Monday, July 29, 2013

July Favorites!!

Hi beauties!

    We are heading into August but before we jump on in to next month I wanted to share with you my favorites for July.  July was really good to me.  I went to the Philippines and Thailand for over two weeks, loved work while I was there, and caught up with some great friends and family.  

This month I discovered some amazing new products and dug up some old ones.  My list of favorites is huge this month and it ranges from skincare, make-up, and everything else that helps keep you beautiful.  I hope you enjoy!  

Oh my goodness!! I have already mentioned how great this oil is on my Facebook page but seriously this has become one of my all time favorite beauty products.  This covers it all from anti-aging, minimizing pores, brightening my skin and making my skin soft like silk.  Its ingredients nourish, hydrate, protect, and heal while amplifying the results of other products you use.  I love love love this product and cannot say enough good stuff about it.  I use it every night after I have cleansed and toned my skin.  I don't just use this stuff on my face I also use a pump on my neck and the remainder on my hands.  The citrus scent is so fresh and I love the smell and the way this product feels on my skin.
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil-$45 at Sephora

So this product has been around for a while but I just started using it last month and I think it rocks.  I am really into taking care of my skin and these daily peels do just the trick.  This peel is made for sensitive skin and gentle enough to use everyday.  I use this peel either in the morning or at night  anywhere from 3-5 times a week.  This replaces my toner when I use it.  These peels are already soaked towelettes and you use one pad first and rub it in circular motions all over your face and I rub this on my neck and back too, then you wait a couple minutes and do the same thing with the second towelette.  The ingredients include glycolic acid, mandelic acid, willowbark extract, and retinol.  These products are used for anti-aging, moisturizing, exfoliating, and decreasing pore size.  
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Peel Original Formula- 30 treatments for $86 or 5 treatments for $15.

Let me just say it is summer time and everywhere I go is hot!  The original Secret Clinical Strength deodorant is a product I have been using for years but I just noticed this new one for sensitive skin.  It is hypoallergenic and it keeps me dry all day.  Go buy some.
Target, Walmart, Grocery and Drugstores- $6-$8.

Am I the only one who eats cereal for dessert?  Well if you want to skip some calories throw out the ice cream and swap it out for this tasty treat.  A bowl of multi-grain cheerios and some cold milk does the trick for satisfying my sweet tooth.  Also if you buy this you can go to to help Feed America.  Less than $4 at grocery stores

This SPF moisturizer is amazing!  It is called Liquid Silk and it goes on smooth on my face, neck, and hands.  It has weighted balls inside to shake up the moisturizer before applying it to your face and it doesn't feel thick when you apply it which is perfect for these summer months.  This moisturizer does however feel a tiny bit greasy, not too much but a little bit, so if I want to use a full coverage foundation I make sure I use a primer after this so my make-up doesn't run. 

When it came to sunscreen I used to only use high end and expensive products but honestly this stuff works the same if not better than products costing $40 and up.  Save the money and save your skin with this sunscreen.  Good job L'oreal.  L'OREAL Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Liquid Silk Lotion for face SPF 50- $7.99 at Target

I have very long, thick, and healthy hair and I feel like I have honestly tried everything when it comes to my locks.  Needless to say I've spent thousands of dollars trying out different shampoos, conditioners, styling treatments, serums, blah blah blah.  I have used expensive salon products and affordable drugstore products and this product has been one of my favorites since junior high.  That's right our love is more than a decade strong.  Over the years there have been changes to the Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk but no matter what, it has always done the job.  This product is so amazing if I just wanted to use this and only this it would make my hair perfect.  This little bottle smooths my hair, gets rid of tangles, makes it shiny, and keeps it from getting frizzy.  I kid you not when I tell you that this little drugstore find beats out any other hair product I have tried.  Love this stuff and I thank the inventors of it especially after my trip to the humid Philippines and Thailand.  I did stop using this product for a few weeks in June to test out numerous high end salon products and my hair was not the same.  Never again will I go longer than a few days without using this.  Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk- $3.49-$5 at drugstores.

This made the cut again and here's why...
During the summer I don't always want to wear a lot of make-up or look all dolled up and that is a reason why I like BB and CC creams.  Well this BB cream is lightweight and provides so much coverage compared to others.  It is buildable in places I need more coverage, it has SPF in it, and I like the way it feels.  I have also noticed that when I use this BB cream my face isn't as oily throughout the day.  Thanks Shiseido!  Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 43- $30 available at Macy's, Sephora, and Nordstrom.

Tarte makes the perfect summer time blush.  I love using tarte make-up because their products almost always do something good for your skin and they never cause me to break out.  Not only does it look pretty on and last for a long time but the clay nourishes and hydrates skin while minimizing oil.  The one I use is "glisten" and it is a gorgeous peachy pink.  It highlights and shimmers and when the light catches it, your face glows.  This blush is a good choice to wear when you know you will be photographed or if you don't want to touch up during the day.  Even in the heat when your make-up starts to melt this stuff stays on.  Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush-$26 available at Sephora

This little July fav is an app on my iPhone.  It is the "My Wonderful Days Lite: Private Daily Journal/Diary" and it is free.  I write in this app once to a couple times a week and it is a good way to capture your mood and your day and not make it private on social media for everyone to see.  Social Media is great and if you are having a great or bad day I am all for sharing it but sometimes it's good to keep those moments yours and for that I log on to this app.  It makes me smile when I'm happy, it's great if I need to vent, and it helps with my memory. 
Available at the app store

I hope this month was good to you and I hope you enjoyed reading what I loved in the month of July.  I would love to hear from you and see what you couldn't get enough of this month.

Thanks for reading and as always stay fabulous!


  1. I just went to Sephora and am trying the Ole Henriksen oil tonight! Thank you!

  2. Love your recommendations! Its on tonight, Dr. Gross's mask with a glass of red wine followed by some cheerios:)

    1. That sounds like such a fabulous night! I might have to do the same!