Tuesday, July 3, 2012
June Beauty Favorites
I love that summer is an excuse to wear bright nail polish, lighter foundation, and flip flops. But wait, I wear flip flops about 90% of the year, anyway, so who am I kidding? I've picked up quite a few new things recently and I can't wait to tell you about some of my favorite things I'm using lately! All of the products I'm featuring really go along with the theme of "lighter and brighter"!
1. Sephora Collection Bronzer - Los Cabos
I went into Sephora looking for a bronzer to replace my beloved Laguna. As much as I am a die hard Laguna fan, I am not a fan at how easily it breaks and how it costs a pretty penny. I didn't want to shell out $30, and I wanted a bronzer with less shimmer and more matte. You see, I am not a fan of bronzers with a lot of shimmer in them. Call me strange, but I stand by this! I feel like they make your face look fat and sweaty because bronzers are typically applied in areas where you want to minimize or draw in. I like a matte bronzer because while it adds warmth to your face, it also brings those areas in without making you look like a sweaty fat vampire. If you would like to see how I apply bronzer, check out my highlighting and contouring post here. Anyway, back to the bronzer. I love love love this one. It's $15, the packaging is sturdy, there's a lot of product in the pan and the color is incredible! It is buildable, which I love, and adds the right amount of warmth I want. Seriously everything I want in a bronzer. I may not go back to Laguna. The only problem is Sephora likes to discontinue their own brand a lot so I really hope they don't discontinue this!
2. Studio Tools Crease Makeup Brush
Mandy posted about her favorite crease brush of all time, which just so happens to be $1.99 and at Target. Say whaaaaaat?! Of course I had to get it. I really love this brush and how it's so perfect for my eyelid crease. The MAC 217 brush is my favorite crease brush ever and this one is really almost just as good! Definitely worth purchasing! I might go back and buy another one to use for blending concealer under the eye or something.
3. MAC Studio Moisture Tint - Medium
I kind of purchased this on a whim, and I'm actually glad I did! I wanted something I could just slap on during the summer and eliminate the step of using a moisturizer with SPF. There's no need for me to put a full face on when I'm just running errands with the baby. This does the job, and well, I might add. The only qualm I have with this is the chemical sunscreen it contains. I kind of wish I would have read the ingredients before I purchased but since I do not wear this every single day, it probably doesn't make that much of a difference in the long run. Anyway, this stuff is awesome. It's cheaper than a lot of the higher end tinted moisturizers, and you definitely get a good amount. The coverage is light but it really evens out my skin tone. I do need to conceal spots if I am having a breakout, however. But that is to be expected of tinted moisturizer. This isn't full coverage foundation. The best part of this stuff is how it really keeps oil at bay. It stays very matte on my face the whole day, which is nothing short of a miracle for me. I bought it in the medium shade because these do run very light.
4. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural - Medium
I ran out of this stuff a long time ago and I never got around to picking it back up. Why I waited this long I have no earthly idea! It's a wonderful setting powder on top of my tinted moisturizer and foundation. Or this is great by itself as a really light coverage mineral powder in place of foundation or tinted moisturizer. Love love love this stuff!!
5. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment - Rose
I got this in a mini duo pack with the original lip treatment as my Sephora VIB birthday gift. I have been a fan of the original for a while, but gosh darn it, this Rose one is so pretty! It looks rather shocking in the tube, but it goes on as such a nice beautiful pink! The scent is a heavenly lemon scent and it is so moisturizing! It's pretty expensive, but I just might go back and repurchase when I run out! By the way, best Sephora birthday gift yet!
I have a few other things that are going to get their own reviews because they are just that special. I also am going to film a makeup brush vlog highlighting my brush collection and how I use them. Be looking forward to that!
What have you been loving lately? Leave me your favorites in the comments so I can check them out! I love product recommendations!