July and August have been "slow" months in terms of trying out new makeup. I used a lot of the same products in July and August, so I figured it was easier to combine this blog into one post rather than two. Here are my 6 favorite beauty favorites from July & August!
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22 at Sephora)
I got this as a sample from Urban Decay prior to the product being released, but I wasn't really all that excited about it. Truth is, I own a few other high end mascara brands and I just don't find them to be that special. I also know that what really makes a mascara awesome is the brush. When I first used this mascara I looked at the brush and thought, "no thanks!" I decided to use it anyway, and I was amazed at how well it lengthened my lashes and added volume. A lot of mascaras make your lashes feel stiff, but what I love about UD Perversion is that it doesn't have that effect. I'll definitely be purchasing the full-sized version once my sample runs out!
Bare Minerals Matte Foundation - shade: Medium Beige ($27 at Sephora)
Last month, I LOVED the Revlon Colorstay Foundation. As it gets hotter and hotter this summer, I've found that liquid foundation just won't work for me because of how much I sweat (gross, I know). What I love about the Bare Minerals matte foundation is that it doesn't break me out, it doesn't feel heavy and it looks natural. I think of it as "my face but better." Plus, a little goes a long way. I don't wear foundation often, but this is my summer staple for the days I do.
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($5.99 per eyeshadow pan at MakeupGeek.com)
I've learned to do my makeup by watching YouTube videos, and Makeup Geek eyeshadows are a favorite among many beauty bloggers, including Jaclyn Hill. From all of the reviews I've read, people say that they're similar in quality to MAC eyeshadows but at a fraction of the cost. I don't own any MAC eyeshadows, so I can't speak to that. However, I do know that these shadows are so pigmented, they go on smooth and they blend well. I still plan on trying out MAC eyeshadows some day, but for now, I'm in love with my Makeup Geek shadows.
NYX Slide On Eye Pencil ($7.99 at Ulta)
I haven't been using a lot of eyeliner pencils lately, especially since it's summer. Usually eyeliner pencils melt right off, but not this one! It stands up to the heat and is truly waterproof. Proof: One day at work I had a major meltdown and cried my eyes out for a few hours (sorry boss!). I expected to go into the bathroom and see my eyeliner all over my face...but it didn't move. All of my eyeliner (and mascara) was still there. I couldn't believe it!
LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Tube Pencil ($18 at Birchbox)
I got this lip pencil as a sample in my July Birchbox. They sent me the purple shade, and at first, I was like, "Purple?! Oh hell no! They have me all wrong." I tried it one day after work because my curiosity got the best of me, and I was in love from the moment I put it on. The color is completely buildable and doesn't go on harsh or overwhelming. It has a minty taste and slight tingle when you first put it on, which I loved! I've used it a few times since then, and each time I fall in love a little more.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($29 at Sephora)
There's not much to say about these shadows except that they're matte and are great for those days when you want to wear makeup but still want it to look natural. The shadows aren't chalky and they blend beautifully. This palette has been a favorite of mine lately!
Are there any beauty products that you've been loving lately? If so, let me know! I'm always looking for new products to try!