It's summertime in Vancouver, and with it comes simpler, dewier, bronzier makeup. Also, I always seem to be running 10 minutes later than I want to in the mornings, so makeup that's quick, foolproof, and easy is a must.
To that end, here are a few things I loved in June.
1) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster
I'm a slap it on and forget it kind of girl when it comes to lip products. I can't be bothered with a complicated lip combo in the morning, and I hardly ever remember to re-apply during the day. So I love the fact that I can apply Ultra HD Lip Booster with my eyes closed. I also love that it adds a whole bunch of hydration that really seems to plump up my lips, as opposed to some balms and glosses, which just kind of sit on the lips. The true test of its hydration value is the fact that I have not dealt with chapped lips at all this spring/summer.
The list of loves goes on: Ultra HD Lip Booster comes in both clear (00) and this perfect rosy shade (01), which adds just a hint of natural colour to my lips. It's gorgeous. When I first popped it on at a Make Up For Ever event, I got compliments right away.
Finally, my favourite quality of Ultra HD Lip Booster is that it's not remotely sticky. I can't stand it when the wind blows and my hair sticks to my lips. Raise your hand if you've walked down the street with your lips pursed for protection. Not cute, right? So thank you, Make Up For Ever, for saving me from such trials. This was a PR sample, but I'll definitely be replacing it for $29 when it runs out.
2) NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer
The best thing about NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer is the texture, which reminds me a lot of a MAC Paint Pot. A tiny bit will get you a ton of coverage without being drying. Under my eyes, that is everything. I like to tap this into the darkest part of my under-eye circles and blend. Here's a quick tip: I'm a Beauty Blender girl, but the texture of this product really doesn't love the Beauty Blender. It kind of just moves around. The warmth of your finger is much better for blending it into the skin. Overall, it's a good investment, even at $37.
(Aside: This came out around the same time as Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, and a few folks have compared them. I like NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer MUCH better.)
3) Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Pen
Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Pen has eclipsed NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as my favourite under-eye concealer of all time. Yes, it's very over-priced at $48. Yes, it has that annoying click/brush packaging. But it's such a beautiful, effective product that I don't care. As I get older, my under-eye area seems to be more and more dehydrated and sensitive to drying concealer formulas. I need something with decent coverage, but that's also both hydrating and glowy. This is it. You should try it if you haven't. Love.
4) L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
A drugstore product on this blog? WHAT? I freely admit to being a luxury makeup snob. Typically, the quality is better, and I just truly enjoy the experience of luxe makeup. But there are exceptions to every rule. I bought L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara on a whim after seeing a couple of solid reviews online, and I have to tell you, I am IMPRESSED. I bought a tube of Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara for a whopping $34 about a month before I got the L'Oreal, and the Lancome has completely gone by the wayside. I much prefer L'Oreal's $10 product. It's incredibly volumizing—in fact, it gives my beloved Le Volume de Chanel a run for its money. It's also quite lengthening. What makes it so much better than the Lancome Hypnose Drama, though, is the separation. Lancome Hypnose Drama gives me spiky, clumped-together lashes. L'Oreal Lash Paradise gives me luscious, fluttery lashes. Also, it lasts quite well, smudging only if I wear it on my lower lashes.
(Aside: My lower lash go-to mascaras are MAC Extended Play and Clinique Lash Power, which are perfect because they have teeny-tiny brushes and NEVER smear thanks to their formula: they're soluble only with a lot of warm water. Keep this tip in your pocket for next time you find a mascara that you love, but smears. Could it work on your top lashes only?)
5) Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette - Beauty Glow
Beauty Glow is the latest in Charlotte Tilbury's Look in a Palette series. In my opinion, it's also the best. The first, Natural Beauty, is just a little too natural for me. Very no-makeup makeup, which just isn't usually my jam. The second, Seductive Beauty, is gorgeous. It's smoky and cool-toned, and it's fabulous when I want to look a little extra. It's not what I reach for on the daily, though. Beauty Glow is a (very) happy medium. It can be natural or smoky, and you can pull together a polished, glowing, beautiful eye look in just a few minutes. And that medium brown shade may just be the most perfect, beautiful, easy-to-blend crease shade of ALL TIME. You need to trust me on this one, lovelies.
Besides the shadows being beautiful, what I love about this palette is how quick and easy it is given everything is in one spot. I always seem to be in a rush in the morning, so being able to slap on an easy face quickly, without having to think about which colours go with what, is amazing. Two blush shades and the contour and highlight are right there. And they're AWESOME.
I'm not a bronzer queen, but in the summer, when I get a bit of a tan on my arms and shoulders, I like to bronze up my face a little more than usual and pretend I'm not naturally white as a sheet. Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow, duplicated in this palette, is literally the best bronzer/contour highlight pair I've ever tried. The bronzer isn't too warm, and it has a tiny bit of a sheen. The highlight is somewhere in the middle of dramatic and natural, and adds a bit of golden glow (not glitter) to the skin. GLOW is what Charlotte does best, in my opinion.
Then there are the two blushes: A bronze and a pinky peach. If you're like me (read: pasty white with pink undertones), the bronze blush shade freaked you out a bit when you first saw it. I'm here to tell you that even on fair skin, a light "swish" over the cheekbones is gorgeous. Even if it's not for you, it doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow shade.
The pinky peach blush shade is designed to be "popped" onto the apples of the cheeks after you've swept the bronze shade up your cheekbones, and it does look beautiful that way. But when I'm in a rush, I skip bronzer, highlight, and blush layering, and just pop this onto my cheeks for a bit of freshness that I know will complement the eyeshadows perfectly. *swoon*
All in all, it's amazing. Well worth the $85. (I know it hurts, love. I'll hold your hand while you add to cart. )
What are you loving this summer? Have you tried any of these? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: All of these products except for the Lip Booster were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster was provided by PR for my consideration.