I realize this list of August faves is a bit late, but better late than never, so let's get to it! If there's anything anything I could recommend to you guys right away it's the Lancôme City Miracle CC Cream. It's (near) perfection! Read on for the full review!
REAL TECHNIQUES MAKEUP BRUSHES
They're durable and super affordable which is nice because otherwise I might still be paying $50 for the brushes at Sephora. You gotta admit, the cost of brushes can be pretty absurd. I have a few expensive ones in my collection and honestly, the synthetic ones can do just as good of a job. Here are my recommends: a small setting brush to help set concealer under your eye by dusting on just the smallest amount of powder. Also, a multi-purpose stippling brush is excellent. I use mine to apply foundation but in the past I've used it for bronzer and for blending.
TOO FACED PRIMED & PORELESS PRESSED POWDER
In the morning I use MAC's Prep + Prime to set my makeup. It's not my fave but I'm trying to use it up. For events and photo's I use the amazing (seriously amazing!) Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder. I needed a white pressed powder to keep in my handbag for mid-day touch up's so I picked up Too Faced Primed & Powerless. Like other white powders, this is colourless and gives that nice blur affect when you apply it to your skin. I've used it as a primer and as a setting powder and I really like how light and airy it is. I apply mine with a powder brush instead of the powder puff it comes with for a softer, more natural finish.
LANCÔME CITY MIRACLE CC CREAM
I really like this CC cream because it looks natural, dewy and wears well throughout the day. Even the colour, 02 Peau De Peche, looks good on my olive skin. The formula is rich and creamy which means that it wears well, but on the other hand it's not my favourite formula to apply with my fingers. That's why I use a stippling brush to blend it into my skin because I can't stand getting my hands mucked up with makeup. My only real complaint with this CC cream is with the smell. It has a strange perfume scent that I could do without. I'll never understand why makeup and skincare companies ruin a perfectly good product with stupid smells.
BUXOM TRUE NUDE LIP FOUNDATION
Finally a nude lipstick that I actually like! I bought this lippie in the colour Au Naturel, a cinnamon pink colour, according to Sephora. It's flattering on olive skin and creates a nice balance of colour on my face when I want to focus my makeup more on the eyes. The formula is thick and I find that I don't really need a lip liner when wearing this. It has impressive staying power but after wearing it for too long, I find it can start to dry a little and look cakey which is why I like to top if off with a lip balm.
CONSONANT NATURAL ORGANIC LIP CONDITIONER
It's natural, organic and, feels really good on the lips. What else do you want? Just go get it!
My pouch is by the Australian brand, Status Anxiety. I use mine as a makeup pouch or as a wallet.