August Beauty Favorites

1. Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara -- 2010 Elle Top 5 Awards - Best Mascara: I use this mascara when I want more full, voluminous lashes. When desiring to achieve such a look, Benefit's BADgal is my go-to mascara. Although it has a fairly thick formula, it only ever-so-slightly clumps, which is a majorly important factor for me. I love the big brush this mascara has, because I am able to coat almost every lash with just one sweep. Definitely one of my favorite mascaras.

2. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in "Pink Punch": This is my absolute favorite lip balm, that I wear quite frequently. Although it is a lip balm, its impressive buildability doubles as a lipstick. I often wear this color in a natural pink to simply add a tiny bit of pinkness to my lips. Two fantastic things about this lip balm are that it acts as a moisturizer and hydrates the lips, and it contains SPF 20 sunscreen—we can't forget about our lips. This isn't just a basic lip balm—a must-have.

3. Sigma Beauty Eye Shadow in "Elope": Sigma Beauty's Elope is a marvelous, and my best-loved, highlighting eye shadow. Although it is not proclaimed as a highlighter, that is how I get the best use out of it. I use it each and every time I wear eye makeup, for an open-eyed, brightening effect. The matte, nude color gives off a very natural look, which I love. The pigmentation is rich, and the wear is long-lasting. 

4. Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream: I have been using this eye cream for a couple of months now, and I have to say, it has impressed me more than any other. It is formulated to fade dark circles and help smooth fine lines. Although these are not major concerns of mine at this point in my life, I use it for its wonderful hydrating and brightening effects.

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