5 Steps on How to Stop Shine on Summer Days

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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.

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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/

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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?

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Review: Tula Signature Glow Refreshing & Brightening Face Mist

What It Is: Refreshing & Brightening Face Mist

Active Ingredients:

Probiotics: Help lock in the moisture & calm the look of irritation

Prebiotics (beet root): Helps balance skin

Hyaluronic Acid & Kiwi Fruit Water: Help hydrate & brighten the appearance of skin

Ligonberry: Helps protect from the damaging effects of pollution and blue light.

Verdict: When it comes to face mists, there are only a few that I truly enjoy and think are actually doing something for my skin. This one from Tula is absolutely amazing. First of all, it smells delicious and instantly relaxes you, secondly the fine spray delicately distributes the mist on your face without it feeling like it’s hosing you down or not splattering water on you unevenly (this has happened with various face mists). This face mist can be used before and after makeup. Personally, I love using this after my nightly skincare routine because the scent is so relaxing that it helps me wind down after a very busy day. But I also find that the ingredients in this face mist also help nourish my skin and that’s a win/win.

Price: $34

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

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Review: Topicals Like Butter Hydrating Mask

What It Is: A hydrating mask, best for dry sensitive skin.

What It Does: Soothes, hydrates, and restores.

Active Ingredients: Green Tea, Madecassoside, Tumeric, Rhubarb, and Ginseng.

Verdict: This is by far the softest hydrating mask you’ll ever experience. If, like me, you have oily skin, then you may use this hydrating mask once a week, applying a thin layer of it all over your face and keeping it on for 20 minutes. However, if your skin is more on the dry side, especially during the winter when skin tends to be parched, you can also apply a thin layer of this mask all over and keep it overnight. Once you remove this mask (using a cloth and lukewarm water) you’ll unleash the softest skin you’ve ever imagined possible. It seems to eliminate bumps and any dry patches you may have. I tend to exfoliate my skin prior to putting this mask on, so that the skin can easily soak up all the hydrating and soothing ingredients found within this mask. I really recommend this product if you’re in need of some major hydration. Personally, I can’t wait to try out other skincare products from Topicals.

Price: $34

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

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Review: Hero Cosmetics Lightning Wand

What It Is: Brightening Serum

What It Does: Helps even out skin tone in areas of hyperpigmentation.

Active Ingredients: Tranexamic Acid, Vitamin C, and Licorice root.

Verdict: This dark spot serum hits just the spot (pun intended)! I love that the packaging is a rollerball, so that you can target specific areas of your face (say where you have acne scars or dark spots) to lighten them up. I’ll admit that I don’t have dark spots from the sun, so I’ve used this serum primarily for the acne dark spots that tend to be left behind after having a very painful hormonal zit (sometimes the marks can last up to a week or longer). So this serum really helps speed things up, so instead of having to deal with a dark spot for a week, it’s only 2-3 days before it’s completely gone. I really do think that the packaging makes this ideal for target areas and hand enough for you to slip in your purse and dab it on the go!

Price: $19.99

Where To Buy It: https://www.herocosmetics.us/

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Review: Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid

What It Is: Exfoliating Tonic

What It Does: Supports collagen production and accelerates the skin renewal process.

Active Ingredients: 5% Glycolic Acid

Verdict: Although this product is an exfoliating tonic, it actually has more of a toner consistency. The best method of application for this tonic is by soaking a cotton ball with the liquid and patting it all over your face. Both my mum and I have been using it, and once it’s applied we can quickly feel the glycolic acid taking effect as our skin tingles. After only a single application my mum mentioned how it banished the blackheads from her nose. I hadn’t applied any on my nose so I was unable to see those results, but the following night I decided to give it a shot, and did notice the following morning that they were less noticeable. I think I’ll be able to see more benefits as the days progress but in just a week I’ve been able to notice that my skin is brighter and the texture is definitely better, a lot smoother and soft too. If you’re looking for a product with glycolic acid that actually works, then this is the one. Try it out, you won’t regret it, actually your skin will thank you for it.

Price: $54

Where To Buy It: https://us.alpha-h.com/ or Ulta

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Review: Skin & Co Roma – Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream

What It Is: Cleansing Cream

What It Does: Cleanse, Purify, Nourishing, and Brightening.

Active Ingredients: Sulfate-free, Sweet Almond Oil, Chamomile, Black Winter Truffle Extract, and Mallow Leaf

Verdict: I can’t recall if I was sent this in an Allure Beauty Box or if this was part of a Fab Fit Fun Box, but whatever the case is, the first thing you will notice about this cleanser is the AMAZING SCENT. It simply smells so luscious and expensive, and I guess it’s no surprise that it’s made in Italy. This cleanser is silky smooth, not a gel, so it’s perfect for those that have dry skin. I was a bit hesitant at first since my skin is oily but despite the cleanser feeling oily/nourishing it actually didn’t leave my skin feeling oily at all. It actually felt rather moisturized so that’s why I think this cleanser would especially benefit those who tend to have drier skins. I really look forward to using this at the start and end of my day. Like I said, the scent is simply so luxurious that you can’t help but think that you’re being pampered when you’re using this product. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a cleanser or wanting to try a new one out.

Price: $35

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

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Review: Skin Inc. Supplement Bar – My Daily Dose of Glow

What It Is: Serum

What It Does: Restores skin suppleness, smooths, and reduces fine lines.

Active Ingredients: Vitamin A, Chlorella, and Hyaluronic Acid

Verdict: You know I’m a huge fan of Vitamin A, so the moment I saw that this serum contained that, I knew it’s promise of better skin would be fulfilled. Vitamin A revives your skin and it’s clinically proven to help restore skin’s youthful appearance, tackle dullness, and combat any environmental aggressors. Chlorella is a form of algae that helps reduce pigmentation and reduce redness. And of course no serum would be complete without hyaluronic acid, it’s basically the ingredient that helps with suppleness and smoothing. Basically this serum is a triple threat to help combat all your skin issues and is proven to give you a better appearance as soon as one day! All you need is three drops daily prior to moisturizer and before you know it you’ll have amazing skin. I really love this product and highly recommend it, especially if you’re trying to turn your skin around and combat dullness, pigmentation, sun damage, and fine lines.

Price: $65

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

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Review: Paradox Lucky Stars Blemish Patches

What It Is: Blemish Patches

What It Does: Visibly reduces the size of pimples and helps promote healing.

Active Ingredients: Hydrocolloid, Calendula, and Tree Tea Oil

Verdict: I’ve been wanting to try these blemish patches out ever since they were sent to me, but lately I’ve been blessed with clear skin. However, not so since the humidity levels have been insane, so I finally got to use them and honestly, look how freaking adorable they are! Unlike other blemish patches you can easily sport these outdoors because a random black star positioned just so on your face will give off major glam Marie Antoinette vibes. But enough of me gushing about how darn cute they are – the real question is: do they work? I can wholeheartedly say that YES THEY DO! These patches truly work wonders! They suck out all the gross pus and impurities while you’re sleeping or going out and about your day allowing the temptation to pick or squeeze said zit to diminish. And I know how tempting picking can be! For my particular zit, it went down with one patch kept on overnight. But by the second one, it made it disappear completely. I cannot recommend this enough if you have a pimple and wish to banish it stat. Not to mention that no one would be none the wiser of what you’re truly concealing beneath the black star.

Price: $18 (for 40 patches)

Where To Buy It: shopparadox.com

Waking up to perfect skin!
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