Summer 2016 Favourites

Posted on August 29, 2016 under Favourites

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It’s almost September, and that kind of means nothing to me. For the first time since I can remember, I’m not going back to school this week. I’m actually pretty bummed about it, but this time next year I will either be gearing up to move to Scotland or recently arrived, so I guess it’ll all be okay in the end.

Technically summer is not actually over for another few weeks, but I can’t help but see the end of August as the end of the season, since I’ve always started school in early September. So this seemed like an appropriate time to share with you my summer beauty favourites.

Face

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I believe I’ve mentioned in passing a few times my love for Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. It had light-to-medium coverage, a lightweight consistency, and a really great natural finish. I much preferred it to its thick, full coverage cousin Revlon ColorStay. I was devastated when NN was discontinued. The much-hyped MUFE Ultra HD reminds me a lot Nearly Naked. It has pretty good coverage but still looks natural; it’s lightweight and watery compared to foundations like, say, Rimmel Lasting Finish, and I like how it looks on my skin.

The real winner, though, is the combination of MUFE Ultra HD and the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I had one I liked using to apply pigmented blushes, and decided to get another one for foundation. I’ve spent the last year applying foundation with my fingers, and before that was a devout knockoff Beauty Blender user. But I love the way this brush applies this particular foundation. It doesn’t go on too thick, and it’s super easy and quick to blend it all out with stippling motions. I do like this foundation with the RT Buffing Brush too, but there’s just something about the finish I get with the Stippling Brush that I truly love.

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I recently won the Glossier Haloscape in Quartz in Renee‘s giveaway. I was pretty jazzed about this because a) winning things is nice, and b) Glossier doesn’t ship to Canada (yet). Like many others, I’m not a massive fan of Glossier’s cool-girl branding, but I have been curious about some of the products thanks to all the hype. I’m not sure if there’s anything else I’d purchase myself if and when they do open up their international shipping, but I’m so glad I have the Haloscope.

I spent August 5 to 21 in front of my television whenever I wasn’t sleeping or working. I’m really serious about the Olympics. I actually packed a makeup bag full of stuff to keep in my living room so that I could get ready for work without leaving the television. As such, I used the Haloscape every day that I put on makeup. This is the product that has made me realize that cream is my favourite format for highlighter. It’s just so easy to swipe on (straight from the tube) and blend out with a few taps. And, I mean, the glow is real:

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So real that I just assumed it would distract you from that zit, and declined to photoshop it out.

Highlighter is one of those options that I could take or leave, so I love having a product that is easy to apply, requires no brushes, and makes a huge impact.

Eyes

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I will admit that I’m not a huge fan of Kat Von D the human. (Although, let’s be real, her video about Jeffree Star was incredibly satisfying to watch.) And if the UD Naked Ultimate Basics had been announced six weeks later, I would have bought that. But instead I bought the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette, because lately I’ve been very into mattes for the first time in my life, and I don’t regret it for a second. These eyeshadows are every bit as high quality as everyone says, and I love all the colours on my skintone. The middle of those larger pans is the perfect subtle contour shade for me. I also love the large pan on the right. That peach shade is great for blending out around the edges. And of course, the deep rusty shade is stunning. I honestly think that between this palette and my LORAC Pro, I could probably be set for neutral eyeshadows. However, I will continue to own many unnecessary palettes because I want to.

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I bought NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Callisto at the end of May, and I absolutely love it. It’s a silvery pink eyeshadow with the most ridiculous shine. Seriously, you need to see it in motion to understand:

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The whole point of the Dual Intensity shadows is that you can use them wet or dry. I personally have not tried Callisto wet, because I can’t imagine it looking even more amazing than it does dry. One day I will test this thesis. One day I will also use it as a highlighter and probably have my mind blown.

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There’s nothing like a good eyelash curler to make your lashes look amazing, is there? I’m glad I dropped the big bucks on this Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler, because it curls my lashes much more effectively than the cheapy Walmart brand one I’d been using previously. And Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara has been my go-to. Waterproof mascara isn’t my usual bag, but it’s nice when I’m hot and sweaty, and I adore what it does for my lashes:

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I’ve always been into length over volume, and this is probably the best lengthening mascara I’ve ever used. It may have even dethroned the original Lancôme Hypnôse for my favourite absurdly expensive mascara that I would in no way ever spend actual money on. (Truly Waterproof was a gift from a friend.)

Its wand is quite standard, like so:

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Lips

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Generally I go for cool lipstick colours because I like them better on myself. But this summer my two favourite lip colours are quite warm. The first is NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte, which is the first peach I’ve ever truly liked on myself. It’s a bit deeper – peaches with white bases are absolute no-gos for me – and has just a hint of brown. It was my go-to neutral colour this summer. I like the formula, too: I didn’t find it overly drying, and it lasted well. I’m not sure that it’s worth $39, but I bought it with Optimum points so I don’t really care anyway. (My one very pedantic criticism is that I always think of Brigitte Bardot with more of a pale nude lip than a deeper warm peach, but I found a lot of pictures of her wearing peach lipstick, so I will eat my words.)

When I wanted a bit more colour, I pulled out an old favourite: Revlon Balm Stain in Romantic, a sheer, warm red. I don’t think they even make this colour anymore. I bought it way back at the beginning of my interest in makeup – at the time I couldn’t have had more than 5 lip colours total. The few times I’ve tried to make opaque warm reds work on myself, I have hated them and given them away. But there’s something about the sheerness and slight shine of Romantic that I really like, and that gets me compliments every time I wear it.

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Brigitte is on the left in this picture; Romantic is on the right. They actually look really similar in this swatch; in real life Brigitte is more peach and Romantic is more red. But you can see that I really knew what I liked this summer!

Nails

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I used to have incredibly strong, thick, unbendable nails. Around two years ago, they started peeling. I’m not sure if this had to do with the fact that I stopped drinking like 75 litres of milk a day around that time, or because I started a job that required using my hands a lot around that time, or something else entirely. Witchcraft Be Strong Protein Hardener is a base coat that has really helped cut the peeling down. As for specific nail colours, I’m loving Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Rosy Outlook, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue (though I’m having to ration it since I only have two bottles left), Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Sugar Fix, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda, and Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Kiwi. These are some of my favourite nail polish colours ever, come to think of it. Also, I really like blue. And Sally Hansen.

Hair

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Light Blue Shade is the best blonde shampoo I’ve ever tried, and it’s under $10 Canadian. Contrary to its name, it’s actually a deep purple, and it’s incredibly effective at fighting brassiness. Normally my hair will take on some yellow after some time without toner has elapsed, even with a purple shampoo. Here, compare a picture of my hair somewhere between toning cycles using another shampoo with my hair today:

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The last time I did my roots and toned my hair was approximately 5 weeks ago, so we’re halfway through my usual cycle and still this platinum. And that’s using my DIY Manic Panic concoction instead of a more potent developer-based toner. Needless to say, I love this stuff a stupid amount.

And that is it for my summer favourites! I hope you all had a great summer and that if you’re embarking on a new school year it goes well for you.

There are 9 responses to “Summer 2016 Favourites”

  • How do you use the stippling brush for foundation? I haven’t quite mastered that. Do you swirl it? I should give it another try. I love your hair color (and Balm Stains forever).

    • Thank you! :) Generally I use a stippling motion to spread the product around my face, and then more of a buffing motion to blend it in further where it needs it. I’m not sure if it just works exceptionally well with the MUFE foundation or what. I did try it once with Lancôme Teint Miracle, which is a bit thicker but not exceptionally so, and it worked fine. I’m not sure it would perform quite as well with a thicker product – I imagine the bristles might drag a bit more than a more densely-packed buffing brush. I don’t press very hard with it when I’m buffing, because I don’t need a lot of pressure to blend out a thinner foundation. I don’t have anything very thick on hand, but I’ll test it out when I do. Brushes seem to work on a foundation-to-foundation (and perosn-to-person) basis a lot of the time.

  • I’ve been on the academic calendar since, uh, 1992, so it will feel incredibly weird if I’m ever off it.

    I share your ambivalence about Kat Von D the person, butttt I really like my mini Studded Kiss lipstick and am currently coveting an Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bauhau5. And I’d much rather give my money to KVD than Jeffree Star. Shade & Light is gorgeous, and “I will continue to own many unnecessary palettes because I want to” is a refreshing thing to hear in this era of project pans and KonMari. :D

    • It feels so weird!!! This is the day I would have started school and instead I just sat at home, ironed some clothes, and read a book. In an ideal world I will go back to school next year and then never get off the academic calendar again!

      Definitely agree that KVD is infinitely better than Jeffree, and she seems to be less shitty now than she used to be? I don’t follow her that closely so I’m not totally sure. I have to say that her products are really solid from what I’ve seen, which makes it harder to not buy her stuff. Sigh.

      I try to be realistic about who I am! I like to strike a balance – I want to get relatively frequent use out of everything I own, but I’ll get bored if I don’t have some selection. Technically I could get by with those two palettes, but where’s the fun in that?! Part of the joy in using something I love is that I don’t HAVE to use it because it’s the only thing I have.

  • I love lip crayons, they’re amazing. Especially the stain ones like Revlon’s Romantic – some of the others were just too solid and matte and I’d always find the creases were terrible. Romantic was such a great colour, too, although my favourites were the more plummy ones.

    • The matte balms are super hit and miss. Sultry is great – really comfortable and creamy. Shameless (now discontinued) is an amazing colour but much more prone to dryness and patchiness. But yeah, I love the OG balm stains. I’m sad they discontinued a bunch of them – I haven’t liked Revlon’s new lip products much.

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