This is how I feel about the following products I’m about to write about:
These are true favourites of mine in the early days of summer. Hope you discover some new favourites in this list. Well, let’s get cracking, shall we?
Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Medium ($8.95). I take my brow game very seriously, and I’m starting to get back to pencils just because of how quick and easy they are to use. I picked up this guy from Walmart on a whim, and I’m really really pleased with it. One side is a super skinny retractable liner, and the other is an unconventional little comb instead of a spoolie. I was skeptical of the comb, but it actually works really well at breaking up a terribly penciled in eyebrow. It takes away the right amount of product to create an appearance of real hairs where there’s none.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat *($41). It’s not new anymore, so the hype has died down on these, but hellz yes! — I’m totally on board the Ambient Lighting Blush train. This blush is so silky just like its powder counterparts. Diffused Heat is a vibrant coral blush that I have been wearing all June long. When I put this on, it’s just so seamless with no trace of product sitting on top of my skin. It just marries to my skin like a dream.
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50 *($36). It’s powder foundation season, y’all. I wear mineral sunscreens with titanium dioxide, so you know what that means: white face. To me, the easiest way to put on my base when I have white face (rhyming bloggah in the house!), is a powder foundation, and Cover FX has pretty great one. It offers almost a full coverage, but since I like a lighter coverage, I use a brush like EcoTools Face & Body Sculpting Brush ($15.99) to spread it on my face in about 5 seconds flat. Pro tip: if you want to do your foundation as quickly as possible, the bigger the brush, the better.
Pantene Root Reboot Dry Shampoo *(around $7). To prevent my hair colour from fading, I’ve been trying my best to shampoo every other day. So on day 2, I refresh my roots with this dry shampoo. I love this out of all the dry shampoos I’ve used in the past, because a) I like the smell, b) holy major lift Batman!, c) it doesn’t itch, and d) it has great hold for the rest of the day. You just can’t go wrong with that price, too! See my day 1 hair routine here.
L’Occitane Hydra Vital Gel *($42). While I’m all about heavy face oils for most of the year, July and August is too damn hot and sticky that I opt for a lighter moisturizer. This stuff is fantastic. It reminds me of The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream actually, but definitely more refined. It’s a lightly fragranced, cooling gel made with organic Angelica harvested from France. It’s such a joy to put on during hot summer days. It’s like a cool shower for your face.
Osmia Protein Exfoliating Mask *($45, not pictured). I got 3 uses out of a small sample of this mask and I’m convinced that I need to buy more. When my skin feels especially grimey (thanks, pollution, and congest-y makeup!), I just popped this on and my skin is immediately transformed into butter. Smooth and creamy and delicious butter.
Diptyque Philosykos Perfume Oil Roll-On (US$55) and Figuier Candle (US$60). I cannot get enough of this fig fragrance! While my fragrance tastes for summer varies widely (from crispy fresh citrus, to creamy coconut, to sweet white florals), this ever popular fig scent by Diptyque is perfection on those rainy summer days, when all I wanna do is cuddle up under a blanket and watch Netflix all day.
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat *($7.99). Revlon has released a pretty impressive array of colours in its new ColorStay Gel Envy line, I honestly believe the best pick of the collection is this top coat. It makes any nail polish — from cheap drugstore finds to my YSLs — last for at least a week with just a teeny bit of tip wear. Check out swatches of most of the shades on BeautyGeeks.
What are your must-have products for summer? See any favourites from my list?