Melt-proof summer makeup finds

I hope everyone had a happy, happy Independence Day! I was so excited to get to the fireworks and festivities but something came over me yesterday pre- barbeque, I don’t know why, but as I was painting my face and rummaging through my makeup I decided spur of the moment… it was time to simplify this overstuffed, unorganized bag of loot that I reach for every morning. Time to take out all of the colors and formulas that I wasn’t going to wear anyway (at least until the summer is through). I don’t know if it’s easier or harder for a makeup artist to clean out their makeup stash? I get attached to each and every shadow, gloss and concealer, but I also know that I have a long line of products waiting in the wings to be tried, tested and paraded on my face accordingly. So down to business I went, sorting the odd colors that I haven’t worn in months, taking out anything that required more than a few seconds to apply or anything that wasn’t going to stay put on a sweltering day.

So if you too are sorting out the old and yearning for some new stash, here are few of my favorite finds for summer that won’t break the bank.

I always suggest a blotting tissue over a powder to sop up sweat and shininess on the face but recently I found this great little product by one of my favorite brands to help combat the shiny spots. Jouer Matte Touch This botanical mattifier helps to absorb excess oil, purify and hydrate the skin with Willow Bark Extract and Vitamins C, D, & E. to keep you from looking cakey.

Instead of all the powder bronzers that are tossing around at the bottom of my bag, this summer my go to product is the Vapor Organic Solar Translucent Bronzer. It creates a fresh sun kissed glow and it’s actually good for your skin with shea butter, pomegranate, green tea and acai berry to help combat signs of aging and sun damage…plus it’s organic!

For staying power I love the sheer pretty flush that Cargo Creamy Cheek Blush Activator gives. You can apply it with your fingertips and intensify the color depending on how much you add, plus it lasts all day so no worries about looking washed out after a few hours in the heat. At

And lastly it’s always hard to find a good mascara that won’t end up giving you the raccoon look under the eyes when it’s over 100 degrees. Almay One Coat Nourishing Waterproof Mascara creates super dark and thick lashes instantly and stays put until you take it off with makeup remover. Available at select drugstores.

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