My life is a mess! I'm leaving for college in 3 days. It's difficult to explain just how I'm feeling, but I won't babble for too long -- I'll save that for a long, rambly post after I actually move in. As for the month of August, the main event besides doing daily runs to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Target was my vacation to Montreal and Lake Placid. You can check out pictures here.
On the beauty side of things, I've perfected my base by using the L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. It is, as the name suggests, incredibly matte. But it doesn't just start out that way, it stays matte the entire day. Somehow, L'oreal has mastered the art of making a matte foundation, but not a "mask foundation". I'm referring to the phenomena of foundations that, when applied, look as though you're wearing a mask. Skin should look like skin! I like how this looks realistic, but provides coverage.
To complete my base I've been topping the foundation with the NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana. I was wishy-washy with this product for a while, but I've decided it's a good one. Using the Real Techniques Setting Brush, I tap some of this under my eyes, on the apples of my cheeks and the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and on the center of my chin and forehead. It's not super pigmented, so it does a subtle version of the yellow-toned-setting-powder-highlighty-thing. Yes, that's a technical term. This minimizes shine AND doesn't make you look one dimensional. I'd say that's a win-win combination.
Another new purchase that has been on my mind for a while is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. I used to be a big believer in liquid eyeliner on my upper lash line everyday. After I ran out of my Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, I kinda got lazy with that routine. But now, I'm back. The Kat Von D liner goes on like a dream. It's smooth and thin, and doesn't do the thing where it dries out by the time you get to the end of your line. Ya know? The color is dark and dries matte, and it doesn't flake or mysteriously disappear by the end of the day. Finally, I was able to do winged liner! Proudest moment of my life.
The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful is an oldie but a goodie. My compact is broken, as you can see, but I still make it work. This shade is a muted peach with coral-y undertones. I love it for spring and summer, but really, it can look bomb whenever you want. Even better, it's not too pigmented, so you can never really apply too much. Top it with a golden highlighter (may I suggest the Becca x Jaclyn Hill highlighter?) and you're set.
I started wearing nail polish again, after a few month long "I'm too lazy to paint my nails" hiatus. The polish that got me out of my slump? OPI Got the Blues for Red. I do love my deep, dark nail shades, and this is no exception. It's a deep red with blue undertones that I can't wait to wear more in the fall, when people can't judge me for wearing dark nails. Check out the shade in my Montreal post.
Two of my fashion faves this month have been this denim jacket from Target and these adorable Steve Madden booties. You can see them both in action throughout my Montreal post, but here is my favorite outfit including both of them. No, the boots are not comfortable.
What did you love in August?
My family and I recently returned from a nice vacation to Montreal and Lake Placid. The latter is part of the Adirondacks state park in northern New York, and is beautiful for hiking, skiing, and boating, and was the location for both the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. I highly recommend Montreal, it's such a unique place because of the mix of French and Canadian cultures.
The first day we arrived in Montreal and set out to see the exterior of Notre Dame. We stopped for drinks and appetizers at Gaspar (don't worry - the drinking age is 18) and later made our way over to Schwartz's for dinner. It's a tiny deli that has amazing smoked meat (or corned beef) sandwiches.
Nordstrom Tshirt // F21 Shorts // Birkenstocks // Francesca's Sunglasses // OPI Got the Blues for Red // Mac Heroine Lipstick
The next morning we ate at Fairmount Bagels, the #1 bagel place in Montreal. After wandering around we stumbled upon Cafe Code Black and stopped for fresh squeezed lemonade and banana bread. That night we dressed up to go to Moishes for dinner and had some mouth watering twice-baked potatoes and onion strings.
Target Jean Jacket // Similar Skirt here or here // Similar Shirt here or here // Steve Madden Boots
On the third day we actually went inside Notre Dame, checked out the Canadiens Hall of Fame, and I rocked (not really) a double denim look because it was cold. That night was off to Old Montreal for dinner at Modavie and drinks at The 3 Brewers.
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Our final day in the city was spent hiking up Mount Royal to see some beautiful views.
The next few days in Lake Placid we hiked up Cobble Hill, took out paddle boats and kayaks, went rail biking, and stopped at Donelley's for ice cream. We also checked out Smoke Signals for dinner and had some bomb BBQ.
Have you visited either of these places?
I briefly talked about these bad boys in my favorites, but they're too good not to dedicate a whole post to. The L'oreal La Palette Nudes have officially stolen my heart. Each is 10 shades for roughly $20. #1 focuses on warm bronze and gold shades, and #2 leans on the cool purple and gray side. While I love both palettes, I've been using the first more to achieve that golden-bronze eye that looks so nice in the summer. Hopefully I get around to using the second one more when the weather turns cold.
Now I won't say that these are the end-all-be-all of eye shadow. They definitely don't compare to some of my high end palettes, such as Urban Decay, Too Faced, and Lorac, but they're pretty impressive considering some other drugstore options pretty much suck. While they're not the same buttery, luxurious feel as the high end versions, they have similar shade selections and are much more budget friendly.
I find the pigmentation to be just shy of fully opaque, but these do swatch true to how they look in the pan. With a little layering you can achieve gorgeous color payoff. I'm yet to try this, but I'm guessing these would work well if applied with a slightly damp brush for more intensity. That always seems like a cool and interesting way to wear eyeshadow, but honestly I'm just too lazy to give it a go. Anyways, I love how easy it is to blend these out and they hardly have any fallout.
The one weakness of these is that they don't really have the greatest lasting power. I've been using Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige underneath, and that's aided the longevity, but only marginally. I think these work better if you know you're not going to have a long day or night, if that makes sense.
Both palettes also come with a brush. One end is fluffy and can be used to sweep color across the lid as well as works for blending color into the crease. It's not the greatest blending brush, but you can make it work. The other end is the ever so dreaded ovular sponge. Now, in defense of this brush, I think it works rather well at applying color to the brow bone and inner corner for a nice highlight. Just another reason why this palette is a great budget friendly option.
It's a little difficult to explain how I like to wear each shade, as they don't have names. For the sake of this post I'm going to say the first shadow on the left side of each palette is #1, and so on. Looking at the first palette, #1 is a gorgeous highlight for the brow bone and inner corner. #2, #4, and #7 are all stunning on the lid (2 + 4 is amazing as well), #3, #5, #6, and #7 work beautifully as crease colors, and #6, #7, and #8 are perfect for the outer corner. As for the second palette, I don't have as much to say besides the fact that #8 and #9 are amazing for the crease and the outer corner, while #7 rocks for a lid shade.
What's your favorite drugstore shadow?