Wednesday, September 4, 2013

August favourites

I apologize for the shortness of my Back to School series thus far, but I promise there will be at least 2 more posts coming for that, one here and one on my other blog, so check back for those. For now, though, it’s almost the end of the first week of September, so it’s time for my August favourites! I had quite a few listed down for this past month, but I weeded it down to six beauty items and three non-beauty. As usual, let’s start with my beauty favourites.

1. Make Up Forever Foundation:


As you know if you saw my IMATS haul post, I got this at Vancouver IMATS in July. I haven’t been using it every day, but I do really love the staying power, as well as the look and feel of it on my skin. It’s a bit pricey even with the IMATS discount though, so I’ll likely make sure to make this bottle last as long as possible!

2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Topcoat:


I got this to try out partly because it’s several dollars cheaper than Seche or Out The Door, and also because I’ve heard good things. Honestly, I’m not sure that I would bother buying the other ones, since this dries really fast, shiny, is chip resistant, doesn’t have a strong odor, doesn’t shrink or look streaky, and, as mentioned, the price is great! I’m overall very happy with this purchase and have nothing bad to say about this product thus far.

3. Too Face Milk Chocolate Soliel Bronzer:




First of all, isn’t the packaging on this just beautiful? I’m pretty much in love. Plus, when you open it, the delicious scent of chocolate wafts out. Not only does this product give a really nice light bronzed look, which is great for my pale skin, but throughout the day I get random wiffs of chocolate, so how could that ever be bad? If this product looks a bit too light for you, there is also the regular Chocolate Soliel option.

4. Red Cherry Lashes –Demi Wispies


This is both surprising to me and not surprising at all… at the same time. I’m not surprised that I love these lashes because of the multitudes of other girls who adore this style. But at the same time, looking at them in the package, they look like a mess! On the eyes, though, they end up looking shockingly natural, if naturally my lashes were long, thick, and black. Basically, I’m in love, and the Red Cherry lashes are both cheap and really lightweight (read: comfortable to wear and easy to apply). Definite favourite!

5. Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze:



I honestly don’t know why I never picked up one of these sooner! I’ve been wearing this one a lot lately, since it’s a great colour for a one-shadow look, either as a wash of colour, or built up on the outer corners and more sheer on the inner corner for added dimension. Its also a pretty good base, but the colour is so pretty on it’s own, and it stays so beautiful for so long, that I don’t really like using it as a base for other colours. I would love to pick up more of these shadows!

6. Clinique Clarifying Lotion for Dry Combination Skin:


I really like this toner, a lot more than my last Clinique toner, which was for acne-prone skin. This one is much more gentle, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry. Instead, this one has menthol in it, so it leaves my skin feeling cool and refreshed. It also has witch hazel which helps to tone while also helping skin retain moisture. And it doesn’t have a very harsh scent. Really everything about it is a positive for me!

Non-Beauty Favourites:

1. Rainbow Unicorn Attack 2:


This game is bloody awesome. It’s really simple in concept—you are a unicorn, you run, jump, and dash through the map avoiding and destroying obstacles while acquiring tears which are the game’s monetary system—but also quite challenging, since the game is constantly changing. Also, you use your money to buy upgraded unicorn parts. My unicorn is the screenshot above. He’s pink, and I love him. You should get this game. (It’s available for both IPhone and Android, but it’s also very graphic-heavy, so slower or older phones might lag a bit.)

2. My New Phone – The Google Nexus 4:


Maybe I should have put this first on the list, as it’s the reason I can play RUA2, but meh. As you can see in the above picture, the back of this phone basically sparkles in the light. Yeah. Also, it’s really light, fast, smart… everything that a smart phone should ideally be. My last phone was at least 2 years old, so I’m really enjoying having something new, shiny, and basically top-of-the-line, at least for now =P. I also finally just got my case in the mail today, so I’ll be a little less paranoid about dropping him (the phone’s name is Jarvis, if you’re curious).

((Gold star to whoever can figure out which of the pictures in this post were taken with my phone’s camera!))

3. Frozen Grapes:

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These are such an awesome, simple, refreshing warm-weather treat (though that won’t stop me from eating them when it’s cold out). One thing that I don’t like about buying grapes is that they tend to go soft before I finish them, but when they’re frozen, they’re not getting soft any time soon! Basically, these are like little self-contained popsicle balls, but much healthier than a popsicle! I definitely suggest getting some grapes and giving it a try. It’ll work with whatever colour grapes you prefer, but my favourite are the red ones, like in the picture.


And that’s all for this month! Let me know about your favourites in the comments below, as well as your thoughts about anything in this post or if you have any post recommendations or requests!

Thanks for reading! =)

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