I know this is a DIY/decorating blog, and y’all know I never get tired of talking about fabric and paint swatches, but sometimes a gal just needs a little mid week girl talk.
Today, I feel like talking about summer skin essentials. Even though around these parts, we talk plenty of decorating and home improvement, I often digress. Today’s topic happens to be favorite skin care products for protection, coverage, and subtle glow. Ooooh, cosmetics, I can hear you giggling !!
Let’s pretend we’re all out to lunch together drinking iced tea, gabbing about our favorite things, loving each other’s shoes, and giving each other the down low on beauty products. Glad you could join us girlfriend !
There’s an ongoing debate about the sun’s rays, its dangers and benefits (Vitamin D), but the overwhelming consensus is we are all supposed to avoid extended sun exposure.
For face every morning, I use La Roche Posay’s Anthelios SPF 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid and I buy it at my local CVS Pharmacy. It’s very thin, fragrance free, and has matte finish, and that just makes me happy.
In the afternoons, or when I’m outside, I use Colorscience Sunforgettable mineral sun protection and I love it. It’s pricey at $50 a tube, but worth it since it avoids the often greasy feeling of lotion sunscreens, and for me, lasts all summer.
It has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to intercept ultraviolet rays ~ I carry it around in my purse and dust it on throughout the day. Definitely a fav.
I gave up liquid foundation years ago, but my go to product for concealing is Benefit’s Play Stick, and for overall coverage, Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer. If I leave the house, I dab a little on my face. I’ve used both for years and haven’t found anything better for my skin.
My necessary splurge is Philosophy’s Replenishing Peptide Capsules. This skin primer makes my face feel like a baby’s bottom, and look 28 again. (Hey, I can fantasize.)
It is too expensive for daily use, so I hide these little treasures in the darkest recess of my supply cabinet, and they only come out for date nights and special outings. I really can’t smooch this product enough.
For shimmer, I dream of skin as glowing as J. Lo but because of my Irish heritage, this is a near impossible challenge. I have to be careful I don’t go too Jerseylicious, so I use the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact.
It’s lasted me a long time, over a year, but oh dear, should I throw it out by now? I keep forgetting those pesky date rules on cosmetics.
My most recent find is Mario Badescu’s Shimmer Shine Body Lotion. It adds a subtle all over body glow. It is enriched with Vitamin A, and smells a hint like Hawaii, so I’m totally sold.
Speaking of Mario, I’m lately loving his Caviar Night Cream for around the eyes ~ it reminds me of Creme de la Mer but without the hefty price tag. I’m convinced it’s keeping crow’s feet at bay.
For lips, I’ve been buying Burt’s Bee’s Lip Shimmer in ‘Raisin’, also available at the CVS Pharmacy.
I don’t dare cross the threshold of Sephora more than twice a year, that place is extremely dangerous. There should be a huge warning sign on the door.
So tell me gals, am I missing out on the latest and greatest ? What’s your favorite summer skin product that you can’t live without?
Disclaimer: there are no affiliate links or promos going on here, no one has sent me free samples, and none of these companies know or care who I am. This is just the pretty stuff I like to buy with my own spare change.