Well another summer has come and gone...sniffle sniffle! I can honestly say that I enjoyed my summer thoroughly this year. I enjoyed all of the fun in the sun with my friends. I also enjoyed alot of great beauty products. Summer is a season I love because I can get away with not wearing much makeup or when it doesn't look so great I can use lines like "well it is so hot outside," "oh god I'm melting." :-P So in this post I will be sharing some of my favorite summer essentials. Don't worry there will be a follow up post sometime soon of great products for fall that you might want to add to your collection before the leaves start to change! Here we go...
First I will start with my favorite summer nail polishes. Trying to narrow this down was pretty difficult. Myself and a girl I work with have a tradition on Tuesday nights of giving ourselves manicures and pedicures. I try not to repeat colors ever so I went through alot of them this season but the colors that stood out the most are the three above. Summer to me means bright, bold, and fun polishes and I think all of these fit the bill. From left to right: Sinful Colors Professional in Innocent, Sinful Colors Professional in Savage, and Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Sunset Orange. All of these brands can be found at most drugstores but I found mine at Riteaid. Both polishes are $1.99
These are my favorite brushes for summer and pretty much every other month. Don't get me wrong I love my Sigma brushes but they don't classify as affordable. If you are looking for quality brushes that work well without breaking the bank these are for you. They are soft and do not feel or smell synthetic. From left to right: Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Small Eyeshadow Brush ($4.99), Eco Tools Blending Brush ($7.99), Studio Tools Smudge Brush($2.49), Studio Tools Crease Brush ($2.49), LA colors eyeshadow brush ($1.00), Eco Tools Concealor, Slanted Eyeline, and Powder Brush ($7.99 for the set including the blending brush previously mentioned)
My favorite primer and liners from left to right: Too Faced Shadow Insurance($20.00), Maybelline Lash Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black($5.99), Almay Intense i-color in Black Pearl($5.99), Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Cream Eyeliner in Blue Eyes($10.99), and Forever Noir Long Wear Eyeliner in Black($15.00)
A brief run through of the above. I know Too Faced and Forever Noir are not necessarily "affordable" but they are the best I have found in my opinion. There are certain products which I will pay more for if I think that they are worth it and both of those products earned that right. Both do exactly what they claim to do and last forever! When it comes to the liquid liners I have two because sometimes I want my eyeliner matte and sometimes I don't. Maybelline Line Stilleto is more matte, long wearing, and the felt tip applicator makes it easy to apply. The Almay is more of a shimmery formula so it has a bit of shine but is also equally as long wearing. I do not have alot of experience with gel liners in the past. For me they always seemed more of a hassle and less wearable but recently I have been trying a few and this is by far my favorite. The formula is smooth, pigmented, and long wearing.
Mascara: On Top: Rimmel Volume Last Scandaleyes in Extreme Black. On bottom: Prestige My Biggest Lashes Big Last Effect Mascara in Very Black.
Both of these mascara's have done wonders for my puny excuse for eyelashes. Both provide me with volume, length, and are buildable. I will say that the Prestige Mascara was watery at first but after a couple uses the formula seemed to thicken and become more workable.
And for the Brows: On top: Maybelline Master Shape by Eyestudio in Soft Brown Bottom:e.l.f Eyebrow Kit in Medium Brown
Bases: From left to right: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige and Bold Gold($7-8), NYX Eyeshadow Base in 01 White($6.99), and Wet and Wild Idol Eyes Creme Eyeshadow Pencils in Graphite and Pixie($1.99).
I own just about every color of the Color Tattoo's and The Wet n Wild. I found myself reaching for these shades the most this summer but trust me I use and recommend all of them. As for the NYX base, it is a great white matte color. I use it when I really want to make the color on my eyes POP!
Pigments: Jesse's Girl Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus on the left and Penny Arcade on the right. Jesse's Girl makes great affordable pigments if you do not want to spend to spend the money on ones made by say MAC or Makeup Forever which can run you around $20. These are a great alternative for $4.99 which you can find at Riteaid. An eyeshadow base(like the ones mentioned above) is a must and to really get good color payoff they should be worn wet but trust me they are worth the fuss.
If you want a post on how to wear eyeshadows wet and what to use to dampen brushes or technique on using and applying pigments than let me know!
Eyeshadow Singles: From left to right: Ulta Eyeshadow in Ice Queen($8.00), Milani Baked Eyeshadow in Fusion($7.49) and Covergirl Eye Enhancers in Lime Alive($3.99).
I don't normally use a lot of single eyeshadows because I tend to lean more towards palettes or trio's and quads. When I do my makeup I try to find which way is easier and for me finding an eyeshadow palette that has all the colors I need in one compact is what usually sells me first. However, recently I have been resting out more single eyeshadows and trying to see what the drugstores offer when it comes to them. These three eyeshadows are well on their way to making me a singles fan. Ulta eyeshadows can sometimes be hit and miss for me. I own about five of their single eyeshadows and some I love and some I have tossed in the bin. Ice Queen I adore. I do not recommend it for anyone who doesn't like glitter though because it is very glittery, metallic, and makes your lids look like "ice." The Milani baked eyeshadows have always been winners in my book but this shade is really interesting. It is a deep brown and cranberry swirled with golds and pinks. Depending on how you apply it(what part you use and if you use it dry or wet) the color is always different. As for the covergirl eyeshadow I was just drawn to the color and found it to be a great summery fun shade but act quick because I saw this on clearance at both CVS and Target which may mean it's being discontinued!
Small Eye Palette: On the left: Wet n Wild Coloricon Trio in Silent Treatment and on the right: Wet n Wild Trio in I'm Getting Sunburned ($2.99)
Medium Eye Palette: left: Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in The Brightside($6.99)
Right: Maybelline Eyestudio Color Explosion in Amethyst Ablaze($10.49)
Like I said before if I am able to do a whole eye look with one compact I am set. All of these are great palettes if you want to make your life easier. They are all greatly pigmented and provide you with all the colors you need to do a complete eye look easily. Shoot the Wet n Wild palettes even tell you where to apply the shadow though you don't have to do it that way! I also like that the Color Explosion palette provides you with that glitter in case you want to make your look a little bit more sassy for nighttime!
Large Palette: NYX Nude on Nude Palette ($25.00)
I know $25 seems like a lot for a palette but in today's world it really isn't and for what you get here you can't go wrong. I'm not going to talk about this palette much since I will be doing a whole seperate review(it's really that good). I will say that if you like neutral looks or a nice brown smokey eye than girl this is all you need!
Face: Concealor: Revlon Age Defying Concealor (discontinued in tube form), Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in Nude($13.99), E.l.f Pressed Powder ($3.00), and Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder in Catwalk Pink($3.99)
All of the above are definitley worth getting your hands on. I was pretty sad that my favorite concealor was discontinued but I found it in the clearance section at Kmart the other day for $2.49 so if you loved this concealor as much as I did go get you some! The new Revlon Colorstay Whipped is AMAZING! It is light, great coverage, smooth even finish, and it lasts a long long time! I recommend this to anyone who likes the look of foundation without the feeling like your face is caked with it. You can find many coupons for this too either on coupons.com or on drugstore websites. After searching around I think I got mine for only $4!!
Blushes: Top Left: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Enhancing Blush in Rose($11.95). Top Right: Milani Mineral Blush in Luminous($7.49) and Bottom: E.l.f Blush in Tickled Pink($2.99)
In the summer I tend to lean more towards blushes that are shimmery or provide a nice glow. I like my face to look luminous and fresh so I tend to keep my colors pretty natural. These three blushes provided me with both of those things. I find that all three of these brands really make stand out/worth your money blushes!
So that concludes my favorite summer products. If you have any questions about any of the products feel free to email me. If you want more in depth reviews on any of the products mentioned let me know! Thank you for reading lovies!