Hey everyone, I am back. Last week kind of got away from me, so consequently I wasn’t able to post at all. You know how it is sometimes. Thanks for your patience. But now I am here with my Monthly Favorites and Fails for August. (How is it September already? Good Lord, time is flying by!) Late Summer is when I embrace my inner golden goddess and go for looks that lean heavily toward orange, gold, and bronze shades. I am usually not a huge fan of highlighters, but this is the time of year when I give in to illumination and get all glowy. So, let’s take a look at my August favorites.
My first favorite is actually one that I don’t have to photograph. This is the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. I got a couple of samples from Sephora and I have been using them up throughout the month. I have heard a lot of good things about this foundation on Youtube, and I think it lives up to the hype. I have really enjoyed the two samples that I received. Born This Way has a lightweight, skin-like feel. t feels like you aren’t wearing anything. It builds to medium coverage, enough to hide my rosacea redness. I am not one who usually buys higher end foundations because I think that there are several really good ones in the drugstore. But, if you don’t mind shelling out the extra dollars, Born This Way is a very good option.
I have really been enjoying the e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette. I have a full review coming for this product, so stay tuned for swatches and more details. There is a good collection of shades in this palette that make it quite useful. I like that the highlight shade is subtle and that there are both warm and cool shades. When I purchased the palette online, I was initially concerned that the contour shade might be too dark, but it is much lighter than I thought that it would be, and a great shade for me. I definitely think that the palette is worth picking up.
My absolute favorite product of the month has been my Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo in Tangerine Tease. OMG you guys, this is so gorgeous! I picked up this blush for my birthday and have been loving it ever since. I promised KK that I would review the two MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duos that I purchased, so a full review and swatches are on the way, but in the meantime I am just going to gush about how beautiful Tangerine Tease is. It is just so glowy! Tangerine Tease is this fiery orange unicorn kiss of illuminated loveliness. (I know, I know- words, I haz them.) But seriously, the first time I wore Tangerine Tease I could not stop looking at my face. It is pure gorgeousness. I will try to get the review up soon so that you can see swatches.
In my June favorites I mentioned the Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer’s Dream, and for August I have been reaching for Dancing Til Dusk. These Sleek Eye & Cheek Palettes are really nice. I have a haul post featuring swatches of the new Sleek Eye & Cheek Palettes. Be sure to check it out to see how the shades swatch for the three Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette that I purchased. Dancing Til Dusk has been exactly what I have been wanting to compliment my fiery Tangerine Tease cheeks. It is a generally neutral palette, but that burnt coral blush makes a fantastic eye shadow shade up pump up an otherwise neutral eye look. I think Sleek is under-appreciated here in the States. Shipping is not that bad, and Sleek offers free shipping to the US (with a min. purchase) several times a year. If you get a chance, you should definitely explore what Sleek has too offer.
I am still loving Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, and am on my second tube. In a row. That says a lot about how good it is. Long fluttery lashes with no clumps is my preferred look, and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara gives me what I need. I have no issues with flaking or smudging. Everyone has different needs and preferences with mascara, but I think it’s a great formula for me. Maybelline has become my favorite drugstore brand for mascara, and Lash Sensational is a winner.
And my final Favorite for August is Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Honey. You all know by now how much I love Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments. They are one of my favorite lip products on the market, and the only complaint I have for them is their ridiculous price. This mini of Honey came in a holiday set. It is a sheer warm nude, the perfect shade to accompany my golden/bronze looks throughout the month. The formula is wonderfully moisturizing and truly lovely. Be sure to keep an eye out for any value sets Fresh may be releasing for the upcoming Holiday season, because these Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments are totally worth it.
That does it for my favorites, now onto this month’s Fails. Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results. So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product. It just means that it did not work for me.
The biggest disappointment of the month was the new Stila Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector. I wanted to like this product so much, but it was an utter fail for me. The Putty Perfector is part of the new Fall 2015 collection from Stila, and it is a hybrid skin perfector that’s a traditional pressed powder and a cream foundation. It’s a very unique product, which is why I had to try it. Here is the blurb from Sephora: “Stila’s Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector offers the best of a traditional pressed powder and a cream foundation in one. This weightless, invisible formula features natural-looking coverage while it smoothes the look of skin, blurs imperfections, and can be worn alone, layered on top of foundation, or used for touch-ups on the go. Smudgeproof and waterproof, this foundation is long-lasting and ensures complexion perfection from morning to midnight.” I had seen reviews that it could be used on all skin types, but that is false. It clung to the dry patches on my skin, making them look flaky and gross. I also think that I had a mild allergic reaction because both times that I used the Putty Perfector my skin got really itchy and I broke out. I have seen some rave reviews on the Perfectly Poreless Putty Perfector but for me, Stila failed with this one. So sad. I was really bummed by this one.
That is all for my August Favorites and Fails. I hope you saw something that you might want to check out for yourself. If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know what you thought of them in the comments below. It still feels very much like Summer to me with our triple digit heat wave last week, but I am anxious to usher in the Fall. Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons, and I can not wait for the temperature to ease up a little. I will miss seeing the leaves change color this year, now that I am in So Cal where our trees are pretty steady. Still, it is just around the corner and I am ready to welcome Fall in with open arms. How about you?