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.
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.
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?