JULY 2018 Favorites

Hey Finders! I’m walking you through my 7 favorite products during the month of July. It’s a lot of skin/lip care but these goodies have seriously made a BIG difference in my overall skin hydration – be sure to peak my before & after photo! These products have become my every day staples & I can’t rave about them enough!

Questions? Ask me in the comments below!

 

  1. NARS Luminous Moisture Cream $64 / normal to dry and dry skin types

Very light citrus smell. Keeps skin Hydrated

Hydrates & Strengthens – 24 hour hydration. Fine lines diminished as Bio-Hyaluronic Acid plumps skin to hydrate, soften and comfort. Omega 3 Ceramides help strengthen skin’s barrier function and prevent moisture loss.

Wild Thyme Extract delivers powerful antioxidant protection.

Plankton Extract helps boost cell energy. Beech Bud Extracts helps boost collagen production and Sephora Root Extract helps protect vital elastin to keep skin firm!

  1. Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment $39

Received this complimentary via Influenster & Kiehl’s.

Thought it would be like every other eye cream (I’ve tried a lot!) but it actually works wonders in the matter of days! INSERT before & after photo.

Key Ingredients:

Pro-Retinol, helps reduce appearance of lines while improving firmness and elasticity.
Vitamin Cg, vitamin c derivative w/ antioxidant benefits, helps boost radiance and smooth skin texture

Grape Seed Extract, rich with antioxidants. Helps brighten skin and reduce appearance of dark circles.

  1. Wet N Wild Cushion Foundation in “Creamy Ivory” $7.89

Great for travel! Comes with a sponge to use on the go. Has an SPF of 15

  1. Grown Alchemist Watermelon & Vanilla Lip Balm $23

Watermelon Extract purified, rich in Vitamins and Carotenoids, noticeably provide superior hydration improving the appearance of dry and chapped lips. Antioxidant Triglycerides from Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil nourish, visibly improving lip texture and noticeably protecting the lips. Sweet Almond and Rosehip, rich in Phytosterols, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins, leave lips supple and looking soothed and smooth

  1. Rodan + Fields Redefine Lip Renewing Serum $56

Leave my lips so smooth & wrinkle free! It’s really helped transform my lips from crackly & chapped to smooth & beautiful! I recommend using half a capsule each night before going to bed.

  1. Rodan + Fields Enhancements Lash Boost $150

I’ve seen a difference in as little as 3 weeks! My lashes are whisper & longer (even my lowers lashes). I apply this at night before going to bed. Stay tuned for my review video! Coming soon!

  1. L’Occitane Roses Hand Cream $12

Enriched with Shea butter and vitamin E, this light cream helps nourish, soften and protect the hands while helping to strengthen the nails.

NEW AFFORDABLE MIKASA BEAUTY BRUSH REVIEW

 

Need some new affordable brushes?? Nowadays, it seems everyone is talking about Morphe – and while I love their products, I was super excited to hear about a newer affordable brand called Mikasa. Eager to try them, I figured why not test them out for the first time with you? I’m so happy I did because I am seriously IN-LOVE!

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Mikasa Brushes:

F300 Foundation $16

Blends out the foundation beautifully – no streaks. Finished look is very natural

Tapered @ the end – helps you to get in to tight spaces like the sides of the nose, corners of the eyes

Large Velour Puff $13

So big! Covers a lot of surface area in a short amount of time

F200 Duo Fiber Finishing Brush $18

Feels very high end

Stipples very nicely and evenly

Would be great for foundation – not awesome for cream contouring because it’s so large and not very dense

E400 Double Ended Brow Brush $16

Angled brush head is pretty large – covers brows quickly & fills in well

I would recommend this for girls with bigger brows, not thin brows! Might be hard to be precise on smaller brows.

E320 Tapered Blending Brush $12

Blends out color beautifully

Doesn’t pull on the skin of the eye (yay! No wrinkles!)

No muddy or skipping effect – Distributes product out evenly

DUPE: Morphe M433 $6

E120 Small Flat Definer Brush $11

Bristles do not pick up good amount of product

Not enough fluff to move the product or blend it once applied

E110 Eye Liner Brush $11

AMAZING – creates a tight line to get the perfect wing

Keeps product exactly where you want it

Japonesque Kumadori Powder Brush $23

Super soft!

Picks up the right amount of makeup. Doesn’t hold product in bristles

Tapered end helps to get the product right where you want it

Japonesque Kumadori Contour and Highlighting Brush $19

Very tapered – helps

Dupe: Real Techniques Blush Brush $8.99

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Laura Mercier Fan Powder Brush $32

Gives a beautiful natural glow

Disperses product beautifully – put my highlight where I wanted it but not exactly where I put it – ya feel me?

 

Makeup Used:

NARS Radiance Primer $36

NARS Natural Radiant Long-wear Foundation in “Vienna” $49

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder $38

Tarte Aquacealer Concealer $26

LA Girl Pro-Concealer in “Toffee” $4.99

Wet N Wild Color Icon “Bikini Contest” $3.99

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Feisty” $29

City Color Bold Brow in “Medium” $3.99

Carli Bybel Palette $22.50

Ofra Fixline Eyeliner Gel in “Black” $12

Ardell Faux Mink Lashes $5.99

Mario Badescu Facial Spray $7

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter $28

Flower Beauty Petal Pout Lip Color in “Naked Blush” $8.99

 

 

May Favorites

May Favorites – 5 products

I’m listing the 5 products I have been absolutely loving the past month. For the full rundown, watch my video below or scroll down to simply read all about them â¤

Products Featured:

  1. Mario Badescu – Collagen Mask $18

How to apply: Thin layer of mask. Leave on for 20 mins and rinse off w/ warm water. For best results, I personally use this 2x a week.

For all skin types – helps lift all skin types. Brightens complexion & is enriched with collagen to plump & smooth skin, delivers hydration & reduces the look of fine lines. Firmer, smoother, skin.

Pores around my nose are visibly smaller. Fine lines on my head are minimized. Helps even out my skin tone & leaves my skin clean & smooth.

  1. Wet N Wild “Fly Gal” gloss $3.99

Vitamin E to improve lip texture and Murumuru Seed Butter which is ultra-hydrating. Cruelty free, gluten free, fragrance free, paraben free.

Perfect nude gloss & very hydrating. Lasts 3 hours w/o having to reapply.

Great doe-foot applicator! Perfect density & flexibility to line lips.

  1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer $21

How to apply: I apply this after cleansing & toning. I use this morning and/or night.

Ingredients: Squalane – highly refined botanical lipid derived from olives. Helps keep soft, supple & moisturized. Glycerin – helps retain moisture & soften skin.

It’s a little thick & heavy on the skin but it does absorb into skin after a while (15-20mins). It’s great for me because I have medium to dry skin. I typically use this mostly in the winter because it is so heavy but one use of this and my dry skin is fixed!

  1. Too Faced Cat Eyes Eye Shadow $36

Discontinued but can be found on Amazon & Poshmark.

Living for these colors, especially the lilac. I’ve been loving the “Pussy Cat” shadow on my inner corner. It makes my brown eyes pop!

Perfect travel size and has all the colors you could need for any occasion – Work, play, date night! I keep this in my pocketbook at all times.

  1. Voluspa “Laguna” Home & Body Mist $19

Notes: Velvet Sand and Azure Seas.

I personally don’t use this on my body. I spray this in my home – one to two spritz per room and my apartment smells amazing.

I’ll let the hot water in my shower run to create steam, then spray before entering the shower. It makes for a seriously relaxing shower experience!

Beauty Steal: Winged Liner

Ft. Wet N Wild MegaLiner $3

No matter how hard I try, I can never seem to master the art of the perfectly dramatic winged liner… My sister is notorious for her impeccable cat-eye so I asked her to test it out on me during our usual Friday night sleepover. I was super skeptical because she came at me with a Wet N Wild liquid liner! A drugstore liner?! How could she possibly rely on that to achieve the perfect wing??

Little did I know, she was about to school me on the capabilities of drugstore liners. That night has forever changed my thoughts on cheaper beauty products. I ended up looking like a mix between my sister & Cleopatra (hell f#$%ing yasss).

Needless to say I did some damage this past weekend at Walgreen’s & filmed a YouTube tutorial featuring all Wet N Wild products – stay tuned! It’ll be live this Thursday 🙂

Lip Tip: The Difference in MAC Lipstick Formulas

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I have quite the collection of MAC lipsticks & while they are all the same brand, they are definitely not all the same formula or finish.

Here is a quick breakdown of the MAC finishes I have (shown left -> right):

Amplified; shade: Saint Germain $17.50
Super creamy formula with a smooth glide, bold colour payoff & full coverage finish.

Matte; shade: Candy Yum Yum $17.50
Very high color payoff. There is absolutely no shine to these. They are a bit harder to work with but this formula lasts the longest. They are typically very drying, showing off any imperfection your lips may have & are the hardest to remove.

Cremesheen; shade: Speak Louder $17.50
A creamy, balmy lipstick formula with a very comfortable feel, medium build-able coverage with a semi-glossy finish. This formula is not super pigmented but is not sheer. These are very hydrating, but not that long-wearing.

Satin; shade: Faux $17.50
My all-time favorite formula AND shade. A creamy formula with a soft-heavenly-feel. This formula provides medium-to-full build-able coverage with a satin finish. It has low shine w/ no shimmer & no drying effect.

Cremesheen; LIMITED EDITION shade: Among the Fireflies $17.50
(shown above) A creamy, balmy lipstick formula with a very comfortable feel, medium build-able coverage with a semi-glossy finish. This formula is not super pigmented but is not sheer. These are very hydrating, but not that long-wearing.

Matte; shade: Russian Red $17.50
(shown above) Very high color payoff. There is absolutely no shine to these. They are a bit harder to work with but this formula lasts the longest. They are typically very drying, showing off any imperfection your lips may have & are the hardest to remove.

What are you favorite MAC shades & finish? I’d love to hear in the comment section!