Monthly Favorites: August 2013

Monthly Beauty Favorites August

Pardon me for writing less than usual. August was a really, really busy month! I have SO much to talk about and I have found some new products that are absolutely amazing. I picked my favorite products of the month and the winners for best products of August 2013 are… *drum roll*

Jane Iredale Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde: Most definitely, one of my best green beauty finds. I think we can all agree by now that the overplucked 90s brow style is not so cool-looking anymore, so in my makeup bag I carry something to make my brows look a bit fuller at all times. However, in the range of green beauty products, I had not yet found  something that really worked until I came across this product. I like it so much that I have been using it every single day. Not only does it fix brows in place with a natural effect (AKA without making them look like they’re glued up), but it also covers up sparse spots without having to fill them in with powder or pencil. My Anastasia brow gel has officially retired.

Pai Skincare Brightening Exfoliator: Just when I thought that I had already tried Pai’s best, here comes their exfoliator. I will tell you more about it in a full review, but I wanted to at least mention it as one of my absolute favorites for this month. It is really gentle, but it exfoliates enough to reveal a brighter, smoother, better complexion. It is great for all skin types, even the most sensitive ones like mine.

Marie Veronique Organics Pacific Facial Mist and Pacific Face Oil: I was totally in love with the anti-aging duo from MVO, but I thought about reviewing their vegan alternative for my my beloved vegan followers, so I have been testing out the Pacific duo of mist+serum. I am very glad to say that they work wonderfully as well. I will have a full review up very soon with more information about them. In a few words I can just say that MVO products work!

Afterglow Cosmetics Mineral Foundation: This has been my favorite foundation for a few months already (I think it was in my last month’s favorites as well) and the reason why is that it matches my skin tone so perfectly. The shade Tan almost looks like it was custom-made for me! In addition to that, it looks so natural, yet it evens out my complexion without leaving any redness . It is great.

Jane Iredale So Bronze #2: OMB! Oh My Bronzer! This compact comes with two pressed powders: one for highlighting, the other for bronzing. The highlighter side is too shimmery for my liking, but the bronzer side is oh-so-perfect. In fact, it is one of my all time favorite bronzers. It is a warm brown shade that goes really well with my skintone, adds a sunkissed color and feels like silk on my skin. Beautiful.

Ilia Beauty Lipstick Crayon in Dress You Up: Dress You Up is back in my makeup bag to stay. A wearable and flattering mauve, that will definitely be a companion of mine during Fall. The formula is moisturizing and it is nicely pigmented. I need to pick up a few new shades of these ASAP!

Kjaer Weis Mascara: This is always in my makeup bag. Since I switched to this mascara my eyes do not itch anymore. It comes off without rubbing and it does not smudge. Oh, and it is 99.8 % organic. You can read more about it in my full review.

What were your favorite beauty products in August?

  • Oooh great picks, as always!!! I need to try Dress You Up. I am SO into purples lately. My favorites lately have been Ilia’s Neon Angel, Kjaer Weis Blushes in Lovely and Desired Glow, Pai Rose and Camellia cleanser and their chamomile and rosehip moisturizer. I NEED to try their new exfoliator!

    • Hi beautiful, I just saw your photos wearing Neon Angel and it looks fantastic on you! :)

  • Ana Green

    Lovely selection, I really want to try Marie Veronique :) x

    • Thanks Ana, it is definitely one of the best skincare lines I have come across. Are they currently selling in the UK too? x

  • Mary_333

    Oooh that bronzer sounds amazing! I was just checking out the ingredients and I had no idea Jane Iredale made a bronzer without dimethicone. I am all over that one!

    • Hi Mary, unless they recently changed the formulation, it does contain dimethicone. I hope you’re right! :)

  • Shruti

    You always have such different and interesting favourites!! Love reading your posts.


    • Thank you Shruti! I am glad you find them interesting :)

  • Just bought the Pacific Night Serum with Retinol — is that the same one you’re currently testing? :)

    • No love, I am using the Pacific Face Oil. It’s without retinol. Let me know how that one works for you! :)

  • Chickweed and Blush

    Great picks! I need to try Kjaer Weiss mascara! Right now I use Organic Wear mascara, but I’m always looking for new natural lash options! :-)

    • Thank you! Kjaer Weis Mascara is completely non-irritant to my eyes and it does a good job at defining and thickening my lashes. It’s really lovely! Let me know what you think if you try it! x

  • Nicole

    Fantastic list! I want to try the pai cleanser and scrub so bad. Xo

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  • Hephzibah

    I love the look of the mascara – such a plush case! Reminds me of Touche Eclat, but in a quirkier way. :) Not heard of the Pacific items before, so off to have a look! :) x

  • Yuki

    Used to loveee Pai, and the Kjaer Weis mascara really is the best! I’d love to try the Pacific like of MVO, I just wish their Pacific tinted sunscreen was vegan and in a lighter shade! I am literally a ghost. Would love to try the brow gel too, do you happen to have swatches?

  • May

    Organic is the way to go without any doubt. …What good natural ingredients give to your skin is beyond comparison to synthetic stuff. …Great review and great brands