As I mentioned in this post, I have really started taking a deeper look into skincare and how I can help “preserve” this face of mine. I am not getting any younger! Each month I plan on sharing products that I have started to use that I really love in hopes that you find some inspiration or recommendations that can help with your skincare routine. This doesn’t mean that I will only have one beauty post a month, it just means that I am going to group together some of my favorites from the month to make shopping easy.
This month, I have been dealing with humidity and dryness. Yes, it seems there is either too much moisture or it is way too dry. I never agreed to live in Florida or Arizona but it seems California has taken on an entirely new climate that I have just not been a fan of and my skincare has needed some help thanks to it. These products have definitely come in handy over the last few weeks.
Apply makeup can be tricky. I normally use a brush but every now and then I will simply use my fingers. The problem with both is getting a perfect application that is providing coverage but not looking too heavy. Especially with the humidity. Too much on can quickly look TERRIBLE on your skin and your face can seem as if it is melting off. Not only does this sponge provide streak free coverage but what I really love about it is that the makeup sits on TOP of the sponge and doesn’t get absorbed. That means you do not apply too much AND it doesn’t waste a lot of product. This is what I love about using my fingers but it never looks as seamless as using a brush or sponge. This solves that problem. This product can also be washed and used over and over again.
Bliss Body Butter
My skin has felt so dry lately and I was fortunate enough to have a friend give me this body butter for my birthday. It is the perfect balance between providing more moisture than a traditional lotion but not feeling too thick of greasy like some lotions do. This body butter comes in a number of different scents but right now I am using the Grapefruit + Aloe.
Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask
I am discovering that with age, comes dryness…especially living in a dry climate. When it isn’t humid outside it has been extremely dry. Add to this my lack of water (I am terrible about drinking what I should!) and my love for coffee and wine and there are definitely days I can tell my skin is looking WAY TOO dry. This oxygen mask instantly provides moisture, vitamins and and energy to your skin, helping you to look instantly refreshed. It is an easy mask to apply, that simply foams up and in minutes is wiped away. I love using it prior to a night out to help condition my skin and allow my makeup to look much better.
Beauty Counter Lip Sheer
Okay, I will be honest. I haven’t used this one yet, but after reading the reviews, I placed an order for it. I love a dark lip (hence my obsession with red lipstick) but on a day to day, I don’t want to always show up at the school with bright red lips. I need a good nude lipstick and this one comes with a “bestseller” tag on it. Beauty Counter is known for putting your health first, using only all natural ingredients that make them actually safe for you while also providing all the same benefits. Based on reviews this lip sheer provides conditioning and moisturizing benefits while delivering a beautiful sheer color. I am excited to try it out. I have been testing a lot of other Beauty Counter products so keep an eye out for more reviews.
One word. LIFESAVER. With this humidity, my skin has become so shiny so quickly after applying my makeup. It has bothered me so much (no one likes shiny photos!) and I have been carrying around my powder and brush for touch ups. This is basically a re-usable blotting sponge. So simple. Instead of carrying around your blotting papers, this little case holds two sponges that can be used and then washed, to be used again. They are such a quick way to combat shine and I keep it with me at all times. This little compact is made by Beauty Blender and I am such a fan of both.
One other item that I recently started using thanks to another birthday gift is the NuSkin NaPCA Moisture Mist. Just a little spray on the face throughout the day gives your skin that much needed moisture on a dry day and will help keep your makeup looking good. I have only been using this one for a few days but so far, so good!