If you haven't noticed, I've been pairing down my make up routine lately. I'll start with a full face on Monday and by Friday I'm lucky if I even have on concealer. (My favorite concealers are in this post!) See the thing is....I like to sleep a bit longer! I've been just doing a bit of concealing, some lipstick, my brows, and mascara lately but on a recent trip where I knew I needed a foundation with a bit of SPF, I rediscovered a BB cream I got from Big Lot's of all places. I'm not sure if you can get this anywhere anymore...the only listing I found was of one left on Amazon.
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The Epielle BB Cream has become my go to foundation because it is easy to apply, light weight, but has a the coverage I'm looking for. My face has gotten better recently - with redness and overall acne/breakouts - so I've been going for lighter coverage. For some reason my usual full face, full coverage look hasn't been appealing to me. I've been loving a lighter, fresh faced look....which is surprising!! This BB Cream has SPF 20, claims to moisturize, prime, smooth, brighten, even tone, and protect. It also says it has sheer coverage but I'm surprised at how well it evens my skin. It is a great base for natural summer make up.
In addition to the BB Cream I've been setting my face with the Balm Sexy Mama translucent powder. This is also something I rediscovered! I love that it is light weight and I really do think it keeps me nice and shine free for a good long while. The compact does have a mirror but no little sponge so it's not that great on the go - I am thinking about sticking it my puse though because I have a retractable kabuki brush with me.
For blush I've been loving the subtle look of the Elf Mineral Blush in Jet Setter. I have all four of the shades and a review + swatches of them all in this post. Jet Setter has to be my favorite of all of the blushes in the collection. It is matte and just the perfect shade of a natural flush. I find this blush is perfect all year long.
As for lips, I've been going more natural if you can consdier it that. Sort of the my lips but better shades. I've been loving the Too Faced Melted lipstick in the shade Melted Fig for a while now and pulled it out again for the summer. Some other natural colors I've been loving are the Elf Moisturizing Lipstick in the shade Wink Pink and the Wet N Wild Megalast Lipstick in Rose-Bud. Side note: I can't wait to see if & when the Wet n Wild Fergie line comes out with anything crazy for the Summer. Last year I snatched up all their fun lipstick shades!
As always I suggest if you're going to do any online shopping for beauty products to see what kind of deals you can score through HauteLook and Ebates. The Balm is on HauteLook quite often so keep a look out. Amazon also has pretty great deals on The Balm as well. If you're shopping on the Elf website I just found that they are a part of Ebates now! Ebates gives you cash back for shopping through their link - just go to the Ebates website, search the retailer you're looking for (like Eyes Lips Face) and you'll be securely redirected to the retailers site and if you purchase, you'll earn whatever the cash back deal is at the time. I use Ebates any time I purchase high end make up online - I used it to purchase a Mac MSF through Nordstrom since Mac isn't a part of Ebates (plus I believe Nordstrom does free shipping! score!)
What are your go to Summer make up staples? Anything new you're trying out?