Summer Beauty Favourites
With the divergence in weather during different seasons around here, it is essential to switch up your beauty products from winter to summer. Here are my top beauty picks for those hot summer months.
I don't know about you, but my skin seems to be much healthier looking during the summer time. On a good day, I can even get away with wearing just a bit of concealer. A full face of foundation can just feel too heavy. My absolute favourite is MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (I wear shade NC20). It lives up to it's name and has true staying power. In a lighter shade, I use it to brighten up my under eye area, and in a shade close to my skin tone, I use it to cover up imperfections/blemishes.
On top of concealer, I like to add a little colour to my face with bronzer & blush. My summer favourites are NARS Orgasm blush & Laguna bronzer. It's even better when they come together in this little duo. The iconic blush has just the right amount of peachy shimmer to make any skin tone glow, while the bronzer is the perfect shade to give the affect of a tan.
I think my biggest make-up faux pas in the past was the awful black line under my eye from the mascara on my bottom lashes! I dreaded looking in the mirror in the afternoon, hoping I wouldn't see a racoon looking back at me. It was especially bad in the summer months. But, I am no longer that girl! All thanks to Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. This amazing product has the perfect tiny brush that grabs even the smallest lashes, and coats them in a layer of mascara that isn't going anywhere. One of my favourite products. Ever.
I have a serious addiction to all MAC lipsticks, and have WAY too many. I blame their recycling program. It was hard to narrow it down, but I chose two perfect summer shades. Coral is one of my favourite summer colours, which is why I picked Sweet & Sour (Cremesheen) on the left. This shade looks great with the NARS Orgasm blush mentioned above. My other favourite is Candy Yum-Yum (Matte). The colour payoff is amazing and it's perfect for a bold summer lip.
Now to keep all that fabulous summer makeup in place, you need to set it with Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I love this stuff. It extends the life of your makeup by several hours, for real. This is a summer beauty product must have. Nothing melts off a face of makeup like the sun (not to mention sweat, not that us girls do that ;).
Another way to keep that face lookin fresh is blotting papers. I have two favourites. Both of these help to remove excess oil. My most favourite is MAC Blot Film. It is made out of this special light blue material that I can't even explain. Although the price tag is a little hefty, these sheets really do their job! Plus, they don't alter your makeup and you only need one! A cheaper alternative is NYX Fresh Face Blotting Paper which is fortified pulp paper infused with salicylic acid to help with blemishes, These also serve their purpose, but I usually use a couple at at time.
Finally, my last summer beauty pick is a fragrance to keep you smelling cute. Although I've already mentioned this in our Mother's Day Gift Guide blog, I love it so much- I'm going to shout it out again. Viktor & Rolf's La Vie en Rose perfume. I can't get enough of it's light, fresh summery scent. Spray this all over and you will be sure to smell like a bed of roses.