5 Favorites for August


So much goodness has landed on my desk this month that I have to share my favorites with you. While some of them haven't officially hit store shelves yet, you can get your hands on others now.  

Danessa Myricks Enlight Illuminator

$20 at DanessaMyricks.com

When shooting the Coppertone campaign in LA earlier this year, my makeup artist used a combination of two Danessa Myricks powders on my cheek bones.  "They look so good on camera," she told me.  Of course, I ordered both and have been wearing them ever since.  They're special, because they're buildable, and offer the sexiest, subtle glow.  Off camera, I just use less.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Pot Concealer

$28 at ITCosmetics.com

If you follow my work regularly, then you already know that I'm a huge fan of everything IT Cosmetics.  They're launching an unbelievable amount of problem/solution oriented product this fall.  This concealer has been a favorite of mine for some time, but now comes in a pot, which I like even better.  It's . lightweight, doesn't settle in the unfortunate fine lines under my eyes and offers full coverage.

Essie Gel Couture

$11.50 each at Ulta

This polish is no joke.  My nails are thin and I'm constantly typing on my computer so chips normally happen within two days after a mani with regular polish.  This no-UV-light-needed polish lasts 8-10 days.  No lie.  Most salons charge an extra $5 for the color and top coat, but I recommend buying your own.

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask

$62 at Sephora

Always seeking to brighten my skin, this mask immediately made it into my vanity.  I use it twice a week and the gentle ingredients make a noticeable difference in just 20 minutes.  Typically when it comes to brightening, I'm used to using harsh ingredients like hydroquinone in my serum, but this mask gives my skin a beautiful glow and makes a difference after one use.

Sara Happ Plump & Prime

$28 at SaraHapp.com

I was first introduced to Sara Happ back in my Cosmo days and their lip scrub has always been a favorite of mine.  This new plump and prime gloss does exactly what it says to prep my lips for any vampy lipstick look.  I also like using it alone.