June Favorites 2014
I can't believe I'm saying this, but the month of June is officially over, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the random crap that I've been loving the last month.
1. First Aid Beauty: Fab Faves to Go Kit - Okay, I have acne-prone, combination skin, which basically means my t-zone is quite oily, but I also have some dry patches here and there. My problem areas are definitely my nose and chin where I tend to get blackheads, and my jaw line, where I get most of my blemishes. I do have hyperpigmentation on my jaw and chin, which is unfortunate, and my skin can be sensitive to certain products, so as you can imagine, my skin can be difficult to work with. I have heard tremendous things about the First Aid Beauty line from Beauty Bloggers and YouTubers, and wanted to try it out. The full size products can be a little pricey, so I opted for the Fab Faves to Go Kit, which gives you three travel-size products to try: The Fab Face Cleanser, Fab Radiance Pads, and Fab Ultra Repair Cream. I won't go into too much detail about each product individually, but I will say really love each product. I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin, and I will definitely be repurchasing the full size products. All of the products included in this kit are mild and safe for sensitive skin, as well as extremely effective.
I haven't changed up my makeup routine too much in the last couple months, in fact, I've been wearing little to no make up at all for most of the month, but that's not to say I haven't included a couple makeup faves this month.
2. Urban Decay: Naked Basics Pallet - If you are familiar with Urban Decay eyeshadows/pallets, you know that they are extremely creamy in consistency and have an incredible color payoff. This pallet is really no exception. It comes with six eyeshadow colors–five matte and one shimmer–ranging from light cream to dark brown. I absolutely love it. Some people would disagree and say that this pallet doesn't offer enough variety, but I think it's a great pallet for day-to-day use and it's very travel-friendly.
3. Nars: Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - One of my all time favorite eyeshadow primers is the Urban Decay Primer Potion, but once I ran out of my most recent tube, I decided I wanted to switch it up a little bit, and I went with this primer by Nars. Only in the last couple months have I started trying out Nars products, but I haven't had any complaints, so when I tried this primer for the first time, I was actually very pleased! In fact, I used this primer under eyeshadows from my Lorac Pro Pallet and it was like night and day. The colors seemed a lot more pigmented, they lasted through the entire day, and at the end of the day, when I went to wash my face, the eyeshadow did not remove as easily as it normally did, so it is very long-lasting!
4. Bare Minerals: Promise Blush - My next favorite is a blush from bare minerals that I got a quite some time ago. It's a soft coral pink shade called Promise. It's really light weight, it wears very nice on the skin, and it does have a little bit of shimmer, but it' not very noticeable. I absolutely love it, especially for the summer. Unfortunately, I think this particular color is discontinued, but I think the formula is amazing, so if you want something similar, I would suggest trying the colors Laughter or Beauty.
5. Benefit: Watt's Up Soft Focus Highlighter - I use to prefer powder highlighters over cream or liquid, just because I felt that powder highlighters were not as heavy, and didn't come across as cakey as cream or liquid highlighters, and honestly, I wasn't head-over-heels about this one at first, but now, I really love it! It is a cream-to-liquid highlighter so it's not too heavy, it applies smoothly, and it gives your skin a nice glow! I have recently purchased the Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter, just to try it out, and I'm excited to give that a shot.
6. PicFX App - I think it's safe to assume most people have at least one or two photo editing apps on their smartphones, right? My go-to photo editing app is Afterlight, which most of you have probably either used or heard of, but I recently heard Lauren Elizabeth, a YouTuber, talk about PicFX on her channel, so I downloaded it. I must say, I am liking it a lot. It doesn't give you as much control or freedom as an app like Afterlight, but it is really easy to use, it has a lot of cool filters, textures, frames, and things like that. My only complaint about it so far is the price, which is $1.99. I think that's a little expensive for what it is, because I've used plenty of free and/or $0.99 apps that work just as well. Other than that, I've been having a lot of fun with it.
7. SkillShare - My final favorite is actually a website called skillshare that you may or may not have already heard of. It's basically an online learning community that offers project-based classes in subjects ranging from design to business to technology, all taught by industry leaders. It's $10/month for access to any class they offer. Some people may think this is expensive, but compared to some of the college design & business classes I've taken, the price is phenomenal! Not to mention, you have complete control over what classes you take and projects you do! I've been trying to utilize this more because it's such a great learning tool, and I definitely recommend you guys check it out!
I hope you guys enjoyed this! Let me know in the comments below what your favorites of last month were, because I love hearing about and trying new products! Thanks for reading! XX