What’s in my Makeup Bag: July

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In a hot, humid weather like this, who needs makeup, amirite!?

Well, my makeup game has been pretty minimal and effortless lately, but surprisingly, I still failed to fit everything I reach for on the daily basis, in my makeup bag.

There are two Glossier products I’ve been reaching for pretty much every single time I go for a foundation-free look: Cloud Paint in Beam and a Generation G lipstick in Cake. Beam has beautiful peach tones that work surprisingly well with my skin tone. Blush is one thing I always struggle with, but these are so easy to work with. I was a bit disappointed when I saw how small these were, but you only need a tiny drop of product to add some color to your complexion. These blend really nicely, so there’s no blotchiness. I also picked up one of their new Cloud Paint shades in Storm, which is a pretty rose shade.

I always mention that when it comes to Glossier, some of their products are great, some are a bit overhyped, some of them did not work for me at all. BUT, the Generation G lipsticks are amazing- especially for someone who doesn’t like to wear pigmented, rich lip products, but still wants to add some color. They have the most amazing formula; they feel just like a lip balm, but look like a blotted, matte lipstick. Extremely comfortable to wear with a fool-proof formula. No need for lip primers, liners, touch-ups, etc. I was afraid that Cake would have a bit of that orange or concealer-like look on me since when it comes to nude lip colors it’s always a hit or miss for me. Thankfully, this shade quickly became one of the everyday favorites (along with Zip which I love to use in Spring.) It just looks very natural and adds just the right amount of color. I also love topping it with just a touch of Jouer’s Lip Topper in Skinny Dip.

Tom-Ford-Young-Adonis

Cream shadows are great to reach for when it comes to effortless, quick and easy looks (duh, right?). I love Tom Ford’s Cream & Powder duos and just added Young Adonis to my collection. It’s a light brown with a bit of shimmer and works really beautifully with blue eyes- it’s a perfect combo for summer.

I actually haven’t been wearing foundation too often lately which I still find surprising and strangely liberating, given my history with skin problems. When my skin was at its worst, I actually slept with foundation on once, when visiting out-of-state friends. I mean, I didn’t even care if it was 100 degrees outside. Now that we’re having this insanely hot and humid weather, it feels great to be able to leave the house bare-faced, without having to worry about someone making a stupid comment about your skin.

I did, however, try, test and fall in love with a new foundation- and it’s from a drugstore brand. Covergirl’s Trublend Matte Made* foundation. I’ve actually read a few reviews after receiving this collection from Covergirl and some mention a problem with the product’s texture, but I haven’t experienced that problem at all. I love the coverage, the fact that there is a selection of 40 shades, which is awesome.  The packaging is great, Iove the pump bottle. The thing is, my skin isn’t a hot oily mess anymore, so I can’t say whether or not it works with oily skin and if it does stay matte throughout the day. It has a very nice, natural-looking finish on my normal/dry skin though.

I’m pretty sure I already mentioned that I finally caved in and got lash extensions and it’s been pretty life-changing when it comes to my beauty routine. I no longer have to reach for mascara- and technically, you’re not supposed to wear any, unless using water-based products. Hourglass will soon be releasing a new oil-free mascara: Caution Extreme Lash Mascara.* I was lucky to have received a complimentary tube from Influenster and as soon as I realized that it’s oil-free I knew I had to try it. I am due for a refill next week so my extensions are not looking best at the moment, but this new gem from Hourglass came to the rescue. I love how soft the brush is; it’s tapered so it reaches even the tiniest lashes that tend to hide in those inner corners of the lash line. Also, it removes very easily, doesn’t flake or smudge. Love.

Left to right: Jouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip, No7 Skin Illuminator, Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam, Cloud Paint in Storm, Generation G in Cake, Tom Ford Young Adonis duo, Covergirl Trublend Matte Made in L15 and L20.