How is October already over? It doesn't feel real and I'm so sad to say goodbye to truly my favorite month ever. It was a weird October -- I didn't do too much, some fall activities, lots of shopping, ate a ton of Reeses Pumpkins and I watched Hocus Pocus every single day. 

I would be lying if I said this month wasn't one of the harder ones during Covid. Cases have started spiking in New York again, I'm getting a little tired of working from home, and as each week passed the election loomed closer. We are now 6 days away from the most important election of our lifetime and I truly do not know how I am going to get through it. 

One hope I do have is that after next week, I could start to focus on myself and my goals a little more. All the stress I've felt in October has almost put my life on hold. I'm looking forward to hopefully gaining some control back.

That being said, I feel like I had a few great items that I loved and used a lot during October and that's obviously what this post is all about! I've been shopping a little more to combat the ~stress~ so next month I'm confident that I will have even more favorites. 

Rifle Paper Co To-Do List

I have gone through so many daily to-do lists over the past 7 months working from home and that's mostly because I love stationery. I like to test different notepads to see what works for me but I continually go back to this Rifle Paper Co list. I've purchased it a few times over the years and it's just a beautiful, minimalistic, easy-to-do list. It keeps me organized throughout the day and I love the quality of the paper. It's just a great notepad to keep on your desk throughout the day. 

The Book Club Blue Light Glasses

I think I have mentioned these once before but they were a real lifesaver this month. I experienced days of migraines; I'm talking about a migraine lasting for 4 days straight and while medicine helped, these blue light glasses were the hero. I simply cannot look at a computer screen as much as I do and not have blue light protection. This month especially, even though I was suffering I still needed to be at my computer so when I had these glasses on, the headaches were kept at bay. They also didn't distort my vision at all which is important because some blue light glasses have a weird tint to them and make seeing a little more difficult. Plus, they are big, pink, and super cute! The frames I have are called "Love In the Time of a Dollar" which aren't available at any US retailers (Book Club Eye Wear is Australia-based). 

Summer Fridays Lip Butter

I had to include the Summer Fridays Lip Butter even though I just talked about it in my favorite lip balms post. This was probably my number one item of the month. I used it every day to nourish and hydrate my lips and it saved me many times. The thick, balmy texture is a mix between vaseline and regular lip balm, and it lasts all day & overnight. It's THE lip product to have this fall and winter season.

Starry Eyes Warming Eye Masks

I'm not sure where I discovered these warming eye masks, I think I saw these in an article earlier this month and was immediately intrigued. Usually, eye masks are supposed to be cooling but these are heated eye masks. Within a few seconds of taking them out of the packaging, they heat up which makes for an interesting experience. These masks go over your entire eye so they are not eye patches but actually masks, similar to a sleeping mask. They also have ear loops so that you can comfortably wear the mask while lying down and relaxing... and these are very relaxing. I felt really sick multiple days this month and used so many of these eye masks to relax and just feel a little warmth. I don't necessarily feel like these have any lasting beauty effects, even though there was some sort of product residue when I took the mask off. These warming eye masks are the perfect addition to my self-care routine; I actually fell asleep wearing one because I was so relaxed. I cannot stress enough how much I loved these masks just for the fact that they are super comforting. 

Amazon Phone Stand

I had purchased a phone stand/holder a few years ago from Amazon but since seeing this one from other bloggers & on TikTok, I knew I needed it. It has a much sleeker look, it's adjustable and I like that it holds your phone (or tablet) flush against the stand instead of on a slant. I have it on my desk all day long and have used it with my phone and iPad Mini. It makes scrolling and watching Netflix or Youtube so much easier and more enjoyable. I am obsessed with this stand, it's actually kind of weird, and I want another one for no good reason. If you are in the market for a new phone stand, I highly recommend this one. The adjustable aspect is a real game-changer.

What did you love this month?
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