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July 2015 | Favorites

Kristen Berry

Hi friends! Here’s a quick rundown of the beauty products, fashion finds, and other various awesomeness I’ve been digging lately. In no particular order:

Spotify “Discover Weekly,” FREE, Spotify.com.

Spotify “Discover Weekly,” FREE, Spotify.com.

You know that friend that always has the BEST music recommendations? The songs you've never heard from artists you've never heard of, but instantly love? Spotify's new feature released in July, “Discover Weekly,” is the digital answer to that awesome friend (the crazy thing? that’s exactly how they describe the new feature in their press release. Guess it’s the PR person in me).

Every Monday they update a “Discover Weekly” playlist designed just for you, based on the songs that you and similar music lovers have been into lately. I’ve already saved tons of songs they’ve recommended to my own playlists. It’s made me an even bigger Spotify fan than I was before (sorry T. Swift).

Urban Decay “Naked Smoky” Eyeshadow Palette, $54, Sephora.com.

Urban Decay “Naked Smoky” Eyeshadow Palette, $54, Sephora.com.

If you watched my latest tutorial, you already know that I’m a colossal fan of Urban Decay’s genius new addition to their eyeshadow palette collection, “Naked Smoky.” I brought the palette along with me on a trip to Las Vegas last weekend, and it was the perfect cosmetic companion. There are plenty of subtle shades for daytime, and numerous shades to create a variety of fun evening looks. And thanks to that  awesome Urban Decay quality, the formulas stood up to both the relentless Vegas sun, and hours of leaving it all on the dancefloor. #Win.

Sonia Kashuk® Block Print Valet, $30, Target.

Sonia Kashuk® Block Print Valet, $30, Target.

Speaking of my recent weekend in Vegas, the second half of 2015 will be chock-a-block of travel for me. That’s why while my Sonia Kashuk travel valet isn’t a brand new purchase, I’m appreciating it even more lately.

The pockets easily fit all of the travel-sized (and a few full size) toiletries I bring on my trips. The compartments are also attached with velcro, so I can pull them off and pop them on the countertop if I like. The hanger makes it incredibly easy to pull the valet from my suitcase and just pop it onto the back of the bathroom door, keeping everything nice, neat and easily accessible (especially helpful if you’re sharing the bathroom with others).

I also use the matching small train case for travel, which is the perfect size to fit all of my makeup, as well as all of my brushes in a separate protected compartment.

e.l.f. Blush Palette in Dark, $6, Target.

e.l.f. Blush Palette in Dark, $6, Target.

I’m OBSESSED with this palette (and its shockingly low price tag, obvi). This slim and versatile palette also accompanied me to Vegas -- not only did I have all the blush shades I could possibly need, but the huge internal mirror was perfect for doing my full face of makeup in front of the natural light of the hotel window. The shades offer an impressive color payoff, and they lasted throughout the day (or night) without fading. I’m officially in love.

Vince Camuto “Lyssia” Wedge Sandal in Sandbar, approximately $35, Amazon.

Vince Camuto “Lyssia” Wedge Sandal in Sandbar, approximately $35, Amazon.

I had a pair of pale, neutral-pink sandals from Jessica Simpson that recently met their demise on a crosswalk in Palo Alto (long story), and I was desperate to find a replacement pair ahead of my Vegas trip that wouldn’t break the bank. After an hour or two spent scouring the Internets, I stumbled upon these beauties on Amazon.

I noted that the price is approximate because there are several sellers offering the shoes through Amazon, and different sizes and colors are available at different prices. It’s slightly confusing, but I was able to snag my pair for $35. The color is so versatile, and a bit more unexpected that your usual nude shoe. They’re also insanely comfortable -- I walked all over Vegas in them (in new shoes, which is asinine to attempt, I know), and I didn’t have a problem.

What have you been loving this month?

- Kristen