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12 Must-Have Summer Beauty Products

12 Must-Have Summer Beauty Products

These are some of my favorite products that work exceptionally well during the warmer months of summer.

  1. Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer is an excellent option for summer, because it dries to a semi-matte finish while providing sheer to light coverage–and it still feels incredibly lightweight.
  2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners are budge-, smudge-, and water-proof, but they’re still easy to remove at the end of the day.
  3. Make Up For Ever HD Blush is a long-wearing cream blush that dries down quick enough that it sets in place for all-day wear but still gives you enough time to blend it to a perfectly natural shade. (Check out three more favorites!)
  4. Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stains are one of the best lip stains on the market that I’ve come across in four years of blogging. Easy to apply, natural looking, doesn’t strip lips of moisture, and wears all day.
  5. Maybelline Full ‘n Soft Waterproof is one of my favorite mascara formulas and my go-to when I want to opt for waterproof.
  6. MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation does not budge–if you need more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but still need a foundation that wears really well despite warmer weather, this is one of the best I’ve tried.
  7. Benefit Cha Cha Tint is an orange-coral cheek and lip tint, and it’s one of my favorites from Benefit. It’s natural, buildable, and works well on both lips and cheeks.
  8. Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liners are perfect for quick and easy summer looks. The color range is more natural/neutral, and they work well worn alone as a wash. (Check out four more cream eyeshadow favorites!)
  9. MAC Chromagraphic Pencils are the longest wearing pencil eyeliners I’ve come across–even on the waterline.
  10. Sunscreen with SPF 30+ — I don’t have reviews for a lot of my favorites, but these are ones I reach for regularly: Clarins UV Plus SPF 40, Neutrogena Dry Touch, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream/Lotion for Face.
  11. Aloe vera is a total must-have for anyone who is prone to sunburns. I love products like Clinique’s After Sun gel.
  12. T3 Dry Shampoo is a product I’ve been using for years now to help prolong hair in-between washes. I always bring it when I go on vacation, especially when the place involves the beach.

What are your summer must-haves?

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Happy Sunday!

How do you start your Sundays? For me, my routine is similar to most other days, which means getting up at eight, hopping in the shower, and then feeding Mellan. Once he’s fed, he and I go for our morning walk where I also grab my Starbucks! It’s actually one of the things I look forward most each day – just walking with my furry guy!

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MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick
MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “rouged chocolate” with a lustre finish.  It’s a reddened brown with semi-opaque color and a subtly glossy finish. For a lustre, it’s particularly pigmented, though it’s not completely opaque.  It glides on easily and leaves behind ample amount of color with a good amount of shine.  I actually found this lustre to be a bit moisturizing, as compared to other lustres that do nothing for me in the moisturization department.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. I typically get four hours of wear, but some of the lighter lustre and glaze finishes tend to disappear by hour three. Amplified cremes and amplified finishes, however, tend to go beyond four. I find the formula comfortable to wear and not drying (but not moisturizing–a couple of the matte shades can be drying).

P.S. — I have no idea why the tube of lipstick looks like that; it didn’t look like it had anything on it when I swatched it originally.

MAC Lipstick Sheer Plum
Sheer Plum
Sheer Plum

7 Summer Beauty Tips

7 Summer Beauty Tips

Summer has kicked off (well, for some of us; even in California, it’s rather gloomy!), and the change in weather means a change in beauty routines!

Go waterproof! Nothing is more budge-, crease-, and smudge-proof than something that is also waterproof or water resistant. You might not be swimming, but the sweat and humidity can take a toll on things like eyeliner and mascara.

Powder, powder, powder! Whenever you apply a cream or liquid product, make sure you set it with powder. I find this is true of my routine year-round but even more so during the warmer months. Keeping a pressed powder compact in your bag is an excellent way to freshen up your face after being outside, too.

Less is more! When it’s just sweltering out, you might just want to wear less makeup. Get creative with the “minimal” look to get you through the hottest days.

Consider cream/gel blushes. These kinds of blushes tend to last longer–blushes that are designed to stain will last longer than your average powder blush, because the sweat won’t break it down as easily.

Apply in layers for all-day wear. For occasions that you want to wear a full face of makeup, remember to layer. For face, wear a primer, followed by your foundation, and if it’s liquid/cream, set with powder. For lips, use a lip liner and apply lipstick with a brush (and top with gloss if desired). For eyes, do mascara last and allow foundation to fully set before applying.

Find a good sunscreen that works under makeup. Ideally, you want a sunscreen with a matte or semi-matte finish. You don’t want anything greasy or that takes forever to absorb. It’s also important to give it enough time to sink in before applying any base makeup to ensure the makeup sits on the skin well.

Try a tinted moisturizer! This is one of my favorite products for the summer, because most tinted moisturizers also contain SPF, so you can quickly apply it and achieve sheer coverage–enough to even out minor imperfections and give skin an overall more polished appearance (for those of us not blessed with perfect skin!).

Feel free to share your summer beauty tips in the comments! 🙂

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