The Favorites Quadrant: July & August 2019

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with another post!

July and August 2019 Favorites!

August is ending and you know what that means! It is time for another bi-monthly favorites. This year has gone by fast and soon I will be celebrating a year moving away on my own from Orlando. I still remember how I was looking for places, packing, and so on. Even though that may happen again but now I am still at my place. Anyways, I do have a quite a few favorites but let’s start with my subscription review!

Subscriptions: BoxyCharm was great last month but not so great this month. I felt like that July had better products since I felt more at ease using what I got in there. I love the Butter London pallet because the colors are up my alley and they are so pigmented and easy to blend. I did use this in my No Brand Tag video due to how easy it is to navigate. I do use my Appeal pencil for work whenever I have a green eye look and did like the brushes but the foundation brush got gunked up easily after blending my foundation in. I do still have the other two where I sometimes use the smaller one to use on my under eyes and the crease one as a blending brush. I did finish the lip gloss because I felt that it was not much in the container but it did feel good on my lips and the mask was okay, not my cup of tea since I prefer the ones from Lush in Rosy Cheeks, Cup O Coffee, and Oat Fix. While August, I didn’t like it as much as July’s. I was happy to get a Becca product since that is the setting powder. I am using my NYX Translucent Pressed all over my face since I want to finish that up before I use my Wet N Wild one and the Becca one and I saw that Allure sneak peeked one from Laura Mercie in September so can’t wait for that one. I am glad to get powders in boxes because it saves me money at the store. I am using the Wonder Beauty Glow Ahead Oil every night to help with moisture and it’s not bad of a product either. The Tarte Big Ego Mascara is pretty good so far, I don’t have bad flakes like most other ones out there and did not touch my Pur Cosmetics mask due to the one I got from July. I did not use the false lashes since I don’t use them ever since I am using mascara and my lashes look fine on their own. I am hoping September is better since the sneak peeks have not revealed much so hoping it will be better.

Allure Beauty Box: I feel like I am enjoying this one as time goes on despite one month being a meh month so far which Gondras did make a good point that these boxes are like Loot Boxes since you don’t know what you’re getting or what everyone is getting. July’s was pretty good since it was a collaboration with Huda Katan who owns Huda Beauty. I love the liquid lipstick as always and still using the hair product to this day. I remembered the hair product samples running out so quickly but not this one and that’s a good thing. I will still give the lashes away. I did try using the Tony Moley mask but it was hard to get out of the packaging so I threw it out and just used a snail mask I already had and did put the eye pencil from Urban Decay into my liner bag. While this month’s box, I am enjoying the water cream since I do love using moisturizers. I am also using the eye cream before I put down any concealer and enjoying the Cargo lipstick. I think I lost the topaz glitter and did put my Benefit mascara in my big Caboodle. I can’t wait for September’s box to see how the products will go for me.

Ipsy: July and August were pretty good because I was able to get another eyeliner pen for work and of course enjoyed the curl cream from Twisted Sister. I did get a full size tube. I find it better than the Marc Anthony one and my curls just become more bouncy with this one. The Benefit Mascara is in my big Caboodle and did wear the Balm eye shadow with my Space Case shadow that is also lavender. I do like how they blended together. I may have to try out the full on Tea pallets from the Balm. I did put the Ciate London highlight I got in my Z Pallet with a magnet since I have one pallet for any face products I get. This did blend like a dream and very easy to apply. While August was also pretty good with the selection. I got two lip products, one which is a lip balm from Inc.redible and Adesse. I found the lip balm okay wished it was in a pot since it says “Jelly Shot” and I think an item in a pot over a stick. While the lip item from Adesse I need to try out still. I am enjoying the Coco Cabana cream which I’m using it on my hands since the soap at work is very drying and it helps with the moisture out. It does smell like coconut which is a good thing.

Glam Bag Plus: Glam Bag Plus for July and August was amazing and these two months I was able to get something I wanted and that was the Purlisse Green Tea Moisturizer which I have not opened yet since I still have primers to use and of course getting to try out more Wonder Beauty items, got the Mauve Obsessions pallet from Huda, and so much more. I was happy the most when it came to another Suva Beauty item which is the Hydrating Drops which I am planning to try out soon. I am also excited with the Balm pallet that I got this month due to it containing major hit products. I am going to be super excited about getting makeup bags with this subscription starting in October since Ipsy is growing and glad to be back with them since last year.

Favorite Pallet: Tarte Be Naturally You: I did get this item in a BoxyCharm but it seems like I am reaching it a lot more than usual. I feel as though that Tarte doesn’t get out of their neutral comfort zone but at the same time they have amazing eye shadows with the Amazonian Clay formula. I did get the Clay Play Vol. 2 recently since Ulta had a sale this month and since I am getting back into Tarte they seem to grab my money the most with pallets. I tend to use this pallet more for work related looks for any clothing that may have brown in the color mix or something that would match and yes there are the shimmer shadows but not everyone that is able to see at work notices. They are very blendable and glad to get this and will keep on using it.
Butter London Natural Goddess Pallet: Another favorite pallet is the Butter London Natural Goddess and also got this in BoxyCharm. This is my first Butter London item and glad to try them out this way and it is a pretty summery pallet due to the green and the teal in this pallet. I do use this for work if I need a pop of green and brown mix and a neutral teal look without going crazy for work. I did use this in my No Brand Tag video which is on YouTube and used the teal side for it. This is a pretty to use pallet where the shadows just line up who they are supposed to and glad to get some use out of this. I think I have dents already in these. Way to go Butter London!

Fave Hair Product: Twisted Sister Curl Activator Cream: Next is fave hair products and I have to give it to the Twisted Sister Curl Activator since this is better than the Marc Anthony Curl Cream that I tried from Ipsy. This was up for grabs as an Ipsy Shopper item and decided to get it after loving the sample I received. This does not make my curls feel sticky at all and the smell is good and glad it is not in a squeezy packet like the Marc Anthony. I prefer a squeeze tube so I can control it and for sanitation as well as product control. This was not even that expensive which I was worried about since it is a UK based brand. I am glad it is a drugstore priced brand and will be buying this.
Marc Anthony Bye Bye Frizz Hair Dryer Cream: I use this item as a heat protectant even with my straightening iron and it does help from damaging my hair even further. I am glad to use this more as a heat protectant since that one heat protectant cream I tried is a spray which I wish they kept it as a cream since you have more control with a cream over a spray. I do love the scent of this product and it does help keep my hair smooth.

Fave Lip Product: Maybelline Lip Ink Color: Next is a drugstore lip stick and that is the Maybelline Lip Ink Lip Colors. I got into these all thanks to Allure mentioning the one in Pioneer and had to get it. I picked it up through Shipt and worn it around work and got compliments. I do have one in Inspirer but this one is more drying. I think the City line is more drying or it’s just this one? I have to keep using it to see how well it goes but I think Pioneer is my favorite one.
Dose of Colors Liquid Lipsticks: I am enjoying the liquid lipsticks from Dose of Colors which I remembered starting getting one through BoxyCharm and then got it in their Charm Shop and now got one of the minis from Ulta. It looks like I will be getting more of these since they will be an item in the 21 Days of Beauty this time around and the reason why I like these is that they aren’t too heavy, smooth in application, and they smell great! I can’t wait to see what shades I can get my paws on this time!

Fave Blush: E. L. F. Primer Infused Blush in Always Rosy: Next is a blush since it’s been forever ago I have mentioned one and I give it to the E. L. F. Primer Infused Blush in Always Rosy. I heard so many good things about these blushes and had to try them out and found a Free Shipping sale and got one of them. I decided to go with Always Rosy since it is my go to blush shade and man this is such an easy to apply shade and you don’t have to go wild on it either for pigmentation. I know E. L. F. can be hit or miss but this product is a hit in my book!
Alomar Blush Pallet: I got one of these in BoxyCharm and there are times it’s hard to resist grabbing it to use. This is a great product for the price if you bought it for retail price since it is around $13 for three shades. You can mix and match but I like to use the middle shade in Perdicio I think that it’s called. Glad to enjoy this item.

Fave Brow Product: Mellow Brow Pencil in Dark Brown: I know it sounds weird but all thanks to getting this in BoxyCharm I have been loving it! I have been using this to set my brows after using my Control Freak brow gel and my Tame & Frame in Chocolate on the weekends. I like how the tip makes the product go on smoothly and it is not too hard nor pull the brows. I hope to try more items since I did get an eyeliner pen by these guys in Ipsy I believe?

Fave Sponge: Juno & Co.: I heard about these guys through Hot Mess Mama MD on YouTube and when Ipsy das doing an Ipsy Offer with a set of sponges and a cleaner I had to try this out and man tried and using a sponge from them currently and oh man! It was not a regret! This blends my foundation so well and even the solid cleanser is pretty good too! This sponge is very well made and porous and easy to make the foundation glide with the flat side, the butt side and now using the opposite side from the flat one to blend my shadow more. I have to keep on using this one and also try the other two.

Fave Book: Break the Day by. Lara Adrian: Yes, Lara Adrian finally released book 16 of the Midnight Breed series! I was waiting for this one and even happier since it was following Rafe this time due to the end of the last one, Claimed in Shadows, shown how he got hurt and almost cost the lives of the Breed and their mates alongside the new baby that Rinata and Nikolai brought into the world. Not only that we get to see another Breed female by the name of Devani and I find her pretty awesome since she wanted to go for music but a tragedy caused her to go after Opus Nostrim to avenge her family’s death. I think I prefer how the Breed Males and Females work with each other like this like how Chase and Tavia did adoring the final book of the first ten books and wishing they keep bringing more Breed females since of course Tavia is looking for more of them. Who knows what they will uncover next. Apparently 17 is coming out next year and can’t wait for that one either. I may read the Dark Hunters since that expands on the Hunter Breed where Hunter came from and we already had two novellas that dealt with two of them and of course we did get how Hunter hooked up with Corinne in Book 9.

Well, that’s it for now guys! I will have another book review up for you next1
Until next time!

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