i’ve made some great strides in my skincare and makeup routines, thanks to a couple new products and some fresh application techniques.as far as skincare goes, the avene thermal water has made a huge difference in the skin issues i was having due to my soft apartment water. i spray this on my face after washing it or being in the shower, and wipe off the excess with a cotton pad. it calms my skin and has been preventing the bumps i was experiencing all over my chin.
i’ve also added the jordan samuel hydrate serum and pai rosehip bioregenerate oil to my skincare regime. the jordan samuel replaced another empty hylamide low molecular ha, and while they are similar, the jordan samuel is far superior for less than $10 more. i think it’s the inclusion of aloe that is making such a difference for me. i’ve been using the pai regenerate oil at night in place of my favorite indie lee squalane because i needed a little more hydration with the changing of the seasons. i’m still using the indie lee in the morning, of course! for yet another hit of hydration, i’ve been using my staple first aid beauty ultra repair cream before spritzing my pai oil with a bit of heritage rosewater and glycerin spray. this not only helps the skin drink up the oil it is mixed with more efficiently, but it adds moisture in and of itself. i also spray a bit in with my lotion. if you learn anything from this post: spray your waters/toners/hydrosols in with your oils and moisturizers.the most epic skincare find for me this month was the frank body glow mask. i saw it online at ulta and tried to resist but ended up ordering it a few days later. it is somehow hydrating but rejuvenating and makes you glow immediately. i keep mine in the fridge for added soothing properties and honestly it’s the best luxe experience ever. plus it smells like cream cheese frosting. frank body is the brand that does those coffee body scrubs, but their skincare range seems pretty epic as well, if this mask is anything to go by. they are an all natural brand with a good price tag.
as far as makeup goes, i’ve been keeping it simple and glowy, as per usual. i started teaching this month which is resulting in 5:00 am wake up calls, so makeup isn’t really something i want to think about. for base, a mixture of glossier perfecting skin tint in light and ilia sheer vivid tinted moisturizer in t2 belle marre is all i need for a little bit of coverage and a lot of light. i work this in all over the face with the bobbi brown full coverage face brush, which is very inappropriately named and also the first high end makeup brush i ever bought about 3 years ago. popping a peachy pink blush on my cheeks gives me the life that i need at that time of the morning. my favorites have been the rms lip2cheek in vogue rose, ilia multistick in tenderly (perfect for a sunkissed effect, i find this to be more peachy than it looks online), and clinique cheek pop in melon pop, which turned out to be the sheer peachy blush i’ve been searching for all summer. for eyes i pop on a teeny bit of glossier coconut balm dotcom, curl my lashes, and wiggle mac extended play only at the roots for slight definition. the same balm goes on my lips and i am out the door…with a gallon and a half of coffee mind you.as for my other picks of the month, i’ve been all about simplicity as of late. i found the most perfect going out/packing light bag on sale at urban outfitters for $19 at the beginning of the month. i can’t for the life of me understand why it was so cheap or on sale because it is gorgeous and looks very expensive. love the pop of blue on the inside. on the rest of my body i’ve been rocking my favorite simple gold chains. that little bullet kinda thing and u-shape fit perfectly together, while the monogram chain sits lower on the chest. separate or all together, these are forever faves. i’ve had the monogram for years but the other two were late summer purchases from my favorite local boutique. this beautiful pink candle was another random urban purchase; it is as delicious as it is aesthetically pleasing. it’s slightly fruity and floral but grounded by rich wood scents – aka the perfect warm, but not overwhelming house scent.tell me, what were your picks for this month? i always love to know.
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