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August Beauty and Skincare Favorites

September 1, 2016
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Quite a few of you have asked that I bring back my monthly favorites roundups so I have one for you today. Many of you like the rotation and roundup kind of posts, I still have the nail/hand care, foundation, hair styling and skincare ones in the work. For those who can’t wait I’ll say that my top three favorite foundations still remain the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint (still Groenland + St. Moritz mixed), Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation (I use 125/Y315, all shades also available online in this value set now) and the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (my best match is 123/Y365).

Onto my favorites for this month which was difficult for me to narrow down. I’m still enjoying these Molton Brown mini hand washes and these lip treatments. In addition these liquid lips are really very good. I have managed to narrow down a list of my top favorites for this past month though even though a lot of loves have gone unmentioned:
  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadows have been in heavy rotation because of their silky smooth texture, rich pigment, blendable finish and easy to wear shades. You can pick and choose your own colors to create quads, the one shown above has Sateen, Chiffon, Warm Taupe and Chocolate. To date I’ve accumulated quite a few you can see swatched here and here.
  2. Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara is something I discovered in a set from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I love this because it thickens, volumizes and holds the curl. It also looks super dark on the lashes. I will repurchase this.
  3. Dior Vernis in Minimal (c/o) is my current perfect pale polished nude. Review + swatch here.
  4. Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder (c/o) is relatively new to me but it is hands down the most naturally luminous highlighter I’ve tried this year (out of the new ones launched this year). I think it’s a must, swatches here.
  5. Anastasia Glow Kit in Sundipped is one of the prettiest palettes I think I’ve seen in a while. If you don’t mind a good shimmer this is a great one for eyes and cheeks. I like mixing and swirling colors before applying to the eyes. Review + swatches here.
  6. MAC Eyelash Curler is something I picked up recently and was pleasantly surprised. My go-to Chanel lash curlers have seen better days after years of use and I don’t think they’re carried in the US anymore. The one from MAC comes in close second for my eye shape.
  7. Tom Ford Ultra Rich Lip Color in Revolve Around Me (c/o) best nude for me right now (actually since April of this year). You can see it swatched on my lips in this post here.
  8. Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss in French Lace is a pretty soft pink. All of his lip glosses reviewed in this post here.
  9. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kidman’s Kiss (shown) and Super Cindy are both pretty close neutral peachy colors, I think the entire Hot Lips Lipsticks have been a knock out success, especially for those who like matte lips (she has the best matte lipstick formula in my opinion). The entire launch reviewed and swatched here.
  10. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and Iconic Nude are my most reached for liners. Pillow Talk is a deeper pinky color while Iconic Nude is a brown nude. Both swatched here.
  11. Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo wins for best shampoo to clean the hair well with a squeaky clean feel but won’t dry out the hair. It has a mild but fresh beachy kind of scent. Leaves the hair feeling soft and fluffy (but not frizzy). Even my husband likes it. September beauty events are just around the corner. I recommend putting this on your shopping list. I will repurchase this.
  12. Bumble and Bumble Surf Conditioner also is a winner. I rarely am in love with both shampoo and conditioners of the same formula/brand and typically have to mix and match. This combo is pure love. More in this review here.
  13. Tatcha Pore Perfecting Water Gel (c/o) is something I received earlier in the spring. It took me a long time to get into testing this because frankly I don’t like face gels. They’re often sticky or tacky and just don’t absorb well into my skin. This one does indeed have a gel like consistency but if you massage it into the skin it melds in nicely and doesn’t leave a film like other brands. I’ve been alternating this with Kate Somerville Nourish, both of which are lightweight for warmer weather. Neither will get greasy but have enough for my normal-combination skin. They wear very well under foundation too. The Pore Perfecting Water Gel is also available in a mini travel size. I love the packaging, the pump and the way it feels on the skin. Huge thumbs up. It also helps to smooth out pores.
  14. Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask remains my tried and true clarifying mask that is gentle, even when my skin has flare ups. It sucks up excess dirt and oil. I have finally lost count of how many tubes I’ve bought and used up.
  15. Kate Somerville RetAsphereβ„’ Micro Peel (c/o) is a leave-on treatment for night that helps with skin uneveness and really works to improve texture. It’s very gentle but I use it once a week. It’s a micro-peel that infuses skin with retinol with 10% glycolic acid and lactose to help resurface skin. Out of all the skincare lines I’ve tried, I feel that Kate Somerville has truly been one of the game changers for my skin as I transitioned from my 20’s to 30’s. During that transition I went through a lot of stress and my skin suffered a lot with texture issues and repeated break outs. While I’ve worked to manage the stress, finding the right skincare has played a major role in improving texture. I’ve tried so many lines and out of all the ones I have tried, Kate Somerville all around has worked the best for me. I don’t use a night treatment every night because I sometimes just want to let the skin breathe. The RetAsphereβ„’ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream is one of the best most gentle yet effective night treatments I alternate with the Micro-Peel. The Micro-Peel makes the favorites list though because just using this once a week has improved my skin texture tremendously.
What are you loving right now? Do you have any favorites from the past month? As always I love reading about what you’ve tried, love and recommend. Even if something you tried hasn’t worked for you, I still love reading about those experiences as well. Are there any colors or collections you’ve been smitten with as we transition to fall beauty?
Press samples featured indicated with a “c/o”. As always all opinions my own.

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  • The Edward Bess Gloss looks lovely! I have only ever tried one high end mascara and that was the Too Faced Better Than Sex, which I loved!

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  • The Anastasia glow kits look beautiful!

  • Hi Sabrina! You're really making me want to try the ABH singles. I recently bought the stick foundation and LOVE it. I'm loving this brand more and more. I'm wondering how you apply the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. I have it and really want to love it, but it just doesn't seem to apply as smoothly as their other bases. I would love some advice! Thanks so much for sharing your picks πŸ™‚


    • Hi Adia – sorry for the delay in this. I apply it with a beauty blender. If you have dry skin just be sure your skin is well prepped. I rarely use primers just my regular moisturizers. I rotate between Eve Lom, La Mer and Kate Somerville.

  • Anonymous

    I was so happy that you loved the MAC eyelash curler – I had been searching everywhere to find another Chanel one and one day I was looking at MAC in Nordstrom and mentioned that i was so disappointed Chanel stopped making theirs and the SA said try ours – if you don't like it return it – I love it – Thanks for all your reviews – just love reading them.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Anon & Sabrina, the Chanel eyelash curler is available as an online exclusive at if you are interested.

    • I had called then them and they told me it wasn't available…I might give them a call but very happy with MAC and it's half the price. Thanks so much!

    • OMGGGGG … they brought it back! Thank you Unknown, you're an angel to let us know!!

  • Liz

    Everything looks so great! I want a lot of the things you listed. The one I want the most is the Edward Bess Glosses, and anything I have read on this brand on your past posts.
    This month I have loved the Charlotte Tillbury lip pencil on Iconic Nude as well. And the lipstick Very Victoria.
    And the Benefit's Instant brow pencil.

  • I've been hearing a lot of great things about the Tatcha pore perfecting water gel and Aesop products! Must try after reading this post. Thanks love!

  • I LOVE my Kat Von D liquid l/s sample in Lolita II. It's the only matte liquid l/s that's ever worked for me. I just ordered the ABH fall l/g set and I am excited; it's shipped! I wear my spring set all the time. Also loving my $18 LORA C Nordie's Anniversary eye and cheek palette purchase.

  • Very great products . The one or other baby I did . Your images I like very . One sees how much effort you have given you .
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    Katharina von

  • I really need to get my hands on Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk! I love Anastasia eyeshadows too and your quad is really pretty πŸ™‚

    Jasmine xx

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  • Eek! I need one of those Hot Lips! Glad to see your favorites posts again!