August 29, 2013

My August Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

It's been awhile since I've rounded up my favorite beauty products of the month. Sorry about that! This month I decided to also include products that I've tried and didn't have much luck with as to hopefully help you with your purchasing decisions in case you're considering buying one of those items. So let's get started, shall we?

nyl Rosewater Face Wash (4 fl oz $28) - I shared my thoughts on nyl skincare when I reviewed some organic products. However, the Rosewater Face Wash is worth mentioning again since it really has been wonderful to use. Rosewater is known for it’s mild astringent and soothing properties, it cleanses and tones. I found it especially helpful when my skin was going through a bad breakout. It cleaned out the blemishes without being overly harsh.

Seventh Generation Boosts (1.7 fl oz $13.99) - I shared this product during Lucky's #AllNaturalStyleSecrets challenge where I had the chance to review their firming skin serum. Baobab deeply nourishes for rejuvenated looking skin. Oils promote increased firmness and elasticity by improving your skin's water retention, which helps maintain its moisture balance. It is also formulated with Brown Algae for collagen-rich skin. It is very lightweight while also moisturizing. Not sure if my skin is exactly more "firm" since I like to think I still have young skin being 28 but it did help seal in moisture without clogging my pores.

Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara ($23) - I shared my thoughts on this mascara earlier this month in The Mascara Files. I could do without the name but loved the big lashes it gave me.

100 Proof Treatment Oil from Dry Bar (3.4 oz $35) - When I got my hair blown out at dry bar, they gave us some samples including this treatment oil. It made my hair feel SO soft after using it. I really enjoyed using it and may need to snag some more soon.

Resvology Age Corrective Eye Cream ($89) - As I get closer to 30, I feel like I need to step my eye cream game up. In your 20s you should always moisturize around the eye area since it is the thinnest layer of skin so usually shows the first signs of aging. I'm starting to see those signs so I feel like I need something more powerful. I met the ladies of Resvology at HBA this year and they kindly gave us some samples including their eye cream. I've been really impressed! It is quite the powerful product with 4-AR Molecules which help boost the presence of collagen and elastin in the skin, meanwhile Barley, Sandalwood and Olive extracts help soothe skin and renew natural moisture barrier. If you're ready to take the plunge and invest in an eye cream then I recommend giving this one a try.
Essie's Apricot Cuticle Oil ($8) - I've had this for awhile but haven't shared my thoughts so thought I'd put it here. I got a sample in the mail (as I'm sure all of us did) and really liked the smell and texture. So when I spotted it at my local beauty store I picked it up. However, I haven't had any spectacular results. In fact, my cuticles didn't seem nourished at all. I'd recommend skipping the $8 on this product.

Origins GinZing™ Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff (.5 oz $30) - I received a sample of this in my Hautelook Summer Essentials beauty bag. I get dark circles because I have bad circulation and I have fair skin (it's a cruel world) so I was excited to try this to see if it "woke up" my eyes. No such luck. I didn't notice any difference. I have better results with Simple's Revitalizing Eye Roll-On for $10.

Did you have any favorite or not so favorite beauty products this month? Share below!


  1. I love reading your reviews, super helpful! I've been making my way through my enormous cache of products from the grillion beauty boxes I used to get. It's definitely hit and (mostly) miss!

  2. yay I love your reviews!! I am going to have to look into that rosewater facewash...sounds intriguing!!

  3. I need to start with a skin care plan because I don't do anything now :O

  4. That julep cuticle oil thing they recently sent out cracked my cuticles even more. I guess I will try that product you wrote about on Twitter or just continue with my own natural oils.

  5. I've always wondered if the drybar products were any good or just gimmicky, you know? Glad to see they're worth the hype!

  6. @Alex this and some smoothing cream I got samples of and liked. So I can only speak for those two.

  7. @thefatandskinny omg the Julep stuff is awful but I did like the hand masks. They left lotion on them so they definitely helped softened.

  8. @jointhegossip WHAT?! lol omg girl on it!

  9. @Carisa Muller aw glad they were helpful :) The rosewater face wash is super gentle - love it!

  10. Aw thanks @keltie :) Glad I can be of help! lol I feel your pain as I've subscribed to too many beauty boxes. I like to do swaps with fellow beauty lovers... it's a good way to clean out but also let others try out products that you necessarily didn't love :)


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