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Saturday, July 31, 2010

July Favorites

During the month of July, I made it my mission to really experiment with the makeup I already own without making any major investments in new products. I rediscovered some forgotten products in my stash. I value my treasured high end products. However, many people mistakenly overlook the value of affordable makeup.
The state of the current world economy has made some reconsider their beauty options.

Favorite Eye Products

This does exactly what I thought Benefit's Lemon Aid would do for me.
It corrects my lid darkness and is also a great neutral base. Despite it's being lighter than my skintone, it has just enough of a yellow/white base to make colors pop. It makes my shadows last all day if I use L'Oreal De-Crease as a Primary Base.

NK HD eyeshadows ($1 to $2 each)
I've acquired some new additions.
Look for part 2 swatches soon.

Favorite Blush ($1)

e.l.f. BRONZED
This actually makes a beautiful highlight for my MAC NC50 skintone.
I think it could work with any skintone.
Throughout the month of July, I stacked this over many shades of cream base.
The results were LOVELY!

Favorite Lip Products

NK Lipsticks ($1 - $1.49 each)
I stumbled upon a MAC dupe and I am HOOKED!
New Swatches for this collection coming soon!

e.l.f. Super Shine Lip Gloss with SPF 15 ($1 each)
A must for summer!

Favorite Brush ($16)

Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki
(Formerly the SS197) F80
This is often out of stock, and now I know why! I love this brush!
I will have to order a second. I use it to apply my liquid foundation.
Review coming soon.

Favorite Hair Product

Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14-in-1

Moisturizes Hair, Strengthens, Defines Curls, Softens Hair, Adds Shine, Soothes Dry Scalp, Reduces Breakage for Healthy Braids, Non-Greasy, No Drip, Detangles, Increases Body, Thermal Protection

Favorite Blogger

Tina of
never fails to disappoint with her colorful eyeshadow looks.
Her work has inspired me to work with a variety of textures and color combinations.
She is a sweetheart who always replies to questions.
Tina was gracious enough to give us a video glimpse behind the scenes of her makeup setup. LOVE IT!

Favorite You Tuber


Jessica is extremely approachable. This is quite refreshing.
She is also very creative. There is a little something for every makeup lover on her channel, from the novice to the expert. Her work ranges from the subtle everyday to dramatic and theatrical. This woman is full of talent!


  1. I really need to try out some Sigma brushes, especially the ss197.

  2. Well, now you have made me put Mac's paint pot soft ochre on my wish list. lol!! I love the fancy face workstation. I have to checkout the video when I get home. Thanks for sharing sis :)

  3. @ Ann, I love that SS197. Although I believe it has been renamed. My handle reads "FLAT TOP SYNTHETIC KABUKI - F80". I would love to get a couple more. So far I've only used it to apply my liquid foundation. I've buffed it in as well. I'd love to try it with my powders and blushes. I haven't tried any of Sigma's other brushes. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    @ rmcandlelight. Yes, the DH was able to get mine from the CCO, so that's even better! Yes, Tina's setup is incredible. Video #2 was my fave. I'm a sucker for eyeshadows. You're welcome Sis. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  4. i think i gotta try this mac paint pot as wel hun,love ur collection have never bought any Sigma brushes always mac and bobbi brown but Im considering that F80 brush and an elf haul,im eyeing the lipglosses,nice colours.Great post n btw Tina's make up set looks really good.I like it

  5. @ Sharon...if you get the soft ochre, plz let me how you like it. I would love to do an elf haul. There are some new e/s quads I'd like to try as well as new nail polish colors. I like their l/g as well. I kept the opaque shades & gave the clear ones to my daughter. Yes, Tina had the 3 vids for the tour of her setup! It was wonderful! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  6. Thanks so much Sha for the mention! It's so awesome that you added me to your faves! Keep up the great work. TTYS!

  7. @ Tina...You're very welcome. Thanks for the permission to use your photo & for taking the time to visit & comment. The encouragement is also appreciated.


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