Friday, August 5, 2016

July Favorites



Hello, lovelies! Yes, I know it's August, but I'm just now getting around to sharing my July beauty favorites. These are the products I used nonstop in July and will continue to use in August. I treated myself to some new makeup this summer after I earned a promotion at work. I normally don't spend much on beauty products, but I decided that I deserved some new things to boost my confidence and make me feel good. 

Here's what I am loving:
  • Alyssa and November Ultra Satin Lips from Colourpop's Kathleen Lights collaboration. I originally just wanted November, because judging from the swatches in Kathleen's videos it looked like the shade that would look best on me. When it was unavailable online, I ordered Alyssa instead. Then hours later November showed up as in stock, so I bought it too. The shades look similar on me, but I think I like Alyssa the most. When I first opened tried on the shades, they looked nearly identical to me. I had to step outside in different lighting to really see the differences. I like both shades. Colourpop's Ultra Satin Lips transfer, which is the only downside, but they last SO LONG. 


  • Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. I love the smell of this bronzer. It reminds me of a tropical paradise! The shade is a bit too light right now for me to use as contour, but I'll be using this religiously over the winter when I'm a bit lighter. I instead just warm up the skin a tad when my concealer and foundation are a bit too light. The packaging is also super cute. It comes with a mirror and an applicator (that I don't use).

  • Becca-Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Collection face palette. This limited-edition palette is sold out on Sephora.com, but you may find some in stores and on eBay. Jaclyn and Becca have since come out with split pans as well. I've been using this almost daily since I bought it in June. The only other highlighter I've been using it my Wet 'n Wild one that I also love. I particularly love the Amaretto blush shade and both Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. 

  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I wanted to get a palette of everyday shades to wear, but I didn't know where to start. I decided to give Makeup Geek a try because it is cruelty free and its shadows are often called dupes for Mac. I loved that I could buy an empty palette and pick shades I know I would wear instead of buying a ready-made palette with a color or two (or three) that I wouldn't like. I started with these shades: Burlesque, Creme Brulee, Cocoa Bear, Grandstand, Shimma Shimma, Cosmopolitan, Glamorous and Peach Smoothie. My favorites are Grandstand and Cocoa Bear. Instead of a Z palette for now I bought Makeup Geek's travel palette, which is cute and has a nice mirror.

Lef to Right from Top: Crume Brulee, Grandstand, Glamorous, Cosmopolitan, Burlesque, Peach Smoothie, Cocoa Bear, Shimma Shimma
Bonus: All these brands are cruelty-free, according to Cruelty Free Kitty

What are you current or last month's favorites? Let me know in the comments!


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