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June Favorites 2015

Good Morning Lovelies!

So it's nearly the end of June and I thought I'd take a crack at doing a Monthly Favorites post. I haven't been acquiring very many products this month but I wanted to share with you some products and items that have been my go to this month. One maybe two you will probably remember from a previous blog post, but if they stick around that must mean they are a tried and true coveted product! When you're on a budget, you can't afford the new monthly products, so you make what you have LAST and if you can treat yourself, treat yourself well with a select item or two. So here we go with my favorites, I hope you enjoy.

Marc Jacobs-Gardenia Perfume: This perfume screams perfection to me. I don't know if many of you absolutely adore gardenia's but those white beautiful flowers to me smell heavenly. This fragrance is a few years old and was a limited offer, but it could not embody the flower any more clearer. It is soft, light, fresh and absolutely feminine.

Toni&GuyPrep Leave-In ConditionerI received this leave in conditioner in a monthly subscription box a couple months ago and hadn't really thought twice about it. I have a basket FULL of products that are waiting to be tried from two years of Glossybox supscriptions that I slowly weed through as products become needed. This product is EVERYTHING. If you have frizzy curly unmanageable hair with just the slightest breeze like me this will be your product. It doesn't weigh down your hair, it does not leave your hair feeling oily or greasy and it absolutely helps you manage your hair with ease.

MOA DetanglerThis product was recommended to me a couple weeks into June and has been a favorite ever since. I happened to pick a bottle up at TJ MAXX and it is heavenly. For as long as I can remember I've had unruly tangled hair at the end of the day and especially when I wake up, A couple spritzes of this detangler and its easy, soft and simple to brush; its basically magic. 

c. Booth Mimosa Honeysuckle Body ScrubThis has an absolutely gorgeous scent. It contains luffa fruit (exfoliates the skin), mimosa bark, honeysuckle flower extract, champagne grapes, avocado oil (softens the skin and absorbs into deep tissue) and evening primrose oil (aids in skin cell restoration and contains high percentage of GLA, gamma-linoleic acid, which is a natural fatty acid that maintains healthy skin and repairs tissue damage). The texture of this scrub is really nice and fine. It feels like really small sugar particles rubbing across your skin, rather than anything gritty or harsh. It makes my skin feel really soft afterwards and one of the best parts is it doesn’t leave a residue on the bottom of my tub. One of my biggest pet peeves with any scrub or body wash is a slippery residue. Not to mention the sent lingers on your skin for HOURS after you shower.

être belle moisturizing gelI just received this aloe-vera moisturizing gel in my last ever glossybox last week and had been super excited to receive it since they announced the inclusion in an early email. You apply it twice a day with your normal skin care routine and it is the most moisturizing thing I have ever felt. It's super hydrating, smoothing and revitalizing for the skin. Your skin's elasticity is improved and even helps tighten your skin. You will feel as soft as a baby!

Too Faced Semi-Sweet PaletteThis palette has been out for a long time, I bought it just after christmas, used it for about a month and then it sat back in my palette drawer in the restroom. I recently rediscovered and fell in love with this palette, its versatile, neutral with shimmery highlights and a couple pop colors to make it a really great palette to play with. It reinvigorated my memory of why exactly it was so coveted for christmas.

Too Faced Better Than Sex MascaraI've listed this mascara before, and I think it will come up multiple times more, but I cannot find anything wrong with this mascara. It doesn't create that horrible clumpy look with your lashes, it separates and elongates making your lashes look fuller and longer without having to use fake lashes. This is going to be a staple for the foreseeable future in my makeup bag.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish-Perfect Topping: I got this highlighter under the impression it was a new product from one of their many capsuled collections. Turns out I was very much on the bandwagon of the Soft & Gentle parade for highlighters. It creates an amazing gold undertoned highlight for a great summer glow that looks natural. I know many have moved on from this trend, but I don't mess with whats working.

MAC Lipliner-Subculture: I have yet to get my hands on the boldly bare lipliner that everyone has been coveting these past couple months, but personally I am in love with this color. It is a great nude coloring with some soft pink tones that you can wear either by itself or with a lipstick. You can through on a clear gloss and have a great pouty lip look to die for.

MAC Lipstick - Mellow Mood: This lipstick color is similar to MAC Viva V with more pink and less glitter. This gorgeous pink nude with a small hint of shimmer applies super easy and lasts a little longer than some of the other lustre lipsticks. If you're looking for a great nudish color that doesn't wash you out, you can still find some on Ebay or even get the similar Viva V that they still offer year round.

Outlander: So I thought I'd include a book/tv series I have recently fell in love with. I may be last one on the planet who has fallen in love with this series but I cannot get enough. This series follows the main character Claire Randall, a 1945 ex combat nurse who falls into an incredible journey making her live a double life. Claire is hurled back in time by forces unknown to 1743 Ireland. I am really not doing this book justice, its sultry, well written, wry, dramatic, passionate, it's really everything you could want in a book series and more. This book had my emotions in a constant tailspin and it is absolutely worth a read.

Jurassic World: So I have to say my all time favorite movie this month was Jurassic World. Growing up Jurassic Park had to have been one of my favorite movies and left me in wonder with all the special effects. With Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 I was not the happiest with the sequels. Jurassic World was the sequel that Jurassic Park absolutely deserved. The movie flowed and took you through the experience as if you were visiting the park, from packing to the plane ride to some of the amazing special effects of the attractions they held introducing you to new dinosaurs as well as a hybrid creation that will not disappoint. If you were a fan of the original movie you will be pleased with the tribute and the easter eggs left in this movie and will leave with a smile. If you have never seen Jurassic Park or any of its sequels, I still suggest seeing this movie, it's fun, will keep you on your seats and how could you pass up a chance to watch Chris Pratt?

Healthy Living Challenge Update:

Today starts week two of the #careergirlchallenge, I hope everyone who is following along with me is doing great! I know it can be challenging, I know it can be stressful especially if you're on a budget or you don't have anyone around you doing the challenge as well but I am here with you! I check my emails constantly, I check my blog here constantly, feel free to comment or email, motivation and a friend is only a click away. As promised, here's the meal plan for week two.

What were your June Favorites? What products do you recommend for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Night Beauty Routine

After writing my Day in the life post I realized that I could embellish on what exactly my night beauty routine is since it has been helping me have beautiful soft skin. Like many I had been plagued with acne for most of my teenage years and early twenties. Trying many products and having horrible reactions or being mislead by fancy bottles I have found a great combination of products that have been working splendidly. 

The first thing I do at the end of any long day is of course remove my make-up. They're not pictured here but I use ABSOLUTE! make-up cleansing tissues. These make-up tissues are loaded with Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract. They thoroughly remove eye-liner, shadow, lipstick, blush and waterproof mascara without skin irritation. It takes me about two clothes to remove my make-up, but they leave my skin feeling soft moisturized and completely clean after each use.

Even though my skin feels clean from just my make-up remover its still good to actually wash your face. I picked up this facial scrub recently but absolutely love it. I use the Super Facialist by Úna Brennan in Rose Hydrate. This facial scrub is meant to bring back radiant to dull, tired or sensitive skin. This doesn't have much of a sent to it, but it really does the trick in cleansing and exfoliating my skin to leave a  much more smoother and even toned complexion. You won't see results right away, it took about a week of using once every night to fully start seeing the effects.

Now I do have acne prone skin, so after I do wash my face with the scrub I like to use a cleanser. I've tried many products but I have fallen in love with the H2O brand and this acne clarifying cleanser is great because its not just for face but for body as well. This triple action formula combines salicylic acid and a shine-controlling complex to remove pore-clogging debriss and prevent the formation of future acne breakouts. This product is also infused with Vitamin E like my make-up removers which helps leave my skin refreshed. 

After putting my face through all that work I like to give myself a treat. I alternate days between these two masks but they have helped tremendously with helping my complexion, the feel of my skin and impurities from regular make-up use, sun exposure, acne and just regular aging. The two face masks I'm loving is from Formula 10.0.6 which is a Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask with orange and bergamot. This detox mask has helped create a clearer and brighter complexion with cleansing out impurities. The orange is meant to recharge my skin while sea salt cleanses and bergamot balances. It recommends to use only 1-3 times a week so I use it every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (just like my blog posts!). The second mask I use is from Freeman Feeling Beautiful. It is a Facial Enzyme Mask with pineapple. This is a two in one mask which is meant to exfoliate the skin removing dull skin cells and stimulates skin renewal which leaves you feeling revived and refreshed. This mask is recommended to be used twice a week or as often as needed so I use it every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday giving my face a break from the extra treatments on Sundays.

Both masks are only meant to be left on for 10-15 minutes and then rinsed with warm water. I only pat dry my skin because this next product seems to work and apply better with slightly damp skin. This is a product I received in a Glossybox a bit ago and really enjoy the help it provides. This would be the Kueshi Pure & Clean Revitalizing face toner made with aloe vera, chamomile and calendula. What's great about this product is that not only is it paraben free but it lasts a long time, you pour maybe a dime size amount on a cotton pad and pat it on to your face gently. Much like the Enzyme mask its meant to moisturize and re-balance your skin. I combine this with a very small amount of H2O Marine Daily hydrator (oil-free) right before bed and leave it on all night. Waking up in the morning my skin couldn't feel softer. 

This nightly routine has helped my skin tremendously. If I'm in a hurry or having a bit of a lazier day I can still go out with minimal make up, absolutely no concealer or foundation and get compliments on my vibrant and glowing skin.

I hope this has given you an idea into some products to try, I would just like to remind you all this is not a sponsored post and these are all my personal opinions of the mentioned above products.

Please let me know what are some of your favorite products for your night routine? Have you tried any of these products yourself? Let me know in the comments below!