Most Sundays I’m content to go grocery shopping and run my errands bare faced, but this week I had a few products I couldn’t wait to try out. This week my orders from Hakuhodo and Makeup Geek arrived so I had a bit of a play with eyeshadows, blush, and new brushes. I went fairly light on foundation since I usually try to give my skin a break on weekends. The eyes are a very warm, almost orangey brown with my typical half stripe of black liner. For cheeks I used a warm pink blush and on the lips I used one of my favorite bright lipsticks from Bobbi Brown. It’s a very easy and quick look that would be suitable for the majority of skin tones. If you’re darker you may need some darker browns on the eyes but the shadows from MUG are very pigmented so they may work for you after all!
Plagued by dry skin? These products helped me get the moisture back!
In the past few weeks my skin has been feeling progressively drier, something I’m rather unfamiliar with. I kind of always assumed my skin would stop producing teenage amounts of oil as I got older, but since I’m only starting to reach the mid 20s range it’s caught me unprepared. It could be due in part to my efforts to quash the hormonal acne I’ve been plagued with in the past few months, but a lot of what I do is spot treating so logically it shouldn’t dry out my entire face. Right? *crickets chirping*
In the past week I’ve been especially diligent in choosing products that are more suitable for dry skin. I had one particularly miserable day where I went to work and my face felt so dry all day all I could do was pray for the end of the day so I could run home, remove makeup, and slather on a thick layer of the richest moisturizer I could find. After that day of miserable discomfort I’ve also put a few of my previous favorite makeup and skincare products on hold. They’re much more suitable for the combination/oily skin I was used to. I’ve certainly felt more comfortable in my own skin since I changed up my routine. Sad to see the old favorites go but I’ll have them on hand if my skin has another bipolar phase!
After a good bit of research and taking advantage of free Sephora samples, here are the skincare and makeup bits I would recommend for anyone battling dry skin in the midst of summer.
When the boyfriend goes out of his way to say, “Damn, you look great today. I think it’s the makeup,” you know you’ve got a keeper. I pulled out the ol’ Naked palette while I was getting ready for work and I guess I picked a winning combination! Nine times out of ten my makeup is quite soft and neutral, very work appropriate, and this is no exception. Of course when I got to work the air conditioning was malfunctioning so the effort to look presentable hardly seemed worth it… it’s quite impossible to exist as anything other than a sweaty mess in the middle of summer in Florida with no A/C.
But I digress. In the end the A/C was fixed and everyone stopped sticking to their desk chairs. A happy ending for all!
I always love these sorts of “what’s in my makeup bag” type posts so I thought I would do a variation and show you my staples that always have a place in my makeup routine. These are the first products I reach for every time I do my makeup. I don’t always go for a full face and use everything shown here, but I’ll most often choose a subset of these items to perk up my skin and eyes. Along with each product I’ve given a mini-review as well 🙂
This is my new favorite “every occasion” makeup look!
I think it would be suitable for the office, a date night, or even a night out if you’re pressed for time. I focused most on the skin, trying to give myself a little color for summer and cover up some hormonal spots on my chin. I went very simple on the eyes with a little black liner and tons of mascara; add a neutral lipstick and we’re set for the day!