This summer has flown by so quickly! I feel like just yesterday it was the first warm day of the year and now kids are back in school and fall is quickly approaching! Don’t get me wrong, I love the laid back attitude of summer, but I love the fall! I love the weather, the colors, the style, the activities, and of course pumpkin spice everything! Don’t even get me started on all the fun things I have planned for Sweet Tea & Style this fall, I’m so excited!
This summer I tried so many new products, so I thought I’d lay them out in one “love it or leave it” post for you all!
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
I’ve tried my fair share of mascara’s this summer, 7 to be exact! (2 high end and 5 drug store) This one is by far my favorite! The formula is the perfect consistency, not too fluid and not at all clumpy! The applicator is very full and dense allowing you to evenly coat your lashes! It brings awesome volume and curl to my lashes, even my lower lashes that are almost non-existant!
Purchase Monsieur Big Mascara for $35 here
Airspun Translucent Loose Face Powder
When a friend first recommended this powder to me, I’ll be honest, I laughed in her face! This powder has been around since the ’30s! In fact, I distinctly remember my grandmother using this powder for her makeup when I would visit as a child! Once the heat of the summer hit, I needed a new powder because my e.l.f. powder just wasn’t cutting it. I reluctantly went to the store to buy Airspun! It took me at least 20 minutes to find it, even after asking an associate for assistance! Turns out, Airspun is in the lash and nail section. Why? I have no idea, but it proves true at every retailer I’ve found it at! The smell of Airspun definitely takes some getting use to, but honestly after using it for the past 3 months, I don’t even notice the smell anymore! This powder is seriously heaven sent though! Other than the smell, there isn’t a single thing I don’t love about it! It goes on smooth and even and keeps my makeup looking matte and fresh all day long! The container of powder is huge, it will probably last me a year! Best part, it’s only $7!
Purchase Airspun Translucent Loose Face Powder for $7 here
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle
I received this detangler in my Birchbox in June at a time I desperately needed it! I’ve been using the Infusium brand spray in detangler since I was a child and in June, I ran out and couldn’t find it in stores ANYWHERE! When my Birchbox came in with this detangler my hair was so happy and I was excited to try it! I, now, don’t think I’ll ever use anything different! Not only does it work so well, it smells amazing! Almost like cotton candy! I spray it through my wet hair after I get out of the shower and my brush easily glides through my hair!
Purchase Protect & Detangle for $23 here
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
I’ve never been big on using primers. Every primer I’ve ever tried has clogged my pores terribly or made my makeup slide around which defeats it’s own purpose. I had a gift card to Sephora, so I decided to take the recommendation from my friends and splurge on this primer! Well, I absolutely love it!!! I haven’t had a single breakout of clogged pore as a result of using this primer and it keeps my makeup in place all day! It doesn’t feel oily or like a gel on my face! It feels light enough that I don’t even notice it!
Purchase Photo Finish Primer for $36 here
Maskcara Beauty Cayman Bronzer
I’d heard so much about this bronzer and I’m so glad I finally pulled the trigger and purchased it right before summer! It brings the most beautiful summer glow to my face! The formula of the powder is so luxurious and soft going and on and blends so beautifully!
Purchase Cayman Bronzer for $14 here
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
I only just recently started filling in my brows, so it’s still a very new concept for me! When I got this product, I really wasn’t 100% sure what it was for or why it was necessary. After using it, I can totally see a difference from when I don’t! After filling in my brows I simply take this wand and run the gel through them. Not only does it add a little extra fill color to my brows, it keeps them tame and in place throughout the day! On days that I don’t fill my brows, I’ll still run the wand through them to give them some added color and make sure my brows are laying flat and in shape!
Purchase Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel for $24 here
MorpheXJaclynHill Eyeshadow Pallet
I honestly cannot say enough great things about this pallet! I’ve been a Morphe eyeshadow fan for well over a year now, but this pallet is lightyears above even normal Morphe standards! Each individual shadow was pressed differently to achieve the desired pigment level and it 100% makes all the difference! These are the most pigmented shadows I’ve ever used with absolutely no fall out! There are perfect shades for every occasion! If you don’t already have this pallet, get yourself on the waitlist for the next launch!
Purchase MorpheXJaclynHill pallet for $38 here
Maskcara Beauty Stay Outside Gorgeous Setting Spray with SPF 15
To say that I’m obsessed with this setting spray is an extreme understatement! I’ve been using it’s non-SPF counterpart for over 5 months and was getting low, so I was excited when the company launched Stay Outside. Since my makeup doesn’t have SPF in it, it’s nice to get a little added protection with my spray. Stay and Stay Outside both smell insanely good, like coconuts and vanilla! So good that some days I’ll spray it in my hair or on my clothes too for some added goodness! Bonus, the whole bottle is huge, it’s a whopping 5oz! I spray it a minimum of 6 times every time I do my makeup and it still lasted me close to 6 months! Not only do you get a ton of bang for your buck and have a great smelling face, but Stay spray does exactly what it claims to do; keep your makeup in place and looking flawless all day long!
Purchase Stay Outside Gorgeous Setting Spray for $29 here
Ciaté London Glitter Flip Liquid Matte Lipstick
Glitter Flip has to be the biggest beauty craze of the summer. It claims to be a long lasting, non-drying, matte liquid lipstick that turns to a no mess glitter matte the second you press your lips together! I was skeptical of this product the second I heard about it but a product that is matte and glitter is right up my alley. I went online to try and snag the product and it was almost sold out everywhere, but I finally got my hands on it. The verdict? I’m obsessed! all of their claims are true! It is long lasting (even when eating and drinking), it is non-drying, and (most exciting) it does turn into a glitter matte the second you press your lips together! It’s literally a dream come true product for me!
Purchase Glitter Flip for $19 here
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliator
I exfoliate my face once a week and I’ve tried a wide range of exfoliation products. Most are thick and rough on my face, but not this one! This product is fine and feels so luxurious, as it should for it’s price tag! While I’m not usually one to spend that much on skincare products this one makes the exception.
Purchase Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliator for $79 here
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
I had high hopes for this bronzer when I first got it, but I hate to say I was deeply disappointed! It’s so dark and doesn’t blend well no matter how little I applied! I typically love all Tarte products but this bronzer did not live up to my expectations.
Purchase Amazonian Clay Bronzer for $30 here
Colourpop Cosmetics Super Shock Eyeshadows
I love Colourpop Cosmetics, I’ll be the first to recommend almost any of their products to you! However, their Super Shock Eyeshadows are less than stellar. They have little to no pigment on a brush and if you can manage to get enough pigment on your lid, the second you start to blend all of the color just disappears! These are the only Colourpop products I just can’t stand behind! Looking for Colourpop product recommendation? Check out my post here!
Purchase 4 Super Shock Eyeshadows for $18 here
Sphynx All-In-One Portable Razor
When I first saw the Facebook ad for this product, I got really excited! I’m always finding missed spots on my legs once I’m out and about during the day so this seemed like a dream product to throw in my purse. Before processing my order, I reached out to a friend who’d purchased previously to get her opinion. She said to not even waist your money on this! It’s definitely too good to be true! The razor gave her major razor burn and went in the trash can the second she used it!
Purchase a Sphynx Portable Razor for $15 here
CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara
As stated above, I’ve tried 7 different mascara’s this summer and this one was a major let down. The applicator wand is a very hard plastic that poked me in the eye multiple times while applying. My lashes aren’t full or even curled in any way after using it. The formula is decent but the wand is just terrible and doesn’t leave your lashes looking good, just wet.
Purchase Lash Bloom for $6 here
Thankfully, the majority of this summer’s beauty purchases were huge winners! I hope this post helped you make up your mind about some products you’ve been considering! Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? What are some beauty products you couldn’t live without this summer? Let me know in the comments!