Pumpkin Spice & Being Basic- August 2016 Favorites!

Welcome September- we missed you!

Like every other basic bitch on the planet- I love fall and all things associated with it. So the end of another month means fall is just a little bit closer! These are the things I was loving during the month of August!


Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This stuff is a multi tasking powerhouse! It’s great as a primer because it smooths out pores and helps to keep my makeup in place ALL day. But it is also tinted (very pigmented!) so I can use it on lighter makeup days as the only product on my face. The SPF 30 is great for my fair skin. The only down side is the color selection. I have fair and light, and sometimes have to mix them to get the shade just right. But the product performs so well- I can get past that! Oh- and oil-free too!


Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum

This is a serum I have been using at night, right after cleansing and toning. The texture is so lightweight and watery, and it sinks in right away. It has “advanced hyaluronic complexes, next-generation peptides and biotechnological technologies to target rehydration, while improving the look of lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and textural damage.” (thought they said it better than I could!)

This has hyaluronic acid in it, which helps to hydrate and plump up the skin. I feel like my skin looks healthier and younger after continuous use of this. Texture is improving and my skin is more balanced. And I’m a sucker for their pantone-esque packaging! This line has so many fun and innovative products- I can’t wait to try more of them! I’ve seen them in a few CVS’s and they are available online from CVS and Target.


NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross


My go to highlight this month has been an old fave – NARS Albatross. This gives such a beautiful golden glow- perfect for the summer time and those on the fair side of the spectrum. But I think this highlight would work on SO many skin tones!


AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System

I have been loving this in the warmer months! (I love it in the colder months too. I just all around love it!) Because this is so light and oil-free, I have been using it after my morning skincare in lieu of a moisturizer. I get very oily, and this provides the perfect amount of hydration while remaining light and non greasy. Not to mention, this stuff smells SO GOOD- I think all of AmorePacific products smell amazing!


I’ve been playing around more this month with quick and painless contouring. These two products have been so easy! I use the NYX Sculpt and Highlight Face Duo in Ivory/Taupe to sculpt out areas of my face I’d like to ‘slim’, then use the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to blend it out. This is one of the best brushes I have used for contouring cheekbones!


I only really use the contour shade in the NYX duo- but the highlight shade does provide a decent amount of coverage. It just smells terrible and I can’t get past bad smelling products that are meant for my face 🙂 The contour shade seems to have no scent though! They have a bunch of different shade combos- Taupe is a great for my skin tone in the contour.


About mid-August is when I start with the fall scents. And this one has been so heavenly. It’s not too sweet, not too spicy – it smells like it just came out of the oven. SO GOOD! And now that I’m trying to link to this candle – I can’t find it!! I bought it in store a few weeks ago –  maybe it was from a previous year?? I hope I am able to find more. I need a backup!

I tried a lot of new things this month, but ended up falling back in love with some old favorites! What were your favorite things in August?


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