Hits & Misses: August Edition

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Summer’s over? That’s annoying; it’s definitely time to stow away the shorts and bring out the chunky sweaters.  Before we bundle up for fall, let’s reminisce over what happened in August – a weekend trip to Vancouver, Outsidelands, and a road trip to Reno.  Let’s see what came out on top and what should really be left in the dust.

Hits

1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Brightener – This is one of the best pink/salmon concealers I have ever tried that really brightens and neutralizes my dark circles.  I apply this in a triangle shape that starts near my tear duct and the point of the triangle meets the top of my cheekbone and continues along my cheekbone. (Visual here) The sponge applicator really helps this concealer apply smoothly and I just blend it out with my Beautyblender and it doesn’t look cake-y or settle into my pores.

2. MAC Selectcover in NC25 – This is an oldie but a goldie. This was the first concealer I had ever bought and over the years I forgot how good it was.  I repurchased it a couple months ago and I have been loving it.  It works great for under the eyes as well as on small blemishes.  I use this in conjunction with the Maybelline Brightener.  I like to fill in the triangle I create with the brightener with this yellowish concealer.  The doe foot applicator really helps target the darkest areas of the eye and because it’s more of a liquid consistency, it’s really easy to blend out.  The MAC and Maybelline concealers combined neutralize and cover my dark circles completely, but the finish is still very natural.

3. bareMinerals 5-In-1 BB Cream Shadow in Divine Wine – This cream shadow is perfect as an everyday crease color. It’s really easy to apply and blend out and I don’t even use a brush; I just dab this product onto my finger and blend away.  It’s really subtle and natural and there is no need to put a shadow over it.  It also stays all day and doesn’t crease.

4. theBalm Instain Blush in Swiss Dot – If you have trouble making your blush stay, you NEED to try this product.  This blush comes in a powder form, but after a couple minutes, it will actually stain your cheeks so even if the powder rubs off throughout the day, your cheeks will still have a subtle tint to them.  For me, this blush lasts all day and when I get home from work, I can still see some color on my cheeks.  This blush is super creamy and pigmented and a little will go a long way.  Swiss Dot is a peachy-apricot shade and it is completely matte.  Although it’s matte, it still adds a glow to your face – it doesn’t accentuate your pores or dry patches.  It makes a great summer to fall transition blush color.

5. Paper Towns by John Green – After reading and watching The Fault In Our Stars, I got kind of hooked on everything John Green.  His Youtube channel, and of course, reading his other book, Paper Towns.  This book was so good that I literally could not put it down once I started reading it.  I was on a 6-hour bus ride to Reno at the end of August and I finished this book before I even arrived in Reno.  I normally fall asleep during long car or bus rides, so the fact that this book kept me up is saying something.  I don’t want to give too much away, but it is a “coming of age” story and I would describe it as a mystery/adventure novel.  On a completely side note, I recently found out that John Green came to my high school to give a talk AFTER I had graduated.  Needless to say, I was super bummed, but I also didn’t know about John Green until last year, so I probably would have skipped the talk.  If only I had read more in high school…

6. Stuart Weitzman Sunbelt Bootie – The thought process of purchasing these booties was long, frustrating, and exhausting.  I originally saw these booties at the Stuart Weitzman store with my friend Nadia and we both fell in love with them.  They were quite pricey, so I didn’t really think about buying them because I wouldn’t get a lot of use out of them.  About a month ago, I saw that they had gone on sale for 50% off and after weeks of pondering I asked Nadia if I should buy them.  She told me that she bought them at the original price and didn’t regret it one bit, so at that point, I was convinced.  I quickly purchased them and it was final sale, so there was no going back.  Even at 50% off, they are quite pricey, but they are so comfortable and versatile that I don’t regret buying them.  They are very sturdy and they make my legs look slimmer and longer.  I plan on wearing them for the rest of summer and into fall and then bring them back for spring.  They are still on sale, so if you were thinking of investing in some good quality booties, I would definitely check them out.

Misses

7. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo – Ever since I dyed my hair, I’ve been trying to wash it every other day instead of every day.  Unfortunately, I have thick hair and a lot of it, so my hair can get pretty greasy, pretty quickly.  I also like to workout every day, so in order to keep my hair looking fresh for two days, I have to use a lot of dry shampoo.  Since I was using a lot more product in my hair, I needed a clarifying shampoo to use once a week just to get rid of any build-up or residue that had accumulated over the week.  I’ve heard great things about this Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo and it got really good reviews on all the beauty websites, so I decided to give it a try.  First off, this shampoo does not lather, so I find that I have to use a lot in order to wash just my roots.  Then rinsing it out, my hair just felt really dry and limp.  After air drying my hair, I noticed that my hair looked very greasy, but my scalp would be really dry.  My scalp was producing more oil than it needed to in order to counterbalance the dryness created by this shampoo.  I tried this product for three weeks and decided to toss it because my hair was looking like a grease ball and I was getting a little bit of dandruff.  Not a good look.

8.  Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo – I recently tried this because I ran out of my Living Proof Full Shampoo and I wanted to try something new.  I really like the Living Proof Full Shampoo because it doesn’t contain any sodium chloride.  Sodium chloride will dry out your hair and will make color fade faster, so my hair stylist told me to find a shampoo that didn’t contain this ingredient.  The lady working at Sephora told me she loved the new Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Shampoo because although it did contain sodium chloride, it was really gentle and didn’t dry out her hair.  I decided to give it a shot, but after a few uses, I noticed that my hair was a lot drier and it would be a lot frizzier after I air dried it.  Overall, I was not impressed with this shampoo.  I honestly think that there are drugstore shampoos that are better than this Bumble and Bumble shampoo.  Thank god for Sephora’s great return policy because I returned this shampoo and exchanged it for the Living Proof Full Shampoo.

It seems like I tried a lot of shampoo this month, but for me, I really like to switch my shampoos up every now and again.

What did you guys love in August? Let me know!

Stay Chic!

 

Sun Savers

Do you want to know my number-one rule for summer? Wear sunscreen everyday.  The sun is not your friend! Yes, it will give you a nice tan, but it will also cause skin damage.

I get tan so easily, and sunscreen doesn’t prevent me from tanning.  I went swimming for 30 minutes and I came back with a swimsuit tan.  It was a little ridiculous.  Even though I tan so quickly, sunscreen still protects me from harmful UV rays.  Since I like to exercise outside, sunscreen is essential.

Aveeno can be found at your CVS, Walgreens, Target, or Ulta

Next, when I work out, I use Neutrogena’s Wet Skin Sunblock in SPF 45.  This sunscreen is great for swimming, sweat, and humidity.  Unlike the normal Neutrogena sunscreen, you can put this on and jump right into the pool.  This sunscreen will not drip off when you sweat or swim, so it provides continuous protection.

Neutrogena Products can be found at CVS, Walgreens, Target, or Ulta

If you want to protect your hair from the sun, try Redken’s Color Extend Sun Solar Screen in SPF 12.  Just spray this in your hair before getting into the sun and your hair will be protected.

Redken can be found at some drugstores, Target, or Ulta

To remind myself to wear sunscreen everyday, I put them right above my makeup drawer  in my bathroom.  I have not missed a day yet!  Anyways, I hope you guys are all enjoying your summer and soaking up the sun, but don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Summer Skincare Routine!

Now that summer is well on its way, I thought I would share what I’m doing to take care of my skin.  Houston summers are hot and humid, so I had to make some changes to my skincare routine. I have combination/oily skin.  In the summer, I tend to be on the oily end.

Starting with my cleanser, I’ve been using Kiehl’s since High School, and it has done wonders for my skin.  Currently I have been using the Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser with my Clarisonic.  Since this cleanser has Amazonian White Clay in it, it helps soak up the oil, but it doesn’t dry out the skin.

Since when I get the occasional pimple, it does leave a nasty scar, so every other day, I use my St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub to help buff away the scar.

Moving on to toners, I use Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner.  I like this toner because it refreshes the skin and the alcohol does not strip the skin. I transfer the toner to a spray bottle, so I can just spray my face in the morning and at night and just dab it with a cotton pad.

Finally, for a moisturizer, I use Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion.  My face gets a bit more oily here in Houston, so I use this so I’m not adding any excess oil to my face.

After moisturizing, I have to put on sunscreen.  Never forget about sunscreen! I like doing outdoor activities, so sunscreen is a must for me.  I’m currently using Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunblock SPF 55. This sunscreen is made specifically for the face, so it won’t clog your pores and it will help keep your skin clear.

If you are looking for a new cleanser or moisturizer, I do recommend trying Kiehl’s because they won’t try and sell you anything you might not need and they are more than willing to give you any sample for you to try.  My first time at a Kiehl’s store was when I was breaking out and I told the lady my skin type and the problems that I have and she immediately suggested the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser and I have been using it ever since.  I also like Kiehl’s because they didn’t tell me that their products are “miracle” products.  They just told me if I was consistent with using my face routine, my face would slowly clear up and once it was clear, the routine would help keep it clear.  Anyways, I hope this helped!

These products can be found at Kiehl’s. The apricot scrub and sunscreen can be found at drugstores.

If you want me to try out and review other products, just leave a comment.

I will also be doing a face masque post, so comment if you want me to try any masques!