Core Collection: My Summer 2019 Favorites

Fall is officially here, so it is time to go over my favorites from the 2019 summer season. I like to call these my core collection items, because I find myself reaching for them over similar products in my stockpiles. These are items I am still working on, so they will not make the Empties article for this season. Each is still worthy of discussion, so this is the place I like to do that. Items I am still in love with once I empty them become FabuFinds. While I cannot promise I will ever finish these (some products expire before I can empty them) and I cannot promise I will still love them enough to label them as FabuFinds upon completion, I loved them throughout this season. Many of these items are serious contenders for my Best of the Year article. There were six items I really enjoyed this summer.

Like my FabuFinds, these are items I consider great deals. The deal discoveries do not need a discount to earn their value (although I will always try to find one if I can). Most of the time they are new to my collection. That is mostly due to the large amount of new products I try each year. Sometimes, they are items I’ve tried in the past but love more upon rediscovery. While I try to edit mini reviews into any article I mentioned these items in, I like to dedicate more time and attention to items I feel are worth the extra effort.

The Minetan Violet Self Tan Foam gives me such a great, bronze but not at all orange, color. It has streak free application. There is a really even distribution of product as long as I apply at least two coats. My skin is dry. I usually dislike applying tanning foam, because it prevents me from putting on body moisturizer. This one is exceptional, because it makes my skin feel moisturized.

I went swimming twice this summer. Both times, I generously coated my hair and scalp with Orlando Pita Play Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Thermal Spray to protect it from the sun. When I go in the sun for long periods of time, I get a burn on my scalp. That protects as much of my scalp as possible. Most sunscreens cannot really cover it, so it forces me to put my hair up in a bun. Even the ones that do fall short of working, because I cannot easily reapply them at the pool or water park. My head did not get burned this summer. As I have not tried this before blow drying or hot tools (given how rarely I use those things), I cannot review it that way yet. The only complaint I have with this is it does leave the hair near my scalp a little crunchy when I apply it to dry hair, which is not an issue if I am swimming anyway. If I am looking for SPF on dry hair on a day in the sun without water, I would probably reach for something else.

Lalicious The Oil has an amazing scent. It gives me sweet, tropical vibes. This is a multi-use oil. My favorite use is as a massage oil. It is very moisturizing and glides nicely.

I did not think I would even like the Evian Facial Spray. Getting it was more of a novelty and a thought that I could cross it off my list. It surprised me when I fell in love with it. The mist is perfect, because it is really soft and gentle. There is a wonderful distribution of product. My favorite thing is how well it hydrates. Considering it is just water, I did not expect that. As long as I blot, my skin feels the added moisture.

The Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette has my favorite colors of all the Naked palettes so far. Most of the shades are really smooth.

For the most part the shadows transferred onto the eyes the way they swatched. Flyby is powdery with a lot of fallout. Sweet is smooth and applies like a dream, but there is a lot of fallout. Swarm is smooth and applies like a dream, but there is a lot of fallout. Amber applies evenly and has little fallout. Keeper is smooth and applies like a dream, and there is a lot of fallout. Golden applies evenly and has moderate fallout. Honey applies evenly and has very little fallout. Queen is hard pressed and needs to be built, but it has no fallout. Hive is somewhat patchy, and there is a lot of fallout. Drip applies evenly, but there is a lot of fallout. HBIC applies evenly and has moderate fallout. Sting applies evenly, but there is a lot of fallout.

I did not get any creasing with any of the looks I created. Considering I have hooded, oily lids, that is a major accomplishment. There was no fading either. The looks were as vibrant at the end of the night as they were when I applied them. Overall, it was very easy to work with. While I could have blended a little more for a more seamless look, that is on me, not Urban Decay. Though I used MAC Fix+ on the metallic shades, I did not use a glitter glue. This is a rare palette where the mattes have more fallout than the metallics. It seems like the metallics all have a firmer press.

The MILK MAKEUP Cooling Water is really refreshing. Whether I am wearing makeup or not, I find myself reaching for this. Since I have not tried it with puffy eyes yet, I cannot promise it helps that way. If you want your eyes to get a boost of hydration or a hint of cooling, you might enjoy this though. The small stick is the perfect size for the under eyes. I do not think the large stick would work as well for the eyes, but this is refreshing all over the face.

What do you think about my Summer 2019 favorites? Do you like any of these? Are there any you hate? Let me know below. See all favorites articles. Subscribe to the blog to get updates on all posts. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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