This summer has been amazing in a lot of ways, except for my beauty regimen. Long nights out, muggy NYC heat, and living out of suitcases and garbage bags for an extended period of time has forced me to cut down on my usual “2 pairs of lashes and a full face of makeup every day” shtick and go back to basics. Although I love going all out with my makeup looks, having a summer consisting mostly of nothing but some concealer and mascara has actually been pretty refreshing. So without further ado, here’s a short list of some products I actually have relied on these past few crazy unpredictable months.
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer – This stuff means business. It is by far the most waterproof concealer I’ve ever used, which is great for sweat and humidity and what not. It doesn’t even need powdering after you apply it either, which is really convenient. The only thing I suggest is to test out the colors in person before buying, because I find it does oxidize during the day.
Maybelline Full n’ Soft Mascara – My favorite for years and still going strong. Doesn’t smudge, doesn’t make your lashes feel crunchy, overall just a nice no-frills mascara for everyday.
eBay Moon Nail Glitter – My go-to “I wanna look like I tried but not actually try” trick is to just put a couple of these under my eyes with some lash glue. There’s enough colors to match any outfit and you’ll feel like the creepy little princess from The NeverEnding Story all night, which is never a bad thing.
BH Cosmetics “Take Me To Brazil Palette” – This thing is insanely cheap, really pigmented, has a great selection of colors, and one of the greens perfectly matches my hair/eyebrows. I just take this with me everywhere and can do any look I need with it. Perfection.
Bioderma Photoderm MAX Fluid SPF 100 Sunscreen - I will preach of this sunscreen every summer until everyone on Earth is converted. I’m a delicate lily white flower, so SPF 100 is what makes me feel safe walking outside (what does “overkill” mean?), but they have lesser SPFs for, you know, normal people. It’s very light, it doesn’t sting when I use it on my very sensitive skin like most sunscreens, and the bottle is nice and small for easy transportation.