Monthly Favorites

August Favorites

August 31, 2015

I have a monthly favorites roundup today featuring both beauty and grooming products for him and her. My husband had so much fun pulling his favorite things last month he wanted to participate again. We’ve both been experimenting with new products – for me it’s a regular thing since I’m a beauty blogger and constantly trying new things. For him, he’s found out trying new products takes quite a bit of time to figure out how they really perform. There are some things he wanted to toss after one use, but in the interest of giving things a thorough test drive he’s opened up to giving items more than 1-2 uses before writing things off. Our August beauty and grooming favorites this month:
  1. Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight (reviewed here) is the must-have highlighter duo this season. It gives the skin the most stunning glow. There seems to be mixed information about whether or not it’s limited-edition. I received an e-mail from the team at Tom Ford confirming that it’s limited-edition. Others report it is permanent. To be safe I bought 2 backups. It’s that good.
  2. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo Spray (Travel Size) is something I picked up a month ago. I’m the type of person who washes her hair daily so I don’t use dry shampoos a lot. There are days though where it’s so hot my hair needs a quick refresh. Many are white in color and leave my black-brown hair looking dusty and grey (even if I brush it out). This one is colorless and smells amazing. A few spritzes absorbs oil and gives the hair texture. I give it a huge thumbs up.
  3. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay has been a long time favorite. I’ve used this on and off for a year now (I like to switch up my cleansers). I think I’ve gone through 4 tubes. It’s amazing in this hot humid weather at cleaning the skin, unclogs pores and is gentle but really effective.
  4. YSL Pop Water Glossy Stains have been in regular rotation (previously swatched/reviewed here). The colors are summer-perfect. It’s so easy to swipe on the lips and the stain makes the color last long. My two favorites for the last month have been Pink Rain and Wet Nude.
  5. Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre in Soigne is one of the prettiest shimmering rose pinks. It looks very metallic in the tube and when swatched on the hands but on the lips it’s not as frosty. It’s the perfect soft rosy pink shimmer. See it on my lips here.
  6. I acquired a few minis of the La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream and it’s heavenly. I have been rationing three tiny bottles for months now (since around May) and I’ve fallen head over heels. I don’t want to splurge on the full size but there are some deal/value sets. I need to buy soon. It will be one of my biggest skincare splurges but it’s amazing on my skin. It hydrates, feels smooth, doesn’t get greasy and makes my face glow.
  7. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Medium to Dark is my go-to bronzer this month. You can see the full review + swatches here. I’m completely obsessed.
  8. Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow is something I’ve been mixing in with foundation to add a subtle glow. I like that it has a yellowish golden undertone which I find rare in liquid illuminators which are often pinkish/opal.
  9. La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel is something I’ve been using since the spring. It’s a good lightweight product for day and in this hot summer weather it’s just what I need. For a real deep treatment my go-to is still Chanel Sublimage but it’s a bit heavy for day in this super hot weather.
  10. This hakuho-do x Sephora Kusuriyubi Angled Concealer Brush is amazing. I did a full review earlier in the month which you can see here, but this is my favorite concealer brush of all time now.
  11. For the longest time my husband has been a loyal Jack Black user, but he opened up to trying some items I brought home from Kiehl’s. He really likes the Facial Fuel Energizing Facewash for Men. It lathers up well and really cleans the skin making it feel refreshed without leaving any film or stripping the face. The entire Facial Fuel line has a good masculine look to the packaging which he finds appealing. I tried this one and have to say it’s pretty darn good. For him, it helps prepare his skin for shaving by making it feel smooth.
  12. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Eye Repair is what he uses under his eyes to try and treat wrinkles and dry skin. This year he’s been keen on researching products and changing his lifestyle to prevent aging (or at least try to delay it). He’s on his second jar of this. He likes it because it hydrates and really helps with his wrinkles.
  13. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men has been in regular rotation for skincare. He likes this because it softens the skin without feeling greasy. It absorbs quickly and makes the skin feel invigorated. He actually got this one in Men’s Starter Kit because he likes bottles with smaller packaging.
  14. Clarisonic Alpha Fit Cleansing System for Men is a new device designed specifically for men. My husband had tried my Aria with his own brush heads. He liked the concept but didn’t like the design (he said it looked too girly and felt bulky). I bought this one for him – the video sold it for me. It has a good masculine look and fits in the hands easily. He uses his in the shower daily and finds it gives his skin a deep clean and has made a noticeable difference in texture and preventing blackheads/clogged pores. He has super thick facial hair and this Clarisonic has softened the ends of his hair so when he shaves it feels softer. It’s on the pricey side but he’s really happy with it. It fits on the shelf in our shower without taking up a lot of space.
  15. Nuxe Men Multi-Use Shower Gel is his favorite right now. He likes the way it smells and how it lathers (for him the lather is important). It leaves the skin feeling clean and moisturized. I’m a fan of the way it smells on him too. Review here.
  16. Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Deodorant is something he bought because he was researching Penhaligon’s shaving products. He decided to give this one a try based on online reviews he read. He likes it because it has a good fresh manly scent and doesn’t make his skin peel.
That wraps it up for our beauty and grooming favorites for the month!
What were your favorites for August?

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  • I loved the Tom Ford duo as well! Highlighters have been a huge favorite this month

  • Thanks for the heads up re. the TF Illuminating Duo because in UK the SA's are saying its permanent. I need to buy back ups too! I've always wondered with Creme de la Mer what's the difference between the Soft Cream and the standard cream? And two minutes ago I ordered my first Louboutin Rouge Silky Satin Lip Colour……for this price it had better be good but I've restrained myself to trying one at a time starting with the signature Louboutin Red.

    • The Soft Cream is softer in texture, it's not as thick as the regular. It's still definitely a cream (versus a lotion) but for me it's lighter weight and glides on the skin better, at least for me. The regular cream seems to be heavier and more hydrating. HTH!

  • Oh I've already weakened….I just bought another. Louboutin Rouge Velvet Matte Lip Colour. Right that really is me hiding my credit card now. Xx

  • Ok I just weakened and went back and bought Louboutin Rouge Velvet Matte. But that really is it now…..I have hidden my credit card in hubby's sock drawer for protection. Xx

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sabrina – I enjoyed reading your blog. It is one of the best beauty blogs. I live in Japan. I was told that the Tom Ford duo is permanent. It was sold out the first day it was launched here. I ordered it and am waiting to pick it up this week.

    • Hi – thanks for the kind words and thanks for reading my blog! I've also heard from beauty lovers in the UK the duo is permanent but I received an e-mail directly from the Tom Ford team it's limited-edition in the US. We shall see what ends up happening! I do hope it is permanent!

  • really enjoyed reading this! I've been wanting to pick up the Tom Ford Illuminating Duo, but I have the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow and a couple of the Becca highlighters. So do I need another highlighter set? It's quite possible… 🙂

    • I only have 2 Becca Highlighters in Champagne Pop and Rose Gold – both are very different from the Tom Ford Duo, so I would say yes the TF is a must.

  • The Kiehls Facial Fuel scrub for men is great too, I love it for myself! It is nice and gritty, and gives a good scrub

  • So excited to try out other products that you have listed here. So far I have tried out La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel and Kiehl's Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Eye Repair. I so like them for they really help in problem areas. Thinking of what's next to try out among this list……

    • I haven't tried the Kiehl's Facial Fuel for eyes – maybe I'll try to borrow some of my husband's and see if it works 🙂

  • Gorgeous products mentioned, I feel like I need to check out more of Kiehl's products!

    Kiran x

  • Anonymous

    You really should invest in La Mer cream. I avoided for the longest time, but it truly is amazing and worth the price you pay for it. As much as I spend on beauty products, I spend more on skin care. Without an amazing base to work from, even the best products in the world can't hide bad skin.

    • Ahhhh, I knew someone would say this! It really is amazing – I think it's only a matter of time before I splurge on it.

  • ame

    Oh the Soft Cream…it is AMAZING. Before I had to stop using the creams/serums due to an allergy issue, I was super attached to the amazing soft cream…Get it. It's worth it.

    I am using the new Lancome Energie de Vie and it's DIVINE. Maybe try a sample and see if you like it before you splurge? Half the price!

  • ame

    Oh the Soft Cream…it is AMAZING. Before I had to stop using the creams/serums due to an allergy issue, I was super attached to the amazing soft cream…Get it. It's worth it.

    I am using the new Lancome Energie de Vie and it's DIVINE. Maybe try a sample and see if you like it before you splurge? Half the price!

    • I saw the Lancome Energie de Vie line at Sephora and was intrigued! Did you try the cream?