SEPTEMBER FAVORITES

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Can you believe September is already over! Its time to bring out the boots, scarves, cute colorful socks, and hot chocolate. I am so excited about October, but first I have a few products to rave about that I really enjoyed using in the month of September. First up is NARS Lip Gloss in Salamanca ($26) which practically lived in my handbag and used it as if I didn’t own any other lip product. The color salamanca is a gorgeous coral pinky red that is really flattering on the lips. The formula is semi-opaque and lasts about 3-4 hours on me. It is also very moisturizing, non sticky, and comfortable to wear. I just can’t deal with sticky lip glosses! In all, its perfect for an everyday look.

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For my eyes, I have been crazy about the LAURA MERCIER Caviar Stick Eye Color in Cocoa ($28). It is a beautiful cream shadow stick with a gorgeous sheen (not glitter). The sticks are very versatile to wear, long-lasting and do not crease. They can also be worn as base color or as a liner. I mostly wore it as a thick liner, smudge/smoke it with the finger for a smoky liner effect. A lil dab on the lower lash line and lashings of mascara for an easy and simple look. It is very smooth to apply and can be worn all day, and at the same time not a pain in the backside to remove at the end of the day. Highly recommend!

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HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58) This is a fresh launch and I know this palette will be in my next months favorites also. Although its cheating a lil bit as I got hold of this palette in the last week of September, but I have been wearing it ever since and I had to include it in my favorites. It’s so gorgeous that it’s almost a piece of collectible makeup. I recently reviewed this product in detail on the blog and if you are interested in reading the post, you can go here! I can’t say enough about this palette – it’s a beautiful holiday launch of this year.

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For skincare, PAULA’s CHOICE Resist BHA 9 ($40) was a hero product this month. Although September was a good skin month (kinda) for me, I still had a few stubborn blackheads, and breakouts that needed some attention. I had heard gossmakeupartist  talk about this product a few times, so I decided to splurge. I only use it at night as a spot treatment as my last step in my skincare routine. It is really good at unclogging the pores and clearing up stubborn blemishes. I had this one whitehead or milia (not sure) on my nose for at least past 3-4 months errrr. I tried everything and nothing seemed to work on it. I had given up on the whitehead, and would spot treat my congested areas with BHA 9 like usual and would apply the left over product on the whitehead. I don’t know when it got rid of this ‘stubborn’ whitehead. Sometimes we just need experiences like these to believe in a product. I really swear by Resist BHA9 and would try more of Paula’s Choice.

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And finally in the nails department, its time for me to say that NAILS INC NailKale – Superfood Base Coat ($15) is the best base coat out there in my opinion. Now this is another product I’ve reviewed in the past (here). This is the only base coat I wore this entire past month. My nails did not split and felt much healthier and stronger. I also wore this without any polish on top of it simply for its hydrating and repairing formula. I highly recommend Nailkale base coat for dry or brittle nail gurls!

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What have you been loving this past month?


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AUGUST FAVORITES

August Favorites

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’.

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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

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. 

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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’!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?