Friday, August 31, 2012

August 2012 Beauty Favorites!


Hey guys! It's time for recapping my monthly favorite beauty products of this August. As you know, this month has been filled with lots of travel. With the whole packing and moving process, a lot of my readily-available cosmetics and beauty products have been limited so I wanted to share some solid staples that have made it to the small makeup pouch that I've been living out of for the last few weeks!





PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Everyday Minerals Foundation (Mix of Golden Medium + Fairly Light Neutral)
Holika Holika Juicy Shine Lip Balm in Raspberry
Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool
Shiseido Water In Lip in Pear (Water In Lip in Kusumi Reset)
The Balm Frat Boy blush

ON ME:

J. Crew ruffle tops (similar/similar/similar with peplum)
ASOS necklace (similar/similar/affordable Forever21 version)
Hautelook earrings (my invite)

So the reason I included two lip balms this month is because my routine has gotten super low-key with everything being so busy. What can I grab that will make me look better but is quick, easy, and is good for my overall skin/lip health?


If you can forgive my super dry hands, you can see the texture of the Holika Holika Juicy Shine Lip Balm in Raspberry which has been my favorite lippy this month. It's very balmy in texture and imparts a pretty pink wash to the lips. I was initially worried that it might feel grainy since I could see small sparkles on the stick itself, but it's not a problem when the product is applied. It also smells like raspberry candy!

My other quick & easy go-to product has been the The Balm Frat Boy blush. This is a great warm pink matte that would look good on many skintones, and works for everyday wear. I had never tried The Balm's blush products before but I'm quite satisfied with the quality and portability of this one so far so I'll definitely be trying out more in the future. Love how the packaging isn't wasteful too! :)


Oh man, I just noticed my nails in that last photo. You can definitely tell I've been busy moving, cleaning, and banging my hands up, right? There's just not a lot of time or reason to do them right now when I know I'm going to be so hard on them again. I can't wait until I can get settled again and finally take some time for myself! :D

Thank you so much for all your helpful packing tips in the comments of my last post! It was really encouraging to see that moving is such a difficult and stressful ordeal for everyone. I definitely went into it with much more of a can-do attitude knowing that I could be a little more prepared this time. I'm finding a lot of blessings in living simply and I hope that in my future home I can live that way as well.

Speaking of simple blessings, I shared something that always fills my heart with joy at 8:03 of the video (and also here on my twitter). I hope that if you watch it, it will give you a bit of happiness too!

As always, thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!






54 comments:

  1. Hi Jen! I'm a fun of your blog.

    I'm trying to watch your video but youtube says the video is private and I can't see it...is there something wrong?

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    1. Are you still having a problem with it? Let me know so I can try to fix it!

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  2. I'm having the same problem too. Btw, I just tried CG Lash Exact mascara based on your recommendation and totally loved it! It's exactly what I was looking for but couldn't find for the longest time. Just wanted to thank you!

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    1. I'm glad it's working for you! It's not mind-blowing but it's a really nice inexpensive mascara that I always go back to. :)

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  3. yayyy finally another video from you!! i'm even more excited now for my thebalm order after your review! =D yayy.. heard amazing things about their blushes!

    Laura x

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  4. Aw you look so tan and cute on the first picture! ♥ I really miss your tutorials, you're such an inspiring person, I always resort to watching your heartfelt videos whenever I'm feeling down and they really do help me. I'm glad to know that things are going great for you and I can only wish you the best for the future to come. Lots of love and hugs! Lau

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  5. I love Everyday Minerals! They have a huge range of shades now, so you shouldn't need to mix two shades. I suggest trying Winged Butter, Light, or Light Neutral. Good luck!

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  6. I've been eyeing the Holika Holika balm for a while, and it looks much sheerer than I thought it was; I definitely need to try it out. Hope your move is going well.

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    1. Yes, it's a bit intimidating in the tube if you aren't used to bright colors but it's quite pretty on the lips without being overpowering. You should definitely try it!

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  7. This blush looks promising! I need that color!!:)

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  8. Hey I got a question... How do you get rid of dark circles and wrinkles under your eyes? Please reach me back at maichavang92@yahoo.com thank you very much and plz reply ASAP.

    --- Mai Cha

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    1. Dark circles are genetic so it usually can be helped by a non-drying concealer. For wrinkles I like using the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Acid eye cream.

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  9. That blush looks really pretty!! Because of your recommendations, I love the Tarte Amazonian blush in Exposed! It's one of my favorites of all time. :)

    xo - Sheila

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  10. Hi Jen! I've from Singapore and I'm a big fan of yours ^.^ I will like to know which eyelash curler is a better investment, the Shu Uemura or the Shiseido?

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  11. great favorites! you look pretty as always :)

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  12. your teeth is just amazingly white! i know this is really weird, but what toothpaste/brush do you use? do you use an electronic brush?

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    1. I use Aquafresh toothpaste and oral-b electric toothbrush. :)

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  13. Hey Jen - I use Bare Minerals Matte in Golden Fair - which looks wonderful on people who have fair skin with golden under tones. Also, I had problems with hormonal acne around my chin and did not want to go on birth control to fix it. My dermatologist prescribed Aczone, which has worked wonders. It's specifically for hormonal acne and is very gentle. I highly recommend it.

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  14. would love t to try that fratboy too! :P

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  15. Hi Jen! just want to know, which blush do you prefer for your everday look Tarte Exposed or The Balm Fratboy

    thank you
    saiidots

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    1. Exposed for winter and Fratboy for summer

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    2. Is Fratboy just as soft in texture as Exposed? I LOVE tarte blushes, but they just keep breaking on me...

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  16. another month has gone by...too fast =[, but it brings another one of your videos, so...whoo hoo! & your hair looks great!

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  17. I have found your blog and I really loved! It's simply perfect and fantastic :)

    I'm following you now. Kisses from Portugal*

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  18. They look great! Which of the two do you prefer?

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  19. Gorgeous!! I wanna try FRAT HOUSE soon!

    Shari
    The Misty Mom

    PS - Will be having a BIG GIVEAWAY soon! Do follow if you wanna be updated about it:)

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  20. hi jen! your videos have been so helpful to me. as in! now, I know how to do my brows on my own, haha! uhmm, I'm morena so I'm not sure if the eye shadows & lipstick colors would look great on me. well, at least ok on my face. hope you can give pieces of advise on how to look good despite not being fair-skinned. thanks a lot! :)

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  21. Hi Jen! I have never tried Two-Faced products before and was wondering if its worth the money? Thanks! Love your blog!!

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  22. Hi Jen, I'm a frequent visit to your blog and I really enjoy watching your makeup tutorial video! ^^ They're so inspiring and very easy to follow.
    Anyway, I was wondering if you could do a video on makeup remover :) that would be very helpful! Thank you!!

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  23. Hi Jen!! it´s my first time here in you blog!!! and i love it!!!!!!!
    I´m from Chile, and as so many.... im triying to find the right bb cream for me jajajaja.
    Could you help me????? some tips?? i´ve already seen all the videos!, but here in my city there is not a MAC consultor... sooooo... U_U. But I could send you a picture of me ;P !!!!
    lot of kisses!111111111111111111111111111111111

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  24. I have been loving TheBalm products I've hesitated to try! This might just be another one.

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  25. hi jen! i really love your videos! good luck to your new apartment :) i would like to request for your updated skin care routine :) thank you so much! God Bless <3

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  26. I just love these make up things! You're a good makeup artist ;D

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  27. Dear Jen, my friend and I are trying to find ways to style medium length hair for homecoming that would also work with a tiara. Any ideas?

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  28. Hi Jen!

    I've never spend more than 5 minutes on my daily make-up, but you've really inspired me to have more fun with make-up! Your videos are so entertaining and helpful.

    I'm not sure if anyone has asked you about this yet, but what is your secret with your beautiful white teeth?! Do you use some sort of whitening at all?

    Thanks!

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  29. such a wonderful blog honey =)
    xoxo

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  30. I'm loving the red lippie you're wearing in your profile pic Jen! Would love to wear red lippie myself, but so difficult to find one that goes w my skin tone :P

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  31. Hi Jen

    I have been following you for years. There is a product call Moodmatcher Lipstick by Fran Wilson which I have been hearing a lot about. It raves that it last 12 hrs and does not dry your lips. Could you possibly do a review on this? I would love your take on this product.

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  32. Totally echo your feelings about the Too Faced lash liner! I've always been wary of eyeliner, but now I can't seem to keep myself from dabbing some on each day! Glad to see it getting some love.

    Also, just wanted to say thanks a million! As a makeup newbie, I find your tutorials super easy to follow, informative, and fun to watch. I did have one question I've been meaning to ask you (even after some Google research)--what is the best way to prevent liner/mascara smudges from appearing under my eyes throughout the day? I don't have a thorough makeup routine (i.e., I smear on some moisturizer, dab on some eye makeup, and head out the door) and don't use foundation. I read somewhere that powder will help absorb some of the facial oil that may cause smearing, but would appreciate any tips/insight. (I do use YSL Radiant Touch under eye concealer and was wondering if that had any effect.) Anyway, just wondering! (: Thanks again! Blessings!

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    1. Try using an eyeshadow primer before application. I like Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It will not only help eyeshadow to stay in place but also eyeliner and mascara!

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  33. I love the tips and I have to try these products asap!! Also we would love for you to follow us back at
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  34. love your blog and youtube videos ! (:

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  35. I love ur youtube channel.Learnt alot from you.LOve you :)

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  36. Hi Jen!

    I check your blog religiously, and am always so happy when you have a new post up. Your videos and posts are unbiased and super informative, and I feel like I'm getting such a better review than just those typical "4 hearts out of 5 for this product".

    I've been searching through some of your old brush videos for a recommendation, and I can't seem to find it for what I need. I recently purchased the chanel vitalumiere cream compact foundation (http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/chanel-vitalumiere-aqua-fresh-hydrating-cream-compact-makeup-spf15/3285412?origin=category&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=298), and am not sure what the best sort of brush is to use for it. I have an inexpensive version of the Sigma F50, but mine seems less dense, and does not always buff out completely.

    Would you recommend the Sigma F50 for that? I was also looking at the F84 angled kabuki, please let me know what you suggest!

    Thank you!

    - Julia

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    1. For buffing out a cream foundation any of the Sigmax brushes work beautifully. The brush is really dense and synthetic so it gives a very airbrushed look.

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  37. Hi Jen!
    I am a newbie at makeup and I recently started using foundation. I use Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Wipes because my friend recommended them to me, but they caused me to break out. Do you have any suggestions on any makeup removers?

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  38. Hello Jen,

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  39. Hi Jen,

    I trying out The Balm range as well and I'm loving how the blushes are so pigmented and easy to apply! I have bought FratBoy and DownBoy and the two are really pretty..

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  40. Good day. That beauty products looks beautiful. I want to try that. Where can i get that products?. I have a plastica beauty products and it looks like the same and it is safe.


    Regards,
    Angelie

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  41. Thank you so much for recommending the Too Faced 3-Way Lash Lining Tool! I have always been terrible with liquid eye liner, but this tool makes drawing clean lines so easy! As soon as you mentioned how easy it was to use, I looked it up on Amazon and bought it. Thanks again and I love reading your blog and discovering new beauty products.

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  42. I found your website perfect for my needs. It contains wonderful and helpful posts. I have read most of them and got a lot from them
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