Summer is the time when I am most happy with my skin. It isn’t too dry like in the winter, and I don’t feel the need to pile on makeup.
It took me quite a while, but I am finally satisfied with my makeup routine. I have even been trying some new products that I received from Sephora!
Disclaimer: I have combination skin that is oily in the summer, and I embrace my pale skin!
1. Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser
I have tried many different face washes from Clean & Clear to Clinique, but this one is by far my favorite. It has aloe in it so during the winter it keeps my skin from drying out but it isn’t so oily that it makes me break out in the summer. Perfection!
2. Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion
This is technically step 2 of the Acne Solutions line. I currently use this clarifying lotion as well as the Emergency Gel (at night). This makes my skin feel so clean. It removes dead skin and leftover makeup after you wash your face, kind of like flossing for your skin!
3. Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer
This primer minimizes the look of your pores while also mattifying shine. I received a travel size sample from Sephora and though I love it so far, I am not sure I would pay $45 for it. I guess I’ll enjoy it while it lasts!
4. Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up Concealer
I also received this concealer as a travel size sample. It targets under eye circles and fine lines. I blend it under my eyes, which makes them feel brighter. It also hydrates your skin so it doesn’t crease.
5. L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer
This is a great concealer that actually does blend right in with my skin tone. I find it works best if you dab a bit on the spot you want to cover and then dab it with a finger to blend it in.
6. Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder (01 Stay Buff)
I waited a long time to try powder foundation, and I wish I had done it sooner! I absolutely love this one because it is light, keeps my skin from getting too oily, and is versatile; you can get a lot or a little coverage depending on what you need. For lighter coverage I use my Sephora Collection Pro Flawless Airbrush #56.
7. Maybelline Mineral Power Blush in Gentle Pink – Discontinued
This probably means I need new blush… but I love it!
8. Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler
This is super easy to use and comes with extra silicone pads. I can’t go anywhere without curling my lashes!
9. Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner (Matte Black)
I have always used Sephora eyeliner, and I love it. It goes on smooth and stays all day. The retractable version is great because I never have to sharper it or worry about it being too sharp.
10. Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Waterproof Mascara
This mascara makes my lashes feel a million miles long. It doesn’t smear at all and it takes a massive mistake on my part to make it clump.
11. Lilly Pulitzer Chapstick
For anyone who was wondering how this free gift turned out, the Chapstick is very smooth and smells like coconut! I love the Lobstah Roll print as well.