July Favorites

Bye Bye July! Hello August!

1. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

I purchased this bronzer in Too Faced’s Bonjour Soleil palette last year. I really didn’t use it until recently and now Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is my favorite of all time. The color is perfection – making your tan look real and not orange! And a little goes a long way. I’ll be purchasing the individual compact super soon!

2. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
I’ve listed this as a favorite several times and I can tell you it will be a favorite for me until the end of time. I’ve tried so many liquid felt tip liners and this is the ONLY one that doesn’t transfer, stays matte, and doesn’t fade throughout the day. 

3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Such an amazing mascara! If I could pick only one this would be the mascara I’d use for a lifetime. No matter how new or old the tube is, the coverage is fantastic. Some mascaras are too wet when new and too dry when they get old. This one has the same thickening and lengthening properties until all the product is gone.

4. The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
No other body lotion can smell as good as the ones from The Body Shop – seriously! They smell so good you will want to eat them…peach and coconut are my favorite for the summer and your skin with stay moisturized all day long – no joke! Try it for yourself.

5. Sigma F35
This is by far my most used brush. I actually need to order another, because I’m constantly having to clean this one. I use it for placing setting powder under my eyes and also for highlighting. It gets into the creases, because it is perfectly tapered. 

6. Loving Tan 2 HR Express Dark
I seriously cannot say enough good things about Loving Tan. As of right now this is the only tanner I will buy. Worth every penny – the color is the closest to a real tan I have used and stays on for over a week. I even devoted a whole blog post to it.

7. Sigma F30
This has been a go to bronzing brush for me for weeks now. I use this with my Chocolate Soleil powder and brush along the top of my forehead, cheeks and down my neck. It deposits enough color, but is fluffy enough to keep the product evenly placed not the skin.

8. Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (fair)

I’ve been using this concealer lately for everyday application. The coverage is good enough for a work day, but not too overpowering like some of my others I use to drastically highlight my face. The application is easy and it blends quite nicely. Plus it comes at much less of an expense. 

9. Victor & Rolf Flower Bomb Roller Ball
I took this with me while traveling to Cali and it was the perfect size for my travel bag and easy to carry with me in my purse. Plus, roller balls aren’t only inexpensive, but they last forever! The full bottle of Flower Bomb is super pricey so I plan to keep repurchasing the roller ball version.

10. Loreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara
This was a recommendation of Emily Gemma (The Sweetest Thing Blog) – my favorite blogger. She recently posted a get ready with me where she did her usual makeup routine on camera. She suggested using the white priming end of this mascara before your usual favorite and it really works! I will put this on and let it set before swiping on my Better Than Sex mascara and it makes a big difference!

Life Update!

So I figured I’d give a quick life update seeing as the year is half over [where did the time go?!]
If you follow me via Instagram pardonmuahinsta then you probably know a little bit more about my personal life, but really not a lot. I try to keep most of my personal life, well, personal, for obvious reasons, but every now and again it’s fun to share – and I think you all enjoy it!

It’s been a rather long and “interesting” 10 months. If you want to reference my Resolutions post in January you will realize what I’m talking about. During the past 10 months I am happy to say I have made some incredible friends [you all know who you are!] and have realized not everyone you meet is going to love you. I’m so thankful for all of my girl time, taco Tuesdays, Thursday baseball games, Friday happy hours, weekend lake days and everything in between. I’ve realized you really need your friends & family when you go through trying times, which is why cultivating meaningful, two-sided relationships is so important. I try my best to always be there for my friends when they need me – no matter the time of day or the number of texts, because I know that sometime soon they will surely be repaying the favor!

Not much has changed in my work life – still trying to find direction in my life which is so much easier said than done. I know what I like to do and what I’m interested in, but it’s all a process worth patience. The other day I was talking to my mom about my life and she said, “Amanda you need to have patience and everything will work out. Things worth having take patience.” To which I told her she didn’t give me the patience gene (so true – I love instant gratification) but I will try my best hah!

I know there are some inquisitive minds out there wondering about my love life. And to answer somewhat vaguely (for now), I do have someone special in my life – someone what has brought a lot of happiness and many smiles to my every day. That’s where I will leave that for now, but stay tuned!

XO Amanda