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Hey Beauty Lovers! Below are all my crushes for the month of September! What were you crushing on during September? Let me know in the comments below!

BEAUTY CRUSHES:

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1. RITUALS GINKO’S SECRET GINSENG & GINKGO BILOBA HAND BALM ($17)

I have been obsessed with this hand cream all month. I receive it in my October Allure Sample Society Box and was so excited. I love the Rituals line of products. They are so moisturizing and smell amazing. I love how quickly this lotion sinks into the skin. My hands feel like silk and not greasy at all. And can we talk about the smell? It is the best smelling hand lotion ever. It is a sweet, but not overpowering sweet scent. It is unlike anything I have smelled before. I just can’t stop using it and smelling my hands. This is hands down my favorite hand lotion I have tried in a very long time. I am definitely buying more of this when I finish this tube. I use it constantly and I still have a ton left. That is saying a lot about the product. I just love it so much and highly recommend trying it.

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2. OFRA SANTA ANA LIQUID LIPSTICK ($19.90) 

I have a few products from OFRA. Some are great and some are not good at all. I was weary about this liquid lipstick because I didn’t think I would like the color. However, I am so impressed with this product. This liquid lipstick is a matte formula, but it is not uncomfortable on the lips. It is a dry formula; however, it doesn’t dry out my lips at all. It is such a stunning shade on the lips and really makes my lips look amazing. I just can’t get enough of it. It doesn’t transfer outside of the lip line and it fades beautifully. I was so impressed at how long it lasted on my lips. It lasted about 5 hours without needing to reapply (and that was with eating and drinking). When it started to fade, it did not create those weird fade lines (I hate when products do that). I love that I didn’t have to constantly check my lips for smearing when wearing this lipstick. I just really love it and it is such a perfect shade for fall. I highly recommend this liquid lipstick.

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3. TARTE ENERGY LIPSURGENCE SKINTUITIVE LIP GLOSS ($19)

I was so skeptical about trying this product because it is one of those products that change based on your pH balance and skin make up. I never have any luck with those types of products. The color is always off for me and just looks terrible. However, this product is an exception. I received it in my October Ipsy Bag. I love the light pink shade it created on my lips. It is just stunning and I couldn’t stop staring at my lips when wearing it. I also love the formula because it is not sticky at all. It is moisturizing and feels beyond comfortable on the lips. You do have to reapply often, but that is fine with me. It doesn’t transfer outside the lips and it is just amazing. I am totally going to repurchase the FULL SIZE. I highly recommend this lip gloss.

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4. nexxus Diametress volume rebalancing SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, and LEAVE-IN CONDITIONERnexxus

I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. Quick Note: If you have never heard of Influenster, I highly recommend signing up. They are a beauty blogger must have and are FREE. If you are chosen, you will receive FREE VoxBoxes that include FREE FULL SIZE items to try. You don’t have to review them on your blog, but you can. Click here to learn more about them. Anyway, I was so excited to try these products because they are for flat hair. I have very fine and thin hair that lacks volume. I try so many products and nothing works that well. However, this system has really been helping. I could notice a difference from the very first time. My hair does have more volume and just feels so much more healthy. My mom even loves this system and has been using it for her hair. It has definitely been an October favorite of mine. I love the smell of the products. They all have a green apple scent which is totally perfect for fall. I find myself constantly smelling my hair. It also doesn’t weight my hair down or make it look greasy. My hair feels so nice, soft, and volumized. I highly recommend trying this system if your hair needs more volume.

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5.SAINT PEAU BAOBAB SOFT PEELING GEL ($10)

I have been using this cleanser all month. I received it in my October Mishibox. I am not exactly sure what a peeling gel does. The instructions are all in another language. It looks like a basic cleanser to me. The cleanser contains very fine exfoliants (and I mean very fine). I use it both morning and night. It does a great job at removing dirt on my face. It feels very hydrating and doesn’t strip my skin of the natural oils. It is very gentle and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. I am just so impressed with this cleanser. It also doesn’t have a strong smell, but it does have a terrible taste. Therefore, don’t get it too close to your mouth. This cleanser is awesome and I highly recommend trying it.

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6. MICABEAUTY GEL EYELINER ($35)

First off, I think this is too high of price for a gel eyeliner. However, I have been using this gel eyeliner almost every time I do my eye makeup. I keep going back to it. I received it in my August Boxycharm Box. This is the product that helps me create my winged eyeliner. Every time I use this, I get comments about my winged eyeliner. If someone compliments me about my makeup, I am sold on it. I love that this product has not dried out on me. I always have that problem with gel eyeliners. They dry out so fast, but this one doesn’t. It is so black and dries completely matte. It is creamy, but doesn’t smudge all over the place. When it is dry, it is not going to budge. I just can’t get enough of it. I will totally have to watch for a sale and pick up more of this product. I highly recommend this gel liner.

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7. NUXE GENTLE EXFOLIATING GEL WITH ROSE PETALS ($26)

I love skincare products and I love face scrubs. I received this face scrub in my October Glossybox. I love how it makes my skin feel. It really removes all the dead skin and gives my skin a beautiful glow. I love the rose scent and totally use every week because of the scent. I love that there are actually crushed rose petals in the scrub. That is such a nice touch. The scrub is not too abrasive and it doesn’t hurt to use. However, you can feel it scrubbing off the dead skin. I love that it doesn’t irritate my skin. It leaves me skin feeling so fresh and new. I just love it so much and highly recommend trying this scrub.

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8. SLEEK PALETTES

I have read so many reviews on Sleek eyeshadow palettes. The pigmentation looks so incredible and the price is so affordable. I totally wanted all of them. However, they are not readily available in the United States. Thank goodness for Amazon because I found a ton of Sleek palettes with free shipping. These came from the UK. As you can see, I went a little crazy and bought a ton of them. I love every single one and have been having so much creating looks using these palettes. They really are incredibly pigmented. If you want to see a full review on all these palettes, let me know in the comments below. I would be happy to do a review. I think these palettes are worth way more than $10 and I am totally blown away that they only cost that much. I love both the matte shades and the shimmer shades. They are both extremely pigmented and last a long time on the eyes. I just love them and can’t wait to create more looks with them.

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9. PUR~LISSE BB TINTED MOIST CREAM ($32)

I am a huge fan of tinted moisturizers. However, most don’t offer much coverage. This one was an exception. I received this product (sample) in my October Ipsy Bag. It matched my skin tone so perfectly. It is a thicker BB cream and actually made my skin look flawless. I didn’t even need concealer. I love the finish of this BB cream and I love how my skin looks. I will definitely have to pick up the FULL SIZE because I love it that much. This is seriously the best BB cream I have ever tried. I highly recommend trying it. BONUS: Use code IpsyBB30 to save 30% off…Valid through 11/30/15!

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10. mascara favorites: DOUCCE PUNK VOLUMIZER ($24), TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX ($23), and MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATION FULL FAN EFFECT ($8.99)

These are the mascaras I have been loving this month. I have been using them for all the looks I have been creating this month. I love them all and can’t get enough of them. What are your favorite mascaras this month? I highly recommend checking out any of the above three.

LIFESTYLE CRUSHES:

1. jane the virgin

I have heard so much about this show, but never took the time to watch it. However, I seen it was on Netflix and just had to watch it. I finished the entire first season in less than a week. I loved this show so much. It really pulls you in and I couldn’t stop watching. It is love, drama, mystery, and crime all in one. I really want to see the second season now. I highly recommend this show.

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2. fruit snacks (take pic)

Yes, I am a total kid at heart. I love fruit snacks so much. I am always eating them and I take them in my work lunch everyday. They are just so yummy.

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3. snickers ice cream bars (take pic)

I love these ice cream bars so much! I am totally addicted to them. I have them as a treat a couple times a week. They have a decent amount of calories, but there are way worse desserts. That is how I justify them anyways. I don’t like Snickers candy bars, but I love these. They are just delicious!

4. anjelah johnson comedy

My best friend texted me and told me to watch Anjelah Johnson’s stand up comedy on Netflix. I am so glad she did because I laughed so much. Anjelah Johnson is hilarious. I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t breathe. My boyfriend and I watched all three of her stand up comedy acts. Every single one of them is hilarious. She is the girl from the “Bon Qui Qui” skit and the girl from the “Nail Salon” skit. If you are in need of a laugh, I highly recommend watching these.

5. ohio state football

If you don’t know by now, then I am here to tell you I am a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan. I have been a fan for as long as I can remember. I have so much OSU stuff. My room is decorated in Ohio State memorabilia and I even have an Ohio State Christmas tree. Anyway, I love football and have been loving watching OSU play this year. We won the championship last year and we are still #1 this year. They had me nervous in the beginning because they weren’t playing all that great. However, the last few games in October were amazing. We are back and are playing how we are suppose to. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year entails for OSU. Go Buckeyes! Who do ya’ll root for in college football?

SONG CRUSHES:

1. THE FIX – nelly feat. Jeremih 

I can’t stop listening to this song. I was a huge Nelly fan growing up and this song brings me back to my middle school days. I just love it so much!

2. DESSERT – dawin 

I love the beat of this song and I just really like it. I have no idea why I like this song so much, but I do.

3. MOMENTS – tove lo

Another great song and I keep listening to it.

4. WILD – troye sivan

I love his voice and I just really like this song so much. It is a great song to relax to as well.

5. WAR PAINT (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) – fletcher

This song is just awesome and makes me want to throw my hands up and dance. The beat is sick!

6. ON MY MIND – ellie goulding

I love Ellie Goulding and this song is amazing. She always amazes me! I have been listening to this song on repeat.

7. FEELING RIGHT (EVERYTHING IS NICE) – matoma

I love Jamaican music and this song is just awesome. Totally makes me wish I lived in Jamaica. I think this song is so fun.

BLOG POST CRUSHES:

These are just a few of the blog posts that I enjoyed reading and stuck out in my mind this week! Also if you have any posts you enjoyed reading or wrote yourself and would like me to read, please them them in the comments below. I don’t want to miss any awesome posts. 

1. 10 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BLOG TODAY

Marie from Make Me Up Marie shared this post on ways to improve your blog. I love reading posts on blogging and how to make my blog better. I love learning from other bloggers. She has some amazing tips and I really enjoyed her points. This is a very well written post.

2. BECOMING A BLOGGER: 5 STEPS TO SUCCESS

Views of Venus shared this post on becoming a successful blogger. I just love reading other bloggers insights on blogging. I loved her 5 steps and this was another great blogging post.

3. #WIWTW: WEEK THREE

Amanda from Amanda Bella shared this post on her weekly outfits. I am telling ya’ll this girl has some serious fashion talent. I look forward to her weekly fashion posts. I love how she puts outfits together and she is such a sweet person. I just love her style! She has many more weeks posts so make sure you check them all out.

4. DENZIA’S GUIDE TO WEIGHT LOSS

Denzia from Ask Denzia shared this post on weight loss. This girl seriously knows what she is talking about when it comes to health and fitness. I love reading her posts and I learn so much from her. This is such a well written post with a ton of information and insight. I am obsessed with it. If you are looking to lose weight, read this post. I know I will be referring back to it very often.

5. MOVE IT MONDAY SIT AND FIT

Nena from Younfolded shared this fitness post. She is seriously one of the sweetest and kindest girls in the world. I really enjoyed this post because she shows that fitness is really for anyone. If you can’t move a lot, you can still get fit by doing chair exercises. She shares some great videos and tips. I am totally going to try these workouts when I just dong feel like running.

6. OOTD #59 PLUS EXERCISE TIPS AND TRICKS

Fashion Haus shared this post on a workout outfit and some tips. I really loved reading her tips! This is just a very well written post and I am going to be reading it again.

7. HOW TO FLATTER YOUR MID-SECTION USING CLOTHES

Marie from Make Me Up Marie shared this post on how to get a better looking tummy with clothing. This is a very well written post and I can’t wait to use the tips and try them on myself. I am self conscious of this section of my body and any help is much appreciated.

8. MUSINGS: BLOGGING GOALS FOR THE FUTURE…

CANIPUTITONMYFACE shared this post on her blogging goals. I really loved how this post way laid out and organized. I am totally going to be doing a post similar to this. When you write down your goals and share them, you are more likely to do them. She has awesome goals that are definitely attainable. I just loved this post and it is very inspiring.

9. INTERVIEWS: TIPS AND TRICKS

Emma from Emma Charlotte Beauty shared this post on how to be successful in an interview. I really loved reading her tips. This is a very informative post and very well written. I will be referring to this post many times. If you are seeking new employment or going for interviews, I highly recommend reading this post.

10. APPLICATION: MOMENTUM

Aestrai Beauty shared this post on a Google Chrome extension. It looks like such an awesome extension. I use Google Chrome all the time and totally need to try this extension. The scenes are beautiful and it even includes a to-do list.

11. CHALLENGE PHOTOGRAPHY 

Nena from Younfolded shared this post on getting her home in order. Her home is so beautiful and I am totally obsessed with her flooring! The pictures are gorgeous and I just really enjoyed this post.

12. MY EYESHADOW PALETTE COLLECTION

Emma from Anomalous Me shared this post on her eyeshadow palette collection. I love seeing other blogger’s makeup collections. I love how she shows all her palettes and she has an amazing collection!

13. MAKE YOUR EYES POP TUTORIAL

Lauren from Beauty By Lo shared this post on a eye makeup tutorial. I loved her video and her suggestions on how to make your eyes pop. However, my favorite part of the post is her GIFs. You can tell she put so much time into this post. The GIFs are so helpful and she did so well with them.

14. APPLE PICKING DAY!

Supa Life of a Shopaholic shared this post on her apple picking day adventure. She always takes amazing photographs and has the most awesome adventures. I love reading about all her outings. Her photography skills are out of this world. I totally want to go on an apple picking adventure now!

15. MY MAKEUP COLLECTION THROUGH THE YEARS

Ashley from Sparkle & Spice shared this post on her changing makeup collection. I loved this post and totally wished I would have took pictures of my changing makeup collection. I loved seeing how her makeup collection has grown. I just really loved this post.

16. COMIC BOOK/POP ART MAKEUP TUTORIAL

Charlotte from BeautandShe shared this post on a pop art tutorial. I love how the look turned out. She also has a video detailing the look. I love this look for Halloween.

17. HOW TO DEAL WITH ANOTHER WOMAN’S SUCCESS

Soraya from Pink Whispers shared this post about her tips on how to deal with a woman’s success. I know it’s hard sometimes seeing others succeed and you are still stuck in the same place. However, always remember your time is coming…just keep working hard. Anyway, this post is so well written. She gives great pointers and I learned a lot. I highly recommend reading this post because not everyone is writing about this. Actually, I haven’t seen anyone write about this. It is a topic we all deal with as women…jealousy.

18. BLOGGING TIPS AND IDEAS

Siobhan from Beauty and The Look shared this post on her blogging tips and ideas. I don’t know why, but I am so obsessed with reading posts about blogging. I love learning how other bloggers blog and all their tips. It may be because I am a blogger and am constantly trying to improve my blog. Ya’ll are the best and seriously have such amazing tips. Anyway, this post is great and her tips are so good. I am totally going to be using some of them for my own blog. I especially like her picture taking tips.

19. BOOTYCALL// 5 TIPS FOR A BETTER BUTT

Zadia from TurquoiZe GypZy shared this post on tips for a better butt. I am always trying to make my butt look better and I really enjoyed this tips. I am totally going to be using them.

20. VINCENT LONGO TRIO EYESHADOW

Briana from SimplyFearfully shared this post on a Vincent Longo eyeshadow review. She received this trio in her Boxycharm box and she is the only one I had seen receive this trio. I had commented that I wanted to see swatches and she posted the review so quickly. She is just so sweet and she gave such an honest review. I really appreciate honest bloggers and she definitely is one.

21. WANT TO BE APART OF THIS IDEA???//PLEASE READ

Kylie from BittersweetxBeauty shared this post on an awesome giveaway idea. I loved the idea so much and am so excited to be co-hosting this giveaway with four other amazing bloggers! We are still working out all the details but if you want to know a little about how the giveaway will work, read this post. It is going to be awesome! I just really love supporting other bloggers and helping their visions become reality. Anytime I can be apart of that, I am totally down!

22. IPSY GENBEAUTY NYC 2015 DAY 1

Sofy & Maro from Thechicdoctor shared this post on their Genbeauty experience. If you don’t know, Genbeauty is a beauty event hosted by Ipsy. It seriously is an experience of a lifetime and I want to go so bad. Thanks to these lovely ladies, we get to experience Genbeauty first hand. They are writing a series all about this event. I have been looking forward to each post. Their writing makes you feel like you are actually there. It is quite amazing actually. I love all their pictures and no detail is left behind. They even give amazing tips on how to survive the event and so much more. I highly recommend reading all their posts about this event (they will be posting more soon).

23. DIY – MAKEUP SWATCHES BOOK!

Era Torres from Chin Up, Buttercup shared this post on how to make a makeup swatch book. I think this is such a great idea and I love how hers turned out. I am totally going to attempt to make one of these. However, it will take me a whole year because I have a ton of products. You could also add the purchase date on the swatch, so you will know when to toss expired products. This was such an awesome DIY.

24. HOW TO GROW YOUR BLOG | FOLLOWERS, TRAFFIC & STATS

Clarina shared this post on how to grow your blog. I love reading bloggers views on blogging and what they find effective. I loved all her tips and will definitely be using them. I learned a lot from this post and it is a definite must read.

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