June 2012 Favorites: Beauty

As you may already know, I have an obsession with beauty products, so I thought it would be fun to start a monthly feature here on Café Fashionista that showcases the different beauty products that I am loving each month. I am really loyal to certain brands and products; but that doesn’t stop me from making new discoveries each month, and the ones that I am including today are my favorites from June. Let me know if any of these are your favorites; or what beauty products you’re loving right now in the comments!

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy - This is actually a color from the Summer 2010 Poolside Collection, but I only discovered it in June of this year, and I have been obsessed with it ever since. This is a really unique but fun color – especially for the warmer months. It is a super bright neon coral / pink with orange undertones. Usually I use a nail color once and then don’t use it again for over a year or something; but this color I have used for manicures multiple times over the past month alone, and right now I have it as my pedicure color. It’s definitely a must-have if you’re looking for something bright and playful.

Hard Candy Glamazon Glow All the Way Face & Body Luminizer, Bronze 318 - I mentioned this product back in May as part of my 365 Beauty Guide: 6 Essentials Your Makeup Bag May Be Missing; but it has now become a part of my daily skin/beauty routine. I don’t use this as a bronzer; rather, I use it as a body shimmer by mixing it with my sunscreen each day, and putting it all over m legs and arms for a subtle sparkle. This stuff is incredible in that you need hardly any for results (I use half a dime-size on each leg), so it’s long-lasting. The only downside is that it does transfer to clothing if you don’t give it at least 15 minutes to dry; so definitely remember that if you use it.

JULEP Essential Cuticle Oil - As you can probably tell from my Nail Talk posts, I change my nail color a lot, so I’m constantly using acetone nail polish remover, which really damages my cuticles, and leaves my nails dry. This is the first product (and I have tried A LOT) that I have found that truly hydrates my nails, and keeps my cuticles in good shape regardless of how harsh I am with my nails. What I love about this product is that you can use it daily, and it has a roller-ball applicator, so it’s really simple to use even when you’re on the go. Plus it has a eucalyptus type of scent to it which I find soothing. Don’t be intimidated by the small bottle. I use this product multiple times a day, and I have barely made a dent in the bottle, so it’s definitely worth the $18.00 that it retails for ($14.40 if you’re a Julep Maven).

mark Gloss On Lip Gloss in Sunset Beach - I have this product in two colors – Sand and Sunset Beach. I’m very into the dark eye / nude lip look, so I thought that I would prefer the Sand color (which is nude), over the Sunset Beach shade (which is a pale coral), but the opposite was true. Sunset Beach has become my go-to color all summer long because it doesn’t so much leave a color on your lips (the way a lipstick would), but, instead, takes your natural lip color and enhances it – which I love. Not to mention that it is really long-lasting, even when you’re drinking or eating (I rarely have to reapply); and it’s not sticky at all. If you’re looking for a neutral lip gloss, this is highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended. I love it!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Crystal Nail File in Pink - I have always been slightly intimidated by nail files, so I’ve never used them before; but last month I wanted to start shaping my nails into a square/round look, so I picked up a few nail files to see which one would work the best. This SEPHORA COLLECTION Crystal Nail File was my favorite out of all of them, because it produces the best results in the quickest amount of time. I also liked the fact that, as a novice, it was really easy to use right off the bat. Compared to a standard emery board, I found that the Crystal works better at sealing edges, and preventing snags – so this is my new love when I give myself manicures. Also…PINK!!

So those are my June beauty favorites. Like I said, let me know in the comments section what beauty products you’re loving right now; or, if you have any questions about the products I featured here, let me know below.

Follow me on Instagram @cafefashionista to see more of my favorite beauty and fashion products throughout the month.

Fashionably yours!

FTC Disclosure: The mark Gloss On Lip Gloss was provided to me by mark in exchange for an honest review. All other products featured above were purchased by me – not sponsored.


ellie said...

oooh..love the tranquil blue on your site.

I so need to try the cuticle oil. These are such great products to mention.

ivy's closet said...

Love this Pink!

Really enjoying this post of summer beauty favorites.

lucy and sarah said...

Such a pretty in pink nail polish.

So glad you posted about your favorite products.

caitlin and megan said...

Love your favorites of June! Great post!

Couture Carrie said...

Must try that Glow All The Way!


Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I'd love to try that lipgloss.

Dancing Branflake said...

I want to try that bronzer! I'm staying out of the sun and it would be a great way to help with the, uh, pastiness.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I started buying 'hard candy' products in high school because I loved the name so much! Since then, I've been excited to see that they really are great products rather than just a great name.

And I've found that cuticle oil does a world of good for your nails! I definitely need to buy a new one so thank you for that review.

And I love that lip gloss! Love!

Natasha Hollerup said...

It's strange, but I know more about what you're saying about the cuticle oil than I did almost two years ago. That's the perks of working with a Nail Tech teacher.

Sara said...

I Love the color of that nail polish! Ugh that is it, I need to paint my nails this weekend! I love the new layout, pretty blue!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Love the Julep oil that you're using Erika--I have something similar and it's the best! Also that Hard Candy body shimmer idea is genius! Need to try that!

xo Mary Jo

Alexa said...

Okay I need a good bronzer. Thanks for the tips, as always!

Corina from Simplement heureuse said...

i just discovered your blog and i'm loving it! :)
Wanna follow each other?Please let me know.. xoxo
Have a lovely day! ¦

Mindy Fan said...

that is so pretty!
I'm a new follower now!
Could you please check out/comment/follow my blog?

Kashaya said...

Flip flop fantasy looks lovely.


Shooting Stars Mag said...

that nail polish looks great. I need to redo my pedicure as well, and this one would be quite fun for the summer!

That cuticle oil sounds awesome as well. Quite handy.


Clare said...

THat nail polish colori s so pretty. Love your picks, Erika!

tini-tani said...

Hello! Great blog! The last post is very interesting and beautiful! Let's follow each other, if you agree, then let me know!)))

MOSAMUSE said...

I NEED some cuticle oil lol! i love the blue!!!!


Blond Duck said...

Def. need cuticle oil! Mine are atrocious!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thanks for the review dear! I'm changing my nail color more and more and it is good to hear about the Julep product!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Mimi said...

the julep essential cuticle oil sounds really amazing! i want to give it a try. :)

<3, Mimi

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love China Glaze polishes!

Josie said...

That China Glaze color is SO pretty and the name is so summery!
xo Josie

Toni-Yvonne said...

I love this idea!!
The bronzer/sparkle adder ;) sounds like a great idea, and will be looking out for it!!
Would love for you to try out some BB creams, or some natural makeup and review it xx

Sherin said...

Loving this new feature. I love to see what beauty products others are loving. Looks like you've got a great selection.

Georgina said...

That nail color is gorgeous! I love this monthly feature what a great idea :)

Ms. Cathy said...

I honestly feel like that coral hot pink color will ALWAYS be in. So cute!

Cathy Trails

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