Here’s a secret you might not know about me: I’m a beauty product junkie. I can tend to get set in a makeup routine, but after a few months I like to switch it up and try new things. (And this is probably why I have a glitter purple caboodle circa 1994 stuffed to the brim with products. And that doesn’t even count the multiple makeup bags full of lipgloss and lipstick, but I digress.) I thought it would be fun to share with you a few of the items that are new (or new-ish) to me that I’ve been loving this Summer. So without further ado let me break out my caboodle. 😉
This was a product I consistently heard a lot of buzz about, but I finally ordered it this Spring. With the SPF 50, I knew it was a perfect time to try it so that I wouldn’t have to layer as many products in the Summer heat. (Nobody wants a melting makeup sliding off their face, right?!) Now I understand all the hype. I LOVE it. It goes on smoothly has great longevity even in the heat. One thing I will say is that the coverage is pretty full. I figured it would be lighter with the CC Cream name and was surprised when I tried it. Not a bad thing at all, just not what I was expecting at first. (For reference I mix Tan and Medium to make a slightly darker shade for Summer but will go back to Medium once my tan fades a bit.)
Ok, so this isn’t new to me, but it is one of my all-time favorites so it deserves a mention. I use it solely as coverage for my dark circles and it makes such a huge difference! The “radiant” name definitely fits this product. It leaves my under eyes bright and with a glow. (For reference I typically wear Custard during Summer and Vanilla the rest of the year.)
I received this blush c/o but I promise I wouldn’t mention it if I didn’t sincerely love it and I do. The compact contains two different shades – one more of a highlight color and the other your classic blush. I love how the colors blend for a radiant, luminous flush. The powder is so creamy and applies beautifully as well. And the packaging is pretty cute too. Thumbs up! (For reference I have the color Kink & Kisses.)
Previously I had been using Anastasia Brow Wiz and loved it, but I felt like I was going through them fairly quickly and searched for a dupe. The Define-A-Brow is definitely a close contender. It doesn’t come in nearly the amount of colors as Brow Wiz and the consistency is slightly more waxy/less creamy, but it’s a fourth of the price and works really well. I love how fine the tip is! (For reference I use shade Medium Brown.)
This is another item I received as a sample waaaay back, but I have been using it daily since I received it. I love how it blurs my pores, eliminates shine, and just gives my skin an overall soft glow. For the price (under $16), it’s so worth it because it lasts forEVER. Also the packaging is awesome. It has a lock to separate the product, which is a must for loose powder (especially for travel).
I’m kind of a mascara aficionada, so I’ve tried a LOT of different mascaras and this mascara primer is a holy grail. It conditions the lashes while also lengthening and thickening before you even put on mascara. It is a bit pricey, but I promise that even if you use it with drugstore mascara, you will see huge results! I currently use it with one coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and the combination is perfection.
I’ve been receiving a lot of questions on my Insta photos lately about my lipstick, so these deserve a mention. I’ve been wearing a lot of neutrals, and the two NYX Lingerie shades I have are some of my favs. I own Bedtime Flirt and Exotic. The colors are nicely pigmented and apply easily. My only complaint is that they are a bit sticky before drying and can be a bit drying on the lips (like many mattes). Overall I really like them and plan to buy more shades. They are SO affordable!
Wow, this ended up being much longer than I thought it would be. I hope enjoyed this post. Please, please leave me a comment and let me know what products you’re loving because Lord knows that caboodle needs to be emptied and refilled with some new goodies! 😉