October’s Obsessions

October has definitely been a transition month. I spent half the month sick with mono (Fun Fact: you can catch mono the same way you catch the flu), my sister moved into her new apartment. Even the weather can’t decide if it wants to be Summer or transition to Fall. But throughout all the chaos that was October these were the things that I was impressed with the most,

Beauty

  1. Pur Cosmetics, Blue Agave Mask ($26)

This mask is one that I’ve been meaning to try for a while but I just recently picked it up at Ulta. The mask is supposed to “energize, plump and hydrate the skin for a look of a clearer, smoother, and more revitalized complexion”. Now I didn’t take before and after pictures (maybe next time) but I definitely felt that after using it my skin was smoother and when I put it on I definitely felt a tingling sensation which to me always means something is happening. Now whether or not it’s working or just my sensitive skin starting to react I never know until I’m done, luckily in this case it was not a reaction but the mask getting to work.

Now I will say that I wish this mask came with a brush because putting it on with my fingers was a bit sticky but that’s about my only complaint. I will update this post with how many uses I get out of the 2oz bottle it comes in but at first glance the $26 price tag isn’t too bad considering I have some masks that are 1.7oz and more than double the price. I will definitely keep using this mask + I always find peel off masks really fun.

  1. Lush Cosmetics, Bath Oil in You’ve Been Mangoed ($4.95)

I have sensitive skin, and while I know there are some people who say sensitive skin is a myth…I’ve always had sensitive skin. When I was little I remember being extremely upset when my parents told me I could no longer use Mr. Bubble bubble bath after I broke out in hives. The end result was me being sad and having to take Oatmeal baths instead of Bubble Baths. That being said, I’ve never been able to exactly pin down what it is that causes me to break out so usually my body skin routine remains largely unchanged and rather boring. Fast forward to when my Dad introduced me to Lush and my world changed.

Though my body soaps and lotions haven’t changed much I love finding new treats in Lush for when I want to treat myself. Since Lush’s item are all handmade I’ve surprisingly never broken out from anything I tried there. So when I smelled the You’ve Been Mangoed bath oil I knew I wanted to try it. (Side Note: if you have other natural, handmade brands for skincare let me know!)

You’ve Been Mangoed literally smells like a dream. The scents come from the lemongrass,  lime, and lemon oils while mixed with Shea, Mango, Coca, and Avocado Butters. All you have to do is draw up a bath, drop the product in and soak. Not only were the smells relaxing but thanks to the butters its made from my skin (which is almost always dry) felt hydrated and smooth. I will definitely be going back to get another 1…or 5.

  1. Mented Cosmetics, Nude La La Lipstick ($16.50)

I will be the first to admit that $16.50 for a bullet lipstick is more than I would normally spend. Especially since lately I’ve been more on a Colourpop binge and their price tag is $5-6. However, I had to try Mented Cosmetics after I heard about it and I will definitely be a repeat customer.

Mented is a black-owned company that specializes in making Nude Lipsticks for women of color. Since somehow we made it to 2017 and some beauty companies STILL think that beige is nude and one shade of brown is enough (looking at you It Cosmetics). Mented currently has I think 12 lipstick colors, 9 in their original collection and 3 that came out later and I truly am impressed. Nude La La is like my PERFECT nude. It’s throw it on when you don’t want to find a lipstick to match your eyelook –perfect. It’s keep one in your car, your desk, your purse — Perfect. I mean it is BOMB. Mented only sells online currently but if you’re a WOC looking for your perfect nude I would check them out.

I’m even considering trying their glosses and I’m not a huge gloss fan. If they start making liquid lipsticks though…I’m going to need to find another job for some added funds.

Entertainment

  1. Demi Lovato, Sorry Not Sorry

This song has been stuck in my head all month long. It’s been my “blast it in the car when it comes on the radio” song and I love it. I mean I’m not in a relationship that I could end but if I was and I did…I’d be playing it as I walked out the door.

  1. Gabrielle Union, We’re Going to Need More Wine

If you didn’t know Gabrielle Union (actress, icon, HBIC) wrote a book about her life, and if you didn’t know you needed it — now you do. Gabrielle Union’s new book feel like an evening with my friends telling stories of our lives. It’s honest and raw, she talks about everything from infertility to rape to raising black boys. She’s funny, she’s truthful and I felt like I knew and respected her more than I already did when I finished it. To let you know how unable to put it down it was: I finished it in a little over a day and half. My only regret is not taking off work so that I could go see her at the Philadelphia Free Library for her talk and try to get my book signed.

  1. The Read

This is a old favorite turned new for me this month. I first found The Read while studying abroad in Spain, my roommate listened to it every week and after hearing one episode I was hooked. Kid Fury and Crissle’s takes every week not only let me stay informed of what was happening in celebrity news but they did it with just enough shade throwing, sarcasm, and jokes to keep me wanting more. I have rediscovered my love for The Read as my office is extremely loud at times and I was looking for new things to listen to, to prevent me from hearing my latest coworker’s drama. Definitely for the mature audience the podcast is just enough mess for me to love.

Lifestyle

  1. Wantable

Now I’m not going to go really in depth here as I already wrote a first impression on my experience with Wantable but let me just say that I will definitely be ordering again. Wantable is a clothing subscription box that sends you 5-7 pieces selected by a stylist each month. You get 5 days to try everything on, you keep what you want and send the rest back. Your box price/styling fee $20 is applied to anything you decide to keep. If you want to try Wantable you can use my referral link (it just gives me a little gift for each person that tries it out). You can cancel anytime you want, skip a month, or get boxes more frequently. All around I really enjoyed Wantable and it definitely earned a spot on my October Obsessions list.

  1. Passion Planner

My last obsession this month has been my Passion Planner. I love planners and this one is part of the reason I’ve been able to overhaul my blog and really just start to work at some of the things I want in life. It keeps me focused, has a space for everything and at the end of each month asks you to reflect on how you’ve changed over the month, and what you’ve done to move closer to some of your goals. My only hope is that at some point they bring back the purple planner that donated part of the money to Domestic Violence agencies. Since I work as a domestic violence advocate it would truly mean a lot to have one of that planners and contribute to the cause in a different way. Plus, the give back and have a get one give one model, so if you buy one they give one to someone who can’t afford one or needs one for their school/organization etc. It’s a great company to support and I’m truly happy with mine.

That’s it for this month’s favorites! What were some of your favorite things this month? Have you tried anything on my list? Have recommendations? Let me know in the comments!