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HELLO, SUMMER! MY GO-TO PRODUCTS FOR THE SEASON

Hi everyone! In this post, I’m going to talk about some of my go-to products that I will be using all summer. Besides work, I don’t really plan on doing a full glam look every day this summer. However, if I’m going to the pool or doing something casual, these are the products I have already been using/ plan on using this season. I live in Arizona, and it gets hot as HELL here so these products will protect your skin/be sweat-proof and waterproof to last all day. Without further ado, here they are!

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So I am going to in order on how you would apply these products starting with primer:

heartToo Faced Hangover Face Primer– $32. This primer is B O M B. It is coconut water infused- so it is SUPER hydrating for the skin, but it’s not greasy-hydrating like some primers can be. I’m oily, and I actually love and can use this primer. It has a lovely scent to it too and it just feels so refreshing to pat it into the skin. This primer also has probiotics and skin revivers to help wake up and refresh your skin- especially if you are feeling dull and tired. This can actually double as a moisturizer too- so if you’re someone who doesn’t like to layer too many products on your skin before makeup, this would be perfect for you. Plus, glycerin as an ingredient also helps to really adhere makeup to your skin and keep it on all day.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream with SPF 50+– $38. So this product has been popular for quite some time now and I’ve always heard great things about it. A few months ago when Sephora finally got IT Cosmetics in, I purchased one to see what the hype was about. Honestly it’s amazing… this product is so versatile. You can use a pump with your fingertips and get a nice even coverage if you’re going to the pool, or going to run some errands. OR you can use a sponge or a brush to get a super FULL coverage for a night out. The best part about this foundation is that its soo good for your skin. It is full of hydration, its anti-aging, and it has vitamins A, B, C, and E that address many skin concerns. And the SPF is amazing! Its rare to find a product with SPF 50! The hype is real and worth it on this one for sure.

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heartBenefit Cosmetics GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Blush– $29. Soooo ever since I got this blush, at the end of April, I haven’t used anything else. It’s honestly the perfect summer shade! It goes with every kind of look too and I think that’s why I’m constantly picking it up. It is described as a “bright pink with shimmering gold”, which gives overall a peachy appearance. What’s nice about peachy tones, is that they look good on literally every skin tone. Also what’s lovely about this blush is that it has a pink grapefruit and vanilla scent! It smells like you’re on vacation! Perfect summer blush if you have been looking for one.

heartToo Faced – Dark Chocolate Soleil Deep/Tan Matte Bronzer– $30. I’ve been a fan of the Too Faced bronzers for years now, they will always be my go-to. In the Chocolate Soleil franchise, it comes in three shades, basically a light, medium, and dark. All of them are matte (no shimmer) and with a very neutral undertone. I’m currently using the Dark Chocolate one for my contour and I love how buttery it glides on the skin, and how natural it looks. You can use these to contour, or you can dust it all over to warm up your skin and give a natural faux-tan kind of look! Perfect if you self-tan or have a natural tan and you need your face to match your body. It is infused with cocoa powder, so it is very hydrating for the skin. Also, yes, it has a heavenly chocolate scent (and technically taste too if you happen to get some flecks on your lips/tongue) 🙂

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heartHourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner– $34. Ahhhh. Last month I mentioned a liquid liner that I loved, because I am a liquid liner girl. I recently started using this one and I fell in love! Felt tips are awesome and super easy to use, and Hourglass recently launched this one. It makes creating wings so easy and seamless, the brush just glides on. What I love about this one too is how long-wearing and waterproof it is. My left eye is constantly watering, and I usually have to re-apply my liner in the corner because it will come off from the watering. I was with a friend recently out and of course my eye was watering. I kept asking him, “is my wing messed up?!” and he kept saying yes but I thought for sure he was lying because I had kept wiping it. I looked in my phone front-camera- and sure enough it was still there! That’s when I knew this liner was the real deal.

heartToo Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara– $23. Let me start off by saying in the past, I never liked the Better Than Sex Mascara. I don’t know why really, but I also don’t really remember the last time I tried it. I gave the waterproof version a try recently and I forgot why I hated it! The hourglass shaped brush gives the most insane volume with only a couple of strokes. It gives that awesome false lash look we all want in a mascara. I did give it the true test too, I went swimming with it on and it did not budge. I even rubbed my eyes and no smearing! It’s perfect for the summer and water activities if you still want to wear mascara. And yes, as long as you have a good eye makeup remover (I recommend an oil based)- it will come off easily.

heartTarte Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist– $25. Last but not least, setting spray! Any kind is really a must have for the summer to set and refresh your skin, but I like this one because it really has a ton of skincare benefits. The four things it can do is act as a primer, setting spray, hydrating mist, and a skin refresher. I’ve been using it before applying my skin care as almost a booster for the products that I apply after. I also use it as a setting spray, and a refresher if I’m out at the pool and I need a pick me up. It has soooo many ingredients that are great for your skin to help soothe, hydrate and refresh the skin. The scent is beautiful as well, I could bathe in this stuff!

 

Well that’s it for my summer go-tos, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this! I would love to hear what you think of these if you already have them, or if you go and purchase them! What are YOUR summer go-to products?! I wanna know!

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WHAT’S IN MY TRAVEL MAKEUP BAG

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I’m at my boyfriends house this weekend and wanted to share what is in my travel makeup bag! These are kind of my essentials as well, the things I usually gravitate towards on a daily basis. I realized I forgot my favorite mascara primer at home that I use when doing my mascara, which is the Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer. My lashes will not look the same without the primer. Anyways, here it goes!

heartLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder– $38

I’m sure you’ve heard many people talk about this and how amazing it is- because it’s true. I’ve tried other, less expensive setting powders and there’s really nothing comparable to this one. I use it to “bake” underneath my eyes, my t-zone, and underneath my contour. This truly makes my concealer not crease underneath my eyes all day. It also helps just brighten up the areas I placed it. It has a nice soft matte finish, and will really help to set any liquid makeup placed underneath flawlessly. Must have.

heartbareMinerals Blemish Ready Mattifying Prep Gel– $25

My skin is very oily, so I gravitate towards anything I can put on my skin before my foundation to help keep my skin matte throughout the day. This one isn’t my all time favorite, but I just grabbed it when packing. It definitely does help me not get oily. I like it because it has ingredients to help clear your skin as well. (Tea tree oil, aspen bark, and a peptide complex). I apply it all over my skin after my moisturizer and before foundation. bareMinerals is a more natural brand as well, so it would be good if you have sensitive skin.

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation– $35

Let me just say… I used to HATE this foundation. I never recommended it, never wore it. I always thought it was SOOO thick, and it is thick- but you have to apply it the right way and with the right tool. It’s one of my favorites now and was my holy grail for a while. The coverage is super full- which is what I personally prefer. And it’s one of the few foundations that I don’t get oily through at the end of the day. It doesn’t separate on my oilier parts of my skin, it stays the same all day! I’m in the shade Medium 54 which is also one of the best color matches for me. I apply it with a damp Beauty Blender, which helps it really melt into the skin and look natural. People either love or hate this foundation, and I was definitely a hater before, but I absolutely adore it now. Because it is thicker, I would not recommend it if you have a lot of texture on your skin because the texture will show right through.

Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face Powder– $22

I’m soo in love with this powder! Because I use a full coverage liquid foundation- I like to use a translucent or a very sheer powder on top to set my makeup. After I bake my face with the Laura Mercier translucent powder, I will dust of the extra with this powder on my brush to set the rest of my skin. This powder is very comparable to MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder, in the sense that it is baked and very sheer. It has a soft glow and shimmer to it, to mimic how our skin would naturally glow. And powders like that are my absolute favorite! Tip: you don’t want to layer a full coverage powder on top of a full coverage liquid- that’s when you will look cakey. 

Sephora Collection Microsmooth Baked Bronzer Duo in “Honey Heat”– $19

I bought this because I had been eyeing the Too Faced Sweet Tea bronzer, then I realized that this one is almost an exact dupe and at a lower price point. I love using this after I contour lightly all over my face to warm up my skin. It gives the perfect bronze glow, without looking orange. Sometimes if I don’t feel like wearing contour or blush, I will just apply this on the high points of my face with highlighter and it looks so soft and natural.

heartNARS Blush in “Orgasm”– $30

This is a blush I feel like everyone should have in their collection. It is a universally flattering shade and looks good on all skin tones. It is just a perfect pinky peach tone with a hint of gold shimmer when the light catches it. Its a great every day blush, and is super pigmented so a little goes a long way. NARS has a whole Orgasm collection with lips, cheeks, and even nail polish. It’s such a beautiful color!

heartChristian Dior Backstage Eye Prime– $28

Before I discovered this one, I only had one eyeshadow primer that I could use. My eyelids get SO oily that my eyeshadow would crease after a couple of hours, especially when I did a smokey eye. I had always grabbed and used this primer on my clients because I loved that it had a beige tone to it so it conceals the eyelid and primes for shadow. When I got it I was so excited because I hoped it would work for me. And it does! It’s super fast and easy to use- I just use my finger and swipe it on from lash line to brow bone and boom my eye is concealed and ready for shadow. For some odd reason though, it was pulled from Sephora. I don’t know why, and now I have to find a new one to use on my clients. But I’m glad I was able to get one before it exited.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade in “Soft Brown”– $18

I love dipbrow. I use it to really shape the tail ends of my brows and I can create a perfectly defined arch with this product. It seems intimidating at first,but as long as you use the right brush (I use this one) and use the spooley to blend the product throughout, you can truly create a natural defined brow. For the price, you get a lot of product. Just make sure to always keep the jar tightly closed so it doesn’t dry out, it should last you a while.

heartMAKEUP FOREVER Pro Sculpting Brow in “20”– $27

I use this pencil after I use dipbrow on my ends, but I use this one towards the front of my brows going into the center. It’s a lighter color than the dipbrow, and I do that to make it appear more as an ombre brow. The pencil is angled so it makes it super easy to get the right shape. It’s super soft and blends well. One thing I recently discovered about it too, is that you can twist off half of it off and there is a brow highlighter in it! So I use that to sculpt out underneath and on top of my brow. It has lasted me a while too, I’m pretty impressed since retractable pencils seem to run out fast.

heartLancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF 50– $47

This is Lancome’s latest addition to their Teint Idole family. I’m typically not a huge fan of cushion foundations because they are usually extremely sheer and have a radiant finish. But not this one! It has a soft matte finish, and it has great buildable coverage. I love this for a quick, out the door medium to full coverage foundation. I’m in the color 260 Bisque (N) which is a great match for my skin.

Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner– $12

This is one of my favorite, super basic, retractable black eyeliner. It is super waterproof and it just glides on without tugging. I like it in my waterline, and that’s mainly where I use it. Awesome liner for a great price, I have a couple of these as back ups.

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer– $24

I’m sure you’ve seen YouTuber’s rave about this concealer recently, and they have every right to! This is one of the best concealers I’ve ever used. It’s soooo full coverage, you need just one swipe for full pigment. The smell is fresh and lovely as well. It’s not cakey, and it’s not oily. It really is the perfect texture. I LOVE how big the bottle is too! I feel like this will last me forever. 10/10 would recommend.

COVER FX Blemish Treatment Concealer– $25

I love using this concealer on top of blemishes. It has 1% salicylic acid in it, to help treat your breakout while delivering a full coverage.I don’t really feel like it helps clear my pimples, but I feel better putting this on top of my acne rather than regular makeup.

Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner 24hr Wear– $12

Winged eyeliner is one of my staples, so I go through A LOT of liquid eyeliner. This is one of my favorites, it has a nice matte finish that truly does last all day. No smudging, or if my eyes water it doesn’t come right off. I also love the precise little brush on this, it makes it super easy for me to get that sharp wing.

heartLancôme HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara– $27.50

I love this mascara sooo much!! If you want full volume without having to keep on adding layers- this mascara is for you. It also isn’t super clumpy which is nice! I love the “S” shaped brush, it makes it really just glide through your lashes.

heartTarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara– $23

Right after I use the Hypnose Drama, I go in with this mascara because its more of a plastic stiff brush, so it helps to really separate my lashes. It helps to add additional volume as well, I’m super impressed with this mascara and have been using it every day.

Tarte Eyelash Curler– $20

To be honest, this is a pretty basic eyelash curler. It curls my lashes, but not super well. I’ve used better ones before. But I bough it cause it’s sooo pretty, and it does the job. I bought this limited edition one last holiday season, so I linked this years which is even prettier! I honestly wear false lashes a lot so I don’t use it too often.

 

And that’s it! I also brought some Z-Palette’s with blush/contour in it, as well as an eyeshadow palette and my glow kit. I know this was a long one, but I hope some of you enjoyed it and found it helpful/useful.

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