Monthly Favorites June 2014
I have my June Monthly Favorites for you today, and there are some really great products in this bunch. For those of you who are new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that I reached for over and over or particularly stood out to me throughout the month. I’ve been having a lot of fun with color throughout the month of June, and I’ve also been experimenting with new products. A couple of old favorites caught my attention as well. So let’s get started.
Inglot Freedom System Palette
I have really been loving my Inglot palette all throughout June. I’ve been meaning to do a full review for months now, and I will get to it soon. In the meantime, though, I just want to say that the Inglot shadows are fantastic. They are extremely pigmented and easy to apply. For those unfamiliar with Inglot, this is a Freedom System palette, meaning that I bought the empty palette and then filled it with any shadows I wanted. The shadows are huge, and come in hundreds of shades in a variety of finishes. I chose greens, oranges, pinks and gold with a few neutrals to anchor the palette. There are so many different looks that I can get out of these shadows from extremely bold and colorful, to a neutral day look. I love it, and will be reviewing and (more importantly) swatching soon.
Coastal Scents 4 Piece Interchangeable Palette
Another build-your-own palette that I have been loving this month is the Coastal Scents 4 Piece Interchangeable Palette. I was looking for new brow powder, and my favorite shade to fill in my brows was in the Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette, but I used it up. I’ve made do with other shadows, but they weren’t exactly what I was looking for, so I went searching for some Coastal Scents Hot Pots. They do sell a 4-pan magnetic palette designed for brows with the same shades as my top two shadows (Light Taupe- “A deep, exotic taupe hue with a matte finish“, and Timeless Taupe- “An antique brownish-grey hue with a matte finish”), but I didn’t like the other two shades involved. Instead, I chose Gypsy Green- “An opaque wash of verdant beauty with a slight satiny finish” and Cherry Moss- “A reddish-brown hue with green iridescent shimmer” to top off the foursome. I am enjoying all four shades, but especially the brow colors. Coastal Scents Hot Pots are a pretty decent size, and I have always had good luck with them.
Derma MD Copper Co-Q10 Moisturizer
I have already reviewed all of the Derma MD products that I was sent and mentioned that the Copper Co-Q10 Moisturizer was my favorite. Click this link to read the full review of you missed it, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway. I am positive that this product above all the others has helped reduce my redness so much. I love the moisturizer because it is not greasy or oily in the slightest, but delivers a ton of hydration that stays put for hours and hours. It is extremely lightweight and absorbs into the skin so that you don’t even notice it. I think that it would be appropriate for all skin types, oily or dry. It is a great product. There is a coupon code toward the bottom of my review for 50% off, if you are interested.
NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee
I received the NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee from Ipsy in my June Glam Bag. I did not expect to like it because the color is very light for me. It is lighter than my natural lip color and nudes my lips out, which is just a bad look on me. But I love the formula of these Butter Glosses. They are so comfortable on the lips, and the moisture sticks around for a long time. What I’ve been doing with Crème Brulee, is layering it over some of my darker brown lipsticks to lighten them up for the summer. The result is more on the rich, pinky-brown side, much more appropriate for this time of year.
NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee
Here is a swatch of NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee by itself. It is a very pretty color, just not my bag. But if you like natural pink-toned nudes, Crème Brulee is a great option for you. The formula is fantastic, even if you are not usually a gloss lover. It layers beautifully, and has made some very interesting shades when paired with other lip colors. I’m liking it a lot.
Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer
I have to tell you about the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer. It is extremely similar to the Sigma F-80, but it is only $6.95 as opposed to $24. Per Coastal Scents: “The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is perfect for buffing in foundation, blending in powders, and applying bronzer. The durable, dense bristles offer great control and a full coverage application.” I will definitely have a full review coming on this brush, but let me just say that I have been using it all month and my foundation has looked fantastic. Love it!
Nivea Lip Butter
I decided to give the Nivea Lip Butter a try again, mostly because of how much I loved the taste and smell of Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss. The scent is warm vanilla bean with rich nuttiness that is just heavenly. I am still not a fan of the tin packaging, and the formula has a lot more slip that I prefer, but the Nivea Lip Butters are very moisturizing, and make my lips feel good. I can’t use it all the time, but every now and again, I want to go through a tin of Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss because that flavor and smell make it all worthwhile. Yum.
Orange and Coral lips
Finally, I’ve been busting out my orange and coral lip products. Summer time is when I love bright lip shades, and there is something about orange and coral lips that makes me so happy. My favorites are Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous, Maybelline Color Whisper in I Crave Coral, and Rose Rush from the Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed collection. I have reviewed all of these products in the past, so go ahead and search for them using the search box on the right for more information on the individual formulas. The Revlon Balm Stain is definitely more on the orange side of the fence, where the Color Whisper is an orange-toned coral shade. Rose Rush is a pink-toned coral. Here are some swatches.
(L-R) Rendezvous, I Crave Coral, Rose Rush
From left to right: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous, Maybelline Color Whisper in I Crave Coral, and Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed in Rose Rush. Rendezvous is also the more opaque of the bunch, while Rose Rush is on the sheer side giving just a hint of that coral color, noticeable but still subtle.
That’s it for my June favorites. I hope that you saw something that you liked. I am happy that July has arrived because it is Birthday month! Yes, I like to celebrate all month long. :) We have some nice dinners planned, and I know that I’ll be doing a little bit of shopping. I’ve been very good so far this year, so it’s time for a little splurge. Things are still stressful and up in the air as far as moving plans, but I am feeling better about the situation and am doing well. I’m looking forward to what life brings me in July. What were your favorite products from the month of June? Let me know in the comments below.