August Favorites

I say this at the end of every month, but I can't believe how quickly August passed.  I tried a lot of new products over the summer, so here were a few things I reached for a lot in August.

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette
After lusting after this for months, I finally picked it up in July and it's been my most-used palette of the summer.  The 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades allow me to create any look I want. My most used shades have been Pewter or Light Bronze on the lid and then Mauve or Taupe in the crease. The shadows are unbelievably pigmented, creamy, and blendable - even the matte shades!

Stila Kitten Eyeshadow
Before I got the Lorac palette I was using this eyeshadow all over my lid, but now I've been using it as an inner corner highlight.  The pinky tone compliments my skin and instantly makes me look more awake - a must for my consistently tired-looking eyes.

L'Oreal Shocking Extensions Telescopic Waterproof Mascara
I had used Benefit's They're Real Mascara for months, but I noticed it wasn't holding a curl as much as I'd like, so I decided to try out some drugstore mascaras so if I bought one I didn't like, it wouldn't be a huge waste of money. This was the first one I picked up, and I think I've already found a new holy grail mascara.  It only slightly volumizes my lashes, so if you're looking for intense volume this might not be the one for you. But this gives me amazingly long, fluttery lashes, and the exact curl I get from my eyelash curlers in the morning remains until I wash it off at night.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
Speaking of waterproof mascara, I needed something to get it off because my normal eye makeup remover just wasn't cutting it. I had wanted to try a cleansing balm and decided on this one for its price, and it's just amazing - I don't feel like I'm missing out by not buying a more expensive balm.  I've been using this as a first cleanse at night. It dissolves every trace of makeup and leaves my skin smooth and nourished instead of stripped.  I massage it over dry skin, and then remove with a warm washcloth, and it's my favorite part of my nighttime routine.

What products have you been loving this month?