I’m sure I’m only jumping on the bandwagon of those who can’t believe this month is almost over. How did the summer go by this quickly? I’ve barely even finished writing my to-do list for July and now I’m out of time. Despite not accomplishing much this month - it’s been so dang hot - I have had plenty of time to shop and try out a few products that have now become my favorites.
From top left to bottom:
Boscia BB Cream with SPF 27 PA++
Harvey Prince “Hello” Perfume
Benefit BrowZings Brow Shaping Kit
Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in No. 5 Fresh Pink
BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge
How do I love thee, Boscia BB Cream? Let me count the ways. Firstly, you’re oil-free. This is such a dramatic step up from the Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream that I can’t believe I bought that oil slick in the first place. Secondly, even though you look dark in the bottle, you melt effortlessly and smoothly into my skin, taking the tone of whatever color I have that day. Seriously, though, this BB cream is so much better than the Garnier that it’s worth the $38.00 price tag. I happened to get a sample of this in my July Birchbox and loved it so much I bought the full size (or, okay, two full size versions). If you like BB Creams and hate oily messes, buy this one. You won’t regret it.
The Harvey Prince collection of perfumes has been one that I’ve received multiple times in my Birchbox this year. I enjoyed the Lavender Pumpkin scent that I sampled last fall and I love this summer perfume. The combination of lemon, mandarin, forsythia and plumeria provides such a lovely and happy floral/citrus experience. It’s light enough to be an everyday scent yet has enough of the floral to translate to fall.
I’ve recently become a bit of an eyebrow snob. Or, a snob in the sense that now I can’t leave my house without making sure my brows are filled in. I got this kit at Ulta after the Benefit Brow Bar lady gave me a tutorial in brow maintenance. Perhaps a bit expensive for what it is, but I do love it for the natural yet polished look it gives my eyebrows. I look and feel like a legitimate lady when I do my brows with this kit.
Towards the end of the month I picked up the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush at Target. I’ve been trying to find drug store gems that I can easily repurchase when I’m back on campus, and this blush is going to become a new staple for me. It feels like a powder despite its cream texture in the package and it glides on so naturally. The sheer wash of bright pink on my cheeks (which is No. 5, Fresh Pink, to be specific) is so lovely and distracts from any natural redness I might get towards the bottom of my face. It instantly perks up my complexion and looks amazing with the Boscia BB cream as a base.
I’ve had the BeautyBlender sponge for a long long time. I received it in an early Birchbox (are you seeing a trend here?) and thought that since I never use sponges for my makeup -being previously a powder person - it was a useless find. Not so anymore. When I finally realized that I needed to stop fighting myself and accept that my dry skin needs a liquid foundation, I picked up the BeautyBlender and, following the directions to wet it and ring out the excess water first, felt the makeup melt into my skin. This sponge gives such a great, flawless finish to my Benefit foundation and the water barrier it creates stops the sponge from soaking up all of the makeup. There are days when it’s just quicker for me to use a brush but when I have some extra time to really enjoy putting on my face, I reach for the BeautyBlender.
Those are my favorites this month! What are yours? Leave us a comment!
With love, Kristin.