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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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



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

Happy Summer!!

Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog
Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog


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.


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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Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog

Monday Morning Obsessions: Summer Beauty Necessities

Monday Morning Obsessions: Summer Beauty Necessities

This summer has been a unique one for me, its the first summer since I was in college that I haven’t spent my entire summer working in an office. The flexibility of working from home is nice and allows for a lot more time outdoors! Its also allowed me to visit some of the most beautiful bodies of waters, I never in a million years thought I would get a summer like this one. In fact, if you are following me on Instagram, you saw I spent this last weekend at my favorite place on earth, Smith Lake, just north of Birmingham, Alabama.

We all want to live every day of our life with tan, moisturized skin and soft, shiny hair but with lots of time in bodies of waters mixed with extreme heat, that dream can be very difficult to achieve.

Summer Beauty Products

All my summer activities and vacations revolve around being outside; I love to swim in our pool, lay by the beach, hang out on the lake, if its outdoors in the summer, I probably love it. I love summer but all this time outdoors really wreak havoc on my skin and hair. I have to take extra steps and precautions that I never took before to keep my skin glowing and my hair manageable. I have also invested in new products that I never thought I would purchase.

Now let’s talk about a few of my favorite beauty products that are getting me through the summer.

Milk Makeup – Highlighter

Milk Makeup Highlighter


This product changes the summer make up game. Its super light on its own or you can pair it with a powder highlighter for a more dramatic look. On days when you are sitting by the pool and just want a light makeup, this is the best product. It gives you a very highlighted but dewy look and can be work just directly on your face or on top of a full coverage foundation.

Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial

Aveeno In-Shower Facial

On top of my intense moisturization routine, I started adding this to my weekly routine and it has really helped my summer skin. The steam from the shower helps this product penetrate your delicate facial skin and leaves my sensitive skin soft and glowing.

Coppertone Kids Tear Free Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Kids Sunscreen

Okay so let’s be real, I have one million sunscreens but I constantly end up just using the kid’s sunscreen. No matter what precautions I take I always end in tears with sunscreen in my eyes. Its terrible, miserable, I hate it. While I like to use my sensitive facial sunscreens, in reality, I usually just slather this all over my body.

Skinn Foot Fetish Heel Balm

Foot Heel Balm

The truth is I hate shoes. I am always barefoot in the summer but that ends up destroying the skin on my feet and ruins brand new pedicured feet. This product is the only thing that seems to fix my cracked heels. Usually, this is $25, but I found it on Haute Look for $10!! What a steal!

Bumble and bumble Bb. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner

Hair moisturizing oil 

I spent the last 10 years bleaching my hair, completely destroying my very thin, fine hair. I stopped dying my hair about 10 months ago but am still working hard to restore my hair to a healthy state. Let me tell you, swimming in our chlorinated swimming pool is not helping the state of my hair. This oil is everything, it’s so light and hydrating; I didn’t think that combination was possible in hair products but this is the holy grail of moisturization.

What are some summer beauty products you can’t live without? I am constantly searching for new products to keep my skin soft and supple, so help me out on my hunt!

Happy Summer!


Monday Morning Obsessions: The Perfect Summer Nude Lip

Monday Morning Obsessions: The Perfect Summer Nude Lip

I love lipstick. Actually, I love all lip products; matte lipstick, natural lipstick, lipgloss, nude lipstick, glitter lipstick, bold lipstick, you name it and I love it. To be completely honest, I am a bit embarrassed by my lipstick collection, it’s excessive.

My favorite girl, Rhinanna, once said this about her favorite beauty product, “Lipstick. It draws attention away from any flaws. When someone is wearing lipstick, you just assume they’re wearing a full face of makeup. And guys are stupid–they won’t notice when you’re not.”

Nude Summer Lipstick Products

Let me tell you that quote has stuck by me because boy do I believe it. Lipstick can take a mascara only day into a fully polished look. I love all lipstick looks but this summer I have my favorite everyday, nude lip look. This look is created by three tried and true products that once they are layered together make a long lasting, high shine nude lip.

To achieve this look I start with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in the color whipped caviar, I line my lips with this liner then I fill in my lips completely with this lip liner. Once that is done I take NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick and layer that on top of my already lined lips. Once that is on I wait a complete minute to allow that to dry on my lips, this minute of waiting is super important for long lasting lips. Once the product is dry I then apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in the color Vintage over my lips. This product is amazing, it’s like nothing I’ve ever used. Its super high shine and long-lasting. $16 for a lip gloss might seem a bit crazy, but it’s SO WORTH IT!

My skin tone is pretty light, even in summer, but this color trio looks great on a variety of skin tones from fair to deep skin tones.

This is my everyday look but when it comes to a night out or a more high glam opportunity I live for a bold lip, I can’t wait to write about my favorite bold lip products. I HAVE A LOT OF FAVORITES! What are your favorite lip products? I am always looking to expand my ridiculous collection!

Happy Monday!