Summertime – the Essentials

Hi beauties! I’m so excited that summertime is just around the corner – it feels like spring has only just begun! Maybe that’s because of the ridiculously cold weather we were experiencing out in Colorado. But out here, it’s been sunny with plenty of warmth and I’m loving it!

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee, Laura Mercier Gilded Rose, Charlotte Tilbury's Bar of Gold, Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral, Sonia Kashuk tinted moisturizer, e.l.f. mist & set, Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Foundation, Essie All Tied Up, Nails Inc Wellington Square, Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss Plumilicious

With the summer season comes a slight change of products that I’ll be incorporating into my makeup routine. Summer is a season where you usually don’t want to go too heavy with your makeup – especially if you’re in an area where the weather can get unbearably hot and humid (east coasters, you KNOW what I mean!). Last summer, putting on makeup was about as useless as teats on a bull, seriously. I mean the second I stepped outside it would literally start melt off. I’m hoping that this year the humidity might give me a bit of a break. With that said, if at all possible, going with a light face base is key. A tinted moisturizer or a light/medium barely-there-feel foundation will benefit you the most during the hot summer months.

Polish: I’ve said before that I’m not one to follow trends, but as time goes on I’m finding myself more attracted to trend shades for each season. I’m really into peaches, corals and beachy colors right now. Nails Inc. Wellington Square is a gorgeous peachy-orange shade that goes well with all skin tones, and I also really like Essie’s All Tied Up – it’s kind of an earthy coral with gold shimmer in it that just reminds me of the beach. Oranges, corals, mints, warm neons and nude tones are all great for summer.

For cheeks, Josie Maran’s Cheek Gelee is a great pick – the formula is light and creamy and lets you decide how light/heavy you want to go with your colour. It gives your cheeks a radiant, natural glow. Natural and lighter blushers work best during the summer because you really don’t want or need to over-do it. A subtle hint of color will do, just enough that you can tell its there.

Eyes: Again, I’m loving peachy/beachy colors right now and the color shown (Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Rosegold) is one that I actually re-discovered within my stash just a few weeks ago. The color is BEA-U-TIFUL; a true, deep, shimmery rose gold – total buttery perfection and crazy pigmented. Right now I’m really into wearing shadow without any eyeliner at all – just some color on the lids (lately, the Laura Mercier shadow, but any peachy/bronze-y shade will do), a transition shade and some mascara – it really brings a natural, brightened-up look to the eyes.

To give you a radiant, warm glow, add a highlighter or illuminator to the highest point of your cheek bones – one of my personal favorites is Charlotte Tilbury’s Bar of Gold.

Lips: Corals are always great for summer (seen above, Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick in Coachella Coral), but I’m also liking pastel and bright pinks. Right now I’m loving CoverGirl’s new Colorlicious lipgloss in Plumilicious – it gives a bright, but not too bright tint to the lips and has enough pigmentation that it can be worn on its own, which I love.

To top everything off, with my skin being extra oily during the hot months, a setting spray is a must to keep my makeup in place as long as possible. e.l.f.’s Makeup Mist & Set is a much cheaper alternative and dupe for MAC Fix + and Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

So there you have it! What are your essentials and favorites for the warm months to come?


Drink Up! Why Moisturizing is so Important

Hello, all!

Today I want to talk a little bit about skin care. I’m no aficionado, but I can tell you about what works for me.

Now, I’m a popper and a picker. Are any of you guilty of this? When I see a pimple that’s just waiting to burst (I know, I know, but seriously we all go through it!) I cannot just let it sit there no matter how hard I try. I may hold out for a little and keep my mind occupied on something else but soon enough, it calls my name and then I’ve gone and done it. Picking is sooo bad for our skin and even though I know this, I still can’t completely give it up. Not only does it cause acne scarring (I am a huge testament to this), but opening up the spot can spread dirt and bacteria to it, which in turn can cause infections and other permanent spots and marks on our faces. Not cute! Just last year, I stopped using rubbing alcohol on my face, yes RUBBING ALCOHOL. My twice-a-day routine would be to wash my face, I would take a cotton ball soaked in alcohol and rub it all over the spots of my skin that were the most acne prone, which were the outer cheek by my ear, forehead, nose and chin. Then after, I’d use benzoyl peroxide acne cream and “rub my zits off” as one of my best friends would say. I had absolutely no idea how bad this was for my skin, because I couldn’t see any visible effects. Sure, my cheeks and nose would get dry and flaky from time to time, but during those bouts, all I had to do was lotion them up for a couple of days and all would be back to normal again. But essentially, what I was doing was stripping my skin of the natural oils and moisture that it actually needed. I’d heard that drying out your skin would actually cause more oil to produce, but I didn’t believe it one bit. I tried to stop using it a couple of times, but as oily as my skin got, I couldn’t hold out for long.

Moisturizing was a naughty word to me. I just didn’t believe in it. Not even oil-free products. Why would I possibly want to ADD moisture to my already oily T-zone? It just didn’t make sense. I honestly believed it was worse for my skin than having it dry sometimes due to the alcohol use. As I became more interested in beauty, I started to read a bit about skin care and how important moisturizing really is, so I hesitantly gave in and decided to give it a go. I heard that moisturizing your skin will eventually stop the oiliness, but I didn’t see any proof of that. I tried a couple different moisturizers but the hype wore off, I didn’t feel like they were doing anything for me besides causing more grease, so I stopped. Around Christmas time last year, Laura Mercier had a “12 days of Flawless” sale on her site – Every day there would be a really good deal on a certain product. One of the days, her Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Duet was on sale which included a full-size Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Creme and full-size Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Creme for around $48 total, supposedly originally $95. But when I looked at the price for the products separately, the moisturizer was nearly $100 and the eye gel, $60. So even though I wasn’t a fan of moisture, I snatched it up, because A – it was Laura Mercier! and B – there was never going to be an opportunity like that again at that price. I figured, what better time to try this moisture thing out again.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Creme

Needless to say, I’m hooked. I’m actually at a point now where I don’t feel complete unless I’ve moisturized my face after washing. This is one purchase that I can thank my un-thought out instincts for! This moisturizer is said to brighten your skin, give it a more healthy, radiant look and even out your complexion. I don’t know if I can attest to all of those claims, but what I do know is that it moisturizes my skin without ANY feeling of greasiness whatsoever and makes it look awake and refreshed. Though it’s thick, it has a really rich texture that’s light and airy. After wearing it almost daily for the past few months, I can say with 100% certainty that my skin is not nearly as oily as it was before. No more wiping greasy skillet face when I wake up in the morning! It may be due to a couple of things I’ve been doing differently in my skin care routine, but I do truly believe that giving my skin actual time to work with the moisturizer has improved it tremendously. It actually has decreased in oil production! When using it before putting on makeup, I feel it acts sort of like a primer for my primer – it prepares my face, balances everything out and just helps it set perfectly.

Now, because of the price, I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing anytime soon, which is so sad because I do believe this is my HG. I’ll have to find a much less expensive alternative/dupe and I don’t know how easy that will be, but using this has helped me realize that I DO need to moisturize my skin on a daily basis and how important it really is. To protect our skin from dryness which can emphasize our aging, to prevent it from harsh effects of sun exposure (if it contains SPF) which in turn can cause early aging, etc. I was neglecting my skin, and in a way, abusing it by being so harsh. I’ll never go back to that again!

Do you use a moisturizer in your skin care regimen? If so, which one(s)?