August 2014 Faves

 

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I cannot believe it’s September already? Where has this year gone? August was a weird month for us here in the Chi. It was downright cool at some points but Summer came roaring back the last few weeks of August and it has been pretty humid and hot, yuck! I had a few favorites for the month of August, some of them are predictable (obviously!) and some of them are brand new. But because of the heat I can honesty say that I wore very minimal makeup for more than half of the month.

ebblog august 2014 faves

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick – Honestly, if you haven’t tried this you are missing out! I’m fairly consistent when it comes to favorite products and this foundation has been my go to since I bought it waaaaaay back when it first launched. My official review is here.

batiste dry shampoo august 2104

Forgot to include this in my group shot!

Batiste Dry Shampoo Fruity & Cheeky Cherry – A recent discovery for me. I grabbed a can of this prior to leaving for Mexico in July and I fell in love with it. I just bought another can of the Fruity & Cheeky Cherry scent and I got one for brunettes. Batiste is an affordable dry shampoo option at 7.99 and it works better then most high end dry shampoos I have tried. The scent is more fruity than cherry but it smells really, really good.  This particular scent absorbs oil and freshens my hair very well. It also adds a nice, long lasting volume. You can find Batiste Dry Shampoos in a variety of scents at various stores. I buy mine at Ulta and Walgreens.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – Ok, so I like this better than my previous fave L’Oreal Miss Manga. Perversion is ultra black, ultra shiny goodness folks! I know, I know I kind of dogged on the mascara in my August 2014 Ipsy Bag review BUT I am a woman and therefore allowed to change my mind. I really, really LOVE this mascara. Against my fair skin it just makes my lashes “POP”. Perversion doesn’t clump my lashes, it’s extremely easy to build up and the brush/wand is the bomb. This mascara gives me just the right amount of oomph for any occasion.  I just bought a full size yesterday. =)

Serenity + Scott Powder Foundation – I discovered this brand at TMS Chicago this year. Their Powder Foundation is the bee’s knees. And when combined with my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick I get perfect, natural looking skin. I’ve never used a powder foundation that mimics natural skin like this one. It is fabulous: wears softly on the skin, doesn’t stick to drier patches on the skin, or “sit” on top of the skin. I finally found a powder foundation that I like.

Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Naked – This was the ONLY product I have used on my lips for the past month (until my Berry obsession which happened at the tail end of August). Naked is the perfect shade of sheer peachy pink for me. It’s just gorgeous with an added bonus of not drying my lips out as it has some née moisturizing properties packed in it.. I also adore the packaging, it’s very luxe and a definite conversation starter.

Anastasia Brow Wiz – Try as I may I cannot find anything that replaces my beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz. I love a natural brow that has some skin peaking through. And I can get this effect with my beloved Brow Wiz. The skinny tip is perfect for creating a natural brow and I like the spoolie on the end. This is an all in one product for me but if it’s insanely muggy out I do need to set it with a powder.

As you can tell by now I went ultra natural for August 2104. Was it hot and muggy in your neck of the woods like it was here? What were your faves for the month of August 2014?

Ashley

 

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Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo

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Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo contains 100 ML of product and retails for $19.00. It is available at Redken Salons nationwide. Just as a note: I personally only recommend purchasing salon products from an actual salon or a beauty retailer like Ulta/Beauty Brands that have a salon on site. That is the only way to really guarantee you are getting the best possible salon products that are not knock off/fakes.

I am a dry shampoo junkie and 9 times out of 10 most dry shampoos are a bust for me. It’s a rarity for me to find one that I really love outside of my favorite Bed Head Rock-A-Holic Dry Shampoo. Well, I have found a new one that could possibly reach “holy grail” status for me. Yes, I said holy grail!

Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo is their newest formula of dry shampoo. It has a sister product in the Pillow Proof line the Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer. The Pillow Proof line is aimed at making your blow outs last longer through the use of a heat protectant/primer and this dry shampoo. The Redken Pillow Proof dry shampoo can also be used to add texture to your hair which allows for easier teasing, up does that last longer, etc. Despite the ridiculously long name I really L-O-V-E this dry shampoo. Here’s why:

  • It smells great! A fresh, almost minty scent. It doesn’t linger but it does freshen hair.
  • You can see the powdery spray when it lands on your hair BUT it brushes out super easy leaving no ashy residue.
  • It works miracles at absorbing oil without getting clumpy or having that gross dry shampoo texture.
  • The super cute pink can!

Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo is the real deal ya’ll. It might be on the pricier side at $19 a can but it works and when a product works than price isn’t really a huge issue.  Have you tried this product from Redken? What about it’s sister product the Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer with Heat Protectant? What is your favorite dry shampoo?

Ashley