July 2013 Favourites

My July 2013 favourites featuring products from Tarte, Julep, Benefit, Soap & Glory +more

My favourites

Tarte BB Illuminating Moisturizer $42 (CAD)

I’ve been using a small sample of this from Sephora and I like mixing it with concealer for under the eyes.  I find it makes the area look less cakey and brighter.

Since this is a moisturizing product, it also helps keep the under eyes hydrated.  It has virtually zero coverage though, so the title “BB” (as in BB cream) is slightly misleading.  If you’re looking for something to hide imperfections, skip it.

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl $36 (CAD)

It’s described as a “A soft, golden pink, liquid-pearl highlighter.”  Same as the Tarte moisturizer, I like mixing this with foundation and concealer to highlight the under eyes and cheekbones.  It’s not a moisturizer, but the texture is still smooth and thin so it mixes really well with other liquid products.  Comparing this to Benefit’s Highbeam, Girl Meets Pearl is much easier to blend in and not as ‘in-your-face’ of a glow.

Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer $5.99

Admittedly, I wasn’t super impressed with this when I first got it.  I found it really thin and didn’t have that great coverage.  What I love about this concealer is how easily it blends in.  Sometimes I barely even have to blend, it just sinks amazingly into the skin.  This month, I’ve been using this under the eyes first and then applying my foundation and I love the finish it gives.

The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum $12

This is meant to give the hair moisture and shine.  I use this in damp towel-dried hair and it gets rid of some frizz and makes hair shiny and it smells amazing.

Julep nail polish in Julia $14

It’s a gorgeous duo triple quadruple-chrome that has a purple-taupe base with silver and golden shimmer, but it changes depending on the light.

Revlon ColorStay foundation $14

A cult-favourite, this drugstore foundation is a keeper.  The coverage is great, it blends easily and doesn’t oxidize on the skin.  One of the main reasons I love this is that it dries quickly so you don’t need to set it with a powder.  The 6 SPF is also a plus; you won’t get a “ghost face” in photos but you have a bit of sun protection.  I took this on vacation with me for to ensure a fuss-free, quick application when I was running out the door half asleep at 9 am.

Soap & Glory Righteous Butter and Hand Food

Best thing about these lotions is the smell.  So nice.  Known as the “Original Pink” scent, it smells like a mix of fruits and flowers “With orange leaf, lemon, peach, sweet strawberries, summer rose, gardenia blooms and jasmine.”  The formula doesn’t leave that gross feeling that some lotions have.  Everything blends into the skin and the fragrance lasts a while.  In the UK I believe Boots sells these, in Quebec you can get select products at Pharmaprix (Shoppers Drug Mart) stores and in the US, Sephora sells them.

Favourite celebrity look of the month

Selena Gomez’s birthday look, featuring this top from ASOS.  I am loving white on white on white etc.  If only I wasn’t so pale I could pull the look of better myself, ha.

Selena Gomez Fashion Favourite - July 2013

Favourite music of the month

The month of pop music, apparently.  5th Harmony’s “Miss Moving On” and Selena Gomez’s “Birthday” have been played 24/7.  Also Justin Timberlake.

Favourite TV show of the month

Breaking Bad and Big Brother.  Probably one of the best TV shows that is on TV, Breaking Bad is basically about a chemistry teacher turned drug dealer manufacturer.  The dialogue is smart, the characters are quirky yet realistic, acting is superb.  Character development is amazing (film studies nerd for life).  The way the plot always connects is genius. I’m still catching up (starting season 4 soon).  The final season coming up…  I can’t even.

Big Brother.  So damn good every single time.  How do they do it?!

Thoughts:  Andy is playing a smart game by staying under the radar and he is so well liked by everyone so could get to the final (if he stops blabbing).  Helen, queen bee, I think may become a target when people realize she is running the house.  However, I think she is a genius and deserves to win at this point because she is well liked, respected, and has made big moves while still keeping her hands relatively blood-free.

What have been your favourites this month?!


June 2013 Favourites

junefavsYves Rocher Eyeshadow Pencil in Pink Orchid (Rose Orchidée) – CAD$5.95 (LE)

This is part of Yves Rocher’s limited edition Retropical collection, which features several summery colours and shades in a wide variety of products such as eyeshadow pencils, mascara, eyeliners etc.  I bought this with a blue mascara and duo eyeliner pencil, and this is my favourite from the collection, definitely!  It’s a gorgeous rose-coppery colour that looks good blended out all over the lid or just in the crease.  I’ve used this on my lower lash line and I find it makes me look a little tired because it’s red toned, and since I’m usually trying to get rid of any redness it has an opposite effect of what I’m going for.  See my post on the collection here.  For a swatch, there’s a picture near the bottom of this post.

Fresh Supernova Mascara – USD$25

fresh supernova mascara

I received a sample of this in a Fresh gift set and I gotta say I’m really pleasantly surprised by it! It gives a really nice curl to the lashes and just makes them look great overall.  I find the formula to be wet, which I like.  The brush is kind of rectangle shaped with slight curves.  This might be my favourite higher-end mascara to date!

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights – USD$30/ CAD$36

smashbox soft fusion lights

This is an awesome muti-use product from Smashbox, that, admittedly, I had overlooked for about a year after buying it (in a gift set).  One day I pulled it out and haven’t put it back since.  I apply this all over the face as a setting powder to add some sheen (not glitter) and have a dewey-er complexion which works great for summer.  More than that, I use it for eyeshadow.  The colours aren’t super pigmented, but I like that because it makes for a nice neutral eye look.  I’ve been using the lighter white and pink colours all over the lid, with the darker brown colours in the crease.  I especially love the orange-brown colour.  I usually pair that look with a orange coral lip colour, which brings me to…

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruiti – $7.99

I gotta say, after I purchased this back a few months ago, I had a bit of buyer’s remorse.  I got it on sale for $3.99, but still after trying it at home I had no plans of ever wearing it out of the house.  Enter Summer 2013 with the huge orange trends and I just can’t get this off my lips!  I rarely choose the same lippy two days in a row but I have used this one more than any of my other ones in ages.  If you don’t know how to embrace the orange trend, I’d totally recommend this as a starting point.  The colour is semi-sheer, but it definitely shows up on the lips without fail!  Depending on your natural lip colour, this could look a bit more red or more orange.  On me I’d say it comes out more orange-coral.  Love!!!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Kajal eyeliner in Light Blue – $7

rimmel scandaleyes

I love this for the waterline.  Some might think that it looks a bit unnatural, but since I’m a fan over having white on the waterline, opting for blue in the summer months is a bit of a no-brainer for me.  I bought this in lieu of the Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Barrow Street, which is a light seafoam green.  I find Light Blue is very similar but a blue version (obviously).  I still want the Nars one, but at more than $25 a pop, I think I’ll stick to Rimmel for now.

Sephora Collection Matte Primer – USD$15/CAD$20

I’ve been using a sample for about a month now, and I think I prefer it to my Tarte and Smashbox ones.  Silicone is supposed to make dry skin even drier so I like this one for a slightly more moisturizing alternative.  I might consider buying the full size of this once I’m done all my primer samples.

Real Techniques Core Collection – $19.99real techniques

I love the whole collection, but my two favourites are the buffing brush for applying foundation or cream blush and the pointed foundation brush, which I use for under eye concealer.  After hearing much hype about these guys, I was thrillllled to hear that we would be getting them at Walmart in Canada.  I gotta say, the hype is justified because these are great brushes.  It’s actually the first time I’ve ever applied foundation or concealer with a brush (before I was using a damp sponge, which I still like).  I don’t think the buffing brush is sold separately, but I’ve heard great things about the expert face brush which might be my next brush-buy!

I would love to hear your June favourites!

To make the cropped images in this post, I followed an awesome tutorial from here.

(Late) July & August Favourites – Beauty

Beauty products I’ve been using & loving all month(s)!

Mary Kay concealer, Rimmel foundation, Smashbox eyeliner & highligher, MAC blush, Essence eyeshadow

Face I picked up a new foundation by Rimmel when I was in the US at the beginning of last month and I’ve worn it almost every day since. In the bottle, the colour looks so beige that it’s almost grey, but still is a good match for my skin.  I got a shade darker than I usually would have picked up just in case my skin would darker over the course of the summer.  The foundation has a decent coverage, that is buildable.    Lately, I’ve been blending it with the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream to cancel out the beige in it.  I’d just like to point out that I don’t find it diminishes the look of pores, at all, at least on me. Continuing on with face makeup, a month or two ago I picked up a L’Oreal setting powder/foundation at the drugstore and I’ve been using it with my Rimmel Stay Matte powder (in 001) to set my foundation.

I also rediscovered a new concealer that I used years ago by Mary Kay.  This concealer is amazing, maybe the best I’ve used.  I’ve been using the shade Ivory but I think it might be a tad too yellow for my skin, so I’ll go a shade darker next time.  The upside to having a yellow concealer, though, is that it cancels out redness and brightens at the same time.

In terms of eye makeup, something I absolutely love is the Essence Colour & Shine eyeshadow in the colour Milky Way.  This shadow is has a very similar texture to MAC’s mineralize eyeshadows; they can be used dry or wet, though I find the pigmentation is bright even when used dry.  I use this shadow for my inner corners to brighten the eyes and along the lower lash line and I’ve often been using it alone on my lids.

A product I’ve used every day is my Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in the colour Midnight Black and I deem this eyeliner rollercoaster and beach proof.  Typically when I’m out and about while wearing eyeliner, if it’s a windy day outside my eyeliner will be completely smudged or gone from my face but this gel eyeliner solves that problem completely!  Only downside is it is very expensive and you can find other cheaper alternatives at the drugstore. I’ve been using tons of blues and greens in my eye makeup lately, especially the ones in the Cargo Los Angeles palette.  And I’ve been pairing those with the Essence Milky Way shadow or with a gold like in MAC’s Sweet and Sour mineralize eyeshadow duo.

Cargo Color Pallete in “Los Angeles”

MAC mineralize eyeshadow duo in “Sweet & Sour.” CAD$24 @ MAC

My blush and highlighter favourites are MAC’s Lovecloud (from the Tres Cheek collection) and Smashbox’s color wheel.  I’ve worn the blush every single day this month and I use the highlighter, which isn’t too glowy or pigmented but still has a nice sheen, whenever I don’t wear shimmery eyeshadow because I find the two over powdering together.

I can’t forget to mention my absolute favourite and most used product this month which is a lipgloss from Bath and Body Works.  The Cinnamint  Mentha Lip Shine is one of the best mint-flavoured, all all-around best lipglosses, I’ve used.  I’m someone who loves mentha lip products and this one smells and tastes amazing and makes my lips feel fantastic, so much so that I’ve used up almost the whole tube. It is absolutely worth the $7.50 regular price, though I got it in one of the 2 for $5 sales a month ago and now can’t find it anywhere. *sadface*  Edit: I recently found them again at my local B&BW! 

Lastly, I’ll mention a hair favourite.  I’ve been using a sample of Lush’s R&B cream for over a month now and I definitely can say it’s one of my favourite hair products ever.  The R&B cream is a leave in moisturizer/conditioner that you can put in your hair wet or dry.  It has the most unusual scent I’ve ever smelled (turns out it’s avocado) which hated at first and love now.  I really think it makes my hair feel much cleaner and it looks way better after a longer amount of time. The smallest amount goes a long way and the only downside for me is the price as it costs around $20 for a 3.5oz container. I definitely suggest getting a sample before buying the full size if you’re in the market for a new leave-in conditioner!

June Faves – Updated

My favourite & most-used products from the month of June : ]

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream – $8.99 at Walmart

I already wrote a blog post on this product so I won’t go too in-depth here.  But I loveeee this BB cream! Perfect for summer.

Brush Kit from Sparesource (sparesource.ca) – $9.99 at Walmart

A decent, cheap brush kit that I found at Walmart.  There are a few different kinds of kits, there one I got is the Pro-Series On-the-Go Face Essentials one, there is also one for eye essentials.  Mine came with a full-face, multi-use powder blush, which I use to apply a translucent powder after foundation or blush; a foundation brush (which I don’t use) that can be used to apply a liquid or cream foundation; an angled eyeshadow brush (self explanatory);  a crease blender brush, great for getting eyeshadow blended in the crease; and a liner/brow definer, which I use for gel eyeliner.

Skull Scarf – part of a 5 for $10 deal at Ardène (reg. $9.99 I believe)

Got this because it reminded me of the ever so popular Alexander McQueen scarf with a similar pattern.  It’s a pretty big scarf, which I like because it doubles as a scarf and a superhero cape (kidding).  The one shown on the Ardène website isn’t exactly like the one I got, as mine has bigger skulls all over and a border around them.

Iron Fist pink zombie flats – $19.99 at Dtox (regular price is $40)

I bought these a few months ago in April but have only been wearing them recently after having broken them in.  Considering I’m not much of a flats wearing girl, I quite like how these wear.  They hurt like most flats do when you first wear them but now that they’ve been worn in a bit I wear them almost every time I go out which is a nice change from my usual Converse shoes.

L’Oreal Paris 24 hour Infallible eyeshadow in 888 Iced Latte – on sale for $5.99 at Jean Coutu (regular price is around $11)

I’m a big fan of shimmery, sheen-like eyeshadows so this one is right up my alley.  Out of all the colours in the collection, this was probably my favourite because it’s a bright colour, goes with every thing and looks great for a summery look.  I love the packaging of the product too; it’s really compact, something that I’ve been throwing in my makeup bag on a daily basis.

L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in “Iced Latte”