August Favorites

The Body Shop Banana Body Yogurt

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This has been my go-to body moisturizer for Summer especially in August. The consistency of this is so cool. It literally looks like yogurt. It’s a gel based lotion that goes on so smooth and dries almost instantly. Lotions that dry fast are a must for me. I hate the feeling of lotion on my skin especially when I need to get dressed after applying. This is so light-weight and sinks into your skin fast. The smell is incredible as well. It smells just like banana pudding and the smell lasts on your skin for hours. When I apply it at night, I can still smell it the next morning. Personally, I like that.

Colourpop Crème Lux Lipstick in the shade Lay Over

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I love the Colourpop Luxe Lips formula and Lay Over has been my staple nude for Summer. Since I am pretty tan, I gravitate towards darker nudes. The formula is very unique. It’s almost feels like a creamy powder and it lasts on my lips for a while. At first I wasn’t keen on the formula, but the more I wore it, the more I realized it’s actually very cool.

Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer

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This August I decided to revisit an oldie but a goodie. I discovered Juice Beauty about a year ago and this moisturizer was my holy grail. I hadn’t used it in a while because my acne had cleared up. My acne started coming back at the end of July into August so I decided to try this again. This moisturizer is apart of their blemish clearing range and it definitely works. A little goes a long way because it is a rather thick formula. I love that this hydrates my skin and also treats my acne. Definitely a great clean, organic skincare option for fighting acne.

Too Faced Tutti Frutti Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo in the shade Cherry Bomb
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I got this blush towards the end of August but it quickly became my favorite blush of all time. When Too Faced announced their Tutti Frutti collection, I was at first hesitant because Too Faced had been launching products left and right. I thought to myself, uhh another fruit collection. Their peach products were a huge hit but it seemed like people were getting tired of them. There was something about the Tutti Frutti collection that drew me in. I knew I had to try one of the blushes. I opted for the cherry blush because I thought it would transfer well into the autumn season. This blush is incredible. It gives your cheeks are beautiful cherry wine flush and the shimmer side acts as a highlighter that melts perfectly into the blush. I highly recommend these.

What products did you love in August?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

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July Favorites

BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Endless Bronze & Glow
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This highlighter has quickly become my favorite highlighter ever. It includes three shades, two highlighters and a bronzer. I swirl my brush through the whole pan and it gives me the most incredible, warm glow. It looks wet on my skin and it doesn’t accentuate texture. Some people were concerned that the bronzer would mix with the highlight and look weird. I can tell you, it doesn’t do that at all. I don’t want to say the bronzer get’s lost on your face, but the product definitely shows up as a true highlight.

Farmacy Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser

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Farmacy skincare is my favorite skincare line. After trying some of their products and loving them, I made it my mission to try more. I had been using my Juice Beauty face cleanser and I felt like my skin was building up an immunity to it. I don’t know if you ever notice that after you use a product for so long, it seems to stop working. That may just be me. The Clean Bee cleanser is so light and clean. Farmacy uses all natural ingredients so I know my skin isn’t going to get irritated. This leaves my face feeling refreshed and hydrated.

Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in the shades Ocean Ave and Vitamin Sea

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The Ultra Blotted Lip formula from Colourpop is my favorite lip formula ever. I hate the feeling of lipstick on my lips. I have always been a chapstick or lip balm kind of girl. However, I love putting some color on my lips. This formula is like nothing else. I would describe the finish as if you had a ice pop and it stained your lips. It’s not an actual lip stain, it’s still considered a liquid lipstick, but the formula is so light and velvety. You have to try it for yourself. These two knew shades are stunning! The red shade, Ocean Ave, makes my lips look so healthy and cherry stained. Vitamin Sea is a beautiful warm nude and also makes my lips look so healthy.

Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan in the shade Tantric 102
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This bronzer is something special. It would say it’s like a smoothing powder and bronzer in one. It is expensive, but I definitely notice it looks different on my skin than my other bronzers. I got the darker shade because I currently have a tan. I wish Marc would release more shades because this shade is almost still too light for me.

What products did you love in July?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

“Natural” Beauty Products that are NOT Cruelty Free

We seem to think that “natural” beauty products go hand in hand with being cruelty free. However, there are many brands in the beauty industry that have tricked many of us. It is so important to always do your research and I’m here to help. Here’s some natural beauty brands who are not cruelty free.

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Origins
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Boscia
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Are you surprised to see that these brands aren’t cruelty free? Let me know in the comments below.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

My Favorite Cruelty Free Lip Balms

Lips balms are a staple in my makeup and skincare collection. Every night before bed, I like to put on a thick, lip balm or lip mask. My lips are always very dry, so lip balm is a must in my beauty routine. Here are top picks!

Sara Happ The Lip Slip Balm $24
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The Lip Slip is one of my favorite balms. It is perfect for an overnight balm because it is thick and super hydrating. I actually wake up the next morning and it’s still on my lips. It has very fine shimmers in it, so you could wear it over lipstick for added dimension and shine.

Kari Gran Naked Lip Whip $20
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I first heard about Kari Gran on Instagram. I love to discover natural, indie beauty brands and I came across the Lip Whip. They have the Lip Whip in different scents and even tints. Since I use balms before bed, I didn’t want a tinted color. I got the naked peppermint and it’s so nice. I keep this right on my night stand. It’s my current go-to.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask $26
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Bite Beauty is one of my favorite brands for lip products. This mask is so thick and smells amazing, exactly like agave syrup. This also comes in different tints, but my favorite is the clear.

Lanolips 101 Ointment Strawberry Multi-Balm $13.50
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I love Lanolips’s products. Their lip products, balms and hand creams are awesome. Lanolips contains lanolin which is an oil that is extracted from wool. It is the closest oil that mimics our skin’s naturally produced oil. Lanolips acquires their lanolin in a cruelty free manner. Sheep need to be sheered regularly for their own well-being and comfort. Once their wool is sheered, the lanolin is extracted. Don’t worry, no sheep were harmed in the making of these products.

Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom $12
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Glossier is a well known brand in the beauty world. It seems like every influencer these days is promoting and raving about Glossier. I have to admit, I do enjoy the products I have tried, especially the balm dotcom. I like that this is a multi-purpose balm because I will use this around my mouth where I might get dry. Also on dry spots on my forehead.

What is your favorite lip balm? Let me know if the comments below.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Sephora Summer Wish List

Farmacy Bright On Massage-Activated Vitamin C Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy™
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Farmacy has become my favorite skincare brand, so when I found out they were releasing a new mask, I knew I had to get it. This Vitamin C mask detoxes your face removing impurities. Plus, it changes colors which is pretty fun.

Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer
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Now that it’s Summer, I want to get into using more cream products. I have heard amazing things about this product and I think it’s a perfect way to start. You get a ton of product in this stick and it’s creamy and easy to blend.

Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara
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Another product from Milk I have to try is the new Kush mascara. This mascara made quite the buzz on social media because of well, it’s name. The mascara is formulated with cannabis oil which allows for the creamy, nourishing formula.

Becca Be a Light Face Palette
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Becca makes some of my favorite face products. I use their First Light Primer almost everyday along with their bronzer and highlighter. When I saw this new palette release, I was very intrigued. The product looks so beautiful and I like how you can get your entire face done in one palette. This palette contains a brightening powder, blur powder, blush and contour that you can also use as a bronzer.

Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation
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I usually never try foundations labeled as “matte” but this one has caught my eye. This foundation didn’t create too much of a buzz when it released with the Too Faced Peaches n’ Cream collection. For some reason, now it’s becoming popular and a lot of beauty influencers are talking and raving about it. I’m interested to see what a “comfort matte” is. I wonder if it will be more hydrating than a regular matte foundation.

Any products on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments below.

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Skincare Gems

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It’s always been important for me to use natural, cruelty-free skincare products. I have recently found some hidden gems that have changed my skin. Here’s what I have been loving…

Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray
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I recently discovered Farmacy while trying to find a cruelty-free cleansing balm. I first tried their Green Clean cleansing balm which is now a staple in my collection. My friend recommended this skin mist to me so I actually bought the travel box set which included it. This mist smells amazing and fresh, just like limes. I love to spray this on my face after washing my face and then go in with the next product I will talk about. It really hydrates and gives my skin a healthy dewy, glow. Since it is an essences, it will make your other skincare products works even better.

Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™
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At first I was hesitant to try a firming product because I only use products for acne and dry skin. The first time I tried this overnight, I woke up in the morning and immediately noticed that the two lines across my forehead were almost completely gone. I could not believe I had seen such a drastic difference over one night. I love to put this on after I spray the skin dew on my face.

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy™

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This mask is so cool. Well actually, it’s hot. It’s a warming gel mask, so as you rub it onto your face, it warms up and turns white. After washing it off, my face felt so clean and soft. I then followed up with the firming balm and essence for the perfect skincare cocktail.

Lips 101 Ointment Strawberry Multi-Balm

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Lanolips makes my favorite lip balms. I recently discovered this brand last year at Ulta. The packaging intrigued me so I decided to pick one up. The strawberry one is so nice. You can put it on thick and use it overnight as a lip mask, or you can put it on lightly as an everyday lip balm. I also get very dry around my mouth, so I put some balm on the dry patches overnight and it’s so much better in the morning.

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream

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Coming out of the winter season, my hands are still dry. My least favorite hand creams are ones that stay wet, thick or sticky on your hands. A lot of people love the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream but a body cream wasn’t what I needed. I specifically needed a hand cream and I am so glad I got this. It smells just as good as the Bum Bum cream but this goes on your skin so light and it dries instantly. However, it doesn’t feel like it did nothing for your skin. It really feels like it sinks right into your skin.

What are your skincare gems?

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty

Sephora VIB Sale Wish List

It’s almost time for the Sephora VIB sale! Sephora does two major sales during the Fall and the Spring. The Spring sale begins with Rouge members receiving 15% off starting April 13 – April 16 and then VIB and Rouge members receive 15% off from April 20 – April 23. I don’t always shop the sale, but this year I might. Here’s some products on my wish list.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Somewhere, Anywhere – Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon Collection
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I saw the swatches for these lip crayons on Instagram and I was immediately captivated. My favorite colors for Spring/Summer are bold neon reds and oranges. This limited-edition set includes the three lip crayons from the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 fashion show along with a little bag. The set retails for $59 which is kind of crazy, but I really love lip crayons and I adore these colors. What to do?!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer
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This primer has gotten a lot of hype on Youtube. I have combo skin but mainly dry skin, so I tend to use moisturizing primers. However, I can’t seem to find a good primer that actually moisturizes. This retails for $42 but I might pick up the mini size for $15 because it is cheaper per ounce.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
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I must admit, this mask is intriguing to me because of the packaging. I have been on the hunt to find more masks so I might give this one a go. Summer Fridays is a new brand created by beauty blogger Marianna Hewitt. So far she has only released this mask but I’m sure there will be more to come. The mask retails for $48 which seems kind of expensive for the size tube you get. I really do want to try it though. Decisions, decisions.

Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
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When the Glitter & Glow shadows first launched, I picked one up right away. Now they have a Shimmer & Glow formula which I would very much enjoy because I prefer a metallic eye opposed to a glittery eye. The two colors I love best are Jezebel, described as a shimmering rose gold and La Douce, described as a shimmering warm gold green. These retail for $24 each, so if I don’t get both, I will definitely get one.

What do you want or plan to pick up during the sale? Also, if you have cruelty-free recommendations, please leave them in a comment. Thanks!

lots of luv – shelrosebeauty