A good bronzer and highlighter are my summer essentials but you can’t chisel your cheeks and make them glow without adding a little color. You gotta throw some blush in there, girl! Sometimes I like to go a little bold with the blush but most times I want just a little warmth or just the right amount of color to perk up my complexion and balance out my bronzer and highlighter. At the moment, I’ve been wanting a little more color so I’ve been reaching for a longtime favorite of mine: MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush.
If you haven’t noticed by now I live for a good highlighter. There’s nothing like watching your cheeks sparkle and shine when the light bounces off your face. It literally makes my heart dance every time I see it. Which is why I’m absolutely obsessed with the Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator. Laura Geller never crossed my mind before I started working at Ulta but it was only a matter of time before I kept hearing nonstop how amazing her Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator is. You know I can’t pass up checking out a good highlighter so eventually I went to swatch Gilded Honey. The hype is real guys! Gilded Honey is everything everyone says it is and more!
I’d be lying if I told you I’ve ever sat through 5 minutes of Star Trek but that’s not going to stop me from going gaga over the upcoming limited edition MAC Star Trek Collection. Part me actually wants to catch up on it since it’s obviously such a huge deal. But that’s only after I get my hands on this beautiful new collection that’s seriously out of this world. I just have to have it! Well, when it comes out, of course. The MAC Star Trek Collection isn’t fully available just yet but it’s going to be making a guest appearance at the San Diego Comic Con tomorrow. Costumes and makeup? * swoons *
Last year, MAC released the Vamplify Collection featuring the most amazing line of lip glosses I’ve ever tried. I hated that they were limited edition because I really loved the formula and the colors that MAC whipped up were really something nice. Lucky for us, MAC doubled back on Vamplify collection and re-released it this summer including those beautiful Vamplify glosses that I just couldn’t stop wearing. Yaaaaas! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought the Vamplify glosses were due for a comeback because MAC brought back a handful of last year’s shades plus some new ones to fall in love with. I couldn’t be happier!
You know what time it is, girl. It’s time to glow! Glowing cheeks and poppin’ highlights are great all year long but you know you have to amp it up a bit during the summer. It’s only right! These days, there’s a ton of shimmering highlighters to help you get those cheeks summer ready. I’ve tried a quite a few of them but there’s always a few that stick for me and hold a special sparkling place in my heart. To help you glow up this summer, I’ve picked out my top 5 favorite highlighters (at the moment LOL) so you can be a glowing golden goddess too.
ELF is one of the most popular drugstore brands in the world but it looks like they’re trying to break away from being labeled as “cheap”. The affordable budget beauty brand seems to be taking a new direction with their latest launches which includes their new skincare collection and new collection of luxury brushes. ELF recently released a new line of brushes that are softer and studier than the original Studio Brushes but it appears that they aren’t done expanding their brush reign just yet. For the past week, this beautiful leak has been circulating around social media and it’s got me so excited! Kathleen Lights got a chance to test these stunning new brushes at an ELF event and let the cat out the bag that they were great quality and coming very soon. She mentioned that she wasn’t sure how much they’d cost or exactly when they’ll be released but I’m guessing that it’ll be within the next couple months since ELF is already letting them get a little play time. I just hope ELF doesn’t hike up the price too much because I’m interested in buying pretty much all of these brushes. Like all of them!
Will you be grabbing any of the new ELF brushes once they’re available?
When the sun is beaming and causing a sweat, the best thing you can do is take a drink of water and a deep breath. That’s exactly the approach Philosophy took with the new Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Gel Cream and Eye Gel Cream. They’re like a breath of fresh air and splash of water for your skin. The Take a Deep Breath line is suitable for all skin types but it works especially well for environmentally stressed dehydrated skin. You’re probably thinking, “Environmentally stressed? What does that mean?”
The sun isn’t your skin’s only enemy when you step outside. Environmental factors like pollution, free radicals and even wind can cause signs of early aging, clogged pores and even dry skin. Who knew outside could be such a nasty place? Apparently Philosophy! The Take a Deep Breath skincare line is exactly what you need to add to your routine to moisturize, protect and replenish your skin.
It was only a matter of time before ColourPop popped up with a lip gloss line. After hitting the market with Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, Ultra Matte Lips and Ultra Satin Lips it was a must that ColourPop introduced a line of Ultra Glossy Lips. The new Ultra Glossy Lip line will include 21 shades ranging from nudes and reds to pinks and purples. The formula will come in 4 different finishes including:
- Sheer transparent with a hint of color
- Sheer Metallic transparent with glitter
- Creme medium coverage
- Ultra Metallic full coverage
So there’s a little something for everyone! I got a chance to try 2 of them (WeHo and Finders Keepers) after receiving them as free gifts for my last haul. So far, I like them a lot. Both shades have a Creme finish that felt creamy and went on smoothly with semi-sheer coverage. The formula isn’t exactly moisturizing but it still felt good on the lips without feeling too sticky or tacky. I’m looking forward to seeing the full range and swatches because I would love to add a couple more to my collection to layer over my Ultra Matte Lips when they start to get a little dry. You can expect to see the full line available at ColourPop on July 21st at noon PST. Act fast though because you know ColourPop releases sell out in a blink of an eye!
This has definitely been the year of celebrity and blogger collabs with pretty much every brand you can think of hopping on board. ELF is typically known for their amazingly affordable yet still good quality beauty products that are available worldwide and now they’ve teamed up with some talented beauty vloggers to give us a limited edition collection that’s to die for. One of my favorite YouTubers, the gorgeous Jackie Aina, joined forces with the mega budget beauty brand to create her own hand-picked eyeshadow palette. Each shade was carefully chosen by Jackie Aina to help you shade, sculpt and define your eyes just like she does with her signature colors.
For most people, blush isn’t the most necessary product for a complete makeup look. However, we all need a little blush to brighten, lift and add a nice touch of color to the face. Especially in the summer! Bronzers typically take center stage in the summer but it’s important to make sure you incorporate a little blush too to give you that naturally flushed rush of color that just screams color. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t always wear blush every time I wear makeup but I always feel sassier and more pulled together when my cheeks are topped with a nice blush that sets everything off. Like a nice shimmering blush that amplifies my highlight and makes me look sunkissed and rosy. That’s why I’ve put together this handy shimmering blush guide to help you perk up those cheeks this season. Let’s get started, shall we?