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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Makeup & Muses: Summer Lovin'

Can you believe it's August already? As we hold on to these precious last days of summer (the official first day of fall is Sept. 22!), it's good to be sure that we are truly taking care of our skin. I thought it would be fun to share the makeup regimen (and tips) of others, especially when it comes to keeping your skin looking healthy in the summer heat.

This is a guest post written by my friend Anna

Now, I am by no means a makeup expert, but I often get asked how I kept my eyeliner from melting while swimming or how I keep my skin porcelain even while spending every day in the blistering Florida sun. So when my friend Cheryl (who also got me the modeling gig with Kathy LaDonna) asked me to write a guest blog about looking put-together in summer, I agreed.

We hear it all the time: Wear sunscreen! I’m 24, but I know it’s never too early to protect my skin. Besides burning easily, my skin is also very sensitive, which is why I moisturize with Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin. Its SPF is 15 and it’s oil free so no pores are clogged and your face feels baby-smooth while also being protected.

I’ve pretty much been broke my entire life, but about a year ago I bought my first makeup product from Sephora. I always tried to use cheaper eyeliner like Cover Girl, but even waterproof would raccoon-eyes after a long day. Then I heard about Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. Heaven!! A pencil is about $18 at Sephora, but the eyeliner stays on all day, even through swimming. I wear “Bourbon” almost every day because a natural brown goes with almost everything.
Along the same lines of skin protection, I’ve recently been using Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes. It acts as a concealer for dark circles and an eye cream, as well as providing SPF 20. Under the eyes is the most sensitive area on the face. The skin is the thinnest and most susceptible to wear-and-tear, which translates to crow’s feet. That’s why it’s important to get some good SPF and eye cream on the regular.

I’ve also tried every cheap mascara trying to find a solution to my sad blond eyelashes. I was about to break down and buy Dior Black Out mascara when I finally discovered L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara. A tube is about $9 and the two-step application process lengthens lashes 80 percent. What I like about this mascara is that it doesn’t rub off. It will never melt in the heat or darken your undereye, but removing the mascara is easy as 1, 2, 3. All you do is splash some warm water on your face and gently pull at your lashes. Another great thing about this mascara is that it generally won’t come off if you’re swimming. Just make sure to keep from rubbing your eyes.

As for lips, my mentality is: Whatever I have in my purse is what I’m wearing. And when it comes to foundation and powder, I’ve never really used it. And I’m still searching for the perfect blush/bronzer. If any of you have the perfect summer-proof foundation or blush let the rest of us know!




  1. Such a nice thing to have a guest author on your blogs! :)

    Great blog entry!!!

  2. great post! I love Olay moisturizers :)

    I'd suggest a tinted moisturizer if foundation isn't your thing :)

  3. Oooh these are awesome tips! I'm definitely going to check out that Olay moisturizer. :)

    PS. Cheryl: regarding your question on my poem, the form I used is called Google Poetry. Here is a link if you are interested in learning more about it!

  4. ive alwas wanted to buy urban decay, it quite expensive for me though :(

  5. Really wonderful makeup tips! Thanks for the guest blog post. :D I love Olay products.


  6. Love the make up post. I'm curious about the mascara; when tugging slightly at your eye lashes to remove it, do any of them come out?

  7. Love the 24/7 liners!

  8. great blog! oh to be a muse indeed!

  9. awesome post, love Olay products!

  10. Love that Olay product, it does work :) Great post!

  11. Shisheido foundation stick is fantastic!! It is on the pricer side but it really works great. They have a summer version that comes in several different levels of SPF. It's called Sun Protection Stick Foundation and I have mine in 36 SPF! :)

  12. wow i really enjoyed this post! thanks you so much.

    Blending Style, Beauty and Fashion

  13. I definitely want to try that eyeliner and possibly the mascara too. Great post, Anna!

    What do you use to wash your face?

  14. I love Urban Decay's cosmetics. A lot of them are fantastic! And plus they don't do animal testing :)

    Classy and Delicious

  15. I'm always on the lookout for a good concealer..I'll have to check out Neutrogena!

  16. Wow great post...I really learn a lot from this now putting this down on my list...

    take care love


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