Since July is coming to a close, it’s time to announce the products that I have been loving all month. I’ve been trying everything from haircare, to skincare, to makeup. A lot of the things I bought performed and have kept their word for me, while also teaching me a new thing or two about myself.
(Also I’m linking everything to Ulta Beauty’s website, mainly because I love Ulta and that loyalty will get you some points!)
So here are my favorites of July:
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted B.B. Moisturizer: It was only this year did I decide to wear a lighter coverage foundation. I used to want to wear full coverage for the sake of covering my dark spots and my acne scars, but now that my scars faded and I’m not going through constant hormonal acne, my skin is a lot more clear. Aside from puberty not affecting me, I’m also taking better care of my skin than I did back in high school (I will write a whole blog post about my high school routine at some point). I admit, I still like full coverage, but I switch off my foundations depending on the weather. What I like about the tinted moisturizer is that it includes SPF 20. I have yet to focus on suncare, but knowing my face is being protected is always a good sign. And although Tarte does not have a wide shade range for the tinted moisturizers, they are a good product and I’ve been enjoying them. I do hope in the future they work to extend the shade range, but as of now, I enjoy the moisturizers for what they are. It looks natural on my skin and doesn’t make my t-zone that oily throughout the day (and when I do get oily the foundation still looks good under powder). It performs well when I top it with concealer and light sweeps of contour and blush. Highlight looks a lot more natural when I wear the tinted moisturizer. What makes things better is that I can wear a full face of makeup with this product or I can wear it alone.
Buy the Tarte Amazonian Tinted B.B. Moisturizer ($36) here
- Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara: I got this mascara in what I call my “appreciation packages”. I had already owned both the Benefit Badgal BANG Mascara and the Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara and although I admire those mascaras and had no issue with either, Lancôme performed. I was skeptical at first, because I’m not familiar with the products, but one sweep was enough to lift my lashes without creating any clumps. I was blown away by how naturally lifted my lashes looked. I don’t wear the mascara everyday, because I like to switch off my mascaras, but you can easily tell when I’m wearing the Monsieur Big. This was so good that I had to put it on the favorites list of this month.
Buy the Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara ($25) here
- Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Grace: Working at an Ulta, we have representatives from named brands to help us with prestige sales. I met with a woman who worked for Stila and she gave me this product to try. What she said about the quality of the liquid eyeshadows was all true. When they were first released, I had swatched them and thought they were very pretty, but I was unsure on how they would last on the eyes. I tried it out over eyeshadow and patted it down with a brush. They were so nice and popped out on the eyelid. Whenever I would want more dimension, I would use a shimmer eyeshadow of a close color and place it over Grace. With or without a shadow, the liquid eyeshadow was gorgeous and it didn’t budge throughout the day. There are more colors I want to try but for now I am very happy with Grace right now.
Buy Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows ($24) here
- Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Peach Tease: I have a lot of opinions about lip gloss: I either love it or I hate it. There was a day I was trying out new products in my favorite section (Too Faced), and I decided to try out the gloss over my Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick. I picked out Peach Tease at random and let me tell you all that it is the creamiest, sweetest smelling, long lasting lip gloss I’ve tried. One catch is that it is pigmented so wearing it over a lipstick that’s not nude or peachy will take away, but I wear mine over the color Sellout which serves a similar color to Peach Tease. I have been wearing the gloss religiously and I would buy hundreds of them if I could.
Buy Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Oil ($19) here
- Drybar Southern Belle Volume-Boosting Shampoo: I also received this in my “appreciation package”. I had never tried a Drybar product before, so I thought this would be a good opportunity. Naturally, my hair is flat, so I had a little bit of high hopes my hair would look a bit more full. I thought the scent was oddly satisfying; it smelled NOTHING like the shampoos I use. It gave off a scent that I would find more in men’s shampoos. After one wash, my hair did feel a lot softer afterwards. I blow-dried my hair the first time and noticed my hair did have a bit more of a raise. I tested it again and instead, air-dried my hair. My hair was flatter than it was when I blow-dried, but it still felt soft after a brush. If it were up to me, I’d buy a full size bottle of Southern Belle.
Buy Drybar Southern Belle Shampoo ($26) here
- Morphe Brontour in Vlogger: I was originally using an e.l.f Cosmetics contour, and although that was a very good product, Morphe stole me away with their bronzer/contour duo. One flaw when I bought it was that the top corner was shattered, but I managed to save it with the fabulous help of rubbing alcohol (that’s how to fix all shattered pressed powders if anyone was wondering), but it didn’t stop me from demoting the product. I usually do light taps of this and I sweep if I want to intensify my contour a little bit. Morphe hasn’t disappointed me with this contour compact at all. I love the color, I love how their bronzer isn’t that shimmer-y, and it cuts nicely when loose powder is placed over it. It’s very blendable and when there are harsh lines, it’s easy to soften. I wear it almost everyday and until another bronzer says otherwise, I will be sticking with Morphe.
Buy Morphe Brontour ($12) here
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit: I know I just purchased the Dream Glow Kit and I have been loving it, the Aurora has been my go-to highlight palette all month long. It makes me so sad that I’m just now hitting the pan (I’ve had this palette for a while, I swear I don’t pack that much highlight on). This palette combines warm toned and cool toned colors and is very suiting on all skin types. I don’t normally use the cool toned colors like Spectra, Orion, and Helia, but when I do, they are very pretty. I love peachy and warmer tones in the summer, so Eclipse, Luna, and Lyra are so pretty on the cheekbones and the brow bones. I normally place Luna in the inner corner of my eyes, because I personally think white highlight looks good in my inner corners. Anastasia always has a good formula for their highlights so I don’t understand how any of their highlights wouldn’t end up on any favorites list.
Buy Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit ($40) here
- e.l.f. Cosmetics High Definition Powder: I needed an affordable loose powder at the time and I knew for a fact that e.l.f. would not disappoint me. I have been using their eyeliners since I started doing makeup. I used their concealers, their pressed powders, you name it. They were there for me since the very beginning (and still are here for me thanks to those Expert Liquid Liners). When I used their powder, it was silky. I was satisfied by how they cleaned my contour, I was satisfied by how the baking process went, the loose powder cleaned up the creasing and that says a lot. Don’t get me wrong, prestige brands have amazing powders, but for those who can’t afford them, e.l.f. will always have your back!
Buy e.l.f. Cosmetics High Definition Powder ($6) here
- Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette: Okay this section is about to be essay length so I hope you have your snacks and drinks ready (specifically peaches). This is my summer palette. This palette smells like peaches! Jerrod Blandino, I would like to tell you that you deserve a huge peach monument created, because this palette is a HOLY GRAIL. The Sweet Peach comes in a lot of warm and neutral toned looks perfect for literally any look. I do natural looks, smokey eyes, halo eyes, cut creases, you name it. I can do anything with this palette. This doesn’t deserve to be on just my July favorites, but my favorites for the whole summer. It applies like butter, it is super easy to blend, and did I mention it smells like peaches? The scent is also not strong so it won’t make anyone nauseous. The packaging is also really cute and the shade names are all so fitting with the theme. Again, Too Faced came to perform and they performed! Unless I’m aiming for a specific look with a specific product, I wear Sweet Peach everyday. This is a committed relationship I have going on here. My favorite shades are White Peach, Luscious, and Just Peachy, they are too good for this world, like the whole palette.
Buy Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette ($49) here
- Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo: I didn’t start using dry shampoo recently, and I don’t use it unless I have no effort to try to look good at work (I just dry shampoo, throw that tinted moisturizer on, some brows, winged eyeliner, and we’re good to go). I don’t know what it is about this brand, but their dry shampoos smell really good, and they do a really good job absorbing the oils in your hair to make it presentable. If you pack on the dry shampoo, you will see the powder make an appearance, which why I only spray once around where I’m oily.
Buy Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo ($5.99) here
- Derma-E Essentials Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil: If you don’t know about cleansing oil, let me tell you about how this should be in your skincare routine. I use this (along with a makeup wipe) to remove and cleanse my full face. I use this as my first step during every skincare routine, day and night. This was one reason why my face started clearing and my pores became less clogged. What also makes it nice is that it has rose essence in it, and rose petals smell so good! My face is softened whenever I use it, and it just does a really good job removing makeup and dirt that gets left behind after a whole day.
Buy Derma-E Essentials Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil ($15.99) here
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe: I also got this little friend in my “appreciation package” , and I was a little thrown off by the color I received. I’m naturally a brunette, but when I tested it, it did not look that bad. I switch off between Benefit’s KA-Brow in 5 (which is why Taupe is such a weird color to own) and this one. Besides shade, the formula for the dipbrow is very pigmented and I appreciate pigment since my brows are very thin (I do have a shape so it makes drawing so much easier). Normally, the Dipbrow is very popular around social media. I see artists and normal Instagram users applying this eyebrow product like experts. The pomade lasts all day, no smudging, and having used it (finally), I can understand why everyone uses it, and here we are in the favorites section, talking about it.
Buy Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18) here
- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: Everyone has a different skin type (oily, combination, normal, dry). I can say I’m in between combo and normal. My t-zone gets pretty oily from time to time. I received a sample of the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, and when I saw it was specifically for oily/combo skin, I wanted to put it to the test. I applied it only to my nose and forehead. This product didn’t really mattify my nose, but it absorbed all the oils and left a subtle clean shine. I was shocked and I was beyond happy to find something that actually made my face clean and lasted the whole day. Once this sample goes away, I am purchasing a full sized bottle and I will use it everyday. I also use it before applying my makeup, and the oils in my nose still don’t seep through, so that’s enough to explain why this would be one of my July favorites.
Buy Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel ($27) here
- Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Crayola Collection in Canary and Melon: I came across these colors during shipment and I knew I had to have them. The collection consisted of some of the prettiest pastel colors I’ve seen. I wore Canary for the first half of the month (until I got acrylics), and it was so nice. The more I wore it, the more I saw it belonged more in the spring, but they were such nice colors, I couldn’t take them off.
Buy Sally Hansen Insta-Dri X Crayola Spring Fling ($2.47) here
- Flower Beauty Seal the Deal Hydrating Setting Spray: I have a lot of things to say about this setting spray… Drew Barrymore snatched my eyelashes and sent me to an unknown paradise. I don’t know what that scent in her spray is, but it smells so clean and nice. Anyways, onto performance, this girl lasts all day. With the fear of liner running or foundation moving, this setting spray literally seals the deal. I would recommend this spray any day, probably buy it again (after I try all the setting sprays).
Buy Flower Beauty Seal the Deal Hydrating Setting Spray ($12.99) here
- Ulta Beauty Calming Lavender Coconut Milk Lotion Spray: When Ulta has a bath collection, you do NOT take that for granted. I, a. love coconut milk, b. love lavender, and c. thought lotion spray would be quite the journey. It was confusing at first, but once I applied it, it was nourishing and I felt this nice calming sense. Ulta has a very nice variety of scents, but their lotion sprays come in Rose, Lavender, and Rosemary. If it were up to me, I’d buy them all. The scents are all from essential oils, so you’re getting moisture with a mix of aromatherapy. Normally, I’m an anxious person, but I’m secretly convinced, this and a side of tea is why I’ve been extremely laid back and relaxed recently. I wear this spray everyday and spray it before I go to bed to get better sleep.
Buy Ulta Beauty Calming Lavender Coconut Milk Lotion Spray ($14.50) here