Product Review

3 Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Summer may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to ditch your favorite bold brights just yet! Make the most out of the remaining days by celebrating with my favorite picks, from long-lasting lips to glowy cheeks, and go out with a bang!


Source: Blend This Trend

For a subtle glow: 

Try: LORAC’s Baked Matte Satin Blush


LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush in color ‘Flaunt’ (Price: $24), Source: LORAC

Don’t be intimidated by its bold color, this blush goes on subtle and soft to add just the right touch of brightness to bring sallow skin to life without looking like an 80’s prom photo. The two colors pictured above are both staples in my kit because they translate so well in photographs. I honestly couldn’t choose one over the other, so I had to throw in both because each is unique and deserves equal attention. The pink pairs beautifully with blues or can be worn alone with a simple liner, while the tangerine-peach pairs well with an assortment of greens and browns.

Summary: A terrific build-able blush that can be used dry for a soft glow or wet for more intense color.

To accomplish a bold statement in the least amount of time:

Try: NARS Satin Lip Pencil


NARS Satin Lip Pencil in color ‘Yu’, (Price: $28), Source: NARS

A staple throw-in-your-purse for a quick touch-up, this long-wearing jumbo pencil boasts one of the greatest color payoffs I’ve encountered. While long-wearing pencils have been notorious for causing dry lips, this one stands out as an exception.

Artist Tip: To re-create the look below, I applied MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum (it really does smell yummy!) all over the lips and finished with a layer of Yu for a bold pink pout.


Behind the scenes for Crap Eyewear, Source: LAN Photography

For a long-lasting glossy pout:

Try: Make Up For Ever Glossy Full Couleur


Make Up For Ever Glossy Full Couleur (Price varies upon location, see site for details), Source: Make Up For Ever

Attempting to pronounce the word “couleur”, my lips can’t help but turn themselves upward into a cat-like smile (sounding somewhat like a purrr…couleurrr). I have to admit when I first stumbled upon these tiny tubes, I thought to myself – this couldn’t possibly last but more than a handful of applications. Yet, here it remains outlasting any other tube in my collection. Apart from the fact that one tiny dab goes a long way, the texture is what makes this little number stand out from the hundreds of other glosses on the market.

If you find yourself having to reapply loads of gloss after only a few minutes of talking , fear not, for you are not alone. I, too suffer from unintentional lipstick-eating syndrome.


A hilarious explanation to the mysterious disappearance of lipstick by Into the Gloss.

The solution? Molly Young over at Into the Gloss suggests using a liquid lipstick to extend wear. But what about its glossier equivalent? Look no further, for this gloss by Make Up For Ever will stick to you and just about anything else it touches. And not budge.


Artist Tip: Beware, applying with fingertips or straight from the tube is not advised for this gloss. To avoid a sticky mess, use a square-shaped flat-edge lip brush and start with small amounts of product to avoid excess gloss from spreading around the lips.

Header photo featuring Crap Eyewear provided by LAN photography

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