My Beauty Favorites Week of June 29-July 5, 2015

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  I love this time of year, but it is hot!  I love finding fun summer makeup that won’t meltdown and that is on trend.

Below, find some of my new faves that help me achieve an easy and long-lasting summer look:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed ($29.00 USD) — Instantly erase the appearance of your pores and fine lines. This is your award-winning airbrushed silk anti-aging finishing powder now in a pressed formula. This talc-free hydrating powder is created to give your skin a flawless finish with the sweep of a brush.

Formulated with anti-aging ingredients including peptides, real silk, hydrolyzed collagen, and the optically blurring Drops of Light Technology, this powder was created to erase the look of pores and other skin imperfections. This talc-free pressed powder is translucent and buildable, perfect for touch-ups throughout the day!

What I think: I’m a big fan of the original Bye Bye Pores loose powder.  The pressed powder is just as good, but is easier to carry along.  The powder itself gives my skin a finished look and doesn’t settle in fine lines or wrinkles.  It makes my skin look smooth and minimizes the appearance of my pores.

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Palladio The Definer Contour and Highlight Duo
Palladio The Definer Contour and Highlight Duo

Palladio The Definer Contour and Highlight Duo ($8 USD) — Two-sided, super-soft contouring jumbo crayon. The perfect tool for defining, refining and highlighting facial features, this unique crayon includes a highlighting shade to illuminate and soften, and a darker contour shade to accentuate and define features.

What I think:  Contouring is the big thing right now and I think it can be a great tool to have to make certain areas of the face look thinner.  But, if overdone, it can look a little 80’s soap queen!  This duo has very soft pencils the blend really easily. It gives a subtle contour that I really like.  And it is so affordable.  The highlighter is pretty under the eyebrow and on top of cheekbones.

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Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint SPF 30
Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint SPF 30

Rodial Instaglam Skin Tint SPF 30 ($45 USD) — A lightweight tinted moisturizer with the added benefit of SPF 30 protection, designed to provide medium, buildable coverage for a flawless, even toned complexion. Available in four shades: Capri, Hamptons, St Barts and Rio, the Instaglam Skin Tint contains hyaluronic acid and hydromanil to increase the skin’s moisture levels for long-lasting hydration and soft supple skin.

What I think: This is a nice compo of moisturizer, SPF and color, which is great in the summer when you want to use less products to get out the door faster! It’s very lightweight and sinks in quickly. The coverage is medium, which is perfect for summer.  Heavy makeup isn’t fun in the heat!

Available July at and Planet Beauty stores nationwide

SKINDINAVIA Makeup Primer Spray ($35 4 fl. oz.) – The first silicone-free makeup spray primer on the market. Silicone is so slippery it can actually make your makeup “pool” into pores. Our primer has been clinically shown to reduce pore size, redness and users also noticed fewer breakouts and balanced sebum production over 4 weeks, it’s like you’re misting the equivalent of green juice, let’s say, on your skin every single day that helps your it rebound and counteract the effects of talcs, foundation, etc. See image and clinical results below. (Happy to fill you in on all the science/technology behind our proprietary formula!)

SKINDINAVIA Makeup Finishing Spray ($35 4 fl. oz.) – The only makeup spray to be clinically-proven to extend makeup wear for 16+ hours. Used by Lady Gaga, Fergie on tour; I can put you in touch with this celebrity makeup artist!

What I think: I have tried the primer before and love it.  It is quick and easy to use, and provides a smooth canvas for makeup.  The setting spray was new to me, but I like how you just spritz it on, and makeup last all day!

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Lipstick Queen Endless Summer SPF 15 Collection
Lipstick Queen Endless Summer SPF 15 Collection

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer SPF 15 Collection ($22 each) — Enriched with Vitamin E and natural oils, these glossy, super-nourishing, surf-inspired lipsticks keep lips intensely moisturized while broad spectrum sunscreen protects against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. With shade names Aloha, Hang Ten, Perfect Wave and Stoked, the Endless Summer collection of moisturizing and SPF 15 lipsticks are sunshine in a tube!

What I think: I have tried Aloha, which is a sheer red.  It’s really pretty, but I was pleasantly surprised at how moisturizing it is.  It feels like a lip balm, but really gives a nice color.  I love the SPF, too.  Burnt lips are no fun!

Available now at, and Space NK Stores nationwide

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