MONTHLY FAVORITES ↠ JULY 2017

I think I’m already beginning a trend with these better-late-than-never posts, but 7 days into August isn’t so bad to post my July favorites. This month, I tried to focus more on finding a skincare routine that best suited my skin type and wearing less makeup. Finding the right skincare routine is definitely a long process, and I have to admit I’ve been testing products on and off for the past year. But this month, I finally discovered a couple of products that really made a difference, so let’s start off with skincare first.

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch ($5 sokoglam & amazon)

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This pimple patch is a hydrocolloid bandage that kills bacteria and heals whiteheads.  I just slap a couple of these on my face overnight, and I am not exaggerating at all when I say there is a SIGNIFICANT improvement the next morning when I wake up. The main trick on using this is that it only works on whiteheads with an open wound (so right after you pop that bad boy), it does NOT work on cystic acne or closed comedones. What this miracle product does is speed up the healing process of an open wound — so after about 7-8 hours of keeping this on your blemish, it is a lot flatter and less inflamed. This patch is the last step of my evening skincare routine. After I apply my serums, essences, and moisturizers, I take a cotton swab and wipe off any excess product on the blemish so that the patch can stick on properly.

My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks (~$14-$22 for 10 amazon)

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I was always a wash-off face mask kind of girl, until I realized that there is such a thing as having dehydrated skin. I always thought the main skin types were normal, oily, combination, and dry skin and I labeled myself as a member of the oily skin club. Thanks to /r/asianbeauty  I realized that my oiliness may be rooted from dehydration due to overexfoliation. Put simply, when you exfoliate your skin too often and constantly use oil-eliminating products, it causes your skin to dry out and overproduce oil — thus making you shine like crazy! Ladies and gents, oils can be good for you. That being said, sheet masks have been extremely helpful in helping me restore my moisture barrier and the My Beauty Diary ones are packed with tons of serum! They have various types of masks suited for different skin types but my favorites so far are the Imperial Bird’s Nest Mask and Apple Polyphenol Mask — one for firming and hydrating and the other for brightening and clarifying, respectively.

Daiso Silicone Moisturizing Mask ($1.50 daiso)

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This goes hand-in-hand with my sheet masks! I think I have an oddly shaped head, so sheet masks tend to fall off my face. I put the Daiso Silicone Moisturizing Mask on top of my sheet mask (beware — you’ll look like Freddy Krueger) to keep it in place so that I can also do other tasks while I’m waiting for it so soak in. It also prolongs the effect of my sheet mask since it prevents the serum from evaporating into the air too quickly. It’s made out of silicone, so I just rinse it with water when I’m done using it and let it air dry until I’m ready to use it the next time — affordable and reusable.

BareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($29 sephora)

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Foundation is my favorite makeup product to test out — liquid foundation to be exact. So it was a little difficult for me to turn a new leaf and get on the powder foundation game. This month I tried to steer clear of using liquid foundation, since it can get a bit heavy and clog your pores. The thing about most powder foundations is that they can easily get too powdery and cakey, but the BareMinerals foundation doesn’t do that! I get medium coverage with a satin to demi-matte natural finish. I don’t feel like I’m suffocating my skin when I use this, so it’s perfect for everyday use. It also makes me feel a lot better knowing that it doesn’t have too many ingredients in it. I use shade golden medium 14, it’s a pretty good shade for me and I’m in between a NC30 and NC35 in MAC.

2017 Sephora VIB Rouge Brush (free after becoming VIB Rouge)

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I love using this brush specifically with the BareMinerals foundation. Initially, I used a large fluffy face brush to apply powder foundation, but now I actually prefer using a small brush. It’s not too tightly packed and it’s not too fluffy — it’s right in between. I find that using a smaller brush helps me get more precise in areas where I need to add a 2nd layer of powder for more coverage. Plus, it’s travel friendly so it’s perfect for touch-ups!

Colourpop’s Nail Polish in One Wish, Two Wish ($6 colourpop)

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The “holo” trend has been in the beauty community for a while now, but it took me a while to find the perfect holo nail polish until Colourpop came out with their new nail polish line this month. With just two coats, you get a metallic rainbow sheen — perfect for summer! I keep my jewelry fairly simple, so having this pop of holographic glitter adds a colorful accent to my hands. Its lasting power is nothing impressive, it typically lasts about 5-6 days until it starts to chip with a base and top coat. But I am mainly in love with it for the color!

That’s it so far for my July favorites this month! It’s a couple of days late, but that doesn’t mean these products should go unmentioned. I’m still testing out some other skincare products, and I need to wait a couple of more weeks until I decide how I really feel about them — so I’ll save those for my August faves if they make the cut. Keep an eye out for my next post, I’ll either be talking about my trip to Seattle from last week or do some unboxings. Leave a comment if you had a preference and what your favorites were for July  :).

P.S. I just wanted to give a special thanks to my friend, Leslie, for making my logo! Isn’t it just the cutest?