It's that time of year again when the air suddenly becomes crisper, the sun starts setting earlier in the day, and the air begins smelling like pumpkin spice lattes rather than coconuts and sunscreen. It's the end of summer! For some that might a really sad thought, but I'm always excited for the end of summer because my favorite time of the year is finally here...AUTUMN!
I have rounded up some of my favorite products that I used during the summer for you guys including some non-beauty favorites!
If you haven't tried Colourpop's Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick's yet, then you are seriously missing out! They are incredibly pigmented, long lasting and super matte. I loved these during the summer because they seriously stay put. They're perfect for beach days when you want to look a little bit more glam, pool parties, date nights, you name it! Plus, they are only $6! If you don't like the matte look but you want something that won't budge, you can always apply a coordinated lip gloss over these.
Bumble is a dusty warm terracotta that is the perfect everyday color for me and Ouiji is a super bright coral red that I love wearing with warm bronzed skin and eyes.
Colourpop Highlighter in Lunch Money:
I'm new to the highlighting game so I haven't tried too many products, but I really like this one from Colourpop! It has a soft, light gold color, shines from a mile away and lasts for hours.
NYC Bronzer in Sunny:
This bronzer works so well for my light skin and doesn't make me look like I smothered cheeto dust on my face! It's a nice, neutral shade of brown that isn't too dark and it blends nicely into the skin. I also love that it's only $3 and can be found in most drugstores.
NYX Mineral "Set It & Don't Fret It" Matte Finishing Powder in Light/Medium:
You know, I am really mad at myself for not trying this finishing powder sooner. Where has it been all my life?! I have oily skin and I've always struggled finding a powder that not only does it's job at setting foundation, but one that also keeps me matte throughout the day without looking powdery or cakey. The powder is really finely milled so when it's applied it almost seems like it melts into your skin. I absolutely love it!
Redken Frizz Dismiss - Smoothing and Humidity Protection Line:
I have naturally normal-thick and straight hair that tends to go frizzy and static-ky like there is no tomorrow, especially in the summer. The Redken Frizz Dismiss line has been a total life saver for my hair to help keep it smooth. I wash my hair every three days and even between washes my hair stayed mostly frizz free. What's cool about this line is that there are four levels 4 of smoothing and humidity protection for all hair types - from fine to coarse. For example, I use level 20 for most of the products (they range from 10-40). You can pretty much customize them for you hair needs. It's also sulfate-free and sodium chloride-free which is great and is also safe for chemically straightened hair. Redken claims that Frizz Dismiss gives you up to 82% less frizz after one use. I don't know how accurate that is, but after using this line for about a month now, I have noticed a difference. The smell of these are great; they remind me of being in a fancy salon! The shampoo lathers up nicely and the conditioner is on the thick side which I prefer. The lotion spray is great for applying to damp hair before styling. I feel like it helps keep the frizz at a minimum whilst styling.
I tend to lighten my hair quite a bit in the summer and while I love the look it gives me, I hate how dry, lackluster and thirsty my hair becomes after bleaching. I also style my hair with hot tools regularly and that takes quite a toll on my hair as well. So when I was contacted by Proganix to try out their Quench Collection, I was so grateful for the perfect timing! Proganix's Quench line has a unique supercharged blend with hydrating coconut water, power-packed with electrolytes and lightweight coconut oil that helps hydrates your hair and leaves it feeling silky and smelling amazing. If you love the smell of coconuts as much as I do, you'll definitely enjoy this. Both the shampoo and conditioner are thick, smooth and creamy and I could immediately tell the difference in softness in my hair in the shower. I could completely comb my fingers though and my parched hair was definitely QUENCHED! I really like how this hydrates my hair without weighing it down. It feels moisturized, healthy, soft and bouncy. I use the moisture balm after showering and let it sit in my hair overnight. I then I apply the leave-in treatment before styling to ensure hydration all day. I'm in love with this stuff and I will definitely be repurchasing!
Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil - 100% USDA Organic
Many people ask me what my #1 recommended beauty product is, and I have to say that hands down, it is 100% argan oil. It has done miracles for my skin and knowing that it is all natural and organic makes it even better. I like to call it "liquid gold." Some people might be apprehensive about applying oil to their skin, especially if they are on the oily side like me, but believe me, it's outstanding what this does for my skin. My skin has never been better, and I have tried many different products from all end of the price spectrum. Most oily skin is oily because it lacks moisture so the skin tries to make up for it by creating more oil. Argan oil is ridiculously hydrating so overtime, it actually helps combat oily skin! It is a true skin super food, and is rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and proteins to battle fine lines, plump and boost cell regeneration. This particular argan oil is lightweight and easily absorbs into my skin. It's also a multi-use product! I also use it on my hair, body and cuticles. This is a must have in my beauty regimen!
When I'm too lazy to properly take off my makeup at the end of the day, these handy wipes come to the rescue! They work well enough to remove even waterproof makeup and the Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks as well! The cloths are soft and gentle on my sensitive skin. These wipes get everything off without leaving my face red and irritated.
Yankee Candle 2-Wick Candle in Pink Sands
I LOVE this candle so much for the summer. It smells absolutely divine; a bright mix citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla. It makes me feel like I'm relaxing in the Bahamas!
I admit it, I am a Starbucks addict (my go to drink is a Venti black iced tea, sweetened with no water). I also love mugs and Starbucks always have gorgeous anniversary mugs. I try to collect them as much as I can. This years is probably my favorite! It's inspired by their siren's tail, featuring a grey reactive glaze and sparkling gold details.
I have always been an avid alternative rock fan, but something has come over me lately - actually, more like someone, and that someone is The Weeknd, more specifically his new album, Beauty Behind the Madness. His music is passionate, infectious and incredibly catchy. It's a blend of PBR&B, and pop. He reminds me of a modern Michael Jackson and I'm just so infatuation with his music right now!
I hope you're all doing well and had a wonderful summer! What are your end of summer favorites? Let me know in the comment below!