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Makeup Wars: My Favorite Summer Manicure.

My summer manicures are always bright, but they almost always have another thing in common too - they're pink. I love pink. It works with my skin tone and it looks great on my nails. L'Oréal Paris is launching a summer collection called Colour Me Pink next month, and all of the products are in pink tones. It's as if it were made for me.

L'Oréal Paris Colour Me Pink Nail Color | Beautiful Makeup Search

The nail colors:

  • Berry Jealous!
  • Sugary Sweet
  • Taste of Romance
  • Pink Attitude
  • Rosy Macaron
  • Hella Pink

I selected two of the shades for my summer manicure so I could have an accent nail, with a bit of a design. I used Pink Attitude as the base and accented it with Sugary Sweet on my ring finger. Pink Attitude is a beautiful, creamy geranium pink-red shade; Sugary Sweet is a sheer, light pink with a subtle shimmer that is only really visible in bright light.

L'Oréal Paris Pink Attitude and Sugary Sweet | Beautiful Makeup Search

First, I applied two coats of Pink Attitude. After they were dry, I taped off (using band aids because I am such a novice and never thought of using tape, which would have given me a much more clean edge) a vertical line on my ring finger, and applied three coats of Sugary Sweet. I left that on for about 30 minutes before I removed the guides. Finally, I took a little self adhesive crystal that I had left from a craft project, and placed that on my nail with tweezers. I finished with top coat.

L'Oréal Paris Nail Art Tutorial | Beautiful Makeup Search

My summer manicure:

L'Oréal Paris Nail Art | Beautiful Makeup Search

Be sure to check out all the summer manicures that my beauty friends created.


Top 10 Self-Tanners.


There is more than one way to get your glow on for summer. I talk about bronzers a lot. Just in case you missed any of that, here are my favorite drugstores bronzers, my favorite luxe bronzers and my favorite bronzers to fake a tan. Right now I am going to take that "faking a tan" a bit further and tell you about my top 10 favorite self-tanners. Self-tanners are an excellent way to get your glow on.

The 10 Best Self Tanners | Beautiful Makeup Search

1. Jergens Natural Glow FACE Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen
I use this every night on my face about an hour before I put on my night time moisturizer. The result is natural and gradual.

2. Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse
This dark brown tinted self-tanner has no self tanning scent at all. It is very easy to apply and delivers a very even, believable shade of golden brown.

3. Lancome Flash Bronzer
This bronze tinted self-tanning gel is great for when I need my legs darkened up in a flash. Color is developed in about 30 minutes.

4. Fake Bake 60 Minute Tan
This tinted self-tan liquid develops into a beautiful, natural looking tan in just 60 minutes. Accelerators speed up development time so a golden glow is achieved in an hour.

5. Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner
This very liquid self-tanning lotion applies very easily and dries in a few minutes. When I am in a rush, this is the self-tanner I apply.

6. Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel
This clear self-tanning gel wins for the best scent that never has that self-tanner smell. It is perfect to use before heading to the beach because it has no color, so won't streak, and the color develops gradually.

7. Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid
This great smelling tinted liquid applies with a mitt for a gorgeous, even tan. I like this one for my arms and chest.

8. Vani-T Velocity Rapid Self Tan Mist
This tinted liquid is sprayed onto skin and then spread with a mitt. It dries almost instantly and tan is developed very quickly. The longer you leave it on, the deeper the tan.

9. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
This daily lotion develops in to a very light, very natural gradual tan. It is more like a self-tan maintainer. I use it everyday, on my legs, in place of moisturizer.

10. Sun Laboratories Self Tanning Lotion
This creamy very brown tinted lotion applies and spreads easily. I love the cherry-almond scent.


Beautiful Bronzers from Physician's Formula.

When it comes to drugstore bronzers, Physician's Formula does it right -- in a big way. In fact, they have 30 different bronzers to choose from. You read that correctly; Physician's Formula has 30 different bronzers in their collection. There is a bronzer to suit every skin type, skin tone or mood.

Physician's Formula Drugstore Bronzers Review | Beautiful Makeup Search

I have seven different Physician's Formula Bronzers and they are all wear beautifully on the skin. The bronzer you choose is based upon what you are looking for in a bronzer. If you are looking for natural, matte, shimmery, glowy, etc. there is a bronzer for you here.

Take a look at the Physician's Formula bronzers that I have in my collection.

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil

This bronzer combines a powder, baked and cream bronzers for a perfect bronze glow. The result is not as nearly as metallic as it looks in the pan. It looks more like is a warm sunny golden glow on my skin.

Physician's Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil | Beautiful Makeup SearchBronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil

Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Baked Bronzer

This baked formula with a gold pearlescent center that adds a nice highlight to the bronze can be used wet or ry depending on the effect you desire. I use it dry with a fluffy brush for a natural glow or wet with a sponge for a more dramatic golden bronze. It is also infused with the Physician's Formula happy boost blend that is made up of special plant extracts that are shown to promote a feeling of happiness. I can sure use that from time to time.

Physician's Formula Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Baked Bronzer | Beautiful Makeup SearchHappy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Baked Bronzer

How-To-Wear™ Bronzer

This bronzer contains two perfectly coordinated shades to bronze and contour perfectly. In the back of the handy box is a contoured brush along with complete instructions (built right in so you never forget) showing how to apply perfectly. I really like this little box of bronze.

Physician's Formula How-To-Wear™ Bronzer | Beautiful Makeup SearchHow-To-Wear™ Bronzer

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Shimmer Veil

This is a golden bronze shimmer powder that you spray on. It is beautiful for creating a soft glow on the tops of cheekbones or for use on the shoulders and décolletage. I'll be spraying it on my daughter and all of her friends for prom tonight. I spray and then blend with a fluffy powder brush. Everyone who uses this glow-boosting powder loves it.

Physician's Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Shimmer Veil | Beautiful Makeup SearchBronze Booster Glow-Boosting Shimmer Veil

Sexy Booster™ Sexy Glow Bronzer

This bronzer contains a blend of both bronze and gold powders to offer up a soft, yet sexy subtle golden bronze. If you are looking to turn it up or turn it on with a bronzer, this is your pick. An unexpected plus is that this bronzer is scented with a warm vanilla fragrance and pheromones that entice the senses. How can you not love the packaging?

Physician's Formula Sexy Booster™ Sexy Glow Bronzer | Beautiful Makeup SearchSexy Booster™ Sexy Glow Bronzer

Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Illuminating Bronzing Veil

These little bronzed hearts in shades of bronze and gold give off a customized, pearly glow on my skin. I swirl a medium sized powder brush over the loose hearts and it picks up the right amount of bronzer each and every time. These also contain that happy boost blend to make you feel happy when wearing.

Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Illuminating Bronzing Veil | Beautiful Makeup SearchHappy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Illuminating Bronzing Veil

Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Bronzer SPF 30

I love this bronzer and it is perfect for everyday. It is gentle on the skin and contains sunscreen, which is always a plus. The formula of this bronzer is very soft and silky, and it appears airbrushed on the skin. It even blurs fine lines and wrinkles, which is always a great thing.

Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Bronzer SPF 30 | Beautiful Makeup SearchMineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Bronzer SPF 30

Physician's Formula bronzers range in price from $12.95 - $15.95, so they are definitely reasonable. Look for them in your favorite drugstore or mass retailer.


Top 10 Beauty Products for Summer.

It may not say summer on the calendar just yet, but the weather sure feels like it. Can you believe we just had our first heat wave in Massachusetts? It's crazy. Anyway, I am all about summer and summer beauty, of course. Summertime calls for a different kind of beauty routine and a lot of different products. Here is my list of Top 10 beauty products for summer and the specific products that I am using now.

Top 10 Beauty Products for Summer

1. Sunscreen - L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50+ Lotion

2. Self-Tanner - Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse

3. Primer - NARS Light Optimizing Primer

4. Tinted Moisturizer - Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

5. Bronzer - Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder

6. Long Wearing EyelinerUrban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil

7. Waterproof Mascara - Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius

8. Brighter Lipstick - MAC Flamingo Lipstick

9. Waterproof Deodorant - Secret Clinical Strength Waterproof Deodorant

10. Summer Scented Body Wash - Dial Coconut Water Ultra Fresh Hydration Body Wash

Be sure to see what some of my blogger friends have on their top 10 products for summer lists. All you have to do is click on the blog names below and be taken directly to their list.