"Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen."
- Frances Hodgson Burnett
Hello my loves! I asked on my social media if you guys wanted to see an August Favorites and many of you said yes sooooo.... Here it is!
I have a lot of skincare this month! I've been focusing more on my skin and trying to keep it as healthy and clear as possible. I'm testing out a bunch of different things but these are a few products that I've been absolutely loving.
I had about a month or two where my skin was just freaking out, totally unhappy with me. Very inflamed, red and irritated so I picked up the UltraCalming kit from Dermalogica.
This kit came with four products (the other is Barrier Repair, a moisturizer that I like but wasn't wow'ed by) and also a little sample eye cream.
These three products calmed my skin within a couple days.
UltraCalming Cleanser - This is an extremely gentle gel-cream-like cleanser. It does not foam so many may not like it but this is so calming for the skin. It also does not remove makeup so if you try this, make sure you remove your makeup first and then go in with this.
UltraCalming Mist - This is a calming toner. It smells amazing and I love using this as a toner after washing my face, before applying makeup and a moisturizer or any time my skin feels dry or irritated. It's very light and absorbs quickly.
UltraCalming Serum Concentrate - This is probably my favorite in the kit. You apply serums after cleansing and toning, before your moisturizer. This smells incredible! It's super lightweight, not at all sticky or thick like some serums can be. It absorbs very quickly into the skin and leaves no residue after. This has made a world of difference with redness, irritation and inflammation.
These two serums have been favorites of mine for the past year or so! But I've fallen in love with them all over again recently.
Peter Thomas Roth's Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel - This is another thin serum that sinks into the skin quickly. It feels a little sticky when you first apply it but you leave this alone to absorb for 10 minutes before you apply a moisturizer and after those 10 minutes have passed, that stickiness is gone. Glycolic acid agrees really well with my skin. I'm not sure why but it works wonders for me. I purchased this a year or two ago on a whim and I am so glad I did! I'm running low so I need to pick up another soon!
InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum - I received this for review a year or two ago and had seen a ton of amazing reviews on Amazon but I wasn't sure whether it was just a hyped up product because it's sent to bloggers or if it genuinely was that great.... Well, it is! It's a gel-like serum and I love that it has aloe vera in it so it's very gentle and soothing. I definitely think this helps my skin when it's dry/dehydrated.
Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask - This is a new purchase but I fell in love with it by the second use. I plan to review this soon so I won't go in depth with it but look for that coming soon!
On to the makeup! Some of these are repeats.. I rediscovered a lot of old favorites this month!
Maybelline Matte + Poreless Foundation - I've used this more than any other foundation this month... Pretty much every day, either alone or mixed with others. It's just a beautiful foundation. Medium to full coverage, it's buildable and the finish is just gorgeous. I'm in the shade 115!
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer - I fell into the hype on this one... And I am SO glad I did! This is the best concealer I have ever used..... Yep. Quite the claim, but it really is. This reminds me a lot of MAC's Pro Longwear except it's a thinner consistency. The coverage is incredible and now I want to get the Naked Skin Foundation as well because this could easily be used as a foundation, the coverage is that beautiful so I'm curious to see if the foundation is similar!
I'm in the shade Light Neutral.
Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black - A rediscovered love. This is just a fantastic gel liner. Just as good as high end! It's super black and pigmented and lasts all day. Mine was dried out so I applied a few drops of Tarte's Maracuja Oil and it revived it - it's like brand new! :)
Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara - I loved this the older it got... One of those mascaras that I didn't love at first but now I'm obsessed. The brush is awesome and adds beautiful volume as well as length.
Milani's Rose Blush in Romantic Rose - I. LOVE. THIS. BLUSH!!!!!! Oh my goodness, I have worn this blush almost every day for the past month. And I have NEVER done that with a blush before. It's the shade that does it for me. It's just perfect for my skin tone and this is a shade that you can pair with just about any makeup look.
It's a gorgeous pinky rose-nude. Super pigmented so make sure you go in with a light hand!
ColourPop's Skimpy Lippie Stick - This is their glossy formula. It's not long wearing at all but it's a perfect pinky-nude for my skin tone!
Super creamy and smooth, pigmented as hell!
ColourPop's Bound Lip Liner - I know, she's looking rough. But this is hands down my absolute favorite product from the past month (really, longer than that)... I don't know what it is about this liner. I wear it almost every single day.
I've heard this is a dupe for MAC's Whirl! It's just beautiful. I LOVE lining my lips and filling in with a nude lipstick for that gorgeous ombre-ish nude lip. It's so gorgeous. If you see me with a nude lip,chances are this is the liner I'm using. It's incredible and I need to purchase a backup. These are so creamy and pigmented, they don't pull on the lips at all and they have a nice lasting power as well!
Loreal's Fairest Nude - An oldie but goodie! Another rediscovered love. This is just a fantastic lipstick. Beautiful formula and awesome nude shade.
It's a gorgeous rosey nude. Pigmented and SO comfortable to wear.
There are my favorites for August! What are some of yours? Let us know in the comments below!!
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