The Ohio Valley's unforgiving heat and humidity have me wearing fewer products recently, but in addition to my favorite sunscreen and eyeliner, here's what I've been reaching for regularly.
1). I've previously switched between a brow powder and a powdery pencil to fill in my brows, but neither really stand up to the heat and tend to fade quickly. This Anastasia Brow Whiz is perfect. It has a tiny point, a slightly waxy texture, and stays put. There is a spoolie brush on one end, which is great not just for shaping your brows but also for blending the pencil strokes.
2). The Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour eyeshadows have long been a favorite. These are low-fuss (just apply with a finger), last (maybe not 24 hours, but at least 12), and I don't have to worry about the shimmer fallout under my eyes and on my cheeks. I love the shades Barely Branded and Bad to the Bronze for a shimmery, neutral eye especially.
3). I recently cut a lot of my hair off, and while I miss being able to throw my hair up in a topknot, giving it a real style is much easier than before. My favorite way to wear it is with a little wave using a flatiron, and this Redken Iron Shape 11 has been a huge help. I definitely notice a difference in the condition of my hair after heat styling when I use this spray, and the finished look is shiner and holds better.
4). Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red is one of my all-time favorite lipsticks, and definitely my favorite summer red. It's a bright orange-red with a non-drying matte texture.
5). I have a ton of nail polishes, and while I try to mix it up, there are a couple shades I wouldn't mind wearing all the time. Essie in Splash of Grenadine is one of them. It's a pink-purple that is both perfectly summery and appropriate at work.
6). OPI in Dim Sum Plum is another perennial favorite polish. It's a pink-plum with a cream finish.
7). I had seen the L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara on some European beauty blogs a while back, so I was excited for the U.S. release. This stuff is crazy. It's super-lengthening and super-thickening, and because I got it in Blackest Black, it's super-darkening. It takes a light hand, though, as the wet formula can clump easily. I like the brush (bristle, cone-shaped), but I'm not crazy about the wand, which has a weird flexy thing that is harder to control compared to a regular wand. The regular formula can't quite match a full day of the humidity here, so I'm looking forward to trying the waterproof version for days when I'll be spending much time outside.
8). The Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray has been another staple for my new cut. This dry spray adds a ton of volume at the roots and texture throughout. It's perfect for tousling freshly styled hair and for perking up old styles.
9). Tamsen swears by Simple products, so when I needed new cleansing wipes I thought I'd give the Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes a try. Some exfoliating wipes are too aggressive, stinging my skin and leaving bumps, and some facial wipes can leave a stickiness behind. These are perfect. The cloth is slightly textured (it's actually a lot like those fabric reusable bags), so the formula doesn't have to do all the exfoliating. These wipes remove all my makeup (though I don't like to use them on my eyelashes--I prefer a soft cotton ball and remover there), don't leave a film behind, and aren't at all irritating.