June Favorites (Best Office Bag EVER!)

Rachel's June Favorites Round-Up

I don’t always post a favorites blog every month… but when I do it’s full of fabulous finds! (LOL I couldn’t resist the meme reference!). Today’s round-up is comprised of 6 products I’ve been telling everyone about lately because they are almost too good to be true, but aren’t! I always trust bloggers who actually buy and use products themselves over simply rounding up photos of things just for the commission. While I’m all about making commissions, that’s now why I blog — so if I haven’t actually tried something, but I post a link to it on my blog or social media, I will always explain WHY! I hope you enjoy learning about my June favorites as much as I have enjoyed using them!

Rachel's June Favorites Round-Up

I’ve been singing the praises of the Dose of Colors matte liquid lipstick in the color “Old Flame” for a couple of weeks now! I am obsessed with the creamy to matte finish. This particular color dries ultra fast, can be layered without feathering or peeling off, stays on through a meal and only needs to be touched up once per day (for me, anyway!) It also gives my lips the appearance of extra fullness being the perfect shade and formula to use for over-lining the lips because it stays EXACTLY where you put it! I’m excited to try other Dose of Colors shades, and I’m anxiously my order of “Kiss of Fire” to arrive in the mail from Ulta!

Rachel's June Favorites Round-Up

You’d have to be living under a rock (and no, I don’t mean the moon!) not to have heard about the beauty community craze over hyaluronic acid (HA). It’s the stuff used in the lip injection, Juvederm and is already a naturally occurring substance in your body (yes, there is HA in your body right now!). HA has incredible H2O retention capabilities making it the perfect “plumping” agent. Over time your body’s store of HA depletes and that’s partially why we suffer from “crepe” skin, wrinkles, fine lines and sagging jawlines! HA can bring that fullness and deliver hydration back to aging skin because of it’s ability to hold about 1,000 times it’s own weight in water! I’ve been using this HA serum for 2 weeks now, in conjunction with at-home facial cupping therapy, and can’t believe the visible difference it’s made in lifting my face and reducing the appearance of pores! Get it HERE for $15 from Amazon!
Rachel's June Favorites Round-Up

My sweet, sweet friend, Jane Stoller sent me this gorgeous YSL liquid gloss as a thank you for my review of her book in May! I had to share because the lip gloss’s packaging is beautiful and it smells and tastes  like a Jolly Ranchers candy! It’s also the softest, smoothest lip gloss I’ve ever put on my lips – it’s the perfect marriage of a high-shine, brightly colored lip gloss and hydrating chap stick! Apparently you CAN have your cake and eat it too! Thank you for introducing me to this product, Jane!

Rachel's June Favorites Round-Up

A girl’s first pair of Lisi Lerch earrings really are memorable! A dear friend sent these darling Kate earrings in turquoise as a birthday gift and I’ve been planning my outfits around these earrings just so I can wear them non-stop! If you’ve ever tried on any Lisi Lerch earrings you know they’re on the heavy side! While I love their classic tassel earrings, they are impossible for me to wear for a long period of time. The Kate earrings are the perfect compromise for any bauble aficionado who wants a pair of Lisi’s in their collection that they can actually wear on a daily basis without inducing headaches! The Kates are the perfect dress-up-dress-down piece for preppy girls who love a little pop of color with their all navy and white Summer attire! Pair with a striped tee and scalloped shorts or a little red dress for instant Southern class.

Rachel's June Favorites Round-Up

There’s a reason the “Better Than Sex” mascara by Too Faced has almost 7k reviews and a 4.3 star rating on Ulta — it is a cult classic and truly does wonders for your eyelashes! I started using this mascara when I had my eyelash extensions removed about a month ago. I had gotten to the point with my eyelash extensions where I missed being able to really rub my eyes and bury my face in a pillow and just needed a break! When my extensions came off my eyelashes of course weren’t very long because they didn’t have a chance to grow out. I started using a lash growth serum and within a month they were as long as my extensions had been (definitely not as full as extensions, but that’s obviously not surprising!).

My lashes with Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced!

I personally like the ‘spidery’ lash look, so it doesn’t  bother me that this mascara builds really fast between layers, however, you can use a separator between coats. Just make sure you do it quickly between applying thin layers because this mascara gets thick pretty fast. That’s a pro in my book though because it means it doesn’t bleed, feather or smear when I mist my face with my go-to setting spray almost immediately after applying!

Now for the pièce de résistance I know you clicked on this post for! THE BAG! I had to do a little video showing you how spacious and beautiful this bag is! I take this to my office with me almost every day now. It’s sturdy, elegant, made of beautiful quality, butter soft leather and comes in the most perfect lipstick pink shade I’ve ever laid my eyes on! But honestly the absolute best part about it is that it’s less than $160 on Amazon Prime! I know, I was skeptical too. I thought the product photos of this bag couldn’t possible be real, but armed with the backing of Amazon’s return promise I went ahead and ordered it. And I’m so glad I did! The one I have is the Ainifeel 40cm in “Rose” with gold hardware. Another pro is that the bag isn’t heavy when its empty. I have a real Birkin bag (the style this Rose pink bag was inspired by) and it is quite heavy even when empty even though it’s only a 30cm. I adore my newly discovered dupe so much I’m now trying to decide which one go buy for Fall / Winter!

Rachel's June Favorites Round-Up

I hope you enjoyed this little round-up! If you ever see anything I post on Instagram stories or other social media that you want to know more about, let me know in the comments and I’ll review those items on the blog in a future favorites! I’ve already had over 20 of you ask me about the facial cupping so I will be reviewing and showing you how I do it in a video ASAP!

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13 Comments

  1. July 14, 2017 / 18:18

    That bag is so nice! I love the color of it, and I think it could be used year round!

    Tori

  2. July 15, 2017 / 01:24

    Love everything about this post!! YSL is my fav lip brand, these Kate Spade earrings are the cutest and I am obsessed with this mascara!

    • Rachel July 17, 2017 / 15:51

      I love Kate Spade earrings too! These are the “Kate” earrings by Lisi Lerch — her designs remind me a lot of the Kate Spade look though!

  3. Melissa
    July 15, 2017 / 03:54

    That liquid lipstick color is stunning! Great products!

  4. July 15, 2017 / 13:42

    Ahh! That matte lipstick is gorgeous! I love the packaging too. Better than Sex is one of my favorite splurge mascaras. I usually keep a tube on hand when I want my lashes to really pop! I think it has one of the best consistencies of any mascara on the market.

  5. July 15, 2017 / 17:43

    LOOOVE that bag! Your necklace is adorable.

  6. lcross35
    July 15, 2017 / 22:49

    That bag is gorgeous, I love the blush and gold! I’m in the market for a new work bag since my current one is getting a bit worn out!

  7. July 18, 2017 / 07:35

    That bag is darling, love the color!

  8. July 20, 2017 / 04:36

    the colour of that bag is stunning! x