July 2016

Summer is in full swing. In fact, it’s more than halfway over. Fall is coming and school is soon to be back in session. But we won’t sweat that yet. For now, let’s focus on the present. Here are my favorites for the month of July.


Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer – $16

I drooled over this primer for ages, testing it on the back of my hand every time I went into Sephora. I swooned over how soft and smooth it made my skin feel. This month, I finally decided to bite the bullet and pick one up. This primer is outstanding, living up to (and exceeding) the hype. Not only does it make my skin feel smooth, but it really does help keep my foundation on all day long. Primer makes a difference. At least, this primer does.


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (Mont Blanc) – $45

I picked up this foundation based on a recommendation (and raving) from Zoë Sugg. While I enjoyed my previous foundations, they did not do job the way I wanted them to. I have to say that NARS did not disappoint. This foundation feels light and breathable while remaining a full-coverage foundation. The color payoff is fantastic, requiring a minimal amount of product. I haven’t finished the bottle yet, so I don’t know how long each bottle will last. However, I can say that I don’t need nearly as much per application.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (Fair Neutral) – $28

Again, this was a recommendation from Zoë. To be honest, I’m not a huge concealer person. I tend to double-up on my foundation to function as a concealer. But I’d been keeping an eye out for a good one to brighten up my under-eye area. I gave this one a try in the store and bought it on impulse (with no regrets). I grabbed it in Fair Neutral, a smidge lighter than my skin tone, to help brighten underneath my eyes.


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – $15

I’ve featured this cleanser in a previous post, but it deserves a shout out this month. A few weeks ago, I ran out of my Cetaphil cleanser and didn’t have a chance to go to the store, so I started using whatever cleanser I had in the back of my cabinet. I broke out immediately. My skin was worse than it had been in years. After about a week of breakouts, I went to the store and picked up another Cetaphil cleanser. Within two days, my skin was returning to normal. I rave about this cleanser with good reason: it’s simple and gentle. There are no gimmicks or fancy declarations. Its simplicity says it all.


Pillsbury Gluten-Free Cookie Dough

Due to medical reasons, I’ve had to begin a gluten-free diet. While shopping at the grocery store, noticing all of the gluten-free options, I came across this package. Pillsbury, the brand we all know and love, makes gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. I picked up a tub with low expectations. I made them that afternoon, anticipating we would have them for dessert that night. The entire batch was gone before dinner. I had to make another batch just so we could have some for dessert (and there were no leftovers). They are soft and chewy, melting in your mouth. I like them more than the ones I make from scratch (thanks, Pillsbury).

What were some of your favorites for the month of July?

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