This month it was a little hard to come up with a list of favourites. I tend to be a creature of habit, so when I went to pick things out, I found I was picking a lot of the same favourites from my June post. Showing you the exact same products from last month would have been boring, so I dug through my things and was able to come up with some new favourites for the month of July. I vow to stop with the same old routine and start using new things so I have some fresh material for August. Here are my July favourites:
1) Gotta B' Urban Bronzer Brush
I got this brush a couple of months ago from a sale bin at my local Winners (similar to TJ Maxx). It was really cheap so I decided to give it a try. I absolutely love it! It is perfect for using with my Chanel Tan de Soleil cream bronzer. It picks up the perfect amount of product and evenly buffs it into my face. I looked up the company online, but can't seem to find anything about them or where to buy more of them. If anyone has any ideas, let me know and if you happen to come across this brush in a sale
bin, definitely pick it up!!!
1) L'Oreal Touche Magique Anti-Fatigue and Illuminating Concealer
This concealer comes in a pencil like form. It has a small brush at the top and a cap on the bottom that you can twist for more product. I originally bought this product because I thought it looked similar to (and was probably a knockoff of) the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat concealer. I have never tried the YSL concealer, so I can't really compare the two, but I can say this concealer really works. I have tried several different products and concealers for camouflaging my dark under-eye circles but none have worked as well as this. My only complaint with this concealer is that the numbering system is confusing and the only way to really tell what colour is best for you is to try it out in the store. If you are like me and don't want to pay the high prices for products like the YSL Touch Eclat, you definitely need to check this out.
2)M.A.C Mineralized Skinfinish in "Perfect Topping"
I always hear people talk about the "famous" mineralized skinfinishes like "Stereo Rose" and "Petticoat", but until I received it as a free gift at a M.A.C warehouse sale, I had never heard of "Perfect Topping". At first glance, it doesn't look very nice. It's light beige with dark brown and purple veins running through it, but when swatched it is a gorgeous shade of light shimmering peach. Because of the recent trend towards coral blushes, "Perfect Topping" acts as a nice highlighter with just a tiny bit of colour and is the perfect topping for any summer cheek (I couldn't resist).
1) M.A.C Pigment in "Melon"
Melon is by far my favourite pigment made by M.A.C. Depending on what angle you look at it, Melon can look gold, orange, pink or a combination of them all. Since orange is a complimentary colour to blue, this colour looks especially nice on those of us who have blue eyes. My favourite thing about "Melon" pigment is that it is so versatile. Not only can this pigment be used as an eyeshadow, it also looks amazing as a blush, and when added to clear lipgloss, it is lovely on the lips.
2) M.A.C Paint Pot in "Painterly"
I know everyone is thinking "BORING" right now, but 'Painterly' is truly a favourite and something I wear everyday. Before I found out about eyeshadow primers, my eyeshadow would slip off my eyes within minutes. People used to act surprised when I told them I wore eyemakeup because they never saw it. Every morning I use a combination of "Painterly" and Urban Decay's "Primer Potion" (extra insurance). By the end of the day, although I have lost all of my other makeup, my eyeshadow is still sitting perfectly in place the way I put it on that morning. As a true test to this primer's strength, my sister went swimming in the lake the other day, underwater and all and when she came back up from the beach, my friend said to her "How is your eyemakeup still on?". If that isn't enough proof for you, I don't know what is. If you don't have a M.A.C. paintpot, go out and get one immediately.
1) Mac Lipstick in "Vegas Volt"
I love bright lipstick, the brighter the better and Vegas Volt lipstick does not disappoint in the bright department. Vegas Volt is a coral-orange colour (the website describes it as a "full colour coral"), and, because it is one of M.A.C's amplified lipsticks, goes on extremely opaque and is super creamy. Because this colour is so bright, I prefer to wear it with a more neutral eye and toned down cheek. The only downfall with this colour is its tendency to bleed outside the lip line and therefore should be worn with a lipliner. 'Vegas Volt' is part of M.A.C's permanent collection so if you love bright lipstick and don't already have it, go check it out.
2) M.A.C's 'Ola Mango' Lipglass
I got a small tube of this lipgloss in last year's Holiday lipglass collection. This orange with gold flecks lipgloss is medium coverage (not opaque, but not too sheer) and looks amazing over any of the orange, coral or peach lipsticks M.A.C has recently released in their collections. One thing I love about M.A.C lip products, including 'Ola Mango', is their smell. I don't know how many of you have ever smelled them, but they have the lightest scent of vanilla. The only problem is M.A.C doesn't carry this colour in their permanent collection, so I have to use it sparingly and hope they re-release it some time soon.
1) Philosophy's 'Pineapple Coconut' Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
All I can say about this product is "YUM!". This pina colada scented body wash smells like summer. Just make sure you don't drink it. I bought a bottle of this a few weeks ago and have been using it ever since. If you use it with a loofah, a little goes a long,long way. Philosophy is a really cool company and all of their products contain cute little sayings (or philosophies) on their labels. This product's label says "There's many ways to quench your thirst for happiness. Mother Nature recommends a little pineapple in the coconut to make you feel better. Whatever your remedy may be, mix it together and drink it all up."
2) Lush's Sultana of Soap
In the past, I have used and loved a lot of Lush soaps, including 'Rock Star', "The Godmother", and "Sexy Peel". When I found 'Sultana of Soap', however, I knew I would be a life long user. The best way I have to describe the scent of this soap is, clean (the website says it smells like nougat and fresh fruit, but I like my description better). This soap is super creamy and has a really cool layer of apricots and raisins which is good for gentle exfoliation. The thing I like best about this soap is that the scent is light and not overpowering, but lasts the whole day. I can always smell when my sister has used her sultana soap and I always get compliments from others when I use mine. If you haven't tried this soap before, ask for a sample at your local lush. You will fall in love.
|Perfect Topping, Melon Pigment, Vegas Volt, Ola Mango|
Let me know what some of your July favourites are.
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