Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hot New Summer 2017 Beauty Products under $20!

One of the best part about blogging is being able to stay on top of the latest releases and innovations in the beauty world! Beauty brands have been working hard and I've rounded up the hottest new summer products that are available at the drugstore and under $20! 

Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Tan - $17.99

As auditors, we are pretty much cooped up in the office from January-April. Being in Vancouver also doesn't help with the winter paleness! Although now I'm a bit tanned after being on vacation for a month, this product was a lifesaver to bring some color back into my face before I left for vacation.

The product actually has two separate compartments but when you press on the pump, it comes up together. The foundation itself is light-medium coverage and does a good job of evening skin tone. I definitely noticed that after a few days of wear, my skin got darker! I'm not sure if I kept on wearing it daily, my skin would have gotten even darker? I like that there is also SPF20 in the makeup, so it's perfect for the summer months.

 Available at Loblaws, London Drugs, Rexall, Superstore and Walmart in 3 shades.

NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner- $9.90

One fun way to add color to your eye look is using a bright eyeliner! It may be intimidating to stray away from neutral eyeshadows, so a pop of color from an eyeliner is really easy to use. I reviewed a mint green eyeliner last year but the pigmentation was less than perfect. I didn't have high expectations for drugstore colored eyeliners so I was really amazed by how smooth and pigmented these ones glide on!

I find the most flattering way to wear this is to first use a black eyeliner as usual and then use the bright color slightly above it! This way, the black eyeliner can still accentuate and define the eyes while the color adds a fun pop! There are 8 fun shades to choose from!

Saje Tingle Lips & Kiss Mist- $4.95 & $6.95

Did you know that Saje made lip balm and other beauty products? These two products are the perfect combo for your summer kisses! The Tingle Lips lip balm is a very soft wax that has a slight peppermint taste and feel. It's cooling and refreshing, perfect for the summer time!

Kiss Mist is a breathe freshener spray using Spearmint, Fennel, and Peppermint essential oils. The taste isn't too strongly minty and has a hint of licorice as well (which might be the fennel). I didn't realize Saje had so many products other than their traditional essential oils, so I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for other fun things to try!

7th Heaven Soften Glove Masques- $5.99

I'm a big fan of sheet masks but I've never tried masks for the hand before! 7th Heaven makes a lot of affordable spa worthy products and this is one of their newest releases. I thought the product will be pretty messy to use but it was surprisingly not drippy at all. There is a floral rose scent which was very relaxing and my hands definitely came out feeling moisturized and pampered!

Available at Rexall

Real Techniques Eye Shade + Blend Set- $14.99

For affordable high quality makeup brushes, you can't go wrong with Real Techniques! I love their face brushes and was excited to see this new set. I have especially been into eye blending brushes. The base shadow brush is quite thick and dense and is pictured on the right in the photo below.
The crease brush is very soft and fluffy and is pictured on the left in the photo below.

Unfortunately since my eyes are smaller, I think the size of these brushes aren't the perfect. The crease brush is very soft so it's hard to focus the blending in a much smaller area which is what I need. But I can see this set being really perfect for those who have more eye lid space as the quality is fantastic.

Available at Walmart and London Drugs

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Lotus and Heavenly Volume- $8.99

Dry shampoo is a girl's best friend even if our boyfriends think it's gross. Batiste is a household name and their original dry shampoo has won a ton of awards. For 2017 they came out with new scents including Lotus which has notes of Apple, Grapes and Jasmine and Heavenly Volume smells like Bergamont, Mandarin, and Lemon. For me, I have to switch up my scents pretty often as I feel like using the same scent ends up smelling "dirty" to me.

My top tip is to use dry shampoo at night time when you know your hair might be oily the next day. This gives it plenty of time to absorb so you won't be left with any white cast or starchiness!

Did any of these products catch your eye? What's your favorite summer beauty product release so far?

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