Friday, October 4, 2013

Monthly Favorites: September 2013

Hey, friends! School has taken up a lot of my time, so this post is a few days later than I would have liked it to be. But, it's still here, nonetheless! Without further ado, here are my favorite products from September: 

LANCĂ”ME Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover 
(Sample-Size [1.7 fl oz]: $11)
(Full-Size [4.2 fl oz]: $28)


I recently used up a bottle of this last month, and I'm so happy I have another left! This makeup remover is hassle-free, so at the end of a long day when I just want to go to bed, I don't have to sit in front of the makeup for 10 minutes wiping my mascara off. This product is a godsend--sometimes in the mornings, the thought of having to work to remove makup turns me off from applying it in the first place, so a good makeup remover is essential. Would I repurchase? Well, I think $28 is a lot, especially since I don't have any makeup products in my arsenal that I've spent that much on. I think, instead, I'll be on the search for a cheaper alternative. I've heard the CVS Eye Makeup Remover works quite nicely, so I'll probably try that once I finish this little guy up.

Dr. Jart + Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA +++ (Sample-Size [5mL] $1)
(Full-Size [1.5 fl oz]: $29)

I received a sample of this a few months ago and finished it up last month, so I'm very excited to have received one from my very first Birchbox! The coverage of this is fantastic, though it does require a little bit of blending due to the thick consistency and because of the coverage it provides. It takes a few minutes for it to adjust to your skin tone, but then it looks completely natural. Plus, it doesn't feel heavy at all! I am considering using my Birchbox points on a full-size of this once I run out of my other sample, just because I love it that much! 

e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush ($3)

I purchased this blush brush on a whim at Target one day, simply because I don't have the ability to get there that often, and that's the only place I can buy e.l.f. products without having to pay ridiculous shipping costs on their website. When I first used it, I wasn't too impressed. When using less pigmented blushes (like the Physician's Formula one below), it didn't seem to be able to pick up enough product to make it appear on my face. One day, while experimenting with it, I discovered that I absolutely love it for setting powder! It doesn't pick up too much, and because of its small size, I have plenty of control on where exactly I want to place it. I have dry-combination skin, so I only usually like to powder my T-zone, if I even decide that my skin needs mattifying that day (in the winter, I sometimes skip that step). This blush is so soft, and I'm so happy to have found a use for it! 

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural ($11 ~ 7g)

This blush was featured in a Outfit of the Day post. If I did an Outfit of the Day post every day, you would see that this blush mentioned a lot. I am pretty conservative with my everyday makeup, and this blush is the perfect natural cheek color. It's pretty sheer, so I used my Sigma F40 to apply it (which is a better blush at picking up powder that the e.l.f. one above, for example). It gives the perfect flush that looks completely natural, so when I play up my eyes, I like to wear this so my makeup doesn't overpower my face. 

(Full-Size [15mL]: $14.50)

I nearly laughed out loud when I received this in my Birchbox last month. Once i forget that this is actually meant as a nipple cream, I actually really like it! It's made its way into my nighttime beauty regimen, and I apply this to my lips every evening before bed. It's supposedly also good for cracked skin or anywhere you're experiencing harsh dryness, but there isn't very much in the tube so I can't really get enough out for that. It's a thick consistency like Carmex, with a tinge of yellow in it (I know, it sounds so gross), but then it smooths out onto your lips and makes them so soft! I don't see myself paying $15 for a lip balm anytime in the near future, and since I have so many more lip balms tucked away I probably won't be repurchasing this. However, one day if I ever run out of lip balm (LOL) I would consider buying this, because I'm really liking it so far. 

Nail Polish Swatch Wheel ($3 ~ 10 wheels)

I found this while browsing through Amazon one day, and although I never saw myself needing one before, I'm really glad I bought it! Not only is it good for the purpose of swatching polishes on this blog, but it's also great for my own use. When I'm trying to decide what my manicure should be for the week, I can swatch different combinations on the swatch wheel to see if I like something or not. It's fun, and saves time from realizing you've painted a disgusting combination of colors on your nails and having to take it off! 

Amika Obliphica Perk Up Dry Shampoo (Sample-Size [1oz]: $8)
(Full-Size [5.3oz]: $21)

I mentioned this in my Beauty Essentials, shortly after writing a Currently Coveting post on the Amika brand as a whole. I really love this dry shampoo, as it removes the excess oil without making your hair look dull and white (like many white, powder-based dry shampoos do). It's such an expensive product that I don't see myself repurchasing it, so I think I'll just enjoy it while it lasts and then look for a cheaper alternative. I've heard good things about Batiste. Suggestions, anyone? 

EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo (Sample-Size [2oz]: $7)
(Full-Size [8.5oz]: $24)

I received this in my Total Beauty Mystery Collection back in June and finally decided to start using it last month. It was my first experience with sulfate-free shampoos and I'm totally hooked! This shampoo made my hair incredibly soft and shiny, but it did leave my hair looking a little oily on the second day (hello, Amika Dry Shampoo!). I still loved the results over all--I never realized how dry my other shampoos were making my hair before this! I finished this bottle last month, and if I had to choose one sulfate-free shampoo, it would be the second one I tried (below). 

Ecru New York Luxe Treatment Shampoo (Sample Size [2oz]: $7.50)
(Full-Size [8oz]: $20)

After receiving this sample in my Sample Society box back in July, I finally got around to trying it last month. I have to say, I really loved this, even more than the EVOLVh. I feel like it cleans my hair a little bit better, so my hair doesn't look greasy on Day 2 (no dry shampoo required!). If I had to pick one of these two shampoos to repurchase, it would definitely be this one.  

After seeing Fall Out Boy on their Save Rock and Roll tour last month, I've had a huge Panic! At The Disco (who opened for them) and Fall Out Boy playlist on shuffle nonstop. If I had to pick a song that I've listened to the most, it's probably a toss-up between two of Panic!'s newest songs: This Is Gospel and Miss Jackson, simply because they're new and I've heard them the last out of all of their songs. I've also listened the heck out of Fall Out Boy's Save Rock and Roll album, of course. Makeup and music is all I really need! 

What were your favorite things this month?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned.

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