I love fashion and beauty. I mean loveeeee it. I love fashion magazines, fashion documentaries, strolling through stores with expensive fashion art pieces I can’t afford in NYC, and on weekends I often find myself at Ulta or Sephora spending my hard-earned dollars on fun new beauty products to experiment with. It’s exciting! I love the expression of it, and honestly? It’s just fun. 🙂
This summer, I’ve discovered some really great products. I use them often and think, “I NEED to tell the world how amazing this stuff is!” So–here’s my platform. My own frequency, if you will. 😉 These are the beauty products and fashion pieces you’ve GOTTA GET. Now!
Yves St Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Glossy Stain
You guys. I love this stuff. I treasure it. I bought it at Saks 5th Ave in NYC last December to commemorate my trip. I don’t normally spend big bucks on high fashion designer makeup. But I just WENT FOR IT! And you know what I learned? You pay for what you get. This is the only stain I’ve ever tested (and I’ve used a LOT of various brands of lip stain over the years) that doesn’t dry your lips out! First, the brush feels like a fur coat. It’s super soft. You can put on a light, thin layer if you want and just press your lips together. It gives just enough color for a casual look when used this way. But sometimes (ok a lot of times) you might want a bolder look. You can paint it on precisely, top and bottom, then go over them once more. It feels like flexible vinyl. It’s not sticky and not dry. It’s how a lip color SHOULD feel. And best of all, it stays on. (Ok, sometimes after eating something greasy you need to reapply. But most of the time, it stays put!) It comes in 24 colors. At Sephora, they’ll help you figure out which one is right for you!
$35 at Sephora (or Saks! If you find yourself near one and wanna get fancy!)
e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set
Aloe, green tea, cucumber, vitamins and water. Simple stuff. Did you know that if you mist it on your face it’s like hairspray for your makeup? Why isn’t this product talked about more often?! Lots of companies make a makeup setting mist, but with e.l.f.’s sitting at $3 a bottle, you really can’t beat it. It doesn’t feel sticky and dries completely smooth. If you’re someone who likes to wear blush, experiment with contouring, use bronzer or cheek highlighters, this works great for keeping those things in place all day long. I feel like it really smooths out the texture of my skin, as well. Somehow it seems to shrink pores and give skin an airbrushed look. And it feels good when you spritz it on your face before leaving the house in the summertime!
$3 at Target
e.l.f. Eyelid Primer
This stuff might be my favorite of all. Because it solves a makeup problem I’ve had since I started wearing eyeliner–it keeps eyeliner OUT of your eyelid crease! Hallelujah! No double-lines to scrape off in the bathroom mirror throughout the day, smearing and mostly removing your eyeshadow along with it. Not only does it keep your creases clean, it sets your eyeshadow in place. I always see these beauty bloggers posting photos of eyeshadow color combinations applied so perfectly and I wonder–how do they make it look so seamless and dense? THEY USED A PRIMER! It’s a game changer. And did you notice the price?
$1 at Target
Sexy Hair Texturizing Spray Clay
I follow a beauty blogger on Instagram (@theconfessionsofahairstylist) who posted photos for one week showing all of the ways you can use this product. SHE SOLD ME. I picked up this trial size at Ulta to give it a shot. So far, I’ve experimented with it by waving my hair with a flatiron. I held the ends away from my face and spritzed spray clay into it then scrunched the ends. It created a messy, texturized look and it held well throughout the day! I also backcombed my hair at the crown and spritzed this texturizing spray into it before backcombing a few more times. It worked much better than hairspray or that drying texturizing powder (I’ve used Bed Head’s for years) at holding the volume. I’m recommending it because it’s a great segue from other texturizing products that seem to dry my hair. Not only does this fluff up my straight hair and give it some substance, but it adds shine and it brushes out easily.
$6 at Ulta (for a trial size. Which for me, lasts months because I won’t use it every day.)
L’Oreal Infallible Super Slim .4 mm Pen Liner
Conquering the proper cat eye is one of my beauty life goals. I’ve tried the credit card trick (which for me was a Forever 21 tag), the scotch tape trick, I’ve watched tutorials, I’ve pinned like 50,000 inspiration photos…I WILL CONQUER YOU, CAT.
This summer, this pen liner was my latest weapon. Last summer I tried MAC’s pen liner. I liked it, but it was expensive and when it dried the color got very matte, which I didn’t like. This pen tip is SO tiny–it allows you to make your lines very slowly, almost by stippling them and then connecting the dots and filling in where necessary. I’ve found it works better than most pen liners and liquid brush liners I’ve tried because you can be so precise. The final color is really opaque, almost kohl-looking which I love. So far…we’re off to a great start together. Hopefully with practice and more time spent together, we’ll perfect that cat eye one day!
$8 at Ulta (or Target)
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Show Off Mascara
See that little pokey ball at the end of the wand? That thing works miracles. It lifts up the outer edge of your lashes and if you use the wand vertically and poke upward, it reaches the little lashes on the inner part of your eye. It really opens things up! There are SO many gimmicky mascaras out there these days–so many that there was recently a law passed making it illegal for cosmetics companies to advertise their mascaras using fake lashes in print and TV media. They’ve been misleading us, ladies. (Shocker). I love that Rimmel is a European brand so it feels fancy, but it’s at a drugstore price.
$5.99 at Ulta (Normally $6.99 but currently on sale) Also at Target.
BeneFit BadGal Lash Mascara
I’ve loved this stuff for years. BeneFit was my favorite cosmetics company all through college. This mascara is dense, it’s thick, it’s BLACK. The classic fiber brush works so well to lift and evenly coat lashes without making them clumpy. Lately, I’ve been putting a few swipes of BadGal over my Scandaleyes mascara to finish it off. It makes them blacker and gives them great length since it has something extra to grab onto. It’s a great way to pump up your eyes and it puts the perfect finishing touch on cat eye liner!
$19 at Ulta (or Sephora or Macys)
Flower Beauty Kiss Me Twice Lip and Cheek Chubbie
Did you know that Drew Barrymore has a cosmetics line that’s only available at Wal-Mart? Most people I tell about this have no clue–because few people in Minnesota EVER go to Wal-Mart. We are in Target country, I know. But occasionally, I like to pass through Wal-Mart’s cosmetics aisles. They have great deals and they have things you can’t find elsewhere! I LOVE how this blush goes on. I swipe it like warpaint under my cheekbones and back toward my temples every morning. Then I rub it in with circular motions with my fingertips. It finishes so lightly and gives you a subtle amount of color. It doesn’t look painted on at all, and I know these creme blushes sometimes can. I’ve used a few other products from the Flower Beauty line and honestly, they were disappointing. (Especially the lipstick..steer CLEAR.) But I would HIGHLY recommend this product. I’ll be buying it again when mine ages past its prime. 🙂
$9.99 at Wal-Mart
Rachel Zoe for Jockey Skimmies Slipshorts
Alright, I know this isn’t beauty-related. But it is fashion! And YES I’m going to talk about ladies’ underthings on my blog. I’m just goin’ for it.
So–if you’re someone who hates wearing skirts and dresses because of the fancy underthings it typically requires, or because of the well, friction that can take place, THESE WILL SOLVE ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS FOREVER!
They’re not Spanx. They don’t suck you in. They’re thin, light, comfortable, and they come in three lengths. They make wearing skirts and dresses bearable in the summertime. I have been preaching the Skimmies gospel to whoever gives me a platform, these days! They’re SO worth purchasing. DO IT!
$20 at jockey.com (or at Macy’s)