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5 #GirlBoss Products You Should Try This Summer

summer makeup favourites review

i.e. five must-have beauty essentials [created by women-owned brands aka #girlboss brands] that you should try this summer!

Foreword: Why Girlboss?

I am all about women's empowerment. I come from a family of strong, hard-working women and am surrounded by some of the loveliest, most supportive and inspiring females both at work and in my beauty-obsessed blogosphere. Not that long ago it has dawned on me, that at least 90% of the brands I love and use on a daily basis, are all founded/owned by [you guessed it right] #girlbosses.

Becca Cosmetics (founded by Rebecca Morris Williams) was the first brand that saw potential in me, despite the fact that I only had 300 followers on Instagram. It was Tonya Crooks (celebrity brow artist/founder of The Brow Gal) who showed me so much love and even found time for an interview, despite her hectic schedule. It was Megan Hess, who shared my love for a glittery shadow and encouraged me to keep on illustrating. It is a Glossier (founded by Emily Weiss) product review, that still attracts thousands of readers to this site and eventually took me to the top on Google search. It was both Pat McGrath and Fenty Beauty (founded by Rihanna) who gave my platform a great boost; not because I had six figure digits, but because they believed in my work. Finally it is my amazing female audience (and a couple of very nice boys, hey!) - I wouldn't be where I am now, if it wasn't for you! You really showed me that GIRL POWER is not just a slogan; it is a real thing.

#1 Sunscreen

I used to have a love/hate relationship with sunscreens. My biggest pet-peeves are: white cast and peeling. But that was until I tried Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40. This is a unique brand founded by Holly Thaggard, that solely focuses on UV protection. I am new to Supergoop! but from what I can tell - it really has the most impressive and green suncare range available at Sephora today; whether you want an SPF facial mist or eye/lip suncare, they have it all!

supergoop! unseen sunscreen broad spectrum spf 40 review

What attracts me the most is the fact that this sunscreen is: a) invisible and clear; b) suitable for pretty much all skin types, but mainly dry skin thanks to Red Algae, Meadfoam Seed Oil, Frankincense, Jojoba, Shea and many other wonderful (antioxidant) ingredients. It looks/feels like your typical pore-filling, smoothing primer. Think Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer, except 100 times better, because it actually protects you from sunburn/pollution/cancer.

It has a very faint sweet scent, but nothing overpowering. I find that it does smooth my texture, but doesn't feel greasy/oily at the same time. It is the most perfect "unseen" layer of sun protection any makeup junkie could ever ask for. Once it sinks into the skin, it won't move/budge/get blotchy/separate or anything like that. It really does feel like an invisible primer, that additionally allows a better makeup application. The only thing, this is not the most hydrating sunscreen ever (after all it is a gel, not a cream). Whenever I use it - my skin looks a touch satin/matte at first, however, it does go back to its dewy/hydrated state in a matter of 3-4 hours. It actually holds my makeup in place for a very long time too and is perfect for a humid climate. Didn't break me out, didn't cause any drama. In three words, I looooove it and think that everyone should experience a magic of Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40.

becca cosmetics shimmering skin perfector liquid highlighter review

#2 Liquid Highlighter

If you are a friend to this blog (welcome back!), then you know just how much I love all things Becca Cosmetics. My most used product from the brand is their iconic Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter. Their pressed powder highlighters are still my HG, but there is nothing like a drop of liquid Opal or Champagne Pop mixed in with your foundation (especially if your skin is naturally as matte as mine!).

People often compliment me, saying just how glowy skin looks both in person and on social media. No secret here: it is always Becca's liquid highlighters you guys. Look at any makeup photo on my Instagram; 100% chance I am wearing one. Since it is not as blinding as the brand's pressed formula (check out my Glow Glossary article to find your perfect Becca Cosmetics highlighter), I will often use it to sheer out some of my medium/full coverage foundations or gently pat a small amount of product on high points of my face to add dimension. This formula acts as a great base for a pressed highlighter as well. Use it on face or body to glow like a Victoria's Secret model. Perfect summer essential here. Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter is also every makeup artist's backstage secret; Lisa Eldridge has been using this gem for well over 15 years now and if that doesn't tell you something, then I don't know what will!

becca cosmetics gradient sunlit bronzer review

#3 Bronzer

Keeping up with a theme of all things glowy, I must confess that I am totally in love with