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Summer Favorites

I thought it would be fun to play a little game & see what everyone is up to & enjoying this Summer! 

For the novelists out there, feel free to explain why...



Lip product- Dior addict lip glow for day, YSL glossy stain &/or a NARS lip gloss for night

Eye shadow- Tarte Aqualilies shadows or MUFE/UD shadow sticks

Eye liner-  I tend not to wear liner in the summer except to tight line & that's with the Too Faced 3-way lash liner

Mascara- Givenchy purple

Foundation- Dior airflash (recently learned it was long-wear) or the Diorskin compact 

Blush- Tarte Aqualilies or NARS orgasm

Bronzer- Tarte Aqualilies or Hourglass waterproof

Primer- Murad Hybrids for Acne or Hourglass 

Finishing powder/spray- UD all nighter with Guerlain meteorites 

Makeup Look- minimal foundation, full countered, minimal eyes, lipgloss 

Nail polish color- any shade of neon or holograph on toes, light pinks or blues on hands


Skin care

Makeup Remover- NUXE rose water

Cleanser- Ren calm3 clay

Exfoliator- AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

Toner- Kate Somerville 

Serum- OH truth serum AM, Perricone Blue Plasma PM

Moisturizer- OH sheer transformation AM, Korres wild rose Vita C sleeping facial PM 

Treatment- DDG A/B Pads or OH lemon peel

SPF- PTR SPF brush, or Boscia self defence



Shampoo- Just got a trim last week & my salon started carrying Kerastase. Phasing Clear scalp out and using bain force architecte to control frizz. It's only been 3 washes but I like the change.

Conditioner- Phased out Clear scalp & using ciment anti-usure with really nice results. 

Styling Product- Alterna dry oil mist

Treatment- Bumble & bumble Tonic

Tool/Accessory- wide tooth comb. Haven't touched my mason brush in almost a month. 

Hair Style- down with no heat waves (braids), or in a messy bun (with a braid to the side, or underneath) 

How often are you washing your hair?- 3x a week. 2 was not enough with the the heat we've been having Smiley Sad 

Body Lotion- Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Body Lotion or Fresh acai age delay

Body Wash- PTR blemish buffing beads for chest/back/arms, Caress for the rest

Body Exfoliator- OH loofa scrub 

Body Treatment- Perricone Cold Plasma Body on arms & dry spots 

SPF- Neutrogena cooling spray 

Scent- Fresh lychee 


For Fun

Song you can't get out of your head- Pontoon by Little Big Town 

Book/Magazine- none at the moment, but I have a bunch downloaded on my nook waiting to be read

Exercise Activity- Hot Yoga in our loft (it's like 90 degrees up there when the AC isn't running), hiking, or kayaking. 

Game- Bocci ball during the day, nails or corn hole at night

Highlight of your summer so far- Spending a week in upstate NY with international friends I haven't seen in 2 years. Even though I was busy helping run the tournament, I still got to enjoy myself and make some new memories. 

What are you looking forward to?- A friend's wedding in Ukraine at the end of August, going hiking/camping in the Carpathian Mountains for 4 nights after the reception. 

Summer Activity- Going to lake houses/cabins upstate; fishing, hiking, bonfires, grilling, tubing... 

Movie- haven't had time to see any yet Smiley Sad 

Vegetable- Squash or Jersey Corn

Fruit- Rainier Cherries 

Meal- any meat grilled

Desert- frozen yogurt

Drink- White wine sangria, mojito, Magners Irish Cider on ice

Beach or Pool?- Pool to relax & read by


Write in- anything I forgot, that you would like to add Smiley Wink 


Re: Summer Favorites

For some reason, I always have to smell my new mascaras when I first open them! Glad to know I'm not the only one Smiley Very Happy

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Hahaha are you kidding? Ever since companies have been putting out chocolate and vanilla smelling bronzers, I've been smelling every beauty product I've come across Smiley Very Happy

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Ahahaha, today I was swatching a bronzer and smelled it before realizing it was not scented at all and I probably looked insane. 

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I have to smell my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil every time I open it!! The crazy things these makeup companies do to us...

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LOL! I picked up the Too Faced Loves Sephora palette and started smelling the eyeshadows. It was too early, and in my defense, they had the chocolate soleil packaged in there.

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YSL mascaras have a pleasant scent as well. But Guerlain definitely knocked it out of the park with this one!

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Fun post!


Lip product- really grooving on my Starlooks lip liner, so creamy!
Eye shadow- Keeping it simple with my awesome Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes.  Love that the dark mattes also double as really good eyeliners with a damp brush!
Mascara- Still going strong with L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes.  How did I ever live without tube mascara???
Blush- Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon, or Tarina Tarantino when I want some pop
Primer- Keep forgetting to apply this, probably because it feels gross after all those other layers of skincare, esp in the hot humid summer!
Finishing powder/spray- hellooooo Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder!  Or sometimes Lancome Dual Finish
Makeup Look- Sadly, full coverage foundation to hide acne/scars, everything else very toned down and minimal
Nail polish colorSo totally into nudes, may never go back to color!

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I LOVE Beach Tints! They also smell so good Smiley Happy

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One of these days I'm going to let you ladies enable/convince me that I need the Hourglass Powder!


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By default, I'll be contributing to the makeup section Smiley Wink



Lip product- Dior Jelly Lip Pen in Carioca

Eye shadow- Tom Ford and Tarte Cream Eye Shadows, Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

Eye liner- Physician's Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner in Brown

Mascara- Cover Girl Lash Blast 24 Hr

Foundation- Missha BB Cream, FairyDrops BB Cream

Blush- MAC Royal Sunset, Kat Von D Blush in Wish, NARS Orgasm

Bronzer- Kevyn Aucoin Medium Sculpting Powder, MAC Nude On Board Pro Long Wear Bronzer

Primer- Hourglass Mineral Veil, NARS Smudge Proof Eye Primer

Finishing powder/spray- NARS Pressed Light Reflecting Powder

Highlighter- Chanel Poudre Signee Illuminating Powder

Makeup Look- Fresh look: Keeping my focus on the base and face makeup while going light of the eye makeup

Nail polish color- Deborah Lippman Mermaid's Dream

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I feel slightly evil posting these pictures, but they're so DARN GORGEOUS


New Deborah Lippman Mermaids Collection!!

Excuse me while I go wipe my drool off the floor...

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SO stunning but such a pain to remove! haha

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Oh lord, glitter polish is such a PITA to get off! I need to invest in some pure acetone- I'm always impressed when I go to get my toes done and the lady can remove my polish so easy with that stuff! Thanks for your thoughts on the BB cream, definitely sounds like something I'd want to try! Smiley Happy

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My husband was horrified the first time I picked up acetone at the hardware store for heavy duty nail polish remover, hah! I swear it is magic though. 

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The things we do to look good! Smiley Very Happy

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You're very welcome! I wish Sephora never stopped carrying Fairydrops mascaras either Smiley Happy

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@poshified- mind telling me your thoughts on the Fairydrops BB Cream? I was absolutely in love with their Scandal Queen Mascara!

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I'd be glad to! It's a really mattifying BB cream; I can go without powdering if need be. The roll on applicator is strange, so I end up just squeezing it straight from the tube. Also, there's no SPF so it's great for photography. I'd say I'm a MAC NC25 at the moment, and the shade Light Ochre matches me to a tee! The shade range is definitely more suitable for folks with light-medium to medium skin tone, unlike a lot of BB creams that only cater to the NC0 and below crowd Smiley Very Happy


Any other questions, let me know!

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It sounds like we have similar coloring in skin tone! I think most BB creams haven't worked for me because they're targeted for really light skin, and while not dark I have some color to my face! What color do you use in the Misha BB cream? I know everyone and their mother loves that one!

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For the Missha Perfect Cover BB cream, I  mix shades 27 and 21 to get my perfect coloring Smiley Happy. Shade 23 is supposedly the universal shade, but it can pull a little gray and look unnatural. Seriously, I haven't bought a foundation ever since I discovered Asian BB creams.

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Foundation doesn't do it for me! It's too heavy no matter what >_< I'm going to need to find a way to get some samples of those!

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Last time I signed up for Missha's email, they sent me a full-sized BB cream. I'm not sure what the free gift for signing up is these days, but they're always having some sort of sale on their site Smiley Happy

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Lip product- YSL Glossy Stain #27

Eye shadow- NARS Skorpios

Eye liner- Maybelline Bad to the Bronze as Liner

Mascara- Maybelline Mega Plush

Foundation- Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Blush- NARS Orgasm

Bronzer- Chanel Bronze Universal

Primer- Smashbox Photo Finish Light

Finishing powder/spray- LM Translucent Setting Powder

Makeup Look- Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B20, MAC Naked Lunch and Satin Taupe on eyes, MAC Well Dressed Blush, NYX Beige Lipgloss

Nail polish color- Essie Fiji on nails and Essie Ballet Slippers on toes


Skin care

Makeup Remover- Bioderma

Cleanser- Kate Sommerville Detox Daily Cleanser

Exfoliator- Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Toner- Tie between Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner

Serum- Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000

Treatment- Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask and Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask



Shampoo- Fairytales Lifeguard Shampoo

Conditioner- Morroccanoil

Styling Product- Morroccanoil Curling Moose

Treatment- Morroccanoil Hair Mask

Tool/Accessory- Goody Spin-Pins

Hair Style- Topknot

How often are you washing your hair?- 2-3x per week, depending

Body Lotion- Body Shop Body Butters in Strawberry and Almond

Body Wash- Philosophy Peaches and Cream Milkshake that came in a set

Body Exfoliator- Sugar scrub my mom made (I don't know what else is in it though).

Body Treatment- Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Cooling Gel

SPF- Shiseido Urban Defense for the face

Scent- Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber, and Fresh Vanilla Lemon


For Fun

Song you can't get out of your head- Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker

Book/Magazine- Haven't read anything recently, but my all time favorite book is Never Le Me Go

Exercise Activity- Horse back riding

Game- Jenga

Highlight of your summer so far- Spending time reconnecting to my oldest friend because she's moving from Los Angeles to Louisianna

What are you looking forward to?- Anniversary trip to Puerto Vallarta in August

Summer Activity- Not that I do it a lot, but I wish I did...boating

Movie- The Way Way Back

Vegetable- Fennel

Fruit- Watermelon!

Meal- I just had an arugula salad that was to die for (red quinoa, fennel, nectarines, in a sunflower vinnaigrette) and goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms in a pepian sauce.

Desert- Fruit Tart

Drink- Margaritas. Always.

Beach or Pool?- Both please! Smiley Happy

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@poshified- Oooh that turquoise color sounds so pretty!

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It's absolutely GORGEOUS! Smiley Happy



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