August & September Favorites 2014


I originally had a fall lookbook planned for today's post, but unfortunately, due to weather, I wasn't able to put it together in time, so we will have to take a rain check. But worry not, my friends, because I have a Plan B–August & September Favorites–which is actually great because, since I had so much going on last month, I didn't get a chance to share my August favorites.


SKIN CARE

I've never been very consistent with my skin care routine (which is terrible, I know), so I spent the last couple months creating both a morning and a night time skin care routine that work for me. Because of that, I've discovered some new products that I really love.

Boscia- Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil: I was in the market for a good makeup remover that could not only clean my face makeup, but also my waterproof eyeliner and mascara, and I had heard good things about this product, so I went to Sephora and bought it. It is a cleansing oil, so it does take a little getting used to. With this product, and products like it, you apply the oil directly onto your full face of makeup. It feels really weird, but it breaks down face makeup wonderfully, and it does a pretty good job at removing waterproof makeup as well. After you rub the oil onto your dry face for a minute, you add water, and continue working the product around your face, then rinse. The majority of your makeup should be gone, but whatever is left will be washed away when you cleanse your skin. It also has a nice cooling sensation, which I find really refreshing.



Juice Beauty Organics – Blemish Fighting Serum: This particular product is not actually new to me. I originally used this product (along with many other Juice Beauty Organic products) a couple years ago when I was experiencing some pretty bad cystic acne breakouts. I did like this product a lot back then, but wasn’t something I thought to repurchase until recently. I started using this product after toning my face in the morning and at night, and I must say I’ve seen a pretty significant improvement in my skin. This product fights blemishes that you already have, prevents breakouts from starting, and it’s also very moisturizing. This is definitely something I’m going to keep in my skin care routine for a while.

BEAUTY

Givenchy – Mister Light Corrective Pen: I went into Sephora back in August and asked one of the employees to help me pick out an under eye concealer, and she recommended the Givenchy Mister Light Corrective Pen, which is a twistable concealer pen with a brush applicator. When I use it, I just give it a couple twists, then apply the product directly under the eye and work it in with my ring finger. It lasts all day, it doesn’t crease, and I when I wear this concealer, I don’t really have any problems with mascara smudging (which is something I’ve been trying to fix forever)! This product is a little bit pricey, but the quality is amazing and a little bit of product really goes a long way.

Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner: I’m the absolute worst at applying eyeliner. It doesn’t matter if it’s a liquid liner, a gel liner, or in a pencil. I do, however, find it a little bit easier when it comes in the form of a pen. I used to be obsessed with the Stila Stay All Day felt tip liner, but I found that it dried out quite quickly, so I decided to switch over to the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and it’s amazing! It lasts so much longer than my Stila eyeliner did, it’s blacker than my Stila eyeliner was, and I get such a precise line with this pen, which is something that became harder to do as my Stila felt tip got dull. I love a good winged liner look and this product is perfect for that.



Too Faced – Milk Chocolate Soliet Bronzer: I have very fair skin, so I have to be careful when buying bronzer. Otherwise, I’ll end up with bronzer that makes me look like an oompa loompa, or like I’ve just been dragged through dirt. This bronzer, thankfully, does neither of those things. It does, however, make me want to eat an entire chocolate cake, because this product literally smells like one (I haven’t decided yet if that’s a good thing or a bad thing). But really, I do like this bronzer a lot. It adds a very subtle, natural-looking hint of color to my face, which is the look I usually like to go for.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Powder Duo: Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand that is very well known for their popular brow products, including their Brow Whiz, Dip Brow pomade, tinted brow gel, and more. I decided on the Brow Powder Duo, because powder usually looks and feels more natural on me. I also like that it has two different shades so you can choose to use one or the other, or you can use both to add a little dimension. I usually take the powder on a damp angle brush and apply the product in small strokes along the bottom of my eyebrow, then fill in any sparse areas.

MAC—Turquatics Perfume: Beauty & Lifestyle Youtuber/Blogger Kayla Lashae mentioned this perfume in one of her haul videos a couple months ago, so when I was finally able to visit a MAC store (there isn't one anywhere near me), I went and tested it out and I immediately knew I needed this perfume in my life. It’s very warm and summery smelling, if that makes sense. It’s hard to describe the smell of a perfume over the internet, so if you have a MAC counter or store near you, seriously, go take a whiff. IT SMELLS SO DAMN GOOD! Thank you, Kayla Lashae, for introducing me to this bomb fragrance.




MISC.

Songza: My favorite app this month has been Songza, which, if you aren’t familiar, is a music streaming app (and website) that recommends playlists based on the user's mood, location (weather, time of day), or activity. It’s really cool. I pretty much have a Songza playlist playing all day, whether I’m working, driving, exercising, or taking a shower. It’s also a great way to discover new artists. I’ve found numerous songs and artists that I really like through this app! Definitely check it out if you don’t have it already.



Well, that is it for my August & September favorites, again, I’m sorry I didn’t get my original post up Sunday, but I hope you guys understand. I’d still like to get my lookbook done, so hopefully you’ll see that posted in the near future.