Summer Beauty Favorites

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Summer Beauty Favorites

Hey Babe!!!

First off, I cannot believe its August already! Goodness. Although if you are like me….you may be hopeful for 2021, LOL. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite makeup products I’ve been loving this Summer!

So here is a list and why I love them. I love to try new products all the time and in my opinion… you can never have enough makeup! 


Definitely start with a good skincare routine. The better you take care of your skin, the better your makeup application will be! I have been LOVING this City Beauty Serum. You can read more about it on this post.


Regardless of your skin type, Primer is a MUST. It helps prep your skin for a beautiful finish. This affordable primer “You Better Work” from Essence is legit. Just a couple sprays evenly over you face, let dry and you are ready to go! 


Ok…. I am REAL picky about Foundation. I have been using the Loreal Infallible fresh wear a while, but I was ready to change it up. I have been really impressed with this foundation by Makeup Revolution. It’s a full coverage foundation and is great for oily skin. If you are dry, they do have a hydrating formula too! It has a nice doe foot applicator too which is nice to not have to pour it out as well. It also has an impressive shade range with warm, cool, and neutral.  

“Makeup Revolution’s Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation offers lightweight yet buildable coverage in 50 skin-true shades, this versatile foundation is designed to suit every skin type and tone. With an oil-free yet creamy and comfortable formula that dries down to a long-lasting, demi-matte finish, it won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dry patches. Housed in a luxe glass bottle with a jumbo doe-foot applicator for greater control and less waste, this foundation offers highly pigmented coverage that can be layered or diffused to suit your look.” – Makeup Revolution


I have been using this L’oreal Infallible Shaping stick to quickly Contour a while and still love it! Seriously… Contouring is LIFE. Your face has dimension, and you won’t get it without contouring with just solid foundation. I quickly swipe the “Honey’ shaping stick on my contour areas and placing where you like to minimize, and it blends lovely! I like to dab a cream illuminator on the brush I use to blend for extra glow! (They have it at Walmart or Walgreens usually.)


This Essence concealer means BUSINESS. I mean it covers everything. I love to apply it where I want to brighten, and then use a damp beauty sponge to blend. A little bit goes a long way. I use the Light Ivory for a brighter pop. 

“You’ll never know they’re there! Essence Camouflage + Matte Concealer completely covers dark circles, hyperpigmentation, redness, pimples, and tattoos. The waterproof formula doesn’t crease or sit in fine lines. The concealer will make your skin look brighter, firmer-looking, and smoother. Paraben free. No Animal Testing” – Essence

Setting Powder

I love a good setting powder to “bake” while I do my eye makeup and lashes. It really helps to draw a line of powder where your eye makeup will end so you don’t get much shadow fall out a crisper edge. I love this Elf Halo Glow Powder. It has a good brightening effect and is affordable too! 

Why Bronzer? It helps liven up your skin and helps deepen your contoured areas for a perfect glow! Can you tell I love Essence products? HAHA. This over sized “Sun Club” bronzer blends pretty and stays on great.
“Sunkissed glow! The Essence Sun Club Luminous Bronzing Powder takes your bronzer to the next level. The beautiful satin finish adds a gorgeous glow to your sunkissed look.”- Essence

  • Vegan
  • Paraben free
  • Cruelty Free


This Tori Belle The Works Brow Gel is the bees knees. I mean once it is dry, it doesn’t move. It’s waterproof and comes in 4 shades too. I use the Black or the Dark Brown! I LOVE it. You can either grab in the gel pot alone or with the brow kit! You can shop it here.



Our Tori Belle eyeshadow palettes are my fav! They have such good pigment and the palettes last forever! The flat Earth pallete is matte shades that are universally flattering. I love the Wine and Terracotta. They are very buildable and create a soft smokey eye.  You can grab this pallete here. 

Eyeliner (for wing)

If you love a SUPER sharp wing, this eyeliner is AMAZING. I always love a good wing… it just warms my heart. This Essence Super Fine waterproof eyeliner is so sharp, you don’t even have to clean it up with concealer. #blessings. It goes great under our magnetic eyeliner too. You can find it here. 

“Oh so fine! The Essence Superfine Waterproof Eyeliner Pen has an ultra slim felt tip applicator for precise application and is now available in waterproof! Long lasting formula. Ideal for creating fine and subtle lines or extravagant and dramatic ones. Not tested on animals.”

You know…. I usually use our Ivory Glow for Illuminator all the time! It’s actually a Tori Belle eyeshadow palette, but the shimmer tones make great illuminators. It’s a pretty shimmer pink that pops perfect on your cheekbones and nose! You can find it here. 


I literally never use just one lip product. I normally like to mix shades and make colors up! I LOVE the (you guessed it) Essence Contouring Lip Liner in “The Big Proposal.”

I generally for lipstick either wear Tori Belle “Seashell” or NYX “Sugar Wafer.” And then add a touch of gloss on top! 

For Gloss I love the Elf MegaLast Liquid Catsuit in “Caught you Bare Naked.” Alone it is LIGHT, but when you add a touch of it in the center it is lovely! 






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So as most of you know I share these amazing Lashes. And I love stacking different styles to make different looks! For a more natural look, I went with our classic 9 to 5 and stacked one set of Epic Illusion lashes (which are coming back soon!) 

You can check out alll the details in my latest YouTube video below and purchase Lashes here.

Magnetic Lashes

If you check out these products, let me know! Hope you have a wonderful August and take care! 

“City Beauty” Uplift Firming Serum Review

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City Beauty Uplift Firming Serum

"Not all firming Serums are created equal"

First off, this is totally an honest review. I love serums, so I was going to be on the picky side for sure. I have used several City Beauty skincare products and LOVED them, so I had high expectations. You can read up on my other blog post here too. 

I do regret having lipstick on in my before, because it triggered the YOU HAVE FILTERS ON eyeroll ladies on Instagram. LOL. I assure you I put ZERO touch up’s on these photos and used the same ring light in both. ( no natural light either ) which can diffuse skin clarity. See for yourself in 12 days my skin looked SO much better it was nuts. I continue to use it daily and I have had ZERO break outs since. I can’t believe how it has helped smooth and plump my skin so fast. Check it out!!!

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Formulated Without:

  • Formaldehyde

  • Parabens

  • Alcohol

  • Phthalates

  • Sulfates

  • Gluten

  • Caffeine

  • Peanuts

  • Soy

  • Dairy

My Before and Afters

Your skin clarity is so different and on top of that Uplift Serum helps your foundation go on like a dream. I have a lot of sun damage and it really helped smooth areas around my eyes as well.

You can see how through my cheek area, I usually have a lot of redness and discoloration. I love that you get plumping within 30 minutes and have longer lasting changes too. 

(These are un-retouched and have no filters on them. 12 days apart too.)

Being 34, and being in the sun way too much in teenage years, my skin has a lot of discoloration. I know the importance of GOOD quality skincare and the difference it can make with a solid daily skincare routine.

“This ultra-concentrated serum firms, plumps, and tightens the appearance of sagging skin, while targeted ingredients hydrate and visually improve skin’s appearance with regular use.”

-City Beauty


After using Uplift Firming Serum (12 days)

All in all, I was SUPER impressed with Uplift Serum. It has an easy self filling dropper and I put it on a thin layer after I take off my makeup and cleanse my skin. I highly recommend it! 

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Click HERE to Shop City Beauty’s Uplift Firming Serum! Be sure to check out some of my other favorites in this post.

Thank you so much for visiting my Beauty Blog, I appreciate it so much! 

Have a great Memorial Day and take care. xoxo.

Product photos- City Beauty Official

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DIY Beauty Treatments

Hey beauties! 

I thought I would share some fun at home DIY beauty recipes to pamper yourself while we are staying inside to stay safe. Most of the ingredients you may already have, so you could make it a fun activity to do with your little ones too! 

Have a good week and stay strong.


Coffee Lip Scrub


-2 Tsp Ground Coffee

-1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil or Coconut Oil

-1 Drop of Essential Oil of Choice or Vanilla


Stir and grind the coffee and coconut oil until it’s well blended. Now add any essential oil of your choice. (Only a drop.) Take a small amount on your finger, apply to your lips, and scrub in circular motion for up to one minute. Rinse off with water and pat dry. 

Coffee is a natural exfoliator which removes the dead outer surface of your lips and makes them soft! Coconut oil soothes skin and treats chapped lips naturally.

You could store your lip scrub in a small container or empty out an old container, wash it an reuse it!

Sugar Lip Scrub


  • 2 tsp of brown sugar or regular sugar
  • 1/2 tsp honey (just enough to mix with sugar and make a paste)
  • 1 tsp olive oil/coconut oil
  • 1 drop of your favorite essential oil or vanilla (this is optional just to add flavor and smell to the scrub) 


Mix all of the ingredients. Once blended, apply the scrub onto your lips, rub it well in circular motions and exfoliate gently to loosen the dead skin. Let it sit for a minute or two, then rinse off with water. Apply your favorite lip balm afterwards. 

Brown sugar acts as a natural exfoliator which removes dead cells and reveals the healthier and softer lips. Honey works as a humectant that keeps the lips moisturized after exfoliation!

Store Scrub in a small container or wash and reuse an empty container. 

PS- You can use these recipes on your Hands as well! 

DIY Dry Shampoo for Light and Dark Hair

Although I have a lot of Dry Shampoo around here… #TWINS… here’s some fun recipes for a natural solution to give you some extra days in between! Also this photo makes me want to break out the self tanner….


Green Tea Bath Soak

Let’s be real, our bath tub has toys all around it… but if you can take some time late at night for a bath, it can be super relaxing! (Just be sure to clean the tub afterwards.)

You Will Need:

  • 3 cups Epsom Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Loose Green Tea 
  • 4-6 drops of Peppermint Essential Oils (optional)
  • 6-8 drops coconut or almond oil
To get the loose green tea, simply cut open a couple Green Tea bags and mix together with the Salt. Combine all of the ingredients and store in a jar with a lid and store safely away from little ones. Sprinkle in your Bath and Relax… you deserve it! 

Have a good week. Soak in some snuggles and some self care too. 

What are some things you are doing to relax? Tell me below in the Comments!