September and October Favorites

   It's been far too long since my last post. Even though I haven't been very active here on the blog, I've been trying out some new things and rekindling my love for long-time favorite items. So without any further ado, here a my favorite things from the months of September and October. 

Banana Republic Stretch Skinny Jeans (petite)- I picked up a pair of BR jeans from the factory outlet near me over the summer. These jeans are so comfortable and very flattering. I would like to get the ankles narrowed and hemmed soon, but I've been rolling them for the time being. These were an excellent staple to add to my wardrobe, especially since I had culled so many pairs of pants during the Great Closet Purge of this summer. 

Franco Sarto Cicero Heels- I got rid of a lot of shoes during the aforementioned closet purge. I was down to one pair of black heels, and the increased, excessive wear on them was starting to take its toll. So I retired my them, and purchased these Franco Sarto heels; in the style Cicero. These heels are very comfortable and so beautiful. I feel very ladylike, but still very much my 'edgy' self when wearing them. And they integrated beautifully into my wardrobe.

Forever 21 Round-Pyramid/Cone Studs- I absolutely adore this pair of earrings. They are so simple, but really striking. I can't stop wearing them, they go with everything so well. I will be very sad the day that these start to tarnish. 


Ah! Sorry for the blurry photos guys, it's all I ended up with. Thought I had a few better ones.
Colorpop Ultra-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Jellies- For the last two years, I had been pining away over Melt Cosmetics Lipstick in DGAF. Sadly, I never managed to buy it before it would sell out, and just a little while ago, it was discontinued. I was quite torn up about it, until Colorpop released their fall liquid lipstick colors. And there it was, the royal blue lipstick I'd been lusting over. I was able to purchase it, and with a coupon code (THANKSBABE, still valid!) paid under six dollars for it. Which is perfect, because this is clearly not a color that can be worn in every situation, so it's a lipstick(in my mind, at least) not worth spending over $10 for. You can bet that whenever it is appropriate to wear it, I have and will continue to do so. 

Mac Satin Lipstick in Verve- I'm fairly certain I've mentioned this lipstick multiple times here on the blog, but it has to be noted in my favorites again because it is literally my everyday-go-to color for work. The shade is especially perfect during this time of year, and the Satin formula is excellent because it is not too drying, yet the color lasts for several hours. I love this lipstick so much, and I'm getting close to hitting the end of the tube. When that happens, I will definitely repurchase this lipstick. It is absolutely worth the price.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Full Coverage Concealer- My hunt for the perfect concealer finally has come to an end, at least for now. After many purchases, returns, and exchanges-I went through six or seven different concealers-and I finally fell in love with this formula. This concealer is neither too drying nor too emollient. It sets nicely, and wear well for many hours. The only problem is the limited color selection-I'm currently mixing two shades in order to make the perfect match, which is a little on the expensive side and a touch frustrating. However, considering the hassle I went through with all of the concealers before, I will gladly put in the extra work and dollars for the Naked Skin concealer. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder- When I was trading in my concealers from before, I also exchanged the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Under-Eye Powder for the non-shimmering, normal setting powder. I'm glad I made the switch, having the lighter colored, shimmery under-eye powder ended up creating more grayness as opposed to brightening the area. I definitely needed to switch to something else. I picked up the travel size version of the Translucent Setting Powder so I could try it out, but not feel overwhelmed by the amount. I'm enjoying using it!

Becca and Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter- Yes. I bought into the hype. And I don't regret it one bit. This highlighter is absolutely beautiful, and worth the price. I have used it pretty much everyday since receiving it in the mail. I'm not going to go on and on about it because it's been talked about soooooo much, but I will say that I love it and I'm glad that I made the 'investment' in it.

Viseart Neutral Matte Palette- This is another product that has received a lot of attention and talk about since it's release. I decided to treat myself to something extra special, because this new school year had quite a rough start...and because I wanted it. I love using this palette, it is everything that it's spoken to be. My only issue with it, is that little bumps are starting to form on the surface of the most used shadows. I'm not sure if it's just from the brushes I used or if hard-pan is coming on, so I'm keeping an eye on it to be sure. If the shadows do form a hard-pan, I'm absolutely returning it. This palette was not cheap, and I've only had it for two or three weeks. There's really no reason any odd texture should be forming on the shadows. So, we will see. In the meantime, I do love the smoothness of and how easy it is to blend these shadows. I ended up giving the majority of my loose and single neutral shadows to a friend because I felt that this Viseart palette had better quality neutral shadows. (Disclaimer: I am still trying to downsize and minimize my life, so I'm sticking with the "One In, One Out" rule when it comes to purchasing any new products of any sorts.)

Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Defense Sunscreen- I tried a deluxe sample of this sunscreen over the summer, and I absolutely love it. So once I ran out of my sample, I purchased the full size. This sunscreen feels really moisturizing and smooth, and does not break me out at all. Which is a very important plus, in my book. It was quite pricey, but there is a lot of product in this tube, so it will last a good while.


Coheed and Cambria's "The Color Before the Sun" Album- Coheed and Cambria is one of my top three favorite bands, so, of course, I was so excited when they released their newest album. It is very different from the rest of their albums, and is not totally what I was expecting from them. It's nowhere near as epic or cohesive as any of their previous (in my opinion) just because there are one or two songs that don't seem to fit in with the overall flow of the album, however I am enjoying it and have really come to appreciate where they were as individuals and a band while writing and producing this album. My favorite tracks are "Here to Mars," "Ghost," "Atlas," and "The Audience."

Kai Engel, Composer- I stumbled across this composer through a random Youtube reference, and I absolutely fell in love with his style. He is a movie composer, so all of his pieces have this rich, epic feel to them. His compositions are incredibly moving, and excellently evoke both feelings and atmosphere. Listening to his music has been thrilling and inspiring, and I highly recommend checking him out. Some of my favorite pieces from him are "Memories," "Lacerations," "Melancholy Aftersounds," "In Anxious Shadows," "The Burden of Empathy," and his album "The Scope." Highly, highly recommend listening to these compositions/albums. They are absolutely beautiful pieces of work. 

   Thank you so much for checking out my favorite things from the last two months! I think I may continue to post my favorites every other month; it's a lot easier for me and it gives me time to actually form solid opinions on newer products. Thank you so much for your support and for reading!

Till next time
Love, Little Mouse


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