I loved a lot of great products this month. Good luck prying these products from my cold, dead hands.
Formula X Sheer Strength in Energetic ($16 CAD)
I’m not really into nail polish too much. Every now and again I’ll treat myself to a shellac manicure, but it’s not a part of my regular routine.
There was a time when I wanted to be into nail polish. I’d attempted to give myself manicures at home dozens of times, but I simply have zero talent in this department. My hand isn’t steady, I lack patience, I’m picky about colour.
I recently tried a deluxe sample of a Formula X nail polish, and though the colour wasn’t for me, I couldn’t believe how quickly it dried and how long the swatch on my nail lasted. It piqued my interest in the Formula X line, and the next time I was in Sephora, I made a point of checking it out to see if I could find a colour that better suited my taste.
Well. The Formula X Sheer Strength collection is my JAM. I love translucent, nude shades that add a bit of colour and shine without completely hiding my nails. The MLBB of hands. Plus, a quick drying formula that makes it easy to actually apply myself? Sold. I picked up the colour Energetic, a sheer blush pink. It’s been on my nails for over a week, with just a hint of chipping at the cuticles.
Formula X Sheer Strength isn’t cheap, but as a person who values function and wear over variety when it comes to nail polish (and as someone who eschews nail polish altogether when these things don’t come together), I am really into this! Formula X simply performs better than any drug store brand (and some professional brands) I’ve tried.
I’ve had my eye on this bronzer forevvvver, and I finally picked it up this month. Despite having lots of other bronzers that I love, I cannot stop reaching for this matte, waterproof bronzer.
This bronzer feels like a cream to the touch, but blends to an airbrush, powder finish. I would describe the colour as being neutral — if you have cool undertones you might find this bronzer a bit on the red side.
Okaaaaay. June was all about ABH. I picked up their new Sun Dipped Glow Kit this month and have reached for it every day since. With strobing and highlighting being a major trend in 2016, I have tried a lot of highlighters. The Glow Kit highlighters are the only ones I’ve really loved as much as the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. They’re not shimmery or glittery; they just make your face appear naturally dewy. That is what I want in a highlighter.
Sun Dipped includes four full size highlighters: Bronzed, Tourmaline, Summer, and Moonstone. All four are stunning, but I’ve been mixing Summer and Moonstone for daily wear. Tourmaline and Bronzed won’t work as highlighters on lighter skin tones, but they’re beautiful as shadows. This is a versatile palette, and a great value considering you get four full-size highlighters.
I love that the pans in the Glow Kits are removable. Popping one or two out and using them in my Z Palette will be perfect for travel.
I don’t even understand this favourite, to be honest. I don’t wear a lot of eye shadow. Palettes don’t draw me in; I have easily passed on every palette released in the last year, and happily gave away my Naked 2 palette due to total lack of use. Too much blending irritates my eyelids, and most days I can’t be bothered to do more than put a little bronzer in my crease.
When I first saw Norvina tweet about this palette, I thought it was beautiful, but not for me. I can’t wear bright pink eyeshadow and besides, I have enough eye shadow that I rarely use.
But I couldn’t get it out of my head. Everyone using it exclaimed how amazing the shadows were. I was intrigued that it was inspired by art history. The price was decent. It was a permanent release in a time of excessive LE and restocking announcements. I decided to go for it.
Well wouldn’t you know, using super soft brushes with shadows that blend this easily doesn’t cause any irritation at all! This palette makes short work of a simple eye look, and despite there being insanely pigmented reds and pinks, overall it is quite neutral. I’ve tried experimenting with the boldest colours here and no, I’ll never reach for them. It doesn’t matter — this palette is very thoughtful, and there is something here for everyone.
Clarins Instant Concealer in 01 ($32 CAD)
I have a hard time getting along with concealers. There is just no such thing as “doesn’t crease” when it comes to my dry and wrinkly undereyes, so finding a concealer that results in a minimal amount of creasing is usually my goal. The Clarins Instant Concealer has more than delivered in that department. I use this for extra coverage over my BB cream, or on its own around my eyes and nose for a super minimal look.
Burt’s Bees lipstick in Suede Splash ($10 CAD)
These Burt’s Bees lipsticks are so lovely! I love the unique packaging (especially being able to see the product’s colour through the honeycomb cutout), and the colour range is really pretty. I picked up the colour Suede Splash for an easy summer MLBB, and I love the easy, smooth application. Many swatches I’ve seen of this line appear extremely sheer, but I find this product to be more in between a sheer and typical cream finish lipstick. Because of the finish, this isn’t a long lasting product, but fades so evenly that you don’t even need to worry about touching up if you don’t want to.
What were you loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!