Tips for Minimal, Fresh, Natural Summer Makeup

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I’m always looking for a few tips and tricks to keep my makeup fresh, natural, and above all else, minimal in the Summer. Who wants to wear tons of foundation and eye makeup when it’s humid and sticky outside? I’m sure you agree minimal is where it’s at when the temperature is tipping into the 80’s and 90’s.

Check it below for some tips to keep makeup on the low down this Summer!

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For my look above I kept it really minimal. Here’s what I used:

Face:
Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist
Korres Face Primer
Stila Convertible Color in Poppy

Eyes:
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer
Shu Uemura Lash Curler

Lips:
Clarins Instant Gloss

  • Go Without Foundation

I know I’m crazy right? Go without foundation? Nuts! But I highly suggest going without if you can pull it off and truly if your skin is fairly clear you shouldn’t have a problem doing so.

Try out these simple tips for getting glowing skin.

  • Scrub, Scrub, Scrub!

Exfoliate your skin in the shower or at the sink in the morning. In the Summer, I always prefer exfoliating my face in the morning as it gives my skin a certain fresh, glow that lasts almost all day plus it makes it easier to go without foundation. Try a gentle exfoliator such as Philosophy Microdelivery. Gentle scrubs are best as they shed dead skin cells and don’t dry skin out. If you’re sensitive and can’t stand the though of a scrub try out Cargo Polishing Clothes to get skin glowing!

  • Light Moisturizer

You’re not going to want to use a heavy moisturizer on your face in the Summer. I tend to get oily if I go to heavy with moisturizer so I’ve been using Korres Primer as my moisturizer if I want to keep things minimal or a moisturizing mist or toner. Try out primers that aren’t silicon based but have a water base for a moist, dewy finish. If your skin is oily but you desire a bit of moisture try misting with a moisturizing toner of some kind.

  • Tint It!

If you fear heading out of the house naked, try out a tinted moisturizer or a lighter foundation. If your skin is slightly dull or you have uneven skin tone you can easily redeem it with a light tinted moisturizer or foundation. My favorite picks for tinted moisturizer Laura Mercier’s and DuWop. If you aren’t a fan of tinted moisturizers try a light foundation such as Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation or if you have oily skin try out Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau for a matte finish.

  • It’s All In The Eyes

Goops of mascara and tons of eye makeup hold little appeal when it’s hot outside. For a fresher look try ditching it all! I find if I concentrate much of my time on my eyes and concealing them correctly that my entire face is radiant. Use a pigmented concealer to blend away dark circles, tired eyes, fine lines, and puff. Top with a very fine layer of powder to set and you’ll be golden all day. Prepped and primed eyes will make your face look ten years younger and you’ll look and feel your best! If you’re daring you can even go mascara-less! Forget mascara and curl your lashes up with a good curler. Press and hold for a minute or more for longer, fuller lashes. Tuck your curler in your makeup bag for quickie touch ups through out the day. No icky mascara to deal with to make lashes heavy just simple, fresh doe eyes.

  • Flush With Healthy Color

Put your powders away and haul out your creams and stains for long wearing color. Flush cheeks with popping shades of cheek stain or creamy long wearing cream blushes. I find that tacky, sticky cream blushes wear best in Summer and longest. If you’re wanting to go waterproof head for stains as they’ll last all through a day at the pool or beach. I find that stains and cream blushes not only give a healthy burst of color to cheeks but also light my face up so it’s barely noticeable if I’m going foundation-less.

  • Don’t Over Do Your Lips

Wearing layers of lipstick does not appeal in the Summer sun. Try to lighten it up with balms, color changing glosses, and simple glosses. Clarins has a color changing gloss that makes lips slick with just a hint of pink as does Too Faced and Smashbox. Try out these glosses for a very simple look. Try a lighter moisturizing lipstick like Lipstick Queen Medieval for a touch of color without a weighted down formula.

Above All Else, Don’t Forget Your SPF!

I hope you enjoyed some of these Summer tips for keeping your makeup minimal and fresh during the hot, humid weather. Feel free to share your tips for a fresh, glowing face in the comment box!

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Summer Loving Giveaway: Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation Giveaway

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If you’re lemming the new Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder Foundation here’s your chance to get some. I have a brand new, much coveted foundation from the Urban Decay’s Fall Collection for 2009 to give away!

Place your name and email address in the widget below for your chance to win one of two shades. The winner’s shade is Hallucination which is for lightly tanned skin tones.


The contest is open to everyone including worldwide readers, the winner will be randomly selected next Monday and contacted via email.

Good luck!

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Hauled It: The Body Shop Cosmetics

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Several days ago I was telling you The Body Shop had a super sale going on with it’s cosmetics. Online all Body Shop Cosmetics were 3 for $10, pretty sweet deal. I passed The Body Shop last week and ran across their sale display and check it, the deal is sweeter in store. The sale is 5 for $10 bucks in store, likey! They had a whole lot of everything in the store I went to which was surprising as at these prices you’d think it would either be all destroyed or long gone. Guess the economy even stops us from great sales at this point, how sad.

Although much of what was offered I either wasn’t into or had already I still dug around in the bins and came up with a few bits and bobs I hauled home with me!


Jump ahead for my Body Shop haul!

I honestly only seen one item I truly wanted in the sale bins which was The Body Shop RoseFlower Blush in 02. I already have 01 and it’s a tad bit sheer but this is a bubbly rose shade that I absolutely fell for at my first glance when it popped onto the scene. I’m happy to have nabbed it on sale. The original price was $20 and they had it marked down for $10 bucks or pick 5 items for $10. I only wanted the blush but since it was pick 5 items for $10 bucks I thought of it as just getting the other four items for free.


I ended up getting the following bits and bobs.

Body Shop Lipstick in some unknown color, looks like maybe it was released last Summer? Not sure. It’s a metallic burnt orange shade, quite pretty really for Summer.


I snatched up one of the Spring shades from the Moroccan Rose Collection which I actually have but decided to double up on as these lippies were really special.


The Body Shop Liquid Lip Color in 03? Not much help shade wise but it’s a rather pretty maroon that will look lovely in the Fall or Winter.


And The Body Shop Lip Click Gloss in a very, very pretty metallic red shade which dupes MAC Royal Romp rather nicely.


I was pretty impressed with the offerings and the great price tag. The Body Shop’s semi-annual sale was particularly great this year for hauling bath and body products or cosmetic items. Def head in store for a peek at what’s left in your shop as it’s ending soon.

Anyone haul from The Body Shop?

What steals and deals did you end up with?

Tell the Muse!

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Review and Swatches of Frigid, Ruthless, and FreakShow

Urban Decay Fall Collection coming out you fall force with three brand new vibrant shades of Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow! Oh joy! I can’t recall the last release of colors in the deluxe shadow range so I’m all about experiencing the three newest shade that were released early for the Fall collection. The three shades are available now on Urban Decay’s website if you’re impatient as the Muse to own them and will be released at Sephora towards the end of the month!


The three Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow shades are Frigid, FreakShow and Ruthless.

Click below for a lookiee at these new shades and keep it tuned here for some FOTD’s using the new shades later this week!

Deluxe shadows are sure to please anyone who isn’t a glitter/shimmer lover. Considering many of Urban Decay Eyeshadow’s in their normal range are either loaded with shimmer (Loves it!) or matte it’s difficult to be inbetween the two which is where deluxe shadow comes into play. Smooth, velvety, easy to blend, and plenty pigmented these are sure to please those who aren’t keen on a shimmer or matte finish.


Sporting brand new graffiti pop art packaging the shadows are all quite loud and outrageous for Fall (aside from Ruthless which is very Fall-themed in color). I’m thinking two of the three will work wonders as a smudged up liner rather than an all over lid color. I look forward to seeing some images or face charts from Urban Decay with looks for Fall ’09.

Ruthless is a pretty fawn shade with a smooth, buttery finish that blends beautifully. It’ll look incredible with a deeper espresso liner shade for a brown smoky eye look.


If you’re about purple Freakshow and Frigid are sure to please. These goth shades of purple take the color to a deep, slightly forbidden level and should make eyes up for a mysterious Fall look. Freakshow is a deep, dark purple, almost royal in color with a red base where as Frigid is more of a blue based purple. Both shades seem a bit daring for use alone so I think they’d make a fine liner shade or used smudged onto eyes for a smoky purple look. I’ll have to play a little to see how best to use these two. If you love purples you’ll want to add both to your collection! Once blended out they aren’t nearly as bold as they appear in pot.


All three shades of deluxe shadow are very promising colors and well worth adding to your Fall shadow arsenal.

Loving all over ‘em at the moment.

I’ll be bringing you some eye looks using them shortly so be on the look out!

In the meantime, tell me what you think of the three new shades.

Are you adding these to your UD collection?

What sort of looks would you create using ‘em?

Tell the Muse!

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Most Wanted Beauty: Urban Decay, Soap and Glory, Too Faced, and More!

Here’s a list of the Muse’s Most Wanted Beauty items at the moment!

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Check ‘em below and feel free to add your most wanted bits in the comment box below!

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection is totally making me wish for Fall in a hurry! Please come soon cold weather. I hate nudes and naturals but this palette looks ideal for brightening up my eye with an elegant twist of nude! Sadly, it was in my cart and before I could hit submit, bam out of stock! Sniff..

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Soap and Glory The Wizard of Flaws proves too expensive for me. $15.99 is a tiny bit much to indulge when I can get a brand name for a few dollars more but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to try this out. Could it be a holy grail concealer!?

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I normally avoid Boots No7 like the plague aside from LE items however the Boots No7 Mineral Blush in Soft Pink and brush does appeal!

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Sonia Kashuk How To Palettes
look too yummy! Available in Smoky, Spring, and Natural these palettes are $19.99 each and contain shades and a tutorial for creating a perfect eye look!

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It’s been discussed a plenty but I’m yearning for both the new Urban Decay Facial Primers. Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Brightening is definitely on top of my list with Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Pore Perfecting coming in a close second!

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These are just a few of my most wanted beauty items of the moment!

What are some of yours?

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