Where I live in Michigan there wasn't much of a traditional summer with temps barely reaching eighty degrees just a handful of times with lots of rainfall and chilly nights in between. Regardless of the mild weather, I embraced the sunshine and also a more natural approach to my makeup style as I spent most of my days too sleepy to bother or at work for long shifts. The carefree attitude I was feeling led to a repetitive cycle of using the same effective beauty products which made both getting ready and choosing favorites a breeze.
I love keeping a packet of Palladio Oil Absorbing Rice Paper Tissues in Natural inside my purse for easy touch ups when I am out and about. Each thin sheet has a dusting of tinted rice powder which does a nice job of soaking up oil and sweat to blot the face and deposit color all in one action without a coated, cakey appearance on the skin.
The Anastasia Brow Pen in Universal Deep is the ultimate brow base that clings to my oily skin better than anything I've ever tried before. It's great on it's own or layered with powder to quickly fill in sparse areas, angle the arch, or draw on a precise tail.
The MAC lipstick in Naked Bud is a shiny neutral nude that goes well with every eye look and adds just the right amount of color to complete a natural face. I picked it up from the limited edition A Fantasy of Flowers collection released this past spring, but if you happened to miss out try the Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee or Dizzy Spell by Marc Jacobs Beauty for a similar undertone and finish.
The beautiful L'Oreal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Nude Ballet is my most worn liquid lipstick/lip gloss hybrid as it goes with everything and feels so lightweight on the lips.
The drugstore favorite NYC Bronzing Powder in Sunny has been my summer staple for sun-kissed skin. It creates a subtle warm glow without pulling too orange and easily blends into my pale complexion. I like to use it as a light contour for definition and some added color, especially when using a deeper self tanner. The matte finish creates a nice balance to shimmery blushes or highlighters and also allows for the most natural finish on the skin.
The L'Oreal Paris Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion is my go-to sunscreen as it protects my skin from harmful rays while providing a natural tint that evens out redness and other imperfections for an awakened, fresh effect.
The dupable NYX Blush in Apricot is one of my most adored blush colors. It gives the prettiest feminine flush with just a hint of shimmer and an ultra flattering peachy pink tone to compliment bronzed cheeks.
The NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand in Fair has a blendable, pigmented formula that hides my dark circles well and gives a flawless finish. It brightens up the skin for a subtle highlighting effect which is perfect for the dark under eye area and shaping eyebrows.
I grew to love the Julie G Nail Polish line with it's unique color selection and wallet-friendly price point. The lasting power stands up against more expensive drugstore brands and the formula is always creamy and easy to apply. My collection so far includes 9 to 5, Butterflies and Rosebuds, and Love Potion.
The Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner is a curly girl's best friend in the summertime as it cleanses the hair of dirt and oil without stripping it like a shampoo or weighing it down like a conditioner. It leaves my locks looking fresh and smooth with a lingering perfumed rose scent.
On days where my hair feel a bit too clean or silky to withstand the humid weather, the Verb Sea Spray helps to create tangible texture and body that holds all day. The effortless beachy wave vibe is so easy to pull off this time of year with the help of this mist which holds curl and polishes the look.
The Target exclusive scent Purple Seductia by Sonia Kashuk is a sexy, yet earthy mix of pomegranate, rose, and patchouli. I like to layer this scent under my pulse points to deepen an eau de parfum and extend it's wear.
What have you been loving this summer?