Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Beauty Products for a Summer Glow (under $15)

Cardigan: BP (on sale for $31.90) // Tank: Lush (T-shirt version on sale for $16) // Shorts: Altr'd State // Similar booties // Similar bar necklace ($14) // Similar pearl studs 

Happy Friday, Y'all! As if you needed a reminder... the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially open to the public! The cardigan and tank above are both part of the sale and sooo perfect for fall. I am wearing a size small in both for reference. The cardigan is super slouchy (which I love), but take that into account when ordering. My booties are last season, but I've linked a really similar pair that are a part of the sale above too. 

On to the good stuff! I have been planning to do this both for weeks and I'm so glad it's finally going live. I've been using all of the products listed below all summer long and will probably continue to use them into the fall. I love how this combo gives me a really natural, bronzed look without being too over done. I don't know why, but I feel like I need to preface this by saying you don't need these products to be beautiful. Vanity and the dangers of idolizing beauty have been on my heart immensely lately and while dressing up is fun and I love doing my makeup, I am constantly needing to reevaluate what's most important in life. As a blogger, I also never want to come off as though I think you need these things to be beautiful. If dressing up/doing your makeup brings you as much joy as it does me (because it's fun) then great! If not, that's cool. You're beautiful either way, my friend. 

Anyways, rant over! Here are 5 of my favorite products for getting that summer glow: 

1.) Physicians Formula Butter Blush ($12.95) & Bronzer ($14.39)

I saw a crazy amount of YouTubers talking about this stuff about a month ago so I thought I would try it for myself. I am so glad I did! I don't typically contour in the summer (1. because I don't have time and 2. I just don't feel the need) so having a great bronzer is a must for me! Both this blush and bronzer smell amazing- like summer in a compact. I actually get excited to use them every time I do my makeup lol. I also like that these are not too shiny but also not a straight matt so they go great with pretty much any look. 

2.) Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Spray ($7)

If you know me than you know I am OBSESSED with this stuff! I use it all year long (after I wash my face before bed and in the morning before applying my makeup), but in the summer time it is crucial in getting that "dewey" makeup look that has been so popular. I spray a little bit of this on my beauty blender when blending in my cream concealer and at the end of my routine as a moisturizing finishing spray. 

3.) Elf Hydrating Primer ($4.99)

Let me start by saying, if you have typically oily skin this primer is not for you. This is probably the most moisturizing primer I have ever used. So much so I can't use it every day, but on days that I want a little extra glow I start with this primer. It makes my skin feel super soft and is super hydrating. Perfect for looking like you just came from a day at the beach. 

4.) Wet N' Wild Illuminating Palette  ($4.68)

I feel like the must have makeup product of the summer has got to be a solid highlighter. I have been using this one since our vacay this past May and I love it. The pigmentation is great (especially for the price point) and I love the variety of warm and cool tones that you get from a single palette. 

5.) L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation  ($10.97)

I heard a few of my fellow bloggers talking about this and was in the need for a new foundation so I thought I would give it a try. I'm not kidding when I say this is probably my favorite foundation ever. It makes your skin look super hydrated without getting oily and lasts all day long. With one application I would say it's medium coverage, but if you have some problem spots you can definitely build it to the amount of coverage you need without looking cakey. 

My last pro-tip for a summer glow makeup routine is to only use setting powder under the eyes/atop your concealer. I use the ever so popular Laura Mercier setting powder to "bake" my under eye area on days that I need my makeup to last in the heat, but I avoid other areas of my face to avoid looking too matt in the summer time. 

Sorry this post is crazy long! Let me know what some of your favorite summer makeup products are below. 


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