Wahoo! Is it the end of August already? Although weather wise, Sep-Nov is my favorite time of the year, this was the best August in my four years in Dallas. And since we are talking favorites, lets take a quick look at everything I loved in the month of August in ‘AUGUST FAVORITES’.
First up, CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm: ($17) – I purchased this beautiful nude lip crayon from Sephora when they were having their VIB Rouge event in August and I’ve been wearing this ever since. It’s such an easy to wear moisturizing lip color balm – I love the amount of pigmentation in it; most nude lipsticks out there turn mauve or kinda purple on me (not a pretty look) but not this guy. Its a perfect, easy to wear everyday color.
MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind: ($8.99) is my current go to under-eye concealer. I use my fingers to blend it when in a hurry, but it gets the most flawless undetectable finish when blended with my favorite tool – the damp BEAUTY BLENDER ($28.95) which is also my next August Favorite. It is the best, most important tool for a perfect makeup application in my opinion. I use it to apply my foundation, my concealer, touch up/blend the blush. It doesn’t give you brush strokes that you might get with a foundation brush, doesn’t deposit too much product and hence does not lead to a ‘cake face’. It’s just brilliant and a must have for every makeup junkie like myself! I am hooked. I bought mine from Sephora online in a pack of two since it’s a lil cheaper than buying two separately.
Next up is HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer: ($52) – This is my absolute holy grail primer for all year round! I really believe a primer doesn’t get any better than this; especially, living in a hot dry climate, my makeup without this primer would melt down in a maximum of 3 hours. With this super lightweight silicone veil under my foundation, the application goes much smoother and is budge proof. Its water-resistant, controls shine, and has an SPF of 15. A big thumbs up on that! I do think its a lil expensive but a lil goes a long way – seriously can’t do without it. ‘In love’!
TARTE Lights, Camera, Lashes: ($20) is a 4-in-1 mascara. Its supposed to lengthen, curl, volumize & condition your lashes. Now I’m not sure about the conditioning part but it’s doing the rest on my lashes. I see why this product has so many good reviews and is loved by many. This was pretty much the only mascara I used in the entire month of August. I rocked thicker, longer and dramatic lashes all month, and will be trying their new golden tube statement mascara soon.
One of my favorite eyeshadow of all time – CHANEL Illusion D’ombre Long-wear Luminous eyeshadow in Mirage 95: ($36) I admit that I really suck at eye makeup (working on it) but this eyeshadow makes everything so darn easy. All I do is take some on the ring finger and dab it on the eyelid, curl my lashes, put some mascara, and boom, my eyes are done! These are so shimmery and long-lasting on the eyes. The texture is really beautiful, soft and cushiony. I think these types of pot shadows are made for people who are not pro/skilled at doing their owneye makeup (like myself). I am in awww of these eyeshadow. I will definitely be adding more Chanel to my collection. Tip: I have been also wearing it as an eyeliner and it looks really glamorous.
I am a total skincare addict and usually spend more on skincare than makeup. OLE HENRIKSEN Lemon Strip Flash peel: ($48) is an acid peel/mask that has a gel like texture. It comes with a brush (rather coarse, scratchy) for an even application. It tingles a bit at first, which also makes me feel that it is doing something good (much-needed exfoliation) to my skin. I use a wash cloth to remove it after 10-15 minutes while rinsing the excess off with lukewarm water, and voila – I am left with a much softer, smoother, brighter even toned skin. This stuff is potent! Its gentle on the skin and super effective. I have a normal to combination skin type that is blemish prone. I used it twice a week last month, and my skin has been feeling very happy.
Lastly, I love me a good bargain, which leads us to my next favorite, J.CREW Retro Frame Sunglasses: ($24.50). I have been asked about these sunnies so many times – by all my friends. I have literally worn these all summer, and they are a perfect dupe to Ray-bans Clubmasters, see here. These are obviously not your best quality sunglasses, but more like a fashion accessory on a budget. I enjoy wearing these over my other designer glasses, and given their price, I am happy to wear them out.
Can’t wait to see what September has in store. Thank you for being a part of this blog with me! xo.
What product/s have you been loving this month?