>> Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Back to regularly scheduled programming around here :). Let's start off the month with my favorite things from last month!
Anthropologie Beaded Seaford Strands Necklace - I saw this necklace on one of my favorite bloggers, Kendi, and knew I had to have it. So much of my jewelry is classic or vintage, but I have really been wanting something a little more whimsical for summer. This necklace is perfect for that, and I even got it on sale. It is large, but I've really been enjoying it so far. But despite its size, its very light weight!
Sigma Kabuki Brush F80 - I watch a lot of youtube makeup tutorials when I'm really bored, and I kept noticing all of these girls using this kabuki brush in their tutorials. And not just 2 or 3 girls, like 10+ girls. Ok, I'll take notice of something when that many people are singing its praises (and their makeup looked flawless after using it). Ive only ever used my fingers for applying foundation because I've never found a brush I liked, but this brush has changed my tune. Its bristles are very tightly packed so the coverage is even and consistent. My makeup goes on so much faster now, and my complexion looks even and natural. I seriously love it. I will never use my fingers again.
Clarisonic Mia 2 - This is another one of those items that I've heard about forever. I have many friends that use the Clarisonic, but I just wasn't sure. I have pretty sensitive skin, and I was worried that the brush would be harsh and cause breakouts. Plus, its expensive. But I finally bit the bullet this month and ordered one. I bought mine from Amazon, it was about $30 cheaper there than anywhere else I could find it, plus I got free Prime shipping. The first time I used it I was skeptical, it didn't really seem that great. But my face did feel super clean afterward, but I still have to use a washcloth to rinse off all of the soap. So, its really like adding a step to my nightly routine vs. swapping it for something else I already did. The second day was a little better, I'm still getting the hang of it (I've only had it for about 5 days now) but I really am enjoying it. I'm not head of heels yet, but it definitely cleans well. Maybe an update in about a month? I'll keep ya posted.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion - I've used the Body Shop's Tea Tree Essential Oil for years now for the random zit or other blemish and its always worked well. Tea Tree Oil is antimicrobial so it helps to fight off bacteria that may be on your face. On a layover at the airport in June I had some time to kill before my flight so I wandered in to the Body Shop in the concourse. They were having a major buy 2 get 2 sale so I snagged this, the exfoliator and a few other items. I didn't really start using it until July and oh man, its awesome. Zach has been using the scrub and he loves it (I still love my Kiehls scrub), but I've been using the lotion in the morning after I wash my face and it is perfect for the day. Tea Tree also helps absorb oil, so it leaves my face feeling matte and clean, and I know its helping to fend off any incoming acne. Just as a warning, it does have a strong smell, and if you have any open cuts or skin irritations it will burn temporarily (like, for less than 30 seconds) but the smell goes away and I feel like the burn is proving its working. If you're looking for a good summer lotion, definitely check this one out!
Slim Initial Cuff from Miscellanea by Valerie - Lastly, I recently got this darling little initial cuff from Valerie's Etsy shop. When I purchased the necklace from Anthroplogie, I also found this bracelet that I completely fell for. Except they didn't have my letter, and seconds later it sold out :(. But when I fell I fell hard, and I had to find it somewhere else. That's how I came across Valerie's Etsy shop, she had almost the exact same item as Anthro. I messaged her about using only one initial instead of two, and she promptly wrote me back saying I could do just the one. So in my cart it went. I ordered the bracelet and received it about 4 days later. And I LOVE it. I posted the photo above on my instagram and got some interest (and a lot of likes), so I contacted Valerie about offering a promo for my readers. She was excited to do so, and is offering 10% off $30 or more to all Perfectly Average Girl readers! How cool is that? You can get one of your own and we can be twinsies, or you can pick out one of the other awesome items in her shop. She's keeping this offer open until August 9th, so don't wait to pick up one of her lovely pieces. If someone else buys the cuff just message her in her shop and she can make more.
The coupon to use at checkout is PERFECT10 :) you can also visit her blog here, and here is her Etsy Shop
So that wraps it up for July! I hope everyone survived this sweltering month, hopefully August won't be too bad *Ha! I'm obviously delusional from the heat...*
Anything you've been loving in July? Something you'd recommend to me? I'm a sucker for new and shiny things ;)