Summertime. The time of year when I find myself surfing through magazines filled with tips on how to “look beautiful and stay cool all summer long!” I have definitely had the urge, usually after I have read the same beauty tips over and over, to throw the magazine across the room and scream..”Ya, I already know all this, can someone please write a real tip that will really work for real?!” Here is my theory on these “beauty” tips…they are all “recycled” because everything in beauty is cyclical according to the time of year, and the “color” of the season.
Case in point: The craze for MAC ™ “Terracotta” lipstick back in 1992 when my brother got married. Or Chanel™ “Peach Canyon.” I remember buying something like 6 tubes because it was discontinued and I swore I would be wearing it for the rest of my life. Didn’t happen. We all wanted that coral-y orange-y/pink look on our lips back then. When my brother’s bride, whom I love dearly (Hi Lori!), showed her beautiful face at the wedding…but of course! She was wearing coral lipstick. It was perfect! Today, as I write this, what is the lipstick rage of the season… How to wear “bright” lipstick. (hint: bright= coral-y orange-y/pink) It’s the same thing. Now you see what I mean… recycled tips.
Gentlemen, I apologize, because I am about to bore you (if I haven’t already). But before you click onto something else, consider that when you are done reading this, you will be able to impress your female friends. Better yet, pick up a product for your favorite girl; she will love it.
I am indecisive when it comes to beauty and fashion. I can find something fantastic about every fashion spread that I drool over in magazines. I fall in love with every fashion look, and every makeup color. Matte, satin, glossy, shimmery, sparkly…I love ’em all! Therefore, when I find a product I really, really like…I gotta spread the word. So here it is..my somewhat frivolous first post of July 2011; My Fab 5 Fave beauty products of summer 2011… starting with my #1 fave. Try one…trust me.
1. Two Timer Mascara by The Balm.
Unless you were born with jet black, longggg eyelashes or you have fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions or tatooed eyeliner on your eyelid…you need mascara. This is the product I can’t live without. The whole “stranded on a desert island thing” …yup, I would need my mascara.
And don’t tell me that you don’t wear mascara because you “don’t have any eyelashes.” We all have them. They are there to protect our eyes from foreign objects that may fly in. Stand really close to the mirror and gaze at yourself…you’ve got em. It just takes a little time to make them look pretty. I like mascara especially because it prevents me from hearing the comment “You look tired.” (aka…”You’re lookin’ pretty bad.”)
2. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector.
This product is also a moisturizer with SPF 20! I don’t know how it works, I just know it is amazing. It comes in 2 colors (I prefer Opal). I apply it in high on my cheekbones, on my browbone, and along the bridge of my nose. Read more here.http://www.primebeautyblog.net/becca-shimmering-skin-perfector-gives-a-candlelit-glow/
3. Smashbox primer with SPF.
Here is the big lie as I know it (unless you are 0-35 years old)…“you can wear it all by itself, for a natural look”… LIE. It is necessary to use this product under your foundation stick (which will be mentioned next.) It fills in lines and pores, and makes makeup look nice and smooth…makes me very happy. I especially like the green one (picture on the far left) because it gets rid of redness, but for the summer, the one with SPF is great.
4 Becca foundation stick/concealer.
This product is pretty self explanatory. It covers up “imperfections” and evens out skin tone. It doubles as a concealer as well. Two for one…score! Best results are achieved when used with this great brush (really and truly.) …also by Becca
5. Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights Shimmering Powder in “Intermix”.
This little round disk is super. It contains a silk power in a mix of colors that are perfect for summer. I just take a fat bristle powder brush and swirl it around in the powder. Then I just swirl it again on my cheeks. (I love that word swirl.) You can’t mess it up, and it gives skin a pretty glow without looking like you struggled to perfectly place your blush…because you didn’t!
I am now going to give a shoutout to one of my favorite places to visit. All of the products I have mentioned above are available at B Boutique www.bmbboutique.com or www.facebook.com/bboutique . (btw…I have no financial interest here whatsoever…I just love the place and the girls that work there.) What I lack in explanation skills (a lot)… anyone who works there can fill in for you. They are the best.
I have 2 honorable mentions:
1. Shower Products by Love & Toast.
(Persimmon Plum is my favorite right now, but you can’t go wrong with any of the scents.)
2. Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion.
LOVE this stuff. Feels good, smells good, and gives a tiny bit of shimmer. Trust me. You will not be sparkling in the sunlight like Edward Cullen of Twilight…I promise.
And there you have it. Give one a shot. You won’t regret it.
P.S. – check out SMUT lipstick by The Balm. Love the name. Love the color.