Thursday, September 3, 2015

059. | Current Beauty Obsessions, Vol. 4

Today, I'm sharing a collection of beauty products I've been using consistently for the better part of the summer. My go-to look was glowy, bronzed skin with simple, neutral eyes and a pink lip. To see what I was loving the first part of the summer, check out my Current Beauty Obsessions, Vol. 3. And to learn more about what I've been using recently, read on!

  • Urban Decay Naked Palette: This may be hard to believe, but I only started regularly using my Naked palette this July. I've had it for about three years and never touched it because I didn't think it suited my skin tone. Well, of course, I was terribly, terribly wrong. The shadows in this palette have the most gorgeous shimmery finish. I love that the shades are understated enough to be appropriate for day to day wear. [Link to purchase]
  • Essie Sunset Sneaks: I have a rather large nail polish collection, so it's very rare for me to use the same polish color more than once over the course of a few months. This vibrant red-orange from Essie has lived on my nails and toes this summer, so it deserves a shoutout. Sunset Sneaks is from Essie's Summer 2015 Collection, so if you like this shade make sure to get it before it's gone! [Link to reviewLink to purchase]
  • Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara: This is a lengthening mascara that pairs perfectly with a simple, neutral eyeshadow look. I've been using the Smokey Eye Mascara almost exclusively this summer, and I'm planning on repurchasing it as soon as it dries out. I like this because it gives the lashes fullness and definition without looking overly dramatic or spider-y. [Link to reviewLink to purchase]
  • theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer: Mary-Lou's lesser known sister is a soft pink highlight with subtle rose gold shimmer. Cindy-Lou is much less intense than Mary-Lou. On my skin, Cindy Lou gives a gorgeous natural glow. I think this is one of the most underrated products in the beauty community. [Link to reviewLink to purchase]
  • theBalm Balm Desert: This is a blush/bronzer that I use exclusively as a blush. It is a rosy brown with strong pink undertones. I love that wearing this makes me look that I've been sunbathing all day (even though I've probably been stuck behind a computer working). I pair this with Cindy-Lou Manizer to get the perfect, natural summer glow. [Link to reviewLink to purchase]
  • theBalm Time Balm Face Primer: Wow, I didn't realize how many products from theBalm I've been using this summer! I love this primer because it keeps my skin from getting overly oily, but it is very lightweight and doesn't clog my pores. Even though I still have more than half of my tube left (a little goes a long way!), I'm already planning on repurchasing. [Link to reviewLink to purchase]
  • L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup: This is the only foundation I've used for the past two months. True Match Lumi has medium coverage and a dewy finish. It has a hydrating formula and is infused with vitamins. I really love the way this looks on my skin, and I like that it has skin-friendly ingredients to keep me blemish-free. [Link to reviewLink to purchase]
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder: I know that the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder has been popular in the beauty community for years, and I finally understand why. This product gives an almost airbrushed effect and keeps oils at bay all day. I truly think this is just as good as similar high end powders I've used, and only costs $4.99! This powder is now holy grail status in my collection. [Link to purchase]
  • Clinique All About Eyes: Hang on tight, I promise we're almost finished! I didn't realize how many products I'd amassed. I need to start doing these more frequently. A major thank you if you're still reading! On to the product, I love this eye cream because it has a cooling, gel-like texture that helps me look and feel more awake in the mornings. It's hydrating and calms puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. [Link to purchase]
  • theBalm Coconut Milk Cleansing Face Cream: And finally, this is a daily face wash infused with soothing coconut milk and white tea extract. It feels very calming on this skin and the scent is divine. I recently finished this bottle, and am planning on restocking very soon! [Link to reviewLink to purchase]


  1. I can see why you have been wearing that Essie polish all summer, it's such a pretty shade!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  2. I've used this Stay Matter powder for years and it's my absolute favourite, it works amazingly well and it's so cheap! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  3. All the lipsticks look beautiful :) and that post has actually inspired me to start using my Naked palette more. x

  4. Going to have to give the coconut cleaning cream a try!
    xo Southern Style

  5. Great picks! Love that MAC lipstick shade - perfect year-round color!

  6. Love the nude palette

  7. The naked palette is a staple for me everyday, well when I wear makeup.

  8. yay for the naked palette!! love that!

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

  9. You really make me want to try The Balm... all of those products look so nice!

    xo, alison*elle

  10. Great post!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  11. That Cindy Lou-Manizer looks so beautiful! I want to get my hands on it!
    Have a good day, lovely xx

  12. Greats pics all products ade very interesting
    I want to buy revlon products I love lipstick
    Good weekend


  13. I own half these products! They're all amazing!

  14. the nailpolish is simply beautiful :)

  15. Gotta love the original UD Naked Palette right? It's just such a classic and all of the shades are wearable. I definitely get a lot of wear out of the neutral shades, for work they give the perfect neutral not to fussy eye look. BTW I've nominated you for a Liebster award. The link to this is below. No worries if you don't take part, but just thought I'd share the love. It's entirely your choice xx

  16. Love the look of that MAC shade! I have just nominated you for the Liebster Award, Kate. Check out my latest post for all the details & feel free to participate!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  17. theBalm Time Balm Face Primer sounds absolutely fantastic! I have a oily skin so that something I really need to take into account for my face products. :]

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  18. The Stay Matte powder is my favourite, and I love that colour of nail varnish.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  19. These are great! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  20. I love your current obsessions! I need some of these in my life. Love the colours and your post is very lovely. xx

  21. Great pics all around, that palette is supposed to be amazing but what we especially love are those red lippies! We also love rocking red lips.

    ISA Professional