Hey Friends! I just wanted to touch on some of the products that I find are essential in the summer time. These are all great products to get a natural look and aren’t too heavy on the skin which is exactly that we want in the summer time! I’ll go into detail about each product so that you know exactly what it is and how to use it. I hope you all enjoy and find it helpful!
The first item which I am loving at the moment is the the Josie Aran 100% pure aragon oil. This is a beauty oil that can be used not only on the face but for spit ends, cuticles, dry skin, basically anything that is dry and needs hydration. I should probably say that I live in a very dry place and therefore my usually normal skin feels super dry and tight and this is an amazing moisturizer! I use it as a night time moisturizer and honestly when I wake up in the morning my skin looks so healthy and radiant It is soothing and lovely and I look forward to putting it on every night! I recommend this for any skin type because it will help reduce oil for people with oily skin and it will hydrate and refresh dry skin. Definitely a summer essential because when I wake up in the morning I feel like I don’t even need to put makeup on!
Next up is this beauty blender. I bought this about 3 days ago and it is absolutely amazing. It evenly spreads your foundation/concealer without absorbing too much of the product. I find when I use this that it goes me such a natural finish it looks like I have nothing on. It can be used for any type of foundation from tinted moisturizers to heavy full-coverage foundations. Everyone should own one of these! On a side note, invest in the real beauty blender, not the cheaper version that can be bought at drug stores: the knock-off ones absorb all of your product and make the foundation you apply to your face look like a hot mess.
Next is the Smashbox Camera-ready CC cream, my shade is Light/Neutral I have been searching for a CC cream that I would love and so far this is one of the best ones. CC stands for colour-correcting, so it is meant to even out ones skin tone without adding too much coverage. This one is a bit heavier and is more of a medium-coverage cream and therefore will not be suited for girls who like a really light foundation, but I still live it. It is my perfect colour and goes me the exact coverage that I want.
Also a year-round essential is the Mac Pro-Longwear concealer, my shade is NC30. This stuff is phenomenal!! It doesn’t crease, its extremely full coverage, extremely long wearing and it blends out beautifully. It can also act as an eye primer because it is so crease-proof and long wearing. This product is suitable to all skin types, I highly recommend that everyone invest in this product.
Next up is the Rimmel Stay Matte translucent powder. This is a setting power that works amazingly and its completely translucent so it does not alter the shade of your foundation in any way, it just sets your makeup to ensure that it will last all day or all night. It is the best drugstore setting powder that I have ever tried and I especially like it because it gives a very matte finish, so it will control the oil in t-zone on hot summer days and prevent your make from melting off.
Up next is the Tarte Amazon Clay Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess. This is just a sample size but it is such a pretty natural-looking bronzer. Bronzers are so pretty in the summer because it gives a person the look of glowing sun-kissed skin even if you’re inside all day working. This colour is such a great warm-tned bronzer and it has a very subtle gold undertone. In the pan it looks like it has gold glitter, but when you put it on its has a beautiful bronzy-golden-godess look to it. If you prefer a matte bronzer, the Bobbie Brown bronzer in Golden Natural is one of the best ones out there, but personally for a natural, fresh summer look, this one is my favourite so far. It can also be used as a hi-lighter on darker-skinned girls.
Ok this blush is so old and I’ve barely used any, so excuse the photo. Its a MAC limited edition blush from the surfer collection a few years ago, but its still my favourite blush for summertime. Its basically just a really intense coral-orange colour that looks so beautiful on any skin type. I don’t know of anything that is exactly like this colour but any colour that is close to this is the perfect colour for the summer, especially with the trend of oranges and corals that is currently in style.
This next product is a Bare Minerals all-over face powder in Pure Radiance. I would never use this as an all-over face colour though!! In the pan it actually looks like its a neutral face setting powder, but looks are very deceiving in this case. On the skin it completely transforms into this amazingly sparkling hi-lighter. It is so sparkly and iridescent that it could also be used as an eyeshadow. I love this as a hi-lighter in the spring and summer just because of how sparkly it is. It is so pretty and so feminine and suitable to all skin types and colours. Although if you hate sparkles the you would really hate this product because it is packed with iridescent micro-glitter.
Next up is this water-proof tinted brow gel from Mac called the Pro-Longwear Waterproof Brow Set. The fact that its waterproof is what sold me on it because when its hot in the summer you don’t want to sweat off your brow filler, or if you go swimming you still want your eyebrows to look good! This product is so easy for summer because I can just whip it on and my brows are set and given just the right amount of colour. I love brow gels so much!
Next is the Maybeline Pumped Up Colossal Volume Express mascara. This is such a great mascara for volume because the brush is huge and it super easy to apply the product. I love mascaras like this always but this one for the summer is so great cause I can literally just put this on my eyes and my eyes look so big and beautiful! Its perfect!
I also prefer drugstore mascaras rather than high-end ones because I find they last longer and they’re WAY more affordable.
This next product has been a favourite of mine for while: its the Urban Decay Naked Basics double ended pencil. On one side you have the shade Venus, which is a creamy almost iridescent beige shade which looks amazing when placed in the waterline to open and brighten the eyes. And on the other side is the shade Crave, which is a very dark brown, almost black colour which looks great on the top lash line or when places in the waterline for a more smokey, night time look. This pencil is great because it super easy to travel with an has the perfect colours in it. The texture of the pencils is also very creamy and easy to work with so anyone can feel confident applying wither of these colours.
These next two products are actually from the same Lise Waters eyeshadow collection. The blue one is in the colour Folie D’eau which is this amazing iridescent peacock blue colour, and the pink one is in the colour Folie Douce which is this to-die-for rose gold colour. These loose eyeshadows are so gorgeous! They both have so much sparkly and are so easy to apply! They have a bit of fall out but thats because they are loose powder formulas. But the colour intensity and shimmer is incomparable. They are both so pretty for the summer and are suitable for all skin colours. This one of eyeshadow is one of my favourites just because of the amazing and sometimes unexpected colours that you find, but all of them, and especially these two, are stunning and a summer staple for everyone out there.
Last but certainly not least are these two lip glosses. The bottom one is a Makeup Forever Lab Shine lipgloss in the shade S24. It is such a beautiful bubble-gum pink colour, and it smells like a fruit salad. Its so pretty by itself or even on top of a nude lipstick. Its very beautiful for light-medium coloured skin tones but it is a bit too pink and too light for darker skinned girls.
The top colour is a sample size lipgloss from Bare Minerals line called Marvelous Moxie in the shade Party Starter. This is such a beautiful pink-coral colour as it is not too orange and not too pink. Its so pigmented, goes on so smoothly and smells like mint. It is a bit on the sticky side but its just such a beautiful colour that I am willing to put up with the stickiness.
Im usually not a fan of lip glossed because they get stuck in my hair but when its summer my hair is usually up anyways and I can play around with them more!
This is just a swatch of all the colours of the powder products, the eyeliners, and the lip glosses. From Right to Left it goes Makeup Forever lipgloss, Bare Minerals Lipgloss, Lise Waters eyeshade in Folie Douce then in Folie D’eau, the Urban Decay eyeliner in Venus then in Crave, the Bare minerals hi-lighter (which unfortunately is not showing up true to life in the photo), the MAC blush, then the Tarte Bronzer.
I hope you all enjoyed my summer essentials list and I hope you learned about something new! Thank you for reading and I’ll be back with more beauty knowledge soon!