August Favorites

Fun fact: the very first post on my blog was my August Favorites from last year. Yes, Beauty by Kelsey turns 1 year old tomorrow! (Keep an eye out for a special bonus post tomorrow.) This month I had to really narrow down the favorites so this post wouldn't end up becoming my first novel. There were so many new beauty discoveries for me this month, so you know what's included here really is the best of the best.

Starting with my favorite base product of the month, it should come as no surprise that I'm including the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. I've written about it in my most recent Makeup Lately post, and also in my Your Skin But Better post, so I'll keep the formal reviewing brief. I'll just say that this stuff is magical. It packs a good whack of coverage but looks and feels like you've got nothing on your face. Being a constant suffer-er of dry/dehydrated skin, this is nourishing enough to not go cakey or dry on me, but since it sets down to a satin finish I'd imagine it would still be quite suitable for someone with oilier skin than me.

I've found another mascara love this month, and I featured it in my "True Life: I Only Wear Drugstore Mascaras" post. The Maybelline Full 'N Soft Waterproof Mascara is just a great basic all-rounder. It really naturally beefs up the lashes, giving you a really nice, fluffy/fluttery look that I've been enjoying on an everyday basis. I haven't worn any other mascaras since I got this one early in the month, when I'm typically rotating through my collection almost every day.

As you know, I'm totally obsessed with highlighters. It's one of the only areas of my makeup collection that I just can't resist adding to. This month my most worn has been the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop. It gives the most brilliant glow to the skin that makes you look so dewy and healthy. The formula is buttery soft and oh-so-pigmented - it's enough to get me lusting after the other shades in the line.

The lipstick I've been reaching for most often this month has been the Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Role Play. This goes perfectly with the lipliner in Prim(rose) that I mentioned in my July Favorites for a dusty pink nude lip. It's not as sheer as the name makes it sound - in fact, it is quite pigmented and opaque. It leaves a lovely sheen on the lips and feels so comfortable. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous as well - I like that the case is a nude shade rather than the black of the normal line, and it has a really satisfying magnetic closure.

Another lip favorite this month has been the Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom. I was obsessed with the original balm, so when I heard they came out with a coconut-scented version I was all over it. It smells amazing, truly like a day at the beach, and it's still got the most amazing formula for nourishing the lips, cuticles, and any other dry bits you would want to take care of.

Lastly is a rekindled love for my favorite fragrance from last summer. I've been applying the Chloé Eau de Parfum daily this month and I don't know why I ever wore anything else. I think this is really going to be my signature scent. It smells really floral, but not in an overpowering, powdery way. It just smells like fresh-cut roses. I happened to throw this on one day early in the month and my boyfriend complimented it, so naturally I kept reaching for it all month.

Thanks for sticking around if you're still reading, isn't it crazy that there were so many more products I wanted to mention? What were your favorite products this month?