June and July Favorites

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a “Favorites” post, but it feels good to be back in business. These picks were a tough, as I’ve been wearing very little makeup the past few months. My beauty routine has been pretty minimal (I blame it on the God-awful DC humidity, but it’s mostly just laziness) but there are the handful of products I wanted to talk about.

First off, how adorable is this makeup bag from LeSportsac’s collaboration with Rifle Paper Co.? When a friend sent me the link, I knew I had to have it. Rifle Paper Co. has become one of my favorite designers over the years, and LeSportsac makes great travel bags. Considering how compact the bag is, it hold a ton! I used it to bring some products to a friend’s wedding, and on my 4th of July trip to Wisconsin.

During the summer months, I rarely wear a full face of makeup. It’s just too hot, and it all melts off. But for special occasions, I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. In terms of coverage, longevity, and general appearance, it easily holds its own with a lot of my more expensive foundations. It has a great demi-matte finish that looks great on the skin (though I’d steer clear if you suffer from dry skin!) and lasts about 6-8 hours on me, depending on the conditions.

When I purchased the Tartelette palette back in February, I was worried that I wouldn’t get a lot of use out of it. Matte eyeshadows had never really been my thing. But something these past few months just clicked. Maybe it was the fact that I was going for minimal makeup on most days, maybe I just enjoyed trying something new, but I’ve been reaching for this palette on a regular basis. It’s also rare that I find a palette where I really enjoy all of the colors. (Usually there’s at least a couple of duds.) But I find all of the shades in this one incredibly versatile, though my favorite is definitely “Force of Nature,” which is a very warm, medium brown shade that makes a great transition color for the crease.

In my spring skincare haul, I purchased a lot of products. I was surprisingly impressed with nearly all of them, but I was a little disappointed by the eye cream. There was nothing wrong with it per se, but it didn’t leave me wowed, either. As usual, I looked to the internet for guidance and found lots of recommendations for the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. This is easily my new favorite skincare product. It’s so thick, and so moisturizing. I don’t  know if it necessarily reduces fine lines, but it definitely plumps up the skin and makes them less noticeable. It’s made a big difference with my under eye concealer, as well!

Speaking of under eye concealer, I can’t believe that I haven’t mentioned the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer before. I feel like I’ve been using it every day for months now. There’s not a ton to say about it other than the fact that it’s lightweight, creamy and blendable, all while providing great coverage for under eye eye circles and blemishes. It’s very similar to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, except that I find it’s not as drying under my eyes. It’s one of those products that I reach for without even thinking about it, because it’s so reliable.

A new discovery these past few months is the power of lip stains. When I got my engagement photos taken in June, I wanted a product that looked natural on my lips, provided color, and wouldn’t come off while kissing Dave in all sorts of mushy poses. I decided on the Stila Lip and Cheek Stain in the shade Yumberry Crush. While the formula is a bit finicky (you have to be careful not to over-apply, or it appears metallic?) it looked great and stayed all afternoon! I also appreciated that I could apply a lip balm over the top without wiping away the color. It’s definitely a strong contender for a wedding day lip color!

And finally, since I love the Aveda Pure Abundance style prep spray so much, I decided to try the shampoo and conditioner from the line. I’m so in love. Now that my hair is getting longer, I have a hard time styling it so that it doesn’t lie flat on top of my head. But this is the answer to all of my problems! Whether I blow dry it or let it air dry, my hair looks thicker, fuller and has lots of volume. Unfortunately, I’ve found that my hair breaks a lot easier when I use it, so I’ve been trying to limit it to once or twice a week on days when I want my hair to look especially good.

That’s about it for the month. Sorry this one wasn’t a little bit more exciting– luckily I’ve got lots of posts in the hopper for the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned for some fun stuff. Thanks as always for reading!

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