I meant to post this last night but I got side tracked by Big Brother. Yeah I am BB nerd...lots of drama happening there. But back to 'real life' and my June favorites. I still am obsessed with a few items, rediscovered some old favorites and totally impressed with some new items I found.
Just before I took off two weeks ago for an impromptu vacay, I got my Annabelle.ca order in. I didn’t even open it up. I just tossed it in my suitcase and took it with me. Am I ever glad I did!
First up is a surprise item; the got2be kinkier gloss ‘n define Curl Cream. I forgot my hair products at home so I had to hit up Walmart for something and came across this. I was totally impressed with it. It enhances my natural curls. I can even finger curl some strands to get more bouncy curls happening. I apply a dollop to damp hair, scrunch and go. Perfect for those hurry up and get ready days. For less than $5 - colour me happy.
My moisturizer de jour has been the Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer with SPF30. I got this in a Glossybox months ago. I finally busted it out. I like how this is very hydrating, doesn’t clog my pores and had a decent amount of sun block in it. I can even get away without a primer when I use this moisturizer.
Annabelle discovery #1: Annabelle CC cream. I heard youtuber JeanFrancoisCD rave about this CC cream. He said it was better that Benefits POREfessional and he is correct on that account. I am obsessed with this base. It smoothes out everything wonderfully and blurs many of my imperfections. So much so that I felt comfortable going grocery shopping with just this and a dusting of face powder on. I don’t want to get into it too much as I plan on posting a review on it soon but it is amazeballs. Plus JeanFrancoisCD has an amazing promo offer for Annabelle.ca; spend $30 and get $10 off plus free shipping (US gets free shipping at $50). Just use promo code JFCD at checkout (offer is good until July 31st). Here is a link to his video.
My two other face base favorites are MACs Pro Longwear concealer (NW25) and my Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème foundation in Natural Beige. Both of these products have been great at withstanding the heat and humidity of the past month. I haven’t had to worry about my face melting off when using these two products together. Plus I have found that using the Pro Longwear as an eyeshadow primer works great as well!
When I took off for a couple weeks I only packed my Makeup Geek eyeshadows and my Naked Basics palette. I packed my MUG shadows pans in my Coastal Scents palette. They fit in it perfectly and it made it so much easier to travel with. The main shadows I have been using are Shimma Shimma, Purely Naked, Mermaid, Galaxy (all in the middle row) and Mocha (top right corner). If you want to see some swatches click here :).
My favorite blush has been the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. I bought through a blog sale and have been using it ever since. I mix it up with other blushes but this is my go to blush. It’s pinky nude, long-lasting and goes with everything.
Two brushes have been standouts for me this month. 1) Real Techniques Buffing brush - this brush works amazingly well with the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème foundation. It is like the two were made for each other. I get flawless results with it. 2) Quo Definer Shadow brush – normally I am not a fan of most Quo brushes but this little guy is great for packing shadow on. It is dense enough to turn on its thin side to create a defined line of shadow and if you turn it to its broad side it is soft enough to blend shadow in a pinch. A great multi-tasker.
Now for an Eat My Words item (sort of) – remember when I tried the Revlon Lash Potion Grow Luscious mascara and didn’t like it? Review here. Well I went out and got the waterproof version and Guess What? I am liking it a lot! It creates great volume and pretty good length. No more clumping and it does not smudge at all. It comes off easy enough with an oil based eye makeup remover. At the end of the day though (like 12-16 hrs later) my eyes feel a little dry but all waterproof mascaras do that me. I would recommend the waterproof version of the Revlon Lash Potion.
Annabelle discovery #2: Annabelle Skinny brow liner in dark. OMG! I bought this on a whim and it has to be the best brow pencil I ever tried. I like that it a retractable pencil. It is so thin that I can create hair like strokes in my brow to fill in sparse areas. It is also waterproof. It stood up to this heat with no smudging at all. I have found my HG brow pencil!!!!
My last favorite is an oldie but goody. Every summer, I dig out my MUFE Aqua Eyes liner in Black. This stuff stays put until you wash it off with soap and water. There is some minor fading at the end of the day but it holds up so well to heat and humidity.
Hmmm now that I am looking at my favorites, I am realizing almost everything is summer proof. LOL
What were your favorites last month?