Monday, June 26, 2017

For the Summer season I really like going for a minimal & effortless look for everyday. It's all about a natural and dewy complexion where my freckles peek through and my skin feels healthy & bright. I've tucked away most of my powder products and filled my makeup vanity with hydrating and cream goodies to help create a flawless glow. Below is my current Summer makeup routine and I'm smitten with each and every product, especially since most are organic. So why wait any further ... let's get started for the day! 

Caudalie Grape Water: A step I look forward to everyday and never miss, is a generous mist of grape water.  It feels amazing and cooling on the skin, and provides a boost of hydration that helps during the Summer months.  It's the first step of my skincare routine and it also reduces any redness, almost instantly.  It's a great overall product to use throughout the day, even for a mid-day pick me up. 
Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil: As a lover and long time fan of Josie Maran skincare/makeup, Argan Oil is something that's been a staple in my regimen for years!  Rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, it's an organic way to promote youthful skin, by reducing wrinkles and aging. I love how this simple ingredient provides just the right amount of hydration to my face and under eye area without making me look oily throughout the day. I can't live without this stuff!

Josie Maran Daily Moisturizer with SPF: Another favorite and necessity for the Summer is this chemical-free SPF and light moisturizer. This two in one product adds a soft focus dewy finish that preps the skin beautifully before applying a tinted moisturizer or foundation. My skin is more dry/normal at the moment, which is why I use argan oil before hand, but this is definitely good enough as a daily moisturizer/SPF combo. Sometimes I skip makeup altogether, especially when I go to the gym, and wear this alone with concealer. 

Josie Maran Surreal Finishing Balm: Now, this is a product I couldn't wait to chat about!  This finishing balm is one of the best primer's I have ever used and let me tell you why! Marketed initially as a finishing balm to set your makeup, I've found this works wonders as a face and under eye primer. It's a creamy pearlescent formula that smooths fine lines and diminishes the look of pores to create a smooth canvas for applying foundation. I only apply it to the area's I need help with, like my cheeks, nose, chin, and a tiny dab to the under eye area. Paired with Tarte's Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, it's a combo that stays put the entire day without any creasing. It's a fantastic product that I highly recommend!

One pump of Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation in 5.75 with my beauty sponge by EcoTools, and my base is set for the day. As a helpful tip, apply a sheer layer first of your makeup products (especially foundation) and build from there. This is the key to getting a your skin but better look. As a result, your makeup won't look cakey or crease and you won't be wasting and overusing your makeup products.

Now, these upcoming products below have been so great as serving double duty, keeping my makeup routine to a minimum. I love them so much that they'll be front and center for the next few months.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow: This bronzer has been my go-to every Summer. It give's you that sun-kissed look, while contouring at the same time and I enjoy applying it with this Hakuhodo brush. I alternate between a few bronzers, but this is one I turn to the most often. Lately, I've also been adding this bronzer in the crease of my eyes as a wash of color, after applying a cream eyeshadow that I will tell you about in just a second!

Sheisedo Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow in PK224 Mousseline: I've raved about this a few months ago HERE and I'm still loving it so much! It acts as a gorgeous light shimmery base before applying your eyeshadow and doubles up as a cream highlighter for your cheekbones. The sales associate at Shiseido showed me this technique and I've been loving this ever since.  When applied to the cheekbones, it translates as a light pink pearl shimmer that gives you an amazing glow when your face catches the light. It's perfect for everyday, but if you want to amp it up even more for date nights, just lightly dust your favorite powder highlight on top and you'll have a gorgeous highlighter combination.

Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tint: This lip and cheek tint has been the prettiest addition to my Summer make up look and is the final step in my routine. I simply use my finger tips to apply this to my cheeks & lips and I'm left with a beautiful flush to my cheeks and soft kissable lips that I very much love! I have this in Very Charming, which is a watermelon pink shade, but Very Naughty is next on my list!

That about completes my current Summer makeup routine! What products have you been loving this Summer? Remember to keep things effortless and show off your natural beauty! This is surely the season to do it!  Til next time loves .... xo

Warmly ~


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