September Favorites

It's October! I tend to jump the gun on most seasonal traditions, but now it's finally acceptable to indulge in pumpkin everything. In fact, after this post I'm heading out to get a post-workout pumpkin smoothie. (Yes, that exists.) My September was, in short, a caffeine-fuelled frenzy. I took on a few new commitments, and though I like keeping busy, I haven't quite found the right balance between work and play. This month I've resolved to make more time for blogging, starting by sharing a few of my favorite things from September.

LANCOME TEINT MIRACLE
Liquid foundation is not something I wear or invest in frequently; I probably buy one per year. I featured last year's pick (YSL) in last month's favorites, and this month I've been loving my newer acquisition. Teint Miracle doesn't receive much hype, but I sampled quite a few foundations before choosing this one. I chose it because I find it perfectly balanced in so many ways: medium-coverage, just matte enough to wear without powder, comfortable on the skin but surprisingly long-wearing. It applies seamlessly in a pinch (I just blend it with my fingers), and it never fails me on days when I need to look polished from day to night.

REN GLYCOL LACTIC RADIANCE RENEWAL MASK 
I blogged about my REN sampler kit earlier this month, which included this mask. As soon as the weather changes my skin is prone to patches of dryness, and the chemical exfoliants in this mask have helped my complexion stay smooth. Randomly, applying this honey-like mask has become a Tuesday-evening ritual.

URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE-ON EYE PENCILS IN "HUSTLE" AND "DEMOLITION"
On low-key makeup days, I forgo eyeshadow and lightly define my lash line with "Hustle," a shimmery chocolate brown. If I have something to go to in the evening, I darken it up with a bit of "Demolition," a matte espresso.

KORRES POMEGRANATE LIP BUTTER
I've been swapping lipstick for this two-in-one balm and tint. The semi-sheer rosy/cherry color is universally flattering, and it moisturizes just as well as lip balm.

KIND HEALTHY GRAINS DARK CHOCOLATE CHUNK BARS + TAZO CALM CHAMOMILE TEA
For my wellbeing (and the wellbeing of those around me), I always pack a snack in my handbag. Hangry is dangerous territory. One of my favorites, guaranteed to please cookies monster like myself, are these granola bars by KIND. They also make a superb healthy dessert accompanied by a relaxing cup of chamomile tea.

TWYLA THARP
This month, the legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp came to Seattle to work on a repertory. I'm so inspired by her art as well as her general tidbits of wisdom, like this one: "I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury." Lately, I remind myself of this whenever I complain about insignificant things.

TELEPOPMUSIK
I rediscovered Pandora this month, and among the 30-something stations I created years ago, there are plenty of musical blasts from the past that I'm probably better off not revisiting. But there are some good ones too, like the Telepopmusik station, which has provided good background music for working. Apparently they're releasing a new album this year?