Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer Makeup Favorites (2013 Edition)

[Products in this post were purchased by me, except for *, which was won in a brand-sponsored giveaway on Twitter, and **, which was a gift from a friend.]

I knew I said I wouldn't be posting as much, but I find myself needing a break every now and again, and what better than to put together a blog post? I already did a feature on my summer skincare products, so I thought I'd do a roundup of the colored cosmetics that I'm enjoying this summer (I was inspired by Danielle). I surprised myself by reaching for a lot of baby pinks and neutrals, in addition to my usual oranges and reds. I've also been reaching for cream textures.
Erm. Spot a theme? Or two?

Eyes: (L-R) Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sandglow, Tarte Gold, theBalm Nude'Tude** Stand-offish
I never used to like cream shadows, but Tarte's Gold convinced me that some of these pencil formulas can be easy to use (blends out well before setting), and last. Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick in Sandglow is also a nice formula. Both of these only last all day with primer or with a powder shadow layered over them - I prefer the latter method. They make a nice alternative to a colorless base, and add complexity to a look. Along with them, theBalm's Stand-offish marks my return to champagne shades for an all-over lid wash that brightens my face.

Cheeks: Guerlain Sunny Pink Sun Shimmer*, Dior Capri Diorblush Cheek Creme, Marcelle EnchantmentIllamasqua Libido

It's been cream blushes all the way, baby! I sometimes layer a similar powder shade over cream to increase lasting power, or if I feel like the extra fuss is warranted. I already professed my love for Dior Capri, and I've fallen back in love with the coral Guerlain Sunny Pink, as well. Marcelle Enchantment is a lipstick, but I find that it works beautifully as a cream blush. Illamasqua Libido is a nice orange, and I often layer MAC Honey Jasmine over it for a little more dimension.

Lips: (L-R) Dior Lucky Addict Extreme**, Dior Red Serum Rouge de SerumMAC Rising Sun Cremesheen gloss, Dior Bed of Roses gloss



Ah, lip products. Happiness for a bandit. Dior Lucky is still in rotation despite its blatant pink-ness, and Bed of Roses is a slightly warmer, glossy counterpart. Red Serum (why yes, I like Dior lip products) is the perfect juicy red for summer, and MAC Rising Sun is a brightening, sheer orange on my lips.

My favorites this summer have been pretty different than my picks in past summers, though I can't remember them, and this is the first time I've actually done a round-up post. I've been really into cream products lately, though, and it doesn't seem like this cream craze will end any time soon. Funnily enough, I'm not that excited about fall right now, even though it's my favorite season. I'm having a great time running around in sandals, shorts, and clean, simple makeup.

What have been your go-to products this summer? Anything I need to check out?

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