MONTHLY FAVORITES ↠ AUGUST 2017

Ah, my sorry attempt to post my monthly favorites on time has failed yet again. But they are my favorites post to read and write about, so I hope my late favorites will still inspire you to grab a thing or two from what I’ve been loving last month in August! I added a little twist to the end too, just keep reading to see what.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in cava & caramelized ($24 sephora)

Liquid lipsticks have always been my weapon of choice in the past, but the Bite Liquified Lipsticks are outside my usual ammo. Matte foundation, matte blush, and matte lipsticks were my go-to and this time around I’ve started to lean more towards a glowy and glossy finish. Bite Beauty is starting to become one of my favorite brands with their great lip products–  they even use natural ingredients! I fell in love with the online swatches of these lipsticks and I quickly made the purchase when the opportunity arose. They leave a creamy, satin finish with great lasting power and pigmentation. My lips don’t feel dry at all when I apply them, and I always keep one by my desk at work. The packaging is also super sleek. I have 4 different shades but my favorites so far are cava (a lilac pink) and caramelized (a peachy nude) — they are perfect as everyday lippies!

Cargo HD Picture Perfect Pressed Powder in #30 ($32 ulta)

I know, I know– I was totally raving about the BareMinerals foundation in July, but I think I like the Cargo pressed powder just a little more. It does a great job at reducing the appearance of my pores, while also hiding any extreme texture on my skin. Although the BareMinerals powder provided good coverage, it did have a slight tendency to accentuate texture if I didn’t apply it correctly. I also really appreciate how my Cargo powder is a lot more travel-friendly, so it’s perfect for touch ups. Additionally, I wanted to note that this maintained a matte finish for much longer than BareMinerals.

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill in #3 ($24 sephora)

Oh, the eyebrows– they can either make or break your look. Thankfully, the Benefit eyebrow pencil is here to make your look. For the past year, I’ve been using powders, rather than pencils, to fill in these caterpillars I call eyebrows in. I initially thought powders had a longer lasting power, until this eyebrow pencil came into my life! Its waxy texture is not too rough, making it long lasting and easy to apply — typically I find most pencils difficult to use. Unlike other pencils, it has a triangular shape that makes application a smooth and easy process. I’ll be buying a back up of this very soon.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle ($23.50 birchbox)

I received a deluxe sample of this detangler in my July Birchbox and didn’t really start using it until August. My only disappointment is that I didn’t try it earlier! My hair has always given me a difficult time– I have naturally thick, frizzy, and wavy hair, not to mention I’ve dyed it numerous times for the past 10 years. I struggled with finding a perfect leave-in spray/cream that would tame my lion’s mane without making it too heavy or left with little results. But this completely changed the game for me! Not only does it smell divine, but it really does get the job done. When I’m done washing my hair, I just towel dry my hair and spray this on. It makes my hair silky smooth without weighing it down. I will definitely be purchasing a full size of this when I run out.

Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner ($19.90 amazon & $25.50 sokoglam)

When it comes to Korean skincare, two terms that people can be easily confused with are hydration vs. moisture. Contrary to popular belief, these terms are actually not interchangeable and are used to describe different states of your skin. Without going into a complicated explanation, I’ll put this as simply as I possibly can — ‘hydration’ = water and ‘moisture’ = oil. A good balance of the two is usually recommended in your skincare routine, while others argue that hydration is important mostly for those with oily skin. The Klairs Toner distributes just enough hydration to my skin without making it greasy. It makes me skin bouncy and soft, and if you need extra hydration you can add multiple layers and it won’t get heavy! I would recommend this product for my oily skinned guys and gals with dehydrated skin.

“The Little Book of Skincare: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin” by Charlotte Cho ($15.94 amazon)

My growing knowledge of skincare started to kick-off with me roaming around reddit and other beauty blogs. But I wanted a more credible source to learn about the craft, so a book by an accredited aesthetician was right up my alley. Charlotte Cho’s book on skincare is packed with tons of helpful information, not only on skincare but also Korean culture, which I enjoyed a lot. She explains different topics from suggested products and ingredient uses to expectations of Korean beauty and a recommended diet, and yet it is still an easy read with the cute illustrations and casual tone she uses. I would highly suggest giving this book a read if you are just getting into skincare, I can honestly say I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to get another book on skincare.

Chung Jung Won Organic Brown Rice & Barely Tea ($4.99 galleria market)

Not much to say here, but damn this tea is amazing! It’s has no caffeine in it but it is still rich in antioxidants. It has other health benefits as well, so I don’t have a problem drinking 2… maybe even 3 glasses of this a day. It has a delicious, slightly smokey taste to it — I usually like sipping this over ice. It helps me with my food cravings, so I find myself not snacking as much. You can probably find this at your local Korean or Japanese market.

And that’s the end of my favorites! Now on to my little twist. Okay, it’s not that crazy but I thought I could add an ‘unfavorite’ or two in each of my monthly favorites post. I did just want to make a disclaimer though — these are just products that personally did not work out for me. It is totally fine if you use these products! Here we go–

MONTHLY UNFAVORITES ↠ AUGUST 2017

Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer ($20 sephora)

I received this product as a free deluxe sample in one of my Sephora packages. Benefit claims that this concealer is lightweight and undetectable with sheer to medium coverage. It had a faint peachy undertone, so I thought it’d be great for color correcting the darkness under my eyes. Unfortunately, the formula of this concealer was way too dry and it made it pretty difficult to blend. It was super obvious I was wearing makeup with this concealer on, which is a no-no for me.

EcoTools Perfecting Blender Duo ($9.99 ulta)

I heard some positive reviews for this sponge, and since it’s a drugstore product I thought it would be a great replacement for the well-loved Beauty Blender Sponge. I got it for 20% off of Ulta, so I didn’t have much to lose. I really wanted this sponge to work out for me, but sadly it didn’t. Maybe it’s just the shape of my face, but the way that the EcoTools sponge is angled does not blend foundation very well onto my skin. Unlike the Beauty Blender, it has a flathead-like point, which made it difficult for me to apply my under eye concealer. The texture is also more firm and not as soft as its competitor, making some applications of liquid products to be a bit splotchy. Maybe I’m just using it wrong, but I’m going to continue using the sponge with different techniques — still rooting for you, EcoTools!

Did you like my short section of unfavorites last month? Let me know your thoughts. Figured it would add some variety to these monotonous monthly favorites posts. I’m trying to brew up something new for my next post– just keep an eye out!

  Calamari, out.