Thursday, June 30, 2011

June Favorites!

I wanted to share my June Favorites with you. I have found myself reaching for these products over and over again in the last month! Some of these are new to me, some I have rediscovered or have been using. All of them I recommend! :) 

Bella Bamba blush by Benefit: 
I think I actually bought this back in April, but I have really started using it a lot more in the last month. It is such a pretty sparkly pink and gives me a really nice, natural looking flush. It has definitely become one of my favorite (if not my absolute favorite!) blushes. Even the brush that is included works pretty well for a light dusting on your cheeks. This also has a mirror inside the lid which is a neat feature, I don't believe the other box of powders have a mirror. I don't have to worry about it opening in my bag because it has a magnet that keeps it shut pretty securely. I keep the little plastic tray on the top for the brush to sit in so that the corners of the brush handle don't dig into the powder. This is available at Benefit, Macy's, Sephora or Ulta for $28. 

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit: 
This is the first and only eyebrow kit I have owned. It works great and is super inexpensive, so I have never needed to look for an alternative. Even the little brush and tweezers that come in it work good. It has a slide out mirror which is really cool, and took me awhile to figure out, lol. (It slides out from the bottom on the powder side.) They only have one color: #963 Ash Brown, but the lighter shade works great for me. It looks like it would be too light for me but it is perfect once I apply it. I use this every day. Since I started using it, I have gotten tons of compliments on how "perfect" my eyebrows look and everyone want to know what I use. You should be able to get it anywhere you usually buy Wet n Wild. It retails for $3.99. Kmart is has Wet n Wild on sale!

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee: 
I LOVE this self tanner. I have been using it for over a year now. It is the best of the self tanners I have tried, which is pretty much every drugstore brand out there. I love it because it dries fast, works well and it doesn't have a super strong smell. There is a smell but it doesn't bother me as much as some of the self tanning products I have tried. It looks natural and wears off pretty evenly. I have found it at Walgreens (It is not on their website any longer, but still worth a try in store!) and Ulta.  Here it is at Walmart and as well if you prefer either of those. (I usually just get it at Ulta to get my points!) It is around $10 regular price depending on where you get it but I have often found it for BOGO 1/2 off at Ulta or Walgreens.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden: 
This is the travel size that I got with The Black Palette, but it is available full size as well. The regular primer potion works really good but this one seems to work a little better for me. It makes my eyeshadow last all day. I use this almost every day, only switching it up occasionally with one of the several Too Faced Shadow Insurance samples I have. I also have a sample size of Benefit Stay Don't Stray, but I still find I reach for UDPP in Eden the most. The full size is $17 and you can get it at Sephora, Ulta or Urban Decay. (You can also get it in the XL size with 60% more for $23 at Ulta or Urban Decay!)

ELF Studio Cream Eyeliner in Black: 
This eyeliner rocks. Since I got it, it has become my go to eyeliner. I use it with an angled eyeliner brush also from ELF's Studio line. I have tried a few other brands, such as Buxom and Wet n Wild and this one has the best consistency and staying power to me. It dries fairly quickly after you apply it and then it pretty much stays put. It has great pigmentation as well, and for only $3 you can't go wrong. I have seen this in store at Target and Kmart as well as the ELF website. It comes with a brush but I find the handle is too short. I highly recommend the ELF Studio Small Angled Brush which is also $3.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Wallflower: 
This is one of my favorite lip glosses. It is a pinkish nude color that is perfect for if I am feeling lazy and just want a little lipgloss with slight color, but it also works great over lip liner and lipstick. It is semi opaque and doesn't have any sparkle. The texture is wonderful, smooth and creamy. It is not sticky at all. It is supposed to plump but I don't think it really does that for me. It does have a nice minty smell and a cool feeling when you put it on. It doesn't wear a super long time, maybe 2 or 3 hours. That doesn't bother me because I tend to reapply my lip gloss fairly often anyway. It is $19 at Sephora, Ulta or Urban Decay. (Note: As of right now it is sold out at all 3 stores online, but I will leave the links for future reference when they come back in stock. You might just check in store too or call.)

Alright, now that you know my favorites from the last month, I suppose I should let you know about any regrets I might have as well:

ELF Studio Mineral Face Primer. It isn't that it didn't work, I just don't like the applicator. It is a pump and I feel like it releases way more product than you need for one application. It is also quite runny compared to some other primers I have used. I just don't find myself eager to give it more chances. It retails for $6 and I got it half off so at least I'm not out too much money.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips: Okay, so it's not that I don't like these, I just don't like them for what they are supposed to be used for. It says these are strips for a Custom Bronzer, Blush and Eyeshadow. These are really pretty, but they are way too shimmery to be used as a bronzer. I have been using them a little, usually just the lighter shades to highlight my cheeks. I think they would work okay as an eyeshadow, but I have never tried that. I just feel like I have enough shimmery neutral eyeshadows. So my complaint is that I got it hoping it would work as a bronzer, and it doesn't. At least not for me. I am sure I will still use these occasionally but I probably wouldn't buy them again. (Not that I would ever have to, there is a lot of product in each!) I got 2 of these during a BOGO 1/2 Off sale at Rite Aid and each had an additional coupon on it, so I ended up paying about $11 total for both. At regular price, they are $13 each.

1 comment:

  1. I love the UDPP Eden! That's one of my top faves. =)


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