Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Essentials For Every Girl's Beauty Shelf

Hey there! I’m Jennifer Lieskovan; I run my own blog at where I post about beauty and my own personal style. I am a fashion journalism student here San Francisco and I lead a pretty busy life. When it comes to beauty and style, I like to keep it easy but still pretty and put together. But above all that, I also happen to be Brittany’s cousin! Britt did a style post on my blog a couple months back and now it is time for me to return the favor. We talked it out and decided together that I should tell you guys my summer must have products. I picked a variety of drugstore and higher end products for every type of girl. Whether you are interested in a bright lip, smooth hair or a pretty glow I’ve got your back!

Bare Minerals – READY Illuminizer Duo $24
I use this product as a highlighter. I apply it on my cheekbones, forehead and anywhere else where I want a little shine on my skin.  Because one side is a light bronze and the other is a pink-based shade, they give your skin the most wonderful glow when mixed. They have a very soft shimmer that thankfully doesn’t make you look like your covered in glitter, it just makes your skin look natural! I use a Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply it and it lasts all day without feeling like you have a heavy powder. It is the simplest product that can truly transform your entire look for summer!

I swear by these! Words do not describe my love for these little bad boys. They are so compact but they pack so much pigment and color. The chubby sticks are definitely a go to for summer.  They not only are packed with beautiful color, but they also are an amazing lip balm! The colors I picked for summer are my three favorites from the Chubby Stick Collection. I chose Plushest Punch which is an amazing hot pink with raspberry undertones. Heftiest Hibiscus is the perfect red orange that works for anyone and works wonderfully with the summer trend of orange lips. Last but not least is Pudgy Peony; this one is a slightly different formula than the other two. It doesn’t have the same amount of pigmentation, but it is very buildable. If your intimidated by the lilac shades of summer, this is a good way to try it out. It is a pretty pink, but it has purple undertones. Needless to say, they are all perfect for summer. If you are at the beach or maybe you just don’t feel like wearing makeup, swipe one of these on for a playful look.

Urban Decay – Eyeshadow in Easy Baked $18
I am a sucker for bronze eyeshadow but during the summer I want one that looks natural and brightens up my eye area. This shadow is advertised as a ‘light bronze shimmer’ but I would consider it more of a champagne with very little shimmer. For me, it is just barely lighter than my natural eyelid color, so it brightens my eyes and gives them a pretty and natural looking awakeness. Urban Decay shadows are so pretty and pigmented so you don’t need a lot to complete your look and so the shadow will also last a long time. When I apply it I use a Smashbox Eye Contour Brush since it picks up a great deal of product, but you can really use any eyeshaddow brush. This shadow is literally perfect for everyone; it goes with any eye color and looks wonderfully lovely.

Benefit – Hoola Bronzer $28
I get so exhausted by all of the bronzers that have shimmer in them so when I found this, buying it was the easiest decision ever. Because I wear sunblock on my face all day everyday, generally my face is a shade or so lighter than my body. I love that it is a completely matte bronze that sweeps on easily with a Real Techniques Blush Brush. I apply it in a ‘C’ motion from my temple down through the hollows of my cheeks. I sweep it around my jaw and blend it into my neck then I brush some up around my hairline. I then remove all the excess powder from the brush and use it to blend out the harsh lines into my face in small circular motions. The method keeps the contour but makes it softer helps my face match the rest of my tan.

This is an oldie but a goodie for me. I have been using this since middle school, plus my mom and my grandmother both swear by it. I always do a coat after washing my face, before applying my makeup and every time in between. If I know I’m going to be outside without makeup I will throw this in my bag so I can reapply it throughout the day. There are very few products in my collection that I feel like there is nothing that can beat it, and this is one of them. I have absolutely zero want or need to find a different moisturizer. Plus its oil and fragrance free, I mean what else could you ask for?

Rosebud Perfume Co. – Rosebud Salve in a Tube $6
I have always liked rosebud salves more than conventional chap sticks or balms for hydrating. I had been using a different one that came in a tin for a while then on one of my trips to Sephora I just picked this one up because I was so tired of how impractical the tin was. This is super hydrating and it has a barely there pink tint and rose scent. If your looking for a lip treatment that will keep you hydrated for a couple of hours I will recommend this. Even when I’m at work I will apply it over a lipstick to give the look of pretty glossy lips that will last longer than the lipstick would on its own. Plus, since it is a rose salve, it can also be used on cuticles, dry patches of skin and even minor burns. This is a necessity in my makeup bag; I take it with me everywhere.

Last but not least, I have a hair product for you guys. If your anything like me, you most likely get irritated when you have to style your hair during the heat of the summer. I found this treatment in Ulta one day. Because it’s a drug store product and marked at such a low price, I didn’t really have the highest hopes for it. I took it home and gave it a shot though and holy cow! This stuff works! It’s meant to last seven days, or three washes. After you apply the product and activate it, your hair will be stick straight with no frizz until the next time you wash it. I even slept with it in a bun and when I took it down there was no kinks or anything! When you wash it next, it is still frizz free and straight, but it will look much more natural, this is how your hair will dry until all the treatment is removed. This will absolutely be my go to all summer, through my busy schedule and summer vacations; this will be in constant use.

Hey guys its Britt again, Jenn is one of my best friends as well as my cousin and I always look to her for advice when it comes to beauty products because she is all about looking and feeling beautiful. She is full of super easy tips and tricks to spruce up your make up routine or outfit and I am addicted to reading her blog.  If you would like make sure to check out more of her writing at . If you guys enjoyed this post, or some of these beauty products are going to help you out this summer be sure to let us know in the comments! Let me know if you like having a guest writer every once in a while too! Jennifer's pretty great right? Have a lovely day guys!
- xx!

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