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July Favorites 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The end of July means the beginning of August and the roundup of my July favorites! My favorites this month are a little random, but I have been loving each and every one of them and I can't imagine giving any of them up. 

My first favorite for this month was the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette! I did a lot of traveling recently and this little baby had the perfect combo for every occasion. It comes with 9 different eyeshadow shades in a range of natural-esque colors. It even came with a little glamour guide helping you choose which eyeshadows to pair together. I decidedly went against the guide and just chose whatever colors I liked on that day. My favorite pairing is Silk Teddy, a beautiful shimmery champagne pink, Cashmere Bunny, a matte light brown and a little Sexpresso, a dark matte brown, blended in the crease. 

Another one of my favorites for this month was this awesome Wax/Oil Warmer from Bath & Body Works. As a candle obsessed individual, how did I not know about wax warmers? A little tea light candle placed in the warmer base slowly melts a small cube of wax and releases delicious scents. I've been burning little wax melts non stop during my waking hours. I especially love this little warmer because I grabbed it for 50% off at Bath & Body Works. Woot for finding sales! It looks like a large white mason jar that has a little sun rising/setting cutout in the front so that your tea light candle glows like the sun! If you're a candle loving individual like me, you have to check out getting a wax warmer. 

Another July favorite of mine is from the fragrance department and is the Maison Martin Margiela 'Replica' Beach Walk perfume. These perfumes are amazing, especially the Beach Walk scent. All of these scents are reminiscent of a very specific location and moment in time. Beach Walk is reminiscent of an afternoon walking along the beach in Calvi in 1972. That is SUPER specific.  This scent is a perfect for summer combining coconut milk, lemon, pink pepper, bergamot and musk! It reminds me of walking home from the beach in the afternoon sunset after a great day of soaking up the sun. I love Sephora's description of Beach Walk:

"Close your eyes and let the fragrance transport you to the memory of an afternoon stroll along the ocean. Your feet sink into the wet sand as waves brush against your skin. The sun sinks gently through the crystal sky, its warmth balanced by a soft breeze with the subtle tangy scent of water. Beach Walk evokes hints of ocean spray, and captures the carefree bliss of a summer day."

I think this is the perfect description for Beach Walk! As you can see, it is almost gone because I have been reaching for this bottle all summer! It is a June, July, August, All Summer favorite! 

My SPF favorites for this Month have been from the COOLA and Supergoop brands. SPF is a NECCESSITY in summer, especially when you have red hair and pale skin like I do. It becomes your best friend and most loyal companion throughout the sunny months. I purchased a huge amount of different SPF products at the beginning of Summer, but this month, these are the three products I found myself reaching for the most. I have been loving the Supergoop Antioxidant-infused Sunscreen Day Cream with SPF 40. It has become my go to moisturizer for the month of July. It's light, absorbs well and doesn't mess with my sensitive skin, which is a big bonus for me! It also doesn't leave behind that greasy residue that sunscreens usually do. My other two SPF favorites are for lip and body. I love the COOLA brand! They make sunscreen fun by adding delicious scents to their products! My two favorites from the COOLA line this month are the COOLA liplux in Peppermint Vanilla and the COOLA sunscreen spray in Pina Colada. I love products with fun scents and I have found myself putting my Pina Colada sunscreen spray in every bag I carry. It actually makes me excited to reapply! For my day to day lip balm, I have been loving the COOLA liplux. It has SPF 15 and a tasty peppermint & vanilla scent. It's great for pale gals on the go because even your lips need to be protected from those rays! 

My last favorite for the month of July is the The White Queen Series by Phillipa Gregory. I love historical fiction, especially when it involves a monarchy! The White Queen is the story of Elizabeth Woodville, a commoner who fell in love with and married the King of England. Exciting, right?! The prequel to this book is the story that involved her mother, who claimed to be a descendent from a water goddess named Melusina. Her connection to the water goddess gave her magical abilities. It's a great combination of fiction and reality; These women really did exist and most of these events actually happened! All of the books in this series are awesome and if you like historical fiction that has romance, drama and intrigue, I strongly encourage you to grab this book!

Have a July Favorite of your own? Share them with me in the comments below! I always love discovering new things. 


  1. I have to pick up the Natural Eyes next time I am out. Why do I not already have that? - Kellie

    1. Seriously though! I had this big thing where I debated with myself "Oh, I already have so many palettes, do I really need another one?" The answer: YES, YES, YES!

  2. I keep eyeballing that palette, maybe I should start setting some extra money aside and treat myself to it if I can make it through my busy time of the year (Sept-Dec). And that book sounds interesting, I'll add it to my reading list.

    1. Highly recommend the book if you enjoy historical fiction! Also, the palette is great because of its versatility! Matte, sparkly, subtle & dark, the palette has got them all!

  3. OMG I have this palette and LOVE it! Great review!

    1. Thank Joely! I do not know how I ever survived without it!


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