Aug 30, 2018

As this summer is winding down, I wanted to share some of my beauty favorites that I've been using all summer long or have discovered this summer and fallen in love with! A lot of these items I got in my goody box from Ulta Beauty and some I've received in PR packages, but I've been using them all non-stop.

They all range in prices, so there is something for each and every budget! Some are drugstore favs and others are high-end--but no matter what, they're all amazing!

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Who doesn't love a great dry shampoo?! This is hands down my favorite I've ever used. I've tried everything from drugstore to high-end, and this has been my go-to. It doesn't leave a white cast on my hair, it makes my hair smell amazing, and I've been able to go 3-4 days without washing my hair and it still feels like I just washed it!

I have always been horrible about protecting my hair against heat, but I never even thought to protect it against UV rays as well. This invisible oil primer does it all! I spray it in each section of hair before curling; it smells delish, and it gives my hair a healthy-looking shine.

Continuing with the lazy girl hair trend, we all need a little hair pick-me-up. After your dry shampoo has done its job, give your hair a spritz of this perfumed hair mist, and I swear, people will be stopping you asking what scent that is. It's a floral scent, but it's not too strong. It also lasts through the day, which I love.

Hello volume master--I've been waiting my whole life for you. This dry volume blast is amazing, because it gives lifeless hair some oomph again. Call me crazy, but I always feel prettier when my hair has some volume to it. It's so super simple to use as well. You just spray it at the roots and fluff your hair for instant and effortless volume.

I've raved about this moisturizer before on Instagram, but I don't think I've ever talked about it on the blog before. Ladies (and gents!) it's a game changer. Never in my life have I felt a moisturizer so light-weight, but provide so much moisture to my skin. In the summertime and even towards the end, if your skin is combination to oily, you will love it, because it doesn't feel greasy at all. It literally feels like a cloud seeped into your skin providing magical hydration. I'm calling it magical (dramatic, I know), because there has to be some magic involved, because my skin has never felt better! haha!

Raise your hand if your face is a million times lighter than the rest of your body. 🙋 I never allow sun to touch my face--I always have on my IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream on, which has 50 SPF, so that my face is always protected, but that also means that I look a little funny when I don't have makeup on. You can actually just add a pump or two of the Colla Face Serum to your daily moisturizer or apply it on its own! I've applied it both ways and have loved the natural glow it provides.

Before I went back to work in management, I knew I needed a really great primer. I had a few that I had loved for a while, but I needed something that was not going to allow my makeup to budge. I decided to try this Smashbox primer out on a whim when it was in the sample section at Ulta Beauty (You know the section that always gets us...by the registers haha!), and I immediately fell in love after the first use. I have never been so impressed with a primer before. It's extremely silky smooth, blurs my pores, and helps smooth out any texture. I mainly focus it on my T-Zone, and use what ever is left on the cheeks.

Also, if you use another concealer that you apply with your ring fingers before blending (I use the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye) and when I have a little of the primer left on my fingers, it helps me smooth out the concealer around my eyes so effortlessly before I use my beauty sponge.

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If there's one setting powder out there I think everyone should invest in, it's this one. It has no lie helped my makeup stay on through moving in the heat and rain, at the beach, through long work days, and everyday in between. It melts into my skin and becomes one with it to give a gorgeous finish to my makeup. I use a damp beauty sponge to apply it all over my face.

This is the makeup steal of the century. If you have dark under eyes or just really want to brighten them, this banana powder does wonders. After I've set my whole face with the Hourglass Translucent Setting Powder, I will go in with a little of the banana powder under my eyes, down the center of my nose, forehead, and on my chin. It provides a little extra brightness to add depth to my face, and give my skin a glow from within look. I use a damp beauty sponge to apply this as well.

If I had to use only one palette for summer into fall, I would totally choose this one. It has pinks to browns, and yes, even gorgeous purples to create every look from natural to a dramatic smoky eye. It even has a base shadow color and a gorgeous golden highlight shade. It has a mix of mattes and shimmers so that you can create any look you choose!

I'm not going to lie, I was a little weirded out when I first tried this, because it sharpens itself?! But oh my gosh, it's so luxurious to have an always perfectly sharpened eye liner. This is a true black shade, and I always get shaky when I'm applying black liner...I have no idea why. SO, because it always has the perfect tip, I can always apply a perfect line.

Who's been looking for a less expensive dupe to the Stila Liquid Shadows?! The Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights are about half the price and perform just the same for me! The first day I tried a shade out, I got so many compliments on my makeup at work. They're so easy to apply, but just make sure you apply and look down or close your eye for about a minute to allow the formula to fully dry.

I was just recently sent this shadow in a PR package, and I've been loving it! The formula is so smooth, and it's so easy to build up the color. I also love that I was sent a deeper purple that can easily flow with the color story of the Tarte eye palette!

Well, there we have it! These are my end of summer beauty favorites.

What products have you been loving lately?! Have you tried any of these before?

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