It's time for another round of monthly favorites! Instead of saying how much I loved these products this month in a long and relatively pointless introduction, let's jump right into what I was loving in August!
Skin care is a big deal for me, so I'm always on the lookout for new items to add to my routine. I've used makeup removing wipes from Simple before, but these Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes are hands down the best makeup removing wipes I've tried. With other removers, it takes two or three cloths to completely remove my makeup, but I only need one of these to remove all of my makeup. They're also very gentle on the skin, so even people with sensitive skin can use these.
I've found my new obsession. These St. Ives facial scrubs are really effective, at least for me personally, in clearing my skin. I've also noticed that my skin has been a lot softer because of these exfoliators that are gentle enough to use morning and night. I use the Blemish Control Apricot Scrub in the morning and the Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub at night. This combination has really helped improve my skin over the last month.
My sample size of the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream that I got from the Sephora Beauty Insider rewards was a great way to try out a product I've been hearing about through my internship with CollegeFashionista—and I love this product. My undereyes are noticeably brighter after I use this and my concealer goes on so smoothly when I use this eye cream before. I've been trying to use up a lot of my samples, so when this is finally gone, I'll be buying the full size.
I've tried Benefit's POREfessisonal Face Primer before, but it's been awhile, so I picked up a mini size at the beginning of August to test out again. I forgot how much this primer really did minimize my pores. I've been wearing this with some concealer on top for a fresh, end of summer makeup look.
This is a primer that A LOT of YouTubers rave about, so when it appeared in the Sephora Beauty Insider rewards, I had to pick it up. I love using this Hangover Replenishing Face Primer around the perimeter of my face for extra hydration and to smooth out the skin. I also love the coconut smell of the product.
If you can't tell, I've used a lot of Sephora Beauty Insider points this month. I've found my new brow obsession with this MILK MAKEUP Gel Brow in Pilsner. It's a brow pencil and a gel combined, so I don't have to go in and further set my brows with a brow gel after filling them in with this pencil. I'm running out of the pencil very fast, so I need to go grab the full size ASAP.
A lot of people know that I don't wash my hair often, but when I do, I love using product from the Ouai. I'll start by putting in the Treatment Masque for about 10-20 minutes before I jump in the shower and then once I've washed and brushed my hair, I like to add the Wave Spray for some texture. My absolute favorite Ouai product, the Texturizing Hair Spray is currently MIA and couldn't make it to this photo, but I needed to tell you that it's the best texturizing spray ever. Ever.
This is my secret to keeping my hair looking relatively fresh even when it hasn't been washed in a week. I've tried several dry shampoos—some good, others not—but the Batiste Dry Shampoo is my favorite and the most wallet-friendly version. It also comes in a variety of scents, so finding one you like isn't a problem. I like the Original Clean, pictured here, along with the Floral Essence and Refresh scents.
I've never been more happy with a purchase than I have been with this Topshop Oversize Hoodie. I bought this during the Nordstrom sale, and it was worth every penny. Even if you don't want to buy this now $45 sweatshirt (it was $30 when I bought it), just go feel it. It's the softest hoodie I've ever worn and I can see it being a favorite piece this fall and winter. I'm a little pissed, though, because it only came in pale blue during the sale and now it also comes in black. I guess it's fine. I did say I wanted to add more powder blue to my wardrobe, right?
This is one of two books I loved reading this month. The Career Code by Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, the founders of Who What Wear, gave me a lot of useful insight of how to land my dream job and move up the ranks through the way I dress and the work I do. This book is definitely not limited to those seeking a career in fashion and gives great tips on how to write the perfect résumé and offers 27 life hacks to make life easier, of course. I really admire Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr for how their original website, Who What Wear, has expanded to sister websites like Byrdie and MyDomanie, social media platforms like Obsessee and their recent addition of the Who What Wear for Target line which you all know I love. Another book that I loved this month was The Collection by Gioia Diliberto. It's a fictional look into the life of seamstress during the rise of Chanel in the 1920s. I honestly thought this was real until I got to the end and it said that everything was made up, but based on accounts people have shared from their time working under the famous Mademoiselle.
I'll end with a couple of music favorites from the month: first up is "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" by Phantogram. I discovered this on a CollegeFashionista playlist on Spotify and have been loving it. It's not the lyrics that necessarily draw me to this song, but the rhythm of it is the main reason why I love it.
This song is so catchy that I can't help but love it. I found "Tell That Devil" by Jill Andrews on the "Swagger" playlist on Spotify along with another song favorite for the month, "Heart Is Black" by Escondido. Obviously I like this song because I tell everyone that my heart is actually black. Sorry mom.
That's all for my August favorites! Let me know what your favorite things were this month in the comments!
Photos: Adam Spaccapaniccia