July Favorites

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July was a crazy month for me. I felt like I was all over the place, and slept a total of 20 hours all month. Between running around Santa Monica, running late to work, and gallivanting through Vegas, these were my July favs.

Felix Cartal Weekend Workout
I have been on a fitness kick all month-long, surprisingly. I am trying to get back to my goal weight, change my eating habits, and workout more. I do a lot of cardio, and I’m on the treadmill for up to an hour or more. Being the clutz that I am, I avoid messing with my phone as much as I can. My trying to tweet or search songs on Spotify always results in my phone falling and flying 7 feet into the row behind me. I like to have a gym playlist ready, but I get so sick of the same songs week after week. Felix Cartal’s Weekend Workout is the perfect length and vibe for my morning or late night gym sessions. Nine times out of ten, the latest mix is playing on my phone, and it always puts me in the best mood. This is also a great way to discover some dope tracks. His Weekend Workout is available for listening/download via his soundcloud.

Starbucks Iced Coffee: Lightly Sweetened 
I absolutely do NOT have the time to sit in a 15 minute drive-thru for Starbucks before work. I have absolutely NO desire to put on pants and go to Starbucks on a hung over Wednesday Saturday morning. Always running late, per usual, Starbucks pre made Iced Coffee (lightly sweetened) is a lifesaver. This isn’t for the coffee purist. This is for the 20-30 something in a rush with a need for a caffeine fix. I like mine with plenty of ice and a splash of unsweetened coconut milk. It’s not too sweet, and a container will last me about 5 days. The average price I’ve paid is about $4.99. This is actually a steal considering a venti iced coffee usually runs around $3.00.

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You have no idea how many compliments I have received on these sunglasses. I’ve grown so fond of them that I have 3 backup pairs. These aren’t the best quality, obvi Forever 21, but they look great. I was drawn to these immediately because they reminded me of a pair I had remembered seeing in Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2014 (pictured to the right). The blue-tinted lens is completely opaque, which is perfect to hide my late night/early morning eye bags. These are especially great for Vegas pool parties. Wear them worry free to Encore Beach Club without the fear of losing your favorite designer pair. They wear comfortably for hours, and for the price, you’d be crazy not to buy a pair…or three.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer
Ole Henriksen is one of my favorite skin care lines, and this moisturizer doesn’t disappoint. Some things I’ve noticed after using this moisturizer the whole month of July are a visibly brighter skin tone and a more even complexion.The texture is similar to Clinique’s Dramatically Different moisturizer without the oily feel of the Clinique DDM. My sensitive skin reacted perfectly to this moisturizer, and I have had no problems with any breakouts all of July. One of my favorite things about the Ole Henriksen line is the availability of different sizes for all of their products. I hate spending $40 plus on a product and hating it. While Sephora has a great return policy, it’s just a pain in the a$$ having to return anything. For $14 you can the .5 ounce size moisturizer and see how it works for you. I 100% plan to integrate this product into my regular skin care regimen.

Honorable Mention: Gel Manicure. Honestly, who has the time to sit and paint their nails, and let them dry? Not me. I’m rough on my hands, and not having to worry about chipped nail polish for 10-14 days for under $20 is ideal. Where have you been all of my life gel manis?


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Summer Essentials

Summer is here in full force, and I like to keep my skincare, and makeup routine to a minimum. I love a good deal, however, sometimes the splurge is worth the plunge. After trial and error with countless products, these are my favorites.
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  1. Josie Maran 100 Percent Argan Oil,  Sephora.com, ($48)
    A perfect three in one, year long moisturizer. I have the worst dry skin, year round, and this product is my holy grail moisturizer. I apply it with clean fingers after washing my face, before bed, and 15 minutes before I apply my foundation. It is formulated without parabens, and sulfates, and full of Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids. It is also great for those dry split ends, as well as moisturizing your cuticles.

  2. Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream, Sephora.com($99)
    Also formulated without parabens, this is the perfect eye cream for puffy eyes and dark circles. I apply a tiny amount before bed, and after I apply my argan oil. It keeps my dry under eye area moisturized and prepped for my concealer. I am a contact wearer and this eye cream doesn’t irritate my eyes.

  3. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Sephora.com, ($29)
    I have such a hard time finding a concealer that effectively covers my dark circles, and doesn’t crease. The consistency is creamy, but definitely not oily. I apply it with clean fingers, and set it with my Laura Mercier powder, and it stays put all day. A cheaper dupe would be Hard Candy’s Glamoflague, available at Wal-Mart.

  4. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, Sephora.com, ($30)
    If I could only use one bronzer for the rest of my life, this would be it. As a religious contour-er, (is that even a word), this bronzer is the perfect matte shade for contouring, or for just dusting all over my face for a “just left the Caribbean” look. This bronzer smells like a chocolate heaven, and tastes yummy too (don’t ask). The staying power of this bronzer is decent, as long as you set it properly with a powder or setting spray.

  5. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion FoundationSephora.com($68)
    Okay… I know this one is a little pricey, but if it is within your means, it is worth the price tag. I have super dry skin, and absolutely hate the feel of heavy foundation on my face. Guerlain LDP blends seamlessly , and feels like skin. Coverage is medium, but buildable. One and a half pumps is perfect to cover my face, and lasts about 12 hours ( with a few powder touch ups). I get so many compliments on my skin, not my makeup, when I wear this foundation. I apply it with a beauty blender.

  6. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, Sephora.com($37)
    Everyone swears by MUFE HD Setting Powder, but I swear this one is so much better. Due to my dry skin, I sometimes get little hideous dry patches around my nose and mouth. This powder doesn’t accentuate any dry zones, and sets my makeup for a good 12 hours. I especially love it for setting my under-eye concealer. I keeps my under-eye area crease free, and set. The only downside is the packaging. I wish LM made a purse friendly travel size. The travel size comes with a puff, however you have to carry it separately. I carry the travel size in my purse with a mini kabuki brush, for midday touch ups.

  7. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Sephora.com, ($23)
    The name says it all. This mascara comes with a brush comparable to Dior’s iconic Diorshow mascara. After Diorshow was reformulated, I had to find something new. I bought Better Than Sex on a whim, and liked it, but didn’t repurchase. 3 different mascaras later, I realized how good it really was. I could not find another mascara that gave me the volume, and curl that I needed. I absolutely HATE false lashes, and this mascara is buildable enough to give the illusion of falsies, without clumping.

  8. Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray, Sephora.com, ($12.50)
    Much more than just water in a can, this facial mist tones, cools, and hydrates my dry summer skin. I like to use this spray to prep my face for makeup, and as a setting spray. If you like the dewy makeup look, then this will be your new bff. I carry a travel size in my bag, and use it after I retouch my face with LM setting powder. You don’t NEED this product, however, it is a lavish little bottle that really does make a big difference. I love to use it on my no make up days to keep my skin looking bright, and glowing. Sephora’s website says it’s $12.50, but I purchased two travel size bottles for $14 by the check out counter.

    *For reference, I have super dry skin, with a semi-oily t-zone.