Behold! A list of my August favorites. Frankly, it has been a great month for beauty discoveries, aka consumerism. But yanno, at least I liked what I bought!
- Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation (in all its grotty glory).
The thing with this foundation is that you must like constantly wiping your cosmetics compacts. I love this foundation. I can’t stop reaching for it, and it inspires in me a thirst to try new bases, even with the knowledge that I’m probably going to like this one more than whatever new thing I’m compelled to try. I wear the shade Just Sheer and I wrote a review here.
- Ilia Beauty Multi-Stick in All of Me.
I haven’t written a post about this, but there’s nothing really new to say about this. I do like it on my cheeks and my lips, though. It’s a very easy color to wear in a pleasant-enough formula.
- NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows in Cassiopeia & Subra.
Sometimes I balk at how expensive these eyeshadow singles are, but then I forget all about the price tag when I start using them. I truly love these eyeshadows and I almost don’t want to keep using them for the irrational fear of running out. See them in action here.
- NARS Powder Blush in Sin.
An oldie but a goodie. This is just a perfect blush. It doesn’t look like much when swatched—actually, it looks kinda like a bad idea—but on the cheeks, it is stunning and dare I say it—perfect!.
- Hakuhodo H601 Brush.
This is probably my most favorite brush that I own, and that’s saying a lot. It’s a beautiful, soft portable face brush that I can use for blush, contour, and all over the face. It’s brilliant.
- Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Cheek Kit in Cheeky Chic.
Another blush rediscovery! This is technically four face products, but I primarily use the 3 upper tiers—the two blushes and “bronzer”. It is a beautiful all-in-one cheek wardrobe. I’ve reviewed it here.
- NARS Yachiyo Brush.
Another face brush favorite—the NARS Yachiyo Brush! This is a fan favorite, and I have to say that it lives up to the hype. This blends like nothing else.
- Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies.
Seriously, I need an intervention. I stopped by a Plains & Prints counter today to check out their newest shades and it took all of me to not give in to the two I was thinking of getting. These are amazing and extremely easy to use.
- One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster.
My skin’s best friend as of late. I love how this feels on my face.
- Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm.
This is heavy-duty stuff—my choice for under-eye hydration.
- Commodity Goods Moss.
My top fragrance favorite for August.
And now, to check up on my progress with my August Beauty Goals.
— Pay attention to ingredients. DO NOT BUY if it contains squalene, polyethylene or palm oil.
I am dumb. All of the MAKE products I bought contains polyethylene. All of them. If you recall from my last goals post, I wanted to avoid polyethylene because it’s basically plastic. I only had exfoliating scrubs in mind (since that’s how I learned about polyethylene in the first place) and neglected to check my makeup, and when I did—it was there. DUN DUN DUN. I am super upset, but it’s no one’s fault but mine.
Guess what, though? It’s a common ingredient in a lot of makeup. I’m a little confused as to what to do about this ingredient, because cosmetic chemists insist that it’s safe. However, I’m not sure I want to put plastics on myself or if I want to wash polyethylene off my face and into the environment. Ponder on more, hmm…
— Read more about ingredients and clean(er) beauty.
Clearly this is a fail, but I’ve also been self-educating myself via the various resources online. Did you know that LUSH contains ingredients like sulfates and parabens? I didn’t, but now I do. I think this really boils down to a matter of preference re: cosmetic ingredients.
I actually bought and received No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O’Connor & Alexandra Spunt, so I’ll try to get more into this.
— Make a shopping list for upcoming trip. Try to be thorough, ruthless (in editing), and stick to it.
A success, in the sense that I’ve made a list. And remade it. And remade it. I want to see if I can limit myself to 10 makeup things purchased on this trip… A month and a half in the land of the free. HAHA. Let’s see.
— Wear more colors. At least 5 times this month: Yes.
— Clean brushes (make it a habit): Nopes.
— Try to streamline skin care: Yes, ish.
September Beauty Goals
A short list for September, since I’ll be gone for most of it.
— Stick to to-buy list, as much as possible. Set a personal budget. Quality over quantity.
— Don’t overpack makeup.
— Be diligent with skin care, even if you’re traveling!
And that’s it! Feel free to share your beauty (or non-beauty) faves this month and if you have any “”beauty goals”” you want to work on, too!