Although Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, I know that it’s time for me to embrace the season when I start reaching for all coral everything. The biggest sign this past week was my codependency on Laura Geller’s Love Me Dew lip color in Lychee Glace. I had to wear it every day, even if I was sitting at home in my pjs. The second sign was when I opted to skip mascara (I know, I KNOW) on more low key days. Forget a whole new world – I feel like a whole new girl!
Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon in Lychee Glace ($16): It took me a bit to come around to the Love Me Dew formula, mostly because I was expecting it to be something that it’s not. It is not a balm, nor is it a gloss, and it’s not a stain. Know that from the minute you pop the top off one of these unassuming lip crayons and you’ll be ready experience full on color. If you don’t believe me, check out this Instagram pic of me wearing Lychee Glace. At first application, the color is a beautiful pinky coral, but as color builds throughout reapplication, it becomes a gorgeous orange. The formula is definitely moisturizing, but it also has more staying power than you might expect. I’d compare the texture to that of Revlon’s Lip Butters. The price is great and the color assortment is too. I can’t wait to wear Plum Freeze this fall!
NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Portobello ($35): Many moons ago, when I was just started to explore the NARS brand, I picked up the requisite Orgasm blush & lip gloss. I soon branched out to eyedshadow duos, starting with Portobello. The matte brown shadows may look blase to some, but to me it unlocks a world of subtle definition. The two similar, yet different, brown shades look great in the crease, but my favorite use is to sweep them along the lower lash line. Especially in the fall months paired with vampy lip colors, like MAC’s upcoming lip color collaboration with Lorde, it adds definition without taking way from the focal point of your look. My passion for this duo was so strong, that during one visit I convinced my mom that she needed it too. Now that it’s back in my life, I can’t ever imagine being without it again. OTP, me and Portobello 4 ever.
BECCA Mineral Blush in Gypsy ($32): While I don’t love to wear the BECCA Mineralize Blushes all of the time, they do hold a very special place in my heart. They are incredibly finely milled and only available in the most flattering shades, so there’s no worry about trying a shade that is too far outside of your comfort zone. But they’re also packed with really beautiful, albeit intense shimmer that also doubles as your highlighter. If you’re looking to pair one with a strong eye or a bold lip, the shimmer may be too much, however if you’re going for a glow with the focus on your cheeks, this is a blush you should try. Gypsy in particular is a gorgeous blue-based pink that can sometimes lean a little lilac on me, depending how much sun I’ve seen. Hopefully I’ve piqued your interest enough to give them a swatch or two next time you’re in Sephora. It’s worth it!
Nudestix Skin Concealer Pencil in Light 2 ($24): There’s only a few single concept beauty brands on the market, so when another one comes along I’m automatically interested. Nudestix aims to take the concept of your makeup bag and edit it down to three to five pencils housed in a grown up pencil box (complete with mirror). While I’m still getting a feel for the line, the Concealer Pencil has found a permanent home in my (albeit oversized) makeup bag. The formula is a bit thick and on the drier side, so it makes a perfect spot coverup or lip outline companion. It’s also great for perking up your brow bone, but I haven’t loved it under my eyes. I’m a special case there, so take that opinion with a grain of salt. I love the ease of whipping it out, dotting it on and throwing it back into my bag, plus every pencil comes with a sharpener so you never have to be without.
mark On The Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo ($10): mark recently revamped their iconic Hook Ups, the product that put them on the map when they launched over ten years ago. The revamped pairings now also come with new packaging that makes them just as pretty on their own, but connected they’ll have the same look that you know and love. There’s something about the thickness and flexibility of the brush that sets the On The Edge liquid liner apart. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it lays down well close to the lash line, yet doesn’t flop about as I *try* to gently sweep the brush around the curves of my lid. I also love that it’s available at drugstore friendly pricing and named Cleo, adding yet another layer to my never-ending Cleopatra fantasy.