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August Favorites

Oh my – so much goodness I found in the month of August. The list may not be long, but the love I have for these products runs deep.

 

1. I am in love, love loving this Blue Ionic BlueWave NanoIonic Square/Round Brush. The squarish design gives you so much more traction on wet hair to dry faster and with less frustration. Since I bought it, it’s been my go-to hair brush. The extra-large is shown here at $28, so it’s not even that pricey of a brush. bioionic.com

2. NARS you keep breathing new life into my makeup game. Case in point; Rigel. This metallic Rose Gold eyeshadow is so gorgeous I could weep. Yes, it’s just that good. It’s gorgeously light and luminous when applied dry, but apply wet for MAJOR shadow drama. You will be lit from within! $29 narscosmetics.com

Those have been my new favorites in the month of August. Still going strong today. Don’t you love trying something new and realizing you’ve been missing it your entire adult life, but didn’t know until just now? Yeah, me too.

 

June Favorites

There’s so much good stuff I’ve been using this past month. So, so much! So let’s get started.

Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Cleanser
I have very red cheeks. Not Rosacea, as far as I can tell, but highly pigmented cheeks. Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Cleanser helps to soothe and calm my cheeks while removing dirt, grime, and makeup at the same time.  Actually, the entire line of Redness Relief products are great, but it all starts with the cleanser, right? You can find the entire line at paulaschoice.com – I like shopping on their site directly because they allow you to purchase SAMPLES (for .50), which is a great way to try something new without breaking the bank to do so – or to buy products that are the perfect size for traveling. The full size is around $17 – not too bad at all.

NARSSKIN Double Refining Exfoliator
One thing I learned from Nars’ International Makeup Artist Uzo is that EXFOLIATING is the way to keep your skin looking young and fresh. Sure, moisturizer is important as well, but keeping those dead skin cells turning over is the way to glowing luminous skin. I really like this formula because you can feel the grains, but they are small and rounded. They don’t hurt or irritate skin, but after you rinse the product off your face, you can definitely tell your skin is smoother. This is the time to use that moisturizer you love. It now has a better chance of sinking into skin, and giving you the benefits you desire. At $34, it may sound a little expensive, but you will be surprised at how long it lasts. I’ve been using mine for a little over 3 months now and haven’t had to buy a new bottle. And yes, you can (and should) use this type of exfoliator every day. I prefer to use in the AM, but PM would be fine also. NARS products can be purchased in the boutique (if you’re in Atlanta), online, or in a full Sephora store (not the ones in JCP)

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana PowderINSTAGLAM-COMPACT-DELUXE-BA
While I have heard of the banana powder craze, Rodial’s version was my first to try. A true skeptic, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am a believer now!

I put this pressed powder on thickly after I use my under eye concealer and let it “bake” for a few minutes while I finish up the rest of my makeup. I do the same thing along my jawline, right below my contour.

Once I have finished my makeup, I dust off the excess and BAM – my under eye discoloration is gone and my eyes look well rested. It doesn’t settle into lines or look cakey at all! My jawline looks amazing and it makes my contour look even better. Now I have to try Rodial’s Contouring Powder! The luxe compact is $57 and is supposed to be available online and in Blue Mercury stores, but I haven’t been able to find it.  When that information becomes available, I’ll leave a comment for those of you who are interested in purchasing it.

Terry De Gunzburg Thé Glacé Parfum
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I love perfume. I’m always switching it up and trying new fragrances based on the time of the year and my mood. Despite my penchant for fragrance changes, I’m falling hard for The Glacé. What a gorgeous fragrance this is. It’s a light citrus (I smell a hint of lime) that dries down to a soft musk that is still undeniably feminine. Sure, it’s expensive; it even smells expensive. There’s a sophistication in the fragrance that screams luxe. However, at $170 for a 100ml bottle really is not that expensive, comparatively speaking. And if you love it as much as I do, you’ll wear it all the time and get your money’s worth out of it. Look for it on Barney’s website.

That’s all I have to share for June favorites. Leave a comment down below if you’d be interested in reading about UNFavorites.

 

xo,
Brett

April Favorites

It’s that time again when I let you know the products I’ve been loving. I’d love to hear if you’ve been enjoying anything special yourself. Feel free to leave a comment below.

  1. Make Up For Ever’s Sens’Eyes Eye and Lip Cleanser is such a great product for removing even the longest wearing eyeliner, mascara, shadow and lip products.The best thing about it, in my opinion, is that it isn’t greasy/oily like some eye makeup removers can be. And, a little goes a long way. I’ve actually been using the travel size for many months now (you can find that at Sephora stores and maybe on their website. The travel I believe is $10 and the full size (100ml) is $25.
  2. Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss in Cake Walk has become a favorite go-to when I want a little color and shine, or just want something on my lips so they aren’t dry. Yes, it’s a volumizing formula, but it doesn’t have that distinct tingle that similar products of yesteryear had. No stinging or hotness at all. There is a tiny bit of shimmer, but it’s not overkill and it’s very fine. You could comfortably use this during the day and on into the night. One of the best things is the price: $6! You can find it at your local Walmart store, or on the Walmart website. With the price so low, you could definitely splurge and buy a couple of shades.
  3. Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder isn’t new, or new to me. I had used it in the past, but for some reason, stopped using it and was using something else. I’ve recently rekindled my love for this bronzer because it’s so great for contouring.  It’s natural looking, and blends out beautifully. You can build the color up as much as your like, or have just a sheer wash of color, depending on your skin tone.  If you’ve used it before, you know what I’m talking about.  Of course there are deeper and lighter shades, if needed, but this has become a cult classic.  You can pick up the regular size for $39 dollars.However, if you adore this product as much as I do, you’re in luck! There’s a limited edition version that is much larger and fragranced with Tiare flower. It smells delicious and comes with its own perfectly shaped brush. You can pick this beauty up online and definitely in a NARS Boutique, but I’m not sure about Sephora. It’s $59 which I think is a steal!It’s a short and sweet list this time, but these are the products that really stood out for me and I hope you get a chance to give them a try.