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Can you even believe we are almost into August?! CRAZY!

Last week, I did a major clean out of our linen closet in our master bath which I probably hadn’t done since before Max was born. GAH! I don’t keep makeup in there, but I didn’t toss a lot of empty or expired things and am using up the things I really love. I’m almost finished with my Sunday Riley Tidal (this is probably my 3rd jar!) and may try the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Cream – have you tried it?

I had one major fail this month and that was the Amore Pacific Sunscreen Mist. OMG. This was a nightmare. I used this on my face (with my eyes closed of course!) and first, it never dried down at all, even after attempting to rub it in. Second, it ran into my eyes ALL DAY LONG. It was so awful. So disappointing because I love this brand. I didn’t return it though, because I have been using it on my neck and chest when we are outside. Just don’t put that stuff on your face! EEEEK.

Anyhoo, on to my loves for the month!

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Weleda Skin Food.  Okay so I have mentioned Skin Food before, because it’s something I’ve used for years and in the winter, often put it on my entire body. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you what I’ve been doing with it this month… putting it on my FACE! Guys, my skin had a major dry skin freak out. Holy crap. I think it was a combo of pregnancy hormones, sunscreen, sweating from exercise and being in the sun, plus extra face cleansing that comes with that, etc. NOTHING was helping my skin. The FAB Ultra Repair which I swear by would soak in within seconds.

I mean, I guess I’m thankful that I’m not breaking out, but applying any makeup over dry skin is horrible! It’s basically impossible and felt like my face was flaking off. So, Skin Food to the rescue. It’s practically an oil/ointment type of cream and I’ve been slathering it on my face at night. It has worked! My skin is now back to normal. It also didn’t break me out, but keep in my that my skin is ridiculously dry. I just buy this at Target or on Amazon.

Unite Liquid Dust. Ooooh I’m really in love with this. A few months ago, I told you how my hair stylist used volumizing powder to sprinkle in my hair before curling. It was amazing! It totally works, but it can also be a sticky mess and if you use one particle too much, you can barely brush your hair. He used this on me at the beginning of the month and I fell in love. I’ve actually been spraying a tiny bit on my hair when it’s wet and letting it air dry. But you can also spray it on when it’s dry. It’s exactly what I wish I could do with the volumizing powder.

Plus, I really love the Unite brand. I’ve used the 7 seconds conditioner for years as well as the blow and set gel too.

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Tom Ford Soleil Blanc. So this is a scent/product I have wanted since last summer, but every time I tried to grab it during a sale, it was sold out. And it is so pricey that I never wanted to pay full price. But… I am in LOVE with this. And I don’t purchase a lot of this crazzzy high end beauty. First, just like last month I am still into that summer sparkle. I think I’m subconsciously doing it since I know that in a few months, I’ll have a newborn and be nursing and I don’t like to wear any irritating fragrance or makeup or glitter and get it all over them, you know? Ha. This smells so wonderfully summery. I’ve been putting it on when we are out and about, out for the evening or going to swim, just as something a little shimmery. It is heaven. I feel like it’s the summer counterpart to the Noir Pour Femme I love to wear in the fall and winter.

Jouer Skinny Dip Highlighter. This is a repeat but it’s SO necessary to mention again. I’ve been using this highlighter 98% of the time this summer and I get asked about it every single time it’s on my face. This shade is just so pretty. I mentioned before that it will probably be too dark for me come winter, so I’m living it up now. It works as an eye shadow too!

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Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Palette. This is one of the palettes I mentioned last month that I bought at my impulse evening at Sephora. I hadn’t used it enough in June to say if I really loved it, but after using it all this month, oh I am in LOVE. It’s another one of those multiple-use palettes as I can use most of these shades as eye shadow too. I use the bronze shade as bronzer and it is a little shimmery, so beware of that. Definitely not matte. But I am loving it right now for summer!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I grabbed this at the end of June and it’s been on my lips every single night. It is SO moisturizing. You know I’m a sucker for any and all sleeping masks since my skin is a desert. I’ve used it so much that I’ve barely touched my favorite sugar advanced lip therapy in the evenings. This stays put. It smells incredible. I love that it has a little wand to apply, but I do with it had a place to hold that wand!

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Hmmm as for other things, I did end up buying the value set of SK-II at the Nordstrom anniversary sale because I have wanted to try the essence for ever. People say it’s so life changing! I don’t mind paying a lot for skincare (I’d rather pay for skincare than makeup!) and I am liking it so far, but the smell is kind of horrifying to me. That might be the whole pregnancy sense though. I’ll let you know for sure next month! I am still absolutely LOVING the Tarte and Jouer palettes I mentioned last month too.

Other than that, I’m anxiously awaiting some fall lipstick shades. Oooooooh. What are you loving this month?!

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