Summer is the best time to play with makeup, and we had tons of fun doing just that for this season's fashion spread, Full Flower. Before the shoot, we asked a few of our favorite beauty brands like Pacifica and Medusa's Makeup to send us some samples of their summer must-haves, and they came through with these great picks:
1. Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara in Deep
We love a vegan mascara that makes eyes pop and stands up to sweat. The classic black Abyss shade is our go-to, but Pacifica also let us preview its next big hue, Deep. "Deep will be the color of the fall with just a subtle hint of blue for a pop of color," said the brand's founder Brook Harvey Taylor. "I was just in NYC showing it to all the editors, and they went wild over it."
2. Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation
This is a summer daily must for us, given the super-sheer, natural look and feel and built-in SPF 17.
3. Medusa's Makeup Shadow Brush
This cruelty-free tool of the trade feels soft and lovely on the eyelids, works efficiently, and comes in our fave color, pink.
4. Eco Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Hair Texturizer
Beach hair is awesome hair. Whether we're on the sand or in the city, we like to spray in this lovely-smelling, texture-generating mix of herbs and essential oils for our signature summer wild-child look. [Note: We received this sample as part of our monthly Vegan Cuts beauty box.]
5. Medusa's Makeup Lipstick
Lip color that's vegan, made in the U.S., and has staying power. We like Baroque for an everyday shade, but we are also into the bright-orangey goodness of Rio for summer. Our stylist Colleen snatched up the latter with an enthusiastic "hell yes!" and took it home.
6. Medusa's Makeup 100% Maracuja Oil
Made of passion fruit seeds, this oil is a multi-tasker that can tackle anything from dry skin and hair to massages. It also works great as a summer refresher -- just rub a few drops between your palms and pat lightly onto face.
7. Pacifica Fragrances
Subtle yet definitely there, these light scents are perfect for layering. Combine two or more to create your custom blend. For us, Brook recommended Island Vanilla + Sandalwood to capture The Stylish Kind's playful-yet-sophisticated vibe, and Indian Coconut + Sandalwood to encapsulate summer fun. Perfection.
8. Medusa's Makeup Eye Dust in Vanilla Latte
With just the right amount of summer sparkle, this pink shade acts almost as a neutral and looks great with any eye color. We think it really makes blue or brown eyes pop, and we've been wearing it every day.
What's gorgeous makeup without an equally gorgeous bag to keep it together? That's where Della came in. We are huge fans and coveters of this label's totes and travel pouches. Not only are they supremely stylish, but they're also made with an important mission in mind. Della works with makers in Ghana who handcraft each piece for a fair wage, and the company also offers educational opportunities like literacy courses and money-management training.
Looking good and feeling good. That's our kind of style.