Hey crew! We're already over a week into September and I have been slack at getting up my August favourites *tisk tisk*. This month felt a little thin because I have been quite dedicated to my project pan, but I have managed to scrape together some stand out beauty products.
Lets start with makeup. The one stand out new makeup product that I have been super impressed with was the Max Factor Nude Palette Contouring Eyeshadows in 02 Golden Nudes. This is a drugstore palette that has great shades, great pigmentation and just creates the perfect gold and bronze looks that I love wearing. The only negative is that the shades are powdery, but it means they blend well.
The next new makeup that I have been trying and impressed with are two new brow products from Benefit. The first is the Benefit Cosmetics ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-gel Color in shade 4 which is a waterproof brow pomade. Not only does the shade work perfectly for me, but the consistency is great for a brow pomade - it applies smoothly but is dry enough not to feel like you are painting sharpie brows on. The second is the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in shade 4 which is a really interesting brow pencil that is almost diamond shaped. This allows you to both fill in large areas but also use the tip to line the brows or draw in hairs.
The two lip products that I have been reaching for a lot are the NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in 719 Pecan and the 3CE Dangerous Matte Lipstick in 77 Keen. Granted, I have been wearing the NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil a lot because it's in my project pan, BUT the project pan made me realise how great this product is. It's a smooth, pigmented, comfortable lip product that is a perfect mauve nude for the cooler months. When the weather warms up this might look a bit too cool with a tan, but it's a great shade for fair skin. When I want a bolder matte lip I have been reaching for the 3CE lipstick which is a very matte bright red shade and reminds me A LOT of MAC's Ruby Woo (but is cruelty free - for all the CF makeup users wanting to try Ruby Woo). Swatches below.
Lastly I have been become reliant on my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder which is a super finely milled translucent setting powder with a slight shimmer in it which supposedly helps brighten the under eye area. I have been trying to use up my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (which is too tacky and creasy for my liking) and this is the only way I have been able to set it well. If you have a thick tacky concealer that you are struggling setting then check this out.
Onto skincare. I recently started using a Clarisonic Mia 2 and I noticed instantly that my skin has become a lot smoother. I used to have a Clarisonic a few years ago and I wasn't super impressed, but I think as the years go on and my skin has become a lot more textured I have noticed much greater results. I have been pairing the Clarisonic with a old favourite, my La Roche-Posay Effaclar cleanser, and I just love the results. I have also been getting back into the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo moisturiser and the combination of the above three products have helped reduce congestion, reduce oiliness and has made my skin so much smoother. The last skincare product that has been fantastic is the Pixi Glow Tonic To Go pads. These are exfoliating toning pads that are very gentle but effective and I have been using them in the morning as a quick way to cleanse/chemically exfoliate my skin.
The very last favorites this month are nail products. The one nail polish that I have been wearing maybe 3 weeks out of the month is the Barry M Jelly High Shine Nail Paint in Green Berry. This is a bright creamy neon teal polish and I have been receiving heaps of compliments on it. I will continue to wear this throughout spring and summer because it's a super fun bright shade. Lastly I have been back into using the China Glaze Fast Freeze Quick Dry which is a liquid that helps make nail polish (up to 4 coats) touch dry within 60 seconds. This is a must have for people who do their nails late at night.
So those are my favourite products of August. What are yours?