This summer has been so promising in the beauty front. Maybe it’s all the new launches that have been popping up from brand to brand, but I have a feeling it’s something more: Despite throwing the occasional morning tantrum when I can’t find anything to wear in a sea of clothing, I honestly think I have a newfound self-confidence that has helped me blossom in the beauty realm. This year, I’m not afraid to flaunt my natural hair texture: it’s wavy, it’s messy, it’s slightly frizzy, and, you know what, I love it. I’m no longer trying to fight it. I’m also not looking to hide my natural beauty with too many products. It’s summer, and the less product there is to melt off my face, the better. That’s why I’ve taken the time to simplify my morning makeup routine and go for more easy products that don’t take too much time and enhance my natural features. Summer is all about embracing your natural glow, right?
Last summer, I decided to put away my hot tools until the weather cooled down. And this year, as soon as the days got longer and the temperature remained stagnant in the 80s, I knew I had to do it again. In fact, I’ve only used a hot tool on my hair twice in the past two months: once to add very sparse curls when I went out for my best friend’s bday party and the other time to test a product for work. Otherwise, I like to stick to my daily no-heat hair routine, and this product is definitely what helps my hair look more like a subtle bed head rather than a complete frizzy mess. A long time ago, I tried this product in the original formula for fine hair, but it’s really not that effective for someone with thick wavy frizz. This thick formula is SO much better (and you can betcha I’ll be picking it up once I finish this bottle). I like to distribute it from mid-shaft through the ends after my deep conditioner and before my mousse. Curious about my hair routine? Hopefully a more detailed post will be coming very soon!
I cannot (will not) put down this highlighting palette. I’ve tried so hard to go back to my other favorite highlights, but I can’t. NOTHING COMPARES. The palette features three shades: a blue-toned pink, a champagne and a light yellow-gold. And while all three colors are endlessly gorgeous, I have to say that the champagne is my HG highlight for summer. Did I mention it’s less than $15 at Walmart. This palette is so underrated, I cannot even begin to explain my love. Just try ripping this palette out of my hands. I dare you.
I’m ridiculously late to the game with this one. I’ve heard YouTubers, bloggers, Instagrammers, and friends rave about this eyeshadow (in this specific shade) for way too long. But finally, I decided to jump the gun and just buy it. I was having a moment of weakness in the beauty section at Target, and I ended up buying too many things I didn’t need. But this eyeshadow was the best of the lot. If you’re looking for a subtle eyeshadow that you can literally dab on and go, this is your one, true love. It’s nicely pigmented so you can add on a single dab for something barely-there, or you can pack it on for an intense bronze smoky eye. This shadow does no wrong. And it’s been so great for summer days when I don’t have to patience to do too much eyeshadow (ie every day).
I was SO skeptical about this blush when it first launched. I thought it was such a rip off for the size of the product. And I had tried so many cream blushes that I thought it would just be like every single other one out there. Boy was I wrong. This blush will last you FOREVER. It’s so incredibly opaque — all you need is a single dot of blush for each check. It blends out flawlessly with fingers or a beautyblender. And, in all honesty, I can’t imagine using any other blush during the summer. I even wear it to the beach or on low-key days with only BB cream.