TSO Loves: Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Summer is in full effect and I couldn’t be happier because it’s my favorite time of year! Sure, I could do without the extreme heat waves but I love the warm sunshine and trips to the beach. Heading to the ocean is by far my favorite thing ever. I recently took my daughter for her first beach day and it was amazing. She loved the water and dipping her toes in the little waves that came up to the shore. We sang Moana (or I sang and she stared at me like I was crazy) and had the time of our lives. And you best bet I bought that huge 4 person blue tent from Amazon and shamelessly popped that bad boy up for my baby girl!

I love the smell of the ocean and the salt water on my skin. I wish I could bottle it up and keep it with me — that and a permanent tan. But, since I can’t, I’ve found some great summer beauty products to give me that healthy glow even when I’m far from the beach at the office or on the go with our little one.

Some of these are my ride or dies (like Laura Mercier’s tinted illuminating moisturizer, Glossier’s cloud paint, and Nars Radiant Creamy concealer) and some are new favorites that I’m totally in love with like the eye brightening balm from Tula, the R+R mask from Summer Fridays, and the Function of Beauty customizable shampoo and conditioner. Throughout the year I always use the Boy Brow from Glossier in black but during the summer I like clear because I tend to wear less (if any) makeup and it gives such a natural look. For a really natural yet juicy lip, I love the Tarte Lip Quenchers in Rose and Opal. They are beautiful and aren’t sticky at all.

If I want to go with a bit more of a full makeup look (and by full makeup I mean more than tinted moisturizer), I opt for the waterproof version of the Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced to help me avoid smudges under my eyes. I also love the Tarte In Bloom eyeshadow palette and the Milk makeup sticks — the holographic blush and the highlighter in “Lit” are my go-to choices. To set everything, I really like the “Chill” setting spray from Urban Decay.

I also make sure to take care of my skin as best I can. I love the tinted moisturizer from Laura Mercier because it has SPF in it. I also love the primer from Tula because it also has a shimmery tint and makes your skin look flawless. To keep my skin feeling soft and fresh, I love the Summer Fridays R+R exfoliating mask with rose. It leaves behind a light oil on the skin that is just enough without being overwhelming. I also like to mist the “way to Glow” spray from Mama Mio on my face whenever I need a pick-me-up throughout the day or to start my morning off right.

And, what’s summer without a fun frozen treat? I’m a big fro-yo fan but I also love the organic fruit pops from Solero — especially the piña colada, raspberry, and banana cinnamon! Seltzers with lime from Spindrift is always refreshing and I do my best to drink as much water as I can throughout the day. With cute tumblers like the watermelon one I found from Sunny Life, why wouldn’t you?

With a baby and a full-time job, makeup has certainly slipped off my radar a bit here and there. But I love beauty so much and really enjoy sharing my favorite beauty products with you so it’s inspired me to get my head back in the game and find just a minute or two each day to make myself look more like a cool mom and less like a regular mom — wink wink.

To find any of the items I mentioned in this post, just scroll through the gallery below and click on the image. PS. You get a special discount off of the Tula and Foundation of Beauty products which is always a plus! How are you enjoying your summer? Any beauty must-haves you’d like to share? Comment on my latest Instagram post! I’d love to hear from you.


Get the Glossier Glow

Just got the new highlighter "Haloscope" from Glossier! The quality of their products and packaging is incredible. It even comes with a pink bubble wrap resealable bag that you can use again and again! 

Haloscope, is a dewy, dual-delivery formula infused with real crystal extracts and a core made from vitamin-rich moisturizers. I opted for the lighter "Quartz" shade, but both Quartz and Topaz are absolutely gorgeous. It is hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben free, fragrance-free and it's not tested on animals. So, what's inside? Here's what Glossier has to say:

Actual Crystals
Outer ring is enhanced with real Rose Quartz (the quintessential stone of love) or Golden Topaz (with creativity-enhancing powers)—pretty cool, even if you’re not a crystal person.

Coconut and Castor Seed Oil
Rich in vitamin E, they give the solid oil core dewy sheen and easy glide.

Sweet Almond Oil
Super moisturizer rich in fatty acids.

Not only are Glossier products good for your skin, but they're fun to receive and open. In the "Age of the Customer" it's important to surprise and delight. Glossier certainly does both. I'm officially calling them "the unicorn" of the beauty industry right now. Makeup brands, this is how it's done. 🦄

TSO Loves: Amanda McCarthy Beauty

I was lucky enough to be sent some amazing beauty products from Boston makeup artist, Amanda McCarthy. Not only does Amanda do incredible makeup, but she also creates beauty products that have me hooked. From her creamy matte lipstick and liner to her rich gloss and beautiful blush, I can't get enough!

Where do I begin? I tried each of these products and it's hard to say which one was my favorite. So I'm going to share my thoughts on each one below!

Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate"

This ultra-longwear lipstick provides a creamy, matte finish in a variety of flattering shades. I only need a light swipe for super pigmented coverage. The color is a perfect rosy neutral that makes for a great dupe to Kylie Jenner's Candy K lip kit shade. The best part? It's not drying at all and it lasts past my early morning Starbucks sips. It's hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and paraben-free. I can't say enough about this product.

Mineral Matte Blush in "Hush Pink"

There's nothing I love more than that flushed, fresh-from-the-cold look. This cool-toned pop of pink goes well with a variety of makeup looks and can be built up from a clean daytime look to a more dramatic burst for evening. It's soft, pigmented and great for your skin. I love it!

Luxury Lip Gloss in "Sugar Berry"

I am so obsessed with this gloss. Add it on top of your lipstick or wear it alone, either way you'll get a perfect splash of color. I love the shine it provides and how long it lasts. If you had to add one item to your everyday beauty routine, this should be it. I like layering it on top of Amanda's Gel Lip Liner in Naked for a more neutral tone at the office.

Left to Right: Gel Lip Liner in "Naked" |   Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate" | Luxury Lip Gloss in "Sugar Berry"

Left to Right: Gel Lip Liner in "Naked" | Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate" | Luxury Lip Gloss in "Sugar Berry"

Wearing: Gel Lip Liner in "Naked" with Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate" 

Wearing: Gel Lip Liner in "Naked" with Luxury Matte Lipstick in "Kate" 

Looking to snag some of these must-haves for yourself? Email Amanda at agwmakeup@yahoo.com.

Contact:  AmandaMccarthyBeauty.com | Facebook | Instagram

Sponsored by AMB Cosmetics. Products approved by Julie Saldarriaga.

For Ever Favorite

I have been using MAKE UP FOR EVER's HD foundation for, well, ever. I've always loved their formula and the buildability it offers. It looks great in person and on camera. A few months back, I purchased their new formula and I'm still obsessed. I have fairly sensitive skin that is prone to both dryness and breakouts so I have to be careful what makeup I choose. This has always been a go-to product for me and has always been great on my skin. 

What's your go-to beauty product? Will it be at the top of your Christmas list?