Monthly Favourites – July 2016

The end of July means we’re starting to approach the end of summer in Canada. For me, it’s actually quite exciting because fall is definitely my favourite season but for now, lets recap the products I love during the height of the Canadian summer:

Laura Mericer Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer ($56): This has hands down been my favourite base in July; I really didn’t use anything else (not a usual pattern for a foundation-obsessed beauty blogger). The tinted moisturizer has just enough coverage to create a naturally unified base but can also be built up a bit more without looking thick and cake-y. It also makes a lovely base in the summer months when you get hot and sweaty –nice and light on the skin.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Kathryn ($26): I’m so happy that I finally got one of these liquid lipsticks. The formula is incredibly pigmented and even, the applicator is also a nice size and shape for getting around the cupids bow. Kathryn is a really unique colour; it’s a lovely rose that has a brown undertone that is more or less prevalent depending on the lighting. I do find this liquid lipstick quite drying on my lips – I know that’s kind of expected with a matte liquid lipstick but I need to make sure that I use a lip scrub or lip treatment before applying this so it doesn’t accentuate any dry bits on my lips.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Crush ($32): It had been a while since I’d picked up this blush but I was really into a bright pop of colour on the cheeks in July. I was quickly reminded how great the formula of this Urban Decay blush is – extremely pigmented, applies very evenly and incredibly long lasting (probably the most long lasting blush I’ve tried to date). Crush is a blue undertone pink that instantly brightens any makeup look. This is definitely a must-try formula, in my opinion.

Pixi Glow Tonic ($15 USD for 100ml): When I first bought this toner I didn’t really use it consistently, but in July I used it every single day. Pixi Glow Tonic is one of those cult skincare products (thanks to the skincare queen Caroline Hirons) that I waited years to purchase. This is an acid toner with 5 per cent glycolic acid, aloe vera, ginseng and witch hazel that exfoliates the skin to achieve a smoother, brighter complexion. I think this is a fantastic acid toner that is effective but still quite gentle. To compare, I feel like it’s just as gentle as the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads but for me, this Glow Tonic has achieved more noticeable results including evening skin texture and keeping blemishes at bay.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush ($12): For quite a few months I was all about the Beauty Blender for base application but I recently switched back to brushes, particularly the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. This is a very densely packed brush that has a slight angel. Although this is meant for sculpting, I’ve been using this to even out my foundation. Last month I would apply the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with my hands and then go in with this brush to quickly even everything out, ensuring that I have a thin and even layer of product.

Let me know what you love in July in the comments below!