Sunday, August 14, 2011

♥ Summer Favorites -- May ♥

Hello friends! Long time no see. I am having a very lazy summer -- sorry for not updating as frequently. Even though I haven't been writing blog posts lately, I still have kept up with taking pictures of products to review, new goodies I bought, and nail polishes that I've tried on, etc etc. So hopefully I will be able to make up for all the uncovered topics I have been meaning to share with you.

I realize the last time I posted about my favorite products of the month was April. So today I will start a series of posts sharing my favorite products that I enjoyed using this summer, starting with May 2011!

♥ Benefit High Brow
This brow highlight is a life saver for days when I looked like I could use a few cups of coffee, or when I was too tired the night before to groom the tiny hairs peaking out from under my eyebrows -- because one swipe of this matte light pink shade under my brow and then blended in will instantly make me look more awake. It gives the illusion of a nicely arched, well groomed eyebrow.

♥ Conair MiniPro Crimping Iron
Having very flat and straight hair, I am always looking for ways to give my hair an extra boost of volume. Crimping the under layer sections of the hair base at the crown is an excellent trick I learned if I want an all day volume. Because I only crimp a tiny section of my hair near my scalp, a small sized crimper is perfect for crimping exactly where I wanted to. I also love how this tiny crimper is light weight, super mini-sized and comes with a cute heat protecting case to make it all so travel friendly.

♥ Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit (02 Medium)
I grabbed this convenient little compact during a random CVS run, boy aren't I glad I picked it up! This palm sized palette comes with 3 powder pans, top one for highlight (under the brow or at inner corners of eyes), a lighter shaded brow powder and a darker brow powder (both matte). It also comes with a small mirror on the side. On top of it holds three useful brow tools -- a small angled brow brush, a sponge tip applicator for applying highlight and blending, and a mini tweezer for plucking any stray hair. So tiny, yet has everything enough to take on a trip and have beautifully groomed brow during your whole vacation :) The brow powder stays on very well. I sometimes switch between the dark and the lighter shades depending on the occasion and my mood, and sometimes I mix and match both. If I am at home, I normally don't use the tools included in this compact, but when I am away, these tiny tools came in really handy. The only thing I wished it has but is missing is a spoolie to smooth over the brow for a perfectly groomed look.

♥ Jack Black Intensive Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
As soon as I picked up my first Jack Black lipbalm a few months back, I was in love. So much that I went and got every flavors that are available right now -- so I can toss one in my purse on the go, one in the car, one next to my makeup table, one on my desk...My favorite is the Black Tea and Blackberry flavor, it has a mildy sweet berry scent mixed with sweet tea scent, reminds me of those tea candy that I loved. Not only do these lip balms smell good, they keep my lips stay very moisturized for hours, but feel very light. I dislike lipbalms that gives my lip a waxy and heavy feeling, Jack Black is far from it, sometimes I don't even feel like I had anything on. It also has an insanely high SPF of 25 for a lip balm, which makes it my #1 choice when choosing products to take on trips when I'll be outdoor for most of the day.

♥ L'Occitane Hand Cream
L'Occitane makes super moisturizing, yummy smelling and travel friendly little tubes of hand creams that I just can't stop using. Even though the tubes are small (there are large sized tubes available as well but I prefer these 1Oz. sized ones for convenience), you only need a little bit of the cream to cover both hands, so they last me quite a while even with daily use.

♥ Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini-Brush Waterproof Mascara
I can't believe I didn't discover this earlier. This mascara has the tiniest brush I have ever used on a mascara (bottom-lash mascara excluded), and they are excellent for reaching every tiny lashes that I have, even the ones at the corners that are impossible to reach with my jumbo LashBlast without depositing a huge globe of black goo at the inner corners of my eyes. Because the brush head is so tiny, it's also great for putting mascara on my lower lashes -- something that I never used to do before I discovered this because it always ends up with more mascara smudged on my lower lid than the actual few lower lashes that I had hah! If you have short lashes like me, this this one a try. I recommend using your normal mascara to apply on your lashes first, then go over the ones a normal wand couldn't reach with the Lash Discovery.


  1. Excellent faves my dear! I can see myself picking up every single item! Hope you've been well. I am similar to you - I haven't kept up with blog posts. BUT I also haven't been taking photos either lol! Double-lazy! xD

  2. I LOVE Benefit's High Beam too. I think that is the longest makeup product i've used... I've been using that for at least 7 yrs!

  3. I've never thought of using a crimping iron that way. I should try that out! I hate it when my hair looks flat and lifeless :/ Cool trick, I'll have to ask my little sister if i could borrow her crimping iron. haha

    How have you been Lulu!? I haven't talked to you in so long!!


  4. Ooh~ so that's how you use Benefit's High Beam! I kinda want to check it out now...XD Great picks!

  5. Yay, an update. :) I've heard nothing but great things about Benefit High Brow, thanks for the pretty swatch. I was too cheap to get it so I got the supposed Sephora dupe/jumbo pink eyeliner but Benefit one looks a lot cooler and nicer lol.

    Oh the crimping idea is genius and the mini is so cute, saves on space too. haha I know we're both obsessed with volume, def. need to try this method out.

    L'Occitane sounds great. I saw the Hemp version on sale for so cheap but I remembered your review about how bad it smelled so I skipped it, need to try these scents.

  6. Good to hear from you again! :) btw, how did that topcoat experiment go?

    All of your faves sound so tempting, I keep hearings things about the Jack Black lipbalm, it almost sounds too good to be true xD

  7. loving your fav. where did you get the mini conair crimping iron?

  8. LOVE l'occitane hand creams! buttery goodness :)))))