Why I like BB Cream for the Summer

I honestly cannot believe May is already here, which means summer is just around the corner. My inner child is very excited, although summer isn’t the same for adults. Anyways, one thing that I think needs mentioning as summer approaches is the transition into summer makeup. As much as we don’t want to admit it, women do sweat, and not all makeup is built to stand up to that. When it starts getting warmer, I like to transition into using a BB cream instead of a full foundation, and here’s why:

  • It’s not heavy on my skin. BB cream (or CC cream, because I tend to use Aveeno’s CC cream) is usually a sheer to medium coverage that is more meant to even things out than actually cover things up, so it’s much lighter than a full coverage foundation would be.
  • It usually has an SPF built in. I’m terrible about putting sunscreen on, even though I know I should be putting it on every day, so having a BB cream with SPF already built in is really important for me.
  • It works with my skin even when I vary in color a little. I’m not one to get very tan (I’m actually really pale most of the year), but I will occasionally get a little color, so it’s nice that I don’t have to change foundations. Since BB cream is a lighter coverage, the color doesn’t really show up as much, so no matter where I am on my very limited spectrum, it still works for me.
  • It moisturizes your skin and evens it out at the same time. The sun (and sunburns) can really dry out your skin, so it’s important to keep it hydrated. This means drinking water regularly, too, so it can be hydrated from the inside, as well.

I will say, I’m fairly lucky in the fact that (knock on wood) my complexion is pretty good, so I don’t break out or anything too often, which is why I can get away with wearing just a BB cream instead of foundation in the summer. However, it may not be something you’re comfortable with, and that’s okay. There’s no rule saying you have to switch to something lighter in the summer, but it works for me and I just wanted to share. What’s your favorite summer makeup tip?

My New-found Love for Setting Powder

Let me start this by saying, sorry for not posting this at my normal time yesterday. I seem to have found myself with a lot on my plate this week, and it totally slipped my mind. However, I have recently discovered the joys of setting powder and wanted to share some of those with you today. I have been using Ulta’s Mineral Setting Powder, which is $14 for .26 oz, and I really like it. I don’t have to use much; I just get a little on my brush and swirl it around the lid before brushing it onto my face. So, here are some of my favorite things about it:

  • It helps my makeup stay on a lot longer during the day. Before setting powder, a lot of my makeup would wear off by about lunch time, so I’d spend the rest of the day looking like I just rolled out of bed, even though I had spent the time to do my makeup in the morning. Now, my makeup stays on at least twice as long, and I can pretty much get through the work day without having to worry about if my makeup is still on or not.
  • My eye makeup doesn’t melt. I run into a problem a lot where my eye makeup tends to melt a little and run down into my eyes, which as you can imagine, doesn’t feel great. By dusting a little setting powder over my eyelids when I’m done with my eye makeup, I haven’t run into this problem nearly as much. It still occasionally happens on warmer days, but I’m much better off now.
  • It tones down my highlighter. I have a highlighter that is very bright and makes me look far too shiny. However, I don’t like to waste things, so I keep using it. I’ve found that my setting powder balances it out quite a bit and gives me a more matte finish while still letting me get the benefits of highlighting my face.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend looking into a setting powder, because it honestly changed my life. It’s lightweight, and except for all the benefits mentioned, I don’t even notice I’m wearing it. What’s your favorite setting powder?

Product Review – NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake

I finally did it. I broke down and bought the lip gloss I’ve been eying for a couple of weeks. It wasn’t much of a sacrifice since it was only $5, but as I’ve said before, I’m lazy and try to avoid going to stores if I can help it. However, I can confidently say it was worth the trip. I love this lip gloss.

This lip gloss is perfect for everyday wear. It’s a medium nude pink that I think looks great with everything. It’s light, and the formula isn’t too sticky. It is very pigmented though, as you can see in the pictures, and I can wear it by itself, which I love. Plus, it’s not too shiny, so even you gloss skeptics out there might like it.

One thing I do dislike about it is that it dries out my lips some, so I definitely recommend putting on a colorless lip balm before applying. Of course, I am currently out of lip balm, so I don’t know that this would work for sure, but I imagine that it would. Anyone have any recommendations for some natural lip balms? I can’t seem to decide on one.

So far, this is my favorite everyday lip gloss I’ve found. I’ve worn it every day that I’ve worn makeup since I bought it, and it hasn’t let me down yet. You can get it at Target or Ulta among other places, and I’ve included the link below to get it on Amazon, just in case you’re like me and hate going into stores or don’t want to chance going to Target and coming out with $100 worth of things you don’t need.


My Makeup Wish List

My husband keeps asking me what I want for Christmas, and I’m the worst because I honestly have no idea. The only things I wanted I gave on a list to both of our parents, because they tend to press the issue a little more. It has, however, gotten me thinking about my makeup wish list, which I would give my husband, but he doesn’t quite understand the makeup world yet, although he is learning. It’s really sweet.

One thing I’ve been looking for is a quality highlighter. I like my BECCA Backlight Priming Filter, so I imagine I would like their highlighter, too, but I haven’t tried it yet. I also saw that Ulta has Stila highlighters on sale today for 50% off, and I’ve had good results with Stile products before. I generally just use Ulta’s brand highlighters, which work okay, but I want to change it up a little, and I’m not sure which products I should look at. The problem is, I don’t really know what I want out of a highlighter that I’m not getting; I think it’s just something that I’ll know it when I see it.

Another thing I want, which I can’t find in any store, is to be better at applying my eyeliner. I do fine with everyday wear, but I can’t figure out how to do those really glamorous wings that everyone posts pictures of. It’s probably got some to do with the kind of eyeliner I wear, because I mostly use pencils or gel pencils, and I think you have to use liquid eyeliner to get that. Maybe one day I’ll find a liquid eyeliner that doesn’t terrify me.

Finally, I’d love some mascara that doesn’t flake or clump. I don’t even wear it most days, because it gets in my eyes. I have a No. 7 mascara that is the best I’ve found so far. The flaking is minimal, and it clumps way less than most of my other mascaras, but it would still be nice if I could put some on without the fear of having it flake down into my eyes. Usually ones that don’t flake end up clumping, and the ones that don’t clump will flake.

If anyone has any suggestions for my makeup wish list, I would love to hear them. Be one of Santa’s helpers this year and help me mark off my list. What’s on your makeup wish list?

Drugstore Makeup That Works

If you’re like me, you’d rather not spend a ton of money on your makeup. However, it can be difficult to find good quality makeup at those lower price points. Between my own experiences and recommendations I’ve gotten from friends, I think I’ve found some good options for drugstore makeup that actually works. Try some of these out and let me know what your think.

For lip colors and eyeshadows, I like to go with NYX. Their colors are strongly pigmented and tend to last. I don’t love their matte liquid lipsticks, except for their Lingerie Liquids, because I don’t feel like the colors are what they claim to be, and they dry my lips out. However, their solid lip colors are pretty good. They go on smoothly and tend to last as long as I need them to. They’re not very expensive, usually around $7 or so, which is pretty standard for drugstore brands. You can find their products at places like Ulta, CVS, and Target has recently started carrying NYX products.

I really like E.L.F. for brushes and eyeshadows. Their brushes are cheap, but they seem to be of good quality. I also have one of their baked eyeshadow palettes. I love the colors; they’re mostly metallics and pale hues. My only real issue with it is that you really have to scrape the top off before you can use any of it, which feels wasteful to me. This also makes it kind of tough to use a brush for application, so I use my ring finger to apply it. E.L.F. can be found many places including Walmart, Target, Old Navy, and others.

I also like the Covergirl brand. I use their Tru Match foundation, especially in the summer because it’s a sheer coverage, so it’s lighter than my normal foundation. It’s usually around $10 per bottle, and when you use a primer or BB cream underneath, it gives better coverage and lasts longer. It does typically last well, though, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a lighter foundation, or just starting out with makeup. I get mine at Kroger, but I’ve seen it at most grocery stores that carry cosmetics, so it can probably be found at places like CVS and Walgreens, as well.

While I see the benefits of prestige brands for some things, I think drugstore makeup is a perfectly good choice, especially for lipsticks or eyeshadow, because you’ll want multiple shades. Let me know what drugstore makeup items or brands you love! Let’s save each other some money this holiday season.

Weekend Discovery 12/18

I always struggle with trying to find new makeup shades because I worry that I won’t like the way they look on me. Ulta is really good about letting me take stuff back if I don’t, but it’s still a hassle to go back to the store, so I hesitate when buying new makeup that I haven’t tried before. However, this weekend, I discovered something that I can honestly say has changed my life, and something I’ve been wanting for a long time.

In Ulta’s app, they have a feature called GLAMlab. This amazing feature allows you to take or upload a selfie and try on different types and shades of makeup to see how they will look. The shades look pretty accurate too, because I checked them against some I already own to make sure. Remember that NYX Angel Food Cake lip gloss I was talking about last week? I tried it on in the GLAMlab, and I was right; it’s one that I would love. I also found an eyeshadow from NYX that I like, so I’ll probably add that to the list as well.

There are two options for the GLAMlab. You can either choose a basic option where they just add the makeup in the most common areas, or you can choose a more advanced option where you can choose where you apply the makeup and layer shades. Because it was my first time using it, I just used the basic option, but it worked great for me, so I have no complaints. My only issue was they only offered winged eyeliner when trying to add eyeliner, which I don’t wear very often, and you couldn’t add eyeshadow after you had added eyeliner.

The only other concern I had about the GLAMlab was that they are much better at blending than I am, so I just had to take things with a grain of salt. I do like, though, that there’s a tab showing which products you have applied, and you can easily add them to your cart. It’s made finding and remembering which shades I’ve liked is much easier. Also, you can save and share your finished looks, so if you’re like me and need reassurance sometimes that you actually look good in the makeup, you can share them with your friends.

I hope the GLAMlab turns out to be as helpful for you as it is for me. I’d love to hear some feedback and see if it helps y’all. Let me know what products outside of your norm that it’s helped you find and love!

The “Rules” of Makeup

Let’s talk about those rules that people talk about when teaching others how to apply their makeup. Don’t match your lipstick and eyeshadow, don’t apply makeup with your hands, don’t wear lipstick that’s too dark or too light, etc. We’ve all heard at least one, but I’m here to tell you that they’re bogus. Makeup is supposed to be fun! The great thing about it is that there are no actual rules. Do what makes you feel good, not what everyone tells you should feel good.

Why do these rules exist? These rules come from a time where women wore makeup for men, not because they liked the way it looked. While that still happens some, women are starting to empower each other and themselves, and their makeup is reflecting that. We’re getting bolder and showing off our personalities. We’re wearing brighter and bolder colors, and we feel more okay moving away from the nude look. Now, please don’t think this is me saying the nude look is bad; I love the nude look and wear it most days. What I mean is, we as women feel more comfortable being noticed, and we’re letting our makeup do the talking.

Trends change. What worked for our parents isn’t working for us anymore. Monochromatic makeup is in, and it’s okay to wear brightly colored makeup. As quickly as trends change, it’s important to make sure your makeup is comfortable for you. Don’t just wear something because it’s “in”, especially if you don’t feel like a goddess when you’re wearing it. You’re beautiful and deserve to feel beautiful, so find makeup that makes you feel that way, whether it’s trendy or not. Own it, and the trends will follow.

There are some merits to these rules, and while I don’t think they should rule your beauty routine, I do think they should be regarding before completely tossing them out. For example, don’t apply makeup with your hands. I put on my moisturizer, primer, foundation, and eye primer with my hands, and I don’t breakout that much. When I do, I find it’s usually because my brushes, not my hands, aren’t clean enough. Just make sure your hands are clean when you apply your makeup, and when applying eye makeup, use your ring finger because it applies less pressure on your eyes.

One of the things I love about makeup is experimenting. It’s a form of self-expression, and I like to try different things to see what I feel the most myself with. I love wearing dark lipstick when I go out with my friends. It makes me feel sexy and empowered, which isn’t always the case for me. What’s one beauty “rule” that you ignore or bypass that makes you feel like you can take on the world?