Ginger’s August Favorites: Focus on the Cheeks!

Let’s be honest, if you’re a ginger who is prone to passing out at any temperature over 90 degrees, you’re kinda happy when summer comes to a close and autumn rolls in. Since I live in Southern California though the weather won’t be THAT much different, but hey, it’s something! Goodbye sunburns & heat rash, Hello cool breezes & pumpkin spice everything. Actually who am I kidding, I’ll probably find a way to get sunburned in September. Pale Girl Problems, am I right?

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NARS Blush in Goulue: Okay, so I feel a littleee bad about including this on my list, as not everyone can purchase it. It’s a VIB Rouge exclusive shade, meaning you gotta spend $1,000 a year to be able to purchase this bad boy! That or find someone to purchase it through, which gives off some black market makeup vibes, but honestly it’s worth it. This blush has a soft shimmer finish, giving your cheeks a nice, illuminated glow. Goulue is a mid-tone, rosey/berry shade. The pigmentation is incredible and it blends like a dream. What more could you ask for? If you’re a VIB Rouge and haven’t discovered this amazing exclusive product, you can purchase it for $30 through the link here.

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Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Smoke N Whistles: Highlight & strobing, originally thought of as beauty fads, are definitely proving that they’re here to stay. Whether it’s the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit or Becca Champagne Pop, these glittery products have taken the beauty industry by storm. Colourpop, an indie brand that has become nearly mainstream amongst makeup addicts, makes some bangin’ highlighters. The texture is so unique, a velvety cream to a soft powder, and has insane pigmentation. Smoke N Whistles is a cool-toned pinky-champagne with silver shimmer. It has a pearlized finish, and is best applied with synthetic or duo fiber brush. Personally though, I apply with my BeautyBlender and it gives my skin an airbrushed glow. At only $8 a pot, the price point on this product is unbelievable. If you haven’t gotten a chance to try one of these shimmery beauties, head over to Colourpop’s site ASAP and pick one up here.

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Lush Cosmetics Jersey Bounce Shampoo: Despite having thick hair, the summer humidity really took its toll on my poor locks, zapping away any volume my hair ever had. Thankfully, that’s where this miracle worker came in handy! Jersey Bounce is one of Lush’s newer shampoos, a lemony-gel filled with sea salt sure enough to give your hair some lift. Coarse sea salt deeply cleanses and gives loads of volume, while free-range eggs & honey condition and nourish your hair. Fresh lemon juice, Sicilian lemon oil, and Persian lime oil are added to give this shampoo a delightful citrus scent. After using Jersey Bounce a few times a week, I found my hair to be incredibly soft with a noticeable difference in volume. As opposed to Big, another Lush shampoo, Jersey Bounce has more conditioning ingredients and a little less salt. Big can be harsh on some hair types, just a heads up! Basically, this shampoo is staying in my life for a long time. ❤ Purchase it from Lush in the USA here and in the UK here.

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Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Palette: While I will always love my Urban Decay Naked palettes, the Tartelette palette has become a quick favorite of mine. It’s an all-matte palette (no shimmer!), with 12 shades ranging from mauves & plums to taupes & browns. Each shade has a buttery texture, incredible pigmentation, and is unbelievably easy to blend. Tarte makes many of their products with Amazonian Clay, the secret ingredient that makes these shadows magical. ❤ The packaging is a perfect mix of cute & chic, and the size is perfectly portable. Each row has 4 shadows, all of which coordinate with each other. While I have mixed and matched different rows, I still find it best to go with the layout. The shades in this palette tend to lean cooler-toned, while the shadows in the Tartelette In Bloom palette lean warmer. Priced at $45 as compared to a $54 Naked palette, Tartelette is actually kind of a steal! You can purchase it from Sephora, Ulta, and Macys.

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Rosebud Perfume Co.’s Rosebud Salve: If you were to search through my purse a few months ago for a lip balm, chances are you’d find quite a few. EOS, Chapstick, Jack Black, even Vaseline! I’m a lip balm junkie. However, if you were to search now, you’d only find one product: Rosebud Salve. This little tin contains this fantastic goop that practically heals all skin ailments. Lips dry/chapped? Rosebud’s gotchu. Skin dry? No problem. Got a minor burn? This stuff helps take the sting out. Amazing! Not to mention it has a beautiful rose fragrance and a very slight pink tint, making it the perfect lip balm. Sephora and Ulta carry this salve for just $6, don’t sleep on it!

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Now for some non-beauty related favorites; here’s what I’ve been obsessed with in August:

Stranger Things: I’m not even sure how I can describe the way this show makes me feel. Its a phenomenal new Netflix series, a perfect mix of scifi, thriller, drama, and nostalgia. Taking place in the 80’s, a small town in Indiana undergoes some serious issues when trouble starts brewing at a neighboring government laboratory. I’ve literally watched this entire series three times, and I’m really tempted to start it again.

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Retro Video Games: While trying to get rid of some clutter in my garage, I happened upon a flimsy cardboard box simply marked “games”. Curious, I opened it and to my complete shock, inside was my Nintendo 64, 2 controllers, and dozens of games. Needless to say, I’ve been playing old school Super Smash Brothers & Pokemon Stadium almost daily. This was such an amazing find, it was like being transported back to 1999.

Frank Ocean: Fun fact; I used to be obsessed with Frank Ocean. Listened to Channel Orange everyday for months on end, fantasizing about meeting him, waiting for his next album to drop. And that’s where my obsession ended. Waiting for his album to drop. After being taunted for four years about his upcoming album, he FINALLY released it. While the petty side of me wants to say it’s trash and not worth the wait, his album Blonde is actually amazing. He is so lyrically talented, each song conveys different ideas and emotions. Favorite tracks: Nikes, Self Control, Seigfried, Ivy. As much as he frustrates me, I just can’t stay mad at Frank Ocean for long. ❤

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