Aaaaand we’re back! Life did some weird things earlier this year and at the time, I felt like I couldn’t give this space the attention that it needed. Things have dramatically improved since then and I figured since I don’t hate my life or my job anymore, it’s probably about time to reclaim my hobbies. Summer favorites felt like a great place to start! I’ve got eight hits and one shit, and also I should mention that I recently stopped wearing foundation, but I’ll talk about that more in a future post. If you want to see some makeup on my face in the meantime, I’m doing a 30-day lipstick challenge on my Instagram @bekaneggs.
Becca First Light Priming Filter ($38.00 / 1oz , Sephora/Ulta) – I got a sample of this as a 100 point perk, chosen because of Jkissa’s love for it, and I totally get what she’s so obsessed with. This primer is absolutely beautiful, it gives a nice glow to the skin without looking greasy or wet, and absorbs quickly while still providing a slightly tacky base to apply makeup over. As I mentioned, I’ve stopped wearing foundation, and this has been a perfect replacement. It adds a little something special to the skin and a nice long-wearing surface to apply bronzer, blush, and highlight without emphasizing texture or dryness.
Milk Kush Fiber Brow Gel ($18.00 / 4.5ml , Sephora) – There’s been so much hype about the Kush mascara, which I wasn’t really a fan of, but I had to give the brow gel a try. I’ve been using the Essence Make Me Brow fiber gel for the last year or so, and while I loved the outcome, it was just a bit too messy and I always ended up with way too much product on the brush. I’m glad I gave this one a try because I absolutely love it! The formula feels like it has a bit more hold while still providing the fiber aspect that helps make sparse areas look more full. The packaging is beautifully designed with a smaller inner rim that helps remove excess product from the perfectly teeny-tiny brush. The end result is a structured but natural looking brow with minimal maintenance or cleanup. To me, that’s definitely worth the price.
Melt Cosmetics Baby Girl Stack ($58 / 15g, meltcosmetics.com) – um hi have you met me? This is literally me in a palette. Blushed coral, bright orange, deep rust, and a duochrome shimmer? Yea, I wear this pretty much every damn day in some way or another. As per usual for Melt, the pressed shadows kick up quite a lot of product, but the color payoff and blending are practically unparalleled. For a more mainstream comparison, I’d say the closest product I own to a similar formula is the Marc Jacobs Scandalust palette from the Eye-Conic line. If you’ve got your eye on a few of Melt’s recent eyeshadow releases, skip She’s in Parties and go straight for Baby Girl.
Melt Cosmetics Blush in Honey Thief ($22 / 4.574g, meltcosmetics.com) – I say it was an unexpected surprise, but really that I love this shade is anything but surprising. This neutral slightly-peachy powder is an absolutely beautiful blush, and also makes a fantastic transition shade if you’re feeling an extra little something to work with their Baby Girl stack. A few years ago I completely fell in love with Prim, a limited edition blush shade from a Tarte holiday palette and have spent the last three years looking for an in-stock alternative. This is the closest I’ve gotten and I think I can even admit that Honey Thief is better. As with most of Melt’s powder products, there is quite a lot of product kick-up so be gentle with your brush, but it blends beautifully and is not so pigmented that it’s difficult to use.
Melt Cosmetics Blushlight in Nevermore ($22 / 4.215g, meltcosmetics.com) – One of the few impulse purchases I’ve made in recent memory (really, I tend to research all the fun out of most makeup investments), but I am very pleased with this massive multipurpose shade. Do you want blush or do you want highlight? Do you want eyeshadow or just some inner corner glitter? Yes and yes. Nevermore is one of Melt’s “Blushlight” powders, described as a “charming hibiscus pink” and can be used as blush, highlight, or anything in between. It can be quite subtle or you can build it to your heart’s desire, either way it’s definitely a unique and versatile shade to have in the arsenal.
Herbivore Citrine Glowing Hydration Body Oil ($44 / 4oz, Sephora) – A wholly worthwhile investment for my uncomfortably dry skin. I’ve spent years testing out various body lotions at all kinds of price points and have never really found a product that works for longer than five minutes after application. I recently decided I wanted to find a body oil instead and am so pleased I settled on this one! The pump makes it super easy to dispense product right into your hands – I tend to use 2-3 pumps each for arms and legs and one more for my hands. It’s easy to apply, feels ultra luxurious to massage into the skin, and makes my skin so happy and relaxed. I will note, if you are planning to use this before a night out, apply as early as possible so it has time to air out a little – otherwise, I hope you are less attractive to mosquitoes than I am.
Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizers ($29 / 5.6g , ritueldefille.com) – These aren’t new to me at all, but I just periodically like to gush about such brilliant products. I first purchased Solaris and Lunaris when they were still being advertised as limited edition shades and I am so pleased they’ve made both permanent! The perfect cream highlight, these luminizers are packaged perfectly for travel and easy to apply no matter where you are, or how you skilled you may or may not be. Just swirl your finger into the product and tap onto the high points of your cheekbones. Regardless of which color you choose, they provide the sweetest ethereal glow without looking chunky or glittery and don’t emphasize any texture or dryness either. I regularly use this and it still looks like I’ve barely made a dent in the pan.
Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder ($46 / 10.5g, Sephora) – I’d been hearing about this for a while before I finally picked up the mini size and I absolutely understand what all the hype was about. I’ve always been a little weird about powders since my skin is dehydrated, but I get a bit oily on my forehead, nose, and chin. Powders I have used in the past always seemed to accentuate any dryness or texture, but didn’t really stop me from getting oily either. Enter Hourglass, who have yet again created a flawless product to fill a glaring void. The perforated “H” helps minimize the always-anticipated mess of using a loose powder, and the powder itself must be so finely milled because it is damn near undetectable on the skin. Even without wearing foundation, I still use it to set my under-eye concealer, around my nose, and to powder my forehead and chin where I would normally get oily throughout the day. I still tend to get a little oily on my chin by the end of the day because I can’t keep my hands off my face, but this powder never seems to highlight dryness or texture, it doesn’t get cakey under my eyes, and there are basically no signs that it’s even there – no oxidation or discoloration of other products either – exactly what I want from a translucent setting powder.
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