July Favorites & Fails – Skincare, Makeup, & Lifestyle

July Favorites & Fails, makeup, skincare, lifestyle

July was a great beauty month for me because I repurposed a fail. I do still have a few fails for this month that I’ve been able to give to friends. Keep reading to see what old and new beauty products (plus one lifestyle) I picked up and have been loving. 

Makeup Favorites

July 2020 makeup favorites

Elf Bite Size Mini Eyeshadow Palettes

I have been reaching for these every time I’m running late for work and need to do a quick look. These little quads are well worth the $3 cost and I can see myself grabbing these when the world opens back up and us Americans can start traveling again. Seriously, if you’re just starting out with eyeshadow pick up just one of these to start learning with. The quads are super easy to use and are pretty good quality. Read more of my review on them here.

Glossier Skin Tint – G4

I got this because didn’t want to wear a regular foundation every day. Glossier’s Sin Tint is another go-to for me especially on the days where I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup but still want to do something. There’s very minimal coverage but I do find that it looks as though I’m wearing nothing as the finish is very skin-like. Look for a Glossier review from me soon where I go into more detail.

Tubing Mascara

This isn’t a new product to me but I’ve been loving it so much. Mascaras I used to purchase would be such a hassle to remove. I would have to use a micellar water-soaked cotton pad, cleansing oil, AND a wet cotton swab to get it all off. Scrolling Reddit one day I came across a post on tubing mascara. Researched it a bit and picked one up at Target after work. Y’all, I’m not exaggerating when I say this mascara changed my life lol. Seriously it’s soooo much easier to remove that I haven’t forgotten to apply it not once. NOT. ONCE.

And it’s not just this one: it’s all of them! Look it up! My mascara no longer smudges under my eyes and it comes off with ONE removal application, not three. Go get yourself a tubing mascara if you have the same issues that I did and thank me later.


Skincare Favorites

July 2020 skincare favorites

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

After months of deliberation I grabbed this mask from Sephora a few weekends ago and baby let me tell you: the hype is real. The mini mask retails for $25 USD for a 1 oz tube. At night when I pair this with the Kiehl’s Eye Treatment I talked about last month, my skin looks smooth AF when I wake up. I won’t go into too much about this one because a 2 Minute Review on this is coming soon along with a mask comparison. Buy it here or here.

REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic/Toner

One of the products I was using ended up being fail (see below) so I purchased this as a substitute. I wanted an exfoliating toner with lactic acid because it’s more gentle than glycolic (read more here). The applicator is a well-pump that requires you to press down on it with a cotton pad to dispense the product. I love that because it cuts down on waste and if you’re a little clumsy like me you’ll be happy to know that it won’t spill if you knock it over!

I apply this product 2-3 nights a week with a reusable cotton pad after applying my hydrating toner and before moisturizer. After the 2nd week I could see that my complexion looked brighter and my mask breakouts have been shortened since using it. Buy it here or here.


Lifestyle Favorites

July 2020 lifestyle favorites

Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing

Okay so I bought a Nintendo Switch along with Animal Crossing and y’all, I’m hooked. I’ve been playing it every day since I got it and even had a few dreams about playing lol. It’s one of those games that has you so caught up that you don’t realize that an hour has passed and you’ve barely picked up all the weeds. I’ve found that it’s a great way to pass the time plus people of all ages can enjoy it. If you like fighting or any kind of competition, this game isn’t for you. But if you like playing games that are calming yet fun, definitely pick this up.

White tees

(All of the pics taken were on my white tee, which was not stained in the process of my photoshoot). My wardrobe is super simple these days and that’s because I wear a lot of white tees. I wear them with dress pants, jeans, shorts, to the grocery store, around the house. You get it. They’re a part of my personal uniform and won’t be going away anytime soon for me.


Fails (not pictured)

Olehenriksen Glow 2OH Dark Spot Toner

Y’all, I gave this product a good try but it just didn’t work for me. I’m not a beginner with acids so when I first started using it twice a week it was fine. Didn’t notice any improvements so I kept using it thinking I would eventually see results. Instead of that my skin got worse with no end until I stopped using it. Not sure which ingredient my skin didn’t like but I won’t be using it again. 

The main ingredients are glycolic & lactic acids, lemon, sugar cane, licorice root, and my skin hated it. (Yes I saw the ingredients before purchasing it but I thought with limited use that I would be fine). If you’re experienced with acids and have the farthest thing from sensitive skin, you may like it.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (repurposed)

Okay, so I wanted to get into some Glossier for the summer and ordered this along with a few other products (look for a Glossier haul post soon). The brand claims that the cleanser is good for removing makeup and be non-comedogenic.

I knew this wasn’t going to be a heavy duty cleanser so I tried it after a day of wearing Glossier’s makeup (which is already light coverage). My face didn’t feel super clean even when using an oil cleanser first and when I went in with micellar water around my edges, there was a lot of makeup left. I tried it after not wearing makeup and my face still didn’t feel clean. Plus as a bonus, I woke up with whiteheads both times.

I came across a post by @heyaprill on Twitter and she suggested using your face cleanser to wash your reusable masks because it’s gentler than detergent. I used the Milky Jelly Cleanser and y’all my mask breakouts have drastically dropped. So this fail turned into a fave. Buy it here.

Dewy setting sprays

Okay this one isn’t product specific but I’m giving up on dewy setting sprays. I have combination-oily skin and it took for a pandemic to happen for me to realize that I don’t like looking dewy anymore. I don’t know how I’ll feel in the winter but for now I’m done buying and using this product.

After doing my morning skincare routine, my face is pretty glowy. Add in my SPF and it’s heavenly. Apply makeup and then a dewy setting spray and it’s good for a few minutes but by the time I get to the car I look like I’m about to start dripping in sweat. Issa no from me dog.



I feel it’s important to state that most of the time I use the same products over and over until either I run out or they stop working as intended. In the case that they stop working as intended, I usually include it in my monthly Faves & Fails post. I choose to do these posts as a way to share what products I’ve been using all month. So if you see me talking about a product one month and then don’t hear about it again, just know that I’m still using and loving it!

Also there are temptations for sales everywhere you look and my intention is to not add to that by telling you to ‘buy buy buy!” I only want to aid in decision-making process if you were interested in a particular product. If you want me to start including which companies/brands have big sales coming up or going on, please email me or leave me a comment.

Share below any thoughts you have on any of the products I listed above. I’d like to hear from you guys on what your May favorites and fails were. Also let me know if you want to see further reviews on any the products mentioned. 

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