October 2019 Favorites

October 2019 FavoritesOctober 2019 Favorites
1. Becca Backlight Priming Filter, $39 / 2. Pointed Cotton Swabs, $3 / 3. The Ordinary 7% Glycolic Acid Toner, $9
/ 4. The Ordinary 10% Lactic Acid + 2% HA, $7 / 5. Makartt Nail Drill, $58

It’s been six months since I made a favorites post. Ayeee. Just in time to take advantage of the November Beauty Insider sale, though, if the prestige items intrigue you! Let’s jump into it.


I’ve been religiously using MISSHA Perfect Cover BB+ Cream for years now. Sometimes, when my skin needs a little something extra (and going into these gloomy seasons, I do), I cocktail some of this primer with my BB cream for a little glow that isn’t even remotely, “Hey guys, I’m WEARING HIGHLIGHTER.”

Nothing wrong with wearing highlighter. I’ve been known to do so. But I don’t need to bathe my entire face in it for a glamorous day at the office.

To the Point

They’re for everything, really. Fix eyeliner? Check. Lipliner? Obviously. Tidy up errant nail polish? Craft projects? Rescue a spouse’s electronics projects? Clean really obnoxiously tiny detailed things on…whatever? (Around faucets, anyone? ?) Really, no need to say more. They’re practical, I dig it. I’m completely brand agnostic; I just pickup whatever wherever has at a reasonable price.

Anything But Ordinary

+10 points to Gryffindor Sephora for carrying products at a drugstore price point. The Ordinary’s products perform like prestige, but oh is the price right!

I really, really adore Tarte Knockout. It’s an excellent product, and one I’ll happily recommend. But I’m always looking to economize where it makes sense – and in this case, it made sense. For a fraction of the price, I scooped up both the 7% Glycolic Toner ($8.70,  and the 10% Lactic Acid + 2% Hyaluronic Acid ($6.80) of these and they’ve all but replaced my Tarte usage. At $40 vs <$10, who could really challenge the switch? I still love Knockout, but I’m focusing on using it up in favor of economy.

You Know the Drill

I bought this shortly after I started dabbling with dip powder manicures and really, my world hasn’t been the same. I’ve come to use it for SO much; prep, cuticle care (carefully), removal, shaping. I can get gel polish off my fingers so fast by breaking the top layer with this and then soaking off the remnants. It has a nice speed slider, forward and reverse direction control, and a foot pedal (though its only forward). It was inexpensive and seems reliable. Watch the prices with a tool like Keepa or CamelCamelCamel; I got mine for around $42.