Left to right: Tangerine Dream, Dancing Barefoot, and Summer Daze, $15 each, beccacosmetics.com
Is there anything better than a beauty company you know and love expanding into nail polish? I don’t think so. That’s why I was nearly giddy when I got a email this morning announcing that Becca was expanding its offering to include lacquers. The line’s Shimmering Skin Perfector is fantastic (it gives your complexion that dewy, youthful glow), and Mollie just turned me on to their magical Mineral SPF Primer, which smells divine and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines. So I’m not only familiar with the line—I downright adore it.
For their first polish collection, the brand aptly chose to focus on pinky neutrals and has released three colors: Tangerine Dream, a gorgeous coral, Dancing Barefoot, a bright melon, and Summer Daze, a girly rose ($15 each). All the formulas are TFCDF-free, meaning that they don’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, camphor or di butyl phthalateand, and they all dry to a glossy finish. Given that I am having a total love affair with all things peach-colored at the moment, I’m especially excited to try Tangerine Dream.
For other fabulous nail colors, check out our selection of Zoya polishes.
Over the weekend, we fully transitioned from spring to summer, which meant I got to wear my new Yumi Kim romper (obsessed), but it also meant that my apartment turned into a sweatbox. I’m all for the sunshine, but keeping makeup on in the heat and humidity is tricky at best. My new best friend: face primers with built-in SPF. They help keep your tinted moisturizer or foundation on in the heat and give you an added layer of sun protection. I’ve been experimenting with different formulations and have found a couple winners:
NARS Makeup Primer with SPF 20: Rubs in completely, no ghostly after effect. Acts like a moisturizer, which means you won’t get the matte, dry finish of a silicone-based primer. Excellent under makeup.
Becca Mineral Primer with SPF 30: I was worried that a primer with such a high SPF would feel goopy, but this formulation actually feels extremely light and has a dry, powdery finish. It gave me the slightest whitish cast at first, but that quickly faded and it helped my tinted moisturizer last through an 8-hour long rooftop drinking sesh.
With the heat kicking in, these are definitely going to be regulars in my beauty rotation.
P.S. For more coverage and sun protection, I top my primer with Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint with SPF 20.
P.P.S. Still not sure why you need primer? Read our Cheat Sheet and find out.