Tuesday, May 24, 2011

'TAG: Summer Besties'

This TAG has been going around youtube, and though I don't make videos, I still wanted to join in!! It's short and sweet.... well.. it could be short and sweet if I didn't have to pick multiple things and also explain them haha =)

Favorite Summer...

1) Lip Product - In the summer I want something that is moisturizing, will stay on my lips even when drinking from a water bottle, and gives me a bit of color. Oh, and also something that can lay in the sun and not melt! This summer I foresee my weapon of choice being Illamasqua lipglosses!!

MAC "Get-Away Bronze" blush, Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss in "Divine"
2) Blush - Last summer I was addicted to MAC's "Get-Away Bronze" from their To the Beach Collection. I see this summer being no different =) It's goldy and bronze with a rosy undertone that makes it perrrfect on top of a summer tan. Unfortunately it was a LE product, and I have yet to find any good dupes!

left to right: Illamasqua "Jo-mina", China Glaze "Black Diamond", "Sun Worshiper", "Shocking Pink", Revlon "Craving Coral"
 3) Nail Polish - The obvious choice would be neon colors. China Glaze "Sun Worshiper" and "Shocking Pink" are crazy bright (especially when applied over a white polish!). However, I sometimes feel the need to mix it up and wear something super dark! China Glaze "Black Diamond" is a perfect almost-black with some shimmer that gives it a bit of definition. Then there is Illamasqua's "Jo-mina" which I can't get enough of, and Revlon "Craving Coral" that's a gorgeous red-orange.

4) Liquid Face Product - Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation. I love this foundation! It's full coverage that doesn't feel like full coverage, and comes in a handy squeeze tube. I always have 2 of these foundations just so I have one to keep in my purse at all times! It's an amazing on-the-go foundation to touch up with during the day, spot conceal, or just whatever!

5) Powder Face Product - MUFE HD Powder. Great translucent powder. 'Nuff said.

6) Hair Product - At first I thought I really didn't have a favorite summer hair product. I can't believe I almost forgot about my leave in conditioner!! HealthySexyHair "Soy Tri-Wheat" Leave In Conditioner. I use this year-round, but especially 24/7 in the summer. If you have loooong hair you probably already know what a life saver leave in conditioner can be! I use this when I get out of the shower to help with tangles, after I get out of the pool or the water at the beach, etc, to keep my hair from getting dried out and brittle... Really I don't know what I would do without this!!

left to right: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, HealthySexyHair Leave In Conditioner

7) Eye Product - Waterproof mascara!!!! I also apply individual false lashes if I'm going on an extended vacation that involves the water, so I get the look of mascara without really wearing any!

8) Self Tanner - Pictured above: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. This is the most realistic self tan I have ever tried. It even beats out Xen-Tan in my opinion! I find St. Tropez wears better on my skin than Xen-Tan, and I also find it easier to apply... but maybe I'm just getting better at it??

 9) Fashion Accessory - Big sparkly studs and sunglasses!!
I NEVER take off my stud earrings in the summer time. Really I just forget they are even there.. but I love having some sparkle around my face whether I'm looking a wreck from being at the beach all day, or getting dressed to go out to dinner.. sparkle is a must!
I love the way sunglasses look, but I often forget to wear them! It's my goal this summer to actually get use out of the multiple pairs that I own. If you have been reading my blog from the beginning, you know I am loving cat-eye sunglasses! There will also always be a spot in my heart for classic Ray-Ban aviators =)

Alexander McQueen sunnies

10) Clothing Piece - Loose fitting tank-tops (or I suppose "vests" if you are from the UK, right?). Super easy to throw on and also super versatile! This is one of my current favs from the brand Obey, called the Alchemist Tank Top..

So what are YOUR Summer Besties?!

Anyone who is interested can join in on the TAG!

But I especially TAG:

Sandra - sternchenslove
Adrienne - AdrienneAdore's
Elly - EllysMakeupbag
Glimmer and Glow
Lilit - Makeup and Macaroons
Andree - Straight up Glam



  1. Oh tell us how you like the vichy foundation, i have the stick form! Thanks for tagging me, i ll do that soon. xoxo

  2. Illamasqua lipglosses are amazing.. Very long lasting and the colour selection they have is beautiful..

    I just recently bought the vichy dermablend foundation and today is the 1st day I actually try it on and so far so very good.. I'm liking it..

  3. Those sunnies are incredible..so cute! The polish colors are beautiful as well :)

  4. ah i hate l.e as you know you'll love it and be forever and a day looking for a dupe sigh :( great post chica really enjoyed reading it :) i'll do my tag on sunday when I have loads of spare time :D xxx

  5. Im all about flowy tops and hats this season.

    Love your blog, new follower :)

  6. Hi hun, thanks for tagging me. I'm totally lemming after the Illamaasqua Jo-mina, such a gorgeous shade! As Australia is heading into winter I hope you don't mind me changing this into a winter besties tag when I do it.

  7. Awesome summer essentials, Bethany! I LOVE St Tropez tanner and that Illamasqua lipgloss is to die for!
    Thanks for tagging me gorgeous! I'm in Australia and we are going into Winter so do you mind if I make a Winter Must Have list?
    Thanks gorgeous! I hope you're feeling ok in the small town :(

  8. I can't believe I never even thought of some of you heading into winter! Isn't blogger awesome for connecting people from ALLLLL over the world who love the same things?!
    I can't wait to see some WINTER essentials too ;)


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