My Beauty Favorites Week of August 17-23, 2015

It may be the end of summer, but it is still pretty warm out!  I went to the zoo today with my family, and I had to make sure I had my SPF!  I know, though, that my simple summer make up regimen is going to become more intensive as fall rolls around.  That’s okay, I am ready for it!

My faves this week include a fresh facial cleanser, a gorgeous highlighter, a primer sampler set, a brow marker, and hair care that will give you beachy end of summer waves!

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser ($32 USD) — This antioxidant rich formula exudes a light strawberry aroma, which brightens the skin and the senses without overpowering. When applied to face and left to sit for 5-10 minutes (before rinsing), this complexion clearer acts as an exfoliating mask. It gently removes makeup without stripping the skin of necessary nutrients. It’s also a great formula for cleaning makeup brushes!

What I think: This cleanser has a light, natural fragrance, which I love.  It isn’t overpowering at all.  It cleanses really well without leaving my skin dry.  My skin glows after use!

Available at

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders
Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Audrey ($29 USD) — Whether you’re going to a breakfast at Tiffany’s or taking a Roman Holiday this will be the highlight for you. Inspired by one of the world’s most celebrated Hollywood icons, this Star Powder will make you feel your prettiest. Audrey is a warm champagne gold that is reflective and high shine. Build it up for an intense glow or dust it lightly on your cheekbones for a subtle sheen. Pure pigment and an ultra smooth and blendable formula will make this your go-to highlight.

Also available in Lucy, a rosy hue and Marilyn, a golden powder.

What I think:  This is so pretty!  It’s has an almost creamy texture and it is perfect for the new strobing trend, where you intensely highlight your cheekbones to create a contour.  By “popping” the cheekbones, the face looks slimmer.  This is shimmery, but yet subtle too.

Available online via


mashbox Travel-Size Products
Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority

Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority ($28 USD, a $53 Value) –  See why Smashbox is the primer authority with this collection of our superstar primers in irresistible try-me sizes! These are infused with vitamins A & E, grape seed extract, and green tea.

Photo Finish Primer Water
Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer
Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Photo Finish Foundation Primer

What I think:  I have tested the Photo Finish Primer Water and the Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I love how light the primer water feels, and it is really effective, my makeup stays on for a while.  The Photo Finish Foundation primer feels really silky on and makeup last all day!

Purchase at

TouchBack Brow Marker
TouchBack Brow Marker

TouchBack Brow Marker ($19.99  USD) –Achieve bold, full eyebrows with TouchBack Brow Marker. This patented marker lasts all day and won’t rub off. The fine tip is designed to deposit the perfect amount of color for even, natural-looking coverage. Comes in the following shades: Soft Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Blonde, Auburn.

What I think: Dark Brown is my perfect match and it blends in effortlessly into my brow hair.  It gives a really natural look as it defines my brows.  My makeup also looks more finished with perfect brows!

Purchase at

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray<!–
–> ($5.49 USD) –Get an effortlessly sexy, undone beach look all year-long – no matter when and where.  This non-sticky formula, infused with Sea Kelp Extract, helps you create a sexy, full-bodied, tousled style in every strand.  Featherlight polymers give you a natural-looking, sexy style without salty stiffness.

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee<!–
–> ($6.29 USD) — Add soft control and definition to your Perfectly (un)Done style, when and where you need it. This lightweight gelee helps define and control waves, without being heavy, greasy or sticky. So your waves can move naturally, yet always stay in control.

What I think:  Sea salt sprays are usually so spendy, but this one is affordable and it works.  I spray it on damp hair and air dry it.  My hair looks beach and wavy.  For extra curl, ad a bit of the gelee, twist hair and dry.  Hair is curly, shiny and not sticky!

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

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