Sunday, August 31, 2014

August 2014 Favorites

I hope that everyone had a fantabulous August! Football is in the air and Fall is on the horizon!! Woohoo! Let' get into some favorites!


I got the elf Flawless Concealer Brush back in March from their website. It's supposedly a dupe for the Sephora brush. When I first used it, I did not like it at all and it was about to be a meh product of the month. The more I used it, the more I grew to like it. I use it with Bare Minerals Stroke of Light. It blends it out very nicely. I plan on getting another one.

Another brush I've been loving is the Real Techniques Base Eyeshadow brush. This was an early favorite when I started purchasing Real Techniques brushes. However, I hadn't really used it in a while. This a great brush for applying color and blending. It is the perfect brush to use for a one eyeshadow look which is what I used it a lot for this month. I wish it was available on it's own but it's in the Starter Kit.

When I got back from St. Louis last month, I went to Ulta to use my $10 off Ulta birthday coupon and my coworker got me a gift card for my birthday. I had decided a while back to use the birthday coupon on a palette. But then the palettes I was eyeing weren't speaking to me anymore. So the day I went to Ulta, I walked and walked and walked around. I picked up stuff. I swatched stuff. I wasn't really moved by anything and I had "free" money to use! WTH! Then I remembered Mally's Shadow Stick in Saddle Shimmer. She had posted a get ready with my video on her YouTube channel and she used it in her look. So I did pick that up along with a couple of other items. This is a pretty bronze shade. It reminds me of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad to the Bronze. It has been my go to shadow stick lately. It paired nicely with Mally's In the Buff 2 palette and Bare Minerals The Epiphany Ready 2.0.  I have been on a shadow stick kick lately. They are super quick and easy. You can wear them on their own or use them along with powder eyeshadows. I honestly haven't touched my Maybelline Color Tattoos in a while. I think I'll try to incorporate them in my remaining palette plays.

Continuing with Mally, I have been LOVING her palettes!! Like I tweeted her and gushed over them. I said I could probably get rid of my other eyeshadows and use just her palettes. Yea I know, crazy right?? They are so easy to use. Her various brown eyeshadows are I even did a warm look with her I Love Color palette that I really liked. The In the Buff 2 palette is an awesome neutral palette. I'm patiently waiting to get my hands on the original In the Buff palette. But then I'm like do I really need it of course. That's a whole different discussion. Or rather a continuation of various discussions that I've already posted about. Job well done Mally on these palettes!!

I picked up the Black Radiance Perfecting Eye Shadow Primer during a CVS run. I was excited when I found it. Especially since I love the face primer so much. I was like oh this going to be good! When I first used it, I loved the way it applied and instantly got tacky. But as the day progressed, I did get creasing. I was like ugh! I kept playing around with it and it wasn't performing. I was going to post about it as a meh product. But I was like no. I left it alone for a while. Picked it back up recently. What I have been doing with this and the other two eye primers I have is apply it after I apply my face primer. Then I do my face makeup, brows and then do my eyes. This has helped tremendously! I guess I wasn't allowing enough time to set before applying my eye makeup. So needlessly to say that I am tickled pink that this is working for me and that I have found an eye primer at the drugstore. Wooooot! I may try Milani's again and see if it works for me using this "method".


I picked up 2 of the Revlon Lacquer Balms from Walgreens when they had a buy one, get one 50% off promo going on. I picked up Coy and Whimsical. These are awesome! Coy is a good everyday brown nude shade for my skin tone and Whimsical is in my comfort zone when wearing a pink lip with a hint of purple in it. I was wearing MAC's Daddy's Little Girl the day I bought these. For giggles I applied Whimsical on top on Daddy's Little Girl. Amazeballs! I looked at the other shades and swatches online. Not sure if I'll get any additional shades. I only have one of the matte ones in the purple one that I really enjoy. I want to pick up Sultry.

I got the You're The Balm lip balm in my Ipsy bag for August. I was meh about it at first since I'm not a fan of potted lip products. It's also grape scented and I was worried how it would mix while eating and drinking. At first I put it on at night. Didn't like it for a night time balm. I prefer something a little thicker. However it make a great daytime lip balm for applying various lip products. It moisturizes the lips but didn't interfere with whatever lipstick or lip gloss I wore for that day.


Two Queen Helene masques I have been love the last couple of months are the Mint Julep Masque and Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque. The Mint Julep masque is an old time favorite. I like this one when my skin is out of whack due to breakouts. The Grape Seed masque was new to me and I really enjoy it. After using it my skin appears smoother and firmer. Especially my neck! I was like say what now! You can't beat the price of $3.99. You may find them cheaper. I have picked this up from Ulta.

Another skin care product I have been enjoying is Garnier's Nourishing Cleansing Oil. I picked it up on a whim from CVS. I had read/heard some good reviews on it. Prior to this I've used Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing Oil and I've used coconut oil. I have enjoyed using this to remove my makeup prior to washing my face. Lately I have be really anal about removing most if not all of my makeup before I wash my face. Makeup remover wipes are cool and I'll probably still use them since I have like 3 packs on hand now. I feel that Garnier's Cleansing Oil gets the job done better than your traditional makeup remover wipe. From the reviews I've seen, this is thicker than other cleansing oils. The consistency of it doesn't bother me.

I'm not even going to show you a picture of the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens I have. It is straight up busted from being in my makeup bag lol! I got a sample pack of 25 from a Sephora perk that included a bunch of Boscia items. These are a nice size. Most blotting sheets I feel are so small that I have to use like 3 or 4 of them to get oil off this face. They don't disturb my makeup and they do feel nice. Afterwards I may go in with Mally's Face Defender. Usually I just used Mally Defender without blotting because that's one use of the product. But I feel funny using whatever sponge in the product to my shiny face. I would definite purchase these on their own.

I took the two IT Vitality Cheek Flushes in Magical in Mauve and Matte Sweet Apple with me when I went to St. Louis last month and I continued playing around with them in August. They are pigmented, blend nicely on to the skin and last all day. There are two other blushes shades in this line that I want to pick up.

Another blush I pulled out and enjoyed this month was Black Radiance Toasted Almond. This is a good everyday, goes with anything blush. I kind of don't want to put it away but I do need to rotate and play with my other blushes *sigh*. The struggle lol!


I loved all the blue nail colors I played around with this month. Here we have Let's Here It For The Boy and I Know What Boys Like from Deborah Lippmann along with Test My Teal from Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear.


Noting to report. *shrugs*

Random Stuff

I got the It's a 10 with Keratin from Ulta as a gift with purchase. It's also came with a $5 off coupon good until the end of the year. So I was like I need to go ahead and try this to see if I like it. When I go to the hairdresser she uses the original version on me. I did ask her about the Keratin version and she said it was good. So I felt comfortable using it. I used it in place of my Chi Keratin Mist. I sprayed it on my wet hair and noticed instantly how easy it was to detangle my hair. One side of my hair always gets tangled not matter what I do. Not this time using this product. Then I added some Chi Silk Infusion and blow dried my hair. Instantly I noticed a difference. There was an instant shine to my hair and it was easier to blow dry. I couldn't stop touching my hair once it was dry and after I flat ironed my hair. I will definitely use the coupon I received. I will continue to use this until it's gone then use up the rest of the Chi Keratin Mist. This stuff is amazeballs I can't wait to go see my hairdresser and let her know how much I've enjoyed this product.

I picked up Cascadian Farm Organic Multi Grain Squares cereal during an early grocery store run from Safeway. It's reminds me of Chex. I got it randomly when the sale box of Raisin Bran I was looking for was out. I had it with almond milk. It got soggy quickly. It was good but I didn't care for it as much. I had a few squares dry and was like hmmmmm. This would make a good snack. So I went back to Safeway and got another box since it was on sale and have been eating it as snack in the afternoon or still for breakfast dry with a banana and some yogurt.

I went to the Ubiquitous Hair and Health Trade Show in DC. My friend found out about it. I hadn't heard of it before and wasn't expecting much. It was really nice and I ended up having a good time. Of course I picked up some goodies *shifty eyes* from Milani, Ambi and various hair products that I'm sure you'll see in a post or 2 :) I'm loving some of the items already. If this comes to your area, check it out! You can score some good deals and preview new products from the various vendors. They also had some performances and sessions as well. Chante Moore, Chrisette Michelle were there along with some other ladies. It was just a really nice atmosphere, everything was organized and everyone was super nice. You how it can be when you get a bunch of women together. I'm just saying *insert side eye*.

Purging my stash has actually been a favorite this month. Crystalis007 posted a picture on Instagram of items she pulled from her stash for an upcoming blog sale. It got me thinking. I was sitting on my bed when I got home that evening staring at my cart. I was like yep, let's do this! I got rid of a lot of lip products. Some were trashed and the rest I pulled to give away. I did look through other items and did pull some additional stuff. I honestly probably can part with more. So we shall see what happens between now and the end of the year.

Surprise Products of the Month

I've had Wild n' Wild's Purty Persimmon for a while now but have never worn it. It is a vibrant orange color. Now remember my rant last month about orange and peach lippies right? Well I threw it on early one morning getting ready for work and I love it! It's a bright orange but it a deeper bright orange. If that makes sense. More like an orange based red. So I was happy that this worked out for me. It reminds me of MAC's Mangrove from the Proenza Schouler collection that my friend told me about. But Mangrove is is little deeper. If you want to delve into this lip color then check Purty Persimmon out. You can't beat the price of $2!

Meh Products of the Month

I remember reading a so so review on Deborah Lippmann's Let's Go Crazy. But of course I got try stuff for myself. It applied nicely and it's pretty on. I threw this on right before I went to Nashville. It chipped something crazy! I was like what! Usually I get decent wear out of a glitter polish. I was going to try to wear it again this month to see if it was a fluke but didn't get a chance to. I will play with it again though. So disappointing.

On to September!!

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