Sunday, 31 August 2014

July & August Favorites

I went a bit crazy on the makeup shopping during the month of July (I documented much of this on Instagram) and I ended up finding a lot of products that I really, really like! And then came August, when I got exceptionally busy with real life matters and completely neglected this blog and much of my makeup collection...but these are the products that continued to stand out for me! Thus, without further ado, here is what made my cut for my July & August Favourites: 

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense in 206 Rose d'Exception: Rose d'Exception has quickly become my all-time favorite rosey nude shade. I wore it in this post and I just can't get enough of it! It goes with any look and is so easy to apply and wear. It feels great on the lips and has excellent pigmentation. Plus, the packaging on this one is extra stunning! Givenchy offers a matching nail polish, which I might pick up so that I can be extra matchy-matchy. Available at Sephora for $36.

The Masters Brush Cleaner: For the past few years I've used Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap to clean my makeup brushes. Lately, though, I'd become a bit frustrated with the fact that it wasn't cleaning some of my foundation brushes as well as I would like. I was going to pick up the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser when someone recommended that I look into the Masters Brush Cleaner. It is a solid soap that artists have used for years to clean their brushes. It's also a fraction of the price of the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser. It's sold at Michael's Craft Stores and is normally $10, but they always have coupons so I got mine for $5. I would say that my liquid Dr. Bronner's seems better for more tapered brushes (like my MAC 217), but for synthetic brushes or anything with a deep stain to it, the Masters Brush Cleaner cannot be beat!

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation: I was pretty certain that I would never find a foundation I liked more than the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation...until I tried the YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation. I only tried this foundation in the first place after a YSL makeup artist used it on me. The shade range is fantastic for these and the coverage is beautiful--I would say it offers a medium to full coverage, but it looks very natural on the skin and has great lasting power. It is very similar to the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in that it gives your skin a beautiful glow. Oily skin gals (like me) need not be afraid of trying this foundation out! Available at Nordstrom for $57.

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha: I already posted about my love for this lipstick here, so if you read that post it should be no surprise that this made it into my monthly favorites! It is the perfect sheer reddish pink. Available at Ulta for $22.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub: The first time I wore Cherub, which I posted about here, I knew that it would make my monthly faves. But it has already one-upped that: it's easily one of my favorite blushes of all time! I honestly cannot rave about this enough--it is so flattering, both in color and texture, and much easier to apply than I imagined a liquid blush would be. Available at LookFantastic for about $25.

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Madeira: For years I avoided 'nude' lipsticks like the plague, as I couldn't seem to find one that made me look like death. Lately, though, I've hit the jackpot and found quite a few. Madeira is described as a nude pink and I think it is the slight hint of pink in this shade that makes it so wearable on my mauvey lips. I got this as part of a set of 4 High Pigment Pencils--these sets by Bite (I believe they release a set each autumn) are a great way to try out several shades for less $$--but, Madeira is also available in full size at Sephora for $24!

Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Mayfair Lane: I've mentioned this before, but the Nails Inc Gel Effect polishes are by far the longest lasting polishes I've ever tried. My nails are quite weak at the tips (they are constantly peeling), but somehow the Nails Inc Gel Effect polishes can last up to a week with virtually no chipping. Mayfair Lane was a new shade added to their collection earlier in the summer (even more shades have been released recently!!) and it is a gorgeous, chic light pink shade. I often opt for bolder shades on my nails, but when I want something more sophisticated (or work appropriate), this is a great choice. Get it at Sephora for $14.

YSL Babydoll Eyeliner in 18 Bleu Patine: This is easily the most beautiful eyeliner I have ever encountered. I'm not a liquid eyeliner fan, but as soon as a YSL makeup artist used this on me, I knew I had to have it. In fact, Bleu Patine is probably my favorite part of YSL's Fall 2014 Cuirs Fétiches collection. It is a beautiful and complex blue/teal shade. And even though it has a brush applicator, I've found it much easier to use than many other liquid eyeliners I've tried in the past. I've been wearing this with bronze, copper, and brown shades and am absolutely addicted! Available at Nordstrom for $34.

Whew! That seems like enough favorites for the time being. What have you been loving over the past month(s)? Let me know below!

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