Throughout most seasons, my skin is the part that receives attention first. Luckily, I no longer have to worry if I'm slapping on enough hydration--oils, humectants, and all--and i now pay more attention to seasonal offerings. The MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28 was mentioned in my "Spring Edit," but it's making an appearance again because it's easily the best SPF I've tried. It's not heavy in the slightest, doesn't linger with the typical sunscreen scent, and dries matte on the skin. When I've spent too much time in the heat, a spritz of the LUSH Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water is a cooling refresh for my skin--equal in feeling to a brain freeze as sweat drips from your brow down your cheek. Although I may not have gotten on with it as a staple in my skincare routine, over makeup, there is nothing but pros. The Origins Vitazing Moisturizer was a favorite last heat wave and the bronzed tint that it supplies to my overtly pale complexion is stunning. Another place for some color pow is on my nails. Essie Neo Whimsical is perhaps my favorite nail color of all time; the pale purple mends seamlessly with my skin tone that it manages to look understated. Nevertheless, I couldn't ignore Essie Mint Candy Apple, which is a shade I always dig out come summer. I've seen and tried other mints, but this reigns supreme.
The most annoying thing about summer is my oily complexion that comes back into play. Although, I've found a solution to the problem: the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil-Free. It may not work as well as other silicon primers, but it's über light formula and oil controlling properties are a winner, especially since it's water-based and practically weightless. On the rest of the face, I doubt you thought I could write a summer post without mentioning the NARS Laguna Bronzer. Well, you were right. It warms up my complexion and adds some dimension when I run it under my cheekbones, without looking orange or changing my complexion tone from the rest of my body. And, since I'm a blush obsessive, I have two offerings for you. Yes, they're rather similar, but too stunning to ignore. The Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine is the more red-toned out of the duo, but the coral with a hint of gleam is stunning. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy is more vibrant, but equally--if not more--beautiful.
While some will be sloshing down lemonade, I'll be embracing these summer hues...and daily sleep-ins.