It’s September already!? Where has the time gone?? I swear it was just yesterday that I was celebrating the first day of Summer. Now fall is upon us and I am sharing August favorites. Fun little tidbit: September 22nd is the first day of fall this year. Here in LA, we rarely see any changes changes in weather.

In times like this, I do really miss NYC weather – the changing of the leaves, shopping for boots, fall fashion, and of course, the ever present scent of pumpkin-spice everything.

Here is a round up all of my beauty and skincare favorites that was on heavy rotation in August:

  1. Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm
  2. Sircuit Skincare
  3. Dr. Jart
  4. Beautycounter Skin Tint
  5. Laura Gellar Easy Illuminating Stick

Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm

I posted about this lip balm recently in my Instagram stories – it’s seriously ( ha). It was a whimsical purchase at Sephora and I ended up loving it. The color is the sheerest, prettiest pale pink on my lips. The formula of the lip balm is jelly-like, so very hydrating. And it smells like bubblegum! The color I got was #6 Melony Peony – a lavender pink. It comes in 5 other colors: #1 Spilled Wine ( a rich burgundy), #2 Beet Jam (bright red), #3 Rabbit Food (orange), #4 Peach Melba (peach), #5 Pinky Pie (pink). Definitely getting Spilled Wine for the fall. $15 at

Dingplatz Lip Balm


Sircuit Skin Fixzit Blemish Drying Serum and Savior+ Problem Skin Cleanser

My skin went kind of bonkers this summer. It started after my birthday trip to Palm Springs in July. I started getting weird random rashes and breakouts on my jawline. No idea how it started, but I started to look for new skincare items that might address the issues I was experiencing. I discovered Sircuit Skin Cosmeceuticals on Instagram and ordered sample sizes of the Fixzit Blemish Drying Serum, Savior+ Problem Skin Cleanser, Cloud 9 Intensely Protective Moisture Creme, Youth Accelerator Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, Double Trouble 5% Pomegranate Acai Peel, and Cool Lychee hydrating mask. As we head into cooler weather, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s important to keep skin moisturized and switch from lighter skincare into products that are a little more heavy duty. I was very impressed with the Cloud 9 Intensely Protective Moisture Creme. Especially since I was using an acne cleanser, I wanted to properly moisturize my skin. The full sized jar is pricy at $95, but I was able to make my sample size last about two weeks since a little goes a long way.

I was amazed how clear my skin looked after just one use of the Savior+ Cleanser followed by the Fixzit blemish serum. The cleanser contains lactic acid and salicylic acid to exfoliate skin and reduce breakouts and improve texture, and also peppermint oil so you will experience mild tingling with use. It’s sulfate free and didn’t over-dry my skin like other acne cleansers with sal acid tend to do. Afterwards, I applied the Fixzit as a spot treatment in my jawline area, being careful not to apply to unaffected areas. I used the Pumpkin Enzyme Peel once a week, and after a week my skin was noticeably better. With the sample sizes it ran out in about a week anyway. Happy to report that the acne problem hasn’t come back, so fingers crossed! Price varies,

Sircuit Skin

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

During the same time that my skin was going bonkers with acne, I also had random dry patches of skin around my mouth. So. Un. Attractive.

I literally was going crazy because I hated how my skin was just not agreeing with me and um, hello, I run a skincare blog. So I was determined to find a solution. I kept Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Cream in my makeup bag and applied it multiple times throughout the day. It helped alleviate my dry patches and was not greasy, which I liked. I wouldn’t replace my night cream with this, because it’s lighter, but during the day to re-hydrate the skin, this one was a keeper. $48 at

Dr. Jart Ceramidin

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer

I get asked a lot what BB Creams to use. I personally do not use BB Creams. You can read about my thoughts on alphabet creams (BB, CC creams) in this post. I did, however, like the concept of a moisturizer that does double duty and provides some coverage and looks natural. I wanted to save foundation use for fall, and something a little lighter weight for the summertime. Well, my friends, I am happy to report that I found it!

I rave about Beautycounter products because, well, they are as beautiful to use as they are safe to use. I did balk at the price a little bit, to be honest, because it’s not even 1.5 oz at $45. But honestly it’s the best tinted moisturizer I’ve tried. It’s sheer coverage, so if you are looking for full coverage you should try something else. This means I had to use concealer for under eye area. It’s very moisturizing and left my skin hydrated with just a hint of glow. Exactly what I needed. Highly recommended. $45 at

Beauty counter Dew Skin SPF 20

Laura Gellar Easy Illuminating Sticks

What did I say about the contouring movement?! I knew it was going to fade away eventually!! Just not my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, I like a swipe of bronzer for some healthy color. But some pics I saw… people were literally taking it way too far. Just my opinion 😉

Highlights, on the other hand… I can get on-board with. Nothing too crazy, I don’t want to look like a shiny disco ball, after all. But oh. em. gee. These illuminating sticks guys – I LOVE. So easy to use (like the name implies) and leaves the most subtle, gorgeous glow. I use a dab on the cheekbones and on my cupid’s bow. I have it in two colors: Gilded Honey and Ethereal. So. Freaking. Amazing. Love love love.

Gilded honey is bronzy and Ethereal is a baby pink. Both are awesome. Also available in Ballerina, which is a rose gold shimmer. $26 at

Laura Gellar Illuminating Sticks

And that’s all! Have a great week everyone.

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