Love List: Beauty (July)

shop: urban decay “naked” palette | maybelline great lash big mascara | opi axxium gel lacquer | diorskin forever foundation

I always have a rotating list of favorite things. Favorite beauty products, favorite hair products, go-to accessories, even go-to meals and snacks (lately, it’s cheese quesadillas). This month I’ve been utilizing a few beauty products more than most. It’s safe to say I’ve either discovered (as is the case with OPI Axxium), or rediscovered them (like my Foreverskin foundation and Great Lash mascara)!

What are some beauty products you’ve discovered or rediscovered lately?

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  1. 07.19.2011 / 12:17 am

    Totally agree with the Naked Palette! Best investment you can make for a set of perfect neutrals! I recently started wearing BB Cream (a huge trend that started in Asia) in place of my foundation and I am loving it! They carry two at Sephora – Dr. Jart and Boscia. I have the Dr. Jart one.

    • 07.19.2011 / 9:03 pm

      Tell me more about this BB Cream – does it cover up flaws and even out your skintone? I just find it so hard to believe but I looked it up on Sephora after you mentioned it, and I'm intrigued!

      • 07.20.2011 / 2:14 pm

        I really like it a lot! It does a pretty great job at evening out skin tone. I've noticed I don't have to use as much concealer. I put the BB Cream everywhere – it can even be used under and around eyes and then if I have a blemish/unevenness, I use concealer on top of it. I feel the coverage is really great, although it feels very lightweight. The only downside is all BB Creams only come in one shade, which might not work for you since you are so fair. I am pretty fair and the Dr. Jart one works on my skin tone. Just do some research online and watch some beauty gurus on YouTube and they can help you decide which one works for you. I'd definitely go in and try it first before buying.

      • Dobie Roomie (Susan)
        07.26.2011 / 8:51 am

        Kristina! Yes, I stalk your blog =)))

        I had to respond to this BB cream post – they have more shades on or – try it out!

  2. 07.19.2011 / 12:41 am

    Great post… Love the shades of the Urban Decay palette and think I might try the Maybelline mascara! My current obsessions are Laura Mercier Brightening Powder, Limoscene nail polish by Essie and a nifty Hawaiian Tropic spray on sunscreen that smells delicious and makes my legs look lovely & moisturized.

  3. 07.19.2011 / 12:48 am

    The Naked palette is on my lust list & i can't wait to try it. Everybody's raving over it lately it seems. My 3 faves as of late: Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, OPI's Cajun Shrimp, and SkinCeuticals clarifying clay masque.

    • 07.19.2011 / 9:04 pm

      I've been meaning to get that bumble and bumble surf spray -where does one get it?

  4. 07.19.2011 / 1:26 am

    Rediscovered Benefit's BADgal Lash Mascara in Black – I use the plum one everyday but kept telling myself it was the colour not the formula, but when I ran out and I had to switch back to black I found my Clinique one did not feel right anymore, and a sample I had of BADgal Black which I had previously disliked, I loved!

  5. 07.19.2011 / 2:28 am

    totally agree! urban decay palette is so useful =)

  6. 07.19.2011 / 4:03 am

    Naked palette is on my wish list too πŸ™‚ Recently I discovered NIVEA make up products and they are AMAZING!


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  7. 07.19.2011 / 4:37 am

    This is making me want to buy, buy, buy.

    Dior foundation = love.

  8. 07.19.2011 / 6:24 am

    These are all great picks – I'm really anxious to try OPI Axxium after seeing your pictures of it!

  9. 07.19.2011 / 6:25 am

    great a student with no income i mostly stick with cheaper (never the less quite nice) products..these make me go "when i have a job…"

    • 07.19.2011 / 9:41 am

      You're so right. I'm on a budget too but will splurge on a product I know and love because I know I won't have to buy something else when the cheaper product eventually fails. But I love bargain buys that do the job well! πŸ™‚

  10. 07.19.2011 / 8:06 am

    Are the OPI Axxium like the Shellac gel nail lacquer? If so, I would love to try it. I'm a big fan of the Shellac manicure, they really do last me 15 days!

    I'm also a BIG fan of Urban Decay, I was really really sad when they discontinued their liquid foundation because theirs was perfect for my skin tone and type (i think i used Supernatural).

    • 07.19.2011 / 9:08 pm

      Yes they are exactly like the Shellac! But i've heard OPI Axxium is better for weaker nails, which is why I chose a salon that does axxium rather than shellac. but i'm sure both are equally great!

  11. 07.19.2011 / 8:22 am

    I just got the Naked palette myself and am loving it. Still need to learn what to do with all those shades though! Can't say I am a fan of the Maybelline mascara though, I am a Cover Girl kind of gal πŸ™‚

    • 07.19.2011 / 9:39 am

      What color is it?? I'm rocking Italian Love Affair which is a light pink.

  12. 07.19.2011 / 8:34 am

    OOOOH. I want gel nails. And a naked palette. ~ B

  13. Rachel
    07.19.2011 / 8:45 am

    Love the naked pallette, but while the OPI gel nails are addicting, they also RUIN your nails. Soak off they definitely are not.

    • 07.19.2011 / 9:38 am

      I've had mine soaked off without any issues. No grounding or anything like I've heard others report. I wonder if it's salon-dependent and if maybe they need to soak longer.

      • Rachel
        07.19.2011 / 12:27 am

        I bet it's salon dependent. Do you happen to remember how long you've let yours soak for? I think my max was 25 minutes and they still need to be ground. I do agree the final look is amazing, but my poor nails πŸ™

  14. 07.19.2011 / 8:46 am

    CoverGirl's NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara and lip balm πŸ™‚

  15. 07.19.2011 / 9:04 am

    i'm totes down with the axxium manicures–just wish they would get more trendy colors.

    i'm basically obsessed with those esos lip balms (the ones that look like little eggs). I literally put it on ever 30 minutes when i'm not wearing lipgloss!

  16. 07.19.2011 / 9:06 am

    Maybelline big lash is definitely a great item to have. I also like Maybelline's stiletto mascara. It gives the illusion of false eyelashes when applied. Gotta love that.

  17. 07.19.2011 / 9:14 am

    Loving my Maybelline clear lipliner and a new fast-dry clear topcoat by CND!

    • 07.19.2011 / 9:37 am

      I bought that lipliner after you recommended it and love it too!

  18. 07.19.2011 / 9:16 am

    My mom uses that mascara and loves it. Oddly enough I don't like mascara. That plate of eye shadows is wonderful!

  19. 07.19.2011 / 10:06 am

    Love List: Beauty (July) shop: urban decay β€œnaked ” palette | maybelline great lash big mascara | opi axxium gel …

  20. 07.19.2011 / 10:20 am

    Vitamin E stick! I use it under my eyes and where ever I have patches of dry skin. I love it πŸ™‚

  21. 07.19.2011 / 11:05 am

    Looks like everyone is still obsessed with the Naked pallet! I've held out on it but now I'm starting to think I NEED it (funny how that works…)

    I love butterLondon polishes but just tried their polish remover for the first time and am head over heels in love. It's fantastic.

  22. 07.19.2011 / 4:05 pm

    I lust for the urban decay palette, but its a little to rich for my blood right now, so I've opted for the dup of Nyx Nude on Nude palette. which is great and you get more colors. I heart that mascara its my drugstore weapon of choice.

  23. 07.19.2011 / 4:06 pm

    Love List: Beauty (July) β€” Pretty Shiny Sparkly: shop: urban decay β€œnaked” palette | maybelline great lash big m…

  24. 07.19.2011 / 5:53 pm

    I loove the eyeshadow palette! Your blog is so beautiful, I really enjoy reading it!!

  25. 07.19.2011 / 7:54 pm

    Great Picks and I am including Johnson's Baby Lotion I live and die by it. Also, for relaxed hair all Carol's Daughter products.

  26. 07.20.2011 / 12:37 am

    Just got the Naked Pallete and so excited to use it. Seems like EVERYONE love it though! The set you created with all the pics looks great, was that created in photoshop or some other program?

  27. 07.20.2011 / 1:56 am

    i'm loving the naked palette. i've had since the spring, but just recently started using it regularly.

  28. 07.20.2011 / 6:33 am

    Love List: Beauty (July) shop: urban decay β€œnaked ” palette | maybelline great lash big mascara | opi axxium gel …

  29. 07.20.2011 / 7:09 am

    Love List: Beauty (July) shop: urban decay β€œnaked ” palette | maybelline great lash big mascara | opi axxium gel …

  30. 07.20.2011 / 1:07 pm

    I love your blog! Thanks for all of the great suggestions! BTW you're right about the Great Lash Mascara…its awesome. I have it on right now! Good work!

  31. 07.20.2011 / 10:44 pm

    I've been seeing this Naked palette quite frequently, mostly on youtube in videos by beauty gurus.

    xx Grace


  32. 07.21.2011 / 2:03 am

    Wow! I really want to try Axxium. It look so luxurious πŸ™‚

  33. 07.23.2011 / 11:14 am

    The naked palette is truly the best. Natural and I personally find it useful throughout day & evening.

  34. Lynn Z.
    07.27.2011 / 10:15 am

    Thanks to YOU, I "discovered" MAC's Haute + Naughty mascara – I absolutely LOVE it! I remember reading about it a few months ago in one of your blog posts and I gave it a try at my local MAC counter. I love the option of going full-on drama or naturally defined.

    Hope your summer is going well and happy wedding planning!


  35. 07.30.2011 / 4:04 pm

    I need to try out this naked brand of makeup. Everyone keeps blogging about them

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