october ’20 faves

monq aromatherapy | biore rose quartz + charcoal daily cleanser | sol de janeiro cheirosa ’71 body fragrance mist | foxybae 25 mm black curling wand | maybelline lip lifter gloss with hyaluronic acid: reef & amber

If I looked at the month of October as a whole, it really wasn’t as terrible as it felt. For the first time in Pandemic 2020, I actually can say I felt like I grew this month!

If you caught my Q3 Resolutions post, I definitely was a lot harder on myself than maybe should have been. I have to keep telling myself that we’re in a pandemic and the uncertainty of times is allowed to make me overwhelmed: There’s been a lot of life changes in a short amount of time and it’s okay if I feel unstable sometimes.

I started my new position and have been balancing new job duties, I’ve been doing a lot more spontaneous things with my friends and just doing things in the moment, which the neurotic side of me never would envision. Even though I wanted to do a lot more spooky things this month, like dabble with SFX makeup, I realize that my mental health might not have allowed me to do so. And that’s okay.

Here were some of my favorite products this month:




MONQ Aromatherapy Diffusers

Take a ‘bad’ habit, but make it beneficial.

Fun fact: Back when I was 21 and I would go out to bars, I would buy water vapor hookah pens and ‘smoke’ them, because I was too scared to commit to an actual vape, but wanted to be cool. I grew up around cigarette smoke and always said I wouldn’t smoke cigarettes (unless I’m blackout drunk.. sorry Mom & Dad). When I stopped going out as much, my addiction of smoking them stopped.

I had discovered MONQ diffusers a long time ago, thanks to Kendall Rae on YouTube and it’s a product I fell back in love with after doing some research for my grandmother and her pain management. I’m really going to do a terrible job of explaining what exactly they are, but they’re like a vape, but without all the garbage in them.

MONQ uses essential oils but your body acts as the diffuser. It’s the same concept as vaping, but these have zero nicotine or tobacco. They recently launched their CBD collection, and I’ve always had a curiosity with the benefits of CBD and wanted to test them out. I bought a bunch of their blends and really liked how they made me feel… until I lost the rechargeable pack and have yet to buy a new one.

If you’re looking for flavor recs, I love Ocean, Zen, Sleepy (both with the CBD are bomb!) and Healthy.


Biore Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Cleanser

If y’all checked out my Skincare Routine, I stressed that it’s not the products per-say that make the difference. It’s taken me a long time to learn that I don’t have to break the bank for some good quality products.

Amanda suggested this daily cleanser to me months ago, and I’m just getting around to using it, but it was worth the wait. There’s a cooling, tingling sensation that leaves my face feeling incredibly clean which I’m not sure comes from the rose quartz or the charcoal.

Charcoal cleansers pull impurities to the surface, but can sometimes leave you feeling stripped of your natural oiliness. The gel formula of it doesn’t strip my skin and in all, I’m glad to have found another drugstore goodie.



Sol de Janiero Cheirosa ’71 Body Fragrance Mist

Back in 2019, Sol de Janiero released a limited collection called the Cheirosa Project, which included five samples of potential scents. Cheirosa No. 1 was hands down the BEST smelling one, and we know how much I love Cheirosa ’62.

When Sol de Janiero announced they were releasing a new scent in September, my mind began to reel, because the fragrance notes sounded just like what Cheirosa No. 1 was, and thank God it was.

Cheirosa ’71 has notes of caramelized vanilla, toasted macadamia nut, sea salt, white chocolate and coconut blossom, which smells just like a Christmas cookie. (Perfect for the upcoming holiday season!)

While reading the description on the website, I learned the inspiration behind this scent and about Leila Diniz, which was an iconic Brazilian actress and when she was 8 months pregnant, she defied social norms and wore a bikini to the beach. Knowing the history behind the scent makes me love it even more, as it gives me a daily dose of confidence like Leila owned.


FOXYBAE 25mm Black Curling Wand with Rose Gold Barrel

* The link above is NOT the same one received in my FabFitFun box, but it was a FFF Exclusive, therefore I wasn’t able to find it on the FOXYBAE website.

After falling in love with the Kristen Ess curling wand, I thought it would be hard to step away from it. Until I unboxed my Fall FabFitFun and discovered this curling wand.

Since chopping my hair in June, I’ve been hesitant with using curling wands since I don’t want to burn myself, but this is the perfect sized barrel to give me the loose, beachy and piecey waves I long for. The barrel is made with tourmaline-infused ceramic and doesn’t fry my hair or leave it frizzy. These curls aren’t Shirley Temple ringlets, and fall beautifully by Day 2 or 3.

Since I vow to keep it 100 with you, so I have to admit that this wand does feel rather cheap in these two aspects: The power button is in an inconvenient position that I constantly bump and turn off; and there is no heat settings so be sure to use your heat protectant.


Maybelline Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid

You know 2020 has been a weird a$$ year when I voluntarily put a lip gloss in a Favorites post…

I happened to stumble across these on TikTok one night while aimlessly scrolling, then they manifested themselves at my local Ulta. For under $10, I figured the worst I would do is try it and hate it because we know how I feel about glosses… But instead, I have become obsessed with them!

Hyaluronic acid is incredibly beneficial for hydration and moisture and with the chilly weather coming, a sis is going to need all the help she can get. I will admit that if I stop using them for a few days, my lips become a little chapped. These are a fulling lip gloss, so there is a slight tingle sensation when applied, but it shouldn’t deter you from using them.

I bought Reef first, which is a soft baby pink gloss and immediately went to Walmart and picked up Amber, a perfect nude. Amber has become my go-to lip product this season and I see myself grabbing it a lot more in the future. These glosses are opaque, so one or two coats are the perfect amount of coverage.


New ‘Aesthetic’

I wanted to call this one the intangible, but because it’s a physical look, it gets its own moment. And once I explain, you’ll see how why I could have made it the intangible.

Growing up, I have always struggled to find my identity when it came to anything short of fashion sense. I always loved the preppy, New England vibe and wanted to be considered classy, but then there were a lot of times I wanted to be the girl who wore band tees and heavy black makeup. I thought it had to be one or the other. Since following a lot of influencers on IG, I have discovered that Hannah Montana was right, and you get the best of both worlds!

Admittedly, this all stemmed from my breakup (hi, I’m still going to bring it up because #growth). I’ve been told (more than once) that I weirdly give off a hard, rocker-esque vibe and could be someone who pulls off piercings and tattoos. Since breaking up with my ex, I have been putting myself out there more and trying to find a new identity. I feel my best when I throw on a beanie, a flannel, a band tee and some ripped jeans. I can class it up with a cozy sweater and leather leggings. I’ve just become more impulsive with doing the things that will make me happy, when this year has been anything but.

Which leads me into….


Intangible: Impulsiveness & Spontaneity

So, if you learn anything about me, it’s that I am very neurotic about a lot of things in my life. I’ve always been the person who follows their planner like a bible and has to know a game-plan from the jump.

After everything with the move, the promotion and just in general for the last few months, I have noticed that my lifestyle has taken a pretty serious overhaul and I’m learning to roll with the punches. For the record, I am a spontaneous person and I love to live in the moment, but I’m not the biggest chance taker and play things relatively safe. Partly because I’m a little insecure and don’t handle rejection well, as evident with me being single as a dollar bill for the first time in six-ish years..

I’m going to tell you a story because it might paint a better picture for you: Recently single me has been on dating apps because it’s not exactly like I can go out and meet people now… So, I had been talking to a guy for a while when he asked me on a date. Seems harmless, right? But pre-2020 Sarah would have made every excuse in the book to not go out with this kid because I was low-key afraid to put myself out there. But, instead, I made plans with the kid, went out to dinner and had a great time.

And then, I did it again with another person. And again. And I’ve learned to just be impulsive to do the things that I want to do. I’ve expanded my social circles, I’m doing things for me and in all, I’m happy to be able to spread my wings and find myself. It’s taken me a bit of time to find my footing, but I think the rest of the year is going to go up from here.


October ’20 Faves video 🎥

About sarah

27. writer. obsessed with makeup, traveling, nyr and sparkle.
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