july favorites


MAC Mineralized Skin Finish (MSF) in Medium Dark
This has completely replaced my Laura Mercier translucent powder for setting my foundation every day. This provides a slight hint of color, which help match my face to the rest of my body since I'm a little more tan now. My favorite brush to use is the Crown Brush C405, perfect for applying this MAC MSF.

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Duo
This is one of my favorite ELF products, but I forget how much I like it until I start using it again. I like this bronzer for the summer because it’s one of my darker ones, that I can only get away with when I have a tan. This duo is a close dupe for the NARS “laguna/orgasm” blush and bronzer duo, except this only retails for $3 at Target.

NARS Orgasm Blush
Speaking of NARS, I only have one their blushes, and it’s their best-seller, Orgasm. One of my favorite summer-time blushes. It looks pretty intense in the pan, but it goes on as a subtle coral-pink with a hint of golden shimmer. I’ve been reaching for it everyday these past few weeks.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlight
I definitely don’t use highlighter on my cheekbones everyday, but when I do it’s always this one by The Balm. I got mine for half off on a Hautelook sale. Many times I’m turned off by highlighters because they are too white, or just way too “sparkly.” This one has a natural finish with some shimmer. My favorite brush for applying is the ELF fan brush.


Tease from the Naked 2 Palette
It isn’t often that I prefer a matte eye shadow over one with shimmer. This one, “tease”, is in the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I probably wear this on my crease 6 days out of 7. You can apply it lightly for an everyday look, or build up the color for a more dramatic smokey eye. My favorite shadow out of both of the Naked Palettes. I like applying it with the Sigma E25 Blending brush.

Maybelline MasterDrama Eyeliner
I’m usually biased to the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil, but decided to give this Maybelline eyeliner in Midnight Master a chance after hearing good reviews. It’s a very opaque midnight black, long-lasting, doesn't need sharpening, and is inexpensive.


Tarte Maracuja Oil Lip gloss in Peaceful
I received this gloss in a Tarte set. I put it to the side for a couple of months because I couldn’t figure out, for the life of me, how to get the product to actually come out. After seeing it in a magazine as a favorite, I busted it out and didn’t stop clicking the tube until I  finally saw some product come through the brush. I’m still not sure why it’s so difficult, (I’m sure it’s user error!) but it’s been one of my favorite lip glosses this month nonetheless. It’s not sticky, and is a perfect sheer pink for summer.


Clarisonic Mia
I finally got a Clarisonic! (Thanks mom!) And like the rest of the world, I love it! After getting off of Accutane in 2009, my skin has been near-perfect (minus the scars). But recently I’ve noticed more frequent breakouts around my chin. It’s not enough of a problem to go back on Accutane, and quite honestly I would dread doing that. And since topical gels never did anything for me, I’m hoping the Clarisonic can help prevent any breakouts in my problem areas. We’ll see, but so far so good. My favorite gentle face wash to use with it is the Neutrogena Naturals face wash.

What have you been loving in July? 


  1. 'Orgasm blush' is a funny name for a blush really ^^... my friend uses it though, and she loves it too c:

    xo, L
    PS: Be sure to check out my latest post :3

  2. I absolutely love your blog! Mine is http://www.vanessatiffanie.blogspot.com . Maybe in the future we can collaborate?(:


  3. Erin Gauthier8/03/2012

    So I've started using a whole bunch of new products lately, thanks to your blog lol. I'm now using the tresemme heat protectant and I love it! It's very light and doesn't weigh my hair down. I recently tried a new body wash that's awesome...Tone detox white clay and pink jasmine. This stuff smells awesome! The only reason I chose this was because it had vitamin E in it and is $4 at Walgreens. It leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. But my most favorite product I just bought is Maybelline Faslies blackest black mascara. I was using Mary Kay and felt like it wasn't doing anything. The falsies mascara dries fast and doesn't flake, which is what I need when I'm working 12hrs! And it gives me noticeably extra length! It's def a must try! A few other things I've really been liking is Crest 3D whitening mouth wash (it doesn't burn!), Boire blackhead strips and witch hazel. Love everything! Sorry for the long post lol

  4. Anonymous8/03/2012

    N Naturals is all the rage for the ladies in my family.

  5. Orgasm blush... omg. Too funny. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo


  6. You have wonderful taste in makeup and I love your photos :)



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