Summer Makeup & Beauty

My Shortlist Of Favorite Products And Styles

Summer makeup and beauty products gets better and better every season. There are new products designed to take the heat, that are skin friendly, can simulate sun kissed, provide vitamin D, are chocked full of vitamins and antioxidants, have fun packaging, and even waterproof.  

Thank you cosmetics industry R&D!

Check out some of this years great beauty innovation below.

Summer makeup style are all about fresh (and ideally with as little fuss as possible- summer is short enough without wasting time with makeup that really doesn't suit the season).   Light weight, skin showcasing, veils of color work best, feel best and look best.

photo summer makeup styleHey, but don't don't confuse makeup light in weight with light on style.  There is plenty of drama around every summer.

Summer makeup styles for 2012 show a carry over from trends of the spring; the nude face minimalist style, the natural face,  vintage pretty makeup, and modern dramatic graphic eye makeup via lining and bright colors.

Looking for a fresh faced, pretty, summer makeup style that still has a polished look, but is minus a lot of fuss?

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My Shortlist 2012

Wow, I am loving this lineup.  I have compiled a shortlist of the new and wonderful summer makeup and beauty products for this season, based on them being featured in beauty editorials,  impressive consumer reviews, old faithful award winning products and some new attention getting ideas.

important detail on productCOMMENTS PLEASE!

If you do decide to try out any beauty and/or summer makeup products on the list below I would love your feedback on your experience with them.  It's good for us all to share our take on new products so we can discern hype from truly great products, and apply our collective learning on products to come.  Thanks so much for your help on this!

number one on list of summer makeup Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

dr dennis gross self tanner pads

What is it?
A self tanner product.

For all you fair to medium skin maidens out there... this is the self tanner you have been waiting for! The feedback has been dramatic and this product has awards 'to boot';

What's so great about it?

In a nutshell, well known New York City dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, has developed easy to use, non streaking, anti-aging self tanner pads called Alpha Beta Glow Pads.

These multi tasking pads are pre- soaked in a formulation that includes exfoliating AHAs and BHAs (included in the name), active Vitamin D, Soy Proteins, Micro encapsulated HA and produces natural, believable, long lasting sun kissed color.

NEW In addition, his latest self tanner product  for applications to the body and has a trademarked ingredient that slows hair growth. 

More info. about Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads Self Tanner...

How much?
Face- 20 towelettes for $32.00 at, and
Body- 8 towelettes $45.00 at Sephora and

important detail on productYou can purchase in other quantities including a combination package of two applications for face and two applications for body for $14.00 (to try it out).

number two on list of summer makeupMineral Powder Sunscreen

mineral powder sunscreen pictureWhat is it?
Physical sunblock via mineral powder.

What's so great about it?

According to Sarah Brown's article "Summer Skin Savior: Sunscreen in a Brush" for Vogue Daily, you can brush on the sunscreen over top your makeup, undetected, producing a matte smooth finish (apply following makeup application not at start of skin care, which is then followed by makeup). There are formulations that even include a hint of bronze.1

It gets a thumbs up from dermatologists like Debra Jaliman, M.D. and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist. Physical blocks according to her, are "like wearing a shirt on your skin. You really get so much more protection." Not too mention they are and easy fit in your purse for reapplication.2

important detail on productMore on mineral powder sunscreens coming soon.

How much?

Vogue Daily article mentions:

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Instant Mineral in SPF 30 and SPF 45 finishing powders; $30.00 SPF30 and $32.00 SPF45
Sephora , and

Bare Minerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, in fair, medium and tanned skin tones $28 at Sephora.
Susan Posnick Colorflo SPF 26 Powdered Foundations and Bronzer $64 at

Ref 1,2; Sarah Brown,, Vogue Daily, Summer Skin Savior: Sunscreen in a Brush, May 2012.

number three on list of summer makeupGuerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter
in Sunny Pink

photo of guerlain's new blushWhat is it?
New 2012 summer makeup product, liquid cheek blush highlighter, from Guerlain.

What's so great about it?

We could go with just a short sweet explanation like it's made by Guerlain ( which means you can expect a gorgeous finish, and the highest quality ingredients)
OR I could add that this liquid format combines pigments of pink and orange with mother-of-pearl to create the ultimate, sculpted sun kissed glow.

Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter 02 Sunny Pink.

I will also recommend Guerlain's premium, but well worth the splurge, award winning powder bronzer.  I use it almost all year round for a healthy radiant looking complexion.  You can build the bronzing effect for more dramatic color, and it is so easy to use with a nice big dome bronzer brush.  There are eight shades to choose from ( I used number 03 and I am fair to medium skin tone wise).
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 03 0.35 oz

How much?

You can find it at Sephora for $41.00.

number four on list of summer makeupDior Five Color Eyeshadow Aurora

summer makeup aurora by diorWhat is it?
Latest five eyeshadow palette for summer 2012 with colors inspired by the French Riviera.

What's so great about it?

Design house Christian Dior continues to have great success with their makeup line Dior. The five color shadow palette is one of their big successes with their gorgeous combinations of highly pigmented, long wearing, smudge proof, easy glide on eyeshadow shades.

This summer makeup 2012 color theme was inspired by the chic French Riviera.  This palette, Dior 5-Rouletted Eyeshadow 654 Aurora, includes a spectacular combination of earthy metallics and a cool iridescent pink.

How much?

Sephora carries Dior and this shadow palette is $60.00 (Sorry to list another splurge prestige item, but Aurora could not be missed).

number five on list of summer makeupTarte Waterproof Eye Makeup

tarte waterproof eyelinerWhat is it?
Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Mascara, that is waterproof, launched for Summer 2012

What's so great about it?

Tarte continues their brilliant innovation this summer with waterproof summer eye makeup lineup that includes cream eyeshadows, eyeliner and brow pencils.

Add to this the American Lifeguard Association Inc.'s seal of approval for perfect waterproof wear.  They don't run, smudge or migrate south.

Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner Plum 0.056 oz eye liner in particular, has my attention with fabulous customer reviews (shown above).

Eye liner colors include golden black, bronze, plum, charcoal, brown, navy, olive and fig. They are formulated with beeswax, and mineral pigments. They are minus mineral oil, paraben, phthalates,sodim lauryl sulfate, and they are cruelty free, tested by dermatologists.

How much?

$25.00 at Sephora

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Summer Hair

Looking for those carefree beachy waves?... According to professional hair stylist and curl expert, Wendy Iles, the trick to "Sexy, natural-looking waves.." is to understand they are not uniform.1 "The 2012 Genius Awards".

Wendy's preferred tool for this look is a one-inch flatiron which she then works varied size sections of hair, turning the iron, twisting the hair as it slides though the plates.

These are the products in her "Kit"; Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray; N.4 Jour d'automne Texture Styling Crème (to smooth dry ends); GHD one-inch Gold Professional flatiron (this item is a very pricey tool to consider so here is an option by Gold N'Hot .

Summer Nails

This is pure fun that can't be missed... adding playful, bright, chic, sexy, whatever  summer color style mode you choose.  Most of the year I do my own manicures and pedicures, however, spring/summer transition is the time of year I treat myself ( they bring out special power tools that take care of details that need some serious persistence). 

Consider treating yourself to a mani/pedi or easily D.I.Y. with the help of Tweezerman, Buter, Essie, and many more are easy to find at (image links below) and Sephora.

butter nail polish tweezerman tweezerman file
Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer Cheeky Chops
Tweezerman Zip File  Tweezerman Sole Mates Dual Sided Foot File
Hair Removal

New on the scene and produced by Olay is this easy to use facial hair remover duo which includes a Skin Guarding Balm and Hair Removal Cream. Bright sunny conditions can really bring unwanted attention to facial hair.  To have an effective, easy D.I.Y. convenient method of removing such hair is, of course, ideal (we make enough appointments don't we?).

I am personally going to give Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo Kit a try and I will give you feedback (I have been looking for a more gentle alternative to wax).

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These are my summer makeup and beauty picks. What about yours? I would love to hear what products you shift to every summer, and they don't have to be award winning famous (just working for you:-).

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