Summer Essentials | The Details

In part two of my summer essentials, we’re talking about the details: the cheeks, lips, and eyes.

The cheeks:
Summer is when I really like to play up the glow with cheek products. I love using bronzers, like Chanel Bronze Universal and NYC Sunny to warm up my face. I rarely go for the contoured look (unless I know photographs are on the itinerary). The Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder in Sunlight is also great because the pinky hues give that natural sunkissed glow.

A highlighter can really play up your features & add that beautiful glow, too. The Becca Illuminating Skin Perfector is a gorgeous liquid highlight. It comes in a few different shades, I use Opal to add a subtle luminosity to my skin. Now, when I want to opt for something less muted, I go for The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer. This is not a subtle highlighter, but a little goes a long way and it's a beautiful champagne shade that will really brighten your complexion & draw focus to your features.

I love both cream and powder blushes in the summer. Cream blushes, like the Revlon PhotoReady cream blush in Flushed or Coral Reef, are great for that natural dewy flush of colour. I also love stains, like the Benefit Benetint, because it lasts all day long. I can never say no to a long-wearing powder blush (especially if it's in a bright coral), like Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy. However, my most worn blushes in the summer, hands down, are NARS Lustre and Taj Mahal. They both add a beautiful glow & compliment a tan.

The lips:
I love sheer lipsticks. I'm currently obsessed with Burberry Lip Mist in Copper, which is a brownish nude, and Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Sheer in 301, a sheer coral. I have an inkling I'll be repurchasing these before the summer ends.

On the days where I want a lipstick with a bit more pop, I turn to one of the amplified lipsticks from MAC called Vegas Volt. It's a bright opaque orange coral. Just a great colour for the season.

Then there are the glosses. There's something about summer that calls for super glossy lips. For an everyday gloss, I love the Burberry Lip Glow in Rosewood, it's beautiful mauve-y nude. The Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Glosses are incredibly moisturizing on the lips. Most of the colours are pigmented enough to wear alone. Lately, I've been alternating between Apricot and Raspberry. Next is the Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Pareo (I think this was limited edition last summer). It's a beautiful orange gloss with lots of shimmer. I love how it looks on, but the orange definitely limits the wearability to summer-only. A new addition to this summer's lip gloss line-up is the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. I picked up Candy Shimmer because it was the most pigmented of the bunch. It's a sheer rosy pink with a beautiful shine. 

I can't forget the stains. They've come a long way over the last couple of years. They're much more moisturizing and there's a much better colour selection. My favourite will always be the YSL Glossy Stains. I fell in love with #7 Corail Aquatique (a peachy coral) when these were first released and I always reach for it when the sun starts shining. Then there are the L'Oreal Wet Shine Stains, which are drugstore alternatives (not dupes). The whole range is hit / miss, but two shades I'm loving this season are Coral Tattoo (more like "orange" tattoo) and Pink Resistance (a light pink).

Lastly for those extra sun-filled days, an SPF lip balm is key. Wearing regular lip products on the beach is like applying tanning oil to your skin. So, on the days where I know I'll be under the sun for long periods of time, I like to protect my lips by wearing something with a little more protection. I've been using the Julep Daylight Defense lip balm. No special reason, I'm just trying to use it up (although I do like the scent). Others I've tried and liked (and would repurchase) include the La Roche Posay SPF 50 lip stick, the Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy SPF 25 lip balm, and the Kiehl's Lip Balm SPF 15.

The eyes:
When I do wear eye makeup, I reach for the Maybelline Color Tattoos. I love the fact that they're a cream shadow. They’re so easy to apply and they look good alone or as a base. I'm currently loving Bad to the Bronze.

Waterproof mascara is ideal for me. Not only do they hold the curl on my straight & short lashes, but they last all day without smudges. I’ve been using the Fairy Drops waterproof fiber mascara & I love it.  My newest love is the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. I thought it was a gimmick at first, but turns out... it's really great. It defines your bottom lashes (even if you have itty bitty ones, like me) without getting mascara everywhere & it stays in place.

What are your favourite cheek / lip / eye products in the summer? x


  1. awesome picks! I really want to try the Chanel universal bronzer. I also got the Clinique bottom lashes and cannot believe how much I love it.

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  3. Great post! I've also been loving Tarte's Tipsy and NARS Lustre :)

  4. This is such a pretty post - the pictures of all that beautiful makeup make me want to run to Sephora right now! I'm trying to get more into cream blushes and highlighters this summer, but I don't have a very big stock of them... Seems like I've gotta do a bit of shopping! :)

  5. AWESOME post! All these products are fab! I love the Dior bronzer! And of course the chanel!

  6. this looks dangerous! did you manage to not get sand into the products? lol

  7. What a great post!! Color Tattoos all the way in the summer as well and I also really enjoy the MUFE Aqua Eyes chubby eye shadow sticks. The Clinique mascara is very interesting to me since I have baby bottom lashes as well.