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Monthly Favorites for September 2015

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Monthly Favorites September 2015

Monthly Favorites September 2015

It is time for my Monthly Favorites post for September.  I don’t know what it is, but I really love Favorites posts.  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  I’ve been drawn to deep berry and gold shades all month long, and I’ve been trying to mix in some of my older products as well as trying new ones.  Lucky for me, September didn’t have any fails, so I am going to get right into my favorites.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

I’ve been trying a new primer in September, and my choice was the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer.  My favorite primer is still the Smashbox Photofinish, but I have been enjoying Primed & Poreless.  It makes my skin feel so smooth, and foundation lays very evenly over it.  It doesn’t fill in my pores as well as Smashbox Photofinish, but I like the way my makeup looks over Primed & Poreless.  It’s a good option.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

The foundation that I have been reaching for has been the new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation.  I don’t think that the skin bettering ingredients are enough to really make a difference in skin quality, but I like the formula of the foundation and they way it makes my skin look.  It has a light-weight formula that blends easily over the skin.  It builds to medium coverage that looks natural and healthy.  I don’t think that it would do a great job controlling oil, but it feels great on normal-dry skin.  I wouldn’t count on it for real anti-aging or skin improvement, but it has SPF 15 and is a good drugstore foundation.  Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation comes in 12 shades.

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

My go-to blush for September has been Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic.  Poetic is a warm, nude peach with a satin finish that looks good for any occasion.  I have raved about the Forever Blush formula before, so I won’t go into too much detail.  It applies smoothly, and the blushes have great pigmentation and staying power. You can read my full review to see swatches and get more details on the Forever Blushes.  Poetic is such a universally flattering shade, that I strongly recommend it.

Lorac Pro Palette 2

Lorac Pro Palette 2

I pulled out my Lorac Pro Pelette 2 during September and it was hard for me to want to use anything else.  For me, the Lorac Pro 2 has such a perfect mix of shades that I can easily come up with dozens of looks that are beautiful and distinct without having to think too much about it.  I love that, unlike the Naked palettes, there are plenty of matte shades as well as the shimmers for looks that have more complexity and that wear better on aging eyes.  The neutral everyday shades are appropriate for any situation, and the few colorful shades add some whimsy and set the Lorac Pro 2 apart from most other neutral palettes.  The mix of warm and cool tones makes the palette universally flattering and a good choice for anyone.  All the shades have great pigmentation and blend very well with each other without getting muddy.  I personally don’t need primer when I use LORAC shadows to get crease-free wear that lasts all day.  I can not recommend this palette enough, and it is one of my all-time favorite palettes. Feel free to read my full review of the Lorac Pro 2 for swatches.

Sleek Blush by 3 in Sugar

Sleek Blush by 3 in Sugar

When I wasn’t wearing Lorac Pro 2, I pulled out the Sleek Blush by 3 in Sugar and used that middle shade, Muscovado, for a golden berry eye look.  You guys, this shade!  It is amazing on the eyes.  Don’t get me wrong, I like wearing the three blushes in the Sugar palette in the Fall.  They are beautiful, extremely pigmented and long-wearing.  But using Muscovado as an eyeshadow was a stroke of brilliance.  I can’t get enough of the gorgeous rich berry shade with that lovely golden sheen.  It makes me so happy.

L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayon in Petite Plum

L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayon in Petite Plum

My final favorite of September is the L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayon in Petite Plum.  The Glossy Balms are really comfortable on the lips.  They glide on as smooth as silk, and leave lips feeling hydrated.  They are definitely more moisturizing and have more slip than the Revlon Balm Stains.  They feel more like the Maybelline Color Whispers on the lips, but even more hydrating than those.  They really do feel like lip balm, so much so that I forget that I’m wearing lip color.  Petite Plum is a brown based plum shade with a lot of pigmentation.  It’s a great lip color for Fall.

That is all for my September Favorites.  I hope you saw something that you might want to check out for yourself.  There were several oldies but goodies mixed in with the new.  If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know what you thought of them in the comments below.  I am so excited that October is here.  I will be celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary!  I have so many fun things planned and at the end of the month I will be at Walt Disney World for 10 days.  It is going to be a wonderful month and I can not wait for the adventure to begin.

14 Best of 2014

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Best of 2014

Best of 2014

It is time for my wrap up of the products that I liked best in 2014.  These are products that didn’t necessarily come out in 2014, but that I loved and used in 2014.  It’s basically my most favorite of all my favorite products for the year.  If you have been paying attention over the last year, all of these products should be familiar to you.  I have mentioned all of them in at least one “Favorites” post, though I do try not to be too repetitive in those posts as much as possible.  These are definitely the products that I have been reaching for throughout the year, so let me get started.

Derma MD Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer

Derma MD Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer

First up, let’s talk skincare.  In 2014 I discovered Derma MD when they sent me several products for review.  The product that I have loved most from the brand is the Derma MD Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer.  This is my third bottle, and I am sure that I will continue to use the Copper CoQ10 for a while.  It has helped reduce my redness so much, which is my number one skin concern.  I love the moisturizer because it is not greasy or oily in the slightest, but delivers a ton of hydration that lasts for hours.  It is extremely lightweight and absorbs into the skin so easily 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, and I recommend it to anyone.  Derma MD is often featured on sites like Hautelook and Rue La La to cut the cost by a significant amount.  I also have a 50% off promo code at dermamdskincare.com for my readers.  Enter code beautybudget at check out to receive the discount.

The Body Shop Honemania

The Body Shop Honeymania

Moving away from the face to the body is the Honeymania scent from The Body Shop.  I love this scent so much.  I have body butter, lip butter, and shower gel in Honeymania.  It smells like honey and wild flowers, and is just a gorgeous fresh scent.  I actually prefer the formula of the body butter more from The Body Shop than from Bath & Body Works.  It is less greasy and absorbs into the skin better.  Honestly though, I almost don’t care what product it is as long as it is in the Honeymania scent.  😉

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Moving on to tools, the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer is a dead-on dupe for the Sigma F80, but for a fraction of the cost.  This is my favorite style of brush for blending in foundation.  I have a review for all of the details about how the brush performs.  The bristles are soft and densely packed, making it a fantastic foundation brush because it feels comfortable on the skin and blends everything out easily and evenly.  The handle is shorter than most, so the brush fits much easier into makeup bags than similar brushes.  I have washed it countless times, and have had no issues with shedding or bleeding.  The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is very well made and a high quality brush.  If you are considering getting the F80 you should consider this one first.

Sigma E-36 Blending Brush

Sigma E36 Blending Brush

One brush from Sigma that is 100% worth the hype and the money is the Sigma E36 Blending Brush.  This brush is essential for me.  I have hooded lids that aren’t too big, and this brush fits in the cease perfectly.  I can lay down dark crease shades without them getting out of control and taking over my look.  The E36 is very thin and has long, slightly firm bristles.  The small fluffy brush is just perfect for precision blending and I use it all the time.  It may be too small for those with really large eyes, but it’s so perfect for me.

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation & Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation & Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

When it comes to face makeup, my foundation and powder are repeat favorites that I had from last year.  I am combining them and only counting them as one because it is the pair of products used together that is my true favorite.  I am talking about the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation and the Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder, both of which have me scraping the bottom to get the last bit.  The Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous is really great and unique because it works equally well for those with oily or dry skin.  Very few products truly are for all skin types, but this foundation really is.  CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is mattifying, without drying out your skin.  It has solid medium coverage, but is still lightweight and not cakey.  The best part is that it lasts all day long, even in the worst heat and humidity.  I definitely think that it is one of the best drugstore options for foundation.  Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder is such a good product that if you haven’t tried it yet, you absolutely must.  I love how light it is, and the soft focus effect it gives to my skin is lovely.  It blurs the imperfections and makes me look younger.  Revlon Nearly Naked is (for me) the absolute best powder in the drugstore and definitely one that I will repurchase.  It’s tough for me to use up products all the way because I have so much makeup to choose from.  It says a lot that both of these products are basically empty.  I highly recommend them both.

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

Hopefully you aren’t sick of me talking about the Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic, because it was definitely a major favorite for me this past year.  Poetic is a warm, nude peach with a satin finish that looks good for any occasion and on many different skin tones.  The Forever Blush formula is so great in general.  The blushes apply smoothly and evenly, and they have great pigmentation and staying power. You can read my full review to see swatches and get more details on the Forever Blushes.  Poetic is my favorite, though, because it is such a universally flattering shade.  I strongly recommend that you check it out.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

I haven’t mentioned the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve since the Spring, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been using it.  It is such a beautiful shade, and it wears really well.  Mauve has definitely become one of my favorite blushes, especially when I want to skip highlighter and use a blush with some shimmer.  It is sort of a plum toned rose-gold shade that is different than any other shade I have in my collection.  The shimmer particles are finely milled and do not look chunky or glittery.  It gives me a lovely sheen and looks great.  A little goes a really long way, so I’ll have this blush for a long time.  I really love it.

Lorac Pro Palette 2

Lorac Pro Palette 2

There is no way that I can talk about my favorite products of 2014 without mentioning the Lorac Pro Palette 2.  It is probably my favorite palette of all of the palettes that I own, which says a lot because I have so many of them.  For me, the Lorac Pro 2 has such a perfect mix of shades that I can easily come up with dozens of looks that are beautiful and distinct without having to think too much about it.  I love that, unlike the Naked palettes, there are plenty of matte shades as well as the shimmers for looks that have more complexity and that wear better on aging eyes.  The neutral everyday shades are appropriate for any situation, and the few colorful shades add some whimsy and set the Lorac Pro 2 apart from most other neutral palettes.  The mix of warm and cool tones makes the palette universally flattering and a good choice for anyone.  All the shades have great pigmentation and blend very well with each other without getting muddy.  I personally don’t need primer when I use LORAC shadows to get crease-free wear that lasts all day.  I can not recommend this palette enough.  Feel free to read my full review of the Lorac Pro 2 with swatches for more information on the palette.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow

In 2014 I discovered bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow and have been so impressed.  I don’t know why it took me so long to try bareMinerals, but I have really been enjoying the brand.  I first tried a mini bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in “The Epiphany” that I got in a kit over the Holidays last year.  I could not get enough of the creamy, silky formula.  I reach for that duo all the time.  Next, I purchased the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Soundrack” and that same buttery texture had me hooked.  The shadows feel so luxe and expensive on the skin- a real high quality experience.  My most recent bareMinerals purchase is the READY Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Happy Place” that was just delivered a week or so ago.  It is absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to play some more with it.  BareMinerals READY Eyeshadows are a little pricey, but they are worth it in my opinion.

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic

How many times have I talked about e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic this last year?  I have enjoyed the Smudge Pots in general, but Cruisin Chic is the number one “must-have” of the bunch.  The gel formula doesn’t crease, but also doesn’t dry out my lids.  It is lightweight and hardly noticeable.  It lasts all day long without fading.  And the best part is that the e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic is only $3 (e.l.f. recently raised their prices).  Be sure to check out my review of the Smudge Pots.  Cruisin Chic is gorgeous brown-based metallic taupe.  It is a great everyday option that looks so multidimensional that I can get away with wearing it all by itself, but it still looks like I put way more effort into the look.  It couldn’t be easier to apply with either a brush or your fingers.  I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t get it.  Trust me, you need this in your life.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment

Another products that should be no surprise to find in my Best of 2014 roundup are the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments.  Though I had tried them before this last year, I became obsessed with them in 2014.  I love the way that they make my lips feel.  The Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments are so hydrating and have a beautiful sheer wash of color that looks so natural and pretty.  My two favorite shades out of the line are Sugar Rose and Sugar Berry.  Sugar Rose is very sheer, but still gives my lips some life.  The look is almost like my lips have a fresh kiss blush that is quite attractive.  Sugar Berry is a plum-toned berry shade that has still has decent pigmentation, despite being a sheer balm.  It is what I wear when I want color on my lips, but still want my lips to look natural.  I have really fallen for the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment line.  They are definitely a splurge, but I really think that they are worth a go.

Nivea Kiss of... Lip Care

Nivea Kiss of… Lip Care

My other lip love of 2014 is much more affordable, but just as wonderful.  I am addicted to the Nivea Kiss of Milk and Honey and Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon lip balms.  I am a lip balm junkie, and I continue to try new lip balms when I get them in Ipsy bags or something like that, but I keep coming back to Nivea.  These balms are so extremely hydrating.  I have really dry lips, and am constantly re-applying my lip products.  The Nivea balms last longer than most, and the formula is lightweight and silky without being greasy or waxy.  They have no noticeable taste, and the pleasant scent is extremely subtle and only lasts during application.  They are fantastic, and I can’t live without them.

Born Pretty Store Water Decals

Born Pretty Store Water Decals

One of my favorite new discoveries from 2014 are the Water Decals that I’ve been getting from the Born Pretty Store.  I had never heard of water decals before Born Pretty contacted me.  There was a steep learning curve for figuring out how to use water decals, and the first two attempts were somewhat painstaking.  By my third try, however, I had my technique down and they were easy as pie.  I absolutely love how professional water decals make my nails look.  I don’t go to the salon to get manicures, and I have extremely limited talent when it comes to nail art.  Let’s be honest, I can barely paint my nails without making a mess.  But the water decals make my clumsy efforts look expertly executed.  They are basically a temporary tattoo for nails, and (once you get the hang of it) really easy to use.  I have gotten all of my water decals from the Born Pretty Store, so you can either type “water decals” in the search box or just click the Born Pretty category on the right hand side of the page for a closer look at the manicures that I have come up with using water decals.  They are really fun and my new favorite way to do nail art.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia fragrance

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia fragrance

Finally, my favorite fragrance has been Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia.  Oh my god, you guys, it smells so good!   Acqua di Gioia is a fresh, clean aquatic scent, with light citrus and floral notes.  It instantly transports me to a villa in the Mediterranean, and I can’t get enough of it.  The image in my head when I smell Acqua di Gioia is of clean blue water and fluffy white towels.  The name means “water of joy” and I can’t think of a better and more accurate name for the scent.  My husband also loves it and always compliments me when I wear it.  In fact, he liked it so much he picked up the men’s version for himself.  You have to smell Acqua di Gioia, if you haven’t already.  It is truly lovely.

And that completes my Best of 2014 post.  These posts are hard to do because I have used so many great products over the year.  I do think that I was able to round up the best of the best, so to speak.  These are the products that have gotten the most love over the year and that I would recommend the most to you.  I hope that you saw something that you like.  Let me know what your favorite products have been throughout 2014.  Are there items that I really need to try?  Tell me about them in the comments below.

Monthly Favorites: November and December 2014

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November and December Monthly Favorites 2014

November and December Monthly Favorites 2014

It’s the end of the month, which means that it is Monthly favorites time.  Today I have my monthly favorites for November and December.  I didn’t get the chance to do my favorites for November because I was driving cross-country for the move, so this time around you get my favorites for both months.  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  Since most of my makeup was packed away in a box (only two casualties in the move, and both were inexpensive products that will be easy to replace) I used pretty much the same products for most of November and December anyway, so it works out that I am combing the two months.  I have finally been able to unpack my makeup and can get some variety again, but for the move I relied on some old reliables that I knew I could depend on with a few new favorites thrown in.  So, let’s get into it.

Lorac Pro 2 palette

Lorac Pro 2 palette

First off, the one product that has been a super star for me over the last two months is the Lorac Pro 2 palette.  I love this palette.  It is seriously one of the smartest buys that I have made.  I can get so many different looks out of it for both everyday and special occasion.  The entire top row of shadows are matte shades and the bottom row are satins and shimmers for 16 shades total.  There are plenty of neutral shades, but there are also the Plum, Navy, and Jade shades for a pop of color.  I think that it is so versatile.  They are a great range of shades from light to dark and with both cool and warm tones to suit a variety of people.  The formula is great, and I have gotten so much use out of this palette over the last few months.  You can read my full review of the palette and see swatches by clicking this link.  I strongly recommend taking a look at the Lorac Pro 2, if you haven’t already.

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Timeless Taupe

Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Timeless Taupe

I don’t remember if I have mentioned the brow product that I’ve been using for the last several months, but I have been really been enjoying the Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Timeless Taupe.  My brows are practically non-existent, so I find that a powder gives me the fullest coverage while still looking the most natural.  I found Timeless Taupe over the summer, and it is a great match for my coloring.  It is a great neutral shade, neither too warm nor too gray.  Coastal Scents describes it as “An antique brownish-grey hue with a matte finish”.  Coastal Scents sells a 4 Piece Interchangeable Palette that you can plug any Hot Pots into, as well as a 4-pan magnetic palette designed specifically for brows that includes Timeless Taupe.  I have no issues with fading or smudging with the Coastal Scents Hot Pots, so I definitely recommend them, especially at under $2 each.  (Don’t forget, there is still time to take advantage of the 40% off sale at coastalscents.com, through 12/31.)

Gold Eyeliner

Gold Eyeliner

For a fun pop of color and some instant drama, I have been using a gold liner on my bottom lash line.  Gold goes with a variety of eye looks, and such a small thing adds so much whimsy to your look.  The liner that I’ve been using is Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in El Dorado.  I picked up one of the last ones that UD had on super sale well after they changed the formula, so El Dorado isn’t available anymore.  However, any bright metallic gold liner would work for the look.  I have been enjoying it for Holiday looks throughout December, but it would also be great for New Year’s Eve.

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic

On days that I have been rushed to run out the door, or days when I wanted low-key makeup to simply wake my face up a bit, I’ve still been reaching for my e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic.  It is such a simple “one and done” makeup product.  I don’t even need an eyeshadow brush.  I can simply apply it on the lid with my fingers and be done.  Cruisin’ Chic is a gorgeous metallic taupe shade with a ton of dimension and life, so I really can leave it to stand on it’s own.  The Smudge Pots are only $3 each, and e.l.f. is constantly running a sale, so there really is no reason not to pick Cruisin’ Chic up.  It’s worth it.

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

For blush, I needed something that would work well with pretty much any look from a barely there makeup day to Holiday makeup.  I chose Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic.  Poetic is a warm, nude peach with a satin finish that looks good for any occasion.  I have raved about the Forever Blush formula before, so I won’t go into too much detail.  It applies smoothly, and the blushes have great pigmentation and staying power. You can read my full review to see swatches and get more details on the Forever Blushes.  Poetic is such a universally flattering shade, that I strongly recommend it.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Sugar Berry

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Sugar Berry

On my lips I have been leaning toward reds and berries.  One product that I can’t get enough of right now is my Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Sugar Berry that I got in the Fresh Sugar Lip Legends Holiday Set.  For a reminder of what the set looked like and swatches of 7 of the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment line, refer back to this post.  Sugar Berry is a sheer, plum-toned berry shade.  The Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments feel so good on the lips and add so much moisture.  I love the formula and Sugar Berry is a beautiful color for this time of year.  I am a fan of the whole Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment line, and though it is a splurge, I recommend that you treat yourself.

Red Lips

Red Lips

Finally, what would the Holiday Season be without a red lip, right?  My favorite red lip these days is achieved with Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout.  It is a gorgeous Christmas red that is opaque and very pigmented.  I was a little wary of the Matte Balms at first because I have dry lips, but the formula is comfortable on the lips and doesn’t accentuate dryness or lines like other matte lips products can do.  Standout has great staying power, and is just a really beautiful red lip.  When I want a little shine, I have been reaching for the NYX Butter Gloss in Red Velvet.  It does not have the staying power that Standout has, so you will need to re-apply throughout the night, but Red Velvet gives you an absolutely stunning red lip.  I personally have not had any issues with the the shade feathering or transferring to my teeth, but I have worn it with a lip liner, and that usually keeps those types of issues at bay.  I recommend both products for lovely bold red lips.

Swatches

Swatches

And here is a swatch of the color cosmetics, minus El Dorado because it’s not available.  The top row from left to right is Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Timeless Taupe, e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic, and Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic.  The bottom row from left to right is Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Sugar Berry, Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout, and NYX Butter Gloss in Red Velvet.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for 2014 to be over and for 2015 to kick off.  I have high hopes for the coming year.  My main goal for 2014 was to get back to California, and though it took all year, that has finally been accomplished.  I am very glad that the move is over, and now it’s just a matter of unpacking and trying to settle into a new life here.  It may take a little bit to find my groove in my new surroundings, but I will get there.  It was a long and difficult journey to get to California, but it was absolutely worth it and I couldn’t be happier.  I have new projects to look forward to and, honestly, I have no idea what to expect from 2015, but I am excited to see what life brings me.  I hope that you are also looking forward to the New Year and that 2015 brings you everything that you are hoping for.

 

Monthly Favorites for August 2014

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August favorites

August favorites

August is now over, so it’s Monthly Favorites time.  For those of you who are new to the blog, Monthly Favorites feature those products that particularly stood out to me and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  Let me just get it out there right now: I am so thrilled that summer is almost over.  I know that some of you love summer, and I am sorry, but I can’t wait for Fall to settle in.  School is back in session, we are starting to see the new Fall collections, and summer is on the way out.  Happy day.  You will definitely be able to see my longing for Fall in my makeup favorites this month, especially when it comes to lip products.  After a couple months of bright corals, greens, and bronzes, darker shades are starting to creep in.  But enough of my yapping, let’s get started.

Lorac Pro Palette 2

Lorac Pro Palette 2

My number one favorite thing the entire month (from the middle of July, really) is the Lorac Pro Palette 2.  I love it!  I think it is even better than the first one.  I know that some of you are waiting for a review, and I will be getting to it soon.  Just know that it is really great, and completely worth it.  I am getting a ton of use out of it, and will continue to do so as we move into Fall.  I promise to get my review up soon so that you can see swatches and get more details, but seriously, this palette is so good.

Wet n Wild Blue Wants to be a Millionaire

Wet n Wild Blue Wants to be a Millionaire

I had forgotten how awesome Wet n Wild Blue Wants to be a Millionaire is.  As you can see, this bottle has been well-loved, but I hadn’t pulled it out in a really long time until this month.  It is very hard to capture on camera, but there are multicolored iridescent micro-glitters in the polish that make it sparkle like a treasure trove.  Wet n Wild’s Fast-Dry formula does indeed dry very quickly.  Blue Wants to be a Millionaire is on the sheer side, so two coats will still give you a visible nail line, but I kind of like that with this polish.  Three coats make it totally opaque.  For swatches, see this post.

theBalm Hot Mama Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Blush

I have been keeping it light and girly on my cheeks with theBalm Hot Mama Blush.  (It is still summer, after all.)  Hot Mama is a light peach shade with gold shimmer.  It is gorgeous, and flattering on so many different skin tones.  It’s in that NARS Orgasm family, but less pink and more peach.  The gold is definitely shimmer, not glitter, and leaves a healthy sheen, as opposed to a sparkle.  It is a beautiful blush.

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment

If you saw my birthday haul, you know that I got the Fresh Sugar Lip Service set including the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment.  I really like the Fresh Sugar line.  I find them so moisturizing and healing, and I love that subtle lemon scent.  The Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment is the clear one, so it is perfect as an overnight lip treatment.  My lips feel soft and supple from using this treatment.  It is more expensive than I like to spend on lip treatments, but it is wonderful.

NYX Lip Liner Pencils

NYX Lip Liner Pencils

For some reason I have been very interested in my lip liners lately, even though I’m not wearing a lot of lipstick.  I’ve been using the NYX Lip Liner Slim Pencils under glosses and balms to bump up the color.  The two that I have been reaching for the most are Ever and Auburn.  Ever is a mauve-toned, dark nude.  Auburn is a berry shade.  These are simple pencil liners, but they have a smooth formula that doesn’t tug and great pigmentation.

L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayons

L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayons

My final favorite that I can’t seem to get enough of is the L’Oreal Glossy Balms.  I reviewed them here, in this post.  I truly love the L’Oreal Glossy Balm formula, so much so that they stand out over the 50 million other balm crayons out there.  I have been wearing all three, but Vintage Rose has been a particularly good choice to go over those liners that I mentioned.  They are not super glossy, but they are extremely moisturizing.  I don’t think that they are limited edition, so be sure to pick up a couple when you see them.

Those are my favorites for the month of August.  My lips are going darker and I’m using cooler tones on my eyes.  I have also opted for boots instead of sandals on more than one occasion.  You know where my heart lies.  I know that there are still a good, solid three weeks left to Summer, and I hope that you make the most of them if you are a Summer lover.  What were some of your August favorites?  Are you still in full sun goddess mode, or are you transitioning to Fall like I am?  Let me know in the comments below.  I have big things happening in my life, and big plans for the Fall and Winter seasons.  How about you?  Are you looking forward to Fall?

Lorac Pro Palette 2 releases June 15th

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Lorac Pro Palette 2

Lorac Pro Palette 2

The Lorac Pro Palette 2 is on it’s way!  I am very excited about this release because I really like the original Lorac Pro Palette.  Lorac Pro 2 releases at Ulta.com on June 15th, and in Ulta stores June 29th.  Sephora doesn’t carry Lorac anymore, as far as I know.  The Lorac Pro 2 will have the same basic format as the original Lorac Pro Palette with eight matte shades and eight shimmer shades.  Lorac claims that the sixteen shades are all different from the original except for the matte black.  The Lorac Pro 2 will contain cooler tones than the original Lorac Pro Palette.  Here is the announcement video that Lorac put up today on their Youtube page.

I am excited.  To see my review and swatches of the original Lorac Pro Palette, click here.  If Lorac Pro 2 is like the first one, it will retail for $42 and come with a deluxe sample of Behind the Scenes Eye Primer.  But don’t quote me on that because no announcements have been made on those details.  I can’t wait to see the palette in person.  The Navy, Jade, and Plum shades are jumping out at me, calling for my attention.  I certainly don’t need another palette, but I love the original Lorac Pro, and the Lorac Pro 2 looks very tempting.

What about you?  Are you excited about the Lorac Pro 2 release?  Are you going to buy it online on the 15th, or wait until it lands in stores on the 29th?  Or are you thinking of skipping it entirely?  Let me know in the comments below.