August 2016 Favorites

August 2016 Favorites

Happy September! I am so happy for August to be over because that means PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES and colder weather.  As I click PUBLISH on this post, I literally have an iced Starbucks Double Shot with pumpkin spice syrup instead of classic in my hand.  I have a ton of favorites that I really want to share, so check out my picks below. 


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Maybelline Superstay Better Skin powder // Something drew me to purchase this powder when I was on a grocery run.  It has such a smooth, pigmented finish upon swatching, and keeps my oil in check when I use it to set my foundation. I really like concentrating it around my mouth and nose to keep my makeup in place.  This has been a great backup to my tried and true Lorac Porefection powder.  In the past I haven’t been able to find any drugstore powders that aren’t gross on me.

Urban Decay All Nighter foundation // This is a workhorse. It is probably the most full coverage foundation that I have ever tried, but without so much heaviness.  This is my oily skin’s dream because it does not budge. I have a wedding to go to coming up and I will definitely have this on so that my makeup lasts all night.

Dose of Colors Truffle // Favorite liquid lipstick color of all time- can’t believe I’m putting this in writing!

Loreal Voluminous Primer // White lash primers are such a throwback to middle school days of double ended mascaras.  I have been applying this lash primer to my brows as soon as I start my makeup so that by the time I get to brows, it has dried down clear. It plumps up the brow hairs and makes filling them in take less product.  It also keeps them in place like a brow gel would! Love this trick so much. Strangely I haven’t had luck with using it as a lash primer as it causes major clumps.

Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner pencils in 32 (matte white) and 24 (matte dark brown) // These are PIGMENTED. My nude liner pencils were getting pretty dingy so I am glad I picked these up after seeing Kylie use them on snapchat (her grwm routine was another favorite). They glide on and stay in my waterline through a full work day so they get my seal of approval. They come in a ton of fun colors too if that’s your thing.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle eau de parfum // Mature yet not granny, I am in LOVE with this scent. Perfumes have been a must for me in general lately. I spray one on as soon as I get out of the shower to always smell perfect.


MAC Kinda Sexy // Enough color to not look washed out, enough pale nude to make the MAC Myth lover in me happy.


House of Lashes Bambie // Love the doe eyed look these spacey lashes give.  These are only $9 and I get ~5 to 6 uses or more out of one pair.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Mario palette sneak peek // Buying this when it launches this October! ABH kills it once again.  This is a neutral lover’s dream palette, and with their reputation, you know the formula will be fabulous.  Although I don’t like to admit it, I have plenty of warm eyeshadows. This one is more on the neutral side with some deep browns and olive green, so it is actually a step out of my comfort zone and unique addition to my collection. (My justification for buying it.)

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NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine // This got a new lease on life when I took off the little applicator cap to get more out when I thought mine was running out. Doing that yielded so much more gloss and made me happy so I had to put this product in my favorites.

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Loving Tan 2 Hour Express // Bulletproof, best tanner of life. Fades so well, doesn’t give me the dreaded inner elbow lines, and can be applied the same day as a night out to get great color.

Lifestyle + Random

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetEtsy Jewelry// Pear/ teardrop jewels are my all time favorite shape.  I was searching for a piece that would be a dupe of HRH Collection who I talked about in my July Favorites. These are just like HRH  but at a fraction of the cost.  While I would love to support her brand, if the same thing comes for a lesser cost by another small shop, it makes more sense for my wallet.  Check out Stackable Sweets on Etsy.

Bath & Body Works Candles + Wallflowers // FALL SCENTS ARE OUT! I order once a year from B&BW because I prefer their fall candles to any season. If you order on the weekend they are typically 2 for $24, and just look online for more discount codes. I have gotten them down to $7 per candle with free shipping, way better than going in store. Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake and Autumn Day are next level.

White pumpkin decor // Americans are stereotyped to freak once a year about pumpkins, and I happen to really embrace that.  Since I was a baby (not exaggerating), I have been in love with pumpkin foods, and that love seems to just get stronger as I age.  Luckily for me, stores push out Halloween and fall decor way too early.  I like to have cute little white pumpkin home decor up all year round. Pier One has some super cute options.

Starbucks iced skinny cinnamon dolce latte w. coconut milk // I can’t take credit for discovering this.  Allie Sevdalis mentioned this in a vlog (but with soy) and I love it.  This drink tastes like a burnt marshmallow.  P.S. I want this: Starbucks Mug

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Vans Slip On Mules // Last month I talked about admiring Gucci mules… I found the budget approved version that fits my lifestyle.

Look by Ali Freie // My ideal look for going to work is something that makes me look fresh and put together but without putting in much effort.  I happened to watch this video by Ali and thought it was such a perfect look for wearing everyday.  I love the simple approach and just letting the skin breathe by skipping foundation.  I love smaller Youtube channels.  She makes me miss living in my sorority house in college.  

It’s Not Okay by Andi Dorfman // I picked out this book out of curiousity when watching Bachelor in Paradise.  There has been a bunch of drama about how Josh has a controlling personality and bad temper, and I wanted to know more details.  I have read “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends” by Courtney Robertson, which was a super juicy behind the scenes look at the making of The Bachelor.   Both of these books are major page turners if you want a good guilty pleasure read. The Audible versions are my favorite way to read them because the authors narrate.

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That’s it! Let me know all about the things you have been loving the past month.  



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  1. September 1, 2016 / 10:11 am

    I’ve been trying that UD foundation and I just don’t know how I feel about it yet. I’ll probably have a post on my blog in the next week or 2.

    • September 1, 2016 / 10:33 am

      It’s definitely unique. I really appreciate how it covers up some really stubborn blemishes on my jawline.

      • September 1, 2016 / 10:56 am

        My HG is Estée Lauder Double Wear. It’s full coverage, covers all my problem areas and doesn’t budge. The UD oxidizes on me and starts feeling heavy/cakey after awhile. My DW doesn’t do that.

        • September 1, 2016 / 11:03 am

          I get the oxidizing too but thankfully noticed it in Sephora when I swatched so I went with a lighter shade that matches well once it dries. Double Wear doesn’t hold up well against my oily skin for very long I have found.

          • September 1, 2016 / 11:28 am

            Have you tried a mattifying primer underneath? My t-zone is an oil slick but when I use a mattifying primer in that area, it’s so much better. Foundations don’t break down o. My nose & chin like they used to.

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