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2018 Summer Beauty Favorites Roundup

August 27, 2018

As summer comes to an end, I wanted to make a roundup of my summer beauty favorites. These goodies are ones that I have consistently found myself reaching towards this entire summer. From a new favorite foundation to discovering a new highlighter, there is definitely something for everyone in this list. Most of these items are for sure going to be still used during the fall time, too! Hope you enjoy reading through these beauty favorites!

Anastasia Contour Kit 

color: medium to tan

I have been so obsessed with this kit for so many reasons. So I am not that great with makeup so when it comes to makeup, I am definitely looking for versatility and ease of use over anything else. I actually got this in Marshall’s and had no idea how to use it—just figured that I should have some contour palette in my collection. I’ve since learned to use this palette to bring more dimension back to my face if I were to wear foundation that day. Actually, now that I think about it, the only time I use it is probably on the days I’m wearing foundation. But within this past month, I have also doubled up on its duty and also wear the darker browns as my eye shadow! Lazy me needed a quick eye look signaling that I tried one day and just thought I would try it. I thought it worked great and blended so well! 

YSL Rogue Pur Couture Lipstick

shade 66: Bois De Rose Satin Finish

I got this lipstick about 3 years ago and have since fallen back in love with it when I randomly wanted to wear it again one day. Mattes during the summer are extra drying on my lips for some reason so I’ve been learning towards more hydrating lip product. This one is the perfect pinky nude for me. I once again began to understand what people meant by the “your lips but better” color. I think this color looks great on everyone and goes with EVERY look. It’s subtle yet still packs a punch!

Chantecaille Blush & Highlighter 

L’Arbre Illuminé Palette

Like contouring, I had no idea what to do with blush and what to do with it all. But this palette was so gorgeous and the colors inside are to die for! Don’t even let me get started about how cute the packaging is! I usually get nervous around blush because of all the bright pinks out there, but these shades are quite subdued and airy. I think they would look good on ANY skin color/tone. Personally, I just take a large blush brush and rub it across all of them and apply for the perfect pink cheeks! And bonus, every time I use it, Alex notices and compliments me by saying he likes my “pink cheeks.”

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator

Shade Indiscretion

Another item that I had no idea what I was doing with. When I tried this product out for the first time, I was so confused at where I should put it, how much and if it would even look good. But because this shade is so versatile, it looks good on everyone! And it’s not too in your face so I never fear that it looks as if I am applying too much. And everyone loves a good glow in the summer!

Bobbi Brown Foundation

Shade Warm Natural (4.5)

And the core of it all is this new foundation that I have been loving. I found this at Nordstrom Rack and with the help of my friend, we found the perfect color match. I don’t think I tan that much in the summer since I am always inside so I am definitely going to continue wearing this! The formula is extremely buildable and long-lasting. My favorite part is the bottle — it’s feels so well-made!

Cover FX Finishing Powder

Shade: Light Translucent

To seal all that in, I started using a powder which helps with my sweaty/oily parts as the day progresses. This one is great because I don’t have to worry about color-matching and it was kinda fool-proof to learn how to use. It really makes my makeup last a lot longer and prevents my face from looking too cakey which is something I hate.

YSL The Shock Mascara

Color: Asphalt Black

I was thinking maybe this mascara was called the shock because of the shock it gave me when I realized I liked something other than the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara I have been sooo obsessed with lately. This mascara has been so AMAZING! I don’t know how else to put it, but it makes my lashes look longer and fuller without making them look chunky or like I have spider-legs on my eyeballs. At first, I thought I was crazy for liking it so much and maybe it was because I was using something new, but even my sister said it was good!!


Wow, I tried so many new things this summer and it was a great one at that. I can’t remember the last time I was such a big makeup junkie! This collection just keeps growing and I can’t help myself — now I just need someone who is more of a professional or better than me (which shouldn’t be too hard) to come help/teach me more things! It has also gotten me more excited to try out more things in the future to curate more beauty favorites blog posts for you all.

A million and one thanks for reading — until my next lil’ thought then!

xx Jen

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  • Reply yuka August 27, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    I love that laura Mercier highlighter! It’s gorgeous!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 28, 2018 at 10:17 am

      it’s so gorgeous on every skin tone! you should definitely try it!
      xx jen

  • Reply mercy August 28, 2018 at 2:05 am

    These are top brands! I want this YSL lippie.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 28, 2018 at 10:17 am

      it’s so gorgeous and i have been loving to wear it nonstop!
      xx jen

  • Reply LianaLaurie August 28, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Amazing post, dear! A big hello from Germany!
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 28, 2018 at 11:45 am

      thank you so much!!
      xx jen

  • Reply Nina August 28, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    So cute products!! Have a lovely day dear and thanks for sharing!

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 29, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      thanks for stopping by!
      xx jen

  • Reply Kara August 28, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    These all look like such great products! I’ll be adding that lipstick to my list of products to try since the color is beautiful. Thank you for the suggestions!

    x Kara |

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 29, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Kara! This lipstick looks AH-MAZING on everyone I have made try haha and it’s the perfect pinky nude! I would love to see it on you!
      xx jen

  • Reply Chloe August 29, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Great products! I swear by the ABH contour kit!

    Chloe x

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 29, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      it’s so amazing!! I’m sure you are much better at using it than I am haha
      xx jen

  • Reply Carolyn August 29, 2018 at 12:49 am

    ooh that highlighter is so pretty!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 29, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      it’s sooo gorgeous and easy to use!
      xx jen

  • Reply Janet August 29, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Beautiful picks here Jen! I have the Laura Mercer highlighter too, it’s so beautiful! Can’t wait to see what makeup products you buy next! xx

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 29, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      The laura mercier highlighter is so amazing – I love how easy it is to incorporate! Thanks so much for reading janet!
      xx jen

  • Reply Emily August 29, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Wow I would love to try all of these! I’ve especially been looking for a good highlighter – I love Laura Mercer!

    -Emily |

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 29, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      These are all so amazing! I totally think you should get that highlighter–works for everyone!
      xx jen

  • Reply Peppermint Dolly August 30, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Great round up Jen! I’d not heard about the Chantecaille blush palate, it looks so pretty!!

    Rebecca |

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      thanks so much rebecca! that pallette is so stunning!
      xx jen

  • Reply Alex August 30, 2018 at 3:21 am

    This countour palette looks so nice !

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      it’s so amazing and i seriously use it for everything!
      xx jen

  • Reply Rosegal August 30, 2018 at 3:42 am

    These are great products! Especially I have been looking these type of highlighter, Thanks dear for sharing this:)
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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      these are my absolute faves at the moment!
      xx jen

  • Reply Diana August 30, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Matte lipsticks DO feel more drying in the summer! So weird! Loved this round up x


    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      haha yesss maybe cause we are always so hot and looking for every ounce of moisture we can find lol — thanks for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply Lisa Autumn August 30, 2018 at 5:47 am

    The Laura Mercier highlighter looks GORGEOUS!

    x Lisa |

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      it is so beautiful on everyone!
      xx jen

  • Reply Jessica August 30, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Lovely selection dear. That Anastasia Contour Kit is sooo pretty!

    Jessica |

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      it’s so amazing for everything!
      xx jen

  • Reply Federica Di Nardo August 30, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Craving the YSL Mascara!


    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      it makes your lashes look so AMAZING!
      xx jen

  • Reply Fads A August 30, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Omg that blush and highlighter palette is so freakin’ pretty. I need it in my life!

    Love, Fads | The Ästron

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      yes you do babes!
      xx jen

  • Reply Lovely Amusan August 30, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Loving all your picks and that Laura Mercier Highlighter.


    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      that highlighter is so gorgeous on everyone–you need it!
      xx jen

  • Reply Carina Herren August 30, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Great suggestions! Love ABH contour kit and I heard lots of good things about Cover Fx powder! Thanks for sharing!


    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      both are great products–you should definitely try them out!
      xx jen

  • Reply Natoya Henry August 30, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I would love to try the Cover fix and Anastasia. The blush palette looks gorgeous and fairly okay prices too : ) xo

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      yesss the prices are great for the everyday items — i have to admit the chantecaille palette is a bit costly but so worth it! thanks for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply Missy May August 30, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    That YSL lipstick is calling my name. Love the lush shade. Gotta check it out.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      it’s soo gorgeous on everyone! i definitely think it will look AMAZING on ya!
      xx jen

  • Reply Chloe August 30, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Ahhhhh, this post! Exactly what I needed to read! So many pretty little products I want to try now!!

    Chloe x |

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 30, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      hehe thanks for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply heather noire August 31, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I love these picks here. The beauty products are stunning. I am in love with that lipstick and that blushes are stunning. 🙂

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen August 31, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      i love the blush palette!
      xx jen

  • Reply rin handika September 1, 2018 at 3:01 am

    I love Laura Mercier too and it’s always looks so good! Nice post!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen September 1, 2018 at 10:51 am

      this is my first time trying her products and i love them! thanks for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply mel September 1, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Love all of these! YSL lippies are my fav but definitely have to try out that foundation – I’m always looking for new ones 🙂

    xx, mel

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen September 1, 2018 at 10:51 am

      you should definitely check it out–I know a lot of people who love it!
      xx jen

  • Reply Alexandra September 12, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Best review ever! thanks for sharing

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    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen September 12, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      thanks so much for reading!!
      xx jen

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