July Beauty Favorites

These are the products I’ve been loving and using all month long!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

For the whole month of July, I decided to try a new foundation. In my post Skincare Solutions, I mentioned that I only use Bare Minerals due to my sensitive skin. However, I really wanted to try something new. I heard so many good things about the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation and decided I HAD to try it. I am so happy I gave this foundation a try because it is AMAZING. First off, I went to Ulta to grab a sample and I have yet to run out (YASSS). A little goes a long way with this foundation, applying too much will make your face look cakey. The foundation looks best when applied with a traditional flat brush or a “beauty blender” for a flawless finish. Another great thing about this foundation is that it’s super matte which means it is perfect for those of us who have oily skin. The best thing about this makeup is that it didn’t break me out (YASSSSSSS x3). I would recommend this foundation to anyone with oily and sensitive skin. I wouldn’t suggest this foundation to people who have dry skin because the formula is matte and drying. I did purchase this foundation yesterday during Tarte’s friends and family event and got 3o percent off.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Ya’ll this sponge saves lives, I cannot imagine what my makeup would look like without it. I love this sponge for blending in concealer and smoothing out the little areas makeup brushes can’t get to. I apply my foundation first with a makeup brush and then conceal using the sponge. I’m not sure if many people damp the sponge but if you aren’t, try it. Wetting the sponge makes a huge difference and gives the face an air brushed finish. After I blend out the concealer, I go back over it with the sponge and I love my results. This sponge retails for $5.99.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick: Trust Issues, MAC Lipstcks and Lip Pencils

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(Left to right: Nightmoth, Cork, Trust Issues, Stone, Styled in Sepia)

Anastasia Beverly Hils (ABH)  Liquid Lipstick: Trust Issues– OMG can we please just talk about this liquid lipstick? I think this was the most anticipated color from the fall ABH liquid lipstick colors . Trust Issues is BOMB, it’s truly an amazing color and I haven’t seen it look bad on anyone. Honesty, the color can be pulled off with any skin tone.These pictures don’t do the color justice. I wore this lipstick out and received so many compliments! I had drinks and didn’t have to touch up my lips afterwards. I was amazed at how long the color stayed on and didn’t smear or smudge.

MAC Lipstick: Styled in Sepia– This by all means isn’t a new color. It is actually a limited edition color that came out months ago. However, this month I’ve found myself in a nude lip phase. Nude lips are so easy because they go with any and everything. Whenever I’m in a rush, I just swipe and go. I love this lip color because it is the perfect nude for us women with darker skin. I always line my lips before applying any bright color or nude. Dupe for this color: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sepia

MAC Lipstick: Stone– This color was originally a lip pencil but MAC made it into a permanent matte lipstick a couple months ago. I would say this color is a gray nude. A lot of people compared Styled in Sepia to this color, but Stone has too much of a gray tone for the two colors to be the same. This is my other go-to lip color when I’m going for a nude lip, and the month of July has been all about nude lips for me.

MAC Lip Pencil: Nightmoth– This is the lip pencil I’ve been using with the color Trust Issues. It’s a really pretty deep plum.

MAC Lip Pencil: Cork– This lip pencil is a golden brown color. I think it’s a great lip pencil  for women with darker skin because it blends well with our skin tone and can deepen any nude lipstick. I always use this lip pencil when wearing nude colors.

Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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Talk about long and luxurious lashes? For the longest time, I heard so many great things about this mascara but never attempted to try it. I’m happy I finally came to my senses and tried this mascara out. I purchased the travel size before committing to the full size, and let’s just say I am definitely ready to commit. This mascara is buildable and makes your lashes look so long. The travel size retails for $12.00 and the full size is $23.00.

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