August 2016 Beauty Favorites + NEW VIDEO

I can’t believe August is over. I spent this whole month back at home. It seems like it flew by. I actually spent most of the summer in LA taking summer classes at school, and now I’m about to go back in September, which is crazy.

So today, I’m gonna be going through some of my beauty favorites this month. Normally I don’t wear a lot of makeup when I’m back home since I barely leave the house. But I do have a few pieces since I did a little back to school makeup shopping to prepare me for september. I also have a makeup instagram (MakeupByAshleyNicki) so I tend to do some looks for that even when I don’t go out. And now it’s time to share some of my favorites with you.

The first favorite of mine, but not a beauty favorite, is my Forever 21 Haul. I made a video going through all my new purchases. I had so much stuff, but now I’m ready to go back to school. You guys can check that out below if you’d like.

And now to start off the beauty favorites is the Wet n Wild Contour Palette. This thing is quite a steal. It has a highlighting shade and contouring shade. I don’t use the highlight because I much prefer shimmering highlights and this one is matte. But I’ve been looking for a decent contour powder and I feel like I found one. It’s very pigmented. And it’s a nice color for contouring. The only thing I dislike about it is that the a lot of powder gets on your brush when you try to apply it, which can be wasteful. But on the plus side, it’s a big sized palette and it’s very affordable.

Next up is the Loreal Pure Clay Detox Mask. I love this stuff. I’ve been obsessed with finding a good detox mask lately. So far this is the best one I could find. I do believe it costs a bit more than the other one’s I found but it’s so worth it. It makes my skin feel so healthy afterwords.

Third is the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Brush. Don’t get me wrong I love the palette too, but I haven’t used it too much this month. However I’ve been using the brush everyday I do eyeshadow. I love how fluffy the big crease side is. It makes blending eyeshadows so easy. I find it so easy to do any kind of eyeshadow look with that brush. If you would like to purchase the brush separate from the palette try Glambot, which sells safe used makeup and tools. This is the link to the brush. And a link to get $5 for the site. (Just a fair warning, they are affiliate and referral links. You can find my other affiliate links in the sidebar 😉

Up next is Eylure Lashes. These are pretty much the only lashes I wear. Basically I suck at fake eyelashes. But these for some reason seem easier to apply. I can actually apply them. I love the glue it comes it. Instead of having a squeeze tube like a lot of lashes, this one comes with an applicator so you can put it directly onto the lashes. It allows you to control the placement and amount so much more. That’s probably why I like these so much. I also love the feel of them. When I apply the correctly, the feel natural, almost like they aren’t there.

My last favorite is the Nyx Loose Pearl . My favorite shade is lilac. And it looks amazing as an eyeshadow. However, I most often use it as a highlighter. It’s not glittery, but gives such a great shimmery, glowing highlight. I’m obsessed with highlighters and this is probably one of my favorites, if not my favorite. I recommend trying a lavender/lilac highlight because they look amazing, and I feel like it be good on any skin tone.

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