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Summer-proof Your Makeup.

It's hot. Makeup melts. Not just in your car, it can melt on your face. Let's face it, that is not pretty. It takes a few extra steps to make sure makeup lasts all day, especially in the summer with the hot temperatures. To summer-proof my makeup, I use makeup primers. Not just on my face. I also use a primer for my eyes and my lips.

My summer time makeup primers.

Make it Last: The Best Makeup Primers

Face Primer

NARS Pore Refining Primer - $34.00
This oil-free makeup primer does not have the "normal" silicone feel of a primer to it. It feels like a light moisturizer that melts (this is when melting is good) into my skin. It instantly diminishes lines and pores as it perfects the way my makeup look. It also extends the wear and has my my makeup looking great as the day goes on.

Eye Primer

Too Faced Lemon Drop Shadow Insurance - $20.00
The brand's best-selling eyelid primer has been infused with a perfect lemon-yellow tone to neutralize redness as it helps eye makeup last. A tiny dab of this lightweight primer spreads over eyelids quick and easily as it sets shadow and keeps it in place for endless summer days and nights.

Lip Primer

BITE Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer - $22.00
This multi-tasking lip goodie adds staying power for a long-lasting, smudge-resistant pout. The translucent, natural base primes and conditions lips with a mint-flavored, cooling base to help lip color stay in place. The silky, weightless formula is made with jojoba and argan oil to naturally nourish lips too, so color is naturally retained longer too.


MAC Tropical Taboo Photos & Review.

When I first read about Tropical Taboo, I was super excited. You know I love MAC Summer Collections, and this mid-summer launch is simply beautiful. The Tropical Taboo collection is full of mineralize products that will have you glowing. With shades mostly in the pink and purple range, these beauties are hot, hot, hot.

MAC Tropical Taboo Photos & Review

MAC Tropical Taboo Photos & Review

Rio Mineralize Skinfinish is the perfect bronzer/highlighter shade for me. The bronze and pink shades look gorgeous on my lightly tanned skin, though it is too shimmery for all over my face. Caci loves this one. She has much darker skin than I do, and is obviously much younger and can wear shimmer. She dusts this over her cheekbones, chin, nose and forehead for the perfect and balanced glow.

MAC Tropical Taboo: Mineralize Skinfinish RioMAC Mineralize Skinfinish Rio

Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush is another one that is gorgeous on a tan. It is a brighter pink, though not too bright even on my skin, mixed with golden bronze. It is definitely more of a blush than it looks in the pan, with a soft hint of golden glow to it when applied.

MAC Tropical Taboo: Mineralize Blush Sweet SambaMAC Mineralize Blush Sweet Samba

The Mineralize Eye Shadows are gorgeous, though heavy on the shimmer as well. I have three of the shadows; Caribbean with shades of pink, Dare to Bare with shades of lavender, cream and gold, and Tropica with shades of light silver blue and purple. They are so pretty, though I don't see myself wearing Caribbean. Too much pink on my eyes just make me look sick. Tropica is beautiful and it really surprised me. It looks great with a light pink highlighter and then this all over my lid. My favorite has to be Dare to Bare, and my daughter and I are fighting over this one. It is the prefect soft wash of creamy gold and lavender that will look great on everyone. I take a large fluffy eye shadow brush and apply it all over, from my brow bone all the way down to my lid.

MAC Tropical Taboo : Mineralize Eye Shadow Caribbean, Dare to Bare, TropicaMAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Caribbean, Dare to Bare, Tropica

For lips, I have Cremesheen Glass in Japanese Spring and Narcissus. They are light and bright lavender respectfully. For these, I like to layer them, with Narcissus (the brighter shade) on first. Line and fill in lips with the Heroine Lip Pencil, and lips will be even brighter and last longer.

MAC Tropical Taboo : Cremesheen Glass Japanese Spring and Narcissus MAC Cremesheen Glass Japanese Spring, Narcissus

The only Mineralize Rich Lipstick I received was Lady at Play. While it doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the items from the collection that I received, this color is perfect for me. Described as a cool tangerine, it is more of a pinky orange on me. I love the balm like feel and semi-gloss finish of Mineralize Rich.

MAC Tropical Taboo: Mineralize Rich Lipstick Lady at PlayMAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Lady at Play

The full collection:

Mineralize Skinfinish - $30.00

  • Soft and Gentle - gilded peach bronze
  • Adored - coral with light beige pearl
  • Lust - pale pink with cranberry pearl
  • Rio - bronze with bright pink pearl
  • Gold Deposit - soft reflective golden bronze

Mineralize Eye Shadow - $21.00

  • Dare to Bare - light cream with gold pearl (frost)
  • Caribbean - rose with pink and red pearl (frost)
  • Tropica - silver blue with purple (frost)
  • Time to Tango - lavender with silver pearl (frost)
  • Cha-Cha-Cha - deep blue green with green pearl (frost)
  • Bossa Blue - royal blue with brown pearl (frost)

Mineralize Blush - $25.00

  • Sweet Samba - dark pink with tan pearl (frost)
  • Exotic Ember - orange with bronze pearl (frost)
  • Simmer - burnt rose with peach/gold pearl (frost)

Mineralize Rich Lipstick - $22.00

  • Luxe Naturale - light beige cream
  • Divine Choice - mid-tone cool pink cream
  • Lady at Play - mid-tone cool tangerine
  • Glamour Era - mid-tone warm brown frost
  • Midnight Mambo - intense violet

Cremesheen Glass - $20.00

  • Calypso Beat - pale neutral peach
  • Fever Isle - bright red coral
  • Japanese Spring - pale dirty pink
  • Narcissus - dirty eggplant

Lip Pencil - $15.00

  • Hip ‘n’ Happy - dirty blue pink
  • Have to Have It - soft warm beige
  • Ablaze - bright apricot
  • Heroine - bright purple

In Extreme Dimension Lash - $20.00

  • Black Extreme - black

Kohl Power Eye Pencil - $16.00

  • Feline - rich black
  • Orpheus - intense black with gold pearl

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection is available now at all MAC locations and online at


Makeup Wars: Summer Foundation.

My summer makeup routine is very different from the rest of the year. I like to go lighter all over, as in wear less (lighter) makeup, especially when it comes to foundation. I don't require the heavier coverage that I normally do in the winter, nor do I like it when it is hot out. I found that layering two products works best for me.

This summer I am layering Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream and It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation to get the perfect summer coverage and look for me.

Foundation + Powder for Summer | Beautiful Makeup Search

Moisture Surge CC Cream glides on over my skin as it protects it with SPF 30, which is obviously super important to have in your complexion perfector for summer. I like to apply the CC Cream with my fingertips. I start at the center of my face and blend out, sort of patting it into my skin. Alone, it offers beautiful, light coverage. It has a lightweight texture that is definitely breathable. After the CC Cream sets into my skin for a few minutes, I take a large fluffy powder brush and swirl it around into the Celebration Foundation. I brush it over my face, concentrating on my forehead, nose and chin, then onto my cheeks to and blend it all in. I don't use a ton of the powder, just enough to set the CC Cream, deepen the color a bit and blend everything together. Together, it lasts all through the day as it makes my skin look like a more perfect kind of natural for summer.

Take a look at what my beauty friends use to perfect their complexion in the summer.

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Mascara Monday: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara.

I am a big fan of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous line of mascaras. When I tried False Fiber Lashes Mascara, I was plenty excited. I love the look of flase lashes and do what I can to get that look without actually wearing them. And that is the point of this mascara.

You see, the power of False Fiber Lashes comes from two things - the brush and the formula.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara

The brush is slender, but full and thick with its slighly curved, cone shape. One coat and lashes are bold. Two coats and they are perfectly bold and bigger than you would expect.  Three coats, and you can start to get clumpy lashes, so be careful if you must, but stopping at just two coats is plenty of lash for me. My lashes look big and bold, almost fake, all day, with no smearing, flaking or clumping.

The formula is made up of dual-fibers, that utilizes a combination of super-fine nylon and rayon fibers. The ingenious mixture perfectly adheres to natural lashes, all the way from the root to tip, thanks to the special polymers in the formula. Lashes are lengthened and volumized, like you have probably never seen from just a mascara before. 

False Fiber Lashes sells for $8.95 at your favorite drugstore or mass retailer. Choose from the regular formula in Black, Blackest Black or Black Brown; or the Waterproof formula (perfect for summer) in Blackest Black or Black.