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It’s officially my favorite month of the year! Happy October!

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  1. I love everything about this embroidered cardigan.
  2. What are you reading lately? I’m reading The Stand for the first time ever, and I love it. I’m not sure why it took me so long.
  3. Last year when I read about Death Salon at the Mütter, I made tentative plans in my head that I would return to Philadelphia again for my birthday. This was, of course, long before our Hawaii plans actually came into fruition. I’ve been following The Order of the Good Death and its co-founder, mortician Caitlin Doughty (her current project: Undertaking LA) fairly closely over the last handful of years, in the hopes to help deal with my own crippling anxieties about the inevitable.
  4. This Harvest Greetings card from Poison Apple Printshop is a beauty. I usually send a few fall greeting cards every year. My dad always gets a special Halloween one. It’s our thing. ♥
  5. These apple caramels from Lake Champlain Chocolates are made using Citizen Cider. If you have never in your life tried Lake Champlain Chocolates, I highly recommend that you do. And not just because they’re from my homeland.
  6. My next big jewelry purchase (one I’ll need to save for) will most definitely be a piece from Bloodmilk. Maybe I’ll start with the Petite Planchette ring.
  7. I’ve been really into facial masks and treatments, lately. I’d love to try this pineapple brightening mask from Herbivore Botanicals. My skin gets pretty dull looking, especially when winter rolls along, and I have yet to figure out how to work any magic using makeup.

 

 

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  1. Explorer’s Press just posted a ton of great new stuff in their shop. I am particularly found of this keychain and crescent moon pin.
  2. This simple little ring is just perfect.
  3. These incredible sneakers by Inkkas are inspired by the Japanese artist Hokusai, an Edo period ukiyo-e painter and printmaker (Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji). These are currently being crowdfunded, and I wish I had any money whatsoever because I need these shoes. It’s been a long while since I’ve owned a pair of sneakers. Fellow Japanese art history nerds, it’s up to you to make these happen. Inkkas is a rad company in general, so check out their other stuff if these aren’t quite up your alley!
  4. This navy sweater from ModCloth looks super cuddly. I love the last few weeks of summer, but sweater weather is my favorite.
  5. Coated denim. I’m into it. This pair from PrAna is 79% organic cotton.
  6. Oh hey! New stuff from LUSH. I like the looks of this coffee scrub.
  7. The September Julep Maven reveal included some fall friendly lip shades and finally some polish colors I can get behind. I included this deep red lipstick among my picks (which I paid for entirely with Maven points).  Are you a Maven? What did you end up with in your box this month? If you want to sign up for monthly boxes from Julep, use this link and you’ll receive the Neutrals Welcome Box for free (just pay $2.99 shipping)! The three polish shades in this box are beautiful, and you’ll also get a shimmery plum eyeliner pencil that I love.

 

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  1. The beautiful Trove Eyelash set from True & Co. is on sale right now. Through the weekend (August 16th) you can save an additional 15% on these sale pieces with the code PRIVATE15. You’re welcome. ♥
  2. Tj and I just signed up for Bright Cellars, a (newer) wine subscription service. I can’t wait to share the results with you! You can save 50% on your first month using my referral link (which also gets us a free bottle of wine, so that’s cool). This will be my first time trying out a wine subscription service, and I’m really looking forward to the results. This Cabernet Sauvignon/Grenach blend from Petit Chou will be in our first box.
  3. This blazer! Olive velvet pairs well with black lace. +Boots.
  4. Only five days remain on the Bath Sabbath expansion Kickstarter! Get in on this one. Bath Sabbath is a small batch, cruelty-free skin care company with a heavy metal theme. Their products are all sulfate and detergent free, and are great for sensitive skin. Check out their current line on etsy! For a pledge of $17, you can get yourself a beautifully sculpted soap or handcrafted beard oil. She’s Staring at You is scented with pomegranate and lime, plus notes of bergamot, bavender, and a hint of frankincense.
  5. I really want this coloring book when it comes out in October. Do you still color on occasion? I love it so much. I think it’s really important to hold on to a few childhood rituals; for me, coloring is definitely one of these.
  6. I love these super simple zodiac pendants from Moorea Seal. Birthday gift? Sure, thanks.
  7. The Lost Valley Ankle boot from Free People is a beaut. Black, obviously, but the other color options are lovely as well.

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Sloughing off the dead skin of winter. Springing forward. Being kind to your body and the world you live in.

These natural exfoliants are on my radar. Some of these are safe to use on your face, and some are meant to be used elsewhere. Remember that the skin on your face is more sensitive! Use any exfoliating product with caution.

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Herbivore Botanicals x UO coconut + bamboo fiber facial exfoliant / Root Science facial scrub powder / Camp Coconut Beach face scrub

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LUSH Sea Vegetable soap / LUSH Ocean Salt

LUSH’s Ocean Salt is one of all time favorite body scrubs. It contains avocado, coconut and sea salt, and smells of lime and grapefruit. It punches me in the face with happiness every time I use it.

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LUSH Life’s a Beach body scrub / SW Basics body scrub

Life’s a Beach is LUSH’s newest exfoliating product. 100% of the purchase price will be donated to organizations that protect our waterways from microbead pollution.

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Binchotan facial puff / Konjac Sponge Co. French pink clay facial sponge

Konjac sponges can be used with your usual facial cleanser, or on their own with warm water. The two pictured above feature the added benefits of charcoal (l) and French pink clay (r).

Related: DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

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These days, a kinder sort of cosmetics shopping can be done close-to-home, and it doesn’t need to completely empty your pockets. More companies are taking the junk out of their products and cutting down on environmental impact by using less packaging, or recyclable alternatives. Hooray!

While I do enjoy a little luxury from time to time (because who doesn’t), I generally tend to stick to the basics. If I can’t make them myself, I need most of my everyday products to be readily available and relatively inexpensive. These are some of my favorites, both old and new, that can be found at most drug and grocery stores (or big box locations like Target and Walmart) here in the states!

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1. I love Organix shampoos and hair styling products and have been using them for years. My pixie cut currently only requires infrequent shampooing (no conditioner), and this biotin shampoo is ideal for adding volume.  I like the neutral scent on this one; it means Tj can use it, too. The tea tree mint is another dude-friendly scent. These products are sulfate-free and the company does not test on animals. Vegans should read individual bottle labels. These are a little more expensive than some drugstore brands, but if you’re using shampoo at all, I think Organix is a nice compromise between salon and oldschool-hippie.

2. I am late to the EOS game, but I now have a couple pods floating around the house. You can purchase these at WalMart for $2.96. EOS balms and are 100% all natural and USDA certified organic. They are also paraben-free, petrolatum-free, phthalate-free (and gluten-free, if that’s your thing). I like sweet mint best. Pictured above is pomegranate raspberry.

3. I’ve been using Burt’s Bees lemon cuticle balm since high school. It’s a huge savior in the cold weather, especially. This will run you around $6, but it lasts a while.

4. e.l.f. proudly sports a vegan label, and the company has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to testing on animals. All of their products are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, so they’re safe for sensitive skin. Also awesome? The cost. I paid $2 for the eye shadow quad pictured above, which is a nice selection of shimmery neutrals. As someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, this is great because it means I can experiment freely, but in the very likely event that I don’t finish up a product before its expiration date, it’s not a huge loss. These beauties are so inexpensive because e.l.f. doesn’t spend money on ads or fancy packaging!

5. This is my everyday face wash. Yes to products are incredibly gentle, free of petroleum and parabens, and do not test on animals. Note to vegans: read individual product labels. The cleansing facial wipes are handy for travel.

6. I currently have a couple higher end (though not by much) mascaras, but Physician’s Formula is my less expensive go-to. The Natural Origins is less than $10 (half the cost of my favorite Tarte mascara), and it’s free of all synthetics. Tip: add a drop of lavender oil to your mascara tube to help nourish your lashes! Physician’s Formula is 100% cruelty-free, but vegans should read labels on individual products.

7. I love Mrs. Meyer’s everything, but the liquid hand soaps are an essential.  They do make solid bars, too, if you want something with less packaging. These are made in the US and all products are paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

Share your favorite drugstore products in the comments!

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