I just returned from sunny Turks & Caicos where I spent a fabulous week reviewing a few beautiful resorts that I can’t wait to share with you! While away, I swam in the ocean and enjoyed beachfront views as picturesque as a postcard! I love when brands release fun new products that encourage you to embrace the season and I’m totally digging Quo’s summer collection inspired by a nautical theme. The cute blue packaging reminds me of my time cruising the ocean and the shimmery pigments give my skin a gorgeous glow.
Many of us are planning to soak up some sun, enjoy the great outdoors and get social this summer so sunkissed, dewy skin is a must! The stunning Sunny Days Bronzer is designed to resemble ocean waves and the palette is large enough to last several summers! There are 3 shades in the compact ~ matte sand, silvery champagne and golden bronze which all work to illuminate, accentuate and enhance your features.
The texture of the powders is soft, silky and smooth so they feel incredibly light on the skin with no caking or dryness. They also have a mild creamy consistency for easy blending and I love the iridescent, sheer finish that makes skin appear radiant and fresh! What’s interesting about these pigments is the combination of micro-fine shimmer particles mixed with larger glittery specks that provide a multidimensional, luminous effect on the surface of the skin. These glimmering fragments reflect light to make the complexion appear bright and vibrant!
You can also use the powder on your lids for a sheer wash of color or blend them under the brows for highlight. On the cheeks they can be layered subtly or intensified for a glamorous glow. Although the colors aren’t deep enough to provide a bronzed effect, the universally flattering hues are perfect for achieving beautiful, lustrous skin. The powder retails for $22.00 which is a great deal considering its size!
The eye shadow palettes are available in 3 color collections but the one I have (High Tide) has a nice variety of cool, subtle tones. The deeper shades are great for creating smoldering summer looks for a night out and seductive smoky eyes.
There are 8 shadows with a range of matte and shimmer finishes for the lids and crease. The color pay-off may differ by shade but for the most part the pigmentation is good and when paired with primer, they can be enhanced nicely.
The texture of the shadows is luxurious and quite velvety which makes for great blending and they can be smudged-out for a pretty faded effect. The eye compact has the same playful nautical print and the size is ideal for travel, (the palette retails for $18.00).
Sticking with the beachy, ocean theme, the Precision Liquid Liner in the shade Navy Blue will add a little something extra to your makeup looks this summer. The ink is wonderfully pigmented so you get clean, sharp lines with intense pigmentation every time and because the applicator sits in a pot of color, it doesn’t dry out like felt/marker liners. The flexible tip works around the natural curve of your eye and although the point is thin you can easily create thicker lines. (It retails for $12.00).
I like rocking bright, bold lip color during the summer months so I actively maintain the health of my skin to prevent chapping and peeling. To keep your pout in-check, Quo has released a new Lip Oil formulated to nourish and hydrate while providing a hint of shine. The smooth formula glides on effortlessly and just one layer drenches lips in lush, lightweight moisture. The paddle shaped applicator is perfect for spreading the formula and although it is oil, it doesn’t feel greasy or slick. There are two translucent shades available and I am definitely keeping one in my purse! They retail for $12.00.
When it comes to my nails I’ve been slacking big time! I haven’t had a proper mani in weeks and there is really no excuse! The Quo by Orly limited edition summer collection has inspired me to stop procrastinating and get my nails in order. I have the shade Purple Sunset which has a pretty pink base but they are also available in lime, pink and coral hues. These polishes are easy to apply and the bright, cheerful colors look amazing in the sun! You can pick them up for $9.99 each.
Quo Cosmetics can be found exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart