July has come and gone which means it is time for another Monthly Favorites post! It’s been a really hot and humid July and I’m guessing that August will bring even more of the sweat-drenched sunny days. 😀 I’m all for the sunshine, but I could do without the humid. 😉 Anyway, July’s been a decent month. I can’t say that I’ve really done much, but no complaints from this corner. I haven’t been wearing a ton of makeup, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have some stand outs that I keep reaching for over and over and over again! Without further ado, I bring you my July Favorites for 2016!!!

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Let’s start with a sweat busting item…well sort of. It’s the Method Foaming Body Wash (After writing this, LogicalHarmony.net has reported that Method is no longer cruelty free and unfortunately I have to agree so this will not be repurchased by me 🙁 ). I rarely mention body washes here and if I’m honest, it’s because I have a tendency to skip them. Yes, you can bring on the chants of “gross” and “ew,” but I usually use a scrub instead and I feel like it’s unnecessary to use both. For some reason (perhaps the sweating from the humidity 😉 ), this month I seemed to be developing backne and definitely felt a need to kick it to the curb. I saw the Method Foaming Body Wash, which I think is new, and decided to give it a go! I really love this because it comes out already foamed up. I feel like that makes it easier to apply without a loofa or poof, which makes it seem quicker and easier in my lazy eyes. 😉 It’s actually delightful to use, and the scent alone makes it worth my while! I have the “Ruby Orange” scent and it’s a nice bright, uplifting, sweet citrus scent. No bathroom cleanser smell here! It just smells amazing! I feel like the bottle may not last long, but actually I don’t really even care. It’s worth it and it’s not too expensive to begin with. Let me know if there are any other cruelty free foaming body washes as I no longer plan to support Method. 🙁

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Sticking with the backne issue, I have also been using a Salicylic Acid treatment to help banish the bumps. It is from Paula’s Choice and it is the Resist Weightless Body Treatment with 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid. Unlike the Body Wash, this doesn’t smell fantastic. It doesn’t smell bad per say either, just like an unscented product with that subtle ingredient-only scent. It’s nothing offensive and nothing that lingers. You just smell it during application and then it’s gone. Back to the product as a whole…. It is just a very lightweight lotion that applies easily and absorbs nicely. I wouldn’t call it incredibly hydrating, but it’s not drying either. I am happy to report that it seems to be helping with the backne issue too! It’s not 100% cleared up yet, but it’s drastically improved. I’ve probably purchased this in July, so it hasn’t been a terribly long period of time. I have also been putting this on my legs to help with ingrown hairs and the uncomfortable itchy bumps that I’m prone to and no complaints with that either! 😀 If you’re having any trouble with body acne, ingrown hairs, or want a bit of gently chemical exfoliation, I would highly recommend the Reisist Weightless Body Treatment! One quick note to add with this product is that you need to wear sunscreen while you’re using it because you’re more prone to sun damage.

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Moving on to another slightly untraditional mention – a lash curler! I hadn’t been thrilled with the way my former lash curler was working, so I reached for a different one that I’d liked and reviewed in the past – the Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler! I’m not sure what exactly makes this one work so well, but it opens pretty wide and just seems to get all of my lashes easily. It just works well on the first try every time. Loving it!

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Moving on to some skin care-y bits. My first mention comes with a caveat. It is the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm. I recently reviewed this here, so I won’t go in to much detail about this amazing makeup removing balm in this post. Shortly after my review, IT Cosmetics was purchased by L’Oreal and, though IT Cosmetics intends to remain cruelty free, time will tell and I know that some of you will still boycott any products from a brand whose parent company tests (like L’Oreal). As of this moment, I will still use my IT Cosmetics products, but I’ll be keeping an eye on them to ensure that they themselves remain cruelty free before buying more. If you are curious about my thoughts on parent companies that test, you can read more here. Anyway, the Cleansing Balm is absolutely fantastic and removes my makeup so so well. I absolutely love it, but will probably search for something similar when I run out (partly for cost reasons, but also because the L’Oreal purchase saddens me). If the L’Oreal purchase doesn’t trouble you, I highly recommend the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup if you’re in the market for a fantastic makeup remover!

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Another skin care favorite is an eye cream. It is the Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift. This was sent to me as a PR sample, but that’s not why I’m mentioning it. It’s a wonderful and relatively affordable eye cream! I only use it at night and I can’t say that I have noticed a tremendous difference in the firmness of my eye area (not sure I would notice), but I don’t usually ever see much of a difference with eye creams. My main concerns when trying an eye cream are does it hydrate, and does it make the little milia bumps under my eyes worse? Well, since using the Derma E Lift, my under eyes have felt nicely plumped and hydrated…with no worsening of the milia bumps! 😀 I don’t think this is a life changing eye cream, but I can’t say I have ever found one of those! 😉 The Firming DMAE Eye Lift is just a wonderful eye cream for anyone looking for a bit of hydration without irritation. 🙂

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Moving on to makeup! 😀 I really, really love the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in “Natural Nude.” I hate the packaging because it’s pretty bulky (there’s a crappy brush and an angled sponge tipped applicator on the opposite side that doubles or triples the depth), but it’s a gorgeous highlighter! It’s actually a block of many smaller blocks in a variety of shades from ivory to bronze. I tend to run my brush over the top rows and/or the left rows and it just creates a semi-intense highlight for my pale skin. The top rows will create a pinker shade, while the left rows are more golden. If you want more of a bronzy glow or have a deeper skin tone, you can focus more on the bottom corner, or if you’re feeling frisky, you can just swirl the whole thing together! 🙂 The shades are also beautiful eye shadows, but I rarely reach for this “palette” for that reason. The block is just so wonderfully shimmery without being glittery. The powder is nice and smooth, blends beautifully, and it’s not chalky or powdery. It really could rival any high end highlighter…plus you get a ton of shades all in one little block! 🙂 Definitely check this out the next time you’re at the drugstore (there’s another shade called “Warm Nude” that’s beautiful as well) – but wait for a sale of some sort to buy it because there are frequently deals on Physician’s Formula. 😉

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Another Physician’s Formula item that I’ve been using a lot this month is the Conceal Rx in “Green.” I’ve had a decent amount of redness from breakouts under my nose this month and this stuff isn’t playing around when it comes to color correcting! If you just need a tiny bit of green to correct a slight bit of redness, this is probably overkill. It is a rather thick concealer-like consistency and it is highly pigmented. I find that I need to blend this a lot, but it conceals intense redness like no other! You need just a tiny dot to cover a bad blemish and maybe two to three dots to cover an intense patch of redness. It means business, so consider yourself warned! 🙂 You absolutely have to cover this with foundation or there will be an odd looking green tint to your face, but it will reduce the amount of concealer you’ll need to disguise red blemishes. Under the right circumstances – intense redness to be precise – the Conceal Rx is a real lifesaver!

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Another color corrector of note I just revisited last week. It is the Pixi Correcting Concentrate in “Brightening Peach.” This little pot of peach crème is brilliant for covering dark circles under the eyes! It really helps cancel those dark blue tones without caking up or otherwise looking unnatural. I do still use concealer over top of this, partly because it doesn’t match my skin tone (nor is it meant to!) and also because I still need a bit more coverage for those marvelous twin blue hollows. Unlike some color correctors, this is pretty much invisible in terms of texture under concealers. In other words, it doesn’t cake up. I also prefer this over some other peach color correctors because it really does seem to have a brightening element to it. My under eyes sink in (puffiness is rarely an issue for me), so any light reflecting and brightening under eye product is a welcome addition to my makeup bag! The Pixi Brightening Peach Corrector is definitely a must-have in my makeup arsenal. 😉

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For brow products this month, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the ColourPop Brow Pencils! I’m not usually a huge fan of skinny brow pencils. My brows just need too much help and it takes too much time to help them with those tiny little pencil tips. Though the ColourPop is no different in size, it seems to be creamier than others (I know it is creamier than the NYX as I tested the two back to back). The combination of tiny and creamy means I can make hair-like strokes that actually fill in my brows quickly and easily instead of spending 5 minutes per brow trying to deposit enough color in enough places to make my brows look like they exist. Because it is creamier, precise hair-like strokes can be a bit harder to create, but if you have really sparse brows that need a lot of help like mine do, the consistency of the ColourPop Brow Pencils are a life saver!

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Last but not least, we have what seems to have been my surprise go-to lip color this month. It is one of the Hot Lips from Charlotte Tilbury in “Miranda May.” This shade was included in my review of the Matte Revolution Lipsticks, but I hadn’t really had much chance to wear this shade yet. Well, let me tell you that the formula is just as good as every other Matte Revolution Lipstick and the color is absolutely perfect! It’s a pinky-coral that manages to be bright without being too bright. It walks that line between almost a go-with-anything neutral and an in-your-face bright. “Miranda May” is just the perfect face-brightening every day summer shade. I should point out that it is similar to “Amazing Grace” from the original line up of Matte Revolution Lipsticks, but “Miranda May” is a bit brighter. It also has just the tiniest touch of micro-shimmer when you look at it in the tube, but I don’t see or feel them at all when it’s applied or just swatched on the skin. I love the Matte Revolution formula and I am absolutely infatuated with “Miranda May!” 🙂

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That does it! We’ve covered all of my favorite products from July. It’s kind of a lengthy list for not wearing a lot of makeup, but these products have all been real standouts in the mid-summer heat! I hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter for those on the other side of the equator 😉 ) and I hope to see you back again soon for more silly cruelty free beauty talk! 😀

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2 Comments

    • Thanks Suzi! I was so heartbroken about Method. At least there was Seventh Generation, but now that’s gone too ? It’s been sad times in the Household cruelty free world lately ? Thanks for stopping by and commenting! ?

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