Hi beauties and Happy August! I’m excited to share my favorite beauty products from the past month with you.
✻ Sephora Collection Matte Blotting Films – I absolutely love using blotting papers, especially in the warmer months when my already oily-prone skin needs a little extra attention. I’ve been using these blotting films I had on hand since I ran out of my Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper I mentioned last month. While I think I prefer the paper version in general, I find these films very effective as well.
✻ Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder – This powder is my beauty must have in the summer to help combat my oily skin problems. I love how lightweight and translucent it is. It helps reduce shine and keep my makeup in place all day.
✻ MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude On Board (no longer available) – It’s too bad they didn’t re-promote this awesome bronzer in this year’s summer collection like they have in previous ones. The formula is so luxuriously soft and blendable. This shade adds the perfect subtle glow to my already tan skin.
✻ Benefit Bella Bamba Blush (no longer available) – I can’t believe this beautiful blush is no longer available, as well! What a bummer! As a gorgeous peachy coral it is very similar in color to Nars Orgasm, although I prefer Benefit’s version which is a bit lighter and easier to blend. Why must beauty brands discontinue awesome products? :/
✻ Too Face The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette – I picked this palette up earlier this year as a one-product haul because, in all honesty, it smells like chocolate. Yes, it’s true, I fell for that gimmick. That being said, I actually do very much enjoy the warm-toned neutrals and continue to be impressed by the Too Faced eye shadow formula. The fact that I kind of want to eat it only makes me love it that much more!
✻ Revlon Bold Lacquer Waterproof Mascara – I received the non-waterproof version of this mascara in my July PopSugar Must Have Box. Since I typically cannot pull off regular mascara, I decided to tuck that one away for a future giveaway and used the coupon that came with the box to purchase the waterproof version for myself. I’ve really been enjoying this lengthening mascara, which is buildable but can be applied sparingly with a light hand, which I personally prefer.
✻ It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil – I received this handy brow pencil as a gift with a big Ulta purchase I made a couple of months ago. I use it interchangeably with my other favorite brow pencil by Sigma in Dressed Up. The It Cosmetics version is a twist up pencil in a small oval shape with an eyebrow brush on one end. It’s the perfect taupey-brown shade for my eyebrows. I like to use either pencil in conjunction with my Sigma Brow Duo Powder in Medium.
✻ Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Watermelon – I love the formula of this long lasting and creamy lipstick! The watermelon shade is a vibrant coral pink that I would typically find a bit bright for me. I like to apply a thick lip balm, such as the Soap & Glory A Great Kisser in Juicy Peach on first, which helps to tone down the bright lipstick a bit while still retaining its beautiful color.
✻ Nyx Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée – Yet another subscription box favorite, this lovely nude pink lipgloss was part of the June Ipsy bag. Creme brûlée is the perfect shade to just throw on for a hint of color or to tone down a bright lipstick. The formula is creamy without being overly thick and sticky, with nice pigmentation.
✻ Sigma 2x Spa Brush Cleaning Glove – Sigma recently gave their ever popular brush cleaning glove a makeover. This second edition is even more innovative than the first, with two thumbs now and more defined grooves and ridges for an improved brush cleaning experience. The improvements in this glove really do make a noticeable difference in streamlining brush cleaning!
I share more about my July beauty favorites in my coordinating video:
It’s giveaway time! I love the Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Palette so much I wanted to share the love with two of you. The July Beauty Buzz Giveaway will run until Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. There will be TWO winners! Each winner will receive one of the Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Palettes pictured below:
You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always. Good luck!
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Congrats to the winners of the July Beauty Buzz Giveaway!
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I would love to know what beauty products you’ve been loving recently if you care to share!
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