Thursday, August 2, 2012

July favorites!

My July favorites are all over the place. I've been loving being more minimalistic with my makeup, usually leaving the house for work with a light base, brows done, blush, mascara and a balm. What has happened to me? Well, in short, the heat. Minimum effort has been my motto, but I've embraced it!

I've been using my Nuxe 24H Moisturizing Body Lotion a lot on my legs. I love that it sinks in immediately and doesn't leave a greasy residue. I also love that it has an easy to use pump, and it smells amazing. The smell is quite strong though, so I'm not wearing this to work. But this is another Nuxe winner for me!

I've been using MAC's Cremeblend blush in Posey a lot this past month, simply because I find it lasts longer on my skin than powder products, and its peachyness warms up my complexion. It is incredibly easy to use (I use a stippling brush) and doesn't slip off like some of my MAC powder blushes.

Not too sure why but I've been really enjoying my face brushes! Those include the Quo Bronzing Powder Brush, the Real Techniques Powder brush, and the MAC 129 blush brush. They are all incredibly soft, easy to clean, and do not shed. Well, let's be fair, the 129 does shed a bit, but I can live with it since it applies blush beautifully!

I've also been using my Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector pretty much every day this month. Because my dark circles aren't extremely pronounced, this has been great at illuminating my under eye area, especially when I'm only wearing mascara. I've also been using my Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 4E as a quick base under a lighter eye shadow, and my Maybelline Eye-Studio Master Precise Pen Eyeliner for a quick cat eye flick. I'm especially impressed with the Maybelline Eyeliner Pen for its durability on the eye during hot and humid weather and how easy it is to use. I'm definitely not buying the MAC version again - I prefer the Maybelline version by far.

For a refresher and as a toner, I've been using the Caudalie Eau de Beauté pretty much every day. I don't want to give away too much because I will be posting a review on this shortly, but it has been very good to my skin!

And lastly, for lips, I've been using L'Oreal's Color Riche Balm in Pink Satin. While this isn't pigmented at all, it was quite moisturizing and gave a hint of shimmer on the lips, perfect for home/beach uses. Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Spicy Honey has been an often used quick option for when I'm stepping out the door and need a quick wash of color on my lips.

Ouuffff... that's a lot more favorites than I thought I had! What's been on heavy rotation for you this month?


  1. I bought one of the Almost Lipsticks recently and I'm surprised by how much I love it! I want to pick up another shade.

    1. They're almost all so sheer that they all look the same. Swatch them before! :)

  2. You have mentioned some of my favourite brands in this post (or most used): Nuxe, Caudalie (I love their Eau de Beaute), MUFE (so underrated imo) and Clarins (underrated as well). At the moment I use Nuxe Mousse Cleanser, Nuxe Lotion Tonique, Caudalie Eau de Beaute, Barrier Repair serum, Lierac face cream. For make up I think my favs this month are Lierac tinted moisturizer, MUFE HD primer, Clarins Coral Tulip lipstick, Guerlain Cherry Blossom, Nars Liberte blush, my Chikuhodo and Hakuhodo brushes.

    1. I agree with you. MUFE is absolutely underrated and so is Clarins. :)

      Ohh the Lierac tinted moisturizer sounds heavenly! And I've always wanted to try Hakuhodo brushes. What a great bunch of favorites you've named! :)