Summer Beauty Favorites + Giveaway

Summer Beauty Favorites + Giveaway featured by popular DC beauty blogger Alicia Tenise

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Can you believe we’re in the second week of July already? I’m going to need summer to slow down, ASAP! Even though we’re halfway through the season, it’s never too late for a beauty refresh. Let’s be real: for all my Mid-Atlantic folks, it will be hot and humid until October most likely.

Here are a few of my summer beauty faves that I’d highly recommend if you’re on the hunt for new makeup products!
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Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil
Who else does a bad job at restocking their lip pencils? I partnered with Ulta a few weeks ago for an Instagram project, and this pencil was one of the suggested products to purchase. I’m actually just wearing the lip pencil in the photos — I don’t have a lipstick or gloss layered over it. It glides on incredibly well, and is the perfect base for your bright summer lip colors.

The shade I picked up is “Phone Call” which is a bold pink, however, it comes in 32 colors.


Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
Ok, let’s be honest: I use this product year-round. However, I’m especially thankful for it in the summer beauty product. I still haven’t found a CC cream that’s worked well for my skin tone, so I still use a foundation in the summer. Even on the stickiest, most humid days.

I love this setting powder because it does a fantastic job of locking my makeup in. I also love that they offer it in a medium/deep shade, and it comes in a smaller travel size as well. I have the larger size at home, and the smaller version is in my travel toiletries bag!

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Urban Decay Born to Run Palette
I just received this palette in a mailer a few weeks ago, and I’m having a blast creating new looks with it. These colors will transition to fall with ease! I love this palette in particular because it’s travel-ready and the colors are very pigmented. Not to mention, these colors are very easy to blend.

If you purchase one new palette this season, I’d highly recommend this one. The colors look fantastic on a range of skin tones!


IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder Brush #8
I’m going to be candid here: I don’t think IT Cosmetics is the most brown-girl friendly brand. I finally got a chance to try the CC cream in deep, and it was ashy on me. Their bronzers don’t show up much on my skin. The blush? Meh.

One thing that they consistently get right? The brushes. They’re a dream. I’m not able to use many of their powders, but you better believe that this brush applies any powders of choice like a dream.


Photos by Tom McGovern


Summer Beauty Favorites + Giveaway featured by popular DC beauty blogger Alicia Tenise

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