July 2014 Favorites

July 2014 Favorites

Another month has flown by, so here I am with my installment of monthly favorites. July is always a great month for faves since it’s my birthday month, and the start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so you know I’ve had my hands on lots of new products lately.

Check out the video, products, and some final thoughts below!

Oribe Ultra Gentle Conditioner
Since my hair has been much healthier lately, I don’t need to rely on super heavy conditioners as much to treat my fried ends. I dig this conditioner by Oribe because it’s light and keeps my hair fresh, soft, and bouncy. It’s light and rinses very clean; never weighing down my super fine hair.

Bella Schneider Beauty Culminé Mini Peel Pads (c/o)
If you’re bored with traditional facial exfoliants, I recommend branching out to peel pads. These treatments are quite common these days, and they usually target acne prone skin and can help brighten your complexion. These pad by BSB are fortified with salicylic and glycolic acid to help accelerate cell turnover. Packed with willow bark and fruit extracts, it’s on the more natural side and is of course, paraben-free. I find my skin looks brighter and more even when I use this product about five nights a week.

3Lab Perfect Cleansing Scrub
I’m pretty picky with cleansers, and go figure, I fell in love with this expensive one. 3Lab’s product is gentle enough to use every day, and I love it in my AM routine. Loaded with jojoba beads, the texture is vey gentle and a little speck of product is ample for your face and neck. It’s called ‘perfect‘ for a reason, I suppose.

3Lab Perfect Neck Cream
As I enter my late 20s, the reality of wrinkles is an ever-looming threat. No one wants to have a dry or crêpe-y looking neck, so I thought I’d give a neck cream a try to see if I’d notice any changes in skin texture. After about a solid month of daily use, I see what the hype is about. My neck and décoletté are is a lot more smooth and supple. Again, the tiniest amount of product goes a long way and makes the hefty price tag a bit easier to swallow.

Color Science Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
I’ve been using a tiny sample of this product for a finishing powder, and it’s just awesome. The finish is gorgeous and it’s forgiving if you accidentally apply too much. The sample package is perfect for my purse on the go, and for when my initial AM SPF application wears off.

MAC Eyeshadow in ‘Satin Taupe’
This is one of my all-time eyeshadow favorites, and favorite MAC products in general. The color is complex and blends easily. It’s the easiest thing to reach for when I have no idea of what to wear. The satin finish is gorgeous!

Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Polish in ‘Whipped Topping’
If you have a Dollar General in your area, you cannot pass up this $2 polish! I believe it’s an exclusive color, but any opaque white nail polish will do the trick. I never thought I’d be a fan of the look, but I’ve been wearing it a lot this summer. What’s nice about this particular polish is that you can get away with only one coat.

theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish in ‘Coral Reef-ined’ (c/o)
Opaque in two coats, this is my new favorite soft coral nail color. It has incredible staying power and I’m sold. I need more colors from the Hot Ticket range!

Like this post? Don’t forget to check out more of my favorites from previous months, and a whole YouTube playlist dedicated to the subject. Thanks for reading!

Disclosure: I received the products marked with (c/o) for review consideration. I am not compensated for mentioning these products. As always, this is my honest opinion.

StyleHaul Hangout at TheBalm

StyleHaul San Francisco

For those of you who don’t know, I belong to one of the largest fashion and beauty-focused networks on YouTube, and I love being part of such an amazing community. That’s why when StyleHaul announced they were doing a San Francisco meetup, I made sure my calendar was blocked off for some quality networking and fun. The icing on the cake was hearing that the event was going to be held at theBalm – its only brick and mortar shop – in the heart of the Mission. I had last visited the store for its grand opening, which was an absolute blast. YouTuber FashionByAlly was our local host for the evening, and she was so sweet. I also met theBalm’s national makeup artist, Keira Rowland, and had a major fangirl moment after admiring her work on Instagram for a long time!

Catch my vlog and outfit of the day in the video, and definitely check out some of the fantastic people and channels listed below.

SF Beauty Bloggers

San Francisco Vloggers

SF Beauty Vloggers

StyleHaul Hangout at TheBalm

Here are all the channels of the guys and gals who attended!
http://www.youtube.com/fashionbyally
http://www.youtube.com/trendiingnow
http://www.youtube.com/to8andbeyondmakeup
http://www.youtube.com/lovelier08
http://www.youtube.com/allthingsfabulous09
http://www.youtube.com/smilecuzurhappy
http://www.youtube.com/thisthatandsparkles
http://www.youtube.com/biancablovesu
http://www.youtube.com/ellebangs
http://www.youtube.com/treemachannel
http://www.youtube.com/lx3lally
http://www.youtube.com/ginaismxo

All in all, it was a grand time! Meeting inspiring YouTubers always reinvigorates my creativity. I can’t wait to work on some video collaborations with some of my new friends. Can’t wait for the next meetup!