Sunday, August 4, 2013

July Favorites

I don't typically do monthly favorites just because I don't rotate out products as much as many other youtube or beauty bloggers do. But if you have read any of my previous travel/ packing blogs, you know that I have packed some variety of products to use too. So I figured, since these were different from a lot of my usual products...I could just show you which ones I opted to use the most this month.  (I'd also like to mention that having less products has been extremely relaxing because I don't feel so stressed out that I have so much to use up!) Without further comment, here are my July Most Used Products.

 Eyes Products:
Shadow: I have opted for this little trio from 
LA Colors (it's in the shade Nude) and love it.  Obviously I have
hit pan on two of the shadows.  I find this versatile and just very easy to use in 
very busy mornings.  This is also a really great basic trio where 
you can just add on shimmery or glittery shadows to bring it to an evening/ dramatic look. 
Look at those dents!

Liner: I have gone back to my gel liner roots! (and now expanded to liquid!)
I love this gel liner from ELF and believe it'll be one of those
that I'll always fall back to. The coffee color is great because it's still not as dark as black, but dark enough to line.  The liquid liner is something I've gotten into,
I've never previously been a fan but it's awesome to make a dramatic eye.
The shade Midnight is also nice because it's a dark navy.

Primer/Base: Of course, If you have been following my blog for a while,
you will know that I am in LOVE with my NYX eyeshadow base in
Skintone.  This small pot has lasted me for over a year and it still is running strong.  It does not
crease on me and I just find it makes my eyeshadows stay SO long.

Mascara: Benefit Badgal mascara is such an oldie but a goodie.
This was my first mascara (not same tube...this is a new one) that I got and was introduced to.
I find this one gives me dark but long lashes.  I keep coming back to this mascara!

Concealer: I have been loving my ELF Studio Line Under Eye Concealer and Highlighter due.
Ok scratch that, I love the concealer part of the due, I dislike
the Highlighter portion of it.  I have a whole review up on this product, so check it
out to find out why I like it so much!

Blush: Yep, I'm still working through my Rimmel London Blush.  
This is a great dupe for Benefit's Dandelion, the only downside is that I no longer see this
at my drugstores.  (womp womp womb) I like that I can be a bit heavy handed 
with this blush, and still not turn out looking like a clown. 
It's also great because it leave a slight sheen on the cheeks so you don't really need a 

Bronzer: At home I use the Physicians Formula Bronze Booster, but that thing
is SO clunky.  So I opted to take along a sample of Hoola bronzer
from Benefit.  I like this bronzer, but haven't quite fallen in love with it. 

Finishing Powder: If you keep up with my previous "trying to finish out 
products" you'll know that I've been working on a different product, but I didn't want
to possibly risk smashing my powder in flight, so I opted to take the NYC Smooth Mineral Loose Finishing Powder in Natural Veil.  I'm not a huge fan of loose powders
because they cause a huge mess.  But this summer I've been using the heck out of it!

Body/ Skincare:

St. Ive Apricot Scrub: Oh my gosh, I forgot how much I actually love this product.
After finishing out my large bottle, and vowing to not buy another face wash until my big bottles were done, I almost forgot about how great this makes my skin feel.  I think I'll have to break my ban and purchase this again. 

bebebeauty Face Experts: I picked this up here in Poland as a makeup remover and I love it.  
It's best explained as a milky, makeup remover lotion.  I had a different brand 
but same product a long time ago and loved it.  This doesn't sting my eyes
and takes off EVERY bit of makeup.  

Nivea anti-perspirant Stress Protect: The USA doesn't mass market this product, but in some Polish
markets you can get your hands on this. At first I was skeptical because it's liquidy and I just
couldn't believe that if I had to use heavier duty stick deodorants back home,  this would work.  
Needless to say...I think I'll be picking up a few extra of these to take home!

Vitamin C Tablets: SO many people have been sick and even after going to 
the doctor and getting meds, they still can't shake their colds, so these tablets have been a staple
for me.  I pop one of these a day into a bottle of water, and just drink. It
tastes like lemonade too!


  1. I don't rotate products enough to do monthly favorites either, but I like reading other bloggers' recommendations.

    You liked the ELF liner? At first I liked it, but then it dried and cracked on me. Cute color and packaging, but terrible quality.

    I want to try the NYX primer you have though. NYX normally has good quality.

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    1. The ELF liner dries out so fast, but I mix in a little face primer (I had a smashbox sample) and it came back to life! I think it turns out even better with a little primer because it becomes a little more gel-like.

      the NYX primer is awesome, I've had it for about 6 months and only halfway through it! It also happens to cover any blemishes or discoloration on my eyelids!

      Thanks for stopping by!