My summer is officially over after this week and it’s crazy to think that the month of July is already over! July flew by. It seems like one second I was celebrating the Fourth of July and the next I was ordering my books for my upcoming fall semester of classes. But, even though the month of July went by way too fast I made sure to find the time to pick up and try out some new products. I had a month full of great products; some that were given to me by the awesome people at Influenster and L’Oreal and some that I purchased myself. I loved trying out all of these wonderful products and I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts about them. I tried out mascara, body wash, facial wash, a brow kit, and much more. Some of these products I will definitely be buying again, and some I definitely won’t, find out which ones they were below.
I always use both liquid foundation and powder foundation when doing my makeup because I love the coverage liquid foundation gives, and I love the way the powder foundation gives it a smooth, airbrush effect while reducing shininess. I recently purchased this finishing powder looking for a powder with good coverage that was also light on my face. I found everything that I was looking for in this product. The coverage is amazing. It doesn’t require very much powder to cover my whole face. The powder is light and doesn’t cake onto my face, and it stays in place all day long. If you’re looking for an awesome finishing powder, check out this one.
Availability: Ulta Price: $34
2. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara:
I have to give a special thanks to the lovely people at Influenster for sending me an awesome package full of complementary L’Oreal products to try and review. I’ve had so much fun playing with these new products; especially this mascara. I’m picky when it comes to my mascaras because I want a product that will lengthen my lashes but won’t make them thick or clumpy. This product does a good job at keeping my lashes long and voluminous. It doesn’t require very much so I don’t have to worry about my lashes looking caked with mascara; that’s never attractive. I’m definitely considering repurchasing this product.
Availability: Ulta Price: $8.49
3. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Primer:
This is Step One to the Voluminous Mascara. It preps your lashes before swiping the mascara over them. I was a little skeptical at first when I started using this product because the primer is white and I was worried it would dry that way; however, it dries clear and keeps my mascara in place for hours. I use this almost every day. I even pair this primer with other non-L’Oreal mascaras.
Availability: Ulta Price: $8.99
4. L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit:
Before using this brow kit I’d been using my Smashbox brow kit that is built into my Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS face palette. In comparison to my Smashbox brow kit this brow kit does a good job at filling in and smoothing out my brows. The kit comes with a brow wax and powder, the most adorable mini tweezers, and a brush. I don’t use any brushes that come with compacts because i’m picky about my brushes, but I did really like the wax, the powder, and the tweezers that were included in the kit. The brow wax is a caramel brown shade and the powder is a chocolate brown shade. As someone who was born with black eyebrows and medium brown hair, these colors do a great job at filling in my brows and the tweezers are the perfect size for shaping brows.
Availability: Walgreens Price: $14.99
5. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner:
I absolutely love twist up eyeliners so, of course, I loved this one! It’s double sided and features an eyeliner on one side and an eyeliner eraser on the other, just in case you make a few mistakes. I know I do. This eyeliner glides on easily, doesn’t put any pressure on my eyes, and stays in place for hours. The tube says it stays in place for 16 hours and although I’ve never actually counted the hours, that number is pretty accurate. The best part is that there’s no pesky sharpening involved, all I have to do is twist it up when it’s running low and it’s ready to go again!
Availability: Walgreens Price: $8.79
6. L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadows:
L’Oreal and Influenster really spoiled me this time and also sent me two eyeshadows. These matte shadows came in the shades Paris Beach and Pain Au Chocolat. They’re very light and subtle and can be paired with almost any other color. Each shadow has a bit of shimmer in it which I really like. They brush on easily and blend well. So far, I am really impressed with these products.
Availability: L’Oreal Paris Price: $5.99
7. Philosophy Pink Frosted Animal Cracker Body Soap:
I kept passing by this particular scent of body soap from Philosophy every time I was in Ulta but I never bought it. Finally, I broke down and bought it and just like all of my other body soaps from Philosophy, I absolutely love it. Philosophy body soap’s lather well, don’t irritate my skin, and smell AMAZING! I consistently buy Philosophy body soap and I’ve yet to be disappointed.
Availability: Ulta Price: $18
8. Philosophy Amazing Grace Body Spritz:
Philosophy was awesome and sent me some free gifts with my purchase. This is one of the many reasons why I love shopping with them so much; they’re incredibly generous. This body spray was one of my free gifts and I tried it out quickly after I opened it to see if I wanted to keep it and I loved it. This product has more of a perfume scent than a body spray scent. The scent is sweet and light and I love wearing it daily because it isn’t too overpowering.
Availability: Philosophy Price: $27
9. Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Lip Shine:
As a devoted Philosophy fan, I figured I might as well try out all of their products and so I purchased this cute little lip shine. It smells awesome and keeps my lips moisturized while adding a subtle hint of color and shine. It stays in place all day long, even after eating. I’m definitely more of a lipstick and matte finish kind of person, but I decided I needed to branch out and add a little shimmer and shine to my makeup bag and this product filled that spot. I prefer to wear this on casual days when I’m just running errands or hanging with friends.
Availability: Philosophy Price: $10
10. Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Acne Treatment Cleanser:
I’ve always had the strangest skin. I never went through an acne phase, I’ve never had issues with acne, and my skin has never had issues with dryness or oiliness. However, to play it safe, I always wash my face a few times a week with an exfoliating wash or an acne treatment wash to prevent the occasional breakout. Rarely do I stray away from my typical acne treatment wash; however, I was feeling bold and I purchased this product. I used this daily for a few weeks to get a feel for the product. This wash has a citrusy scent and lathers very well. It left my skin feeling soft and refreshed after use; however, I noticed that this acne treatment wash wasn’t preventing breakouts on my skin it was causing them. I loved the idea of this product, just not its results. I wouldn’t recommend this product if your skin is as strange and sensitive as mine.
Availability: Philosophy Price: $22
That’s all for this week’s blog post. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed trying out these products and writing about them. Be sure to comment below what your favorite products were from the month of July and be on the lookout for a new blog post in a few weeks. I am taking a few weeks off of blogging and stepping away from the computer to focus on moving back to school and getting resettled. But, don’t worry I will return shortly!