June 1, 2015

Makeup Monday: Best (New!) Summer Beauty Products


I used to stay up on all the latest beauty news and launches but have been lagging for the last couple of years—I feel like I miss out on so much! Yesterday though, I spent the day at the Generation Beauty by Ipsy event in Downtown LA and had the chance to try out (and receive!) some very new (most aren’t even available yet!) and very cool beauty products. Below are five that stood out the most to me:


1. St. Tropez Gradual Tan In-Shower Self Tanner
The newest tanner launch from St. Tropez, available this month, is a gradual in-shower gradual tanning lotion. Being an ‘in-shower’ product I obviously didn’t try this at the event but it definitely caught my eye.  Basically you apply while in the shower, wait about three minutes for it to develop, then rinse it off.  Like other self-tanners, the tanner will develop over the next few hours. How cool is that?? You all know I am a self-tanner fan so this one is most definitely on my must-try list!



2. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Another product launching later this month is the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. At Generation Beauty, Too Faced had makeup artists available who would  shade match you on the spot… and you got a FULL-SIZED bottle of the unreleased foundation! It is a medium coverage, oil-free foundation that blends naturally making skin look perfected. 

I just had to try it today—it blends easily, evens out my skin tone, and the brightening properties give my skin a bit of a glow. As my skin is on the dry side, I recommend using a moisturizer for those with dry skin, but other than that it makes my skin look flawless! Another plus? It is formulated with coconut water to help replenish moisture.

3. NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick
I’ve been going through my old lip colors, tossing out oldies and re-discovering a few favorites. I used to always wear a lip product of some kind—lipstick, gloss, colored balm, whatever—but for the past few years I’ve just been really lazy with my lips. I decided to step up my lip game a bit and start wearing color again, and good timing too as I just received one of NYX’s new Liquid Suede Lipsticks (in a super gorgeous pink shade!) yesterday. This is another product that will be launching sometime this month and it’s a must for lip color enthusiasts. It’s a matte liquid lipstick, the product is in a lip gloss tube with a wand, but covers like a lipstick! I’m pretty sure I have been living under a rock— how did I not know about liquid lipsticks sooner?? 

You can see how I wore it in the shade Tea & Cookies on Instagram (I am also wearing the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation). My goal is to feature a different lip color each day this month and I would love if you joined the challenge! Use #AGoodHueLips when posting your daily lip pic.

4. Cargo Swimmables™ Water-Resistant Blush
I am so glad I dropped by the Cargo booth, they were offering bronzer touch-ups and the makeup chair was open and along with bronzer, I also received touch-ups on my lips, eye shadow and blush. For the blush, the MUA used an absolutely gorgeous pink shade (Ibiza) from their new line of Swimmables™ Water-Resistant Blush. I rarely get THIS excited over a blush but seriously, this product is a total must have! It is a powder formula that is sweat-proof and water-resistant meaning it’s the perfect blush to wear to the beach. It’s fairly sheer, which makes it easy to build up and customize the color to my liking, plus the shades are super pretty. You can bet I’ll be heading to the new cosmetics section at Kohl’s this week to pick it up! 

5. Bare Republic Mineral Tinted Face- SPF 30
With beach weather here, I know I’ll be spending plenty of days in the summer sun, but I still like to keep my face protected. It can be hard to find a good face sunscreen that isn’t too oily or makes my face makeup look and feel weird. I stopped by Bare Republic’s booth at Generation Beauty to learn more about their products and sampled their Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30. With a 100% natural, chemical-free mineral formula, the product delivers broad spectrum protection while offering a light, sheer tint. I loved that the product was lightweight, not greasy, blended easily, and left a smooth, almost powder-like finish—perfect for days in the sun. The brand is sold exclusively at Target… just in case you need yet another excuse to shop at Target :P

Have you tried any amazing new beauty products? Share!


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