August 2012 Favorites

It’s that time again…for my monthly favorites! Are you excited? I’m a little excited. I feel like I have some wonderful products to share with you. So if you’re the least bit intrigued, then keep on reading.

M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle: Holy Grail Product alert!  I purchased this back in July and have been using it on the regular ever since. Although it’s a bit pricey, I feel it’s worth every penny as it really is an amazing multi use product that will last you ages. It gives your skin such a beautiful healthy glow and would. Love!

Real Techniques Setting Brush: I have actually been using this brush to apply my Mineralize Skinfinish. This brush is so soft and dries in no time. When I first opened my RT brushes I was astonished by the high quality. You can use this brush for so many different things, and that combined with it’s reasonable price tag might make it well worth it to invest in more than one.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush: This brush just like the Setting brush, is incredibly soft and dries quickly since they both have the same type of bristles. The Stippling brush also has numerous uses but I use it for applying my foundation. I feel it gives me control over how much coverage I want over different areas of my face and gives a flawless finish.  This as well as the whole Real Techniques collection is very affordable.

LUSH Fresh Farmacy Soap & Tea Tree Water Toner: I originally started using these at the beginning of July but felt as though I needed to put them through their paces. Since then I have used both of these products solely to cleanse and tone my face, neck and décollatage morning and night. Without going into too much detail, because I plan to do full reviews on both of these very soon, these two products have really helped get my crazy breakouts and redness under control.

L’oréal Colour Glow Mythic Oil: Such a great hair oil. This one is specifically formulated for color treated hair, but L’oréal has other formulations available as well. It’s not cheapest one on the market but you get a lot of product and a little definitely goes a long way. This makes my chemically treated hair super soft and shiny. In fact I have not been using conditioner every day and once I apply my Mythic Oil, my hair is just as soft, silky and smooth as if I had used it, maybe even more so.

Original Tangle Teezer: What can I say that I didn’t already say in the full review I posted of the Tangle Teezer which you can see by clicking here. It does exactly what the name would suggest, it teases the hell out of your tangles and sends them home crying like little babies. It is safe to use on wet or dry hair. I have super short hair but it’s so dry and damaged from bleaching that it too needs some sorting out from time to time and the Tangle Teezer does the trick nicely without causing nasty breakage like combs or other brushes. By the way, I’m not the only one loving this sucker this month, LeighAnnSays also included it in her August favorites.

A-England Nail Polish in Dragon & Lady Of The Lake: Not only are these beauties STUNNING, but the formula will knock your socks off. I dare say it might just be the best nail polish formula I have had the pleasure of slathering my fingernails with. In fact I wore both of these for significantly longer than I do any other colors because they didn’t chip and they’re just so bloody gorgeous. Just buy a bottle of one of these, or both, or any A-England polish for that matter. You will not be disappointed.  I’ve done reviews and swatches of both Dragon and Lady Of The Lake.

Kneipp Wärme Balsam mit Arnika: I use the normal Kneipp Arnika Balsam for my troublesome feet but decided to give this version a try. It’s basically a salve/cream for sore joints and muscles that is gives a warming effect similar to products like Ben-Gay or Icy Hot. However this product is made from more natural ingredients. It works great and the warming effect is more intense and longer lasting than any of the other products I’ve used, and I’ve tried a lot. The Kneipp Wärme Balsam with Arnika also does not have that awful smell that other similar products have. In fact it has a very pleasant lemony scent.  (German brand, but arnika creams are available US.)

IKEA SKUBB 6 Box Storage Set: I picked these up in purple to organize the huge drawers in our PAX units as well as the antique dresser we inherited from the Captains grandparents. I also have a few on my desk/makeup table. These are just great because they’re not bulky, and they’re the perfect height and very affordable.  It’s also nice that three different sizes are included in this set. IKEA does have a full SKUBB range with multiple storage solutions to choose from in various colors. (Not pictured but you can see them on IKEA’s website by clicking here.)

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