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Monday
Aug052013

My top 10 favorite finds last July

July was a crazy awesome month for me. I was able to visit Tokyo for the launch of Shiseido's latest skincare line, Ibuki! Even with the surprise trip, I also managed to organize a press and blogger event for Pinkbox (more on that soon). I'm not bragging, honest. I'm saying all this with a mild disbelief: how?

Counting chairs

August should be a quieter month, I think! I am going to Hong Kong today to relax a little, see the sights, shop for interesting things. I've scheduled a few posts for you that I think you'll like, so keep on visiting and commenting! ^_^ Let me start off with my monthly favorites.


I must have at least one lip balm in every bag. My latest find is the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm! This doesn't actually tint my lips at all, but I love the buttery texture and caramel scent. It also moisturizes my lips for hours on end. 

The IN2IT Moisture Intense Lipstick in Pink Alarm is an eye-catching hot pink lipstick with a nice formula. If you like hot pinks, I dare say that this is a must-have - it's just so bright and fun! The price is very affordable too considering the quality you get. 

More lip stuff! The OCC Lip Tar Pro's Picks Set v2.0 is a collection of five highly pigmented liquid lipsticks/ blush that you can mix and match to form new colors. How cool is that? It comes with a lip brush for breezy application but I prefer to just use my fingers to retouch the color when I'm out. Problem solved.


My current favorite foundation - the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact. It's awesome. If you have dry/combi skin and have always wished for Bobbi's liquid foundation to come in a handy cream compact, YOU WILL LOVE THIS. It looks like skin, it's super easy to apply, and stays on pretty much all day with minimal retouching.

And here's a new powder I am enjoying: the BYS Minerals Naturale Compact Foundation. It can be used by itself, but I find that this performs best on top of some wet base - BB creams, tinted moisturizer, and liquid foundation. It has a super smooth, glowy (yet not shimmery) finish that'll really take your base makeup to the next level.

 

The Etude House Color Pop Drawing Show Creamy Pencil can put many colored eyeliners to shame. They are bright and they stick on like a mother bumper. Colored eyeliners like this can shake up your makeup routine, so I suggest you get a few if you haven't yet. ;) They are especially handy when you are too lazy to apply eyeshadow.

Best blending brush I've tried so far: the MAC 217. It's expensive and you don't really need need it, but you will elevate your eye makeup when you finally get it. You'll just see the difference.


Don't you just love it when inexpensive things work amazingly well? The Suesh Large Eyeshadow Brush is my favorite lid brush at the moment. It makes my eyeshadows look more colorful and vibrant without too much layering!

My right arm suddenly started itching yesterday for no obvious reason. It was so itchy, I got this huge pantal (elevated rash)! Yuck. So I applied a glop of the VMV Hypoallergenics ID Monolaurin Gel and poof, the itchiness and redness are gone in like fifteen minutes. It's also great for sanitizing and drying up pimples quickly. Love this stuff.

I got a bunch of things in Tokyo but this turned out to be the most useful one - the Cath Kidston tote. It's cute and all that, but it's also a great roomy bag that can fit in a few hours of shopping. Sooo happy that I got it at a bargain! Sale season in Japan is crazy.

So there you go! As usual, please share your favorite finds from July! Would love to know what you unearthed!

Reader Comments (18)

I agree about the MAC 217, you don't really need it but AHHH it has turned me into an eyeshadow wearing ladyyyy. I used to just use eyeliner or mascara but never really liked eyeshadow until I got it, I find that the base shadow brush from real techniques is actually similar, very much like a baby version of the 217

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCel

Love the lip colors! and the tinted lipbalm! :) and the Cath Kidston bag, too :) If I have one of those or all of those, It'll be in my favorites too! : )

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFati Recede

The tote is too cute!! Hopefully the brand will open up a store here in the country (or there may be one that i don't know). I dream of having a bag, a dress, some glasswares and bed sheets with cath kidston design. Someday! Now i become more interested in that bys compact. I was waiting what drugstore foundation would make it to your favorites and here it is. Will definitely check that one out!

My fave finds this june are the watsons nose pore strip, the colour collection sheer lipstick in pinkish nude (from sample room), and a nice makeup acrylic makeup organizer i bought online! :)

Enjoy your trip, Liz!! You deserve to relax. Have a safe trip and God bless! :)

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Cath Kidston! I love that line, very femme and dainty. Tote looks really good, glad you were able to snag it at a discount.

"Mother bumper!" Haha that almost made me spit out my breakfast! XD

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Wow, you're a super girl! :D I saw other blogs talked about the Pinkbox event. :) They even had pictures of you. :D Love your favorite finds last month.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGing

I've only tried the original Burt's Bees Lip Balm. That one looks yummy. Love Cath Kidston's shabby chic prints. Must try the VMV Monolaurin Gel soon! Enjoy Hongkong, Ms. Liz! Can't wait to see your HK finds :)

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaterwauler

The first pic makes counting chairs look so glamorous! :)

I would love to try your July finds, especially the lip tar and the very pretty Etude pencils.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

I recently bought lipsticks that are also hot pink but at a cheaper price, Fashion 21 aqualicious in tropical pink and Nichido Juicy Lips in Pink Champagne.

I've been wanting that Pink Alarm lipstick for quite a while now because I am so in love with hot pink lipsticks! The OCC lip tars look awesome to collect and I can't wait to have my own set of those :-)

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterInna

The event venue looks awesome Ms.Liz!
I think I should try out the BYS Minerals Naturale Compact Foundation since I am always using a BB cream.
I'm running out of powder so might as well look forward to this.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDianne G

My fave find from July would be Bifesta makeup remover, I finally gave in because they were/still on discount! Have a good trip! Looking forward to your HK haul ;)

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaui

I also want to organize events in the future. It looks fun and stressful but fulfilling!

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

My favorite July find is the Celeteque Acne Clearing Facial Moisturizer Gel. It's heaven-sent for oily-skinned people like me; it moisturizes without being too heavy, and it really does control oil!

I hope to be able to try the Id Monolaurin Gel someday. Anything related to acne-busting is a must-try for me.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

I am excited to try the In2it lipstick, OCC lip tars, and BYS foundation. :)

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuvy

My favorite is IN2IT Moisture Intense Lipstick in Pink Alarm too I love that shade on you, it looks so pretty and moisturized and I also love OCC Lip Tar.

I will also give BYS Minerals Naturale Compact Foundation a try. I have so much on list and learning so much from you Ms. Liz ♥ If there is an expert to beauty that is YOU. ♥

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle Rivera

I want and need - VMV Hypoallergenics ID Monolaurin Gel -
I got a pimple once in a month and to prevent it from becoming bigger, i dab on 'katinko' which makes my pimple dry fast!!! but, always ends up having a dark spot, must wait a month for it to be gone.... so i think vmv gel will be my saviour.... how much is it? thanks for this info... i'm the newest reader of -project vanity.com- and an instant fan!!! ♥

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLlyann Itay

These are nice finds. I just saw the OCC lip tar on NylonTV and have been dying to try it. I also wanna try out the VMV monolaurin gel. I've been contemplating if their Superskin 3 would be a better buy though. Have you tried that one?

August 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternikkidb

i love that Cath Kidston tote dear =) i love this top 10 fave finds for july =) mine would be:
1. Bifesta Makeup Remover
2. Charm Powder Brush
3. IPKN Artist wave Sun foundation
4. NYX round lippie in Sierra
5. Careline Blush in Tomato
6. Mary Kay Foundation Primer w/ spf15
7. Lucido -L Hair Make Supplement
8. Laneige Water Bank Essence
9. iWhite Facial Wash
10. Mary Kay Softener

yay! im eyeing on OCC Lip Tars! =) i want to have my own version of customized lippie and would name it, rhaindropz hee hee

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhania Chang

Liz, I would love that you make a review on all-natural makeup and skin care line. What is the best organic make-up/skin care line out there with reasonable price and very accessible. I wanted to use paraben-free makeup/skin care line. :)

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

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