Summer’s here which means my skin is sort of freaking out. I’m typically a vampire and I try to avoid the sun as much as possible and SPF myself to death but when the warmer weather hits I’m outside a lot more and it can’t be avoided. I tend to tan easily as well even with a high level of SPF on my face plus add in air conditioner and humidity and suddenly my dry skin is doing all sorts of weird stuff like being oily one minute and super dry the next.
This all means I have to take time out and switch up my skincare as well as shades of my concealer and foundation!
Here’s some makeup and skincare I’m really loving on my face at the moment during the warmer weather.
As soon as I’m out of the shower and hitting my vanity the first thing I’m putting on my face in the morning Kanebo Allie Extra UV Gel Mineral Moist N SPF SPF 50+ PA++++ (Review). The Allie formula is a tried and true favorite for me with a lightweight cream texture that absorbs easily and doesn’t leave behind a white cast.
After my SPF I put on Clinique’s new Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly (Review). Love, love, love this stuff. It’s a little tacky at first but it absorbs super fast and leave my skin hydrated but not greasy or shiny. I’m having a severely hard time with my regular moisturizers of choice lately because they create a bit too much shine and this is perfectly lightweight with being heavy or shiny.
At the moment I’m having a big love affair with Volition Beauty and their Helix AM/PM Eye Gel (Review) is my BFF eye cream of choice. This is a thicker eye gel that really, really wears well under concealer if you have drier eyes. I can sincerely tell the difference in my eye bags, dryness, and concealer coverage when I’m wearing this vs another eye cream. It seems like it extends the wear of concealer and fills in finer lines while minimizing the look of my puffy eyes.
Speaking of awesome products from Volition Beauty, another item I’m loving on my face at the moment is their Turmeric Brightening Polish! Oh my god! This stuff is so amazing! I have a review upcoming later today of it. I pictured this a few months ago when Sephora had 15% off and I’m actually almost done with my tube and ready for a refill! This is a nice physical facial scrub that leaves my skin not only smooth but also glowing! I swear after using it my entire face takes on a healthy rosy glow! Love it! Stay tuned for my review.
Speaking of smooth skin, as you know I reviewed the CosRX Two in One Poreless Power Liquid (Review) a few months ago and it didn’t quite work out for me as I felt like it my skin drier. I started injecting it back into my skincare routine towards the middle of June and WOW it’s really working out well. I still likely won’t be able to use this come Winter but right now it’s really doing great things for my skin. I really wish I had a before and after shot my nose as that’s where I have visible pores and I swear they just disappeared. My nose is so smooth now! Not to mention my skin appears a lot smoother as well! Plus it’s really do a nice job with excess oil! As my skin has been quite shiny lately.
Speaking of CosRX, Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence has been treating me very well! This little number contains 95% galactomyces ferment filtrate that help hydrate my skin but also the entire formula seems to really restore the glow to my skin so I look a hell of a lot duller when I’m using this as part of my nightly routine!
Let’s get past the skincare though and on to some makeup!
I always really like lightweight, sheer foundation since my skin is pretty clear and I require something that brightens but not necessarily something that conceals. I like a “my skin but better” type of foundation and that’s been coming at me through Benefit’s Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation (Review) lately. I got this a few weeks ago and I have to say it’s been my best friend through my Summer travels. It’s so lightweight! It evens out my skin tone, eases dullness, and just gives my skin a beautifully fresh look! I’m really enjoy this one! If you’re not interested in committing to a new foundation you can give the mini version a try out as it’s a mere $10 bucks!
Also, it’s sort of old and I’ve been using it a while now but damn that seven buck Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Conceal & Contour is ridiculously awesome. It’s a refreshing change from Tarte Shape Tape as the formula is super creamy and a heck of a lot more hydrating with excellent full coverage! I started using it a few months ago and it’s become my go for Summer since it looks a lot less dry than Shape Tape!
As for blush, the award for best Summer blush always goes to NARS Orgasm and thank god it’s available in a bigger size for Summer. If you hate it, try using a fiber brush to apply it! It’ll change your life promise!
And of course, my absolute favorite that I hope MAC brings back one day, is Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder. Ugh this stuff is like my perfect golden coral pink blush for Summer. Ebay.com is still a fairly reliable source to score one of these on and well worth the effort because it’s such a gorgeous blush shade!
As for my lips, I’m all about Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick (Review) all day everyday! These are so soft and melt-y with a high shine finish and beautiful color! Totally a great Summer lipstick!
Speaking of Maybelline I finally tried Molten Peach Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter (Review) and that blew my mind! Such a great peachy highlighter that gives me a beautiful Summer glow! Well worth a pick up! I liked it so much I purchased a backup!
So, that’s the makeup and skincare I’m loving on my face at the moment.
What are your Summer loves?
Do share ’em!