I may not do this every month, but I had enough new ‘favorite’ things in August to justify a post about it. So here it goes!
So anyone that’s been following my blog for the past few weeks know my birthday was in August (the 25th!). Not that being a mom takes away some of the celebration- but it’s easy to forget about stuff like that and let yourself get overshadowed by the kiddos. Celebrating with you all, and with my husband and family, was lots of fun 🙂 So that leads me to one of my first favorites: my new cellphone cover!
This particular one came from Insomniac Arts, and can be found here.
If you didn’t know before, now you do- I’m a HUGE Harry Potter nut. My husband got me a working wand and the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook for Christmas last year 😉
Moving on to more beauty related items, my new favorite thing ever is Duri Rejuvacoat!
I’ve talked at length in the past about how my nails have never been able to grow- they’ve always been thin, they break easily, and grow slowly. I was also recovering from a nasty set of acrylics I got back in April- it took until this month to slowly grow out all the damage, and that whole time my nails were paper thin. Not anymore!
This is a picture I took with my phone tonight. My nails look better than I have ever seen them. Now, part of this is because I’m taking better care of them all around- but a lot is because of Rejuvacoat. This is 2 weeks growth, ya’ll- and I have banged them up and done plenty of things that would have normally broken one, and they’re still doing well! I did have a small break on my right hand, but it wasn’t bad. My nails are SO strong compared to just a month ago, it’s unreal.
This month was when I finally managed to get my hands on some of the new Essence bottles.
I am in love with these new bottles! The brushes are more similar to OPI’s, which I love- and I also love all the new colors. The ones I have so far, left to right, are: Gorgeous Bling Bling, Party Princess (yes, it’s another I Lily Love You dupe, but the flakes aren’t as big and almost not noticeable), Oh My Glitter!, Grey-T To Be Here, Date In The Moonlight, and Chic Reloaded.
Moving away from nails for a minute- I also have been in LOVE with my Lilac Lotion from KBShimmer!
I shook the bottle before the photo- the usage is down to the top of the label. I use the lotion multiple times a day- I adore it. My very favorite scent is lilac, and it’s been hard sometimes finding lilac scented body products. This one goes on smoothly, absorbs in quickly, and isn’t greasy. And is smells awesome!
The next time you grab some of Christy’s awesome polishes, be sure to get some of her other products as well- they’re amazing! You can get them at her store here.
Next up, is something most people knew about, but I had never heard of- purple shampoo.
While not a natural light blonde (I’m normally dark blonde/light brown), I’ve always dyed my hair lighter. And it always goes brassy and yellow, every single time (I use a light ash blonde color). I’m cool toned- brassy just doesn’t look good on me. Purple shampoo, like Shimmer Lights, removes brasiness and restores brightness to blonde/silver hair. After using this one time- I could tell a huge difference. Of course I also experienced the flip side of that- using it too much and almost losing color completely in some areas 😉 But overall, this has been a lifesaver for my hair color. I bought this one at Sally’s Beauty Supply for just over $8 with my Sally’s card.
And last, but CERTAINLY not least:
From Left to Right: Clarins 230, Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie, and Lynnderella The Glittering Crowd.
These 3 were my ‘major’ lemmings- almost the only ones that I would give up a lot to own (The only one remaining is Cult Nails Unicorn Puke- and since I do have Finger Paints Twisted, it’s not as rabid of a lemming). All 3 were polishes I absolutely fell in love with early on- Clarins 230 is a bit self explanatory- even though I owned Fantasy Fire, I still wanted the original. Scrangie I have always adored, and The Glittering Crowd is the specific polish that jump started my polish addiction. I was able to purchase Clarins 230 for a reasonable price (it was part of my birthday present from my husband this year)- I did a swap to get Scrangie at cost, no crazy markup (THANK YOU AGAIN!), and The Glittering Crowd was a birthday present from a good friend. These 3 make me happy 🙂
I can’t wait to see what new things I find in September- I’m LOVING the new fall scents and colors coming out!