August Favorites

My August Favorites posts always hold a special place in my heart, seeing as it was my very first post on this blog two years ago - yes, Beauty by Kelsey is about to turn 2! I've been pretty consistent with the products I've been using this month, so picking favorites wasn't too difficult. This month was all about the glow - but really, when is it not?

My first two favorites of the month were featured in my Alien Babe Glow post from a few weeks ago. As soon as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit and the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick were released, I knew I needed them. I've been so into the colored highlighter trend lately - it's the perfect way to add something a little unexpected to your look without having to be super bold. The Milk Makeup Holographic Stick looks stunning on the skin, giving off a pale lavender sheen, and it has that same Milk Melt Technology that their other stick products have which makes it glide onto the skin so easliy. The Moonchild Glow Kit is equally stunning and has so many unique colors. They're so soft and blendable, and it's easy to get a subtle sheen or an intense glow depending on the brush and amount of product you use.

One more highlighter I've been using all month is the Glossier Haloscope in Topaz. I've talked about my love for the Quartz shade, but on extra rushed mornings I've been loving the darker shade as a bronzer/highlight combo. I just sweep it on my actual cheekbones rather than on top of them, and it adds the nicest bronze glow to my complexion.

Speaking of Glossier, I've also been using their Priming Moisturizer religiously this month. I've been through multiple bottles of this and it's just my all-time favorite moisturizer for daytime. It gives the nicest glow to the skin, is actually hydrating, and it tones down a lot of the redness in my skin. At this point, I can't live without it. A new addition from Glossier has been their Generation G in Cake - I don't know how I put off buying this shade for such a long time, but it's the most perfect peachy nude shade, and the formula makes it look like your own lips sans product.

Going back to Milk's new releases for a minute, I've also been obsessed with their new Sunshine Skin Tint this month. I've never used a tinted oil before, but I love it. It's so lightweight on the skin and extremely moisturizing, and it gives a nice amount of coverage and glow. I love the rollerball applicator too - it's so easy to apply. It also blends out so quickly with just fingers, so it's another one I always reach for on rushed mornings.

I've spoken about falling for new mascaras a lot lately, but my favorite so far has been the Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara.* It's really my most perfect mascara - it gives good length, volume, and curl, holds a curl all day, and doesn't smudge despite not being waterproof. I'm going to need to stock up before this collection is no longer available in the US.

My last favorite of the month has been the Ouai Hair Oil. I had wanted to get my hands on something from the Ouai line since it came out, and the Hair Oil seemed like the perfect place to start. Let me start by saying I'm absolutely in love with the smell - it's quite strong, so I'd suggest giving it a sniff before you buy it. I apply about one pump of oil to towel-dried hair every time I wash it, and it makes my hair so much softer, shinier, and smoother, and it cuts down on frizz and that poofiness I always get with freshly-washed hair. It doesn't weigh my hair down or make it greasy though, but instead gives me that tousled, "cool girl" hair I've always wanted.

What were your favorites this month?

*Some products mentioned may have been sent to me for review, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.

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