Summer can be a tough season for cosmetics lovers. While I'm tempted to use all the hero products in my arsenal to create a flawless look, summer weather doesn't often cooperate. Sunshine, heat, and humidity require paring down my look and thinking critically about the products I'm using, especially on my face. Otherwise, my makeup may run and I'm likely to break out from the combination of too much product and moisture.
There's a whole new group of fabulous products I've swapped into my beauty routine now that summer is here. Here's what I'm using:
While my skin care routine is roughly the same, I'm no longer using a heavy night cream in favor of Prescriptives Super Line Preventor Xtreme. It's a face serum super cocktail of targeted antioxidants that diminishes the look of lines and wrinkles. You can layer a night cream or moisturizer over it or use it on its own. Prescriptives makes a Super Line Preventor Overnight Radiance Cream that I used leading up to summer but I find the Xtreme is enough moisture for warmer weather. The price tag is a little scary but for anti-aging skin care enthusiasts, I recommend giving it a try. It's super lightweight and leaves my skin looking and feeling smoother and more hydrated. You only need a few drops to see the results.
To compliment its "Beach" line of fragrance, Bobbi Brown has released a limited-edition Bobbi Brown Beach Sunscreen Body Spray with SPF 15 in the same intoxicating blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin. It sprays on easily (I needed to rub it in though) and leaves me feeling like I'm seaside even when I'm just grocery shopping!
On the makeup front, I like keep my base really light and add just a little bit of shimmer here and there with a simple eye and nude or bright lip depending on what I'm doing and where I'm going.
Bobbi has new eye shadow trios called Peace Love & Beach in 3 shades: Peace (blues/ocean-inspired), Love (warm/sandy shades) & Beach (bronzey/sultry)! They're light-catching and just the right amount of shimmer for the summer. I love the seasonal packaging too! If you prefer a liquid option, I'm really digging the new, limited-edition Eye Glosses. They're so easy to travel with and are a one-swipe option to add a little color to your lids in subtle shades. The formula has a glossier/dewier finish than the powders that I find really brightens up the eye. To finish things off, I've been using IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner and Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara. Waterproof liner is a must for me in the summer or it ends up smudging. No-Tug goes on nice and smooth and lasts throughout the day or night. Superhero is just an amazing volumizing mascara that thickens the lashes and makes my eyes really pop. It doesn't cost as much as other premium mascaras but works just as well.
To compliment the eye shadow trios, Bobbi also released limited-edition Highlighting Powders. They're the perfect way to add a subtle glow and accentuate my cheek bones. I simply brush upward along the top of my cheek bones towards my ears after a little bronzing powder.
I love a well-moisturized nude or pink lip for summer. Whether you prefer a lipstick or a gloss, I have two great new recommendations: It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Color Awakening Hydrating Lip Treatment in Rose is a hydrating lip treatment that has essential butters and oils and antioxidants with a sweet pale pink color. The magnetic top prevents accidents so you can toss it right into your beach bag for protection and a little bit of color. For nighttime, Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in shades like Popsicle, will give lips a nice sheen and a fuller look. Don't forget the Art Stick Liquid Tip squeezable lipsticks that work for both day and night!
What are your summer beauty favorites?
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