Beauty has never been one size fits all even though sometimes it feels that way due to advertising. When I started my blog 11 plus years ago diversity in the makeup and beauty world was never a major point of interest to brands. Foundation shades were limited, models were typically cookie cutter and all of them came in one shape, sex, and race. Let’s just say things were a lot different. Change has erupted across the beauty in the last few years and all for the better. Models are more diverse and they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and sexes. It’s a new, refreshing, and different beauty community we now live in. Gone are the days when you walk into a store and can’t find the right shade of foundation because you’re too fair or too dark. Gone are the days when models are 110 pounds advertising the latest fashion. Gone are the days where women are the only ones advertising the latest blush, highlighter, or lipgloss.
Today, right now it’s now become a standard to have 30+ foundation shades to choose from so, you’ll always find just the right shade. Tess Holiday, a plus size model, graces Cosmopolitan and makes all of us that aren’t 110 pounds feel a little more comfortable in our skin. And men, are featured in a variety of makeup promotions just as readily as any woman.
It’s a new beauty frontier we are navigating through and for me it’s more exciting than ever before to be apart of that journey.
Walmart recently launched a new campaign called “Here for Every Beauty” that celebrates the over 327 different million faces that makeup America. When they approached me to partner and collaborate with them on this topic and to share some of my Summer beauty and makeup essentials I agreed happily because if nothing else I am all about beauty being FOR EVERYONE (the following is paid opportunity however, the products I’ve featured, the thoughts I’ve shared, and other opinions are solely my own). All races, all sexes, all sizes, and shapes. Beauty for me is about everyone. I’m not a model. I am not a makeup artist. I barely know how to blend my eyeshadow correctly and most days I might be walking down the street with clown cheeks thinking I look hot as hell. That’s just me. A goofy, geeky, short, chubby girl that loves makeup. I’m obviously not the ideal demographic for the beauty world but the beauty world is changing and it’s becoming a lot more acceptable for everyday people like me to be a part of it without any prejudice. It still has a way to go but we are definitely forging a new way to look at things and I love that. Everyone should be accepted, open arms, into the makeup world. I’m glad Walmart is bringing attention to diversity in beauty. It’s an important topic!
Speaking of diverse, Walmart has stepped up their makeup and beauty game. The aisles are pretty stocked tight with just about everything you need in the makeup and beauty world plus exclusives from brands like Wet n Wild and Covergirl. How much are you loving those Covergirl Her Majesty Eyeshadow Palettes which exclusively available at Walmart! I’m sure which one I love more! I purchased all of them a few weeks ago and they slowly are becoming my go to for Summer looks. Anyone try them yet?
So, as you know I’m trying to lighten up my makeup and beauty routine for Summer. I always tend to go lighter with just about everything in the Summer! I picked a few items out that will be helping me make that possible!
Jump ahead for a few more Summer Beauty and Makeup Essentials I recently hauled at Walmart.
Who rotates their skincare in the Summer? Show of hands! I do! My Winter skincare is pretty heavy and I don’t need as many of the lotions, potions, and serums I use on the daily in the Summer months. My skin is drier but I tend to get a bit oily in the Summer. Lighter skincare is def the way to go for me. From my nightly routine to my daily one, everything is lighter and less in the Summer in my skincare world. Right now my skin is sort of freaking out because my SPF contains alcohol and going into the air conditioning causes me to get a bit of flakiness on my forehead and cheeks but I’m oily around the sides of my cheeks and nose. I’ve eliminated pretty much all my regular cleansers and cleansing methods until things get under control. To keep it simple I cleanse with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser! Everyone always raves this to me and I thought maybe the formula might be a bit more gentle as I struggle through my weird flaky/combo issues. Does anyone use it?
I’ve also gone really light with my nightly routine. Typically in the Winter I apply layer after layer of product to keep my dry skin well hydrated! It also eases dullness and gives my complexion a nice bright appearance come the AM. I’m of the mentality that well hydrated skin is happy skin. But in the Summer, I really don’t need as much product. A nice, lightweight moisturizer is ideal. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM Ultra Lightweight is perfect as my nightly moisturizer as it has a blend of ceramides and other hydrating ingredients!
Speaking of lightweight formulas anyone try the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50? I’ve been using this for a few months on and off from my other SPFs and I have to say I really like it. It’s lightweight, absorbs easily, and it wears well under makeup! Also, I am in love with the fact it’s under $10 bucks! It does have a very strong fragrance though so sensitive users beware!
As for my makeup I’m going lightweight and natural with that too for Summer. Who wants to wear a ton of makeup in the humidity? I’ve been doing cheek stain a lot lately! It’s my favorite way to get long lasting color on my cheeks that’s super natural and weightless in the warm weather! To amp it up a bit I use a bit of a glistening highlighter! Last year, I fell in love with Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Peach! Love, love, love that shade so much! It gives my skin such a great glow and you know me I hate highlighter but this is one I adore. I decided to give Molten Gold a try out this year! I started using it over a peach cream blush and gives me a nice golden sheen! Get it! You won’t regret it!
I’m also currently obsessed with pink everything for some reason or another! I picked up Milani’s Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper in Soft Rose. I purchased a bunch of these a few months ago and reviewed them but I don’t have Soft Rose. It’s quite a nice neutral, nude rose. It’s a refreshing take from the standard nude lip colors as the hint of pink gives it a nice pretty nude look with just the right amount of pink!
Two things I’m not lighting up with for the Summer, my hair care and my mascara! Give me all the mascara, all day! When I’m wearing lighter makeup I tend to wear a nice dose of mascara as I feel like it really wakes my eyes up and gives my entire complexion a nice boost. I did a raving review for L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara when it originally launched. I was prepared to be critical about it as you know me an drugstore mascara! We don’t get along! But this formula was great and gave me nice, full lashes! The waterproof version will get me nice, full lashes for Summer!
As for my hair, well, the pool does some major damage. I always feel like I’m walking around with a head of hay in the Summer as chlorine is not nice. I typically reach for a deep hair mask like Carol’s Daughter’s Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie. It smells divine and it gives my hair much needed moisture to prevent all that frizz up!
So far, those are some of my Summer essentials! I’m still rearranging and sorting through my skincare and makeup to make room for new goodies this season!
What are some of your Summer essentials?
Do share them!