Summer makeup is the best! With my normal Snow White skin look, it’s the only time of the year when I can “fake” a tan without looking totally weird. For this summer, I felt so head over heels in love with 5 products that they might become yearly favorites since I don’t see myself not using them every single day, potentially even for … eternity!
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Cream
Dare I say that this product is already in my Top Products of the Year, if not THE product of 2016. This cream contour/bronzer has changed my daily regimen forever! Having discovered this hidden gem, I haven’t used powder formulas for ages, and I’m not sure if I will ever again. I look so much youthful using this cream product compared to powders, it’s like day and night.
I would love say to all of you, especially my mature skinned girlfriends, to run and buy this Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Cream but I won’t! Last Christmas, I bought “The Art of Sculpting + Defining“ palette which was such a great deal. But as I researched on the Sephora website, I found that the only way you can get this Holy Grail is to buy KA’s The Creamy Glow #4 (Sculpting/Candlelight). First, this compact is tiny at 0.16oz total (mine is 0.16oz per product) and secondly, the Candleglow portion is way bigger than my preferred Sculpting Cream. As Candleglow is my least favorite product from Kevyn Aucoin, buying this compact would not be a great investment. My modest recommendation would be to pray that the brand comes out with another special set for this coming holiday season, or as an alternative, go with Soleil Tan de Chanel for the same effect with, in my opinion, a better value than that Creamy Glow.
Note: My favorite brush to apply my cream contour/bronzer is by far my bhcosmetics #114 brush.
Benefit Cosmetics ka-Brow
While I’m an avid fan of light glowy skin in the summer, I still cannot go out without doing my brows. Thanks to Benefit ka-Brow deluxe-samples, I neglected big time my Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pommade and, truth be told, I don’t know if I will ever go back. In my last weekly recap, I told you about the sample format that really sucks: retrieving products is an enormous pain in the “foufoune” and why the brush? Really… WHY? Let’s be real, nobody will use it… The cream-gel though is fabulous and makes my brows look unbelievably natural while still looking structured. The full-size version is now number one on my wish-list!!! Sorry ABH 😦
UD X Gwen Stefani Blush palette
I know it was a Limited Edition and is not available anymore but this little number has been my go-to-palette and the only products I’ve used on my cheeks as of lately. The ones who bought it know what I mean when I say that this palette was totally made for fair skin, Gwen’s look alike (I wish!). Since I’m not one to put a “bam in your face” blush, I can easily apply any of these 6 colors and still look peachy/rosy or glowy without being afraid to look like a clown, the Joker or Marilyn Mansion!
Note: Now I stay away from hyper-pigmented blushes since they look way to obvious on me. Subtle is key here!
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (SPF 30)
I own a lot of good foundations and tinted moisturizers but I’ve been using bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream during summer months for the last two years and it has become indispensable! I use my damp Beauty Blender to apply it and the finish is outstanding. No oxydation, stays put all day long and looks so natural ! It’s a shame that nobody talks about this masterpiece…
Note: For references, my perfect shade is 02 Vanilla! When using this product, I don’t use a moisturizer, as I don’t have the same result if I do. Again using a damp Beauty Blender (Sponge) is totally key for a perfect application.
Buxom Lip Polish and Lip Cream
It wouldn’t be a Summer Top 5 if I didn’t mention my Buxom’s favorite Glosses of all-time! With 98 shades of Lip Polish and 11 tints of Lip Cream to choose from, these “kissable lip must-haves” are a summer dream. Leave the matte formulas for the colder months and rediscover glosses which by the way, are more youthful and “surprise surprise “, finally trendy for this year! Buxom lip products are known for their impeccable formula and their great staying power (for a gloss product that is).
Note: My personnal Lip Cream favorites are White Russian and Pink Lady and for the Lip Polish, I prefer Katie, Celeste and Bunny … Well, I love them all but these are exceptionally LOVED 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my beautiful friends xxx
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