Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere officially ends on September 22nd, but the high temperatures often remain until the end of the month. While we're still enjoying the warm weather, I wanted to share products I discovered this summer that kept my makeup in place and the shine to a minimum, and gave me that dewy, glowy, bronzed look that's been popular these last few months.
Of course, these products are amazing year round and if you're going on vacation somewhere warm and tropical this winter, grab a few for your makeup bag to add some summer fun to your trip.
M.A.C. Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream ($35.00)
I was at my local M.A.C. store earlier this year and got a sample of this eye cream when I purchased a few other products from the Lightful C line. I instantly fell in love with it and ran back to buy the full size version. It's got a soft, subtle peachy glow when applied and the Vitamin C adds brightness. It also doesn't irritate the sensitive skin around my eyes. A little goes a long way and I like to tap it into the under eye area with my ring finger before concealer to help smooth out lines and reduce puffiness.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer ($36.00)
Sephora calls this silicone-based primer 'iconic' on their website, which makes sense given it's award-winning and best-selling status. I'd gotten samples of this clear primer before as part of Sephora's Beauty Insider program but honestly never cared for it as the texture just didn't work as a primer for my entire face, given my combination skin. It didn't even occur to me back then to use different primers for different areas of my face. So, I decided to apply it on my T-zone to cut down on shine and minimize my pores and lo and behold, it was perfect. This primer helps give a blurring effect to the skin and I find it makes my foundation last much, much longer. It's been a must for hot, summer days and I'll definitely take it for my birthday trip to Aruba next year!
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation ($12.99)
This full coverage matte foundation from L'Oreal was all over the beauty blogs and YouTube tutorials this summer and given it's cheaper price point, I decided to give the Classic Ivory shade a try to see how well it worked. While it's a little patchy on my cheeks, I layer it over the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer on my T-zone and use a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.99) to to blend it out, finish it with a little translucent powder, and voila! Long-lasting, sweat-proof perfection.
M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($32.00)
I bought my Mineralize Skinfinish, in the color Light Plus, on a recommendation from the M.A.C. associate on my aforementioned trip earlier in the year. Where has this product been all my life??? It's a baked mineral powder that can be used alone or to set foundation and just looks beautiful on the skin. It's got a light satin finish and I love to pair it with the M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation ($27.00) for a quick and easy natural, everyday look. I think of all the products I used this summer, this one is my absolute favorite!
Clinique Cheek Pop ($22.00)
The first thing about Clinique's Cheek Pop blushes that caught my eye is the beautiful packaging of the product itself. The color is embossed with a Gerbera daisy (my favorite flower) and all the colors are bright and vibrant. I'm a sucker for a bright pink blush, so I picked up the Pink Pop to try. Not only is the product beautiful in the package, it's even more so on the skin. It extremely pigmented but goes on sheer, so you can control how much to build up the color on the cheeks. It's also really long-lasting so I pop it on in the morning before work and it stays put until I take it off in the evening. I've used it so much, the daisy is beginning to disappear, but it's worth it.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00)
Hourglass is known for their beautiful Ambient Lighting Powders and this palette is a great introduction to the product as it has three pressed powders - Incandescent Light, exclusive to the palette, and Dim and Radiant Light. I bought this palette about a year ago, but given the trend toward bronzed and highlighted skin this summer, I got a lot of use out of it. It's perfect for a softened and natural bronze/highlight/contour look, so much so that I wear at least one or more shade from this collection to work everyday.
Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer ($30.00)
It can be challenging to find a bronzer for fair to light skin that isn't too orange or ashen and the Milk Chocolate (light to medium) matte bronzer from Too Faced is perfect. It's great for an all-over bronze look, contouring the forehead, cheeks, and jawline, and bonus... with the addition of cocoa powder as one of the ingredients, it smells like chocolate! Additional colors are available for a range of skin tones, including Chocolate (medium to deep) and Dark Chocolate (deep to tan).
theBalm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer ($24.00)
Mary-Lou Manizer is another beauty blogger/YouTuber favorite and the first time I used it to highlight the highest point of my cheekbones, I was able to immediately see why. It's super pigmented, glowy champagne color is not for the faint of heart. A little goes a long way, but this highlighter is so beautiful I often go a bit overboard and end up looking like I've been doused in gold, which why I usually reserve it for a summery night on the town.
Maybelline Eye Studio Color 24 HR Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99)
I've seen these eyeshadows in drugstores for the last few years and never gave them much thought, but I watched celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge use Tough as Taupe as part of her Heatproof Makeup Tips - Summer in the City YouTube tutorial and decided to give it a try (because I will try anything Lisa Eldridge recommends!) and I'm so very, very happy I did. These little pots of color go on creamy and quickly dry to a budge-proof finish. Colors like Tough as Taupe and Creamy Beige are perfect as a base for powder shadows and this product in general is amazing for those of us with hooded eyelids as there is very little to no transfer. I've become a bit obsessed with these pots of love and am building quite a collection. They're so versatile, I've been incorporating at least one into my makeup routine everyday.
Note: Keep an eye out (pun totally intended) for a blog post dedicated solely to these eyeshadows. I'll also be posting quite often about eye products for hooded eyelids.
Maybelline Brow Precise Shaping Pencil ($7.99)
And last but not least, now that my hair is blonde, I'm always on the look out for an eyebrow pencil that is actually blonde as taupe pencils and waxes have a tendency to be bit a bit ashy for me. The color of this pencil from Maybelline caught my eye as well as the fact that it has a spoolie on one end. Turns out the color is perfect and the fact that it's a mix of a pencil and a light wax means I can get a more natural eyebrow with a little extra hold than I would with just a pencil or powder. I finish it off with a little eyebrow gel and I'm good to go.
There you have it; my top 10 list of favorites from this summer. I'd like to hear what your favorites were. Share in the comments below!
Yours in Beauty,
Lady Bon Vivant
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