July 2015 Favorites

Friday, July 31, 2015

I have loved way too many things this past month, so let's jump right into it!
a picture of skincare favorites ; Earth Science Clarifying Herbal Astringent, Kiehl's Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate, Kiehl's Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel-Cream
Earth Science Clarifying Herbal Astringent - Now I know what you're thinking ; no more Magic Potion? An astringent?? Now don't get me wrong, I love and always will love my Magic Potion, but that stuff stinks girl. And I can deal with it, but it was not as fun when it leaked while I traveled...I still wanted something natural and gentle, but that's also designed to help fight breakouts. I was randomly browsing through Whole Foods and found this toner. The word Astringent makes me want to crawl out of my skin, but I was intrigued when right under I read hyaluronic acid (which hydrates and locks in moisture). Confusing right? I looked at the ingredients (witch hazel, sage, rosemary, horsetail, cucumber, sea kelp, peppermint, sulfur, camphor, zinc and hyaluronic acid) and decided to give it a try. Oh it does also have some ACV somewhere down the line. Most importantly, it doesn't contain any alcohol. It's gentle, smells fairly decent, natural, affordable, seems to agree/help with my skin. I'd say I'm quite content with this.
Kiehl's Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer - I straight up stole this from my husband...Well borrowed? We're sharing okay! I apply this in the morning at the same time as my serum, I then follow with eye cream and moisturizer. Nothing brings down puffiness like this bad boy and the cooling sensation is sooo refreshing. I highly recommend this to make your mornings easier!

Kiehl's Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate - I use this during the day under my moisturizer (mentioned below). Now I'm not exactly sure about the science behind this. It claims to lift the facial skin, tighten and reduce pores, lines and wrinkles and re-define  facial contours. With key ingredients such as micro-filtered yeast extract (which lifts and tightens) and geranium essential oil (a powerful antioxidant). Now, I'm only starting to get into anti-aging products as I'm now closer to 30 (shhhh, 18 till I die baby), so I don't know how much lifting and wrinkle erasing this guy can do. I have quite a bit of a chineck that's drooping more and more with time, hopefully this might help! But, I do find my skin in general is smoother and brighter since using this. I also have large pores and quite a few lines on my forehead (I'm a very expressive lady) and this also seems to help with those issues. Bottom line, I got this as a gift (it's $64), but I like how it feels on my skin (the texture) and the results I'm getting. In conjunction with my Midnight Recovery Concentrate used at night, my skin looks better than it has in a VERY long time. Oh it also doesn't make me break out which is unheard of for me and serums. So yeah, I would most likely shell out my own money on this in the future. FOREVER YOUNG!

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel-Cream - It's definitely been warmer out here lately and my bipolar combination skin is leaning on the oilier side. This on top of my serum delivers incredible hydration, all while keeping things light. I have mentioned this last summer, then my skin got crazy dry. Bottom line : best moisturizer for combination-oily to very oily skin. LOVE. 

** I swear this post is not sponsored by Kiehl's haha Everything was purchased with my own money, except the concentrate which I mentioned was a gift...
a picture of Beauty Favorites ; Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, Maybelline Color Elixir Captivating Carnation & Vision In Violet, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, Aurora Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Alarm Fire
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette - This shouldn't come as a surprise, but I've been loving playing around with this palette. It's a favorite as in it's been the most reached for. As I mentioned in my review, it's super versatile, so I've been able to wear it a ton, no matter what life throws at me! I'll have a post with some of my favorite looks next week, so stay tuned ;)

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop - I hate mentioning this, because I HATE the price. It's so expensive for a highlighter, in fact it's the most expensive item I've been putting on my face lately (I don't count the palette, because that's like 12 colors). But URGH! it's soooo freakin' pretty! Not only are the color and glow of this absolutely stunning, it takes the littlest amount and work to get a high impact cheekbone. It's ridiculous. Gentle tap, one swoosh, #strobbingonfleek (did I do this right? hashtag game weak...)

Maybelline Color Elixir in Captivating Carnation and Vision In Violet - I had never tried these glosses before but thanks to my friend Hilary over at The Beauty Collective, I wanted to try a lip combo she mentioned with Captivating Carnation. Of course they were BOGO50%off so I got me a purple one too! These glosses deliver high impact color, are not too sticky (I mean it's still a gloss), are hydrating and smell/taste like roses (like rosewater desserts). I'm pretty sure I'll be getting more of these soon.
a picture of  Maybelline Color Elixir in Captivating Carnation and Vision In Violet  (swatch)
Aurora Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Alarm Fire - Not only is this color great for summer, this formula goes on quick, easy, evenly and mess free. The best part? It lasts longer on my nails than any other nail polish I have ever tried. I got this in an Ipsy bag but I do believe the $7.99 price tag is worth it!

I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting a few things but there's always time to share goodies with you guys! What have you been loving this month?

Talk to you soon!

-Xoxo, Val
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