Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday Mood Lifters: Summer Makeup Edition

Happy Monday! Now that it's officially June it's time to break out all your summer favorites... Cutoff shorts... Jack Rojers sandals... turquoise everything... and of course fresh, dewy makeup. Today I've put together a mood lifter chock full of my favorite summer makeup picks.

 

A Wash of Dewy Color

Maybelline Baby Lips. Revlon Lip Butter. Clinique Chubby Sticks. For years I tried every lipstick/balm hybrid with high hopes, and each and every one turned to sticky, clumpy goo within 30 minutes of application. I was very skeptical of the new Benefit hydrating tinted balms, but a quest is a quest so I picked benebalm up anyway, making sure to hang on to the receipt for the probable return. Lets just say that receipt is now in the garbage! This balm is the bomb! It's hydrating and leaves behind a fresh wash of color, giving you that I-just-ate-a-strawberry look. Plus they work seamlessly with benefit stains to double the color impact while keeping the dewy freshness when the mood strikes.







The Combo That Protects and Perfects 

If you can switch to a BB with an SPF over 35 in the summer I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, I've yet to find one of those that is kind to my skin. I must admit I haven't really looked in a year or so though, bacause I've finally found the summer sunscreen/foundation combination of my dreams! It all starts with CoTZ face, an SPF 40 mineral foundation with a matte finish. It sets to create a really grippy, smooth surface. In other words, it acts like a makeup primer. In the warmer months I apply my CoTZ, then give it about 10 minutes to set. Next, I put on about a pump and a half of Jane Iredale liquid minerals foundation. The combination wears all day on me, and has a lovely sheer look. If you follow me on Instagram, this is what you see me wearing in just about all my candid photos.







A Just-Pinched Flush 

When it comes to the crime of wearing too much blush I say lock me up and throw away the key, baby! I'm a total blush addict, but even I will readily admit lots of powder blush looks heavy and chalky in the summer. I also find that most liquids do little more than rip up your foundation and make a smeary mess. That's why this year I'm singing a chorus of hallelujahs for Makeup Forever's new cream blush. When rubbed onto the apples of the cheeks in a circular motion this stuff creates a natural-yet-noticeable flush that's perfect for warm weather. Plus, there are tons of fun colors to play with! Most days I use the one on the top left.







A Smudge Of Sultry Shimmer 

For years I avoided cream eyeshadow for fear of creasing. After reading about a bazillion and a half positive online reviews I decided to break my abstinence and try Maybelline Color Tatto. Imagine my shock when it totally lived up to the hype! This stuff is easy to smudge on with fingers, doesn't crease, and stays put all day! Audacious Asphalt, Tough as Taupe, and Bad to the Bronze are my three favorite shades for summer.



So those are my favorite summer makeup items. What are some of yours? If there anything I need to check out ASAP?

36 comments:

  1. I love and have several color tattoo eye shadows,I would love to try benefit lip products, the colors and description look interesting!

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    1. I can't recommend the Benefit enough! They are the only thing I am using this summer. I just never end up pulling anything else out of my bag because this product is so superior!

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  2. Ok I really want to try out that blush now!!! I mean I confess I don't even wear makeup most days in the sumer... but this looks like a good choice for when I do! Powder and sweat are just a terrible combination.

    Jessie at www.BlushandBlonde.com

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  3. Benefit is always fab!! Nice beauty post :)

    www.fashiontrendforward.com

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  4. These are so perfect for summer! Love!

    xo,
    Octavia
    http://astoldbytavi.blogspot.com/

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  5. Love the benetint, but I've never heard of the lollitint (or balm) before. Definitely gotta check that out. I love the packaging of the lollitint too. I'm definitely one of those people that buys products because I like the packaging :D

    ♥ Gita @ mimiandchichi.com

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    1. Lolitint is their radiant orchid release (since RO is the pantone color of the year.) It's super pretty, but personally the classic benetint (rose toned) and positint (candy pink) are a pinch better for my complexion.

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  6. i wanna try those benefit tinted lip balms!!! :D great packaging and colours! :D

    Animated Confessions

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    1. Seriously, they are the BALM! Hehe. No, but really, they're my new favorite thing. I put them on even when I'm just home alone because they feel so great.

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  7. Great review! I've been trying for years many products too. My favorite lip balm is from Yves Rocher (the best!). But I haven't found tinted balms that I really like. Thanks for sharing!

    Jasmine x
    For a Real Woman
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  8. I am in so in love with all of those Benefit products! They are the best! Such great picks :)

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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    1. Agreed! If I had to chose only one brand to wear it would be really hard for me to pick between Benefit and Tarte, but Benefit definitely has a shot. Their concealers are awesome, their stains are amazing, their mascaras is the bomb... I even like their parfumes!

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  9. I absolutely LOVE anything Benefit!

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  10. I love the color tattoos. They are fabulous! And I have to try those benefit balms out! I love Benefit!

    Love Always,
    Elizabeth
    thejourneycreatingme.blogspot.com

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  11. Love this post! Love Benefit products also!

    xx,
    http://aleciamariana.com

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  12. my favorites are maybelline's BB cream for a light wash of color & NARS cream blushes! great post dear xx


    Rachel @ makeshiftmunch.blogspot.com

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    1. Really?! I've never tried the Maybelline BB... I'll have to check that out.

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  13. Been using their Benetint stain on my cheeks forever- love their line! Thanks for the intro to the others, will try to track them down for summer!

    Thank you for visiting my blog doll, would love to get your thoughts on my latest design!

    xo-Julie
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    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  14. Everyone seems to love Benefit products, but I've never gotten around to trying them! I've also heard great things about CoTZ. This is a great summer makeup routine!
    xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

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    1. Try Benefit! It's amazing! They're Real mascara is a great place to start... Or any of the highlighters! MoonBeam is my holy grail.

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  15. Love the Benefit and Maybelline collections very much. Beautiful presentation and gorgeous shades! x

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  16. I agree, good blush can make all the difference!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  17. Love your blog! Following!
    I'd love it if you check out mine!

    Joanna
    snobpeople.com

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    1. Sure, I will definitely check you out! Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Those MUFE cream blushes look amazing! I wouldn't mind a few. I've been obsessed with sunscreen of late rather than makeup.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. Oh yes, I went through that last year before I found the Cotz! I tried SO MANY! Clinique CityBlock was my second favorite, but honestly the Cotz is it. Nothing else comes close.

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  19. I love hearing about women's favorite makeup products… thanks for sharing! I want to try a few of these :)

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    1. Me too! It's so fun to peek into other women's makeup bags :-) I would love to see a similar post by you!

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  20. Oh I haven't seen those benefit lip tints before! I like the look of them!
    Two Hearts One Roof

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