampoo that I’ve used where I can actually feel my hair becoming thicker. I only wash my hair about twice a week, so when I do I want something that is really going to bring my hair back to life because it ends up being really flat by then. Full disclosure I only have a picture of the conditioner because I was silly and used up my last shampoo sample before taking photos for this post *eye roll*

New Hair Color

Okay so this is a new favorite and just a chance for me to rave about my new hair some more because I’m obsessed with it. Before my hair appointment I had a fairly light blonde balyage, and I was itching for a change but wasn’t ready to give up the blonde. I decided to go darker at my roots, pull some low-lights through and also add in some cooler pieces of blonde. I’m not afraid to change my hair up, but this is possibly my hair “color” I’ve ever done. I also decided to cut it a bit shorter, which again I’m loving. It’s hard for me to explain the jump in confidence I have when I get my hair done. It’s why I don’t mind spending the money to get it done. It’s not cheap but, it makes me feel incredible about myself and for me that has no price tag. Already thinking about going fully brunette the next time I go, what do you guys think?

Those are the things I have been loving in the month of October, and honestly I forgot how much I love writing about beauty products! I love that I have this space to talk about all difference aspects of life and things I enjoy. What have you been loving this month, let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you guys. I hope you all have a fun & safe Halloween. Thanks for stopping by.. until next time

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x


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Simply Michelle

Hi! I’m Mich. I’m a 26 year old young woman trying to navigate adulthood and all the challenges it brings. On Simply Michelle you will find genuine posts about a wide range of topics from mental health & faith to makeup & baking. This is my safe place to be vulnerable and hopefully you'll feel that you can do the same. I hope you stick around!

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  1. I have never tried Bare Minerals before but I’ve wanted to for ages, I hear Anna Saconne-Joly talk about that brand all the time! I’m really started to love light coverage foundations, too, so I need to pick that one up next time I’m at the shops ☺️ I’ve always wanted to try Bumble and Bumble, too – I feel like everyone raves about them!

    Beka |

    1. i’ve really been reaching for the bare minerals one over all my other foundations! it’s so good

  2. I love these posts because I love finding new products from them! I’ve never used bareminerals but that gel cream sounds absolutely perfect, I use the ordinary serum foundation and it’s amazing and sounds pretty similar! Might have to add it into my Christmas list. I love your new hair colour it looks stunning on you!
    Alex x

    1. oh yes it does sound similar! definitely at least get a sample. and thank you i appreciate that

  3. I’ve never tried anything from Bare Minerals but after reading this I feel like I need to although I do usually like a more full coverage foundation. Your hair looks amazing, I love it!

    Jess //

    1. thank you! bare minerals does have a full coverage foundation as well that i’ve heard good things about! x

  4. Your hair looks so gorgeous girl! It really suits you, you are so pretty! I know the feeling that a new hair cut/colour can really boost confidence, I think it is money well spend when you need a little pick-me-up. I’m loving the sound of the facial radiance pads too, especially as they brighten, tone and exfoliate the skin. They sound great, I’ll have to keep an eye out of them. Thanks for sharing your favourites Mich, lovely post! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. that’s so kind of you thank you, i hope the facial radiance pads work for you if you try them out ❤️❤️

  5. I actually haven’t tried any of these mentioned products, but now you’ve caught y attention! I would really love to try to bare mineral products. I am obsessed with that shimmery pink in the Dior pallette. Great post X

    1. I like the idea behind bare minerals, that it’s healthier for your skin. Also I use the shimmery pink as a blush topper and it’s so gorgeous! thanks for reading xx

  6. Creative Nails says:

    I love your hair colour! It’s gorgeous! I’ve never actually dyed my hair before, I always wonder what colour I would dye my hair if I was to because I honestly have no idea, haha. I quite like my natural hair colour – it’s a light brown and in the summer it gets natural blonde highlights! I’ve tried Bare Minerals perfecting veil powder, I use that at the moment and I find it very good. I’ve wanted to try one of their foundations out too, I can’t remember the name of it though. I prefer a bit more of coverage myself! I should really look into it more as it does sound like this brands products are really good!


    1. I have wanted to try the perfecting veil as well! I believe you can build up the coverage a little bit with the one i mentioned. there line has a lot of great things xx

  7. Love reading these posts! Your new hair looks amazing, I get that feeling too of when you just get it freshly cut and coloured you feel so positive about yourself, I always take a selfie after I have had my hair done! The Dior contour palette and highlight palette looks stunning as well <3

    Chloe xx

    1. Thank you! my mom actually wants to film me when I get home from getting my hair done because she wants to send it to my hairdresser, we’re really close to her since she’s been our stylist for my entire life lol thankfully she hasn’t because i’d be really embarrassed xx

  8. lucymarytaylor says:

    I love Bare Minerals products, I use their mineral powder foundation and it’s so good! x

    Lucy |

    1. I have so many customers who are in love with that product, my skin has never liked powder foundations but i love the idea behind the line. xx

  9. myspottedblog says:

    I’ll have to try those facial radiance pads! My skin gets dull and I’ve been getting breakouts along my hairline. They sound refreshing! Also, I saw alot of bare minerals faves, I’ve actually never tried their products lol but I hear such good things!

    Cheers xx

    Rachel |

    1. I had breakouts along my hairline as well and the only thing that worked for them was lactic acid which is in the radiance pads so definitely give them a try! xx

  10. Definitely some products I need to try out here, so thanks for sharing! Also your hair looks fab!!xx

    1. thank you lovely xx

  11. Your new hair looks gorgeous! I used to be obsessed with the Facial Radiance Pads, they’re so good and convenient. I’ve always wanted to use complexion rescue, it sounds like something I’d love. But, my skin reacts to the mineral base in Bare Minterals products so I can’t actually use anything by the brand – so sad. I’ve always been a fan of the Dior powder products, their eyeshadows are some of my favourites. I’ll have to check out their contour palettes x


    1. thank you! oh my gosh that’s so sad that you can’t use bare minerals! I’ve actually never tried dior eyeshadows i’ll put them on my list! xx

  12. I love this post!

  13. Love reading these types of posts, gives me ideas for new products to get! I’ve heard so many good things about the bare minerals primer, will need to pick that one up. Your hair looks really lovely! Xx

    1. thank you!! i hope you find some new loves yourself xx

  14. The bare minerals concealer looks fab, I’m definitely going to have to try it out! Your hair looks lovely too! Xx

    Ashleigh |

    1. thank you! the concealer is great I haven’t used anything else for weeks xx

  15. Wow, the facial radiance pads sound like something I’d love to try. I’ve tried lightening pads before but they irritated my skin. You mentioned these are for sensitive skin, so maybe I’d have better luck with these! Great post! 🙂

    1. yes absolutely give them a try! I’m almost out of mine and the next time payday comes around i’m going to pick up more I actually tell a difference in my skins texture when I don’t use them xx

  16. i love your new hair color! and with the glasses, you look ready to take autumn by storm! and i love the title of your conditioner/shampoo – so quirky and cute.

    Joy at The Joyous Living
    (p.s. you misspelled your blog’s url on my blog but i figured it out phew.)

    1. omg silly me, im so sorry! sometimes my phone doesn’t like my blog’s url and autocorrects it! lol but thank you for your sweet words xx

  17. Michelle your hair looks gorgeous! I think First Aid Beauty is one of the best skincare lines for sensitive skin. I use the FAB Ultra Hydration Moisturizer at night and my skin is always soft and slightly dewy in the morning, really makes me not wanna wash my face because my skin looks so smooth and pretty😍. My sister is obsessed with the pads, she said it was one of the best things she ever used. Thanks for sharing your favs!

    Natonya |

    1. thank you!! Im glad you enjoyed it! I have loved everything I’ve tried from FAB as well! xx

  18. […] coverage product. I’m not going to stay on this product long because I talked about it in my October favorites not too long ago, but the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue has basically been all I’ve worn […]

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