Real Tips: Affordable Summer Must-Haves

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If you love a lightweight feel in the summer but still want a little color, look no further than your local drug store for these pretty and practical summer products.

Here are 8 of our affordable favorites: 

  1. Sunblock needs to be applied every 2 hours for optimal protection (even less if in water or sweating).  Choose a portable balm that you can swipe on your body, face and lips to keep your skin protected.  Try Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Stick ~$10.99.
  2. If the summer sun is bringing out dark spots (hyperpigmentation, melasma) then even out complexion with a drugstore brand like Indeed Pepta-Bright ~$29.99. The price tag is much lower than similar products from luxury brands.
  3. Don’t feel like wearing foundation in the heat of the summer?  Sweep a gel bronzer over cheekbones, bridge of nose, forehead and chin, with your duo-fiber contour brush then blend into rest of skin with your duo-fiber face brush.  Gel formulas add warmth and color without feeling sticky or heavy.  Bonne Bell Bronzing Gel ~$3.99.
  4. For the sheerest coverage on skin, eyes and cheeks just swap out your brush. The duo-fiber collection ~$20, applies pigment (with the long bristles) and blends (with the short bristles) simultaneously.
  5. Create a beautiful background for your eye color with a creamy metallic shadow like Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo Metal Gel Shadow ~$6.99.  Dab cream on the tips of your duo-fiber eye brush and sweep over upper lid and blend up to the brow bone.
  6. Define your lashes with a waterproof mascara that sweeps on easily and thickens lashes while lengthening.  Try Maybelline Full N’ Soft Waterproof Mascara ~$7.
  7. Love false lashes but hate the sticky glue or the irritation to your eyes?  Try the new latex and formaldehyde free Ardell Duo Brush-On Adhesive with Vitamins ~$6.50.  The thin brush provides a mess-free application (no more dots of glue on your hand!) and the white gel turns invisible within minutes.
  8. Skip the powder blush and choose a liquid cheek tint like Rimmel Stay Blushed! ~$3.99.  Dab the tips of your duo-fiber contour brush into tint and apply with small circular strokes on the apple of the cheeks moving up the cheekbone.  Use your your duo-fiber face brush to blend out the edges for the most natural-looking flush.

Images: Fashiongonerogue.com

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Paris Couture

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Last week at Paris FW 2014/2015 a big trend on the catwalk was bold eyeliner paired with a clean face.  There were many colorful and graphic eyeliners, but the ones that caught our attention were the eyes that looked so simple.

Here are 2 of our favorite minimalist looks:

  1. Dior models looked like they had silver eyeliner, but it was actually mirror-like adhesive that makeup artist Peter Philips hand cut for the show (in store for holiday season!).  Even if mirror or silver eyeliner isn’t your thing, adhesive stickers may be a blessing for those who like a perfect line, check out the collection of Sephora Eyeliner Appliques (1).
  2. Armani Privé’s signature face featured smudged and slightly overdrawn eyeliner and brows for a moody yet minimal look.  Fill in brows with a warm brown pencil, like Armani Brow Defining Pencil (2) and use your brow brush to move the pencil slightly past your natural brow.  Dip the tip of your accent brush into a matte black eye shadow, like Armani Maestro Eye Shadow (3) and line upper lash line and outer 2/3 of lower lash line.  Grab your shading brush and blend out the edges of the pigment creating a smokey liner. 

Images: Christian Dior, Armani Privé.

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