July Beauty Favorites

It has been 100 degrees in DC and I have just about had enough. Here are some of my favorites that can take the heat.

1 Soap and Glory “One Heck of a Blot” Primer: seriously this primer rocks and this is coming from a girl who loves primer. On the bottle it says made with”12 hour shine bloc” and “pore shrinking” technology. All I know is that walking to the metro in 800 degrees my makeup is still in tact and matte. I can’t complain. As for pores, eh, not as great as Benefit’s Porefessional.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Dusty Rose:” my favorite brand of liquid lipsticks and such a wearable summery color. Wear it all day it seriously won’t budge.

3. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Exposed:” This is an amazing nude blush that is so natural looking. I always use it for a “no makeup” makeup look because this blush makes it look like you have been laying out in the sun all afternoon.

4. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara: Best mascara on the planet. Worth every cent. Always a favorite. This summer I have been wearing it out with no eye liner and it still looks amazing.

5. Tory Burch Perfume Rollerball: I bring this shit everywhere and people are constantly asking me about it. It smells so citrus-y and summer-y and it’s only $29.

6. Loreal True Match Concealer: Don’t get me wrong – Mac Pro Longwear is my favorite concealer, but the pump makes it take so long to put on so recently I have been avoiding it. This one is a great drugstore dupe for Urban Decay Naked Skin. The applicator is amazing and makes life so much easier and has pretty great coverage. I hate spending a lot of time on makeup in the summer so this one has been my go to.

7. Anasrasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade: So I ran out of my brow wiz so I have begun using the Dipbrow again and I have fallen back in love. While it has a rep for making fierce bold brows, you can also easily put together a natural every day look.

Let me know in the comment section below what beauty products you can’t get enough of this summer!

I’ve Been Hoarding Liquid Lipsticks So You Don’t Have To

Liquid lipsticks are probably the best thing that has ever happened in the world of makeup. You can spend the day outside in 100 degree weather, eat the messiest of cheeseburgers, then make out with a gorgeous guy, and still have some solid color going? I’m sold.

With literally every brand coming out with their own versions of this beauty fad, how can you be sure which is best?

Don’t worry kittens. I have spent way too much of my free time trying out some of the most popular lippies so you don’t have to. I broke down the pro’s and con’s of each including price, staying power, color selection, and ease of application.

From left to right: Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip in “Teeny Tiny,” Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in “Lolita,” Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Lipcolor in “Juju,” Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in “Soft Lilac,” Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in “Beso.”

1. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip

Pros: by far the best staying power, price ($6 dude), color selection (35 to choose from)

Cons: super drying (you gotta hella exfoliate your lips beforehand and lather on the Burts Bees)

2. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick

Pros: the color lolita (it has a cult following for a reason), easy application, staying power, large color selection (29 shades)

Cons: love the color selection but many are too edgy for daytime (sorry KVD), price ($20)

3. Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lipcolor

Pros: color selection is huge (19 shades) and they are all so wearable, easy application

Cons: staying power (honestly disappointing, smears easily while others could last a and yes I’m lookin at you Colourpop), price ($18)

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Pros: staying power, super pigmented, huge color selection (21 shades), really easy to apply

Cons: price ($27)

5. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Pros: color selection…that’s about it

Cons: super liquidy and harder to apply, staying power isn’t horrible but not as great as others on the list, price ($24)

Here’s my definitive ranking:

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills

2. Colourpop

3. Kat Von D

4. Bare Minerals

5. Stila

Honestly I would repurchase all of them except Stila. I know I missed a ton of brands (NYX, Ofra, Limecrime, etc.) sorry, your girl will waste her paycheck on makeup but that paycheck can’t buy all of them.

Comment below your favorite brands/colors because I am genuinely interested! Happy Monday 😉