My Top Beauty Must Haves for August

I am a shop-a-holic and constantly purchase new products in hopes that they will really make a difference in my life.  Some products come up short, some are decent and some products that I try are absolutely amazing.  I wanted to share some products that I’m loving August.


Almay Healthy Glow Makeup & Gradual Self Tan, Light/Medium – $9 on Amazon

almay healthy glow makeup and self tan

I purchased this on a whim when I was at CVS before I went on vacation and I honestly didn’t know how it was going to work.  It claims to leave a slight tan on your face if used every day for 2-3 days.  I tried this the day I left on vacation and immediately I loved how the product looked.  It went on smooth, it didn’t look cakey or fall into my pores at all, it looked very natural.  This is a medium coverage foundation but honestly, you can definitely build it up to full coverage if you really needed to.  It lasted all day, even when I was walking on the boardwalk in 95+ degrees, sweating my ass off and still looked really good at the end of the day.  The only thing I can’t really vouch for is if this actually leaves a tan or not.  I have weird skin that acts kind of resistant to certain self-tanners and I didn’t really see any difference in the color of my skin after I took this off. Overall, this is definitely a product I will buy again and continue to use!

it Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Solid Super Serum  – $40.87 on Amazon

it Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Solid Super Serum

I had been hearing so many amazing things about this foundation from people online and one of my best friends and I had to try it.  This foundation is extremely smooth and looks very natural.  It doesn’t look cakey at all and hides my pores very well.  I love the consistency of this foundation as it isn’t too watery and not too thick — it’s somewhere in between.  I don’t use the little pouf that comes with the foundation, rather I use the it Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush No 704 ($32.99 on Amazon) and let me tell you, this brush is one of the best foundation brushes I have ever used in my entire life.  I would definitely buy this foundation and brush again because they’re probably two of my favorite products in my entire makeup collection.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder Compact – $36.04 on Amazon

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder Compact

This setting powder is amazing.  It’s a translucent powder that doesn’t seem like powder at all.  It’s very fine and very smooth and goes on your skin so lightly.  My pores can sometimes be seen through makeup and occasionally powder makes my pores even more visible, but this powder doesn’t fall into my pores at all.  It definitely does what it claims and blurs pores to the point where you can’t even see them, not even up close.  I use this powder with all of my foundations and wouldn’t be able to live without this!  I will definitely be buying this powder again.


Skin Care

The Naked Bee Coconut Honey Hand And Body Lotion, 2.25 Ounce – $6.90 on Amazon

the naked bee hand cream

I purchased this lotion as an impulse buy when I was at a gift shop on vacation.  I needed a hand lotion because I had forgotten to put one in my small purse and this one smelled absolutely amazing. This lotion is all natural, contains organic aloe vera and sunflower oil, hyaluronic acid to smooth skin and is paraben free with no mineral oil or drying alcohol at all.  As a lotion-a-holic, I do have to say that this is probably one of my favorites.  It’s not too thick, absorbs very quickly and definitely moisturizes very well, as it claims to do.  I will be buying this again, probably before this one runs out!  They also have a larger size that I just recently purchased so I can keep this on my nightstand. The best part is, this product is not tested on animals!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – $11.98 on Amazon

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I went into Sephora about a month and a half ago to see if I could find a new moisturizer since the summer heat makes my skin pretty dry.  The girl at Sephora recommended that I try the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream so I got the smaller size to try and see how I liked it.  The first night I used it I could really tell that it was making a difference.  It absorbs very quickly and by morning I could feel that it actually worked to moisturize my face.  I now have been using this for over a month and it has done wonders.  My skin is much more moisturized, smooth and my makeup goes on so much nicer since my skin isn’t dry.  I definitely suggest this moisturizer to anyone who is looking for a new one and I am going to be going back to get the larger size soon.

dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion – $29.00 on Amazon

dr brandt poredermabrasion

As I’ve said a few times already in this post, I can sometimes have absolutely horrible pores and sometimes my skin texture isn’t the best.  I purchased this product because I’ve seen glowing reviews online and I’m so glad I did.  So far, I have been using this product for two months and I absolutely love it. Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion really does do what it claims to, it smooths your skin texture, clears out pores and reduces the look of them.  I will definitely be repurchasing this again!

dr. brandt Pores No More Cleanser – $17.83 on Amazon

dr. brandt Pores No More Cleanser

I should really try more of Dr. Brandt’s products because this product is just as amazing as the above.  I purchased this cleanser because, once again, of glowing reviews and I’m so glad that I did.  Even though this will burn your eyes like hell if you accidentally get it in your eye, this product definitely has helped reduce the amount of oil that my skin produces, has definitely helped with clearing my skin and leaves a great, moisturized texture after using it.  I will definitely buy this product again. (And honestly, the Amazon price I found is a steal seeing as how I paid $30 for this!)


Nail Care

SECHE VITE Dry Fast Top Coat – $11.41 on Amazon

seche vite fast dry top coat

I have honestly been using this product for about 3 years now and this is the only top coat that I will ever use.  I would compare the finished product of this top coat to a gel look without the hassle of having gels done.  Even the nail salon thought I had gel polish on my nails when I had this top coat on.  Even though it looks glossy AF and makes your manicure last, my favorite part about this nail polish is how fast it dries.  I would say it takes about 5 minutes for your polish to feel dry to the touch and not tacky and about 10 minutes for your manicure to dry completely.  I have no patience and hate to wait for nail polish to dry, so for me this product is amazeballs!  I’ve repurchased this a number of times and I am definitely going to buy it again.

CND Essentials Nail & Cuticle SolarOil – $8.50 on Amazon

cnd solar oil review

I know that most cuticle oils are created equal but my salon turned me onto the CND SolarOil and it’s the only cuticle oil I will use.  The smell of this is absolutely, positively amazing, but it’s not too overpowering.  I have been using CND SolarOil for a few years now and it immediately makes my cuticles look much better.  My cuticles have never been healthier since I started using this product and I will definitely buy it again!

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