3 Summer Products Every Beauty Lover Should Own

3 summer products every beauty lover should own3 summer products every beauty lover should own3 summer products every beauty lover should own3 summer products every beauty lover should own3 summer products every beauty lover should own 3 summer products every beauty lover should own3 summer products every beauty lover should own 3 summer products every beauty lover should own 3 summer products every beauty lover should own

3 Summer Products Every Beauty Lover Should Own

It’s summer 2016 and there are three products that every beauty-loving lady should own. Check out my absolute must-haves for when the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and you’re ready to glow!

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

If you need a palette, this is the palette. Three blushes, two highlight shades. This palette is incredible, and it is what every girl must own for the summer. Because this is a limited edition palette, I know a lot of folks are having trouble locating it in stores. That’s why I was in complete shock and awe that there was one (and when I say one, I mean literally one) palette left in my local Sephora. I actually got very excited and proclaimed my excitement to the girls working in Sephora – I think they may have chuckled.

Anyway, this palette is absolutely beautiful. It has the largest mirror that I’ve ever seen in a palette and the packaging is stunning. The two highlight shades are Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. Champagne Pop is my all time favorite highlight – I had this pressed highlight shade already in my makeup collection, but I can’t say I was disappointed that it was also included in this palette. The pigment is unreal.

The other highlight shade is Prosecco Pop, which I also really love. It’s more of a medium shade, with warm gold shimmer. I think it’s the perfect color if you’re ready to bronze your look to its full potential.

As for the blushes, I’m a huge fan of all three. There is a mineral blush in Amaretto (which is a matte shade, and described as “toasted almond”) and   in Pamplemousse (which is also matte, and is a warm coral pink). Then there is the luminous blush in Rosé Spritz – this one stole my heart. It’s the perfect peachy blush, with a really light gold shimmer. And when I say it’s pigmented, it is pigmented. A little goes a long way, and I absolutely love it.

Long story short, #FindingChampagnePop – get your hands on the best palette of the year.

Hoola Zero Tanlines Allover Body Bronzer

If you’re anything like me, you want to be tan all summer long but you hate self tanning and you care too much about your skin to bake in the sun for a bronzy glow. I needed an alternative – that alternative is the Hoola Zero Tanlines Allover Body Bronzer. This body bronzer is seriously the best body bronzer I’ve ever tried (and I’ve used a good few in my day) and it really does the trick of making you appear tanned, when really you will hop in the shower in the evening and wash it all away.

First off, the packaging is beyond cute – it’s wearing a hoola skirt?! And whoever came up with the idea to include the blending sponge within the packaging is a genius – I love it. It’s hands-free, mess-free, and it doesn’t have that stinky self tanner scent. I love that it’s streak-free, buildable in color, has a 12-hour formula, and best of all – it’s matte.

If anyone knows what it’s like to be pastey this summer, it’s me. And I can guarantee you that there is hope, and that hope is wearing a hoola skirt.

Urban Decay All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

For those hot summer nights, this is the product that every beauty guru must find and purchase immediately. This is another magical product by the one and only Urban Decay, and it’s the All-Nighter setting spray. This spray goes on so lightly that I honestly cannot feel it once I’ve applied it. According to the product description, it lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place – I’m not sure what kind of technology this is, but I know that it’s legit. After I do my makeup, I’ll do a quick spray all over my face (in the T motion) and I have found that my makeup stays significantly longer when using this product during the humid, hot days. Anything that can prevent my makeup from melting off my face when I immediately walk out the door is a check in my book.

What are you summer essentials? Let me know in the comments below what your must-have summer beauty products are!

XO,
Becky Lee

Continue Reading

sweet tarte: tarte cosmetics review

IMG_1648

tarte cosmetics has easily become one of my favorite makeup brands. Not only do I love what the cosmetic line stands for (including zero animal testing, naturally-based products, etc), but I can’t rave enough about how beautiful each and every one of their products is.

IMG_1645

When the Rainforest of the Sea collection arrived, I had to try at least a few bits and pieces from the line. My two absolute favorites have to be the Water Foundation and the Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette.

The Water Foundation is a super lightweight, yet easily buildable, foundation that competes with my favorite NARS Sheer Glow. The consistency is quite “watery”, but I find it applies beautifully both with my trusty Beauty Blender or a foundation brush. I love that this foundation has SPF 15 in it, because while I never skimp on moisturizer, it’s nice to have a little extra coverage with the summer sun in full effect. I also love the packaging – the foundation is dispensed through a dropper, keeping application neat and clean, and saving a lot of product. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything gold.

IMG_1664
The Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette might be my favorite palette I own at the moment. The packaging literally “twinkles”. This is the perfect highlighting palette – it offers three shades, all very wearable, and all even more stunning in person. Again, I love the packaging, and I love that there is SO much product in this palette. I’ve had this since early spring, and I use it every single day – I’ve hardly made a dent in it. The middle shade is matte, and a perfect setting powder for your concealer. I also find that it works great as an all-over lid primer – just apply a thin layer before eyeshadow application. The left shade is sort of a toned down highlight – if you’re looking for a more natural glow, this is your go-to. But I cannot lie, the winner is the right shade – this rose gold shimmer just steals my heart. It’s such a beautiful highlight – I love to apply it on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and cupids bow.

IMG_1673
Next, is one of the best mascaras I’ve tried to date, the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. I received a sample of this through a Sephora purchase a few months ago and I was so sad when the day came that all the product was gone. I ended up purchasing the full size and have been reaching for it ever since. It gives great volume and length, and I really love the brush – it separates my lashes without compromising volume. If you’re looking for something a little bit more high end than a drugstore mascara, I highly, highly recommend the Tarteist.

IMG_1676
I’ve also been loving all of the Tarte Amazonian Clay collection. One of my favorites in the range is the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush. I have this blush in the shade “Blissful” and am loving it for the summer time. It’s the perfect pinky-peach shade, with a dash of shimmer. I’m almost out of this product since I’ve been reaching for it ever since it arrived at my door step – it’s just a great every-day blush that adds just the right amount of pop to your cheeks.

I’m also a huge fan of the Smooth Operator finishing powder (totally forgot to snap a photo)! It’s seriously the most perfect setting powder for concealer, or to just tone down any shine.

IMG_1651

Any tartlettes out there who love these products too? Let me know what some of your favorites are!

XO,

Becky Lee

Products Mentioned:

Foundation: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation
Highlight: Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Blush: Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Mascara: Tartiest Lash Paint Mascara

Continue Reading

All NARS Everything

IMG_1529-3

IMG_1521-3

IMG_1527-2

NARS is one of my all time favorite makeup brands, so I decided it was time to pay homage to a company whom I hold so near and dear to my heart. If you haven’t tried any of the NARS brand, I beg of you, go out to Sephora and pick something up. While NARS doesn’t fall under “drugstore makeup”, the value of the products makes the price tag worth it. Below are some of my favorite NARS products to date.


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

One of the first NARS products I discovered was the Sheer Glow Foundation, and to this day, it remains as one of my top medium-coverage foundations. This foundation provides the perfect amount of coverage, keeping you dewey and even. I like applying it with my beauty blender, or my Real Techniques foundation brush, for a really even finish. I also found that while you can set with a powder, this foundation will not crease or budge if you decide to skip that step. I use the shade Mont Blanc in the winter, and can move up to Vallauris for the summer. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this product!

NARS Audacious Mascara

I received a sample of the NARS Audacious Mascara, and I was surprised by A. how many uses I got out of the product and B. how well it worked on my lashes. If you’re looking for a new mascara, I would recommend trying out a sample of the Audacious Mascara for yourself. What I like most about this mascara is that it’s very buildable – I like being able to do two or three coats without having clumps to comb out.

NARS Concealer

It was a sad day when my NARS Concealer was empty! I absolutely love this concealer – great consistency, great coverage, and easy application. Overall, a really great versatile concealer. I use this concealer under my eyes to brighten the area, around my nose to cover redness, and to cover any blemishes. A little bit of the product also goes a long way, which is always a plus.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Looking for that perfect red lip? This lip pencil will do the trick. While I’m more of a pinky-nude lip girl, a red lip really is something I love to play with when I’m feeling daring. The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil applies really smoothly and stays put throughout the day. I love that it’s matte, but it still has a creamy finish that doesn’t dry out my lips. While I only have this in scarlet red (shade: Cruella), I would love to pick up colors like Belle De Jour and Bettina.

 

Are you a fan of NARS? Let me know some of your favorite products in the comments below!

XO,

Becky Lee

Continue Reading

Winter Beauty Empties

IMG_0459IMG_0492 IMG_0455IMG_0501IMG_0498

Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray

This spray came in a Birchbox I received, and I’m obsessed (I’m actually saving up my points to buy the full size in the Birchbox shop). This spray smells incredible and adds so much texture to my hair, without making it crunchy. I was able to achieve a really piecey, tousled look – it is perfect for the summer, and necessary to stock up on.

Urban Decay NAKED Flushed Palette

This was one of my very first palettes, and I was really happy with how long this lasted! I was a huge fan of the highlighter in the center of the palette. The blush and bronzer on both sides were also nice shades. I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone looking for a highlighter, bronzer, and blush trio. I liked swirling all of the shades together and applying during the warmer months – it gave me a nice glow. My palette was in the shade “Native”.

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation

The first foundation I ever used was a Bare Minerals, and I have since then have strayed away from the brand. I did, however, purchase the matte foundation for the summer – I had never used matte makeup since I love a dewey finish, but I was excited to try it out. I wasn’t 100% happy with the level of coverage of this foundation, or the shade (I used “Fairly Light”). I do think it could add a nice finish over a liquid foundation for summer to control oil, but I’m not planning on repurchasing in the near future.

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I absolutely love this eye cream! This was another Birchbox sample that I couldn’t get enough of. This stuff smells so good – Jacob always asked why I smelled like cocoa puffs. This eye cream was so gentle and moisturizing. I’ve attempted to cut open the packaging, just so I can get every last drop out of it! I’d definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a new eye cream.

SheaMoisture Hand & Body Scrub

Body scrubs are my favorite year-round product, so I was so sad when I ran out of this one! I used the Lemongrass & Ginger scent from SheaMoisture, and I loved it. It made my skin silky soft, and the smell was divine. While it’s a little pricey for the amount product in the container, but a little goes a long way.

Klorane Dry Shampoo

I received this dry shampoo in a Birchbox. I can’t live without dry shampoo, so this really didn’t last long. Klorane’s dry shampoo served its purpose – it absorbed excess oil and gave my day-old hair a refresh. I don’t know that I would purchase the full size – I’m still exploring the dry shampoo world to find my holy grail.

What are some of your winter empties? Let me know below.

XO,

Becky Lee

Continue Reading

Winter Beauty Favorites

IMG_0613IMG_0547 (1)IMG_0563IMG_0585IMG_0576IMG_0587IMG_0567IMG_0560IMG_0578IMG_0596

Winter is here! And with a new season comes new beauty favorites and obsessions. I wanted to share some of my favorite beauty products at the moment, many of which are close to being empty – see more on my Winter Beauty Empties post!

ARI by Ariana Grande

I don’t think I’ll ever purchase another perfume (I’m only half kidding). This scent is said to remind us of marshmallow and vanilla, with hints of musk and fruity notes. I’d say that’s a fair description. I think it smells like perfection. Unfortunately this is one I’m running low on – don’t worry, the rollerball is on my Christmas list.

Perversion Mascara by Urban Decay 

I was lucky enough to get this bad boy as a sample when I made a trip to Ulta. This is an ultra-creamy mascara that give amazing length and volume. I’m a HUGE fan of the brush. This mascara made my lashes massive. Of course the tube is pretty much fully dried out, so I’m planning on purchasing the full size once I’m in need of a new mascara (aka right now).

Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel by Benefit

This right here is a holy grail beauty item of mine. I will never use another eyebrow gel. I discovered this a year or so ago and I honestly can say I can’t go out of the house without my Gimme Brow on. It makes my eyebrows full and defined, while keeping them natural – they don’t look like they were drawn on (I can’t stand that!). Whenever anyone comments on my brows, I never fail to name drop Benefit’s magic. It lasts all day, it’s builable, and it’s SO easy to use. I use the shade “Medium/Deep”.

Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush by Too Faced

I discovered this last month and am completely obsessed. This blush gives the perfect amount of color with a beautiful highlight. The blush compact comes in an adorable heart shaped box and contains three shades which can either by used on their own or swirled together to create a custom shade or highlight. The blush is also baked, which allows for a seamless buildable color. I have a feeling this will become a holy grail item for me, as I use it every single day, and I think the peachy-ness will be perfect for the summer time. I use the shade “Peach Beach”.

MAKE Skin Illuminator

I received this product in my last BirchBox, and while it’s a sample size, I am getting tons of uses out of this! This illuminator is a part skin-perfecting base and part highlighter. It also include tone-correcting ingredients while creating a pearly, illuminating glimmer. I absolutely love this product on my cheekbones, and I even apply a little up through my temples. It works beautifully over my foundation or BB cream, and a little really does go a long way!

dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion Exfoliator

I’m a huge dr. brandt fan, so it was no surprise when this came is a Sephora box full of sample that I would be in love. This exfoliator is known to reduce the look of enlarged pores and reduce shine. I try to use this once a week (sometimes twice during this time of year) and I instantly feel refreshed. My skin always feels so smooth and soft. While the full size is a little on the pricey side, I do highly recommend this for someone looking for a new exfoliator.

Loreal Lash Serum

In the beginning of this year I had eyelash extensions applied, and while I loved them, I didn’t love the end result. Several of my lashes fell out and my lashes became shorter and stubbier than they were before the extensions. I became super self conscious, so I decided I needed to find something to help them grow back. I found this gem of a product and I can honestly say that it’s my top favorite drugstore beauty item. Not only did I find that my eyelashes grew back, but they grew back fuller and longer. I constantly have people asking me what kind of mascara I’m using or if I have extensions on again, and every time I inform them of this product. With a clean face, apply this every night (on top and bottom lashes) and trust me, the results will be worth it.

Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub by Bliss

This sugar scrub is a life saver. My lips get insanely chapped during this time of year, so having a lip scrub once or twice a week is the perfect solution. This lip scrub gently exfoliates my lips with sugar, almond and walnut shell. It’s also full of natural oils, butters, and vitamins. If you’re planning on a red lip before that holiday part, have a quick lip scrub and those smoochers will thank you! And just with the Skin Illuminator, a little bit goes a long way, so I advise to use sparingly!

Revlon Nail Color in Vixen

I have been searching high and low for a beautiful burgundy, purple shade for my nails. I looked at Essie and OPI and I still couldn’t pick out the shade that I had envisioned in my head. I stumbled upon this color in a drugstore (you can also find this at Ulta) and fell in love. I love that it’s not too purple, and has just the right about of red undertones that I was looking for. I think it’s the perfect shade for fall and winter!

What are some of your favorite winter beauty products? Let me know in the comments below!

 

XO,

Becky Lee

Continue Reading