This time of year is all about enhancing your natural beauty with simple and healthy products. Heat and makeup just don't mix, so leave the heavy, full-coverage foundations and drying lippies on your vanity and try my new fave finds - the Burt's Bees makeup range!
After using these products for about a week, here are my thoughts on them and swatches of each shade...
+ BB Cream in Light and Light/Medium
Meet my newest obsession...
I have always used Burt's Bees' face cleansing wipes and eye creams, but never even considered picking up and trying some of their beauty products - but I am so happy I did. Around this time of year, my skin just wants to breathe and feel as natural as possible, which is why I am normally on the hunt for a BB cream that can take me through the hotter months. My hunt was quite short this year seeing as I found a bit of gold in these little bottles filled with Noni Extract (I believe I first heard about Noni in a Miranda Kerr interview where she stated, in other words, that this stuff was the secret ingredient that made her skin absolutely glow).
For the last week or so, I have been wearing this BB cream along with just dots of my fave concealer, and throughout the week, I have noticed the amount of concealer I need is becoming less and less. This sheer-coverage cream works to hydrate skin and even tone, creating an illuminated and enhanced canvas to work on. I started off using just the lighter shade which has a creamy, more cool-toned quality to it, and noticed as I got a bit more sun during Memorial Day weekend, I needed to mix in a touch of the more warm-toned light/medium shade. If these colors don't look as if they would work for your skin, I wouldn't worry all that much about it. The product sheers out considerably, hardly depositing much color at all (though of course you can layer more on if you find that you want some more coverage). They also have a third shade in medium, which I may need to buy as my tan develops throughout the summer.
I highly recommend you all try this BB cream out. You won't be dissapointed.
+ Lip Shimmer in Fig (swatched left)
What I love most about this lip shimmer formula is that it is more of a natural stain when first swiped on lips, but can easily be fully pigmented when layered. Though this shade looks quite similar to the middle nude in my swatch, it wears completely different. This color has a deep apricot coloring to it, and definitely has quite a bit of sheen without any flakes of glitter. If you have used Burt's Bees chapsticks before, you probably know (and love) that cooling feeling it has on lips. Well, these lip shimmers have the same peppermint-y quality to them, and simply act as a tinted chapstick that heals you as you wear them.
+ Lipstick in Suede Splash (swatched middle) and Juniper Water (swatched right)
I wasn't so sure about these lipsticks when I was looking over the colors in the store, but the adorable packaging completely sold me (it's true, packaging plays a major role in what I end up trying). I figured I would get one of the lightest shades and darkest shades to really get an idea for how these colors wear. What I would like to note first is how creamy and hydrating this formula is. Normally, lipsticks tend to remain smooth on my lips for a little while, then end up drying substantially or begin to crack. These lipsticks go on more like a lip balm with full pigment, and though you may need a touch up after eating or drinking, your lips will stay completely kissable all day long. And what I love most about this lipstick formula, is that the shades are magically somewhere between matte and glossy. They set to a near-matte finish, but still still have a touch of shine without any added sparkle.
Suede Splash is quite possible my new favorite shade. I have a tough time with nudes - they either match my skin too much, leaving me looking washed out, or they are too dark and look terribly unnatural. This nude is simply stunning. There isn't much of a pink tone to it, but more of a slightly warm brown. Though it is not the same as my natural lip color, it wears incredibly naturally.
Juniper Water is a shade that looks as if I have been eating blackberries all day long, or just finished a berry ice pop. The color is definitely a bit pinkish, and though it is a darker shade, it doesn't translate as too harsh or vampy for lighter skintones. With darker shades, I feel like the shade can apply a bit patchy, but this one applies quite well after one or two layers. This shade is not my personal fave, but I am truly in love with the formula and plan on picking out some more hues that might suit me.
What's your go-to look during the Summer months?
Olivia Rose | 25