Battle of the Eye-Brightening Concealers – Drugstore

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If you’re anything like me, a shortage of sleep will make you look, feel, and act like an angry dragon. I get puffy, bruised-looking undereye circles, and they only seem to subside after four cups of coffee and an actual 8-hour night of sleep (which is rare). So how do I prevent strangers from thinking I got into a bar brawl the night before, you ask? Concealer. One of makeup’s greatest arsenals.

MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer is still on my list of things to try, but for now, almost every single concealer I have is from the drugstore. I did leave one popular drugstore concealer off of this list, which is the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer. It’s not on my list because I’ve forgotten to repurchase it the last 600 times I’ve gone to Target, so sorry about that.

Remember that time Little J tried to make the over-tired, I-got-into-a-fight-with-my-eyeliner-and-my-eyeliner-won look happen on Gossip Girl? Unfortunately so do I. Hopefully she was apologizing to Blair for that eyeliner. Anyway, that’s basically how I look without concealer. {exaggeration}

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Here is a swatch of all of the pictured products except the Nyx Wonder Pencil:

From top to bottom: Maybelline CoverStick in Ivory, Revlon ColorStay Concealer in 02 Light, Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Light, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Fair, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Light, and E.l.f. Eye Brightener
From top to bottom: Maybelline CoverStick in Ivory, Revlon ColorStay Concealer in 02 Light, Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Light, Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in Fair, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Light, and E.l.f. Eye Brightener

The Maybelline CoverStick, $6, is very thick and drier than the others, so I find that it applies best underneath foundation. I would definitely recommend warming this up before applying so that it doesn’t drag on your skin. It gives medium-buildable coverage, but settles into fine undereye lines. I would skip this one for an undereye concealer and use it for the face instead. I give this a 3/5.

The Revlon ColorStay Concealer, $10.50, is a very liquidy concealer. The shade that I have, 02 Light, is very yellow-toned, which I prefer for my undereye area, so that’s a positive. I find that this isn’t quite creamy enough to blend into my foundation how I wish it would. This concealer offers medium coverage and is not buildable. I’ve been using this lately as I’m running out of the Fit Me concealer, but I don’t think I will repurchase this. I have used this on blemishes on my face and found that it offered decent coverage but poor staying power. I give this a 3/5.

Next up is the Nyx HD Photo Concealer, $3-5, which I love! I have the shade Porcelain, which is very pink-toned. The color itself is not my favorite, but I find that if I dab even the tiniest bit of my foundation over the top of it with my beauty blender, it’s perfect. This has a whipped-like texture and is very lightweight. I will definitely repurchase this in a more yellow-toned shade. The lasting power is good, and although it does settle into fine lines, it only settles into them a little and isn’t super noticeable. I give this a 4.5/5!

I picked up the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer, $6, after seeing it used in a YouTube video by a girl I went to school with. (You can find her channel, NattyGlam, here) I have the shade fair, and although it has a slight pink undertone, I like how the color helps to mask the purple-black circles under my eyes. What I don’t like about this concealer is the consistency – it is really thick! For that reason, it’s not one of my top picks. I once used this as foundation in a moment of desperation, and I actually didn’t mind it. I give this a 3.5/5!

The e.l.f. Mineral Eye Brightener, $2, is not so much a concealer as it is an undereye setting powder. It’s a yellow-toned powder in a little pot that reminds me of the BareMinerals minis. I was drawn to this because I like the idea of a powder meant to specifically set undereye concealer and brighten up the area. Unfortunately, I find that this product makes the undereye area look very cakey and emphasizes any fine lines. I also think that it does the opposite of brightening – it makes my undereye area look dull! Definitely skip this one. I give it a 1.5/5.

The Nyx Wonder Pencil, $2-5, is a multi-purpose concealer pencil. It can be used to spot-conceal pimples, highlight under the brow, and brighten up your tightline. I love, love, love this product for the tightline! I find that white eyeliner on the tightline is too obvious and unnatural looking, so this is a great alternative if you want to achieve a wide-eyed, awake look. It’s pretty cheap and lasts forever. I give it a 4.5/5!

And finally, my holy grail drugstore concealing product. If I had to choose one word to describe the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, $7, I would choose the word “amazeballs.” I haven’t tried the Nars Creamy Radiant concealer, but I’ve heard this is a dupe. Quite frankly, I love the Fit Me so much that I probably won’t ever shell out the money for the Nars. I have it in two shades, 15 light and 20 sand. Light has a slight pink undertone, and sand has a pretty strong yellow undertone. I use them both separately and together, depending on how tan or pale I am. It never settles into my fine lines or pores, and blends seamlessly with my foundation. It never looks cakey, and lasts all day. I love this stuff! 5/5 and I can’t recommend it enough.

What are your favorite concealers for the undereye area? Let me know in the comments below!

xx

Ulta/Sephora/Estée Lauder Haul!

 
Hey yall! I picked up quite a few goodies today. I exchanged something in return for the Naked 3 at Ulta, a palette that I swore up and down I would never buy. Something about the pretty rose-gold tones really drew me in to this palette for summer though and I’m super excited! Here are some swatches, with and without flash. 

  

I also got the acne cleansing Clarisonic head from Ulta, which I redeemed with some of my rewards points. You’re supposed to replace the brush head every three months, and it’s taken me six 😳 Definitely time for a new one!

My next purchases were from Estée Lauder. I’ve been wanting Double Wear for a long time now, and seeing how I’ve been going through drugstore foundations like crazy lately, I decided to invest my money in a quality product. I went in only wanting the liquid, but of course I fell victim to the sales associate and got the powder as well, haha! I have a feeling they will both last me several months. I got the foundation in the shade 2W1 Dawn and the powder in 3W1 Tawny! Estée Lauder was having an amazing free gift with purchase promotion going on, so I got the rest of the stuff + a cute tote bag for free!

Love any of these products? Let me know in the comments! I will review these once I’ve had the chance to test them out thoroughly. Xx

Try It Tuesday: NEW Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Liquid Foundation

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Just foundation –> full face –> 8 hours later

Hey you! Yes, you. Have you been to Target recently? No? Well, considering I go on regular 48-hour intervals to buy things I don’t need and try on heaps of clothes I won’t buy, I’ve gotten to know the store pretty well. So, when I was perusing the makeup aisle the other day, I happened to notice a new addition to the Maybelline display in the makeup aisle! I’m always on the hunt for a good drugstore foundation, so when I saw that Maybelline had revamped it’s SuperStay makeup and released the SuperStay Better Skin foundation ($10.99 at Target.com, I paid $9.99 at my local store), obviously I had to try it out. I’m running low on my ever-loved Covergirl 3-in1, so it was perfect timing. Without further ado….

About:

Per Ulta,

Maybelline’s SuperStay Better Skin Foundation gives an all-day flawless coverage and better-looking skin in 3 weeks. The foundation reduces the appearance of spots, bumps, dullness and redness and gives you a brighter, more even and smoother skin.

Benefits:

  • All-day, flawless coverage and a better-looking skin in 3 weeks
  • Longwear that improves skin every minute you’re in it
  • With the antioxidant power of Actyl-C, a more durable form of Vitamin C
  • For all skin types
  • Medium to full coverage

That’s a pretty impressive list of claims. Better skin is on most of our wishlists, and it’s definitely on mine! I really only break out on my chin anymore, but I have years of acne scarring, redness, and freckles that I prefer to keep hidden, so this really appealed to me.

Pros:

It has a pump!!!! (Revlon…put a pump on ColorStay and I might start using it again) Having a pump is SO important to me for convenience and sanitation. It’s definitely medium-full coverage (except for on my nose – you can still see my freckles), and I was able to blend it flawlessly with my RT miracle complexion sponge. I was also able to find a perfect color match (25 Nude), which is a huge plus for my light, yellow-undertoned skin and it has a demi-matte finish.

Cons:

This list will be much longer. When I first applied this foundation, it looked beautiful. My skin was flawless, and the finish was gorgeous!….for a few hours. I have combo skin, and this really accentuated both my dry patches and my big pores, as well as turning my face into the inside of a frying pan. Within 4 hours almost all of the foundation had broken up on my skin and I looked like I had rubbed tinted Crisco on my cheeks. Seriously unattractive. It’s also very thick, and I didn’t like that I could feel it sitting on top of my skin. It looks very cakey with even translucent powder, and it oxidized to at least one full shade darker and much pinker than the original shade. Honestly, it was pretty bad.

Overall opinion:

I will be returning this. I wanted to love it, and I think it may actually be a really good foundation for someone who already has smooth-textured, normal skin without big pores. The coverage is great, and I like the packaging, but it just does not work for my skin type. If you have combination or oily skin, I highly recommend skipping this foundation. If you have dry skin, beware. For those of you with normal skin: you’re lucky and I hate you. (jk) I can’t judge this foundation’s abilities to improve skin, since I think it would take continued use to make any determinations and I’ll be returning it, but I can definitely say that this does not last “all day” as advertised.

Below is a photo of me wearing the foundation with concealer, powder, bronzer & blush in natural lighting. You can see how it accentuates the uneven texture of my skin and didn’t cover the freckles on my nose and forehead.

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Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: L’Oreal Summer Lights Hair Lightening Geleé


Can we all agree that it’s practically summer? I know that it doesn’t officially start for 11 more days (I wasn’t counting), but the weather is starting to get a little nicer here for once! Bring on the never-ending road construction, the Wednesday night farmer’s market food, the bonfires, the mosquito bites, and yard work, because I. Am. Ready.

Something about summer makes me want to lighten my hair. I have naturally dirty-blonde hair with the slightest hint of strawberry blonde thrown in the mix as well. I used to frequently highlight my hair at home with the Clairol Nice n Easy Hairpainting kit ($12.39 at Drugstore.com, similar at other retailers), but it is a little expensive for home color (hairstylists are crying at that comment) and it does take time and practice. It’s been over a year since I’ve colored my hair, and I decided it was time for a change. I’ve been thinking about doing some pale blonde highlights before my wedding, and came across a new product in the hair dye aisle at Target.

I rarely buy makeup without scouring the internet for blogs, makeupalley reviews, and YouTube videos, and it’s even more rare for hair products. But I figured, “what the hell,” tossed it in the cart, and did some research when I got home. The L’Oreal Summer Lights Hair Lightening Geleé is a “permanent natural lightening gel,” and I picked it up for $6.50 at Target. This product is relatively new in the US, but has been out for a couple of years in the UK. There are two color variations: “Dark Blonde to Light Blonde” and “Light Brown to Dark Blonde.” I got the dark blonde to light blonde product. The box includes 3.4 fluid ounces of product in a squeeze tube. The UK version includes the same amount of product and a pair of gloves (which are necessary for the use of this product). It claims to gradually lighten your hair without ammonia, and is infused with camellia oil for nourishment. Basically, you put on gloves, and apply this to your wet or dry hair either in sections for highlights or all over for more of a full dye effect, and leave it in. Voila! Gradual lightening. Results “intensify” if you blow dry your hair or dry it in the sun.

I highly recommend using this product on wet hair. It will save you product and is much easier to apply; when applied to dry hair, the product dries sort of crusty and is really hard to evenly distribute. Also, this product gives you golden lightening – there is no ashiness to be found when using this product – although it isn’t brassy. It smells amazing, and I haven’t noticed any major damage to my hair. I used it four days in a row, once twice a day, and it left my hair a little dry, but nothing some deep conditioning/coconut oil can’t help. The only negative I have to say about this product is that it left me with some minor scalp sensitivity after repeated use, but other than that I’m really pleased with the results! I would recommend using this every other day until you achieve desired results, and be aware that any kind of permanent color alteration in your hair will cause some damage. The packaging states not to use this product if you already have color treated hair, although I did see several YouTube reviews of people who used this to refresh old highlights and had a good experience, so use at your own risk!

Here is a before and after photo of my hair. The before photo is obviously in different lighting, but it is a good indication of my natural hair color. I think the difference is definitely noticeable!


I’ve only used the product 5-6 times and the lightening effect is not only noticeable, but natural looking as well. It really does give a “sunny” look without the orange brassiness of Sun In.

I probably use a quarter-sized blob every time I apply it to my hair, so I’ve barely even made a dent in the bottle, but I would definitely repurchase this again! I apply it to my damp hair with nitrile gloves and blow dry it, and that seems to produce the most noticeable results.

Have any of you tried this product? Let me know in the comments!

xx

What I Learned From Being Published on The Huffington Post

In case you missed it, a blog I posted a couple months ago was republished on HuffPost Weddings, as well as a few other websites, and even made an appearance on Reddit. The comments on my actual blog were 99% positive, supportive, and helpful; the comments on the HuffPost article were probably about 70% positive, and then I decided to stop reading them altogether because a lot of them were downright mean, and it’s a little hypocritical to write a blog about people getting their undies in a bundle, only to get my own in a bundle over their opinions.

This has been a huge learning experience for me. My usual blog audience is less than 2,000 people (and that’s on a good day), so when that particular post exploded, I was really overwhelmed. I was getting messages on Facebook from strangers, people in other countries were sending me emails, and I swear for about two weeks I could not go anywhere – in real life or online – without someone bringing up the dang thing. I wrote what was on my mind at the time. It’s my blog. It’s my life, my opinion, blah blah blah. I am always welcoming of differing opinions and carefully consider advice that I receive. But holy crap, I was not prepared for the storm surrounding this post!

I learned that words are very easily misconstrued. I would scroll through a few comments and someone would quote me out of context and call me insecure or childish, or someone would completely misinterpret my wording. It’s hard to interpret what someone’s trying to say without seeing their expression and body language or hearing the inflection in their voice. I’ve also learned that it is human nature to think we know everything. I can’t tell you how many people left comments about how Alex and I must barely know each other after a year, and all I could think to myself was, “A year? Did these people miss the part where we’ve known each other for eight years? Did they even read my post?!” People made assumptions about me having “daddy issues,” being high maintenance, wanting a sugar daddy, only writing the blog to seek attention (which, I would again like to point out that my usual audience is miniscule compared to the audience for that particular post, and I was so overwhelmed with the response that I actually considered deleting it), and about a hundred more completely incorrect things. I learned that people are keyboard warriors. Some people assaulted my character…over a blog post…😨 (Please tell me you find that as confusing as I do) I’ve learned that a lot of people are heartbroken and cynical. I would estimate that roughly 50-60% of all negative comments were from people who self-identified as divorcees (regardless of marrying young or not), most of whom cautioned me against the “impending doom of infidelity.”  I’ve learned that the saying “opinions are like buttholes” is actually true. Everyone has one, and clearly a lot of people disagree with mine. I’ve learned that some people are just downright bored. A person seriously left dozens of jaded comments on HuffPost’s Facebook post. *yawn* I’ve also had the obvious realization that the internet is a very public place. I was pretty taken aback that people actually took the time to search for my name on Facebook just to send me a supportive message.

Most of all, I’ve learned that you can’t please everyone. And I don’t aim to. I try my hardest to be all “idgaf about you or anything that you do,” but on the inside I was still sort of like, “I wish they made band-aids for my ego.” It was challenging to see so many people attack my character, my life, and my writing without really knowing anything about me. That’s the beauty and the curse of the internet. I didn’t write that blog post to change any minds or to get published. I wrote it for myself, to put my intangible thoughts into visible words, to share my feelings with the small community of people who read my blog. And in the end, I still did that.

So, this is it, readers. I’m happy, I’m in love, I’m getting married, and it doesn’t affect your life in the slightest, so whether you’re really excited for me or think I’m a fool, let’s agree to disagree and go about our merry lives.

High End Products I Won’t Repurchase


I would be lying if I don’t love the pretty packaging, quality, and status of high end beauty products. Few drugstore items compare to the pigmentation and quality of MAC lipstick and quirky packaging from Benefit. That being said, there are definitely some duds and products that don’t live up to their hype. Here are a few products that I won’t be rebuying! Disclaimer: you may love these products, and that’s okay! I don’t necessarily think these are bad products, they just didn’t work for me.

1. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23 at Sephora) – I’ve used $7 mascaras from Target better than this. Seriously, it’s nothing special and I cannot begin to comprehend the hype. I love Too Faced, but this is definitely not one of their best products. The brush is bulky, and there aren’t any bristles on the tip, making it inconvenient to fan out the outer lashes or get the teeny ones in the inner corner. The formula is super wet for the first couple weeks, which I really disliked. It flakes all over my lashes (without rubbing or touching) and does absolutely nothing for the length. Simply put: there are better mascaras out there and I won’t ever repurchase this!

2. MAC Mineralize Blush in Gentle ($27 at MAC) –  I actually really love this blush! It’s a gorgeous plum-berry shade for fall, and has the classic mineralize sheen. It’s the perfect fall/winter shade to pair with MAC lippies like Rebel or Hang Up, and it has pretty good lasting power. So, you’re probably like, “Ummm if you like it so much, why won’t you buy it again?” I won’t buy it again because the markup on this blush is ridiculous. It’s only 0.10 oz of product. WHAT?! Almost $30 for a tenth of an ounce!? Had I bothered to look at that before I purchased it, I wouldn’t have purchased it. My HG spring and summer blush, Dallas by Benefit, is $28 for 0.32 oz. That’s over three times the product for one more dollar. Regular MAC blushes are $22 for 0.21 oz, which I think is more reasonable for the quality and quantity, but unfortunately the mineralize blushes just aren’t worth it and I won’t be repurchasing.

3. SO Bronze Tinted Tanning ($30 at Ulta) – This was recommended to me by an Ulta associate a couple years ago. I was undecided between a Fake Bake product and something else that I can’t remember, and she happily suggested this instead. Unfortunately, it’s not really a self tanner (despite what it claims on the bottle) and is more of a liquid bronzer. The color is natural and believable, but if you even get a light misting of water or other liquid on your body….let’s just say it’s not pretty and everyone will either know you had fake tanner on or assume you have a skin disease. It has to be applied with a mitt, otherwise it will pill up on your skin and not rub in correctly, making you look like you just rolled in mud. I’m also pretty forgiving when it comes to self tanner odor, but this one smells like a bag of pennies *vomit* and is noticeable to others around you.This product is all around pretty bad, and I only use it in dire emergencies.

4. Benefit Porefessional Primer ($31 at Sephora) – This primer has a lot of hype surrounding it, and I’ve even previously featured it on this blog. What I’ve decided is that although it does initially leave my face smooth and soft, allowing for an even makeup application, it doesn’t extend the wear of my makeup or dramatically decrease the appearance of my pores enough for me to justify spending $31 on it. I haven’t found that any primer (and I’ve tried a lot) makes a significant improvement in my skin or makeup application, and it’s an added layer of product on my face that I find unnecessary, so I don’t wear it on a day-to-day basis. If I do wear primer, I usually reach for the e.l.f Poreless Primer ($6 at eyeslipsface) because I like the benefits of tea tree, and a teeny dab of that actually performs better on my skin than Porefessional does. It works for some people, but for me it’s just okay.

5. MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC25 ($25 at MAC) – This product has a freaking cult following, I swear. Before last year’s Marine Corps Ball, I told myself I would splurge on this foundation for the special occasion. I’d heard such great things about it and wanted to give it a shot. First and foremost, I find MAC’s foundation matching system extremely frustrating, because I should be an NC25 and it looks horrendously orange on my skin. NW is far too pink on my complexion, and I wish there were an in-between! It might just be this particular foundation, but I have to use a very golden self tanner in order for this product to work with my skin. It also breaks me out, breaks up on my face after a few hours, and smells like wall paint. I would like to try the Studio Fix powder, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing the liquid formula!

6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde ($18 at Ulta) – I liked this product at first – it combines the pigmentation of the ABH brow powders with the control of a brow wax. The reason I don’t like it is that it looks so fake, it takes forever to apply, and the product dries out in the pot very quickly. I’ve seen a lot of women with bangin brows as a result of this product, but it isn’t a natural look, and for me personally, I don’t want to look like I’ve painted my brows on every day. Therefore, I find that the powder duo and Brow Wiz are better options for me. This will work for others who like to go full glam or need a lot of help shaping and redefining their brows, but if you’re filling in an existing shape or want a more natural look, this may not be the best product for you. I will continue to use it until it’s gone, but I won’t buy it again. I wanted so badly to love it!

7. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation ($39 at Sephora) – I actually returned this product, so I don’t have it anymore. This is another foundation that I’d heard raves about, so I decided to splurge. Unfortunately, I only got medium coverage out of this, it felt so heavy on my skin, and was very obvious that I was wearing makeup. The color match was awesome, though! In the end, I just didn’t like how it looked or felt, and I tried applying it with a brush/RT complexion sponge/my fingers and couldn’t get full coverage out of it. It made me a slimy, greasy mess, and just didn’t work with my skin. I purchased it at Ulta, and when I returned it, the cashier told me it was one of their most frequent returns. Hmmm…

8. Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush ($24 at Sigma Beauty) – I used to love this brush. Like, really love it. Until I got a Lamora Flat Top Kabuki (I got mine for free, but it is available in this set of highly rated buki brushes for $36 on Amazon). It’s pretty obvious at first glance that the Sigma brush is made out of higher quality materials – for example, the handle on the Sigma brush is wood and the handle on the Lamora is plastic – but the Lamora is softer, denser, and doesn’t soak up as much product as my F80 does. Occasionally, the Lamora flat buki is available on Amazon for $14, and at ten dollars cheaper than the F80, it’s a pretty good deal. I still like the F80, I just like the Lamora brush better, and will repurchase that one if I ever need to replace it!

That concludes my current list of high-end products I won’t be repurchasing! Let me know in the comments below what you won’t re-buy and if any of the products that made this list are your favorites!

xoxo

May 2015 Favorites!


It feels like I wrote my April favorites yesterday…I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun! (read: unemployed and in a Netflix coma) The weather is FINALLY warming up here, and I’m getting a head start on my *gasp* wedding plans! You heard it here first, peeps. I’m getting married this August, and I can’t wait! Now, onto the things you actually care about:

1. Essie Haute in the Heat (7.64 on SALE! now at Target) – I am loving this punchy red-raspberry color for summer! Okay…”almost summer.” I don’t usually like Essie polishes (I know, I know) because I think they chip very easily and I don’t like the brush. I think if I’m paying $8-9 for a bottle of nail polish, you’d think they could at least update the brush from like, 1997. This gets minor chipping in 1-2 days on me, which is obnoxious and reminds me why I don’t ever buy Essie polishes, but the color is why this one made the list. Maybe I’ll try it on my toes instead and see if I can get longer wear out of it!

2. Healthy Sexy Hair Soya Want It All Leave in Treatment ($20 at Ulta) – I actually have been using a deluxe sample of this product, but I’ve been considering buying the full size! This is a 22-in-1 product (who actually uses 22 hair products?), and claims to penetrate hair with soy, cocoa, and argan oil to fortify strands. I’ve noticed that it leaves my hair soft, and I like the coconut-y scent it leaves behind in my hair. The consistency reminds me a little of It’s A 10 leave in treatment, as do the results. I actually noticed that my hair seemed and felt healthier, which is a rare experience for me with leave in conditioners.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold Brows Kit in Dark Brown ($36 at Ulta) – RAVE OF THE MONTH! I cannot say enough good things about this kit from Ulta. First of all, it’s a steal, because you get the brow duo powder, the no. 7 brush, and a full-size brow gel for $36. The brow powder alone is $23. I have Dip Brow and have previously raved about the Brow Wiz, but the powder do is definitely my new staple. The powders are so pigmented and smooth, and the two shades allow you to go for a natural, bold, or ombre look. The brush is amazing – it’s super stiff, so you get clean lines, and the spoolie helps blend the product. The brow gel keeps any stray hairs in place all day without making them crusty. I will definitely be repurchasing this!

4. Benefit Dallas ($28 at Sephora) – This is my absolute holy grail blush for summer. It’s a warm, plum-bronze, with a satin sheen. It’s lightly fragranced, which I didn’t like at first, although it’s starting to grow on me. It comes with the standard goat hair brush, as with all other Benefit boxed powders. The packaging is adorable as usual, and I would imagine that this blush is flattering on all skin tones. It gives the perfect natural beachy glow. I highly recommend this, especially for summer!

5. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic ($9.49 at Ulta) – I’ve had this product for a looong time, and it’s actually almost empty! If you like lip crayons, semi-sheer color, and a slightly glossy finish, this is the lip product for you! The reason it made my favorites this month is that I love a bright red lip on summer nights, and this is super easy to toss in a bag and apply without a mirror. I would repurchase this to keep in my bag for when I need to look put together on the go! I  wouldn’t call this product a stain, but it is definitely a dupe of the Clinique Chubby Sticks lip crayons (I have two).

6. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Cleanser ($8.49 at Ulta) – After years of using cleansers with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, I decided to try out cleansers without any acne-fighting ingredients for a change. My first dabble was the Clean & Clear Morning Burst Moisturizing Cleanser ($5.49 at Target), which was nothing special. I picked this Neutrogena cleanser up on a whim, and so far, I am super impressed! It smells so yummy – fresh and clean, and leaves my skin super soft. I haven’t had any issues with this cleanser drying my skin out. Since I started using this cleanser at night and my acne-fighting cleanser in the morning, I’ve actually noticed an improvement in my skin from was using an acne cleanser twice a day. Never saw that coming!

7. Aussie 7n1 Dry Shampoo ($3.50 at Walmart) – I actually bought this from a local grocery store in a rush. I was on my way to a party and hadn’t had the time to wash and style my hair. I always buy the Suave dry shampoo, but the grocery store didn’t carry it and I despise the Tresemme dry shampoo, so this was my only option. I’m in love! It smells amazing, completely gets rid of any oily sheen, and adds a significant amount of volume. If you don’t work it into your hair, it can look a little white, but that’s to be expected. I will definitely be repurchasing this!

That’s a wrap for my May favorites. Let me know if there are any products you’ve been loving so that I can try them out in June!

xoxo