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October was a red letter month for The Holly and Ivy Mommy! First, I was surprised, amazed, flattered, and SO PLEASED to be featured on The Determined Dreamer. Coral Allen writes about blogging and business, being an INFJ (a Myers-Briggs personality), self-care, and lifestyle. Her blog is gorgeous and inspiring and you can tell what a lovely person she is when you read her work. You should check it out. You can see the post where I’m featured alongside some other really talented bloggers here. Next, I was one of the Featured Five at Tickled Scarlett! Katie Bressler’s amazing blog encompasses parenthood, family and relationships, CHD awareness, DIY, and blogging. What I really love about her blog is how she comes across as so warm, fun loving, and down to earth. Each month Katie features five bloggers and it was such an honor to be selected. See the post here.
The last big thing that happened this month is that I wrote a guide on how to dress for your body type! I had to put just about everything else on pause and it took hours and hours of work, but I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. If you’re curious, you can get it by entering your email address here:
So on to my picks for November!
First, I picked this scarf up from Gap a couple of weeks ago and I can’t tell you how much I love it. Buffalo check/plaid is crazy in this fall, and I think the oversized pattern on this scarf makes it stand out from the crowd and makes it a bit more fashion forward.
Next, I have an oldie but goodie nail polish from Revlon. Rich is a gunmetal with fine gold glitter in it. In some lights it can look slightly olive. It’s a great fall and winter color. And it makes me feel way cooler than I am every time I wear it.
Next, I have Nars’ Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This is a really great tinted moisturizer that offers medium coverage with a matte finish. It’s oil free, contains vitamins C and E, and has a decent dose of sunscreen. It’s comfortable to wear, but I will say it looks substantially better and lasts longer if you layer it over primer (I prefer Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless). One of the things that’s really nice about it is that it comes in a number of shades with different undertones. I have pink undertones and most brands only make yellow-based foundations.
This brings me to my next pick: Sephora’s Color IQ. Now, it’s not easy to get me excited about online services, but this is really amazing. Sephora has a system that enables you to find the best possible color match for your skin and then shows you all the products they offer in that color. They did this by teaming up with Pantone to create what’s called Pantone Skintone™ Shades. They’ve assigned a number based on undertone and depth for every shade of foundation, powder, and concealer Sephora carries. The numbers have 4 digits. For example, I’m 1R04. The R is for Red, because I have pink undertones. The 1 indicates that I’m pink, but only slightly. The 04 is the depth of my shade. You can see the color chart here.
To find your color, you can go to https://www.sephora.com/color-iq and find the number for a product you already have. Another option is to go into a store and they’ll put some gadget up to your face and tell you your Color IQ. The only problem is, I’ve been told it’s always wrong. The good news is that you can use it to get yourself in the right ballpark and go from there. I went to https://www.sephora.com/color-iq to find out the number of a foundation I was using and then fine-tuned my match. When you look at the product results, you can actually adjust and look at colors that are close to the one you’re currently browsing.
And last, but not least, my husband, Mark, recently discovered that you can order a pumpkin spice chai latte from Starbucks. This was very exciting news for me because I LOVE chai lattes and I LOVE pumpkin. So, out of the kindness of my heart and my love of my dear readers (ok, maybe I did it for me. Because I love chai and pumpkin), I went and tried one. It’s so tasty. It’s not an overwhelming pumpkin flavor and it’s not as sweet as the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which I appreciate. You should definitely go try one.
How was your month? What are you looking forward to in November? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!