Links to where you can purchase these products/where the pictures were taken from are in the captions of each photo!
So many people have reviewed this product well and as it is one of Benefit Cosmetics' best sellers, I would love to give it a go. The price has held me back for a while now and I've considered purchasing a Benefit beauty kit that includes a sample in order to try it out. I know on their website they have several kits in a range of colors called How to Look the Best at Everything that are 'coming soon' and they all contain a sample of the pro balm. Currently they also sell a Snow White & the Huntsman inspired kit that includes a full-sized one but the kit is still $45. The only reason I've considered this kit is because it also comes with a full-size BAD gal lash mascara which I also love (see my Hidden Beauty Treasures post) and that normally retails for $19 alone. Let me know what you think I should do and if you've tried any of these products or kits!
|Caudalie Beauty Elixir|
2. Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($18)
The only negative thing I've heard about this product seems to be the smell as some find it overwhelming for a face mist. However, I have sampled it several times in stores (as you should most products when possible) and the fragrance doesn't bother me, I actually quite like it. The elixir is meant to be misted on prior to applying your daily moisturizer and then throughout the day to refresh your look and bring radiance to your skin. It can also be used as an after-shave for men, but I highly doubt that I'd be able to convince my husband to give it a try. The price is a bit steep for a mist, but apparently it does last through many applications and continues to be a recommended product by a lot of people.
3. MAC Woodwinked Eye Shadow ($12-15)
Anyone subscribed to Tanya Burr's blog or YouTube channel will probably want this eye shadow by now. She uses it an awful lot and recently did a whole eye look with it in her Olympics makeup video. The way this shadow blends looks amazing and it seems like you wouldn't even need a different crease color because of the way it deepens as you work the product over your lid. If you've tried it, let me know your thoughts!
|Starter Set (Purchase Here / Image Here)|
4. Real Techniques Brush Set (~$18)
Most of the brushes that I currently have are from several different brands (Clinique, Sephora, or just Target) and I would like to invest in a nice set of professional brushes. I am far from a professional makeup artist, but the more eye shadows and eye creams I acquire, the more I long for nice brushes to apply them with. Real Techniques has several starter kits on their website that have three or four brushes in them for around $18, which is a great deal considering a lot of companys charge more than that for a single brush. Since I'm not looking to become a professional makeup artist anytime soon, I figure this is a reasonably priced way to get nicer brushes without being ridiculous.
|In the Light|
5. Stila In the Light Eye Shadow Palette ($39)
Several blogs have done reviews and swatched this palette and it just looks divine. I was considering investing in the Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight eye shadow palette when I was in Blue Mercury a few days ago, but its accompanying $60 price tag definitely scared me off. This Stila palette seems comparable and has more bang for the buck. I'll admit I have far too many eye shadows, but I do love a new palette so this is definitely on my most wanted list.
6. Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Cologne ($75)
Yes, I am aware this is a men's cologne and no, I don't care. If you've smelled this fragrance you'll know that it has quite the androgenous appeal to it and is much better than the women's version Flowerbomb. This wouldn't be the first time I picked up a men's fragrance and I'm sure it won't be the last. I've never really been afraid to venture outside of my department and if you haven't tried it, you should! It's quite liberating actually, haha!
|Sexy Pulp Mascara|
7. Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara ($18)
So I have come to that magical time when all of my mascaras (I've been switching between three these past few months) are running very low or dry. I came across this recommendation from Zoe on one of my favorite blogs, Zoella. The large, oddly shaped brush on this mascara seems to be right up my alley and so I've wanted to buy it ever since she posted about it. I'd never heard of the Yves Rocher company before and it was a happy surprise to look through their website and explore all of the different products. I love discovering new brands!
There you have it! Hopefully I'll get to try some of these products in September and if I do, there are sure to be some reviews to follow. Again, let me know what you've tried or what you think I should try and I hope you all have a lovely day!
:: katie golightly x
images credited in captions. everything else is my own including opinions and rambles alike. this is not sponsored.