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Self-tanner? Bronzer? Coconut-scented everything? What's giving you all the summertime feels this year?
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Image via @bethfollertmakeup for Vibe Cosmetics on Instagram

Image via @bethfollertmakeup for Vibe Cosmetics on Instagram

The Lipstick League is wondering whether there's a specific beauty product that has got you psyched about summer.

Okay, I don't like being in direct sunlight, nor do I like sticky heat, but I do like summer. I like that there's waaaay more sunshine and so many more hours of light. I like that we don't have to wear coats and boots. I like that in general people are happier. I love all the green grass and colourful flowers and gorgeous sunsets. And I love using sheer red gel or cream blush over bronzer to create that glowing, sunburned-cheeks look from our childhood. It's my favourite summer makeup look. I wait all year to wear it.

RMS Lip 2 Cheek in Beloved

RMS Lip 2 Cheek in Beloved

Years ago, DuWop had the best blush + bronzer compact ever. Called Bronzerush, it featured a flattering powder bronzer and a sheer red gel blush. That blush tapped over the bronzer delivered a lovely natural sun-flushed look I adore. Yes, the gel blush went over the bronzer – it created a pretty sheen that served as a dewy highlight that looks like summer skin.

Bronzerush no longer exists in exactly the same format – first the brand changed the shade and texture of the blush, then they discontinued it. It's now available again in a revamped format, but I don't know how it compares. When the blush shade changed, I moved on to other ways to get the look.

This year I've found the ideal new lip-and-cheek shade and formula – RMS Beauty Lip 2 Cheek in Beloved ($45 CAD and $36 USD at – to wear over whatever bronzer I choose (I've got lots of options including mattes, as per shoppity shop, below). Now I've just got to get into selfie mode to show you how it looks. Stay tuned...

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now.

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now...

we heart this  Bright colour, major pigment, minimal price; NYX brings it with their two latest eyeshadow palettes.

Beautygeeks has a new crush on an old skincare friend now that it’s been reformulated in a major and surprising way.

Blushing Noir  Every once in awhile you stumble on a product that gives you so much inspiration that you have to step outside the box. A lot. This palette did that for Brooke.

EauMG  It’s been three years in the making and it’s finally here! Proenza Schouler has launched their first perfume, Arizona. Was the wait worth it? Let’s see.

Painted Ladies  Ever wondered what to do with what looks like a stubby foundation brush? Sheila shows you how to use a flat contour brush in the latest Which Makeup Brush Where?

Phyrra  Courtney's serving up summer goth queen fashion with the Sourpuss Queen of Darkness Top!

Prime Beauty  Now that summer is officially here, Prime Beauty has the low down on the newest innovations from the sunscreen experts, Supergoop!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

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So, now you know my summer jam is an RMS mineral cream cheek/lip colour I bought from Sephora. What's yours?

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