June Beauty Favorites!

I have a bunch of beauty products that I have been loving this month! Some of these I have had for a while that I have re-discovered and have been using the heck out of!

Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in “Bikini Contest” 

june 13

This bronzer is GORGEOUS! It is the perfect bronze shade. The texture is very smooth and the pigmentation is great. This is not a matte bronzer, but it is also not glittery at all. It just gives the perfect bronzed and glowy look, perfect for summer. I would not recommend using this as a contour shade or if you are very fair because it is very warm- toned.

Covergirl Tru Blend Bronzer in “Bronze”

june 6

This is another drugstore bronzer that I have been obsessed with. This one is more subtle than the Wet N Wild one and is not as warm. This bronzer will work better with a wider variety of skin tones. Again, this is not a matte bronzer, but is not super glittery and gives a gorgeous summer glow.

Lancome Blush Subtil in “Blushing Tresor”

june 7

This is a beautiful blush that I have been using almost everyday. It is a peachy toned blush with golden reflects in it, so it gives a natural flushed and highlighted look.

MAC Eyeshadow in “Nylon”

june 10

This is one of MAC’s most popular eyeshadows and in my opinion, it is the perfect brow bone and inner corner highlight. It is a frosty highlight shade with a slight yellow undertone and it absolutely gorgeous. After using it for the first time, I understood why everyone always talks about this shade!

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Palette june 1

This highlighting palette is so pretty! The colors are gorgeous and can be used individually or you can mix them all together. I love how the strips are big enough to dip your brush into each one if you just want a specific shade. There is a lot of kick off when you go to pick up the product with a brush, but the pigmentation is great and it looks beautiful on the cheekbones.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Air-Dry Waves foam 

june 8

I am not a big fan of putting styling products in my hair, but I love this stuff! It does not leave my hair feeling “crunchy” and gives a beachy wave look. My hair is already naturally wavy/ curly so this just enhances in a way that looks natural and effortless. All I do is I apply 2-3 pumps into the palm of my hands and massage/ squeeze it into my hair from root to tip. It gives great volume and reduces some of the frizz.

Murad Oil- Control Mattifier  

june 9

This product has been a life saver for me all month! You apply it as a moisturizer (I only like to use it on the days I am going to be doing my makeup) and it does a great job of keeping oily skin at bay. I also do not have any issues applying makeup over top of this, but you can still use your everyday makeup primer overtop of this between the Murad and your makeup. It is a pretty thick consistency (feels like my normal facial sunscreen) but it does not feel heavy and sinks into the skin quickly.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo 

june 2

This might seem like an odd product, but this has been my favorite way to clean my brushes. It leaves them feeling extremely soft, rinses out really easily, and of course gets every bit of makeup out of the brush hairs.

Elf Stipple Brush

june 5

This has been my favorite brush to apply bronzer and even blush. The brush hairs are really soft and not too dense so they apply product very softly and evenly. Love it!

Real Techniques Small Setting Brush & Retractible Bronzing Brush 

 

The small setting brush is the only brush I have been using to set my under eye area and other places I have applied concealer. I have also been using this brush to clean up my contour underneath the cheekbone because it is just the perfect size!

The retractible bronzing brush has been my go-to brush not for bronzer, but for foundation. It is a stipple brush, but the brush hairs are more densely packed than the Elf stipple brush, so I find that it applied foundation beautifully without leaving patches and soaking up too much product.

Lip Combo: Wet N Wild MegaLast lipstick in “Just Peachy” and NYX Butter Gloss in “Fortune Cookie” 

I have been using this lip combo basically every time I have done my makeup the past few weeks. Y’all already know how much I love the NYX Butter Glosses, but this shade just looks so good just applied in the center of the lips overtop of the Wet N Wild lipstick. This combo looks so pretty with bronzed makeup!

Makeup Guide: Must Have Brushes (Drugstore)

My two favorite makeup brush brands from the drugstore are from Elf and Real Techniques. In my opinion, these are some of the best brushes on the market in general, not just at the drugstore. While I love all the brushes from both brands, these are the staples that I think every makeup lover should have in their collection!

Elf 

I love Elf brushes! They are extremely good quality yet very affordable. I personally use their face brushes more often than the eye brushes but they are all amazing!

Ultimate Blending Brush ($6)

I use this brush to apply foundation every time I do my makeup. It has replaced my Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki as my go- to foundation brush.

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Stipple Brush ($4) and the Small Stipple Brush ($3)

I love to use the larger stipple brush to apply my blush. This might sound odd but it gives a beautiful and even application every time! It is also great for bronzer. The small stipple brush is hands down the best brush to blend out cream products (contour and blush). Using this brush makes it so easy and quick. The small stipple is also a dupe for the MAC 130.

 

 

Small Tapered Brush ($3)

I love using this brush to set my under eye area or dust off any baking. To be honest I am not sure what the actual purpose is of this brush, but I use it everyday and it is awesome to set areas of the face with powder.

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Blending Brush ($6)

I love using this brush for contouring. It is fluffy enough to blend out the product and make the contour look “natural”, but flat enough to really fit into the hallow under the cheekbone.

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Eyelash and Brow Spoolie ($1)

This is just your typical spoolie brush, but for a buck it is perfect for combing out the brow hairs before and after applying product. I use this everyday and even though it just seems so simple and unnecessary, I cannot go a day without using this one!

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Real Techniques 

Real Techniques is my absolute favorite brand of drugstore brushes (Tip: Ulta usually has them on sale for buy one get one half off!). The quality of these brushes is just out of this world and they are so inexpensive! I use their face and eye brushes over some of my more expensive brushes every day! It is really hard for me to narrow down my absolute favorites but here are the ones I use on a daily basis!

Miracle Complexion Sponge ($6)

This is my favorite makeup sponge on the market! All I can say is that using this sponge has made me regret spending the $20 on the original Beauty Blender. rt 1

Blush Brush ($9)

This is the best brush (for any price range) for applying blush. It just allows for an easy and even application. It is also great for bronzing up the face.

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Powder Brush ($10)

I love this brush for setting my makeup with powder or for applying bronzer as well. If I am in a hurry, I just use this to brush on some translucent powder and bronzer and I am good to go! I just love how big and luxurious this brush feels as well.

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Retractible Stipple Brush ($10)

I love this brush so much I can’t stand it! It is travel friendly which is always a plus and the brush hairs are the perfect density. That sounds strange, but when you use this brush you will understand what I am talking about. I love using this to apply bronzer and even foundation. It does not leave a streaky finish (due to the perfect density of the bristles) and I am just obsessed with it. If I had to pick one brush from Real Techniques, it would be this one.

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Setting Brush ( $8)

I love using this brush for setting the under eye area and dusting off any baking. It is also great for getting a really precise contour and really carve out those cheekbones. If I am in a hurry, I also like using this brush to use whatever bronzer I have out to pop in my crease if I am in a rush and going for a more natural look.

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Starter Set ($11-18)

The price on this set has a larger range because on the actual Real Techniques site is is $18, but I got mine on drugstore.com for $12. I love this brush set so much and there is not one brush from the set that I do not use. The first brush is great for applying a cream base and blending that out, the second brush is a awesome crease brush, the third is the perfect size for smoking out the bottom lash line, the fourth I like to use if I want to apply a dark eyeshadow as a liner, and the last brush I use to fill in my brows or on the bottom lash line as well.

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I really hope this was helpful to some of y’all looking for great drugstore brush options! I know Elf and Real Techniques are already extremely well known brands but I just wanted to share my favorites!

 

Full Glam Makeup for Mature Skin

(Left to right: No makeup, face makeup only, full makeup)

This is a “full glam” makeup look that I did on my mom! This is also the makeup that I will be doing on her for my sister’s wedding coming up. The products I used are not too heavy, will last all day, and did not settle in any lines or wrinkles. That being said, this look is perfect for any special occasion or just a fun night out!

FACE:

  • Primed the face with the Nivea Men aftershave balm.
  • Applied Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless foundation in shade true beige (222) with an E.L.F. buffing brush.
  • Applied Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in shade medium under the eyes, on the chin, bridge of the nose, center of forehead and blended out with a DAMP Real Techniques “beauty blender”.

** blot face after these steps**

  • Applied Coty Loose Airspun Powder in shade translucent extra coverage to set every area that I applied the concealer (I did not “bake” these areas, I just swept it on, left it for 30 seconds, then brushed the excess away).
  • Applied Rimmel Stay Matte powder in shade translucent to the rest of the face to set the foundation.
  • Bronzed the face with the middle shade in the Kat Von D Shade + Light contour palette using a Morphe M527 brush.
  • Contoured the face using the medium and darkest shades in the same contour palette using the Wet N Wild blush brush.
  • Applied Wet N Wild blush (sorry I do not remember the name of the exact shade but it was the shimmery coral shade) with a Real Techniques blush brush.
  • Applied Wet N Wild “bronzer” in shade “Reserve Your Cabana” as a highlight (this product is marketed as a bronzer, but is definitely a highlight) to the tops of the cheekbones with a Morphe M310 fan brush.

EYES:

loreal paletteL’Oreal La Palette Nude 1

  • Applied the same Maybelline concealer as an eyeshadow primer
  • Applied MAC eyeshadow in ‘Soft Brown’ and ‘Swiss Chocolate’ to the crease as a transition shade with a Sigma E40 brush.
  • Applied the silvery shade (second from right) from the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 all over the lid using a Sigma F70 brush. (packed on shadow to brush then spritzed the brush with setting spray to get a better, more metallic color payoff)
  • Applied the darkest brown shade (fifth from right) from the same palette to the “outter V” of the eye and blended out.
  • Applied the matte black eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (you can use any black eyeshadow) as an eyeliner with a Real Techniques liner brush and winged it out slightly.
  • For the bottom lashline I applied a mixture of both MAC eyeshadows used in the crease and the dark brown shade from the L’Oreal palette and smoked it out slightly.
  • Applied Maybelline Colossal Mascara to top and bottom lashes (remember to curl your lashes FIRST!)
  • Applied Ardell Demi Wispies lashes to upper lashline (curl lashes together with fake lashes to combine them, apply a little extra mascara if needed). These lashes are also reusable.
  • Tight-lighned and lined waterline with Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner in black.

LIPS & BROWS:

  • For brows, I filled them in with the L’Oreal Brow Stylist in shade brunette.
  • For lips I lined them with Jordana lip liner in shade Hot Cocoa then applied L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in shade Saucy Mauve.

Finally, I set the whole face with the Wet N Wild Photo Focus setting spray.