Favorite August Beauty Products

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Hello everyone!

I’ve been taking a bit of a hiatus from blogging with my pregnancy because, well, hormones.  I’ve been seriously contemplating if blogging is something I still want to do since it has been so hard to really learn the ins and outs of it. This isn’t like a normal person’s contemplation, though, it’s more like 30 minutes of staring at the monitor and crying because “it’s a waste of time”, and “I don’t even know what to say anymore”, and “I just want to write but nobody likes it”, and “why can’t I make these stupid themes look pretty?” It feels as if my blog is the dusty copy of Ancient World History at the library which is tucked in the far back corner where nobody has set foot since 1983.  THAT isn’t dramatic or anything, right?

Establishing a good beauty routine has also been a challenge the past 7 months because I’ve been super paranoid about what I put on my skin. I’ve been avoiding several different chemicals and retinoid derivatives, which takes a lot of items out. This combo limits my topics on beauty products because I haven’t been able to adequately test anything, but it has saved my bank account tremendously!  Anyway, I know you have been broken hearted since I haven’t written anything related to beauty products in a while, so today that’s what I am going to give you!

Favorite August Beauty Products

  • Lancome Definicils Lengthening Mascara: I am not a fan of super long eyelashes for a daily look at any job, and since I work in a small office medical setting a more natural look is certainly (in my opinion) the most flattering. This mascara does help “lengthen” my lashes to an extent, but it makes them look just as they are – MY lashes. It helps to separate them and give them definition without massive clumping or tarantula legs, which brings wanted attention to my eyes.  On days I want longer lashes, I layer a volumizing mascara on top of this one.

  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II shadow: I got this product in my Boxycharm box.  The shadows are highly pigmented, and are a classic creamy powder formula.  The colors are cool tones, and there are four matte and four shimmer or “luster” shades. They have good lasting power, but since they are more creamy it can be a bit difficult to blend them. Don’t do this on a day where you don’t have a lot of time devoted to the blending process.  I have used the lighter colors and the silver/taupe color the most so far out of this pallette, but I really like the darker colors for lining my eyes.


  • Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue tinted hydrating gel cream: you may know already that I am a fan of a lighter coverage foundation. This product contains squalene and humectants to help hydrate the skin.  It does not dry me out, it is buildable to a fairly medium coverage, and gives skin awesome luminosity. Everyone has been telling me that I have “that pregnant glow”, but I really think it has been this product more than anything else.


  • Bare Minerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo: I also received this item in my Boxycharm box. I was skeptical about it since most translucent powders sit very heavy on my face, but this is one I love!  It is exceptionally light and is just enough to help set my makeup without making my skin feel like I’ve rubbed sand all over it.  You also may know I am not a huge fan of highlighters because most of them can be too shiny and overused with heavy hands. This one gives a subtle shimmer to the areas I want accentuated, and is perfect for a daily look when a little extra luminosity is needed. Since it is such a nicely subtle shine, more mature skin can wear this one easily.

  1. Tarte Maracuja Oil: Again, my skin is dry and it doesn’t take a lot to dry it out even more. I have had to sleep with a window unit air conditioner blowing right on me to keep me cool (since I am a human incubator right now), which is great for not breaking into night sweats but horrible for drying out my skin.  Even Alabama’s August humidity hasn’t helped the nighttime dryness in my skin.  I actually received a tiny trial of this product in an ipsy bag one time, and really haven’t used it on my face much until now. I am about to go out and purchase a big bottle of it because I love it so much.  I either put on a lotion or other oils on my face in the evening as my nighttime moisturizer, but have been topping it off with this oil.  It feels really thick on my fingers, but it absorbs easily into the skin. It doesn’t matter what I put it on top of, it gives my skin a super boost and it doesn’t feel dry at all the next morning. In fact, I have been waking up with my skin looking more supple, and with fine lines less noticeable (because many fine lines are due to a lack of water or compromised oil barrier).  Sometimes I use this on its own in a higher amount than when I top off the others, and it’s still just as good.  It is also awesome for applying to cuticles, dry feet, and the very tip of my fine hair to help reduce split ends and static.

  1. Glop and Glam Blueberry Blast Clarifying Shampoo: this brand is actually marketed for children, and is touted for its lack of ingredients (such as sulfates, parabens, pthalates, gluten, etc).  It does have that blueberry scent that is so often used in fragrance, but it’s not obnoxious. I received this as a door prize in a 5K I ran in early August, and was skeptical of it since I had never heard of it. It does a great job clarifying… so great in fact that I personally don’t use it more than once or twice per week.  I find it does a better job than any other shampoo at cleaning my hair after I have used dry shampoo a couple days in a row. I don’t even need to wash my hair twice with this one.  .

  1. Glop and Glam Coconut Dream Supreme Leave-In Conditioner: This is an awesome product that can be really versatile.  I use it after the blueberry shampoo to make sure I get the moisture back in my strands before drying.  I personally apply it from mid-shaft to the ends when my hair is sopping wet, then wrap in a towel to dry up the extra water.  Applying it this way helps to get excess conditioner out of my hair so it isn’t weighed down too much, but leaves enough in to get the job done well.  I have also applied a smaller amount to damp hair before drying with good results, but the second method doesn’t allow me to style my hair as well without putting a texturing cream in to help hold it.  It also is a great detangler.

What are some of your favorite products? Leave me a comment so I’m not a blubbering idiot!

2 thoughts on “Favorite August Beauty Products

    1. Thank you!

      As far as recommendations for women over 50, it depends on what you are looking for and what your skin type is. Are you looking for makeup, and if so what kind (foundation, blush, etc.)? Are you looking for skin care products (face wash, moisturizer, serums, etc)?

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