June was a very challenging month, but also a super rewarding one. One of the challenges I faced among visa applications and getting a summer job that leaves me exhausted was finding the time to sit down and create quality blog content. I have had so many post ideas but so little energy to create them and not simply bang them out. I have so many products to review and compare (many of which I have been promising you guys for what seems like ages now) so there is plenty of posts coming your way, dear readers. I thank you for bearing with me this month, and since July is just a hop, skip and a jump away, here are my June favorites:
MAC Shy Girl
For the majority of this month, we in southern Norway were blessed with beautiful, sunkissed days, and instead of opting for my usual bold and bright summer lip, I went with MAC‘s Creamsheen Lipstick in Shy Girl. It’s so different from any other lipstick I own, and while it makes a statement, it is still rather soft and gives a romantic touch.
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Pressed Powder Highlighter in Champagne Pop
With the great weather has come some heat, and me working in a kitchen as a second-hand cook has provoked me multiple times to go minimal makeup if any makeup at all. I’m very fortunate to have a rather clear complexion, but I love the extra healthy punch Champagne Pop provides. I’d dust it over the high points of my face and even in my inner corners and centers of my eyelids for a little brightening.
Benefit Sun Beam Liquid Highlighter
Another highlighting favorite, Sun Beam doesn’t contain any glitter, just a beautiful golden sheen that works surprisingly well with my skin tone. It is so super easy to blend and goes such a long way. I’ve currently been preferring it to High Beam since it’s more golden-toned, perfect for over bronzer and as my skin darkens.
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
Speaking of skin darkening, after suffering from a second-degree burn on my face in May, I need to be protecting my skin as best as I can (I try to opt for fake tan now), and this deluxe sample contains SPF 47, which is perfect for every day use, even here in Norway. I may to consider purchasing the full-size of this when I move…
M&S Beauty Royal Jelly Nectar Hand & Nail Cream
Working in a kitchen, my hands have been drying up super quickly from all the washing and drying (not to mention accidentally cutting my fingers…). This delicious hand moisturizer by has been just the ticket, it’s not greasy and smells like a summer garden doused in honey. M&S is not a brand I see on the shelves in Norway, but I know they are available in the UK. Props to my grandmother who gifted it to me.
Sinful Colors Clear Coat
Base coats and clear coat polishes just seem to have prices trough the roof, I tell ya. I cringe every time I spend $12+ on a top coat since I use it EVERY TIME I do my nails. Luckily, in NYC I came across this clear coat by Sinful Colors that was no more than $4. I have been using it as a base coat and top coat, and I have hardly made a dent in it since the formula is so thin, yet super effective. It makes my nail polish super shiny and locks it in. I’m sure they would last even longer but… kitchen job…
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
I have had this deluxe sample sitting in my collection for what feels like years, but after discovering that it helped with the longevity and smooth application of my Too Faced Born This Way foundation, it has become somewhat of a staple. It’s oil free which is perfect, as so is the foundation. I’m finding myself considering purchasing the full-sized version…
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
After trying and testing the Push-up Liner and discovering my love for Roller Lash, not to mention the thousands of raving reviews across Sephora and YouTube, I was skeptical as to how I would receive They’re Real!. Man, were my socks knocked off! It gave me unbelievable length and separation. I don’t usually go for spidery lashes much now a-days but this seems to be the exception.
Daiso Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
This little one cost me no more than $1 at the Japanese chain last summer, and its waxy, triangular nip is superb, especially with a spooly on the opposite end- an absolute bargain. I’ve been enjoying a stronger brown lately, and this provides an amazing base for my powder later on.
NARS Laguna Bronzer (not pictured)
I’ve been struggling over the whole bronzing and contouring concept lately, and since moving home, I’ve been for the most part living out of a makeup bag. In said makeup bag, the NARS bronzer in Laguna has been a true gem. it adds just the right amount of ashy-ness to contour my cheeks, and just enough warmth to bronze up my skin. It has been a true middle man and one that I do not take for granted. It already has a huge dent in it (I have a small travel-sized duo of it and Orgasm) and I just may have to invest in the full-size soon…
That concludes my June 2016 favorites and kicks off a bunch of new posts coming your way in July! Please let me know if you have any post requests and I will try to make one for it. I am always open to new suggestions and ideas! Until next time, what’s your favorite product from the month of June?