August Beauty Favorites

This month I have been loving a lot of the same products as I have in July (Hello Flawless Powder by Benefit, Loreal True Match Concealer, Soap&Glory Primer, ABH Dip Brow Pomade, etc.) But I have been trying to experiment with some products I have been hoarding in my makeup drawers and found some gems worth sharing.

Here is my 1000% honest review of some of my most used beauty products this past August.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner ($20) Β I usually use Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner but recently I have been reaching for this one by KVD because it is so easy to apply. I have very shaky hands soΒ achieving the perfect wingΒ is no easy task for me but this liquid liner makes it so much easier and stays in tact all day. The only thing is that once it dries, it is almost impossible to get rid of, so be careful to fix your mistakes while it’s still wet.

Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara ($27.50) This mascara is on the pricy side but is amazing for every day even without eyeliner. The formula makes your lashes super long and voluminous. While it’s not my favorite mascara in the world (Better Than Sex by Too Faced), it is definitely in my top 3. I have been wearing it during the day without eyeliner with a very natural glowy skin look.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Eyebrow Gel ($22) This gel keeps my brows in tact all day even in the heat. I usually start with Anastasia’s Dip Brow Pomade and then go over my brows with the gel. If I’m feeling really lazy though I will just reach for the gel for an easy way to tame your brows during the daytime.

Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($35) I have been especially into the “baking” this summer. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the fad, baking is when you apply concealer and then a thick layer of translucent powder and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. The translucent powder traps the heat that naturally emanates from your skin and locks your concealer in place for hours. Baking is great for the Summer because it prevents your makeup from melting away in the heat and keeps it all in tact. This powder works especially well to achieve the perfect baked face.

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment ($22) This mask is amazing. The formula not only exfoliates your skin for a deep clean, but also smooths it. After a long day of sweating in the 95 degree weather and wearing makeup, this mask works to flush away all of the impurities and deep cleans for a brighter complexion.

I’ve Been Hoarding Liquid Lipsticks So You Don’t Have To

Liquid lipsticks are probably the best thing that has ever happened in the world of makeup. You can spend the day outside in 100 degree weather, eat the messiest of cheeseburgers, then make out with a gorgeous guy, and still have some solid color going? I’m sold.

With literally every brand coming out with their own versions of this beauty fad, how can you be sure which is best?

Don’t worry kittens. I have spent way too much of my free time trying out some of the most popular lippies so you don’t have to. I broke down the pro’s and con’s of each including price, staying power, color selection, and ease of application.

From left to right: Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in “Teeny Tiny,” Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in “Lolita,” Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Lipcolor in “Juju,” Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Soft Lilac,” Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in “Beso.”

1. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip

Pros: by far the best staying power, price ($6 dude), color selection (35 to choose from)

Cons: super drying (you gotta hella exfoliate your lips beforehand and lather on the Burts Bees)

2. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick

Pros: the color lolita (it has a cult following for a reason), easy application, staying power, large color selection (29 shades)

Cons: love the color selection but many are too edgy for daytime (sorry KVD), price ($20)

3. Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lipcolor

Pros: color selection is huge (19 shades) and they are all so wearable, easy application

Cons: staying power (honestly disappointing, smears easily while others could last a and yes I’m lookin at you Colourpop), price ($18)

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Pros: staying power, super pigmented, huge color selection (21 shades), really easy to apply

Cons: price ($27)

5. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Pros: color selection…that’s about it

Cons: super liquidy and harder to apply, staying power isn’t horrible but not as great as others on the list, price ($24)

Here’s my definitive ranking:

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills

2. Colourpop

3. Kat Von D

4. Bare Minerals

5. Stila

Honestly I would repurchase all of them except Stila. I know I missed a ton of brands (NYX, Ofra, Limecrime, etc.) sorry, your girl will waste her paycheck on makeup but that paycheck can’t buy all of them.

Comment below your favorite brands/colors because I am genuinely interested! Happy Monday πŸ˜‰