July beauty favourites and 200 Days of No-Buy

I’ve never done a monthly favourites because I fear that my picks will become too repetitive month after month, since my favourites don’t change drastically.  Maybe it won’t be a monthly affair but let’s see how it goes. Before I get to my July favourites, I just want to acknowledge that today is my 200 day of No-Buy (aside from my birthday purchases, which is completely pardoned in No-Buy-land) – yay:
Onto the July favourites:

Consonant Skincare The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30 – I brought this along on my road trip and as its name implies, it really is the perfect sunscreen. It provided protection while creating a nice canvas for my concealer and BB Cream and didn’t leave a white cast. I did a review on this here.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-in-One BB Cream in Light / Medium – overall, I much prefer Asian BB Creams but if pushed to recommend a North American one, this would be my pick. This is the lightest shade and it’s slightly too dark for me in the wintertime so it’s perfect as a summer base. It provides a light amount of coverage, but not so sheer that it’s invisible.  It also smells like iced tea, and I am a sucker for anything that smells like tea.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Buff 340 – I also brought this on vacation and it provided just the right amount of colour correction and highlighting for laid back relaxed days.

Lancaster Infinite Bronze Illuminating Compact Powder in Kaleidoscope – sorry to include an item that’s discontinued but I really love this bronzer (I have a back up!) so I couldn’t not include it.  It’s a massive compact with multi-coloured bronzers and neutralizers to make the skin glow. The compact has a whopping 20g of product so I’m not sure when / if I’ll ever open my back up.

Nars Blush in Luster – described as a golden apricot shade, it’s the perfect compliment to a bronzed skin look.  It looks unassuming the pan, but it provides the ideal amount of pigment and sheen to the cheeks.
Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation SPF35 in SP30 – I brought this on my trip as well and have been wearing it the whole month of July.  It provides light coverage and added sun protection.

MAC 137 Long Blending Brush – I’m SO glad I bought this! It’s fantastic for all the pops of bright blushes I’ve been wearing.  And, I believe this brush is now permanent!  This is totally back up worthy. 😉

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Ro(Cocoa) #48 – a shimmery golden brown that I like to wear on my lower lash line.  It’s a bronzey shade without any orange which can sometimes make me look sickly.  The silky gel pencil formula is one of the most budge-proof ones I’ve tried.  I want more shades of this formula.

Lto R: Marc Jacobs Gel Crayon in Ro(Cocoa), L’Oreal Infallible Amber Rush, Essie Coral Reef

L’Oreal Color Infallible loose eye shadow in #892 Amber Rush – a coppery shade that makes an easy one shade eye shadow look, and is best applied with fingers (patting onto the lids) and it lasts a long time on the lids, so it’s a fantastic choice for summer.

Essie nail polish in Coral Reef – on Essie’s site this is described as “a hot pink explosion to make heads turn” but I disagree, this isn’t just a hot pink colour, it’s more of a coral shade (as per the name, duh) with equal parts orange and bright pink.  It’s the quintessential summer colour!

Bath and Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Aloe Gel Lotion – I love the fragrance of the whole line and this aloe gel lotion is so refreshing for the summertime. It also packs a lot of hydration – my skin feels really soft after using this.  It’s a similar concept to the Body Shop Body Sorbets but I feel the BBW ones are more hydrating.  I’ve been using this daily since I got it, you’ll likely be seeing this in my next Trash Stash!

Clarins Pure & Radiant Mask with Pink Clay – this has been a long time love of mine and it’s come in handy recently with the heat wave we’ve had – heat really wrecks havoc with my skin, causing heat rash and tiny little bumps on the skin surface. What I like about this clay mask is that it’s not overly stripping, yet it does help to clarify the skin.

L to R: BBW Waikiki Beach Coconut, Clarins Pure & Radiant Mask, Benzagel Spot On

Benzagel Spot On 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide – I was plagued by hormonal break-outs on my chin this month (more so than previous months, I think the heat was a contributing factor) so I had to resort to this and it worked like a charm. I do have to apply this sparingly or else it causes red irritated patches on my skin.

Let me know if you want me to do a more thorough review of any of my favourites.  Have you tried any of them? What have you been enjoying lately?

57 thoughts on “July beauty favourites and 200 Days of No-Buy

          1. YUP i KNOW – it’s haunting me on my phone app thingy – i will go today ……. you know what though when i try to get something with my points – they always have the worst stuff …..it would be cool if you could REDEEM points for stuff you want – i never even read the description of the points thing – i am not Rouge yet – just VIB – minus 70 bux to be ROUGE – whatevers this is like the longest response ever LOL XO

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  1. Dammit, every time I read one of your big review posts, I end up with stuff on my wishlist! The Clarins mask and Essie polish (of course) are very intriguing to me 😀 That L’Oreal shadow is sooooo pretty!

    Congrats on hitting 200 days, and birthdays are totally exempt!!

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      1. For some reason I always thought they were loose shadows, which I am a bit leery of (no real reason, I’m just being weird) but it turns out these are kind of in between pressed and loose? That color is a beaut. I might have to try it!

        Aaaaaagh and that Essie is on my wishlist!

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  2. Go 200 days, well technically its 218. That is a amazing. I really like how the BBW aloe gel looks in comparison to the Body shop. I am very interested in Marc Jacobs in Ro. Its looks like a very luxurious color.

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    1. Not for me, it’s really 200 days because I had to restart my No-Buy in mid January because I broke it after 2 weeks into the new year! ><
      If you get a chance, go try out the BBW aloe gel – they're fantastic!


      1. ohh then Im really not on a no buy because I bought some skincare items. I was replacing the same skincare items but geez I have bought a few things here and there. I guess its a low buy. Are you going to continue this in 2016

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  3. Congrats on the 200 days! Wow that’s a great accomplishment! The L’Oreal Infalliable shadows are some of my favorite and I just love Amber Rush! ❤ xo

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  4. The BBW Waikiki line is absolutely delicious! And I can’t believe you are on 200 days of No-Buy. Mad respect, lol. I’d never have the willpower – which is so sad. I’m sure I could probably do it if I put my mind to it. 🙂

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    1. I bought pretty much the whole line of BBW Waikiki collection! I layer all the way from shower gel to body splash and perfume! I love it so much. 😀
      No-Buy was mostly difficult in the beginning – January has so many sales. I know it’ll become challenging again come Holiday time too… all those gift sets! 😮

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  5. ahh wow some great stuff here! Firstly well done on 200 shopping free days – amazing!! (yes bdays dont count! :)) loveee that mac brush, looks amazing! definitely need to pick them one up! That Essie nail polish is gorgeous as is Amber rush – lovely!!

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  6. Congrats on 200 days, girl! You are so strong and I’m so proud of you 🙂 lol!
    Also, I’m loving that L’Oréal eyeshadow!!! SO PRETTY!

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  7. Congrats on your 200! 🙂
    I’m ticking on my wish list the things to buy on my birthday. 🙂 I hope there’s a MJ highliner available somewhere.
    I’m intrigued with Garnier’s BB Cream, to think that it smells ice tea. But then again, it isn’t available here. 😦 Same goes with the BBW Waikiki Beach. I’ve scoured the mall last week for this but to no avail.

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    1. I think the BBW Waikiki is gone now, it was part of their summer collection and the stores are all now about FALL!
      Too bad the Garnier BB isn’t there – I thought Garnier was a global brand? They also offer an oily skin version which I heard is good too. I hope you find your wish list items!

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      1. Tough luck! I was about to ask my aunt there. 😦
        Garnier products are also available here but on a specified items. I was wondering why, WHY they didn’t carry the BB and I was hoping for the miscellar also.

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  8. Wow, that’s a lot of favourites! I always have the same fear as I tend to stick with the same products once they come to be my favourites 🙂 Also, big congratulations on 200 days of No-Buy!!!! Mac blending brush was something I’ve been eyeing, so this is just pushing me onto another shopping spree haha. I would love to hear more on Benzagel Spot On! And Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon looks so so pretty, I’m so jealous, I’m adding it to my wishlist. 🙂

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  9. Wow that nail polish color is sooooooo pretty! I’ve been desperate to find a pretty candied apple color like that! As for that Marc Jacobs liner, I’ll have to try one. I see a lot of people use it in their inner rim and now I get why!

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  10. Wait you haven’t bought anything in 200 days!? HOW have you done that (I’m 90% sure you’re a superhuman right now), huge congratulations! Can’t wait to have a bigger delve through your blog x

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  11. I’m really impressed by the 200 days of no-buys! Congrats! I feel it would be difficult for me because of the season’s collections every 3 months where there is always something pretty :p The Essie polish looks amazing! 🙂

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    1. The cosmetics brands know what they’re doing – constantly releasing new collections to get us to buy something “new”… ah, I’m worried about all the beautiful Fall / Holiday collections that will be releasing soon! I have to brace myself.

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