Fight Oily Summer Skin

Oily skin and makeup dripping down your neck is something we all fear in the summer.  Whether you have dry or naturally oily skin, we all have to adjust our skin care for the summer heat.  Here are some tips on how to take care of your skin this summer.  I want you to enjoy healthy glowing skin all summer long!

Cleanse: You may need to switch up what you use to wash your face.  Use something with salicylic acid in it, this will absorb excess oil on the skin without drying you out.  And, make sure you are washing twice a day; morning and night!
Murad Clarifying Cleanser, Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel

Sunscreen: It’s important to protect your skin all summer long.  By using sunscreen you can get a healthy sun kissed glow without damaging your skin.  Always use at least SPF 30 or higher on your face.  Use a sunscreen that is oil-free to avoid getting clogged pores or having that greasy sunscreen feel.  If you are extremely oily, skip your moisturizer on days you are out in the sun all day and just apply sunscreen.
Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector, Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth

Exfoliate: Make sure you are exfoliating 1-3 times a week.  This will get rid of all the dead skin and keep your skin glowing and healthy.
GlamGlow Youth Mud Tingle Exfoliante Treatment, Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant

Mask: Use a mask 2-4 times a month to soak up any excess oil on the skin.  Use any clay based mask to soak up oil and smooth out your complexion.  Don’t over do it, if you mask to often you will dry out your skin and that will increase oil production.
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Red Clay Mask, Murad Clarifying Mask

Moisturize: It’s time to lighten up your moisturizer, but do not forget it all together.  Go with an oil-free moisturizer and apply only to your cheeks.  If you feel you need more moisture in the t-zone area (forehead, nose, chin), apply your moisturizer all over the face at night time only.
Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizer, First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream

Eye Cream:  Do not forget about your eye area.  It’s summer and it’s hot and sticky, but it’s also a time that your skin can be dehydrated.  Wear big sunglasses to protect your eyes and apply eye cream at night before bed.
Frist Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy, Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel

Spray/Primer: Applying a primer before your foundation or a spray on top of your foundation can really help hold everything in place.  These products will absorb the oil and keep your makeup from sliding down throughout the day.
Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray

Blotting Paper: Even with all of these steps, we can still get oily mid day.  Don’t apply more powder on top of everything you have going on.  Applying multiple layers throughout the day will just encourage clogged pores.  Instead, use blotting paper.  Gently press the paper on your skin and it will absorb any shininess.
Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens, Tarte Not So Slick Oil-Absorbing Blotting Papers

GlamGlow PowerMud Dual Cleanse Treatment: This is a brand new product and it looks like a miracle for anyone with normal, oily, combination, or acne skin.  Just reading what it does got me excited!!!  It is a deep cleanser, to be used once a week, that gently gets deep down into the pores and cleans out any buildup of oil, dirt, makeup while leaving your skin clean and velvety.  Yeah, it sounds amazing!!!!!!

Water: With all of the heat and sweating our bodies do during the summer it’s easy to get dehydrated.  Make sure to drink up plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated!


NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

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NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

I got the NARSissist eyeshadow palette 2 months ago and it’s rare for a day to go by that I don’t use it.  This is a great eyeshadow palette with so many colors.  You can create a natural daytime look to a smoky sultry nighttime look and everything in between.  It has so many great neutral shadows, and the matte black is such a deep black, the brown is so warm and chocolatey, and the color next to the left of the brown is amazing!  It’s kind of a grayish brown color, so hard to find this perfect color, and it’s one of my favorite colors to work with on my eyes.  Not to mention the colors on the left hand side of the palette.  These colors have been my daytime summer looks.  Perfect amounts of color and a little shimmer, without trying to hard.  I was a little sticker shocked by the price.  But now that I have been using it for a while, I would buy it again and again.

Nars did these eyeshadows right- pigmented, beautiful colors, lasts all day and never creases.  These swatches don’t even have a primer under them!!! I can’t say enough about the NARSissist eyeshadow palette!!!  It is my go-to palette!!  It is the only eyeshadow palette I took with me this last weekend on vacation.  Go get it, it’s a staple must-have item in my makeup drawer!

NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette



40 Summer Time Bags Under $100

Mini & Small Handbags

Medium, Large, Tote & Backpack

In the summer I love to change up my bag constantly. I do so many different things and I want the perfect bag to go with it. Whether it’s a day at the beach, strolling to the farmers market, or a night out, you always need the perfect bag!


Brighten Your Under Eye

Causes for Under Eye Dark Circles and Bags: Lack of sleep, stress, nasal congestion, dehydration, poor diet, hereditary pigmentation.  First thing is first, take care of your body!  Get your beauty sleep, calm down and relax, drink enough water and eat right.  For all of us it’s difficult (near impossible) to do this every single day.  Of course there are products that help us to diminish dark under eye circles and brighten you up, making you look youthful like you got a full nights rest and don’t have a care in the world :)

Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream: This is going to reduce the dark circles under the eye and brighten it up, all while being very moisturizing.  Shiseido also makes an entire brightening line.  They have a starter kit for only $49.  With this kit you will get 4 products in a smaller size.  If your entire face needs brightening, this is an amazing way to try out an entire line!

Glow by Dr Brandt, Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream: This will brighten your under eye and has all the anti-aging properties, including: reduce fine lines and wrinkles, gives a youthful glow, improves circulation to reduce the effects of stress and tiredness.  This is a miracle in a bottle!  It works as amazing as it sounds!!!

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: I discovered this concealer about 2 months ago and I’m totally impressed!  It has medium to full coverage and covers any dark circles, makes my under eye area look brighter, and it doesn’t dry me out.  It gives a finish that looks natural and glowing.

Mac Prep & Prime Highlighter: This primer brightens and highlights.  Apply to your under eye area before any concealer.  It will protect your skin, hold your concealer in place all day and brighten up any dark circles.  I use this in color Radiant Rose.