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When I first started blogging, I was so obsessed with having favorites every month since it’s the standard in the beauty industry of social media. I’m not one to indulge in beauty products, as ironic as it sounds being a makeup enthusiast. My product selections now are curated, and most importantly, items I truly love using. I swear, if I did monthly favorite blog posts or videos, I’d literally have one or two products at most.
Let’s get skincare out of the way first, shall we? I’ve really been enjoying the Balm Dotcom from Glossier (click for 10% off your first order!) lately, especially the Birthday one. I regularly use these before bed; whenever I have chapped lips, I make sure to slather on a thicker layer, and I always wake up to them being super soft and moisturized. The Birthday one smells like a vanilla cake and has iridescent micro shimmers – they’re actually not as noticeable on the lips as you’d think, but just knowing it’s there makes me feel really glam in a natural way. I’m also appreciating the holo packaging!
The Paula’s Choice 2% BHA a liquid that gently exfoliates your skin. I’ve used this before in the past, but I didn’t see much of a difference so I stopped using it after I was finished with my bottle. I had a sample pack laying around and I’m trying to actively use up those pesky little packs – does anyone else hoard them? – so I did, and I noticed a difference this time around. Maybe it’s because it’s the summer, but my skin is undoubtedly smoother and not as textured as it used to be. Luckily I found a full size laying around my sister’s room and it’s still half full. She’s living in Ohio now, so by sister logic it’s mine.
Make Up For Ever has these sleek empty palettes that you can slip depotted and single shadows into. I bought the XL size (the one I wanted wasn’t available at the time) and I thought it was going to be too big, but it’s actually perfect! It’s a very slim and sturdy case with a strong magnetized bottom to keep shadows in place, and comes with a plastic and foam sheet to further protect your shadows when you’re traveling. I keep my everyday single shadows in here, and I’m tempted to rip apart my palettes to include my favorite shades in here, too. Bear in mind that these were made for the working makeup artist, so it’s designed to be very basic.
Lastly, I’ve really been enjoying using the Bite Beauty Multisticks. I never thought I’d like cream blush because I have dry skin and thought it would cling onto my dry patches. One of Claire’s videos finally convinced me to try it, and I’m so glad I did! I use it exactly how she does and it gives such a luminous flush to the cheeks without having shimmer or glitter. They’re also really nice to pat on the lips for a flush of effortless color. I have Brioche, Gelato, and Cashew, but honestly? I don’t need both Brioche and Cashew, as they’re both warm tones and pretty close to each other in shade.