One of my favorite type of blog posts is when people discuss the beauty products they have been loving throughout the month so naturally I felt inclined to do the same, after all, imitation is the highest form of flattery! Anyway here are 7 beauty products I’ve either discovered during the month of July or have been using on a consistent basis throughout the month and absolutely LOVE.
1. Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation
When I first started wearing makeup it took me forever to find a foundation that accomplished everything I was looking for. I first started using Estee Lauder’s infamous Double Wear foundation a couple of years ago and after that I refused to try/wear any other foundations. I guess you could say I’m a creature of habit but then enter in Mat Velvet+. First of all, it’s lighter on the skin which if you have ever used the Double Wear foundation or read/seen reviews on it then you know how heavy that product is. I also like the foundation’s finish on my skin a lot and the fact that it comes in a squeeze bottle makes it a lot easier to control how much product comes out. I’m not saying I’m never wearing Double Wear again but I’m definitely glad I stepped out of my foundation comfort zone and purchased this product.
2. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in shade ‘paaarty’
I’ve never been that into blush. In fact, I didn’t wear it for the longest time since I was so self-conscious of my acne back in high school and I was afraid that it would bring out the redness in my skin. I only owned a few blushes and had always heard about the Amazonian Clay blushes but didn’t think they would be worth spending the money on since I didn’t really wear blush as I mentioned. Well, this year Sephora decided to bless their Beauty Insider Members with a mini blush (and lip paint that I will mention in the next bullet point!) as part of their exclusive birthday gift that seriously changed the blush game for me. This has now become an everyday staple for me and I love everything about it– the packaging, the effortless application, the super flattering shade. It’s everything I could ask for in a blush and you best believe that when I finish up this little sample I will be marching into Sephora and picking up the full size (and maybe in a few other shades…).
3. Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint
Also part of this year’s complimentary Beauty Insider birthday gift from Sephora, this lip product blew me away. First of all, the shade is perfect. It’s neutral enough that you can wear it everyday but it’s also pink enough that it doesn’t look like you’re wearing concealer on your lips. The consistency is unlike anything I’ve ever tried. It’s lighter than a liquid lipstick, less waxy-feeling than a traditional tube lipstick, and not sticky like a lipgloss. Really the best way to describe is, fittingly enough, is as a paint. While it isn’t 100% budge proof, it definitely sticks around on your lips for a while.
4. Tarte Tartelette Tease Palette
Okay, okay, I know!! Another product from Tarte I’m loving right now? I guess this is the moment you’d be guessing this post was sponsored by Tarte if I was actually a famous and well-established blogger but unfortunately both are not the case– it’s just that Tarte is a really great makeup brand. I kind of bought this palette on a whim since it was part of one of their recent summer sales that my best friend (you know who you are) told me about. Besides the obvious cute packaging, this palette is a fantastic choice for traveling. It’s super compact and has everything you need to create a beautiful eye look. One of the best impulse purchases I have made, no doubt…
5. Milani Bronzer XL All Over Glow in shade ‘Bronze Glow’
I actually purchased this bronzer a few months ago but I don’t know how I could’ve gone this summer without such a great bronzer in my arsenal of makeup. Milani is probably most known for their gorgeous baked blushes but this bronzer is just as excellent. The pan is so large that you can really go to town with your brush and give your skin that sun-kissed tan it deserves. Also, a huge plus is that it’s cheap! Go hit up a Target or Walgreens and pick one up and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
6. Too Faced Shadow Insurance
At this point I’ve tried a handful of different high-end eyeshadow primers. Living in Florida, primers, setting sprays, and blotting powders are a must at ALL times. I used to use Urban Decay’s Primer Potion which worked pretty well but would eventually crease by the end of a long day. Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance goes above and beyond. With this primer I can put my eyeshadow on at 8:00 am and even by 11:00 pm it will still be creaseless. So worth the money.
7. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder
If you have never heard of “baking” your face or tried “baking, you HAVE to watch this video. Essentially, baking your face is the process of setting your under-eye concealer with a heavy application of loose translucent powder and letting it sit on your face for a few minutes before swiping the excess off your face and making your under-eye area not only appear brighter but also making your concealer last longer throughout the day. One of my favorite beauty Youtubers, Tati swears by this powder. Ever since I used it to bake (I know this sounds so silly…) I’ve become hooked. I feel like this helps me to really mask my dark circles and just look a lot more well-rested and isn’t that something we could all use a little bit more of these days??