June 2014 Favorites


Hey guys! It’s that time again! Can you believe that the year is already half over? June especially seemed to fly by for me! So here’s some products that I’ve been loving throughout the month.

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The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer

I heard such great things about this highlighter that I finally broke down and purchased it. Boy, I’m so mad that I waited so long to get it! Since I received it I have shoved all of my other highlighters aside and have used this guy every single day. It’s a pretty intense light-golden hued highlighter, and it makes my skin GLOW! It also lasts all day long on me. I cannot say enough good things about this product! It’s definitely moved into the top spot for my favorite highlighter.

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The Balm’s Betty-Lou Manizer

I liked the Mary-Lou Manizer so much that I also decided to pick up the Betty-Lou Manizer. This is a deeper rose-toned highlighter and it’s a bit to dark for my skin  to use as a highlighter, so I like to apply it over top of my blush. I’m usually not one that loves anything shimmery on my cheeks, but this is so beautiful that I’ve been wearing it nearly every day. It gives a very natural “glow from within” look that really livens up the face.

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Milani Rose Powder Blush in Love Potion

Speaking of putting the Betty-Lou Manizer over my blush, this is the one I’ve been putting it over! I’m absolutely in love with this blush. It’s a matte muted pink and I’ve been loving it for the summer. It’s extremely pigmented, so a little goes a long way! I also wrote a review on these blushes, so if you’d like to check it out, click here: https://xoxokarbear.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/milani-rose-powder-blush-review/

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Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Dutchess

Lorac recently released a new line of lipsticks, so naturally, I had to pick some up! The first color I was drawn to was Dutchess. It’s a muted purple color with a matte finish. This guy is a little tricky to work with since, let’s be honest, the color looks like a bruise! So I like to lightly tap it onto my lips instead of apply it like a normal lipstick. The light amount of color is so gorgeous and a little different from the nudes and pinks that we tend to see most of in the summer months. I also love the packaging of these! Lorac just nailed it with these lipsticks.

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L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

It’s no secret that my favorite drugstore mascaras belong to the L’Oreal Voluminous line, so I decided to try out Miss Manga since it’s pretty new on the market. It has a natural bristle brush which strays away from the usual plastic wands that the Voluminous line usually carries. I have to say, I’m loving the wand! One thing in particular that is unique about it is that the wand bends. We’re not talking about a slight bend, it literally bends to a 90 degree angle! This was a little strange to get used to, but I’m finding that I love it the more I use it. The mascara gives me length and volume and hasn’t once smudged on me during the day. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this guy!

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

I’m a huge fan of matte lips, and I’ve been loving the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. They are super long lasting and have a ton of different colors. The best part? They’re extremely wallet friendly at only $5.99 a pop. The only negative is that they do dry out the lips, as do most matte lip products. So I just plop on a bit of lip balm before I apply the Matte Lip Cream and it seems to help quite a bit.

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Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I think it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with this bronzer! It is literally the perfect shade. It’s not too muddy or too orange, and it looks incredible on the skin. It can be used as a typical bronzer, or as a contour for people with a lighter complexion. Also a fun tip, if you’ve been looking to track down the NARS Ita brush, the little brush that comes with this guy is a great dupe! It obviously has a much shorter handle and the brush is slightly thicker than the Ita, but it’s great to test out to see if you like the application before you splurge on a brush.

That concludes my June favorites! Thanks so much for stopping by and please let me know what products you’ve been loving this month! I’m always looking for new products to try out. I hope you all have a great week and that all of you Americans enjoy your 4th of July!

xoxo Kara