Thursday’s Fab Five

DC is hot, hot, hot! No really, it’s been hot af with no rain in sight. Argh. Anyway, here are some of my recent warm weather faves I’ve been reaching for on the reg!

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen SPF 30, $9

It’s pool & beach season, which means we all need to apply, and reapply, the SPF! This is my favorite sunscreen because it’s spray, so it is easy to apply, and 30 is just enough SPF for me to get a decent tan and not burn. I reapply often especially if I’m in the water a lot, but I love that it doesn’t smell weird or give me any sticky feeling. It’s on sale at Ulta right now, so stock up for the summer! They also have Beach Defense in 70 and 100 SPF if you want to block out all signs of the sun!

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Benefit Cosmetics Cabana Glama

I’m a huge Benefit fan, I love their mascara, concealer, blushes, and highlighters, so why wouldn’t I love a perfect looking summery palette?! 
Nobody likes wearing a lot of makeup during the summer, which is why I love the Cabana Glama palette so much…aside from of course, it’s fabulous name.  It has your summer makeup essentials without going overboard in any way.
First, you have your Some Kind-A Gorgeous foundation, a cream to powder that is perfect for summer months.  You don’t feel like you’re wearing foundation, yet you have an even coverage that will cover any minor skin issues you may be experiencing at the moment.

Benefit Cabana Glama, $18
Next, the eyeshadow palette has three colors that, in my opinion, scream natural beach-y glam.  The pink looks amazing with the other two bronze shadows.  You can opt for a light and natural look with Peach Fizz and Bronze Buzz, or take it up a notch with the darker brown, Cocoa Pizzazz, for some dramatics.

Peach Fizz, Bronze Buzz, Cocoa Pizzazz
Lastly, follow up with the Hoola bronzing powder to give yourself a sun-kissed glow, and apply cult favorite Posietint to cheeks and lips for a bright and natural flush.
I. love. Cabana. Glama.
It’s seriously all you need for summer, I use it every time I’m going to a relaxing happy hour, and I used it before brunch this weekend.  I know I look bright and fresh, and have a natural summer glow.

PS: This palette is currently on sale!  It was originally $36 but is now only $18 on Benefit’s website!

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Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer

I’m a naturally pale girl, so I love all types of bronzer, obviously.  I usually use a matte bronzer, NARS Laguna to be exact, but lately I’ve been wanting some extra shimmer so I turn to Lorac’s TANtalizer Baked Bronzer.
The first aspect that really drew me to this product is that it is a baked bronzer, it has a beautiful gold glittery swirl that gives you a gorgeous bronze glow.  Added bonus, I also use this as a body bronzer…that compact has a whole lot of product, so don’t worry about running out quickly.
If you don’t know how you feel about the shimmer aspect, that’s understandable, it’s super easy to use this product has a cheek bone highlighter too (as long as you’re careful, a little goes a long way)!
Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer, $32 
In the summer months I know we all worry about our makeup sliding off our faces, I honestly have had no issues with the TANtalizer slowly disappearing during the day…it stays put and looks great.  & as I mentioned above, I really love using TANtalizer as a body bronzer as well, I just dust it across my chest and shoulders and it gives me a healthy illuminating sheen.
Hm, lastly, I also love the TANtalizer’s compact, it opens on the bottom to a nice little brush…it’s perfect for when you’re on the go and need to glam up real quick. 
Have a great Wednesday! XO 

NARS Laguna Bronzer

NARS Laguna Bronzer has def become a staple product in my makeup bag.  I’m already on my third one, and I only started using it this summer (well, in Jersey we’re known to OD on our bronzer…but whatever).  Seriously though, I’m obsessed with this bronzer, it’s without a doubt the best one I’ve ever used.  I used to use Lorac, but it was too shimmery for me, I prefer matte or just a littleeee tinyyyy bit of shimmer.
I also find this really easy to use as a blush too without looking to dark, streaky, or just plain weird.  It goes on so smoothly and doesn’t leave any dark marks or make ya look orange.  Perfect!  Also, added bonus, it seriously complements all skin tones, tan and fair.  I haven’t been getting my routine spray tan, no time =[, but I can still use it and it looks great!  On the other hand, if you’re tan, just keep building it up…it goes on thin so just add a couple of layers and you’ll be bronzed and ready to go.
NARS is sold in all department stores, and of course…here on Sephora!
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