So, truth be told, I’ve been struggling with producing blog posts on any sort of schedule along with working twenty hours a week, while finishing my final year of my degree. I’ve definitely been excited about blogging, so there aren’t any problems on that front but some deadline stress and the sudden onset of a cold has left me overwhelmed. I’m trying to get it together and I think I’m definitely moving towards getting there. And, I’ll stop now – this is not a catch up sort of post: onto those products that were essential for me throughout the summer.
Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo in 01 Clair Brunettes ($60): From the start to the very finish of the summer, I happily reached for this limited-edition bronzing powder without complaint. It does start out sheer, but I liked that because of how easy it was to use and how buildable the shade was – and it has gorgeous yellow-beige undertones and a warm but not orange base. The powder is creamy and is the least powdery powder ever. I’ve made such a dent in this one and I’m also partial to the sliver of coral blush on the side of the compact.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte ($39): The only lip product that I relied on consistently throughout the summer was a similarly pricey warm neutral peachy rose cream lipstick. As I would insist on for a lipstick this expensive, it has a phenomenal comfortable but lasting formula and the colour is such a flattering versatile one, sitting somewhere between a peachy-coral-tinged neutral shade and one of those typically deeper rosy hues.
Studio Makeup Smooth Endurance Cream Eyeshadow in Souffle ($26): Whenever I was in need of a cream shadow base for a more elaborate eyeshadow kind of look, or if I was lazy or running out of time and needed something to apply quickly and look instantly polished, I grabbed for this metallic (but not glittery in the slightest) slightly coppery champagne cream shadow. I relied on it tremendously, because of its colour, ease and it’s longevity and tenacity in the heat and humidity of the summer.
Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner ($20 US): This summer I went from being someone who had loved a Paula’s Choice product and was interested in more to a full-fledged devotee and this last-minute addition to an order might just have been the one to push me over the edge. I was never one for toners, finding them unnecessary and needlessly irritating but I was tempted into trying this one because of the sheer quantity of beneficial ingredients that it contained in impressive concentrations – the antioxidant-rich plant oils, the antioxidants themselves and hyaluronic acid to name a few. I instantly fell in love with the soothing milky formula of this one, particularly as I experienced combination skin for the first time in years on account of the heat and humidity, and I began to struggle with keeping my skin very hydrated and soothed without going for heavy formulas. This was weightless and it would instantly soothe and hydrate without interfering with any other product in the routine, adding plumpness and vitality without contributing to that sweaty feeling on the hottest of days. I should note that my version of combination skin was my usual dry cheeks and chin and a normal forehead and nose, so there was definitely not that true oil issue happening.
Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster ($48 US): This potent 15% Vitamin C (and Ferulic Acid) treatment also pleasantly surprised me with its efficacy for evening out my skin tone, adding brightness and ease of use as a potent antioxidant to fight off free radical damage, boosting the effects of sunscreen. It’s really one of those products that I noted a difference with using, – even though I had thought my skincare routine was fairy great before – finding that it helped to fight against inflammation and all that jazz with ease. Again, it has a featherweight liquid texture that makes it ideal, regardless of your skin type and what products you prefer to layer over the top.
What were your Summer essentials?