Summer Favorites

Hello! It’s been a while since my last favorites post, but because I had to be selective with my makeup  collection during my summer in London (read: I left behind two single eyeshadows and like, five lipsticks) and I was being a bit more experimental with my look and I have some new faves! I also did a bit of shopping and the purchases were so good. Most of the stuff comes from Cristina’s visit to me in London so soz if every post says, “When Cristina was in London….” but that’s life!

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Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 20M

Cristina v. kindly brought this to me when she visited me in London and it was love at first sight. Really. The swirls and the sheen are stunning. I was worried it would be unflatteringly shiny, but it’s not and I don’t really know how to describe the finish. I obviously use this as bronzer and it’s such a nice shade that I think will look great on anyone, but it’s especially great for lighter skin because it isn’t too orange or too dark, and that’s half the battle with bronzer. Cristina also told me you can use it as a color correcter, but more on that when I write an individual review later this month (so check back for that)!

MAC Verve Lipstick

This is a Cristina-inspired purchase. She brought this bae to London and I’ll admit, I was scared to try it but I’ve been dying to get on the brown lipstick bandwagon and this was the perfect way to do that! It’s a true brown with a plumy undertone. In some lighting it might look less brown than it actually is, but trust when I say this is the 90s brown lipstick you need in your life. I like that it makes my look a bit vampy, too. The thing that terrified me about brown lipstick was the “chola effect” and don’t get me wrong, that aesthetic is great if you’re into it, but as much as I would love to pull of a classic goth-inspired black lipstick, the look doesn’t work for me. This however is quite autumnal and can work as a bold or a more natural lip option, depending on what else is happening on your face. LOVE.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

Being in London, I had loads of fabulous events to attend, so I obvs had to look perfect for all of them. Jokes, jokes. I didn’t go to anything super fancy, but there were a lot of special moments for me where I wanted my skin to look as close to flawless as was possible, which was quite difficult as I was having a few rough skin days. For those days though, this is one foundation that always pulls through and covers what needs to be covered pretty well (concealer does the rest) and makes my skin look natural, not cakey. A full review is coming soon for this one, too!

Burberry K.I.S.S.E.S. Lipstick in Union Red

I was searching for a pinky red when I bought this, but the moment I put this on, it was magic. This is an orangey red with maybe a hint of pink. It is another one that can be bold, but I tend to think of it more as a my-lips-but-better-with-some-orange-and-some-red-but-mostly-red-and-also-maybe-pink. It sounds crazy but IT JUST WORKS. It feels nice on the lips and lasts a long time. Full review here.

Clinique Chubby Stick in 07 Super Strawberry

I took about 50 lip products with me to London because a) I needed options, and b) if you can’t wear cool/fun lip colors in London, then where can you?? I thought I was going to be wearing all the bold lips every day, but that just wasn’t practical when I was out all day exploring, interning with a stuffy lawyer (thankfully only three weeks) and then when I had my dream internship, I was drinking tea and coffee all day so I didn’t want to worry about my lipstick too much. I wound up wearing this most days because it was easy. The formula really is moisturizing and long-lasting. This is also quite a pigmented pink berry, but it’s still on the natural side. I don’t even have to think when applying this one.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

I know, I know, this is such a basic favorite but my relationship with this palette didn’t start out that way. I think I felt overwhelmed by all the choices and the shimmer, so I never really used it until the past few months. I’ve posted about my fave combos before (here and here), but just to reiterate: my lid options are Naked, Sin, Virgin or Toasted and the crease shades are either Buck or Hustle. It’s easy to use and while I’ve only used about half the palette, I like having the bronze/gold options in there and I might start using them soon.

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Lorac Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette

I used this SO MUCH over the summer. It was so easy to use and there are so many options, but I feel like this is more manageable than the Naked palette (don’t question me). I’ve done a full review here so that you can read about how much I appreciate the texture, pigmentation and overall existence of this palette. I could gush for days, but I’ll just point out some highlights. Buff (matte pale nude for my lid) or Beige (shimmery beige) on the lid to even out or add just a bit of shimmer and then Lt. Brown (matte) in the crease, which has become my fave crease shade because of how warm it is and it works with most shadows to clean up a look. My go-to look was Nectar in the crease (pinky peach) with Rose (shimmery rose gold) all over the lid, then Mocha (shimmer bronzy gold) in the outer edge/crease and sometimes Cocoa (dark brown shimmer) in the outer edge to make it more sultry. I used Chrome occasionally (uh, taupe/grey shimmer?) and Cool Gray (matte) once in a while. I also used Navy one night and while it wasn’t the blue I was going for, it was still beautiful and easy to blend!

Topshop Cheek Jelly Reign (can’t find online, sorry!)

Shout out to Topshop for giving this to me in a #Playland goodie bag (post about that here). I love cream cheek products because I think they are so natural and hard to mess up. This is a lovely red with a bit of pick and the texture is so nice. It is definitely a jelly through and through and the flush is so natural. It builds easily and blends out beautifully.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-2

When Lisa Eldridge raves about a product, you listen and that’s what happened here. She uses it in her video tutorials to cover up acne and it’s a game changer. It’s quite thick and heavy, but if you warm it up with your fingers, it blends out well. The Peachy shade works pretty well for my dark under eyes, but it truly does crease quite a lot, so I’m still on the hunt for the perfect under eye concealer. The lighter side is what’s been getting the job done in terms of helping to conceal redness and acne scarring. Those pesky buggers still show through, but this does a good job of minimizing the look without caking up.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in 32 Beige Clair

I was so excited to get my hands on some Bourjois base stuff, but only wound up buying this. It was a great purchase and I haven’t been able to put it down. I love how liquidy the CC cream is because it feels light on the skin and although it isn’t high coverage by any means, it somehow makes my skin look really flawless. Best non-foundation base I’ve ever used and it has turned me into a total CC/BB cream convert.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation in 20 Classic Ivory

I was sent this by Influenster to test and review and I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it at all, especially since being off foundations all summer. I was surprised when I found how light it felt but when layered, it’s coverage was good without looking like I had piled on the foundation. That’s the kind of base I’m into at the moment – light, good coverage, natural finish. I wouldn’t say it’s satin or dewy, but it has a glowy look to it and I love that. The shade match is also really accurate. For days when I want a bit more coverage, I go for this and it really gets the job done. Full post here.

Depotting Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potions

Okay so this is quite random but if you’ve ever bought an Urban Decay Naked 1, 2, or 3 eyeshadow palette, you’ve received a little booklet with four samples of their eye lid primers. I had opened two and was using the second one whilst in London out of the little package it came in, but that obviously got very messy and dried out a bit. I was also worried about the exposure to bacteria, so I decided to depot the next one into a little sample-size container I had washed out from a Sephora sample I received in-store. The package sample lasted me half of the summer and now I’m using Sin (shimmer) and I’ve probably only gotten through a third of that sample, if that, so when depotted, these things last forever. I don’t think I’ll need to buy an eyelid primer for at least a year if I’m honest. Quality-wise, they are great. Original and Eden are much better than Sin, but this still helps make the pigmentation bolder and helps keep the shadows on my lid where they belong. I would probs purchase this product once I actually run out.

Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

I know, it just gets weirder and weirder, but hear me out. My skin was acting up all summer thanks to hormones so when I came home, my desperation to clear it up led me to Apple Cider Vinegar. My mom and her siblings can’t get enough of this stuff and if you do a quick Google search, it’s no secret that this has healing powers. I’ve also been using it in my hair, but more on that in a different post. I want to do a full review of this as skincare as well, but to sum it up, I soak two cotton pads with ACV and apply them to my face after cleansing, using it as a toner. I skip one night a week and lately have been going another night using just one pad rather than the two. If it’s too strong, you’re meant to dilute it in water, but I’ve only seen a few dry patches over the problem areas. Other than that, my skin has never looked better! My pores are tight, my skintone is more even, my acne scars are fading and my skin is really clear! I’ve only been using it about four weeks, but even the first day I used it, the results were instant. The smell is horrible, but it goes away and is honestly so worth it. It’s also easier to wear ACV than to drink it.

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It’s still annoyingly hot here in Texas so I can’t wait for autumn/winter – sorry not sorry. What were you loving this summer? Let me know below! Xx S.

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