Saturday, June 2, 2012

May Favorites/Summer Loves

One of My favorite kind of posts are monthly (or any kind of) favorites. These products were my most reached items and I will also continue to use these throughout the summertime! Southern California is already reaching the high 80's/90's so on days when it's that miserably hot, I often wear no makeup. Just apply some SPF lotion/cream (whichever I have on hand-I have several sample sizes I received when I bought my Sun Kit at Sephora last month) and my Garnier BB cream that also has SPF.

Since it is June, these are some products that I picked up a lot last month-and will probably keep using throughout the hot season!

L-R (counter clockwise) NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer,Murad Absolute Bronzing Booster,
Garnier Skin Renewal B.B. Cream 
Tinted Moisturizers/Bronzing Boost
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream SPF 15 (Medium/Deep- I purchased this as soon as it became available here in the states, and I love it! I have to agree with the many reviews I've read that have complained about the TWO color choices. When I first tried it, it looked a bit grayish, but the coverage was perfect. I'm about a NC40-42 right now and it is too light for me, but not enough to get me to stop wearing it!

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 30)  Along with half of the blogosphere (or so it seemed), I couldn't wait for this TM from NARS to come in!! This has been reviewed everywhere-I know because I read most of them! I waited until Sephora had it's Chic Week (15%) sale and if I was going to take the plunge on the $42 price tag, I should wait until it was on sale. I matched myself to Annapurna simply because I had previously tried the color below it, St. Moritz, and noticed that it made me look ashy. Annapurna was a touch too dark, but I knew by summer it'd be the perfect match. (I should also note I had been using a skin lightener-an OTC hydroquinone face cream for some hyper-pigmentation I had on my cheeks). The cream didn't seem to lighten the spots a whole lot-but rather my whole face!  I've stopped using all over and just apply on my dark spots. I love the coverage of the NARS TM. The way it sinks into my skin feels divine. I love the east to travel flip up tube. I don't have to use too much. It does leave a glowy-inesson the skin, so I like to dust a bit of powder over it (Usually just to my t-zone). I can see this getting used a lot this summer!

Last, but not least, Murad Hybrids Absolute Bronzing Boost SPF15:  This is toted as an "oil-free facial bronzer that evens out skin tone'. A little goes a looong way! this is the perfect liquid bronzer for a glowy, sun kissed all over look! I'll usually add a drop or two to whichever TM/BB cream I'm using. This evens out the grayish color of the Garnier BB Cream, when mixed in, and is a great match for my skin!

L to R (sorry for the blurry pictures!) Murad, Garnier, Nars
(with Flash)

Same line up, blended.


I'm no where near done listing my May/Summer Faves....but since it's such a long list, i'm going to do them in separate posts!











14 comments:

  1. Great post! Rachel has just bought the Nars tinted moisturiser and she loves it too. x

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    1. Thanks Elaine and Rachel! I actually returned the TM the first time I bought it but had to give it a second go!

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  2. I need this Nars Tinted Moisturiser - everyone seems to have tried it and loved it!
    x

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    1. Hi Victoria! I'd def recommend everyone try it!

      Thanks for commenting! I'm a huge fan of your blog :))

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  3. Congrats on starting a new blog sweetie!! I wish you many great ideas and clever words to write them haha :). I can't wait to see more ;).

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    1. Thanks Anca! it's going slowly, but going!

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  4. Hmmm, I don't think we have that Murad liquid bronzer here but there are others - adding a drop sounds like the perfect cure for mismatched foundations!

    And you're so lucky that you can go out makeupless on those hot days. My skin's gotten a lot better in the past month but I still feel better with some base on. :x

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    1. Hi Liz!! I like the Murad liquid bronzer-I actually think the Clinique up-lighting Liquid Illuminator is a good dupe for it. It def is great for mixing too light (and even to dark) foundations!

      I wish i was lucky enough to look decent without makeup, but at my age, I figure, eh-if i look scary sans makeup everyone should look at their own risk;)

      x

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  5. I'm gradually becoming obsessed with NARS- first I bought the multiple in Orgasm (totally worth all the hype) and then a friend got me the night series eye shadow palette- such amazing products! I'll have to try this next!

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    1. Not sure how I've not tried a NARS Multiple yet!!? It's def on my list for my next NARS purchase for sure!! Thanks for the comment-I love your blog!

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  6. I've just got the Nars Tinted Moisturiser and I love it too, it has great staying power!
    Rachel x

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    1. Hi Rachel=) I agree, I am loving it!

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  7. I got the Garnier one too and for some reason, it's not doing much for me!

    I may try the NARS!


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  8. I've heard that about the Garnier. I def don't consider it a true BB cream, but I like it for Tinted Moisturizer. I would recommend a sample of the NARS TM=)

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