June 2013 favorites…

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So I thought about doing one of these for a while, but it doesn’t really fit into my blog’s “theme.” I write mainly about self-help, inspirational, and life topics, not only to help my readers, but to help myself, too. But then I remembered that when I made this blog, I didn’t want it to fall under a theme. I called this my “lifestyle” blog in my first post. That can mean anything from maintaining a healthy mindset, to fun stuff and products that I’ve been loving. So that’s what I’m gonna do today. I put together a little collage of products I’ve been loving this past month, and let me tell you, it took WAY longer than I thought! haha. Anyway, let’s get started! :))

1) Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation: Now, I have been wearing  this foundation for a while now, but I’ve been especially loving it for summer this month! It’s a medium, but buildable coverage foundation, but very light weight! It’s not cakey at ALL and looks completely natural. Perfect for effortless summer makeup!

2) Maybelline Color Whisper in Cherry on Top: These are AMAZING! Super easy, pigmented, and hydrating. They go on sheer but are super buildable! Very glossy, also! My favorite shade is Cherry on Top; it’s a super bright reddish/pink color. Who doesn’t love bright, bold lips for summer?! Personally, it’s my favorite trend. I like to build this color up to it’s full potential to get it’s full opacity, but it’s also nice as just a sheer wash of color when you’re going for a more natural look!

3) Revlon Lipstick in Wine With Everything: As weird as it sounds, I’ve been loving darker, wine colored lips this month! I know it’s more of a fall trend, but there’s something so classic, and gorgeous about a dark, wine lip that I just love! This is one of my favorite shades. Revlon lipsticks are some of my favorite formulas…creamy, super pigmented, and long lasting with a HUGE color selection. Not to mention, affordable! They don’t dry out your lips, either. Love them! I’ve also been loving the shade Black Cherry, which I forgot to picture here. It’s a dark, burgundy vampy color. It’s amazing on!

4) Benefit Watts Up: I LOVE this highlighter! Up until I discovered this I had been using High Beam, and I still love that, but since this is a stick formula, it’s much easier and is perfect for a nice glowy, summer look! I like to run it across my cheekbones, and down the bridge of my nose.

5) Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: I’ve had this palette for a few months, but I didn’t actually start using it a lot until this past month. My favorite look to do with it is Chopper on the lid, YDK on the outer half of the lid, Tease in the crease, and busted on the outer corner/outer “V.” I also use Bootycall as my brow bone, and inner corner highlight! Super pretty!

6) CoverGirl Shimmering Sands: I LOVE this eyeshadow trio! It’s SUPER quick, effortless, and easy for lazy summer days when you don’t feel like putting in a lot of time into your makeup. Not to mention it’s GORGEOUS and the perfect glowy, bronze look for summer! I like to use all three colors for a full look, starting with the lightest one for the lid and highlight, the middle shade on the outer lid and crease, and the darkest in the outer corner. But it’s also perfect for just a single wash of shadow!

7) Nars Blush in Orgasam: Can I just start this off by saying that what’s with all of these makeup brands naming their products with such sexual names?? Gosh, I hate the concept of “sex sells.” Anyway, moving on. haha. I LOVE this blush! It’s one of my all time favorites! I usually mix it with another, matte blush, because it’s a little more shimmery than I typically like. But for summer, it’s the PERFECT color for a gorgeous summer glow! It’s a beautiful coraly/pink color with gold shimmers. I LOVE it!

8) Benefit Benetint: I’ve been using this SO much lately! It’s a gorgeous berry colored  cheek/lip stain. It’s super easy for the days that you don’t wear much makeup. I’ve been going to the pool and beach a lot this past month so I just like to dab this on my cheeks and lips to give me a little color, or just incase I go out after being at the pool or beach to make me look a little more lively. It’s perfect. This, plus the shimmering sands pallette, equals the perfect effortless look!

9) Prada Candy: I didn’t really like this scent at first, but I love it now! It’s super warm and sweet, but it’s also very mature and age appropriate! It’s the perfect sweet but sophisticated scent! I love it for going out at night. It’s also perfect for the office, if you work!

10) Marc Jacobs Daisy: This scent is a classic! A little sweet and fruity with a fresh floral kick! It’s super fresh with a splash of fruitiness It’s the perfect daytime scent for spring/summer and it has been my everyday scent for this month. I LOVE it!

11) Whoops! Accidently skipped number 11! haha.

12) Benefit Hoola Bronzer: This is my FAVORITE matte bronzer! The color is PERFECT! It’s not muddy, or orange and it looks equally as amazing on lighter skin tones as it does on darker skin tones! I love using this to contour, but lately, this month, this has replaced my Nars Laguna Bronzer as my all over bronzer. I’ve been dusting this all over my face after my foundation to give me a little more color. Because I’ve been in the sun so much, my foundation is now a few shades too light for me, so I use this bronzer to make my face match the rest of my skin and I just LOVE the effect/color it gives off! Totally natural!

13) Benefit Girl Meets Pearl: This is an all over, liquid face illuminator. It can be used under foundation for a subtle glow, or on top of make up for a more dramatic glow. I like to use it both ways depending on the look/occasion. I also love using it alone on the days I don’t wear any foundation and keep my makeup light just to brighten up my face! Either way, it’s a beautiful product!

14) John Frieda Full Repair Serum: I’ve been on a healthy hair kick recently! I’ve gone through a yearlong process of transforming my hair and I’m THRILLED with the outcome! This stuff totally helped make the process easier. I dye my hair and I also heat style it frequently. This stuff does exactly what it says it does…it repairs and revives your hair! Pump a small amount in my hands after I get out of the shower and run it through my ends and comb it through. It revives your hair and prevents breakage from past damage and prevents new damage. It’s amazing stuff!

15) It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In: THIS. STUFF. IS. AMAZING!!!!! It truly is a miracle product. This is another product that transformed my hair completely! Since it’s summer, I’ve been trying to lay back on the heat styling. I have very thick, frizzy, wavy/curly, unruly hair. I also live in Florida…where the humidity is INSANELY outrageous, especially in the summer! So needless to say, I leave it natural, it frizzes up. I straighten it, it frizzes up. I spray this in my hair after the John Frieda serum and comb through. It claims to do ten things;1. Repairs dry damaged hair. 2. Adds shine. 3. Smoothes and controls frizz. 4. Seas and protects hair color. 5. Detangles. 6. Prevents split ends. 7. Stops hair breakage. 8. Creates silkiness. 9. Enhances natural body. 10. Flat iron spray and thermal protector. And this stuff WORKS. My hair doesn’t frizz, it’s shiny, soft, smooth, and it looks amazing natural or heat styled. TOTALLY worth the $27.00 price tag!

16) VO5 Moisture Milk Strawberries and Cream Conditioner: Following up on the healthy hair kick, I have this! Now this is a bit of an unexpected favorite…I know what you’re thinking; “Jenn, a TWO dollar conditioner?! What is so great about it?!” Well, I’ll tell you; it’s SOOOO hydrating and smoothing. This was reccomended to me by my friend. He and his sister both love it and he told me to try it, and I’m SO glad I did! My hair feels SO silky smooth after I use this. It’s absolutely INSANE. I wash and condition my hair with my regular shampoo and conditioner, and then right before I get out of the shower, I use the VO5 conditioner and rinse it out with cold water and my hair feels AMAZING. Not only is it super smoothing and hydrating, but it SMELLS amazing! The scent is super strong and it lingers, but I love that! Seriously the best 99 cents (it was on sale at CVS when I bought it!) that I’ve ever spent!

17) Now, I forgot to add the photo to this one but it’s the Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse: This is a curl wave enhancing mouse, and as a girl with naturally super wavy/curly hair, I LOVE this stuff. Not only does it smell great but it keeps my natural waves nice and tousled and looking great all day. It really enhances my natural texture. Like I said, in the summer, I like to lay off the heat tools and and rock my natural waves. This stuff just keeps them in place and more textured. It’s not crunchy at ALL and just gives me a soft beach, natural look!

18) Benefit Bad Gal Lash: Normally I’m a big advocate of drugstore mascara and I don’t really believe there’s a difference between them and high end mascaras, so I don’t typically buy high end mascaras. But I got a deluxe sample of this stuff at Sephora with some of my Beauty Insider points, and I LOVE it! It makes my lashes look super big, bold, and long! It’s my new favorite, although, I’m not sure it’s worth the $25.00 price tag…

19) China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy: This color is AMAZING. It SCREAMS summer! It’s a SUPER bright neon, coral/pink color. It’s also a matte finish, but with a clear coat, it’s nice and shiny! I love this color on my toes and it makes you look super tan! The formula is a bit hard to work with, but if you use one coat of a white base coat underneath, it’s much brighter and easier to work with!

20) Essie Tart Deco: I’ve been wearing this color pretty much all month! I love it! It’s a super bright, orange, creamsicle color. It also makes you look super tan, no matter what skin tone you are! It’s a creme finish and super opaque!

21) Accidently skipped this one, too. Whoops!

22) China Glaze Pool Party: This is a super BRIGHT, hot pink matte color! Also, another perfect toe color! It’s amazing.

23) Revlon Color Show in Green With Envy: A super pretty, opaque mint green color! It’s super pastel, so it also makes you look very tan. I’ve been wearing this A LOT this month and I love it paired with Tart Deco! This is also a creme finish!

24) I’ve been LOVING sparking water recently! My favorite is the Perrier brand! It’s super refreshing and amazing on it’s own or even mixed with juices or fruit. I love mixing it with cranberry juice, or spritzing it with various fruits! Also homemade mojitos are always amazing! <33

25) Eggo Waffles: This one is kind of silly, but I’ve been really loving eggo waffles, specifically the Thick and Fluffy Cinnamon Brown Sugar ones! I go through very weird/random food phases and this month, I’ve been craving waffles! I eat some almost every day with butter and maple syrup. YUMMY!

26) Palmer’s Cocoa Butter: Since I’ve been going to the beach so much, and being in the sun, my skin has been super dry, and I have dry skin to begin with. This stuff has SAVED my skin! I put it on before I go out in the sun, because although I don’t tend to burn, I like to prevent it as much as possible; I also put it on after being in the sun, as well as for my everyday moisturizer! It’s made my skin so soft and smooth, and hydrated and I don’t even flake anymore. It’s amazing! Also, secret, I use this on my face as my facial moisturizer! I have SUPER dry skin and this has worked wonders on my skin! It doesn’t break me out either, and my face has been super clear, so this stuff is a total win!

27) Last but not least, I don’t have a photo of this, either, but I have been LOVING this! The green tea lemonade with peach from Starbucks! I know the peach syrup has only been out a week, but my friend works at Starbucks, so I’ve actually been getting to enjoy it for a few weeks now, and it’s SOOO yummy and refreshing! I love it! Perfect summer drink! I also love the new Valencia Orange Refresher, too! It tastes just like Sunny D but a little more natural! Add some berries in it for an extra sweet, fruity combo! SO yummyy!!

Well guys, this took me five hours, but I’m finally done! Hahaha. Comment and let me know what your June favorites are and if you have any recommendations! :))

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