9.07.2012

August 2012 Favorites: Beauty

Say hello to my August beauty favorites. Let me know if any of these are favorites of yours; or what beauty products you’re currently loving in the comments section!


e.l.f. Nail Polish Remover Pads - As you can tell from my NOTD posts, I absolutely love nail polish. The thing I don’t love is removing it. I always find removing nail polish to be a frustrating, time-consuming, and messy process; so when I stumbled upon the e.l.f. Nail Polish Remover Pads, I was hoping for the best, but didn’t know what to expect. Needless to say, I have since bought eight more packs, because I am so obsessed with these. Each pad is saturated with a citrus-scented nail polish remover, and you can use both sides, so it’s as if you’re getting double the quantity. Unlike standard nail polish remover, these are no drip, no mess, and typically get the job done with the use of two pads (10 fingers). These are also perfect for travel as they are not marked as a hazardous material the way a bottle of nail polish remover is, so you can bring them on airplanes – perfect for jet-setters! If you are as obsessed with nail polish as I am, these are an absolute must. $2.00 for a Pack of 20.

mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Iconic - The first eye shadow that I ever used was mark’s i-Glimmer Illuminating Eye Color in Bronzed which was, sadly, discontinued a few years ago. Luckily, I still have a small stash of it that I use all the time; but I’ve been looking for something else that I will be able to use once my supply is gone, which is how I came across mark’s Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Iconic. Iconic comes with a golden/bronze shadow, and a gold-flecked forest green liner. What I love about this product is that it’s gel-based, creamy, buildable, super-pigmented, and, even in 100*+ weather, it lasts and looks like it was just applied. I use a swipe of the gold shade for my lids, and I layer the green liner over my standard black eyeliner for added vibrancy (I have green eyes, and find that I love this combo). There are over five different color combos of this product available (including a smoky eye duo), so they are definitely worth checking out.$11.00 for 0.04 oz. net wt.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Nude Lustre, 040 - When I do my makeup my main focus is my eyes, so I always go for a nude lip. I don’t personally wear lipstick, because I don’t like how it feels on me, and I like the shine of gloss. That said, I picked up Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Nude Lustre, 040. While it has the shine of a gloss, I find that it has somewhat of a lipstick-y texture; however, not enough so that it bothers me – I actually really love this product. This is probably one of the most long-lasting lipglosses / lip colors I have ever used. I can put it on, and drink or eat, and the shine and subtle hint of rosy nude color lasts for hours without needing reapplication. Initially, I didn’t know if I really liked this product, so I put it aside for awhile, then tried it again earlier this month and fell in love with it. I find that my change of heart came from the addition of a lip balm. This product, like a lipstick, can be drying on your lips, so if you don’t use a lip balm underneath it, the wear is very uncomfortable. Layering it over a lip balm, however, makes it awesome. $6.99 for 0.2 fl oz.


e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal - My skin is very pale, and I use a lot of black eyeliner and black mascara, so I have always been scared to try a blush because I don’t want to look too made-up or theatrical. I do, however, love the look of a shimmery highlight on the cheekbones, but have never really known which one to purchase; so when I found the e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal (a dupe of BENEFIT’s High Beam) for $1.00, I figured it was worth a try. It has now become a part of my daily beauty routine. I put a few dots at the very top of my cheekbones then use my ring finger to pat it in, and I find that I get the prettiest all-day glow that adds a hint of color to my face without competing with my eye makeup, or making me look overdone (see below for a picture of this product on my cheeks). A lot of people say that this product separates (water base and color divides from one another). I have not encountered that problem because I shake the tube vigorously for one minute before using it; so if you decide to use this product, I recommend doing that. $1.00 for 0.34 oz. net wt.

ORLY Frolic - You may remember me featuring ORLY’s Frolic as one of my NOTD’s a few weeks ago. At the time I mentioned that it had made it onto my list of Top Ten Polishes of All Time; but since then it has made it onto my Top Five Polishes of All Time list, because I have gone back to it a few times over the past few weeks for both manicures and pedicures, and don’t think that I will ever tire of it. This is one of those must-have shades for girls who want a feminine color on their nails, but are bored with basic pinks and purples. Frolic is anything but basic. It is an electric / neon purple shade with pink / fuchsia undertones that is super-wearable year-round; and is a complete attention-getter (I receive so many compliments when I wear this shade). Plus, it is one of those rare one-coaters – which no one can really resist. Obsessed! $8.00 for 0.6 oz. net wt..


So those are my August beauty favorites. 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, ask away below.

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22 comments

ellie said...

Such great products to know about! I always love elf stuff.

ivy's closet said...

Lovely..lovely! What a great Friday post!

lucy and sarah said...

Love this! I'm a fan of e.l.f. I really want to try frolic too.

mazzy may said...

Love your reviews! Definitely some favorites that are now on my list too.

Natasha Hollerup said...

Those nail polish remover pads are a great steal! I'm a fan of the pads myself.

Ashley said...

Those nail polish remover pads look like a lifesaver!! Swinging by Target to pick some of those up today!

Jessi said...

I've never used polish remover pads, thinking I'd go through too many to take off my polish, but hearing you only use 2 for all 10 nails is enough for me to try them! And I use the mark Keep It Going in Naturalist, a great summer shade that I'm putting away as fall rolls in and my makeup preferences are starting to move towards plums and browns. And I'm definitely trying that lip gloss!
Thanks for the reviews!
xoxo J

Dancing Branflake said...

I seriously need to get the ELF. Shimmer. Looks so good! And you always look great!

Couture Carrie said...

Love that Orly polish!

Fab post, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I love e.l.f. - something about spending little on nice products just tickles my fancy. Those nail polish pads sound great for travel! The taking off of the nail polish is why I rarely paint my nails,I hate it! But I did start using the high-voltage remover which makes it a bit easier.

Love that facial whip, looks really pretty on you!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I love e.l.f. - something about spending little on nice products just tickles my fancy. Those nail polish pads sound great for travel! The taking off of the nail polish is why I rarely paint my nails,I hate it! But I did start using the high-voltage remover which makes it a bit easier.

Love that facial whip, looks really pretty on you!

Natasha Gregson said...

Great products :)

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Miss Caitlin S. said...

I love e.l.f. - something about spending little on nice products just tickles my fancy. Those nail polish pads sound great for travel! The taking off of the nail polish is why I rarely paint my nails,I hate it! But I did start using the high-voltage remover which makes it a bit easier.

Love that facial whip, looks really pretty on you!

Ramblings of a Redhead said...

I am loving revlon lip right now! xoxo

Sherin said...

The eyeshadow/eyeliner combination looks amazing!
I'm obsessed with Bobbi Brown's Corrector right now.

Oh to Be a Muse said...

The facial whip is worth a try because it sounds pretty good and it's only $1. I'll get it the next time I'm at Target.

Carolyna said...

very interesting post. i like to read about cosmetics

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Thanks for the reviews lady, I love ELF!

Caren Richardson said...

Awesome reviews for the products!

Islandia Lane said...

one thing I'm looking forward to when I get a new job is having the extra cash to splurge on random products. I'm such a product junkie not to but right now I can't... so my usual standbys are the only ones I can use right now... can't wait to go buy some new stuff!

Morgan Nicole Ilg said...

wow...so uh...I really need to get in on all of this beauty product stuff. haha I always love seeing posts about it...
have a good weekend ;)
~Morgan

Mimi said...

oooh, frolic looks like such a fun color! :D one product i am loving right now is my neutrogena tinted lip balm. happy weekend! :D

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