Category: High End Brands

Shimmering Blushes for Summer!

Too Faced Something About Berry Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush, Sephora Hot Flush Colorful Blush, Milani Blossomtime Rose Blush, Becca Foxglove Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush, Milani Bella Amore Baked Blush

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?

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Matte Blushes for Summer!

MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush, NYX Code Breaker Ombre Blush, Tarte Tipsy Amazonian Clay Blush, Black Radiance Toasted Almond Artisan Color Baked Blush, Bobbi Brown Pink Blush

I know bronzer gets all the summer love but blush is still important too! A pretty blush gives you a healthy flush of color, balances your makeup looks and can even brighten and lift your face (and spirits). I know shimmering blushes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though. Which is understandable because some of us don’t always like to shimmer or, in my case, love to pile on highlighters so a shimmering blush isn’t always ideal. Thankfully, there’s plenty of matte blushes on the market that not only add a touch of color to cheeks but also help to sculpt and add a little dimension helping your cheeks (and bronzer) pop even more. That’s why I’ve gathered my top 5 matte blush picks to help you find your perfect matte flush this summer. Take a look!

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The Perfect Products for Smooth, Summer Skin

Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer, Murad Essential-C Eye Cream, Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream, Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Oil Free Gel Cream Moisturizer, Murad Essential-C Cleanser, Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner

Makeup will always be my first love but skincare has definitely been growing on me over the past year. A healthy, even complexion is the key to flawless makeup so I’m always on the lookout for good skincare products that help my skin look its best. After lots of trial and error, I’ve crafted the perfect skincare regimen for my dry, sensitive skin and discovered some amazing products that work like a charm. It would be selfish of me to not share my favorite summer skincare goodies with my favorite peeps in the world so I’ve wrangled them all up so I could give you the scoop on all of them and also help you put together your perfect summer skincare routine.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

Chanel Lotion Douceur Gentle Hydrating Toner

Happy hump day! I hope you’re having a good week so far. If not, let’s turn it around with some pink! Usually I show you a nice pink lipstick or blush (or both) but this week I wanted to put the spotlight on skincare. I’ve said it a million times already, but summer is the ideal time of year to make sure you have a healthy, clear complexion that looks smooth, even and radiant. One of the most important tools in your summer arsenal to achieve that healthy, glowing complexion is toner. A good toner will help remove extra dirt, oil and makeup your cleanser left over, balance your skin, strengthen your moisture barrier and even offer some antioxidant protection against the environment in some cases. Toner is a really powerful product that is essential for summer because we spend so much more time outdoors soaking in all the sun, free radicals, environmental pollution and more.
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5 Brightening Primers for Glowing Summer Skin!

Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion, Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer, Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm, Tarte Clean Slate Flawless Brightening Primer, NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer Serum

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million more times. Summer is all about that glow, baby! A dewy, radiant complexion is a must have for summer because it makes skin look healthy and soft versus a matte finish that can sometimes look dry, cakey and mask-like. No bueno! I know everyone doesn’t like to go quite as highlighter crazy as I do (I pile that ish on!) and that’s okay. There’s other ways to get your glow on in a more natural, subtle way. Like by adding a brightening primer to your routine to give you an all over radiant glow that backlights your makeup and adds a luminous touch to your complexion. To make your life easier, I’ve rounded up my 5 favorite brightening primers to help you glow all summer long without overdoing it. Let’s get started!

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Fancie Faves

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette, Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer, MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish, Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector, Urban Decay Big Bang Vice Lipstick, Smashbox Culver City Coral L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette

Man was June a hot month! And I’m not just talking about the weather. Last month, I touched (and bought) a lot of new makeup and skincare goodies that were unbelievably good. From the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick launch to the stunning Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Collection, we were up to our ears in hot makeup releases all month long. Of course, I ended up giving into temptation for a few of them here and there (which I loved!) but I also got a chance to try a couple of not so new products that turned out to be great too. So great that I just couldn’t put them down all month long. Here’s an overview of my top picks for June:

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Summer Empties!

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask, Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum, Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer

Buying new beauty products is easy. There’s always something shiny and new around the corner that tempts us to switch products in the blink of an eye. I know I’m guilty for changing my lipstick, highlight, eyeshadow and more on a regular basis so it seems almost impossible for me to use up all my makeup. Skincare, on the other hand, is a little different. Once I find a good skincare product I stick to it until the death of it. That’s how I’ve managed to rack up a small pile of skincare empties this summer. From cleanser to serum, I’ve actually managed to make a commitment to a few beauty products until the very end. Here’s a quick rundown of all of my summer skincare empties:

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Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer Review

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer

Achieving a healthy, radiant complexion isn’t just about dewy foundations, liquid illuminators and eye catching highlighters. The true key to a natural all over glow is by eating right, of course, and taking good care of your skin. A good skincare routine is super important to make sure your complexion stays nice and clear with a radiant glow. Adding a good mask to exfoliate and a good serum can work wonders for skin and give you that glow you’ve always longed for. Especially a good serum! Serums are like moisturizers on steroids as they contain a higher potency of skin loving ingredients without all the water and actively transform your skin with regular use over time.

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3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

When you already have a rich, deep skin tone finding a bronzer is tough work. Most bronzers are a pale golden tan or barely there bronze that only work for light to medium complexions. It’s not too often that you see an actual bronzer (not a highlighter) designed to add warmth and subtle definition to brown skin. Which is a bummer because even us dark skin divas like to look warmed up and kissed by the sun too. Thankfully, a handful of makeup brands realized brown skin could use a little bronzer too and created bronzers deep enough for us gals on the darker side of the spectrum to use. Finding the perfect bronzer for brown skin can still be a bit tricky because everyone hasn’t hopped on board yet so I’ve decided to share my top 3 bronzer choices that work like a charm for my deep brown skin.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!

OPI Hello Kitty Spoken From the Heart Nail Polish

Bright pinks for summer isn’t just about lips. You can rock it all over! A bright pink dress. Hot pink lips. Or even shocking pink nails. It’s your world, girl. Pink it up! This week, I decided to shake the yellow on my nails and switch it to pink. A Hello Kitty pink to be exact. Because I just love Hello Kitty! That’s why the limited edition OPI Spoken From the Heart nail polish from the spring Hello Kitty collection is such a perfect Pink Wednesday pick. It’s vibrant. It’s bold. It’s everything you could ever want in a summer pink polish.
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