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5 Beauty Must-Haves for Summer | Guest Post

With Summer arriving, my friend Amanda (over at Life's Too Short...Buy The Shoes) and I decided to team up and share with everyone our top 5 picks for the season. Make sure to head over to here blog to find out what my essentials are! Here are hers: 

5 Summer Beauty Must-haves

Summer has finally arrived in Edmonton, where I live!  It may not stick around quite yet but it's here for now.  A change of seasons normally means a change of beauty routines, which in summer means combating the heat and humidity.  For me summer beauty is all about simplicity.  Lots of lashes, a simple smokey eye, and a pop of color are my go tos to get out the door quickly.  Here are my go to summer beauty products.

Benefit Creaseless Crean Shadow
1. A cream eyeshadow is one of the fastest ways to get a pulled together smokey eye look.  A smokey eye doesn't have to be intense evening make up.  It can be subtle and day time too and one of the easiest ways to achieve this is with a cream product like this Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow in my fave color Bronze Have More Fun! Wear it as a light wash for an easy simple look or build it up for something more dramatic.  The best part is that once it sets it locks in place and doesn't budge!  Layer a powder over top to take things up a notch or lock it in place even more.

MAC Prolongwear Lipstick

MAC Pro Longwear Lipstick
2. I don't know about you but as soon as summer comes around I am all about color and one of the easiest ways to look pulled together is to wear a statement lip.  There is just something about it that takes any look to the next level in seconds.  My go to at the moment is MAC's Good to Go Pro Longwear Lipcream.  It's the perfect shocking orange with just a touch of coral to tone it down, but from classic red to hot pink you can't go wrong with a bright lip.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Swatch
3. Summer is all about tans and glowing skin, so this list wouldn't be complete without a highlighter. Lately I have obsessed with the Liquid Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal!  When it comes to highlight I have to be careful because I have a lot texture on my skin but the liquid formula just blends so effortlessly and really melts into the skin for the most natural look and the color is stunning! This product is also seriously versatile.  It can be worn under foundation or mixed in with foundation for a subtle effect.  Placed over foundation on the high points of the face and left that way or layered under a powder product for a stronger highlight.  Also you mix it with moisturizer or use it on its own on the body.  It looks amazing on the shoulders or collar bone in the summer months when your tan is at its best.  I love the options with this one!

Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer
4. Every year as soon as summer starts making an appearance I pull out all my cutest dress and short, look down and my legs and am blinded my pale skin! LOL!  Ok I might be exaggerating but you know what I mean.  During this in between stage my FAVORITE go to product is the Jergens Natural Glow moisturizer.  You use it daily and it adds just a subtle bit of color with each use that I find just takes the edge off.  It's also great to prolong a tan that you already have and want to keep just a bit longer.  The best part is there's no fake tan small or down time.  You just use it like normal moisturizer and go about your day.

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara
5. In my opinion one of the most important beauty products to use is a good mascara.  Even if you nothing else on a great mascara just helps define and open the eye for a more awake look, and as the mom of a toddler I always need to look more awake!  I have gone through countless mascaras of the years.  I am always trying to find something new and better and lately I have been LOVING what is happening at the drugstore in the mascara department.  I have a few on the go right now, but one of my favorites is this L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara.  The original L'Oreal Voluminous was my VERY FIRST mascara way back when and remains one of my absolute favorites.  So when this one came out I had to try it.  The "sculpting wing tip" brush is totally unique and unlike anything I have seen before.  It really does grab every single lash to thicken and lengthen your lashes.  It's been a great addition to my collection.

BONUS - I don't think any summer beauty must have list would be complete without a sunscreen so I am including sunscreen as a bonus item to my list.  I have the hardest time finding sunscreen that works with my skin but doesn't break it out.  So unfortunately I don't have any to recommend right now.  If you have a ride or die summer sunscreen that you think I should try please let me know in the comments and I'll have to try it out!

So there you have it!  My must have list for summer!


I hope you enjoyed reading Amanda's picks as much as I did.
Again, don't forget to visit her page to find out my Summer necessities and to also show her some love!

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