Yay for Septemer! !! It’s my birthday moth so it’s understandable that I’m particularly excited about this one. Just waiting for all the beauty stores I have an account with to send me my special discounts and offers… 😉

The beginning of the month also means that it’s time to look back at the beauty product that really made and impact in the last 30 days. Funnily enough, this time I’ve been really enjoying using up my random beauty samples and have found a few gems. Here’s my August 2017 top 5…

august 2017 favorites

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Now that’s a surprise appearance in the favorites post. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may know that I’m not a fan of dry shampoos. I find that they usually do absolutely nothing to my hair or even make it look worse than before.  This one from Amika, however, is really impressive.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

It actually absorbs the oils from the roots and also adds a good amount of volume to the hair. It’s a very important bonus for me as my strands are fine and tend to go flat on the second day after washing. I like to spray the product onto my hair and leave it for a couple of minutes before really working it in. If you don’t do that, you may see a bit of the “dry shampoo dandruff”, which is a small downside, but I’ve experienced it with others as well (including the Oribe Gold Lust, which was awful).

The Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo has a pleasant scent and is safe to use on color-treated hair. If you’ve been struggling to find a good dry shampoo for your type of hair, I recommend you try it. I only have a sample for now but will be getting a full size as soon as I run out.

Vasanti Brighten Up Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

When it comes to skincare, one of the standout products this month was the Vasanti Brighten Up Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. It’s a great multi-tasker, combinining the strengths of physical and enzymatic exfoliating products. And it really makes the skin look brighter with just one use, I know it sounds too good to be true, but I’ve noticed a huge difference instantly.

The Vasanti Rejuvenator is not too harsh and can be used on sensitive skin types. I’ve not even experienced any redness after using it, and it’s a common situation I’m dealing with after exfoliating. In this case, my skin feels comfortable and lightly hydrated – not enough to skip moisturize though. I like to use this product before applying face masks because I feel like it also helps all the beneficial ingredients absorb better into the skin. One of my favorite products I received in my Birchbox so far…

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask

Maybe I should change the title of this post to “The most tempting beauty samples out there”, because here’s another product I will definitely be repurchasing. I exchanged my Sephora points for this mask because I was really curious about Peter Thomas Roth products. I was expecting a cooling, lightly hydrating product, but it’s much more than that.

The mask has a nice gel consistency and spreads well, so you don’t need to use a lot per application (this little tube will last for more than ten masking sessions). It’s very gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling soft and supple. I’ve also noticed a light firming effect, although it does not last very long. The description of the product suggests that it offers a detoxifying properties as well, but don’t expect it to compete with charcoal-based masks. I consider it to be a good all-rounder mask for dry skin and will definitely be trying other masks from the Peter Thomas Roth range.

RCMA Makeup No Color Powder

It was not love from the first sight but I’ve finally grown to love the RCMA No Color Powder. It’s been recommended for baking by many bloggers and Youtubers, especially for people with dry skin. It does work for this purpose, but personally I’m not sold on the method itself and prefer to go with a light layer to avoid adding texture to the skin.

I like to apply the powder with a barely damp Beauty Blender, because it makes the product disappear. It’s almost undetectable on the skin and doesn’t really sink into the lines and wrinkles. I like how it locks my makeup in place and doesn’t cling onto the drier patches.

The only downside is the frustrating packaging, so if you plan on getting it, make sure to keep the jar from your other loose powder because you may need it.

Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette

Lastly, let’s quickly talk about the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette. It’s been my go to for over a month now and I love the versatility it offers. Great selection of shades and the quality that’s comparable to higher priced eyeshadow palettes.

I’ve been mostly using the more neutral color spectrum, but if you’re into a bright pop of colors, you’ll find good options here as well. I know it’s a difficult item to get your hands on at the moment, but when it comes back in stock again (which I’m sure it will considering the success so far), I’d say go for it! And if you need more convincing, check my full review of the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette here.

Hit me with your beauty favorites from the past month. Especially in the makeup category, I’m always on the lookout for fun products to add to my collection.

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