Another month down, another month of beauty favorites!
August was all about a good skincare routine to help get my acne back under control, and I also fell in love with a new (to me) drugstore product while continuing to reach for a tried-and-true favorite.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser // Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser // St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub – You guys. This was my dream team of skincare leading up to my wedding day last year, so I’m not exactly sure why I stopped religiously following this routine. Up until now, I had solely been using the clear complexion cleanser for the past several months, and it’s possible that my skin grew immune to it and/or it was too harsh on my skin to use both morning and night. I now use the ultra-calming in the morning along with the apricot scrub three to four times a week, which leaves my skin feeling soft, hydrated, and clear of any dead, flaky skin or blotchy red spots. I then use the clear complexion cleanser at night after I take all my makeup off so it can fight any unwanted acne that is forming overnight. My skin finally looks like it’s back to itself after several months of misery, and it just goes to show that you don’t have to break the bank to get good skincare products.
Maybelline Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil – I ran out of my beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil early last month, and since my personal budget was already stretched thin, I was forced to find a drugstore alternative. Hello, Maybelline. My sister has used this product for years, and I’m not sure why I haven’t either. I would consider it a pretty close second, if not a perfect dupe, to the Anastasia pencil. I use the shade Light Blonde, and it’s spot on. I’m not sure if I’ll ever spend $21 for a high-end eyebrow pencil again!
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed – If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know that this shade of blush is my holy grail of all blushes. I felt like it deserved a special shout-out this month because I pretty much exclusively wore this all month long. The color goes with everything, and it also adds a nice amount of contour definition along the cheekbones. I will continue to buy this product probably for as long as I live.
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