Sorry for skipping a few monthly favorites, but I didn't really see a point in doing them because I pretty much stuck with the same things throughout the last few months. However, I've got quite a few new favorites this August which I'd like to share with you!
Mentholatum Acnes Medicated UV Tinted Milk
I've searched high and low for a good facial sunscreen that doesn't make my face or hands feel greasy. I really really hate that greasy feeling and for the longest time I totally went off facial sunscreens because I couldn't find a good one. I decided to try this out after reading a review on Kimoko's blog and I've really been liking this product. I use it after my moisturizer and before my primer everyday. It doesn't make me feel greasy, it doesn't break me out, it has a high SPF and it's affordable. Until I find a better sunscreen this will be a staple in my daily skincare routine.
Mentholatum Acnes Medicated Sealing Jell
This is meant to be an acne treatment, but I read reviews that it doesn't do much in that aspect. Despite not being an effective acne treatment, I have heard that it is a pretty darn good makeup primer. I decided to test it out for myself and bought it and I have to say, it really does work amazingly well as a primer. The consistency of the gel is quite thick and smooth and it fills in my pores to give me a smooth canvas to work on. The best thing about this product is the oil control. I have combination skin leaning towards the dry side, however my T-zone does get oily throughout the day. While I was using this I noticed that there was significantly less oil on my oil blotting sheet and it took a longer time for my T-zone to get shiny. I'd say the oil control lasts a good 8-9 hours for me.
Za Skin Beauty Liquid Foundation
I bought this at Watsons on a whim while I was waiting for a friend to arrive so that we could go for lunch. I have totally switched my Revlon Colorstay foundation out for this one for daily use. The consistency of this foundation is very light and almost runny, but it gives amazing coverage and dries to a matte finish. Even though the finish is matte, it looks very natural and doesn't look cakey. The coverage is medium coverage if you use a thin layer, but you could definitely build it up to become full coverage. I like to spritz my EDM tapered sculpting face brush with water to get it damp, dip it into the foundation on the back of my hand and blend it all over my face in a circular motion. I find that applying this foundation this way really gives it a more natural and flawless look. It's easy to blend as well so I can get my full face of makeup done in about 5 minutes, which is great for when I'm running late for school. As for lasting power, this foundation wears pretty well throughout the day without any touching up.
Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer
I absolutely adore this concealer. The consistency isn't too thin or too thick, and it blends out really well. You only need the tiniest bit. The coverage is excellent and it can be used under the eyes or on any blemishes. I like to swipe it under my eyes and dot it on any blemishes and then pat it lightly for maximum coverage. I use this everyday after I've applied my Za foundation to do any extra concealing. This is my HG concealer. I've heard the L'oreal True Match concealer is similar and pretty good too so I'm looking forward to trying that. My only gripe about this concealer is that its so expensive here. I bought this one in US and it was only about 9USD, but over here its SGD29.90. I might just order lots off drugstore.com as backups.
Covergirl Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder
When I got this I wasn't really impressed with it. I didn't hate it but I didn't particularly love it. For some reason this month I've been reaching for this everyday to set my makeup, and it's really growing on me. The powder is a skintone color, but when you blend it onto your skin it becomes translucent. It does a nice job of setting my makeup without looking cakey because the powder is very finely milled. It's been a nice staple product this month although I'm not sure if it's a HG product for me.
NYC Sunny Bronzer
This is a very light bronzer, which I like becuase I'm quite fair skinned. I don't use it to contour my face, but more to warm up my complexion and maybe shade around my face at my hairline. I also like it because it's completely matte and it looks very natural.
MAC Blush in Peachykeen
I've been stuck in a blush rut lately because I love my ELF studio blush in Tickled Pink so much, so I've been trying to get myself to use my other blushes as well. The one I've been using almost everyday is Peachykeen by MAC. It's just really nice for everyday because it gives me a very fresh glow. It's a sheertone blush, so it's not completely matte. It has more of a satin finish, which makes my skin looks very glowy and awake.
Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara
I bought this in a set with the Heroine mascara makeup remover when it was on sale for the brands anniversary. I wasn't expecting much from it, but after using it I'm really really loving it! It really holds curl well and it makes my lashes look insanely long. It's also very good at defining and separating my lashes so it makes it look like I have a ton of lashes. Unlike a lot of mascaras, this mascara keeps my lashes feeling very soft and flexible while I'm wearing it and it makes my lashes look very fluttery. I've really been loving this mascara this month!
ELF Studio Cream Eyeliner in Coffee
I've been wearing brown eyeliner a lot more lately because it just looks less harsh and it looks more natural for my everyday makeup that I wear to school. The ELF cream eyeliner is very smooth and pigmented, plus it's exrtemely inexpensive so I like that a lot.
Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar
An old time favorite, it's the only thing I use for my brows. A little boring, but it's definitely still my HG brow product. I have heard that the ELF studio brow kit is pretty similar though so I can't wait to try that. If it works just as well as my UD one that would be great since the ELF one is a lot cheaper.
Claire's Chrome Palette
I've really been enjoying this palette lately. The colors in this palette allow me to create a variety of looks from neutral to more smokey dramatic looks. The colors in the palette are very interesting as well because quite a few of them are duochrome colors which are absolutely beautiful.
Nivea Pinkish Boost
I've had this for a long time but I never really used it. Lately I've been using it a lot because it really smooth and light and it acts as a lip balm while still giving me a very pretty pink tint on my lips. It's just handy to throw into my school bag and use throughout the day.
Coastal Scents Brush
I'm not quite sure what this brush is called, but its like a very tapered crease brush. Its almost like a pencil brush actually, and the tip is very pointed. It's not a very fluffy brush at all. I like this brush because when I'm lazy, I use this to fill in my brows. I just dip it in my brow powder, and stroke it through my brows. It gets the job done a lot faster than a normal angled brush, but the pointed tip of the brush allows me to feather the product through.
EDM Tapered Sculpting Face Brush
I use this brush damp to apply my foundation in order to give a more natural finish.
So these are all the products that I have been loving for the month of August! I will give more in depth reviews of each of the products later, so look out for those! I hope you've enjoyed this rather long post! Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: All products featured were purchased with my own money. I am not paid to promote any product. All opinions are honest and my own.