Happy August! I’ve been having lots of fun playing around with a mostly minimal makeup look this summer; I don’t think I’ve ventured into smoky eye territory once. It’s been all about pops of fuchsia and red on the lips and a bronzed, dewy face. I really put this look to the test while spending a week on the beautiful island of Aruba at the end of June, celebrating my 40th birthday. I’m not going to lie; I wasn’t happy about turning 40 for a number of reasons I won’t bore you with, but it was hard to stay mad about it when waking up every day to sun, sand, and a beautiful blue sky. I wanted to share some of the products I used and looks I rocked on my face throughout the week.
Like most beauty fanatics, I have a tendency to over pack my makeup bag when going out of town. Even when I’m headed out for a quick weekend trip, I usually overdo it. So, in an effort to avoid a similar fate for a week-long stay on a hot, sunny Caribbean island, I was determined to strategize and only take the absolute essentials. Admittedly, what I consider to be the essentials for even a minimal face is probably more than what others might take, but I was still determined to only use what could fit inside a large, canvas toiletry kit. I even went so far as to make a list of the beauty products I would need. And because I hate packing with the intense hatred of a thousand fiery suns, I even started early. The best laid plans, right?
While I did a great job of getting a head start on packing my clothes and toiletries, I didn’t do as well in the makeup department. I managed to pack everything on my list, but didn’t think about putting together looks like I did with my outfits. It’s not that I brought too much makeup (aside from one or two eyeshadow palettes I definitely could have left at home), it just didn’t feel curated. This was probably due to the fact that because I left packing my makeup near the end, I was just throwing things in the bag. Rhetorical question - am I the only one who gets completely overwhelmed at the thought of not having exactly what I need so I either overdo the effort or just completely shut down?
Luckily, even in my panic, I was able to stay focused enough to pack items I’d already been using throughout the summer and knew would be long-lasting, waterproof, as well as super bronzy and glowy. Here are the products I used the most:
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($36.00)
Laura Geller Double Take Baked Versatile Powder Foundation ($36.00)
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($28.00)
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38.00)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit ($40.00)
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector ($41.00)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($62.00)
Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer SPF 15 ($3.99)
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($30.00)
For stay-put eyes
Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer ($21.00)
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow ($6.99)
L’Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H ($9.99)
Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara ($19.00)
True Isaac Mizrahi Insanely Gorgeous! Mascara ($24.00)
For pops of color
L’Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow ($8.49)
Too Faced Love Flush Long Lasting 16-Hour Blush ($26.00)
Chosungah Fullmoon Party Lipstick ($22.00)
Trestique Lip Crayon ($28.00)
Wet n Wild Perfect Pair Ombre Lip Wand ($3.99)
As it turns out, what's the one thing I did end up overpacking? Makeup brushes. Eyeshadow brushes to be exact. 14-15 of them, when I maybe used one or two during the entire trip. It’s probably not surprising, though, considering I packed at least 10 tank tops and only wore three or four. Clearly, I can’t help myself…
These are the brushes I did use:
Morphe MB8 Small Buffer ($7.99) & G8 Tapered Powder/Blush Brush ($16.99)
M.A.C. 168 Large Angled Contour ($35.00) & 217 Blending Brush ($25.00)
MODA Pro Makeup Contour Brush ($7.99)
Real Techniques Expert Face ($8.99) & Setting ($7.99) Brushes
And that, my friends, is how I slayed in Aruba. What are your favorite products to take on vacation or use during the summer?
Yours in beauty,
Lady Bon Vivant
P.S. All that fuss I made about turning 40? So silly… I feel more confident than ever and look forward to this new decade of life.