I mentioned last week that I cannot get enough of this ultra-bronze makeup look now that the weather is heating up! A natural, flushed bronze is my everyday look year-round, so I decided to amp it up for summer. The more sultry, the better, right?

While I wore a killer orange lipstick in my previous post, I decided to go for a more subdued glossy pink lip today, in order to keep the focus on the eyes and cheeks. Speaking of the eyes, I blended several matte shades–including a plummy brown, which ties perfectly into the berry-toned cheek–into my crease and outer corner before applying a metallic shade to my lid.

Products I used:

Step 1: Start by priming the skin with Dr. Brandt’s Pore Refiner Primer. Concentrate this product in the center of the face where pores are larger, blending outwards.

Step 2: Apply Skin Tint to the face with the same outwards technique used to apply the primer.

Step 3: Using the ring finger, apply Brightening Corrector evenly under the eyes. Continue using the ring finger to blend.

Step 4: Apply Stretch Concealer on top of Brightening Corrector with the ring finger, as well, using tapping motions. Before blending, apply Stretch to any blemishes, redness or other problem areas so that it has time to get tacky, allowing for fuller coverage. Blend under the eyes using the ringer finger, then blend on top of blemishes, etc.

Step 5: Set the under eye area with Wowder, then blend the excess product across the entire face.

Step 6: With the ring finger again, apply a small amount of Primer Potion to the eyelid.

Step 6: After Primer Potion has dried, comb and curl the lashes. Then, apply a matte bone eyeshadow shade all over the lid and into the crease using a fluffy crease brush.

Step 7: Using the same fluffy crease brush, buff Side Tracked into the crease. Instead of applying the pigment precisely, go for a blown-out and diffused look. Build up the color by repeating this step two or three times.

Step 8: Taking Lil’ Boat on the same brush as Steps 6 and 7, apply it to the lower portion of the crease, focusing on the outer half of the eye. Lil’ Boat should not be as blown-out as Side Tracked.

Step 9: On a smaller crease brush, apply Cloud Nine to the outer corner of the eye. Once again, build up the color by repeating this step two or three times. Blend with the brush used in Steps 6, 7 and 8 for a seamless look.

Step 10: Apply Board Shorts all over the eyelids using the ring finger. It may take two or three layers to get the necessary color payoff. To soften the edges without sacrificing much pigment, blend with the same fluffy crease brush.

Step 11: Define the lower lash line by sweeping Lil’ Boat all the way across it with a small fluffy brush.

Step 12: Create more definition by applying Cloud Nine to the outer half of the lower lash line with a pencil brush. Use the small fluffy brush from Step 11 to blend.

Step 13: Bring definition to the face with Mocha. Apply it directly to the hollows of the cheek, the temples and along the hairline. Smudge lightly with the fingers, then use a stippling blush to blend it into the skin with an upward motion.

Step 14: Warm up the skin with Capri Coast on a fluffy face brush. Concentrate the product in the hollows of the cheeks, the temples and along the hairline.

Step 15: Give the skin a flushed, sultry look with Haze on the apples of the cheeks. This product is best applied with the fingers, but continue to buff it in with the stippling brush if necessary.

Step 16: For ample glow apply Bonnie-Dew Manizer directly onto the cheekbones and along the orbital eye bone, then tap with the fingers to blend. Repeat this process with Topaz for an even dewier glow!

Step 17: Apply Moon to the cupid’s bow, the inner corner of the eye and along the brow bone. Blend with the pinky and/or ring finger.

Step 18: Beginning in the center of each brow, apply two coats of Boy Brow. Work the product towards the tail, then go back to the beginning of the brow (without dipping into the tube for more product) for the most natural look.

Step 18: Add two coats of Lash Slick to both the top and bottom lashes.

Step 20: Melt all the makeup into the skin and make it last longer by misting Fix+ evenly over the entire face once Lash Slick has dried.

Step 21: Line the lips with your go-to nude pencil. (I used from Cultured from MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil line.)

Step 22: Finish the look with two coats of Gloss Bomb on the lips.

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Wearing ColourPop’s Ultra Satin Lip in Felix

Left to right: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta, Tonymoly Get It Tint Water Bar in Orange In Red, ColourPop USL in Felix, Kylie Cosmetics matte liquid lipstick in Doll & Tonymoly Get It Tint in Oops Orange

Last spring (thanks to my better-late-than-never discovery of K-beauty) I got into orange lipstick–it was my color of choice all summer long and even made a few appearances during my transition to fall/winter makeup.

After a few weeks of searching for this year’s best options, I am so excited to start rocking orange lips all over again! Orange really is the ultimate warm-weather lip color. It goes great with a tan. It pairs perfectly with “no makeup” makeup (as well as with a full face). And it works for day or night.

I found ColourPop’s Ultra Satin Lip in Felix–I should’ve known ColourPop carried the *exact* shade I had in mind all along–and I am truly in love with this formula! Why did I wait so long to try it? With a peachy-nude liner underneath, Felix applies evenly and with bold pigment payoff (plus, it is beyond comfortable to wear). It’s only June, but I already know I will be wearing Felix all summer!

Lately I have been wearing my go-to orange lip with a bronze-y/brown smoky eye. The plum, purplish undertones in ColourPop’s Cloud Nine pressed powder eyeshadow *really* make the orange lip pop, and enhancing the eyes with a metallic bronze shadow ties the whole look together.

My regular readers know that I tend to gravitate towards warm, golden highlighters, which are the ideal match for orange lips; the summery tones play off each other so well. I have been reaching for Glossier‘s Haloscope in Topaz and theBalm’s Bonnie-Dew Manizer when I’m wearing an orange lip color. Both options give the skin a natural-looking, lit-from-within glow!

Besides orange lipstick, another go-to for me recently has been this bronzed, sultry eye and cheek combo (a tutorial with all the details is coming soon, I promise). I am so happy with how easy this entire look is to put together! Although I look somewhat polished, I still feel like myself.

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When it comes to methods of removal, I have tried a ton of different options–everything from at-home wax kits, Nair and shaving to professional waxing and threading.

After years of waxing pretty much everything from the neck down (both at home and at the salon), I decided to (reluctantly) go back to shaving; my aesthetician recommended it. So much waxing, which is somewhat of a harsh process, caused my skin to become thin over time. Thankfully, however, years of ripping hairs from their roots left me with fewer strands, so I have far less to deal with than I did originally.

At age 24 I’ve pretty much gotten the hang of shaving. I know what works for my skin and what doesn’t, but no matter how careful I am, ingrown hairs, razor bumps and skin irritation are sometimes unavoidable (especially during the summertime when I’m shaving more frequently). Not to mention, the results last two days at most, whereas waxing leaves skin smooth for weeks at a time.

That’s where FUR Oil comes in.

The FUR team was kind enough to send me their signature Oil to review for Haute Mess readers, and I am so thankful they did–it was definitely a product missing from my routine! Normally after showering/shaving, I’d go in with a moisturizing body lotion (I love c. Booth’s 4-in-1 Coconut Fig body lotion, as well as Glossier‘s Daily Perfecting Cream), but that really isn’t enough for post-shaved skin. I noticed a *huuuge* change after I started using FUR Oil.

This product is much more soothing than even the most nourishing and hydrating body lotions. It instantly reduces irritation and inflammation that razors tend to leave behind, softening the skin and giving it a silky-smooth feel–something I thought was only possible after waxing.

In addition to the skin, FUR Oil softens the hair itself, so I get a closer, smoother shave with each use. On days I don’t shave, I mix a little FUR Oil with my body lotion to maintain the softness and keep irritation at bay.

I’ve never been the type of gal to forgo hair removal all winter then begin again in time for summer, mainly because I don’t feel my best if I don’t–not to mention, I wear shorts to the gym all year long, travel often and am frequently in a swimsuit (the skimpier, the better in my opinion). Hair removal is a year-long affair for me, so proper aftercare is necessary. To me, hair removal has always been a basic part of hygiene, whether or not I’m wearing shorts or dating anyone at the time.

Modern “feminism” has made body hair removal a bit of a taboo for women. But in my opinion, a feminist is a woman who does whatever she wants without judging others for doing the opposite.

Being hairless, for lack of a better term, makes my skin feel softer and makes my body feel cleaner overall. And, what’s most important, is that it makes me happy. I feel more confident and put-together when I’m clean-cut.

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It has definitely been a hot minute since my last monthly favs post, and I have a *ton* of new things I cannot wait to share with my readers! Monthly favorites posts are, no pun intended, some of my fav posts to read or watch on YouTube, so of course I love making my own, too.

I love trying new things when it comes to fashion, beauty and lifestyle, but the best part is always sharing the MVPs with you, Haute Mess readers! Be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving lately in the comments below. 🙂

Fashion

Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans: A couple months ago I finally invested in these bad boys after a similar vintage pair I own kept ripping in the wrong place. (Don’t get me wrong–I love a cheeky tear, but that’s definitely not appropriate for the office.)

As the name suggests, Levi’s Wedgie Fit jeans have the same flattering, booty-hugging fit that vintage jeans do; they feel soft and worn-in, the way pre-loved jeans do *without* the inconvenient tearing. These guys are so versatile and comfortable, I wear them multiple times a week! I definitely need a second pair to add to my rotation, but until then, learn more about why I love them from my recent blog post.

The Rosemilk: To say I am obsessed with this new New York-based label would be a complete understatement! The IG feed is so inspiring. All the pieces are dreamy, high-quality and (most importantly!) wearable. Plus, everything is made in the U.S.! I can’t get enough.

I placed an order from The Rosemilk last week, and–without spilling too many details–I cannot wait to share everything in an upcoming lookbook. Stay tuned!

Inamorata Swim: I am obsessed with all things Em Rata, so of course I had to try a few things from her swimwear line when it dropped! Her style is flawless.

A few weeks ago I posted a sneak peek of my new suits on IG. I picked up the Orpheus set in cheetah, as well as the Leucadia one-piece in red snake. Much like my other two fashion favs this month, both these suits are comfortable, flattering and made in the U.S.!

As a gal with a naturally full bust (especially when compared to my waist), I really love that Inamorata swimwear isn’t padded. Nothing looks more fake or uncomfortable than swimsuits with all that unnecessary padding. When it comes to swim, it’s the skimpier, the better for me.

Beauty

Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask: After seeing several of my fellow Glossier Reps rave about this mask on their blogs and YouTube channels, I decided to try it for myself. I am a total mask junkie, anyway.

All their positive reviews meant that there was a good chance I was going to really enjoy the Jet Lag Mask, but I didn’t expect to be so blown away by it!

First of all, wash-off isn’t required, which is amazing. Most weeknights I am way too tired to get up and wash a mask off (that is, if I even have the energy to put one on in the first place). Jet Lag also has a very, very subtle minty scent and cool feeling, making it so soothing and refreshing in addition to hydrating.

I’ve been using this mask multiple nights a week for weeks now, and the results have been nothing but positive: plump, hydrated skin and reduced redness without any breakouts or that sticky, greasy feeling. A little goes a long way with the Jet Lag mask, so I haven’t even gone through half the tube yet. Can’t wait to keep using it!

Tan-Luxe The Water & The Face: Tan-Luxe created the self-tanners to end all self-tanners. I have been a loyal Saint Tropez girl for years now, but I finally decided to try something new during Sephora’s recent VIB sale.

The Water is an incredibly innovative product. It is completely clear (it seriously looks like water); you spray it on, rub it in with a mitt and, in about four hours, you have a perfectly even, post-vacation tan! I can’t begin to describe how great it is. The best part? It dries almost instantly. Perfect for my busy schedule! It is also hydrating, so there is no need to apply body lotion on top, saving you even more time.

I also picked up The Face, which is just as easy–if not easier–to use. All you have to do is mix a couple drops of this product with your usual moisturizer and apply as usual. It dries as the moisturizer dries, leaving you with a glow-y, never-orange tan in four hours.

Both these products give the skin a build-able, long-lasting bronze that can’t be beat. I haven’t experienced any streaks or discoloration using either of them! Just be sure to wash your hands after application.

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector: My dark circles like to make an appearance several times a week, and sometimes, concealer just isn’t enough to cover them.

The salmony-pink tones in BECCA’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector (I’m in the shade Light/Medium) cancel my dark circles instantly! Both of my go-to concealers (Glossier Stretch and Tarte Shape Tape) apply flawlessly on top, and the results last all day. I will definitely be repurchasing this product when the time comes; it quickly became a staple in my routine!

Gisou Honey-Infused Hair Oil: I finally restocked on this product after going without it for months. My hair definitely missed it! Of course, I loved it the first time around (I did repurchase it, after all), but this oil never made its way to my monthly favorites–until now!

Upon application Gisou’s Hair Oil feels thick and nourishing, but in my hair it feels weightless and absorbs instantly. Every hair oil I’ve tried before this one left a heavy, greasy film on my tresses; Gisou’s never does that. It leaves hair shiny and manageable, nourishes broken or breaking strands and smells heavenly. It is a must-have for all hair types in my opinion.

Glossier Lash Slick: When Glossier‘s first-ever mascara launched earlier this month, the hype was real, so I wrote an entire blog post about it. Instead of boring you here, I’ll link you to my Lash Slick review.

I will say this, though: Lash Slick is 100-percent smudge- and flake-free, even after a long day, a good cry or an allergy attack. It’s insane. And amazing. I have yet to find another mascara that does this–and I’ve tried so many! It is also worth noting here that the comb is thin and precise with bristles that hug every lash, allowing for flawless, mess-free application every single time.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb: Okay, so, I know I am way late to the party with this one, but Gloss Bomb still deserves my recognition. It was my lippie of choice pretty much every day this month! I can’t believe I didn’t pick it up sooner.

Rihanna is quite possibly the coolest person to ever exist, so of course I already own a few things from her Fenty Beauty line since it made its initial debut nearly a year ago. But for some reason, I held out on Gloss Bomb (and I’m kind of regretting it).

Not only is the natural pink color so gorgeous, the tiny golden reflects give the lips a delish shine. But the absolute best part of this gloss is definitely the formula! It’s never goopy or messy; it applies evenly with a silky feel that is just so refreshing for a lip gloss!

Lifestyle

Freedom Natural Deoderant: Freedom’s natural deodorant line is nothing short of life-changing! Personally, I’ve been reaching for the classic deodorant sticks and the Travel Minis (especially the peach scent). When I made the switch to natural deodorant a year ago, I began using Schmidt’s. Since then, I’ve tried a few different scents, and really like the Rose-Vanilla one. But, a few weeks ago I was running low and in the market for a new deodorant; luckily, I saw Jenah Yamamoto post about how much she loves Freedom!

I thought it was meant to be, so I decided to order a set of Travel Minis. Now I know I don’t want to try another deodorant! Freedom claims to be the “natural deodorant that really works,” and I completely, 100-percent agree. A normal weekday for me consists of a busy schedule at work, an hour commute each way, as well as an intense at-home workout or trip to the gym. Thanks to Freedom, I can go about my day smelling like a peach the whole way through–without any reapplication (or fear of harmful ingredients that lurk in most mainstream deodorant formulas).

HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Skin & Energy Superfood Powder: So, I’m not sure whether it’s a placebo effect, but this drink mix really works. I am definitely a big believer that your gut health affects your overall health, including your energy levels and your skin’s appearance. And because I don’t drink coffee, I am always on the hunt for safe and effective energy supplements. That’s why I decided to try this Superfood Powder from HUM.

I chose the mint choco chip flavor and mixed it with plain almond milk. The taste definitely is not horrible, but you shouldn’t expect it to taste like a bowl of ice cream, either. Just be sure to mix it thoroughly.

When I drink this mix with breakfast, I feel an instant boost of energy, and I don’t tire as easily or as quickly throughout the day as I usually do. Right now, I don’t know if I will repurchase this (it is pretty pricey when Sephora isn’t having a VIB sale), but I am really happy I tried it and will continue to use it until I run out.

Keller Rose Curve Builder workout: Not going to lie–this workout has been a part of my routine for almost a year now. I’ve always looked up to Katrina Brodsky, the face behind Keller Rose, as a blogger and as a woman in general, so when she shared her pilates-based workout routine with Keller Rose readers, I decided to try it for myself. (I mean, have you seen her bod?)

This is by no means an easy workout, and I definitely don’t recommend it for beginners or those of you who don’t exercise regularly. I’ve been exercising for about five days a week for over six years now, and I was incredibly sore for two days the first time I completed the Curve Builder circuit! It’s so worth it, though! Curve Builder tightens and tones all major muscle groups and really makes you sweat without cardio. (However, I do like to warm up with 10 minutes of jump rope and/or 20 minutes on the stationary bike if I have time.)

Katrina really created the perfect at-home routine for when I am too tired after work to drag myself to the gym or do cardio. I am on my feet *a lot* most days, so an effective yoga-mat based workout is exactly what I need.

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Before

After

Before and after Lash Slick! I’m also wearing Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium, Boy Brow in Brown, Stretch Concealer in Medium, Wowder in Light/Medium, Cloud Paint in Dusk and Generation G in Leo.

Disclosure: I am a Glossier Rep, and I received this product as a gift from Glossier. All opinions are my own, and I am not required to post about the brand or its products at any time on any of my digital platforms. 

I always thought that, if Glossier were to create a mascara, I wouldn’t be into it. Even when the rest of my makeup looks as natural as can be, I love a high-impact lash–and Glossier isn’t known for high impact makeup. Glossier is known for “no-makeup” makeup and killer skincare. After all, the motto is “Skin first. Makeup second.”

Normally, I’m all about no-makeup makeup–but not when it comes to my lashes. The bigger, the better.

So, when Lash Slick arrived in the mail, it took me by surprise. I had just picked up a new mascara during Sephora’s VIB sale that was already underperforming, and after years of frustration with mascara (I’ve never bought the same one twice), I just didn’t feel I was in the market for another new one. All the formulas I’ve tried–and trust me, there’s been a lot–either look clumpy and unnatural, don’t do the job or–most often–look great upon application, but end up smudged all over my under-eye in 20 minutes. I thought it was just me.

It turns out, per Into The Gloss (Glossier’s “editorial arm”), that many makeup users struggled to find the perfect mascara. That is, until ITG took it upon themselves to develop the perfect mascara.

More than 240 trial formulas later, Glossier finally launched Lash Slick. I think the name suits this formula very well.

As a Glossier Rep, I received this mascara a few days before the official launch, so I’ve been wearing it for a while now, and I’m already so in love.

It’s full of tiny fibers that cling to your lashes, making them look long, fluttery (like, really fluttery) and wispy. Vegan biotin and natural polymers ensure healthy, shiny lashes with every use. The best part? After a long day of work in NYC that began with a seasonal allergy attack (i.e., itchy, irritated, watery eyes), there was absolutely no smudging or flaking. I couldn’t believe it!

If, like me, you’re guilty of a self-indulgent cry while watching military homecoming videos (it’s therapeutic), Lash Slick is your holy grail mascara. It quickly became mine, and I can’t see myself reaching for a different one for everyday use.

Let’s talk about the wand. It’s sleek with plastic (or are they rubber?) teeth; it’s not the fluffy bristle kind, is what I’m trying to say–thankfully! I do not like those kinds of wands. They’re way too bulky, so I always end up getting mascara everywhere but my lashes, or worse–jabbing myself in the eye. So painful!

Lash Slick is easy to use, and a second coat never causes lashes to stick together. The wand makes precise application nearly effortless; every lash is coated with fiber-filled mascara, and the results looks incredibly natural–and so stunning!

I should also mention that removal is ridiculously easy, too. Instead of running down your face, Lash Slick comes off in tiny clumps–just add warm water! Before washing my face, I remove all my makeup except the mascara, then massage Glossier’s Milky Jelly into my skin. Lash Slick breaks down and is easily wiped away!

Click here to try this revolutionary mascara for yourself.

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