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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

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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Ohhh! That color is sooo pretty!

<3 Melissa

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I blame my Sephora store for being sold out because all of the associates and makeup artists were constantly wearing it (and thus selling them like hotcakes! lol)

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What!! I never got to even swatch it. Its such a unique shade. Hopefully more companies will come out with this color.

<3 Melissa

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Lip product- too many glosses to list out, but my staple is Dr. Weils for Origins Lip Balm with turmeric 
Eye shadow- just received my order of Pop Beauty I Love Palette in Purple, sooooooo happy with it! 
Eye liner- Estee Lauder Eye Pencil in Plumwood
Mascara- Lancôme Hynoses Doll Lashes in So Purple when I feel like getting feisty, otherwise in So Black
Foundation- BareMinerals Matte Mineral Powder
Blush- Lancôme Blush Subtil Aplum
Bronzer- BareMinerals
Primer- BareMinerals Prime Time
Finishing powder/spray- BareMinerals Mineral Veil
Makeup Look- natural face with dramatic eyes
Nail polish color- none, I hate it when they get chipped and I ALWAYS chip my nails


Skin care
Makeup Remover- Pacifica Coconut Water Wipes
Cleanser- just started using Peter Roth Tomas Anti-aging Cleanser so lets see how it goes
Exfoliator- whatever free sample I have lying around
Toner-Lancôme Tonique Radiance
Serum- Lancôme Visionnaire and Genifique AM, Estée Lauder Advanced Repair Night Serum PM
Moisturizer- Elizabeth Arden Day Wear AM, Lancôme Renergie Lift Multi-Action Night PM
Treatment- Nude Miracle Mask
SPF- Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50


Shampoo- I alternate between Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo and Phyto Phytheol Intense Anti-Dandruff Treatment Shampoo
Conditioner- I actually don't use a conditioner ever time I wash my hair, but I do love using a nice hair mask in the shower on the weekends
Styling Product- Ouidad Moisture Lock Define and Shine Curl Styling Gel-Cream
Treatment- once a month I like to use Josie Maran Argan Hot Oil Self-Treating Hair Treatment
Tool/Accessory- comb and brush, no particular brands
Hair Style- ponytail or loose bun for everyday, might bother to blow dry and flat iron on rare occasions 
How often are you washing your hair?- twice a week usually unless I've been outdoors and getting super sweaty, yuck
Body Lotion- Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops
Body Wash- Lancôme Savon Fraichelle
Body Exfoliator- Lancôme Exfoliant Fraichelle
Body Treatment- Pacifica Coffee Scrub, messy but absolutely worth it when I want to feel extra soft and pretty
SPF- Coppertone SPF 50
Scent- varies from day to day, but I have been turning to Clean Warm Cotton a lot this summer since it's been so muggy in FL, when it hasn't been raining buckets!


For Fun
Song you can't get out of your head- Well now I've got Kylie Minogue's song stuck in my head!
Book/Magazine- Almost done re-reading The Three Musketeers, I love revisiting the classics
Exercise Activity- yoga, Pilates, Envy Girls for muscle toning 
Game- any and all card games
Highlight of your summer so far- Going to Orlando and Daytona, so much fun!
What are you looking forward to?- weirdly enough I'm looking forward to school starting again and seeing all of my students, especially since I want to congratulate all of the kiddos that passed their AP exams! I am beyond proud of my students!
Summer Activity- cleaning/organizing my home
Movie- my hubby and I really liked The Awakening on Netflix, but we're not gig movie theater goers anymore
Vegetable- spinach, broccoli, any and all peppers, mushrooms, they top my list but I enjoy most veggies, except for cauliflower. Cauliflower weirds me out for some reason.
Fruit- pineapple, watermelon, melon, Granny Smith apples top my list, but I'll anything if it is in pie form Smiley Wink
Meal- tough call but I am partial to burgers, especially fresh off the grill
Dessert- vanilla ice cream on angel food cake drizzled with balsamic fruit reduction, and stout beer floats!
Drink- coffee, Cuban preferably. Alcoholic beverage of choice would be New Age White Wine, so refreshing!
Beach or Pool?- beach all the way, I love the smell of the ocean

Re: Summer Favorites

Fun! I loved reading everyone's answers <3



Lip product- Dior addict lip glow

Eye shadow- KVD Ludwig palette

Eye liner- Diorshow liner, purple

Mascara- Diorshow, black

Foundation- using Sephora Collection CC Cream

Finishing powder/spray- Caudalie Grape Water

Makeup Look- pinkish lip, eyelashes, nice brow, plus my freckles

Nail polish color- "How Cute is That?" Sephora by OPI


Skin care

Makeup Remover- Lancome

Cleanser- Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief

Exfoliator- FAB Facial Radiance Pads

Serum- Dior Capture Totale AM, Caudalie Vinexpert Firming PM

Moisturizer- Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream

Treatment- Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask

SPF- Clarins UV +40



Shampoo- Living Proof Full most days, Bumble & Bumble Surf for clarifying

Conditioner- Living Proof Full or Bumble & Bumble Surf Creme Rinse

Styling Product- Living Proof Full Mousse

Tool/Accessory- Drybar Detangling Brush

Hair Style- usually in a ponytail

How often are you washing your hair?- every day

Body Lotion- L'Occitane Extra Gentle Lotion

Body Wash- L'Occitane bar soap (milk)

SPF- Coppertone Sport SPF 50

Scent- Gucci Flora - Glorious Mandarin (but my sample is gone! Smiley Sad)


For Fun

Song you can't get out of your head- "Sweetness" by Jimmy Eat World

Book/Magazine- currently reading "Remember Me?" by Sophie Kinsella

Exercise Activity- yoga, plus running on the treadmill

Highlight of your summer so far- getting good data at work

What are you looking forward to?- September! I'm going home to see my family

Summer Activity- shopping is all I've done this summer

Vegetable- green beans

Fruit- peaches

Desert- cheesecake

Drink- margarita

Beach or Pool?- beach

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Lip product-  Clinique Longwear Lipstick- Runway Coral, Tarte Complexion Enhancing Lipstick Medium/Tan, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine- Pygmalion

Eye shadow-  Tarte Aqualillies palette is saving my behind this summer, Chanel Stylo Sticks

Eye liner- UD Mainline, MUFE 0L (tightlining)

Mascara- Too Faced Better than Sex or Chanel colored mascaras- Blue or Aqua

Foundation- Bobbi Brown Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster

Blush- Sephora Collection #13 Peach Fusion

Bronzer- Tarte- Park Ave Princess, for my legs- Charlotte Ronson A Summer's Kiss

Primer- Laura Mercier

Finishing powder/spray- Guerlain Meteorites compact

Makeup Look- Neutral eye with a pop eyeliner, trying not to overheat and just embracing bright red cheeks from being too hot

Nail polish color- You name it, I'm an equal opportunity lover


Skin care

Makeup Remover- Laura Mercier Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Water

Cleanser- Shiseido Benefiance Creamy Cleanser

Exfoliator- Clinique 7 day scrub cream

Toner- Shiseido Benefiance Enrinched Toner

Serum- Dior Capture Totale

Moisturizer-  Shiseido Benefiance Night Cream/ Day Emulsion

Treatment- Glamglow Supermud Mask, Shiseido Benefiance Firming mask

SPF- The PTR that was in the Sun Safety Kit, Shiseido

Eye Cream- Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist



Shampoo- Tried to love B+B, but I'm back to Aveda Color Conserve

Conditioner- See shampoo

Styling Product- Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream

Hair Style- Same as always- down and sleek

How often are you washing your hair?- 3-4x a week- depending on how much I've sweated the day before

Body Lotion- Sephora Collection Bronzing Lotion

Body Wash- Philosophy Fresh Peaches with Cream

Shaving Cream- Whish Blueberry, once that's done I'll try Orange Cream or Lavender

Scent- Rotating between Acqua di Gioia, Escada Cherry in the Air, and Marchesa


For Fun

Song you can't get out of your head- Blurred Lines

Book/Magazine- I should've looked at my iPad...

Exercise Activity- Walking in the air conditioned mall

Game- No comment.

Highlight of your summer so far- No comment.

What are you looking forward to?- Dunno.

Summer Activity- Hiding in the AC and praying for the heat to break

Movie- Haven't seen one recently

Vegetable- Asparagus

Fruit- Any

Meal- Grill, baby, grill!

Desert- Fresh fruit with Cool-Whip

Drink- I'm a simple cold beer girl in the summer. Or anytime.

Beach or Pool?- Neither, I'm almost allergic to the sun

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Lip product- Kat Von D – Bow & Arrow

Eye shadow- benefit bikini tini cream shadow & benefit thanks a latte powder shadow

Eye liner- usually a brown shade of which I have a selection

Mascara- benefit – They’re real mascara

Foundation- Benefit Oxygen Wow

Blush- Benefit Sugar bomb

Bronzer- Benefit - Hoola

Primer- E.L.F. brand

Finishing powder/spray- Urban Decay De-slick make up setting spray

Makeup Look- natural or neutral

Nail polish color- Essie Bobbing for Baubles

Skin care

Makeup Remover- baby oil I have to skimp somewhere

Cleanser- Origins checks & balances

Moisturizer- clean and clear

SPF- it’s inside my moisturizer

Tools – Mia2 in emerald green


Shampoo- Herbal Essence the orange bottle

Conditioner- TIGI Bedhead ego boost

Styling Product- Charlotte Ronson Perfect Beach Mess styling spray

Treatment- Frederick Fekkai shea butter hair mask

Tool/Accessory- Tigi Rockstar hair dryer

Hair Style- beach mess style

How often are you washing your hair?- once a day

Body Lotion- Taylor Swift wonderstruck

Body Wash- Suave Wild Cherry Blossom

SPF- Alba Green Tea SPF


For Fun

Song you can't get out of your head- “Crawlersout” By Purity Ring

Book/Magazine- George R. R. Martin’s “Game of thrones”

Exercise Activity- wii fit + balance board lame I know but if you pick the right ones you actually can get a decent work out if you play long enough. They even have a personal trainer option on there.

Game- Final Fantasy 7 but I haven’t played it in a while now

Highlight of your summer so far- Seeing my friend Kristin whom I have seen only a handful of times since high school

What are you looking forward to?- Possibly buying a condo this year!

Movie- older one but still my favorite, Equilibrium

Vegetable- yellow squash zucchini squash & cherry tomatoes all baked in a little bit of olive oil

Fruit- Nectarines

Meal- jalepeno poppers, yes I’m guilty!

Desert- Ben & Jerry’s Half baked (half brownie/half cookie dough with chocolate & vanilla ice cream)

Drink- LA Croix sparkling Coconut Water

Beach or Pool?- Pool but I haven’t gotten to go to either this year L

Re: Summer Favorites


Lip product- Dior Lip Balm

Eye shadow- Nars and God Created the Woman palette

Eye liner- Dollywink Liquid Liner or Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner for the top and Mac's Teddy on the bottom or MUFE Aqua eyes 2L

Mascara- Benefit They're Real

Foundation- Nars Sheer Glow in Barcelona

Blush- Nars Deep Throat

Bronzer- Dior Nude Glow

Primer- Clarins Beauty Flash

Finishing powder/spray- Scandinavia Bridal Setting Spray

Makeup Look- Full coverage foundation (have to hide the acne scars), focus on eyes, a bit of bronzer and blush, and only lip balm on the lips

Nail polish color- Shades of red/pink on toes and neutral colors on nails


Skin care

Makeup Remover- Bioderma Cleansing Water and Simple Wipes

Cleanser- Murad Clarifying Cleanser

Exfoliator- Origins Modern Day Friction

Toner- Caudalie Beauty Elixer

Serum- Caudalie Vinoperfect

Moisturizer- AM- Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Fluid, PM- Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

Treatment- Origins Clear Improvement Mask

SPF- From my AM moisturizer



Shampoo- Total Repair 5 Loreal

Conditioner- Total Repair 5 Loreal

Styling Product- Kenra Hairspray

Treatment- Macadamia Deep Treatment Mask

Tool/Accessory- Tangle Teezer

Hair Style- Down. 85% of the time straight, 10% in a messy bun/ponytail, and 5% in waves

How often are you washing your hair?- 4x a week

Body Lotion- Bath and Body Works Pink Chiffon

Body Wash- Bath and Body Works Pink Chiffon

Body Exfoliator- Origins Ginger Scrub

Scent- Depends on the day. I have been alternating between Burberry Brit and Issey Miyake Florale


For Fun

Song you can't get out of your head- Blurred Lines

Book/Magazine- Ender's Game

Exercise Activity- Um... no? I go to dance class and since it is fun, I hardly think of it as exercise

Game- Do drinking games count? Lol... we make everything into a drinking game.

What are you looking forward to?- My husband and I one year wedding anniversary in 2 weeks!

Summer Activity- Going to the beach and going to music festivals with friends. Plus farmers markets!!!

Movie- I went to see Despicable Me 2. My husband and I went and we were one of the only ones there without a kid...

Vegetable- Corn on the cob or fresh green beans with garlic

Fruit- Rainier Cherries

Meal- Love grilled steak and hamburgers/brats for the summer!

Desert- Sprinkles Cupcakes

Drink- My friend introduced me to Lavender Lemonade! It is amazing! And a bit of vodka in it is awesome!

Beach or Pool- Both! Pool is usually for just relaxing with a book and Beach is usually fun time with the girls!

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