Summer Essentials: My Favorite Things (Makeup)

The following are my ‘go to’ products for this summer. FOTD’s aside (I don’t wear full makeup everyday), these are the items that I reach for time and again, as I brave the Summer heat while trying my best to look polished about the face:

FOUNDATION (sheer)…

 This bronzer remains my favorite ‘foundation’ for Summer months. It’s sheer, but has just enough color to even out my skin tone. It also has a bit of a shimmer that is only detectable when you’re in direct sunlight. Love that! If that’s not enough, it’s packed with botanicals and yummy goodness to take care of your skin while you wear it. I started using this product more than a year ago, and it remains a staple in my summer makeup arsenal.

You can get By Terry Bronze Opulent from Space NK at http://www.spacenk.com/

FOUNDATION (medium)…

I recently discovered the Hourglass Veil Foundation. The best part about this stuff is that it’s oil free. My oily skin loves that! The ingredients are a mixed bag: some good, some… interesting (Glass Beads! Yes, you read that right). It gives me a solid medium coverage with no issues. I love the way it feels, and it lasts on me all day.

You can get Hourglass Veil foundation at Sephora … http://sephora.com/

BLOT…

I RARELY use powder during the summer. My skin does not like any ‘additions’ beyond foundation when it’s hot outside. Because I get so oily, I do have to keep the shine low by blotting. These ‘blemish control’ blotting papers from Mai Couture do the trick for me. I like the addition of salicylic acid (I’m acne-prone) to help keep my skin from acting out.

You can get a stack of 100 papers for about 20 bucks, from http://www.maicouture.com/

EYES (liner)…

These are tried and true. There’s simply nothing like them. I’ve used everyone from YSL to Make Up For Ever… and I keep going back to the Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencils. You get a lot of pencil for your $$ ($17), and the performance is unmatched. I’ve gone through countless pencils in Zero (black). I buy them two and three at a time. This is just good stuff.

You can get Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencils at Sephora. http://sephora.com/

EYES (mascara)…

Now, for the record, I am not a fan of waterproof mascara. I find it heavy, and nearly impossible to get off of my lashes without serious help. Some are worse than others. But if I have to wear a waterproof mascara, this is the one I reach for time and again. I’m not a fan of the ‘feeling’ of many waterproof mascaras (heavy), but this one is the lightest of the bunch. I still need a heavy dose of makeup remover to get it off, but I feel like my natural lashes are intact after doing so. Because my lids and eye area get so oily, I use a waterproof mascara to keep my eyes looking their best, without worrying about smudging or running.

You can get this mascara from the Giorgio Armani website at http://www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.
I’m not sure about international shipping, but I know that there is a UK website as well.

LIPS (Lipstick)…

There is nothing like Rouge d’Armani lipstick in terms of color saturation and longevity. It claims to be an 8 hour lipstick. I’ve never actually road-tested it for that long. But I will tell you that I put this on, and it stays put. And when it fades, it does so ‘evenly’ so that you don’t end up with a gross ring on the inside of your lips. I love this stuff. I just found out that my favorite color (Beige 106) is being discontinued… so I’ve stocked up. The color range is massive, so there’s something for everyone. Love this stuff!

You can find Rouge d’Armani lipsticks on their website as well at http://www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com

LIPS (Gloss)…

This lipgloss goes down as one of my BEST discoveries for 2011! This is the best lipgloss I’ve used in a really long time. There’s no way to truly describe the weightless feel of these glosses. They glide on with no oily or sticky feeling. The colors are smooth and complementary… there is truly a shade for every skin tone. Add to that the company’s fantastic practice of donating HALF of all sale proceeds to domestic violence charities, and you have a real winner in this product. I highly recommend it.

You can get Haughty Cosmetics Lip Gloss on their website: http://www.haughtycosmetics.com

Those are my makeup favorites for Summer 2011!