Summer hair and makeup essentials


Summer is just around the corner, which means lots of fun in the sun, pool days, traveling, and running around.  This also means our hair and makeup routine needs to change a little bit.  It's hard to feel pretty in the summer, especially in the south with temps often times near 100 degrees, and extremely high humidity!  These are my favorite makeup and hair products that I use in the summer to beat the heat and still look and feel presentable...

1.  Physicians Formula Conceal Rx.  This stuff is amazing and only about ten dollars.  It is really tacky and thick and keeps in place pretty well all summer long, even if at the pool.  Bonus:  It covers those circles extremely well if you're dragging from all of your summer activities.

2.  Clinique stay matte oil-free makeup.  I LOVE this foundation, and the matte formula is especially helpful in those hot summer months.  It is $24.00, but worth every penny!!!!

3.  Nars Illuminator in the color orgasm.   I have been using this illuminator for years and it is awesome!  It's like a blush, bronzer, and highlighter in one which is perfect and easy for the summer!  You only need a tiny bit on your cheekbones and you will look like a glowing beach goddess all day!  It also lasts for a long time because you really only need a little bit!

4.  Don't forget those brows!  Even if I skip foundation on a hot day, I always finish off my brows with my Nyx brow mascara.  I use the color blonde and it's just enough to make my brows look a little bit more "done."  I find this also seems to last just fine even after a pool day.   This is only $6.99 and really pulls together your summer face!

5.  Let us not forget that frizzy, crazy, summer hair!! My holy grail to battle the frizz is the famous Moroccanoil treatment.  Put a little bit in the ends of your hair every morning and your hair will not only smell like heaven,  but it will also battle the frizz and your hair will be so soft! I recommend trying the small travel sized bottle first before splurging on the large one, as it is a bit expensive.  Once you've purchased it though, it'll last for ages!  For the full size Moroccanoil treatment, click here.

I hope this helps you all beat the heat this summer while remaining confident and beautiful! As always, thanks for stopping by Honestly West! 


Current favorites


Here are some beauty products that I am loving right now.  Some of them I've mentioned before but I felt so strongly about them that I wanted to talk about them one more time. 

First off, for those of you who read about my search for the perfect bronzer... behold:  Tarte Amazonian clay matte waterproof bronzer.  The color is Park Ave princess.  I know, it's a mouthful. But this stuff is amazing! Not too orange in color or glittery, just simple and straight to the point.  I love it! If you are on the hunt like I was, I highly suggest this!

Next is this amazing concealer by Physicians formula.  I few months ago I was in a pinch and completely out of concealer, so I just picked this stuff up at the grocery store.  It's amazing!  One of the best concealers I've tried at a great price point.  It's called Conceal Rx concealer and the color I use is Natural Light. 

The Orly polish is Kiss the Bride.  Nothing I haven't mentioned but it is oh so pretty and only takes a quick 2 coats.  I love it.  So simple and elegant.

Let's talk about brow gel for a second.  I have been on this eyebrow kick as have most women lately, but I've been trying to find the perfect color.  You want them filled in and pretty but not too dark. (I swear having them a bit filled in and thicker makes you look years younger as well!) I went for this Nyx tinted brow mascara in blonde and it's perfect.  You have to go a few shades lighter in color than your natural hair so it isn't too dark.  This one is light and easy to apply and fills in my brows just enough. 

Lastly, the Younique 3D fiber mascara.  Now...I will say, getting this stuff on and sealed without getting a few fibers in your eyes is nearly impossible, but if you are a patient person and REALLY want the end result of beautiful lashes, then you will stick it out and figure out how to use this stuff without killing your eyes.  I'm always so frustrated when I first put this stuff on and say I won't use it the next day, but then, once it's on and looking beautiful, I always come back the next morning for more.  Go figure.  So there ya have it! I hope y'all try some of these.  They are amazing!