10. MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Concealer #350.
When the weather is hot, my cream concealer just won’t do because of caking issues. Instead I have been using this great click pen liquid concealer by MAKE UP FOR EVER, and I really like this one. It takes care of dark circles without the need for setting powder. It dries completely without any stickiness, so it is excellent for minimal makeup summer days when I just don’t want to fuss with too many products.
Sonia Kashuk is my #1 reason why I am annoyed that Target is still not in Canada. The Sonia Kashuk blending sponge is an essential tool in my makeup bag for perfecting the skin on my face and under eye area. Used wet with my MAC Fix+ Rose, about 10 swipes of my tinted moisturizer or foundation all over my face and I’m done. Flip it over to the pointed side and blend out under eye concealer in a jiff. It is really that easy.
Many a summer day my eye makeup was very minimal. Some days eyeliner was not even used. When I felt like putting on a “me but better” face, 9 times out of 10 I wore MAC Arena. This shade is so versatile on my skin tone (about NC35 – NC37) because I can use it as a light lid colour or as a highlight. If I am really pressed for time, I just highlight my eyes’ inner corners and brow bone and I instantly look more awake.
Here I am again, telling the world about my undying love for MAC Viva Glam V lipstick. Seriously, if I were to have a BFF in lipstick form, Viva Glam V would be it. The shimmery mauve is oh so easy to wear, and the Lustre finish makes it more comfortable to wear than other MAC formulas. Oh, and did you know proceeds from all Viva Glam products go towards MAC AIDS fund to support those living with HIV and AIDS? Now I won’t feel so bad getting backups of this amazing lipstick.
6. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free in Almond.
On days when I want to even out my skin tone more than usual, I reach for this instead of my usual foundation. Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizers are well-known in the beauty universe, and rightly so. This one provides a heavier coverage than your regular tinted moisturizers, so it covers your minor imperfections while still letting your skin show through. I find the oil free formula is great for oily skin like mine and it has never broken me out. This was a great buy!
This has become my default blush. The almost-matte coral is incredibly flattering on any complexion. It’s not the most pigmented blush I have, but it can be built up to a super intense colour when layered. The nice thing about Hipness is that it works with a warm look as well as cool colours. So if someone were to ask me which one blush I would take with me on a deserted island — obviously this someone is not in their right mind! — I would definitely pick my Hipness blush. Because we’re tight like that.
4. Dior Addict Shine Eau de Toilette.
This is the latest addition (I almost typed addiction, ha!) to my small perfume collection. I like to switch to a lighter scent in the summer months and this is what I’ve been wearing this scent all summer long. I’m not fluent in perfume-speak, but it smells like a fresh floral on me. It starts off more citrusy, but as it wears through the day, it begins to smell like a fresh field of flowers. It is always a nice surprise whenever I catch a whiff of this scent. It is summer in a bottle.
What a great bronzer and a great price! Everyone I know who has used this — fair and tan — shares my love for this bronzer. Fact: I totally cracked up when some Glitter Geek readers were fooled into thinking I wasn’t wearing bronzer in my original review. I looked like I had naturally glowing skin like I’m not wearing any makeup. That is all.
I don’t know why I haven’t yet posted a review on this, but it has seriously saved my face from those horrible itchy patches I got last summer. It’s a physical sunscreen, which means that I look like a powder-face geisha after I put it on, but it works. On most days I just wear my MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural (Medium Dark) over it and everything looks as it should. Non-greasy and doesn’t smell revolting. It can be found at Pure + simple spas in the Greater Toronto Area or online.
My favourite primer continues to save my face from turning into a greaseball every day I wear it. It is pricy, but if you have oily skin and think there is nothing out there that’ll help you, you should really give this ClearPrep FX a try. And normal to dry skinned beauties, be not afraid! I didn’t find ClearPrep FX to be drying, either. I tell everyone about it, so tell your friends!
Now That I’ve Shared Mine, What Are Your Go-To Products This Summer?
Disclosure: The bronzer was sent to me for review, and I bought everything else. Wow, that’s a lot of new products!