September Favorites 2015!

September Faves

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Hope everyone’s weekend was great.

October is practically here so here’s a quick post on items I have been enjoying this month.

Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush

I have the older model of this brush but I’ve found myself using this practically everyday this past month.  Not sure why I overlooked this brush for a while but I’m happy to have started using it again.  This brush is  bigger than most concealer brushes but I love it for that purpose.  After applying concealer underneath my eyes, this quickly blends everything into place and it doesn’t tug the eye area.

Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Synthetic Buffing Brush 130

Another brush I have used frequently, as you can probably tell from the disappearing letters.  I picked this up at Target and love using this to apply foundation/tinted moisturizer and it’s excellent for buffing out cream blushes or bronzers.

Origins VitaZing SPF15 Energy-boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen Sheer Tint Release

A sample that came in this year’s Sephora Sun Safety Kit, this moisturizer goes on clear but within a few seconds turns into a tinted moisturizer.  It’s a bit darker than my normal foundations but gives just enough of a tan glow that doesn’t come across as orange or fake.  It gives an, “I’ve been on vacation,” glow without having to leave home and I use the Sonia Kashuk Buffing Brush with this one.

HydroPeptide Power Lift Advanced Ultra-Rich Moisturizer

I picked up a HydroPeptide set at the trade show and this moisturizer has been a pleasant surprise.  The consistency with this one is very thick where I can flip it upside down and it takes a while to move.  Normally, I run away from these types of moisturizers as they are too heavy for my combination skin and cause me to breakout.  So far, this has worked wonderfully for my skin. I only use a pea-sized amount and it glides on my skin, making it feel hydrated and not tight. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel heavy either.  I use this at night and feel it will be perfect for the cooler weather coming up.

What were your favorite products this month?

Stephanie

Summer Must Have: Lip Colors!

SMH Lips

Hello readers and welcome to my second installment of my ‘Summer Must Have’ series in which I share products I think are perfect for summer.  Today, it’s all about my favorite lippies!  From neutral to bright, drugstore to high-end, you’re bound to find something you’ll like.

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Palomino

Love this magenta hued lipstick as it’s richly pigmented and creamy formula applies smoothly. The color will eventually wear off after a few hours especially after drinking or eating but it’ll leave behind a stain.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella 

Part of the Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift, this crimson red lip pencil soon became one of my favorites.  The pencil tip allows for a smoother and precise application and the matte formula is comfortable to wear.

NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Rags to Riches

Highly pigmented color and budget friendly, this lipstick is a beautiful pink shade that has a creamy application. Not the longest-wearing shade but it does last a solid 4 hours.

Sonia Kashuk Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Nude

A vibrant berry shade, this lip crayon is very similar to the Nars Matte Velvet Pencil for a fraction of the price:  easy to apply and the matte formula ensures lasting color.

Swatch 1

L-R: Palomino, Cruella, Rags to Riches, Raspberry Nude

 

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody 

This dark berry/plum color can be worn sheer or layered for more intensified color .  It comes in a retractable pencil like form which means you never have to worry about sharpening it and can spend those precious seconds having fun.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Nude 

Packaged in a squeeze tube, the soft angled tip allows for easy application and the neutral color is a forgiving shade that can be applied on the go.

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk

If you want to venture out of your comfort zone and are looking for a lovely orange hue, look no further. Rich, creamy and glossy color, all encapsulated in one pencil.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain in Corail Aquatique

The most luxurious of the bunch, this gorgeous coral pink gloss is speckled with subtle gold shimmer and leaves behind a lovely stain.  The unique applicator has a wider base that deposits color on your lips while the pointed edge makes it easy to get a precise application.

Swatch 2

L-R: Moody, Melted Nude, Punch Drunk, Corail Aquatique

That does it for today!

What are your favorite lip products for summer? 

Stephanie 

P.S. In case you missed my first post in the series, click here.

 

Shop Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness

BCA

October, sometimes referred to as ‘Pinktober’, is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  With a 1 in 8 probability of women developing breast cancer in their lifetime, early detection is key.  This can be achieved through:

  • Monthly breast self-exams
  • Routine clinical exams and mammograms
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Staying physically active
  • Eating fruits and vegetables
  • Not smoking
  • Limiting alcohol consumption

For more information, consult with your physician and you can visit nationalbreastcancer.org for additional information.

Shop For A Cause 

You can help support and fund different organizations by shopping for limited edition ‘pink’ products.  These are just a few I found.  Click on the link(s) I provided at the bottom of each product to learn more.

Aveda ‘hand relief’ Breast Cancer Research Foundation Moisturizer $26

Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder (pink cap edition) $26

EOS Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Collection- Lip Balm and Hand Lotion Set $7.99

Essie 2014 BCA Collection $8.50 each

Estee Lauder, Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection $29.50 

Murad Hydrate For Hope $49.50

Nest Passion Candle $28

Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set $15.99

Tocca Sapone de Viaggio in Cleopatra (Daisy Soap Set) $24

Other Ways to Help

You can donate, fundraise, volunteer or become a sponsor with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen or Look Good Feel Better.

Remember, sometimes no symptoms will manifest which makes routine check-ups imperative. “When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. (National Cancer Institute) 

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