Everyday Summer Makeup Routine

Everyday Summer Makeup Routine

This past week we had our first day of 110-degree weather, you know what that means?! It’s officially Summer! A new season means a new makeup routine and my summer makeup bag has all of my favorite products in it. My summer makeup bag includes a lot of bronzer and products with SPF and absolutely no burnt orange eyeshadow.

There is a myth out there that if you spend a ton of money on makeup then you are buying the best products, nope, no way, absolutely not true. The products I use on my everyday face is a nice 50 / 50 split between drugstore and high-end products. The best makeup comes at all price points.

Summer Lipstick
Summer Makeup

In addition to this blog post, I also have a makeup and summer makeup routine saved on my Instagram story highlights. While I love to talk about all things makeup and beauty on my blog and Instagram, let me preface this blog post by saying I am in no way shape or form a beauty expert. I just really like makeup and love to talk about it with other makeup lovers.

For me, summer is all about a natural, bronzy, highlighted face. Even though it is not my reality, I love to look like I spent the last week on a beach in the Bahamas, I mean but really, who doesn’t? Okay, time to talk about all things summer makeup.

Summer Makeup Products

Before I put on any makeup I always curl my eyelashes, apply Aveeno daily lotion and then some sort of primer for dry skin. This summer, I am switching off between Becca’s First Light Priming Filter Face Primer and Tarte’s Base Tape.



Foundation

After I let my primer dry for a few minutes it’s time for some foundation. For summer, I mix IT cosmetics CC cream (shade: light) and Revlon ColorStay foundation (shade: natural beige), I like the consistency of this mixture as well as the shade it creates. I mix the combination up on the back of my hand and then apply it with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, this sponge is unbelievable.



Concealer

Like everyone else, I use Tarte Shape Tape (shade: light sand) and think it’s magical. I put a little product on my ring fingers and just dab, dab, dab under my eyes and then take the pointy end of the real techniques sponge and dab some more. This product lasts all day and gives the perfect amount of coverage.



Setting Powder

I have super dry skin so I use a very light amount of powder on top of my makeup. Just a quick swipe over my face with a fluffy brush and that it, I’m done. In summer, I use IT Cosmetics CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder for an additional layer of sun protection, SPF is king in my life.



Bronzer

Bronzer is a must have in summer, give me all the bronzer. I wrote a blog post all about my favorite bronzers, you can read that here. For application, I lightly dab my brush in the product and I start by going in on my forehead, I brush, brush, brush until it is blended. Then I take that brush and apply bronzer under my cheekbones and keep brushing until everything is nicely blended together. For bronzer, it’s very important to start with a little amount of product and build to the color of your liking. I constantly change the bronzer I use, my favorites are listed below.




Blush

I love blush, LOVEEEE!!! This summer, I am using the Morphe Blush Trio in color pop of pink, three perfect shades for summer. I lightly put it on the apples of my cheeks and that’s it, just a little splash of color.



Highlighter

I like to shine to the gods! Shine bright! If I want a super glowed up look I will start with a cream highlighter (I use Milk Makeup highlighter in shade Lit) and then top with a powder highlighter. If I want less shine, then I will just use the powder. I’ve been using the Jouer highlighter in color Topaz forever, it’s amazing, I’m obsessed.



Eyeshadow

This is probably weird to most people but for eyeshadow, I use all face products. For my base, I use IT cosmetics powder and take an eyeshadow brush and put it all over my lid. After my eyelid is covered, I now go in with my crease brush and put bronzer in the crease and I blend, blend, blend. I then take a blending brush and blend the crease out. After the bronzer is completely blended out, I then dap my ring finger in my highlighter and just lightly dab on my eyelids. tada! The perfect summer eyelid. If I am looking for a more made up look than I use Kat Von D eyeliner. I think less makeup is best for summer so most days are no eyeliner days.



Mascara

If you have been around here for a while you know I live for Lash Paradise. Its the best, yes I have tried Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and I still prefer Lash Paradise. I always prime my eyelashes with L’oreal’s primer and then use two coats of Lash Paradise.



Eyebrows

Filling in my eyebrows its a must! My eyebrows are naturally so thin! I look naked without my eyebrows filled in. For my eyebrows, I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and it is the perfect product!



Lipstick

My favorite topic. I use a new lipstick every day, seriously, I love lipstick. My go to is a nude lipstick with heavy brown undertones. Before I touch my lips with the lipstick I always line and fill in my lips with lip liner, this is so important!!!! Lipliner makes all the difference, seriously. I never use the same lipstick combo so I have listed all of my favorite lip liners, lipsticks and lip glosses below.

Lip Liners



Lipstick



Lipgloss



Now that you know ALL of my summer go to’s. What is your number one must use summer beauty product?!

Happy Summer!!

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The Best Bronzers For Summer

The Best Bronzers For Summer

It’s after memorial day so you know what that means? SUMMER IS HERE! That means afternoons by the pool, weekends at the lake, it also means, lots of sunscreen. I spend my whole summer staying as fair as possible because sun = wrinkles. Even though I spend my summer avoiding the sun I still love that healthy summer glow. To achieve that healthy goal we all desire, I turn to bronzers, lots of bronzers. I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite bronzers for summer that you need if you are fair like me.

The Best Bronzer For Summer
Bronzer For Summer

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If you have fair skin, summer can be tough because it is very difficult to avoid the sun. I love the sun and outdoors so much but I know how important it is to protect my skin from the harsh summer rays. In summer, I love to layer on sunscreen (if you want to know what my favorite sunscreens are you can find that here) , and I always wear a hat. Because of my intense sunscreen routine, bronzer is a vital part of my everyday summer makeup routine.

Where my pale girls at? People with my skin tone usually don’t know what it is like to have a tan, fair skin goes straight from very fair to bright pink. AND SUNBURNT SKIN IS NEVER IN STYLE.

Bronzers are the best way to achieve that healthy summer glow without exposing your skin to dangerous sun rays. Skin cancer is real y’all! , avoiding the sun and using bronzers is probably the best thing you can do for yourself, and your future skin. I like to remind myself that every tan on your face also means a new wrinkle to your face. Thank goodness for bronzers because we no longer have to worry about getting sun on our face to achieve the glistening summer skin we all desire.

I have always been a very big fan of bronzers in high school I was obsessed with Bonnebell’s Glimmer Bronze. Does anyone remember Bonnebell?! They were famous for their lipsmackers but their bronzer was everything!!!!

And now for my list of best bronzers for summer.

For clarification, bronzers are different than contour powders. Bronzers usually have some sort of shine to them and have more of an orange color. Bronzers are meant to make you look more tan. Contour powders have a matte finish and are meant to make your face look thinner. Bronzing powders are to bronze which is why they are so important for summer. Glad that we cleared that up.

What are your favorite bronzers for summer?! or actually for anytime of the year.

Happy Summer! XOXO

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The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

Yay for the warm weather and spending lots of time outside. I mean, we all love some fun in the sun, I especially love an afternoon by the lake or pool. If you’re like me and love to spend time outdoors than a really great sunscreen should be your best friend. I am obsessed with sunscreen, especially really good sunscreens for your face so I thought it was time I share my favorites.

Sunscreen for face
Sunscreen For Summer

Did you know that you should be using a different sunscreen on your face then you use on your body? It makes sense right? Your face is such delicate skin you should be using an SPF with a delicate formula.

My mom taught me the importance of sun protection at a young age so I was never one of those girls who spent time in a tanning bed or used coconut oil to accelerate my tan. I could talk for days about the importance of sunscreen, but I am sure all of you know by now that you have to wear sunscreen every day and you need to reapply it often.

I know you have heard this 100 times before but it’s worth repeating, melanoma is real !!! Not only can the sun cause cancer but also wrinkles, no thank you! 90% of premature skin aging is caused by the sun’s harmful rays, today’s tan could be tomorrow’s wrinkles, again, no thank you.

Last week I talked about the best foundation for summer so I thought it was time I put together a roundup of the best sunscreens to wear under makeup or just by themselves. These sunscreens offer the necessary UV protection with a lightweight & non-sticky, flawless finish that plays nicely with makeup.

MY FAVORITE SUNSCREENS FOR YOUR FACE

Pro Tip: sunscreen is the last thing you should apply in your morning skincare routine right before your makeup. The best way to make your makeup play nice with your sunscreen is to wait for your SPF to absorb completely before putting makeup on top of it.  Let it sink into your skin for about five minutes before starting your makeup routine.

What is your favorite sunscreen for summer? Let me know in the comments!

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The Best Summer Foundation For All Skin Types

The Best Summer Foundation For All Skin Types

Summer is coming fast, and if you live in a warm place as I do, summer is here. It is already the time of the year where my makeup isn’t staying put all day, my scalp is a sweaty mess and I am LAYERING on the sunscreen. At this point of the year, you have probably already put your winter clothes away but have you purchased your summer foundation?

When it comes to summer skin, usually less is more. There are clearly lots of time when a full coverage foundation is needed but isn’t it nice to sometimes just put on a nice CC cream?

The Best Makeup For Summer

It’s safe to say that we all have the same goal with our foundation; flawless skin, look 10 years younger and make sure it lasts all day long. I mean, that doesn’t seem like too much to ask, does it? My biggest pet peeve is when I start my day with a flawless face and by lunch, my make up is gone.

When looking for a new foundation, there are so many options it can be quite daunting. From high end to drugstore, the amount of summer foundations available is endless. Who has unlimited hours, and money to spend trying to find the best options when it comes to sweat-proof summer foundations? Good news, I have put in the leg work and have found the best summer foundations for all skin types.

Now let’s get down to the best summer foundations

IT Cosmetics CC Cream – I could start and stop this list right here. The holy grail of summer foundation. Not only is it lightweight, high SPF but it also comes in both a matte and illuminating version.

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation – Did you think I would make a list about foundation and not included my absolute favorite? no way! This is the best option if you have an important event and want a full coverage foundation. It is 24 hour sweatproof and has some serious staying power. If you are looking for a dupe of this, you can find my list here.

Tarte Rainforest Of the Sea Foundation – This full coverage formula is very hydrating and has a light sunscreen to keep you protected all day long. In addition to that, it is also a super buildable foundation.

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation – This product will last ALL DAY LONG. This product is waterproof so a little sweat won’t affect your full face of makeup. This is a super matte formula so it is best for those of you with skin on the oilier side.

Urban Decay Naked Skin – This is the foundation that I wore to my wedding reception two summers ago. It is such a nice demi-matte foundation that can last through anything, even a little rain on your wedding day.

Milk Sunshine Skin Tint – I am always drawn to Milk products because of their super cute packaging and ease of use. This product has SPF 30, super hydrating and a super easy application. It’s perfect for casual summer days. This formula works best on skin on the drier side.

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Cream – This list wouldn’t be complete without one BB cream.  This comes in 20 shades, SPF 20, has buildable coverage, natural looking finish and leaves you with the most flawless complexion. Everyone needs this BB cream in their summer makeup bag!

So who else is ready to put their best face forward this summer? If you are blessed with super dry skin (like myself), make sure to read my best foundations for dry skin post.  Do you have a summer foundation that you love? Leave it in the comments!

The Best Lipsticks For Spring

The Best Lipsticks For Spring

One of the best instant refreshers for warmer spring weather is a new lipstick, right? With Living Coral selected as Pantone’s Color Of The Year, it’s a great time to take to invest in some of the prettiest coral (and pink) lip colors for spring. These fun spring lipsticks will definitely convince you that the temperatures outside are warmer than they actually are.

Are you ready to update your makeup bag with beautiful coral lipstick? These are my spring favorites…

Spring Lipstick 2019
  1. Nars Lipstick – Orgasm
  2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Lovers Coral
  3. L’Oreal Colour Rich Matte Lip Color – Matte Caron
  4. MAC Lipstick – Pure Zen
  5. Dior Lip Glow To The Max – Bright Pearly Coral
  6. Tarte Quench Lip Rescue – Coral
  7. L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine – Luminous Coral
  8. Maybelline Color Inti-Matte Nudes – Naked Coral
  9. Milani Color Statement Lipstick – Matte Innocence
  10. Morphe Liquid Lipstick – Virgin
  11. Buxom Matte Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick – White Russian
  12. NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream – Tokyo

If I am honest, Coral lipstick is definitely out of my comfort zone when it comes to lipstick. I am trying to add more color to my wardrobe and that definitely includes lipstick as well. Traditionally, I am a nude lip girl through and through. Recently, I have shared my everyday lip combo on Instagram but if you are interested in the perfect year-round nude lip, I have linked it below.

Nude Lipstick Set

What is your favorite lipstick? Do you change up your lipsticks for the seasons?

Happy (almost) Spring!

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