June Favorites

June Faves

June Faves


Since we are halfway(!) through the year, I thought now would be a good time to reflect on some of the makeup products and tools that I have been getting some good, hard use out of in the past month. I think it’s only proper to give a shout out to the things that have been helping me be the most fierce lately.

Inglot YSM Foundation: I know I just picked this up on my recent trip to Ireland but I can already tell you it’s going to be my favorite foundation. I can’t lie, I don’t think I had a favorite foundation before this…but I do now and I see myself repurchasing it for quite some time. Love the finish, love the lasting power, love the coverage. Love it!

NYX Push-Up Bra for Eyebrows: Silly Name. Awesome Product. I find most brow pencils to be either too hard or too soft. But I’m telling you Goldilocks would use this pencil because it’s Just Right. It also doesn’t have too much red in it, which is another problem with brown brow pencils. The highlighter end, like I said before, is a dupe for Benefit High Beam which is a product I’ve used and loved for a long time.

Cream Products for Face: There are so many cream products that I’ve been using for my face that it was hard for me to pick a specific one. I love using cream blushes/bronzers/highlighters during the Summer for that fresh Summer Glow! They are especially awesome when you have a bit of a tan. Some specific ones to mention are Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan and the ELF All Over Color Sticks.

Makeup Setting Sprays: I live in Texas. It’s hot. I sweat. A lot. Not a good combination of factors for lasting makeup. Setting Sprays to the rescue. A mist from one of these bad boys give my makeup at least a fighting chance in the Texas Heat. I’ve been using ELF Makeup Mist & Set, Urban Decay All-Nighter, and NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

Dishonorable Mention: ELF Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen. I Love ELF. 9 times out of 10 their products are ah-mazing and perform as good if not better than their high end counter-part. And for a mere fraction of the price. This let me down. It looked like a dupe for the Too Faced 3 Way Eyeliner Pen, which I have and love. The Too Faced is $22 while the ELF Pen is $2. I’m sold! I should have known we were in trouble when the tip of the pen was hard….like scratch my eye hard. How can a felt tip pen be so hard?, I asked. But for only $2, I perservered. It applied ok, other than the hardness, but after I finished my whole face, I noticed that the inner corner of my upper lash line was creeping. Creeping up. Creeping to where eyeliner need not be. My eyes were not watery either. So I did an experiement where I put a swatch on my hand and let it sit. Then I wet my finger and rubbed across it. NOT. WATERPROOF. Sadly, that was the end for ELF’s poor little Waterproof Eyeliner Pen and he will now live out his days in the trash bin.

When Ulta and Sephora Happen

All I really have to say is Guilty. I’m so Guilty! I have absolutely no business buying new beauty products but the Shopping Gods called….and (un)fortunately, I answered! I did end up picking up some things that I had been eyeballing/hearing good stuff about. I picked up Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Uzi, NYX Push Up Bra for Eyebrows and NYX Love in Florence Eyeshadow Pallet in Ciao Bella.

Ulta/Sephora Goodies

Ulta/Sephora Goodies

The Blush: This stuff is legit. I’ve heard nothing but raves about it and it seriously lives up to the hype! I tend to touch my face a lot (a bad habit, I know), and this stuff stayed put for real! The color is a perfect matte, nude that I think would be flattering on a lot of people. $26 is a bit much to spend on a blush but I didn’t need a lot and it stayed all day so I’ll definitely be buying more colors.

The Eyeliner: I’m obsessed with the color of this! Grey eyeliners are my go to for summer and this is a great one to add to my collection. It has a metallic finish that really looks like gun metal on the eye. On the eyelid, it performed splendidly but it didn’t stay on my waterline as long as I had hoped. Still on the hunt for that perfect stay put eyeliner that won’t creep down into my ‘laugh lines’. The color is amazing though, like I said.

The Brow Product: This little nugget is a two in one brow pencil/highlight. The highlight end is exactly like Benefit’s Eye Bright and the brow end is a real great ‘universal’ brow pencil. I’m always skeptical of ‘universal’ products but this particular color works for my brows. With a light hand, it’s not too dark and not red at all. I don’t think this would work for people with hair much lighter than mine. The pencil is not too soft or waxy and applies the color to your brows in a way that looks very natural, not ‘drawn’. (If that makes any sense) Given that the Eye Bright alone is $20, you can go and get this nugget for only $9.99 and have the brightener AND a great eye pencil all in one! I say, DEAL!

The Shadow Palette: I’ve been drawn to this palette ever since I spotted it online. I’ve even picked it up in the store and put it back down several times because my rational mind was going: “You DON’T need anymore eye palettes!” Well NYX items were buy one and get one 50% off. I knew I wanted the Push Up Bra (hehe) but couldn’t find anything else I wanted so I went ahead and caved. NYX Eyeshadows are hit and miss, in my opinion. Some perform beautifully, while some tend to be un-pigmented and chalky. When I swatched them on my hand without primer, the coral and satin grey weren’t very pigmented. I applied them to the eyes with some primer and the coral ended up being beautiful but I still couldn’t get anything out of the grey. The ‘highlight’ color and smokey color are excellent and the super shimmery grey is a fun way to add some glam to a look. Overall, I’m happy that I got it. I feel like I’m going to be able to get a lot of different looks out of this little palette.

New Haul Face

New Haul Face

So there’s a little review of the little (unnecessary) nuggets that I picked up…and of COURSE I had to use them ALL in a look. They actually all paired quite nicely together.

Ciao Bella Eyes

Ciao Bella Eyes