Shopping Girls usually feel the need for a refresher when Summer approaches.
Fresh hair style…
But perhaps most of all, a Shopping Girl is revitalized and awakens to Summer-time life by updating her cosmetics to suit her uplifted spirit.
Julep is an online fav for their monthly Beauty Box subscriptions. Offering gorgeous and fashion-forward nail polish and cosmetics, which you can also buy separately, Julep is committed to high quality and stylish products. This Summer, Julep features a universally flattering lip duo for Summer: The Sipping Pink Lemonade Lip Set. Included is the Primrose Way Butter Hydrating Lip Sheer Stick, along with the Sheer Moisturizing Gloss in Charming-Sheer Mauve.
For chapped lips, try Julep’s Your Lip Addiction Tinted Lip Oil Treatment. Soothe your lips throughout the day while still wearing a hint of color in one of three shades, Covet (pink), Obsessed (red), or Crave (coral orange). Or choose the Clear shade for a natural shiny finish that feels weightless, non-sticky, and soothing.
When shifting from a sunset beach to a restaurant or nightclub, the last thing a Shopping Girl wants to hassle with is cosmetics. She wants to dress up her look–as long as she can do it quickly and comfortably; after all, her skin has been exposed to the salt air and sunshine all day long. Trust Julep to provide a perfectly packable kit to accomplish a fantastic Summer-night eye look that works on anybody. Check out their Bonfire Party kit designed for Summer 2018:
Featuring two eyeshadow sticks from their Eyeshadow 101 Creme-To-Powder collection, one in Taupe Shimmer-Cool Beige Shimmer, the other in Putty-Pale Blush Matte, the kit finishes up a smoldering smoky eye look with the When Pencil Met Gel Longlasting Eyeliner Pencil in Smoky Plum-Deep Blackberry Frost.
What about a Summer mascara? Did you know that waterproof mascara might actually be the wrong choice for you? If you plan to swim, waterslide, or splash in the sprinklers with the kids, waterproof mascara might be the way to go. However, what if your Summer-day plans include hiking, biking, or standing in amusement park lines in the hot Sun? Then waterproof mascara will probably not be your best choice. Why not? Because, as you sweat, the oils in your skin will do the same job that a waterproof makeup remover will do; that is, remove your waterproof mascara. So, your Summer mascara arsenal should include two different types: One for water activities, and one that is smudge-proof, for sun-filled activities where you might be sweating more.
One of the most highly rated waterproof mascaras out there is made by the awesome cosmetics company, Urban Decay. Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara is a great Summer choice because it provides a natural looking tinted lash (add a second coat if you want more volume). Users rave that it is lightweight, comfortable, doesn’t clump, holds a curl very well, and performs perfectly under duress, that is, in wet and humid conditions. Reviewers also note that you’ll want to be sure to have suitably potent makeup remover on hand in order to get it off!
For smudge-proof mascara, one of the most popular brands is The Volume Mascara by Kevin Aucoin. Reviewers note that this mascara provides a dramatically longer, fuller looking lash, stays on through just about anything, yet it is easy to remove with plain warm water.
What about foundation, blush and powder? Many Shopping Girls pass on these at least part of the time, since Summer weather and activities tend to give a Shopping Girl a naturally pretty glow. However, Sun exposure is a concern, and shiny skin can be problematic when it’s hot. A great do-it-all option that is easy to carry and use is Tarte’s Tarteguard Mineral Powder Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Designed in a pretty magenta tube with a built-in brush, you just push the button on the bottom to dispense some of the powder into the brush, remove the cap, and brush the powder onto your face or body, wherever you’d like the benefit of a mineral-based SPF 30 sunscreen. The power is a neutral color so it won’t clash with your skin tone or other cosmetics.
During the Summer, try softening the effect of your favorite blush and adapting it to your Summer skin tone: You can lighten up by mixing your blush with some of your face powder (or a neutral powder). Apply it with a larger powder brush instead of a blush brush. This will give you a gentle, diffused effect that will look very natural. If you are tanned, try the same thing using a tawny, deeper colored face powder to mix with your blush.
Another must-have item for Summer is a tiny packet of blotting papers. If you haven’t yet discovered these, they will become a year-round necessity in your cosmetics bag. Blotting papers are small pads of tiny sheets of special paper which will, when pressed against your face, absorb excess oil, dust and dirt, without disrupting your makeup. Some blotting papers are coated with powder to further enhance the effect. Expensive ones aren’t more beneficial than affordable brands, but may feature a scent, tint or texture you prefer. Run out of blotting papers and in desperate need? Desperate times call for desperate measures, so here is a somewhat strange tip for such times: Find the nearest ladies restroom and grab a toilet seat cover from the dispenser. Fold or tear it to size, and blot away. Yes, these are basically the same thing as blotting papers, and they do a better job than something like a plain tissue will!
Many Shopping Girls have been moving away from potentially harsh or dangerous ingredients in cosmetics. Nail polishes can be some of the worst offenders, but Summer apparel, with more exposure and less emphasis on accessories such as jewelry, means it’s the best time of the year for decorating your toes and fingertips. Turning to our friends at Julep, we can score gorgeous, high quality nail polishes that are truly flattering AND safer for us, the environment, and our animal friends (no animal testing!) For Summer, you can’t beat Julep’s Lottie, an ultra-bright white crème finish. It features a fast-drying formula with a breakthrough “Oxygen Technology” that provides for healthier, more beautiful nails. If white isn’t your nail polish shade of choice this Summer, don’t worry, because Julep carries every possible shade you can imagine.
One of the things to remember about your Summer look is that it can be completely natural, no cosmetics needed! Or it can go bright and fun. The extremes somehow find balance blessed by the bright spirit and lighting that the Summer season brings. Let it be about your self-exploration and self-expression.