Considering the nice California summers had been good to my skin in the past, I was surprised by how finicky my skin has been lately. After using up my DDF Glycolic Toning Complex prior to making the move back to California, I refrained from repurchasing or replacing it with another chemical exfoliant, simply in the interest of saving money. Let's just say my skin has been paying the price - it's been unusually congested and dull. Luckily, I can always rely on Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask to work double duty (full review here). It removes impurities from my pores, unclogs my skin and creates a dreamily smooth canvas in a matter of 20 minutes. Their Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair* is equally as fantastic. After an unfortunate and unusual bout with a dry, itchy patch on my upper right lip (weird, right?), this was the main product that helped whip my lips back into shape. As its name would suggest, it actually repairs and heals chapped and irritated lips.
In other skincare news, most nights, I've been layering the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil under my night cream. Four drops soothes my skin on contact, and it slowly hydrates and plumps throughout the night. It's good enough to use on its own as well, especially during the summer when my skin isn't necessarily craving vast amounts of hydration. After fairly consistent use over the past several months, I can attest to the fact that it does effectively work at fading scars. No, it's not a miracle product, but I've noticed that marks left over post-breakout heal and fade more quickly and thoroughly when I use this.
After my lackluster experience with this coffee scrub, my appreciation for Splurge Skincare The Rub* has just grown even further (full review here). I'm currently using their Winter scent (Peppermint is my favorite though!), and it's incredible. My skin feels super soft post-scrub sesh, but the best part is that it leaves my skin feeling so moisturized that I can actually skip lotioning up altogether.
On the makeup front, I've been craving a more natural base for daytime, and after rediscovering Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (I wear shade light/medium), I was quickly reminded of all the reasons why I loved it so much in the first place. It gives just enough coverage to even out my skintone without looking heavy, and the SPF30 makes it an easy choice for summer days. As it's still only the beginning of summer (and I'm an avid SPF wearer now), my complexion is still on the fairer side of the spectrum, so I've been relying heavily on bronzer to warm things up. Rouge Bunny Rouge At Goldcombe Bay is the bronzer for fair skin, and it gives me life without making me look overtly bronzed. In terms of blush choices, my hands seem unable to grab anything besides one of my two Make Up For Ever HD Blushes. Pictured is #315, the perfect warm, muted peach. The HD Blush formula is impeccable - it blends so effortlessly and the texture is undetectable on the skin. I LOVE THESE.
For eyes, I've been on a gel liner kick lately. Bobbi Brown Long-Wearing Gel Eyeliner in Black Mauve Shimmer Ink has been making near-daily appearances in my makeup bag, and the stormy, blackened purple is the perfect, softer alternative to a more dramatic, jet black. On my lips has been Givenchy Le Rouge in Rose Dressing. It's a perky pinky coral that instantly brightens up my complexion and offers just enough color for daytime.
Disclosure: The products denoted with (*) were sent to me for consideration for a review. I am not affiliated with any of the companies, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are based solely on my own experience with the products.