My Hits & Misses

Summer Hitlist

Soo it’s been a little while since my last post, not including my Summer Shitlist which just went live, and in that time I’ve: gotten a job, dyed my hair (twice), destashed a ton of makeup, picked up twice as much as I got rid of, and left said job. To make up for the extended radio silence, I’m ditching my Top 5 Favorites limit and going for a Top 15 to cover all my summer beauty hits.

  1. Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum SPF30 ($42 / 1.7 oz, supergoop.com) – I have been loving this sunscreen lately. I got a deluxe sample from Sephora and have been using it as my pre-makeup moisturizer every morning this hot hot summer. It doesn’t leave that uncomfortable residue that I cannot stand about most SPF products, doesn’t break me out, and absorbs so quickly which makes it perfect even for speedy makeup routines before work or school. Between the time it took me to write this and actually have this post go live, I went ahead and purchased the full size bottle. No regrets.
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  2. Supergoop Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist SPF50 ($19 / 6.0 oz, Sephora) – Another Supergoop product I have been using on the regular, this SPF 50 spray feels so nice on my skin and I love the perpetual spray for a nice even coat all over (and so you don’t have to keep pushing the trigger like a spray bottle). I am on the fairer side to say the least and sun damage is no joke so I like to be protected and this is my #1 choice before heading outside. It’s light and refreshing and while you can definitely feel something on your skin when you touch it, it’s not sticky or unpleasant at all. A Supergoop bonus – no oxybenzone, the only potential allergen still allowed and found in many other sunscreens.
  3. MAC Lightful C tinted cream with SPF30 and radiance booster ($35 / 1.3 oz, MAC)– Oh goodness do I love this! Purchased completely on a whim, this tinted cream combines everything I was looking for – light color-correcting coverage, SPF, and some added radiance to help boost that natural glow. I usually apply with a foundation brush and then press it into my skin with the RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, but it goes on great even if you apply it with your fingers. This stuff is perfect for hot and/or lazy days when you just want some quick and easy coverage without spending too much time on makeup application.
  4. MAC Eye Brows ($16.50 / 0.09 g, MAC) – Part one of my new HG brow routine, I am stunned how smooth this skinny little pencil glides on. The Brunette shade matches my brows perfectly, something I never thought would happen after way too many trials with too-warm brow products. While the pencil is not retractable, it does twist up so it won’t need to be sharpened and it is the perfect consistency for filling in and shaping sparse brows without being too soft. I will definitely repurchase this, especially with the $16 price point compared to its $21 competition.
    brunette
  5. MAC Mineralize Concealer in NW15 ($21 / 0.17 oz, MAC) – The MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is hands down my favorite, but for busy mornings or quick outing, it can be a bit too heavy for me. I picked up the Mineralize concealer specifically because of the brush applicator, but I have to say I am pretty impressed. It’s super creamy and blends in beautifully, plus faster to apply and with lighter coverage than the Pro Longwear. I never understood why anyone would need to own more than one concealer at a time until now and will definitely be keeping both of these in my arsenal for the foreseeable future.
    nw15
  6. ColourPop highlighters ($8 / 0.15 oz, colourpop.com) – It took me forever to decide which of these pretty things to call my own and I was really impressed when Hippo and Monster finally arrived at my door. They’ve got that mousse-y gel-like texture that ColourPop is known for which makes them perfect for quick and easy application. I just gently rub my ring finger in the product and apply it to the tops of my cheekbones, cupids bow, down the bridge of my nose, and a little on my forehead. They have a perfectglowy finish without being a glitter bomb and blend out beautifully so you can make it as subtle or dramatic as you wish. As always, ColourPop products are cruelty-free.

    Monster (back), Hippo (front)
    Monster (back), Hippo (front)
  7. ColourPop Ultra Matte lipsticks ($6 / 0.11 oz, colourpop.com) – I know I know, I am obsessed with liquid matte lipsticks. They last all day, even with my constant snacking, and stay put when I kiss The Boyfriend, what else can you ask for? So when I heard ColourPop was coming out with their own line of liquid mattes and they are only $6 a piece, I knew I had to get my hands on them. I managed to not order all 27 shades and instead got nine that mostly are unique to my collection, plus a hot pink and a purple for good measure. A lot of people have been saying that this is a more drying formula than other liquid lipsticks, but I disagree. It does dry down very quickly, but I don’t find it unpleasant on my lips and when it does finally fade, it doesn’t crumble or get patchy which makes reapplying super easy.

    From top to bottom: Shimmy, Seesaw, 1st Base, Donut, Ouji, Buds, Highball, Lychee, Trap
    From top to bottom: Shimmy, Seesaw, 1st Base, Donut, Ouji, Buds, Highball, Lychee, Trap
  8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light ($45 / 0.35 oz, Sephora) – I have had my eye on this foreverrrr and finally splurged. This lavender-pink highlighting powder is stunning, but still delicate enough to use all over. It is so smooth and finely milled, I haven’t even looked at my other powder highlights since I brought it home. I am very into highlighting right now and reach for this pretty much every day, regardless of time or occasion – you can go as sheer as you like or build it up for some serious glow.mood light
  9. Hask Argan Oil Healing Shine Hair Treatment ($2.99 / 18 ml, Ulta) – Can’t believe I picked this up on a whim at the Ulta checkout counter for $2.99. What an excellent purchase. I am now on my second tiny bottle of this goodness and my hair is absolutely loving it! I have really never been one to focus a whole lot of time or energy on my hair, but this stuff is definitely a new must have for me, dare I say it is even an HG newbie. After showering, I let my hair air dry about halfway and then reach for the oil. I pour about a nickel sized amount into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, and then run my hands through my hair concentrating mostly on the ends. Even better – whatever is left on my hands, I just rub it onto my face for some freebie hydration. My hair looks and feels so much softer and it stays looking shiny and fresh for longer between washes.
  10. RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($10.99 for two, Ulta) – Oh goodness do I love this thing. A fraction the cost of stiff competition Beauty Blender, the RT sponge is a winner for me. I always use it damp (as you should) and love the way the flat side blends in my tinted moisturizer while the pointed end is great for under-eye concealer or liquid highlight. I even like to use the rounded sides of the sponge to soften any areas where I may have gone overboard with product or to press down any powdery spots with my MAC Fix+.
  11. IT Cosmetics Airbrush Blurring Concealer brush #103 ($16, Ulta) – I had no idea that a good concealer brush was even a thing, but this one is fantastic. It is the perfect size and shape for under-eye concealing as well as covering up any blemishes or red areas (like around my nose). The brush is so incredibly soft and the hairs are the perfect length for diffusing my heavy handed brow pencil application too.
  12. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles ($12 / 0.06 oz, Macy’s) -Hnnng, my precious! Over the last few months I have accumulated six eyeshadow singles fromABH andevery single one is absolutely stunning. There’s a bit of fallout, but these shades aresooo lovely and buttery and the color payoff is so incredible that I just do not care. I’ve got a variety of finishes (ultra matte, satin, duo chrome, titanium) and literally have zero complaints. The pans are larger and cheaper than MAC shadows, and while they’re more expensive than Makeup Geek…so is pretty much everything else, and I have yet to find a dud in the absolutely massive color lineup – there are 84 shades in eight different finishes and I’ve stuck my fingers in at least half of them at this point. Youcan be damn sure I’ll be getting more of these soon.

    Sangria (Satin), Pink Champagne (Titanium), China Rose (Duo Chrome), Birkin (Ultra Matte)
    Sangria (Satin), Pink Champagne (Titanium), China Rose (Duo Chrome), Birkin (Ultra Matte)
  13. Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso ($22 / 0.32 oz, Sephora) – Another winner from ABH, I love this tinted gel. The brush is a little bigger than I thought it would be, but it is actually perfect for really getting into your brows without having to press too hard. I like to use it over my MAC Eye Brows pencil most days to fill out the front ends of my face caterpillars and keep everything in place, but it is just as good as a stand alone product for lazy days and more natural looking brows.
    Photo Aug 16, 6 43 38 PM
  14. Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Water Blossom ($26 / 0.21 oz, Sephora) – Not gonna lie, this product was really intimidating at first. I have never really even used a cream blush, never mind a liquid one, but after a few tries I am completely hooked. The little mesh pad is unlike anything I have ever seen and the just-barely-irridescent finish is stunning for summer, day or night. I like to lightly touch my middle finger to the pad and tap it out on my cheeks, using a second finger to blend out if needed
    stila
  15. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in [714] ($18 / 0.19 oz, jeffreestarcosmetics.com) – I was so pleasantly surprised when my lovely new lipstick arrived in the mail (which was very quick). For starters, the packaging is lovely and the applicator is absolutely fantastic. At first I thought it was a standard doe foot applicator, which is great for liquid lipstick, but upon closer inspection I realized that it is actually curved to perfectly fit your lips which makes application so quick and easy. The formula is pretty close to perfect – it’s not too drying (as far as liquid lipsticks go) and has a very nice texture on the lips. It does tend to fade outwards from the center of your mouth, however it does so without crumbling or getting overly patchy making it the only liquid lipstick I have found that looks just as good after reapplying. I’m talking “oh shit I just ate off my lipstick at lunch and need to touch it up in my car” level of seamless. Bonus points for being vegan/cruelty-free, and gluten-free too! Seriously excellent work from Jeffree, I can’t wait to see what he comes out with next.
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3 thoughts on “Summer Hitlist”

  1. Your blog is so pretty and well organized. Full of really get info too. Love it. I have never been too active in WordPress or read very many blogs until recentky, especially since I just started my own. Love yours.

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