July 2012 Favorites!

June was my first ever favorites post and being done so spur the moment I was forced to try and remember all of the things I had been loving the previous month. This month however, I made sure to pay attention and write down all the things I had been gravitating towards and obsessing over. Well, here’s my July Favorites…

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
MAC Fix +
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

I’ve been doing my makeup quite a bit this month and the main reason is because I found a face routine that takes less than 5 minutes. A full makeup routine in under 10 minutes (adding bronzer, blush, mascara and a lip product). I start by using the Maybelline concealer to cover any redness, blemishes and my under eye circles. Next, I spray my entire face with MAC fix + and follow that by applying MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural with a fluffy brush. This gives the perfect amount of coverage for summer. Although, for me it’s also enough coverage for everyday and I plan on doing this when schools starts back up since it’s so quick and easy.

Wet N Wild Blush in Pearlescent Pink

I’ve been reaching for Wet n Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink more times than not this month. It’s a great basic pink with a light shimmer to it. I’ve seen a few people compare Pearlescent Pink to Nars blush in Orgasm. While they do look similar in the pan they don’t apply as complete dupes on my skin. I find that Orgasm is more sheer when applied and Pearlescent Pink is more opaque.

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Color Palette

Whenever I wanted to spice up my makeup this month I added some eye shadow. I found myself grabbing for this Sonia Kashuk 12 eye shadow palette in Eye on Color and constantly using the 4 shades within the highlighted square. I liked and used these shades so much that I went on a hunt to find higher end dupes. I was between a few different brands but ended up purchasing Urban Decay shadows in X, Smog and Freelove. They’re not exact dupes but I like those three shades even better!

L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipstick

I purchased one shade of the L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipstick on a whim because the hot pink on the packaging caught my eye. Boy am I glad I did! This just took Revlon Lipbutter’s spot as my favorite drugstore lipstick. They’re actually very similar to the Lipbutters because they’re extremely moisturizing and apply sheer but have no problem building up color. The only difference is the Colour Riche Caresse Lipsticks go on much smoother than the Lipbutters and that’s saying a lot being that their name is Lipbutter. I have this lipstick in three shades: Blushing Sequin (hot pink), Cotton Pink (light, Barbie pink) and my favorite of the three, Sunset Angora (coral).

(I’ve also been wear Baby Lips in Pink Punch a bunch this past month)

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Let me first say I am not a face wash girl. I’m good with just a plain ol’ bar of soap to wash my face but I decided to give this Cetaphil cleanser a try after seeing a YouTube “beauty guru” talk about how it did wonders for her skin. Since seeing that video earlier this month I have been washing my face with this cleanser morning and night. I don’t think I’ve used it long enough to say whether or not it truly works for me since I did have a few small breakouts throughout the month but I’m definitely liking it so far.

Pink Fresh Vanillas Dream On Body Mist

This spray was a $4.50 impulse buy at the Victoria Secret Semi Annual sale back in June (I think?) and it actually paid off because I loveee this scent! I have been grabbing for it almost every single day this summer. During the summer I usually prefer to wear body sprays/mists daily because they’re less intense unless I’m going out then I’ll wear a summery scented perfume instead.

Sally Hansen Nail Color in Pacific Blue

Ladies and gentlemen, I have a new favorite polish! I still love my China Glaze Below Deck but Pacific Blue definitely takes the cake! I had been drooling over this color for weeks since seeing everyone posting pictures wearing it on Instagram but I could never find it anywhere. I had been checking every single store I went in for a weeks and thankfully I finally got my hands on it. Let me tell you, it was 100% worth the wait and all the searching! I’m actually painting it on my nails while typing out this post. I’m not even going to go into explaining Pacific Blue’s wonderfulness. Here’s the Google link to swatches of the color so you can see for yourself.

(I finally found it at one of my local Walgreens despite other Walgreens in the area not having it)

Garden Veggie Straws

My favorite snack of the month was hands down Veggie Straws. And yes, I know they don’t have any type of nutritional value… although I wish they did! I’ve been buying a GIGANTIC bag of these from Costco but I’ve seen the normal size bag at Trader Joes and a few other stores that carry groceries as well (in case you haven’t tried them and would like to).

Rascal Flatts Changed

My mom and I went to our 5th annual Rascal Flatts concert together this past Saturday so basically this entire month I’ve been listening to their newest CD ‘Changed’ to prepare for the concert. Whether you’re a country lover or not I’d highly suggest you check out this album, as well as any other Rascal Flatts music. I think they create songs and albums that can be related to and liked by music lovers of all genres.

Favorite TV Shows of the Month

I’ve been loving four specific tv shows this month: Pretty Little Liars, True Blood, Breaking Bad and of course I had to give Beverly Hills Nannies a little shout out. I’ve also been catching up on a ton of DVRed shows but I only wanted to include shows I’ve loved this month that are currently in season.

London 2012 Olympics

Oh! And I’ve also been watching the Olympics since they started. So far I’ve been keeping up with diving, swimming and my favorite, gymnastics. I plan on watching the track and field events as well. Go USA!

Well, that’s it for my July favorites! What about you? If you have any favorites you’d like to share leave a comment. I’d love to hear about your must haves for July.

Thanks for reading! Happy Hump Day!

– Katie


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