The Beauty Brief

The Beauty Brief // via South by Northwest

Hello beauty lovers! I’ve been dutifully playing with products all month so I can share my findings with you guys. This month’s roundup is all about laid-back summer beauty, from the triple threat face spray to the hair styling creme that will make your morning routine a million times easier.

Bumble and bumble Don't Blow It Creme

When it’s 95 degrees out, the thought of blow drying my hair makes me want to weep. Enter Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It Creme! Spread a dollop evenly through towel-dried hair, twist into a loose bun (or twist hair in sections around your fingers, then let it hang loose) and allow to air dry. You’ll get body, texture and softness with virtually zero effort – always a big win in my book. I like to use this on weekends and days when I work from home since it takes a couple of hours for my hair to air dry.

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil

I actually started using this in the winter when my lips were super chapped, but Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil is perfect for summer, too. That tropical scent! That refreshing coolness! In addition to being intensely moisturizing, it has a nice glossy shine…plus, it’ll only cost you a few bucks. Your lips will love it!

Coola Makeup Setting Spray

This stuff is technically a makeup setting spray, and it does the job just fine. But I bought it to use as a sunscreen and makeup refresher. It’s made with green tea, aloe, and hyaluronic acid, so it’s both soothing and moisturizing – and with SPF 30, it keeps your skin protected throughout the day. A spritz of this feels heavenly after being out in the sun for a few hours.

NARS the Multiple

Ah, the Multiple. Who among us isn’t obsessed? This multitasking cream stick is a summer staple; you can use it as a blush or bronzer, and some shades even work on your lips. My favorite is South Beach (pictured), which creates the perfect golden beachy glow.

What products are you loving right now? Anything you’re dying to try? Has anyone gotten their hands on the new Naked palette yet?

♥ Mil

Bumble vs Bumble: A Tale of Two Sprays

Any beauty junkie worth her Orgasm blush is familiar with the glory that is Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, a magical concoction which transforms even superfine, pin-straight strands into windswept, tousled waves. I’ve been a devotee for years, and when I heard there was a new variation on the classic coming out, I vowed to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Read on for my comparison of the two products! (Spoiler alert: they’re both awesome.)

Bumble vs Bumble: A Tale of Two Sprays // via South by Northwest

The original Surf Spray is a summertime staple; nothing will change that. But it offers a very different set of benefits than its new counterpart. Surf Spray is all about the texture, creating an aura of cool girl nonchalance that can only be achieved in nature by spending an afternoon at the beach and letting the wind and sea be your styling tools. It’s rough, messy, and pure surfer chic. Surf Spray can leave your hair feeling a bit dry, but it provides better hold and boosts volume in a way that an oil-based spray just can’t.

That being said, Surf Infusion is heavenly! Loaded with coconut and mango oils along with Dead Sea salt, this spray gives you what I like to think of as Mermaid Hair: incredibly soft, smooth, flowing tresses you don’t often see on anyone other than a Disney princess. (Shhh, I know a mermaid’s hair would always be wet…don’t question it.) Surf Infusion is marketed as the better choice for dry or coarse hair, but I can assure you that it’s lightweight enough for fine hair too. It does lack the body-boosting capabilities of the original (since it’s oil-based, you can’t spray it on your roots), but it makes up for it with softness and shine.

The verdict? For true beach-inspired waves, you can’t beat the original Surf Spray. But if it’s soft touchability you’re after, give Surf Infusion a try.

Are you a fan of Surf Spray? Have you tried Surf Infusion? I’d love to hear what you think!

♥ Mil

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