August Favorites

August Favorites

Morning, Lovelies! I apologize for the lack of posting the past two weeks. I was on vacation in Cancun (mini travel vlog coming soon!) and moving back into college in Manhattan (dorm tour also coming soon!) and it was just too crazy to keep up my normal schedule. But now that I'm settled in, things can get back to normal! With that said, here's this month's favorites!

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July Birchbox

July Birchbox

You all know I love getting my monthly Birchbox, it's always chocked full of amazing products and it's the best way to try out beauty product before you buy the full size! This month, the box was centered around getting-ready in the morning, and the products are amazing! I'm so excited about all of them! Check out what I got!

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February Favorites

February Favorites

This month was full of rediscoveries and a few new favorites. February was all about pretty neutrals and muted colors to transition from winter to spring! First up, these gorgeous shades from Essie! I've been loving rotating and mixing these three for an understated but fresh mani. Imported Bubbly (left) has a beautiful pearl-effect on the nail, and looks amazing paired with Mochachino (right) which is a pretty light brown with tiny light-reflecting particles in it. Sugar Daddy (center) is the ultimate natural color. It adds just a slight polished pink to the nail, and pulls together whatever look you're wearing without drawing too much attention. 

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September Favorites

September Favorites

Another month gone by, another round of beauty favorites! This month focused a lot more on hair and skin products, although I did happen upon two lovely makeup bits as well!

1. Beauty Protector - Protect and Detangle Spray

I received a sample of this little miracle in my August Birchbox and loved it so much, I couldn't live without the full size! My hair is long, tangley, colored, and an absolute nightmare to brush out after a shower. BUT NOT ANYMORE (<-- said in a dramatic announcer voice) This bright red bottle boasts being a detangler, leave-in conditioner, and heat protectant! (Plus it smells great, so what's not to love??) It's sold exclusively at Birchbox, so be sure to check it out!!

2. Amika - Bombshell Blowout Spray

Yet another Birchbox find! I've been using this little gem in place of my regular mousse and I adore it! It adds thickness and volume to thin, lifeless locks and smells awesome while doing it!

3. Stila - Stay All Day Liner

Here's where it gets tricky, trying to find an easy-to-use, waterproof, pigment-rich black liquid eyeliner is like trying to find a unicorn. But so far in the search, Stila takes the cake. In my experience, It's about 75% waterproof, moderately easy to use (but go slow, and have a makeup wipe handy) and it definitely packs a big punch when it comes to pigment!

4. Clinique - Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

If you only buy one lip product all fall, buy this one! The Almost Lipsticks are the ultimate cross between a lipstick and lip balm! Keep it sheer, build it up, whatever you want to do! I've been wearing this non-stop all month! I loved it so much that I did an entire post on it here

5. 100% Pure - Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I swear this was made for college students. Late night studying (or watching netflix) are met in the morning will puffy, baggy eyes and that's where this gem comes to the rescue! Pop it on your lids and under your eyes before you make breakfast and by the time you're done, you'll be de-puffed and bright eyed! (Plus it smells like coffee, YUM!)

6. Origins - Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask

And finally, the wondermask that has put my skin back on track! (Changing climate, schedule, stress, etc of college takes a huge toll) I've been using this mask once a week to de-gunk my skin and it has worked wonders! 

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August Favorites

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1, Essie Gel top coat, Essie pearl polish in Imported Bubbly, LAQA cheek and lip balm, Maybelline New York under eye brightening concealer, and L'Oreal Lumi highlighter in Ice - Southern New Yorker - August Favorites

I'm always amazed every month when I realize how much time has past! I feel like I wrote my July Favorites yesterday! 

August has been the month of illuminating skin, fun nails, and eye shadow palettes (I bought two in one month, that's a lot for me!) 

1. L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1

I picked this one up at the beginning of August and have loved it ever since!! There's a great mix of matte and shimmer shadows, as well as several different choices for highlight-midtone-contour. I would call this one a pretty good drugstore dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (which is my holy grail). 

2. Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

Best. Top. Coat. Ever. I've had a long standing addiction to Essie polishes but when It came to base/top coats, I was strictly a Sally Hansen girl. That was up until I grabbed this baby off the drugstore shelf (and never looked back!) 

3. LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip in Humble Brag

I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of cream or stick blushes until I got this little bit in my Birchbox! The color is gorgeous, it's very blendable as a blush, and SO pretty on the lips! Birchbox has a trio of these in a cute little clutch that I'm dying to pick up!

4. L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Illuminator in Ice

After a bit of resistance, I decided to jump on the highlight bandwagon. (and boy, am I so glad I did!) I've mixed it with my foundation for a gorgeous glow, and patted it on the very top of my cheekbones for a little added radiance. 

5. Essie Imported Bubbly

HELLO NEW FAVORITE. I saw this pearly pink polish on the shelf and fell in love. It's almost as subtle as a nude, but just that little bit more interesting! I've worn it for about three weeks straight! (sorry, not sorry)

6. Maybelline Dark Circle Concealer

I picked this one up because I had heard several other bloggers raving about it, and I have to say, it lived up to the hype! My only issue is that the lightest color offered is still a tiny bit too dark for me #palegirlprobs 

Any new products you've been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Audra

Currently Craving: August Wishlist

Back to school is coming faster than we know it, and it's time to start stocking up! Check out a few bits I have on my wishlist for the new season!

1. Urban Decay Smokey Palette

Urban Decay just released their new Smokey Palette and I'm already in love! I'm addicted to the Naked 2 palette,  and I can't wait to get a hold of their newest addition! There are so many different smokey eye combinations that you can make with this palette! (Especially excited about those blue tones!)

2. Funny Travel Mugs

These travel mugs from Etsy are too cute! I can't wait to walk around campus with these adorable mugs! (Click on the images to check them out!)

3. Fit & Flare Dresses

I picked out these Fit & Flare dresses from LOFT because they are classic and super flattering, plus they will easily transition into fall/winter with a jacket or black long-sleeve and tights! 

4. Black Rain Boots

I can justify black rain boots as essentials for the rainy (or snowy) trudge to class, and these ones from Barney's Warehouse are too cute! They look more like sleek black boots than your regular rain boot! Here are a few other top picks:

5. Olivia Burton Watch

My watch has practically become part of my skin by now, I hate leaving the house with out it, and when I spotted these watches by Olivia Burton, I fell in love! She has every color and type to choose from! Plus at just a little over $100, they're so much more affordable than other brands! My first pick is the classic black strap and gold face! Check out these pretty ones:

That about sums it up for this month!! What's on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments below!!

xoxo,

Audra

July Favorites!

It's that time of the month again, Monthly Favorites Time!! I decided to take a different route this month and branch out to Youtube! All the products I talk about will be linked down below, as well as in the video description, so please watch, and like/subscribe to my channel for more!!

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