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My Favorites From July

Since I've single-handedly killed my YouTube channel (we'll talk about this at a later date), my monthly favorites need to live somewhere. I love watching videos like this and reading posts like this and writing posts like this, so you know what, this is what we're going to deal with today. It's a new day, a new month, and I'm feeeeeeeeeeeeeeling good. *insert horns section here*

Where was I going with that? 

I'm a nosy person by heart and I like to know what other people are enjoying. So, for all of you nosy peeps out there like me, I feel you and here's a little glimpse into what was my cup of tea in July. It's mainly beauty because let's be real, I very rarely remember that I have fashion favorites from the month. In case you were curious, I've basically been wearing the same two white t-shirts and black t-shirt throughout the entirety of July, usually with different bottoms but who am I kidding, I just wear my Levi's Wedgie Jeans or my pairs of cut-offs I got from Awoke Vintage in Williamsburg. Eat your heart out, Kate Sanders. Come at me!

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If you follow me on Twitter, you might be caught up with the saga of my mom going to the Lancome counter in search of some skincare products. She dubbed the employee who helped her out Minka because she looked like Minka Kelly, which isn't really that relevant. I just think that it's funny. I digress, she ended up leaving with a bunch of makeup–both full-sized and deluxe sample sized–including this highlighter. When I was home, she gave it to me and I happily accepted as I'm still on my makeup buying freeze because, well, it's expensive?

This isn't my favorite highlighter that I've ever owned because that title belongs to my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, but I do really enjoy using this one. It's a very light gold, which is flattering with my neutral toned fair skin. Some highlighters can just end up too dark on my face. If I'm not wearing the right amount of bronzer or eye makeup, even Becca's Champagne Pop can show up a little dark on me. It's a hard knock life being this pale. Rivaling Snow White is always a good time though, eh?

This is a pretty fine powder but if you're not careful it has the potential to be a little chunky on the glittery side. I haven't had any major issues with it, but definitely go with the "less is more" mentality when you first dip your brush in. It is a pretty powerful highlighter, so you probably won't need as much as you think you need.

Mario Badescu is a name that we all (should) know and love. If you have acne and haven't tried their Drying Lotion...wyd? It dries up your zits overnight without having to spend a hefty price tag on other spot treatments. If my skin didn't get used to it, I'd still be using it religiously for those second heads on my face that I get around my period.

Facial mists are especially fun because they're a great refresher for your skin. On a rare day where I stay home all day and don't put any makeup on, sometimes I'll just mist this on my face mid-day to refresh my skin and stop it feeling gross and grimy. It is just what it sounds like: a hydrating facial mist infused with aloe, herbs, and rose water. Combined, they have super great hydrating and refreshing benefits. You can use it on your tight, dry skin to add a dose of hydration back into your face. Or, you can also use it over your makeup as a makeshift setting powder to blend all of the different aspects of your look together. 

Really, this spray is just super multi-faceted and costs less than fifteen bucks (you can get the smaller bottle for around $7 or $8, which is how I prefer my skincare to be priced) a pop. They also have other scents available if you're looking for another option or just want to collect them all.

So, I'm not going to lie, I actually hate lip liner. I've just never found it necessary and never used it with lipstick, even my deepest, darkest shades. However, I got my hands on a few of these Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencils because they were part of an event that my company was hosting and I got a few little goodies as a gift. These pencils come in a huge range of shades, as most MUFE products do, but they're not just lip liners. The Artist Pencils are for your eyes, lips, and even your brows. They're a multi-purpose product great for on the fly or traveling or if you're a makeup artist yourself and need multi-use products in your kit. 

I have a few different colors, both for typical eyeliner and lipstick shades, but I literally use this nude shade Completely Sepia at least once, if not two or three times a week. I'll wear it by itself, with a matching nude on top, or even just to line my lips without filling them in to stop something from bleeding. It's super easy to blend and sharpen, which is uber important to me. Have you ever had a shitty eye or lip pencil and you're trying to sharpen it and the tip keeps breaking and gets all jagged and uneven? Doesn't happen with thise one. My only suggestion is not to press too hard if it has more of a point because too much pressure in that sense will cause the very tip to break off and nobody likes losing product to something like that!

I think at this point, I could make an entire section on my blog just for this Charlotte Tilbury cream eyeshadow. How much more can I say about this that I haven't said before? It's insanely pigmented, super easy to blend out, and the most long-lasting cream shadow I've ever used. I use it as a base and on its own, whatever I'm feeling for that day. If I'm having a chill Sunday but still want to put some makeup on, I slap a sheer layer of this on my eyes and call it a day. It's the perfect bronze shade without leaning too gold or brown, which aren't great colors for me with my complexion. I keep saying that I want to get more and I could easily go and swatch them at Bergdorf's, but the only thing that would hold me back is the price. Definitely more of a treat yourself product (and brand, tbh) but if you can swing it and love cream eyeshadow, you know what to do!

Guys, my luck with Apple products in the month of July was nonexistent. First, my Macbook Air that isn't even two years old broke unexpectedly because of a small Logic Board malfunction (nothing I did to it though, "these things just happen" in the words of the Apple employee who was helping me on) (not hating on him though, he was just doing his job, but I would have been less angry if at least it was something that I had done to it so there was an explanation). I forked over the money to fix it, put it on my credit card, and only almost cried in the middle of SoHo until I ate both a doughnut and a cookie to make myself feel better. I didn't, in case you were wondering. Emotional eating always makes me feel worse.

My old iPhone 6 also decided to break. It was to be expected, but I only had that specific phone since October, so like, super glad it already decided to kick the bucket. The battery needed to be serviced again and was dying within a few hours without being on the charger. I've been stranded multiple nights with a dead phone, even using my battery back phone case to keep it alive. There was also a crack underneath the screen, which is something that I no doubt caused, but my main concern was the whole battery life thing. I finally decided to just say "fuck it" and fork over the money for a new phone. It was time anyway. The more updates I put on my old phone, the slower it was going to run, as Apple likes to do. Ugh. 

I'm now the proud owner of an iPhone 8+ so like, hello portrait mode? I'm still getting used to the size, but so far, so good!

What were some of your favorites from July?


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