Aug 01 2014

July Monthly Favorites (2014)

July Monthly Favorites (2014)


It’s that time again! July Monthly Favorites (2014) are here and right now, I am exhausted, lol. This month is a bit shorter than last month as I am still using some of the same products. Dispensing with the unnecessary chit chat, here we go:

Makeup Favorites:


Monthly Makeup Favorites


  • Covergirl TruMagic Skin Perfector – Great for touch-ups. I like to dab this on areas of my face where my foundation may have broken down during the day. See review here.
  • The Balm Mary Lou Manizer – A cult favorite that has that status for a reason. I use this stunning champagne-beige highlighter when I don’t know what other highlighter to use. It pairs well with almost any other colours you may have going on and imparts the most luminous glow.
  • Stila Bronzing Balm – Magic. See review here.
  • Benefit Rockateur – Again, this is what I reached for most this month when I didn’t know what else to wear. It is neutral enough rose gold that pairs well with anything. I wore a lot of bold lips this month and always used this to balance things out.


Monthly Makeup Favorites 2


  • My MAC eye shadow palette – I’ve been building this baby for a while now. One shadow is missing because it was actually a Makeup Geek shadow that I removed and planned to replace with a MAC matte highlight shade (already purchased in recent haul). The palette is too much to swatch for the purposes of this post, but I may have a MAC eye shadow collection coming up soon. 🙂
  • MAC Lip Glass in Lychee Luxe – This is a stunning coral colour with shimmer. I’ve been mostly wearing coral lipsticks this month but have switched up the brand so no clear favorite. But this gloss has paired well with all of them. See the haul and swatch here.
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Tropper (Black): My Holy Grail liquid liner. I prefer a pen type application when it comes to liquid liner. The brush on this is flexible yet sturdy, smooth, fine, precise and comfortable. The formula is the blackest black (the one I swatched is three months old). It does not budge and stays all day until I remove it with makeup remover. This is just a fantastic product. The size featured here is a deluxe sample but I’ve own two prior to this. Second to this is my Stilal liquid liner.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Liner in Smog -This is lovely bronzed liner for the Summer that I pair with a lot of neutral looks when I want something easy and less bold than liquid liner.


Some of My Make-up Favorites – Swatches


Mary Lou Manizer, Benefit Rockateur, Urban Decay Smog and Kat Von D Tropper

(From Left to Right) Mary Lou Manizer, Benefit Rockateur, Urban Decay Smog and Kat Von D Tropper


Social Media Favorites:



NYT Doll Face - SarahIf you weren’t smiling before, you surely will be smiling after you watch Sarah over at Not Your Typical Doll Face. I love her energy, outlook on life and her three points of positivity that she shares with us at the end of all of her videos. Her reviews are always wonderful and informative, but her foundation reviews are my favorite.





A Glittery Life - TrishaI was introduced to Trisha over at AGlitteryLife last year by another favorite Youtuber of mine. She is a sweet, funny and sassy beauty and makeup artist with tons of great information to share. Among many other things, Trisha always has the latest scoop on what’s new at NARS.







Elle Sees Blog SpotElle over at ElleSeesBlogSpot is an established blogger who focuses on a range of topics beyond beauty reviews and tutorials. She features a lot of drugstore beauty finds in her “Cheap Treats” posts and her Beauty DIY series are a must read. Her content addresses speaks to those at all beauty levels, though she does pay special attention to those looking for a quick beauty routine.





Lucia FatbeautyXLucie at Fatbeautyx is another plus-sized beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger that I’ve come to admire and respect. She’s not afraid to talk about the “hard” topics and is willing to share her personal beauty experience in a real way with her readers. I love her! Plus she’s got wicked style.





Laura London BlogSilke Laura at LauraLondonBlog is a complete sweetheart. This Belgian beauty is friendly, welcoming and refreshing. I have truly enjoyed her blog and our interactions over the past few months. Her Beauty Bag Series posts are always a treat and she inspires me to break out the bold lips.





Lola Secret Beauty BlogWhat draws me to Helen‘s Blog a.k.a. Lola of LolasSecretBeautyBlog is her style, approach and philosophy toward beauty. Her academic training in Art and Art History lends itself to an interpretation that is unique as it is appealing to the intellectual in all of us. I love her skincare reviews which are always thoughtful and informative.




Gyudy Notes of Beauty

It was a little later in the month that I discovered Gyudy‘s blog, GyudyNotesofBeauty, but it has become a fast favorite. Gyudy is Italian and although she posts in English, I love how she ensures that the content of her blog is bilingual by included Italian translation.  She features great beauty reviews and always engages with her readers.





That’s it for this month. Please let me know if you’ve tried out any of the products featured. Also, if you happen to visit any of my Social Media Favs, which I highly encourage, please tell them Kimmy from Beauty Isles says “Hello”. To see my favorites from last month, check out this post.

Please share your favorites, beauty, social media or otherwise, in the comment section below. Look forwarding to hearing about what you guys have been loving!






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  1. Thank you! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my blog and the more important reason is that it made me discover yours too! I really don’t know what to say more than “thank you” a billion times 🙂
    Loved your favourites! The make up ones are interesting, I have some of these, and you inspired me to use my Mary Lou Manizer more!
    Thank you again <3

    1. You’re most welcome, hun. I’m glad we were able to connect. Thank you for your kind words! I hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

  2. OHHHHH KIMMMMMAYYYYY 😛 lol Love your blog, and LOVE being on it! So lovely of you to include me in your monthly favorites 😀 This makes me oh so happy! Mwah darling x

    1. It makes me so happy that you love being included on it! I am truly inspired by you. Hope you’re enjoying your day so far….looking forward to the weekend, yay! xKimmy

  3. Aww great post! Your MAC palette is almost totally full :p wow 😀


    1. Yeah, been working on it for a long time, lol. 🙂

  4. Aww hey Kimmy! Thank you for putting me onto your favourite July blogs! So lovely to read what you wrote about me! 😀 You’re a darling! <3
    I'm a little jelly after seeing your MAC palette! I don't own one yet.. I know, I should! Gonna looks into it and get me one 😀 Hope your holiday went well, or is still going well 😉 xx

    1. Hey hun, of course, I meant every word! 🙂 My holiday went great, thanks. Only a couple of days but I needed it. And of course, I did a bit of shopping. Somewhat behind on things blog-wise, trying to play a bit of catch up. But as you said in your post, it’s important to try to take time away and pace yourself! xxKimmy

  5. Hi Kimmy! Thank you so much for saying such lovely things about me and Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog! You are so kind, and I am immensely flattered that you feel as you do! Nice selection of favorites for July– I love your MAC palette! Have a lovely weekend <3

    1. Girl, you know it’s true! Thanks for stopping by, Helen. I have big plans to swatch my MAC palette soon, so hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later, lol. Hope you have a lovely weekend as well! xxKimmy

  6. That MAC lip glass looks so good- Plus, I love lychees! I’ve never tried a lip glass before, how’s the formula? 🙂

    1. I love lychee also, lol. I remember going to pick them when I was younger, hehe.:-)

    2. I’m so sorry hun, I realise didn’t answer your question in my previous reply! (Is it the weekend yet, lol). Anyway, I don’t have a problem with the lip glass formulas, some people think they are too sticky, but I don’t mind them. Another thing, I find the quality and opacity ranges from colour to colour even though they are suppose to be the same formula. This one, however, has really good coverage, opacity and the shimmer does not feel gritty or linger on the lips. Hope this helps! xxKimmy

  7. Absolutely lovely favorites! I love The Mary Lou Manizer! As you said, it is definitely a cult classic for a reason! And Kimmy!!! You are ever so so sweet! I so so appreciate it my love! Wishing you a fantastic weekend!-Sarah

    1. Thank you, Sarah! Much love back at you. Hope you’re having a great weekend as well! xKimmy

  8. The MAC eye shadow palette looks fab 😉 Lovely faves! xo’s

    1. Thanks! I’ll probably do a swatch post soon in the next few weeks. 🙂

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