5 Steps on How to Stop Shine on Summer Days

Photo by Shiny Diamond on Pexels.com

Having oily skin, I’m always battling against shine, because there’s a difference between dewy and an oil slick. But summer days tend to bring shine even to those that have dry skin. So here’s a guide on how to have amazing shine-free skin on the hottest summer days.

STEP ONE. – CLEANSE CORRECTLY

Use a cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of your natural oils, making your skin work overdrive trying to replenish them. Instead, choose a mild cleanser like Glossier’s Jelly Cleanser.

STEP TWO. – CHANGES TO EVERYDAY MAKEUP

When summer rolls on by one need to choose the makeup that isn’t as heavy on the skin. So skip the full coverage foundation and go for something lightweight, such as a tinted moisturizer. Some amazing tinted moisturizers are Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint or Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint. Both of these come with SPF.

STEP THREE. – USE MATTIFYING PRIMER

One of the ways to keep the shine at bay is to use a mattifying primer prior to applying anything else on your skin after cleansing. Some of my faves are Milk Makeup Pore Eclipse Mattifying Primer and NYX High Glass Face Primer.

STEP FOUR. – MILD TONER

Use a mild toner when trying to keep skin shine-free. Some of the best mild toners are Fenty Fat Water and Origins Zero Oil Toner.

STEP FIVE. – EXFOLIATE SKIN

Exfoliating skin twice a week truly helps with keeping skin looking healthy and shine-free. Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Exfoliator is the best choice for this.

DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

Review: Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Canyon

What It Is: Liquid Lipstick

Active Ingredients: Vitamin E

Verdict: Initially I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this shade because I’m incredibly pale and in the tube, the lipstick looked dark brown. However, I’m pleasantly surprised by the shade did not appear dark on me when I tried it on. In fact, it gives a very ’90s terracotta/brick feel to it and it actually flatters my skin tone. Now for the formula, it’s lightweight and non-drying, and long-lasting. However, it does leave lipstick traces on glasses when you drink or if you kiss someone. But it doesn’t bleed or smudge otherwise, and since it has a doe foot applicator, it means that the application is precise. For everyday lipstick, this is ace.

Price: $20

Where To Buy It: https://ofracosmetics.com/

Wearing the shade Canyon
DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

Review: Beautaniq Beauty Raindrench Serum

What It Does: A soothing and hydrating serum to keep skin soft, smooth, and healthy-looking.

Active Ingredients: Niacinamide, Vitamin B5, Hyaluronic Acid, and Zinc.

Verdict: This serum is excellent if you’re looking for a serum that targets the following concerns: pore minimizing, removal of dead skin cells, and hydration. I like that the serum is thick, and not watery, so it makes it easier to apply, and it leaves your skin feeling plump, smooth, and not oily. This serum is suggested to wear at night, and it makes sense when you have such powerful ingredients that would benefit from penetrating in your skin at night when the skin does most of its repair. Zinc, one of the ingredients used in the serum, helps acne-prone skin to remain pimple-free as well as helping with aging skin. For the price point, this serum delivers and I recommend it if you’re looking for a night serum.

Price: $24

Where To Buy It: https://beautaniqbeauty.com/

DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

Review: Sunday Riley Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Peptide Face Mist

What It Is: A peptide-infused essence.

What It Does: Visibly firms and resurfaces the skin while supporting its natural microbiome.

Active Ingredients: Fermented honey, green tea, sea water, kelp, chlorella, and botanical extracts.

Verdict: It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Sunday Riley skincare products. There’s something about these products that are both effective and feel so luxurious when applied to your skin. You don’t have to wait long to see results. After using the Pink Drink for a couple of days I could quickly notice how my skin’s texture vastly improved and has helped with keeping any acne spots away. I know the intended purpose of the Pink Drink is to be used as a spray, but I found it to work best for me as a toner, and then once I go about completing the rest of my nightly skincare routine, I’ll then also spray the mist too. If you’re looking for a face mist that will control the level of germs/bacteria on your skin and help support your natural microbiome, then you absolutely need this in your skincare routine.

Price: $48

Where To Buy It: Sephora, Ulta, or https://sundayriley.com/

DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

Review: Dew of the Gods Claydate Healing Face Mask

What It Is: Mineral-rich clay mask

Active Ingredients: Rosehip Oil, Aloe, Coconut Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid.

Verdict: Madelaine Petsch is the queen of selfcare and when I heard that she’d be curating Ipsy’s May glam bag, I knew that I had to nab one for myself. First things first, this clay mask smells phenomenal – and by that I mean, it has a very clean and relaxing scent that prepares you for the indulgent journey you’re about to experience. Having oily skin I love clay masks as they help zap up any extra oil, but what I loved about this clay mask, in particular, is that it leaves your skin feeling hydrated. The directions called for leaving the mask on for ten minutes, however, I was caught watching the finale of Big Little Lies so I kept it on for an hour, and my skin never felt tight or taunt once washed off, but actually very nourished and soft. I recommend this mask if you’re looking for a purifying mask that will help restore radiance and suppleness to your skin.

Price: $42

Where To Buy It: https://dew.co/

DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

Review: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume, Lift, and Curl Mascara

What It Is: Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara

Verdict: Let me say first off that I LOVE the actual mascara. It doesn’t flake, it lasts all day and it’s smudge-proof. So for that alone, this mascara is awesome. Now, to talk about the mascara wand. The wand is particular, as it’s not your usual wand, it’s flat on one side and when turned it looks very small. Maybe I still need to get a hang of this wand, but for now the application feels a little awkward, but that’s due to me and I don’t fault the mascara. But if you’re looking for a mascara that lifts and creates volume, this one is a very close competitor to Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Price: $24

Where To Buy It: https://fentybeauty.com/

Close-up of my lashes wearing the Fenty Beauty Mascara
DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

Review: Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

What It Is: Toner for Dry and Combination Skin

Verdict: Skincare is my jam and nothing gets me more excited than to try out new skincare products. This toner is a staple in K-Beauty. I’m really picky when it comes to toners because I want them to be both gentle and yet feel like they’re cleansing and leaving my skin feeling thoroughly free of any leftover gunk or oil. I’m happy to state that this toner does precisely that. Plus, it smells softly flowery (I despise toners that have a rubbing alcohol scent that makes one feel like your face would be highly flammable if you got too close to a match). I really recommend this toner if you have dry, combination skin, or acne prone skin.

Price: $19 (for 200-ml)

Where To Buy It: https://pyunkangyul.us/

DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

As a skincare fanatic, I absolutely LOVE partaking in my nighttime skincare routine. It doesn’t matter how tired or how late sometimes it gets, I absolutely never skip this step before I hit the sack. I’m often swapping out products because I love trying out new skincare products. This is my current skincare routine right now:

CLEANSER

Glossier Milk Jelly – When it comes to cleansers, I’m extremely picky because I love a cleanser to be both gentle and actually strong enough to wash off the day. This is both and I absolutely love it.

TONER

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner – I’ll be having a review of this product later on in the week so keep your eyes peeled. It’s a very gentle and refreshing toner, and if you have dry, combination, or acne prone skin.

FACE CREAMS

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel – This is pretty much a staple in my skincare routine. Right after toner, I always apply a thin layer of this all over my face (targeting my forehead, cheeks, and chin) since my skin still thinks it’s a teen.

Avant Collagen Intense Radiance Activator Serum – I’ll be posting a review of this product sometime soon on the blog, so keep an eye for it. I mostly use this serum on my neck and forehead, since my cheeks tend to breakout easier if I use any cream on them.

EYE CREAM

Sunday Riley 5 Stars Eye Serum – This has become my holy grail of eye serums. I love thick serums and this one seriously hits the spot, plus it has retinol so it absolutely works on keeping any fine lines at bay! Read my review of this product here.

Beyou Caffeine Eye Cream – Because using the Sunday Riley Eye Serum alone can cause my eye area to feel dry because of the retinol in it, I tend to layer a generous amount of this eye cream to stop that from happening. This is an efficient eye cream that can be used both day and night. You can read a review of this product here.

LIP BALM

Apto Skincare Orange Blossom Lip Balm – I always finish off my nighttime routine with layers upon layers of lip balm so that I can wake up to soft, pillowy lips. This one is thoroughly hydrating and skin-nourishing, plus it has a nice citrus scent to it.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR SKINCARE FAVORITES?

DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

Review: Blinc Ultravolume Tubing Mascara

What It Is: Volumizing Mascara

Why It’s Special: Clean & Vegan

Perfect For: Contact Lens wearers and those who have sensitive eyes.

Verdict: The formula for this mascara is absolutely silky, meaning it will leave you with soft, smooth elongated lashes that are completely clump-free! The bristles are classic and the wand leans on the classic side too, none of the hard plastic bristles nor strange angles. This mascara creates natural-looking lashes that look both longer and fuller. I only used two coats and it really made a huge difference. This is an absolute 10/10 recommend mascara, especially if you’re leaning towards a natural lash look rather than an exaggerated fake lash look.

Price: $26

Where To Buy It: https://www.blincinc.com/

DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!

Review: Saint Luxe Liquid Glow in Rose Gold

What It Is: Liquid Highlighter

What Is Does: Give a healthy glow to tired skin.

Verdict: I’ve always had an affinity towards liquid highlighters as I find them to be much more versatile than stick or powder ones. For example, if you’re looking into creating a lit from within look, I highly recommend to mix your favourite moisturizer with this liquid highlighter before applying foundation or keeping it alone if the moisturizer is tinted. What I really enjoyed about this highlighter is that it’s universally flattering with its rose gold tint and with subtle flakes of shimmer, it’s never too overboard but rather, looks very natural and not overly dramatic.

Price: $24

Where To Buy It: https://saintluxebeauty.com/

DID YOU ENJOY WHAT YOU JUST READ? IF YES, THEN SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG, GIVE THE POST A LIKE, OR LEAVE A COMMENT! NEW POSTS ARE UP EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY!