Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top 5 Summer Products - Collab

All Products In This Post Purchased By Me

Top Five Summer Products (collab)

It is once again time for another cruelty-free collaboration with blogging beauties Catherine and Christine.  This month, we all chose our top 5 beauty products for summer. When summer comes, I tend to scale back my beauty routine a bit. This is the perfect time so showcase your natural beauty.  I've chosen some waterproof favorites for those who like to spend time by the pool, my favorite self-tanner and bold lippies. 
Don't forget to check out the posts by Catherine from Buying Cruelty Free and Christine from Makeup Guinea Pig. All of the products listed in all three of our posts are cruelty-free (not tested on animals).

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As the weather has gotten warmer, these are the products I have been reaching for and will continue to reach for all summer long.  I'm a stickler for sunscreen, so of course included a great BB Cream with an SPF of 30!  Here are the five summer must-haves on my list:

  1. True Natural Cosmetics-All Natural Self Tanner
  2. Tarte-BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
  3. Tarte-Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer
  4. Tarte-Aqualillies Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette 
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics-Lip Tar
True Natural Cosmetics All Natural Self Tanner: I have fair skin. For this reason, many self-tanners on the market look unnatural on me.  I also can't stand the smell of most self-tanners. This one from True Natural Cosmetics, which also happens to be certified vegan, has a fresh citrus scent.  It comes out of the tube in a creamy yellow lotion, and blends easily into the skin. In just a few hours you are left with a streak-free natural looking tan! I use this both on my face and my body.  The best part is that this product doesn't contain any harmful chemicals, just all natural goodness.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen: The number one most important thing needed in the summer is sunscreen. Skin cancer is no joke. Nothing will age you faster than sitting out in the sun unprotected.  This BB cream works great solo or under makeup, helping your skin look perfected while keeping it protected. It comes in multiple shades and is oil-free making it ideal for those prone to breakouts.  The sunscreen in this product is also chemical-free, which is the only kind that doesn't break me out. Tarte makes many great products, and this one is a favorite of mine especially in the summer!

 Pictured Above: The benefits of Tarte BB Tinted Treatment
 Tarte BB Tinted Treatment in Fair

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer: Summer calls for waterproof makeup. Many switch from heavy foundations to a simple tinted moisturizer or BB cream as I do.  However, summer doesn't make us immune to dark circles or breakouts, thus sometimes we need a little extra help. To ensure our coverage doesn't wash a way with the ocean waves, Tarte has created a waterproof concealer with awesome coverage. The lipstick-like tube holds 2 grams of product and blends beautifully into the skin, for even natural looking coverage. Available in 5 shades, this is a must have for me in the summer. 

 Pictured Above (from left to right): Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay 
Waterproof Concealer in Fair and Light 

Tarte Aqualillies Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette: Now that our skin is covered, lets talk eyes and cheeks. The one must-have palette this summer is Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette. Yes, this entire palette is waterproof, they tested it. So did I!  It's inspired by the all female synchronized swimming team. It is limited edition, so you will want to grab this one while you can. You may remember this palette from Christine's Top 5 New Products post. There is a good reason why we both love it so much.  This palette holds 6 brand new eyeshadows, a blush, bronzer and highlighter, plus a mirror!  In my opinion this is the best palette Tarte has ever put out. I can't say enough good things about it. 

Pictured below, eyeshadow swatches (left to right): Hammock, Bikini, Barefoot, Parasol, Sundeck, Poolside

 Pictured Above (left to right): Blush in Captivating, Bronzer in Park Ave Princess, Highlighter in Champagne

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar: Your summer makeup look wouldn't be complete without a bright pout. No makeup company rules the bright lip world like OCC. These vegan lippies are favorites among makeup artists and makeup lovers everywhere and with good reason. Just a drop (the size of a pin head) will cover your entire pout.  There are so many amazing shades and finishes. I love mixing them together to create my own unique shade. Lately I've been mixing Divine and Beta together to get my perfect summer shade. Summer is all about having fun. A bright lip helps enhance your new self-tan.

 Pictured Above (left to right): Divine and Beta
 For a lighter look, mix in a little Feathered (pure white)
Pictured Above: My Lip Tar Collection 

Now you know everything you need for the perfect summer look! These are my favorites of the season. Don't forget to check out Catherine & Christine's too!

Catherine's post is here: Buying Cruelty Free
Christine's post is here:  Makeup Guinea Pig
Here is a look at my summer favorites in action for a completed look:

Pictured Above: On eyes-Hammock, Sundeck & Poolside (over Tarte Aqualillies waterproof gel liner as a base), on lips, OCC Lip Tars in Divine & Beta mixed together, on face, Blush in Captivating, Bronzer in Park Ave Princess and highlighter in Champagne.  Base: True Natural Cosmetics Self-Tanner, topped with Tarte BB Tinted Treatment used as sunscreen & primer in one (under IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness as foundation).

What are your summer must-have beauty products? 
Share in the comments below.


  1. I've never tried the self tanner because I don't much like being tanned, but everything else I've tried and they're all amazing picks! Loving the full look too!!! :) The Tarte Aqualillies Palette really IS a summer must have - and surprisingly affordable considering the contents! :) Love your picks!!! :)

  2. Hi Liza! As always, so fun reading your picks. I can't believe I haven't tried the OCC Lip Tars yet... I do have a Sleek paint pout which are supposed to be very similar, but I'm dying to try the lip tars. I'm glad you mentioned the two you're mixing... one of the reasons I haven't picked any up yet is that I just can't decide on a color. They have such an extensive shade range but I do think I'd likely end up mixing shades to get a everyday neutral. I still haven't tried the Tarte concealer but it's on my list. I've also been interested in finding a good face sunscreen, as the foundations I'm liking don't have any and the sunscreen I've been using started breaking me out. I hadn't seen much about the Tarte BB cream but I'll def check it out now :)


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