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I may have been into fashion in high school but beauty products were never my thing. I always purchased the cheap stuff from Walgreens which I actually still use from time to time. I recently found a new love for beauty products and realized what a difference good makeup applied in the right way can make even if its just for an every day look. When I purchased my first tinted moisturizer from Lara Mercier 4 years ago I instantly fell in love with her line, everything is so light and airy and never feels or looks like you are wearing to much makeup. Despite my love for Laura Mercier, I always like testing out new brands and products. I have listed my everyday make-up products below.

1 – BareMinerals Prime Time – I use this stuff after I have cleansed and moisturized my face (using Dermalogica products). For people who tend to have oily skin, this primer is great because it has a matte finish.  The consistency is light and easy to blend over the skin. The prime time helps my foundation go on smoother and stay longer.

2 – Dolce&Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation – In the summer months I just blend tinted moisturizer into my skin and I am usually set to go. But, during the months where my skin lacks a serious sun tan finish I like to use a little foundation to even my skin tone and achieve a glowing complexion. I like the Dolce&Gabbana Perfect Luminous foundation because it is light and build-able it goes on light but you can easily build up the coverage where it’s needed.

3 – Laura Mercier Setting Powder – This loose powder is wonderful. After applying foundation or tinted moisturizer I just dab a little bit of the loose powder on extra oily parts of my face to achieve a smooth natural complexion.

4 – Maybelline  Dream Bouncy Blush – For a subtle rosy color I apply the bouncy blush to the apples of my cheeks. Unlike powder blush, it melts into your skin and blends beautifully.

5 – Anastasia Eyebrow Pencil – I never leave the house without filling in my eyebrows.

6 – Dolce&Gabbana  Passion Duo Lipstick – This is the perfect color for an everyday natural look. I always make sure to have some sort of light gloss or soft pink color on my lips to add a little extra pop to my face.

7 – Dolce&Gabbana Passion Eyes Duo Mascara – The curled application brush immediately curls and lengthens eyelashes. When Christian McCulloch used this mascara on me back in October my jaw dropped when I saw the results. This mascara is amazing and a must buy.

 

A few weeks ago, I decided that I really needed to start taking better care of my skin. I went to the local beauty supply store to stock up on some new skin care products. After hours of talking to a specialist, I decided to go with the Dermalogica brand. For a while, I just thought that my skin was shiny because of the heat here in San Diego. But after talking with the skin specialist I realized that it was a combination of both my moisturizer and my naturally oily skin, which never used to be oily. But …., as we get older our body changes, hence the change in my skin type + my previous moisturizer created that shiny appearance. While I was speaking with the specialist she stressed how important it is to properly take care of your skin on a DAILY BASIS. I decided to list bullet points below of the important things we discussed. Here are some of the products I use on a daily basis.

– Salicylic acid is good for clearing up (bad) acne but can leave your skin dry. If you don’t have really bad acne, stay under 2% salicylic. When I am really breaking out, I use the 2% salicylic Stress Face Wash from Neutrogena. But for everyday use I use the .5% salicylic from Dermalogica.
– Moisturizer is VERY important. If you don’t properly moisturize you are more susceptible to wrinkles as you age.
– Exfoliating twice a week is key to healthy skin. When we exfoliate we get rid of the dirt clogging our pores so it is important to purchase a good exfoliate.
– Water! Drinking water is the cheapest and easiest way to achieve healthy skin.
– Never go to bed with your make-up on … NEVER (Yes mom I’m talking to you). At night (during sleep) our bodies enter a regeneration process naturally this process is interrupted if we leave dirt and oil on our faces.

Skin Care Dermalogica:

Clearing Skin Wash – Use every morning and night
Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Mask – Use every other day
Oil Free Moisturizer – OBSESSED with this product. Use every morning and night

Makeup:
Laura Mercier – Tinted Moisturizer (Oil Free)
Laura Mercier – Translucent Setting Power
Benefit – Erase Paste
Benefit – Mascara
Maybelline – Brow Pencil
Maybelline – Liquid Eyeliner

Shop my routine below:

I guess you could say that I am a minimalist when it comes to makeup (& hair)…. especially when its 100 degrees outside. I like to keep things simple and have some go to products that make getting ready fast and easy. I have a couple favorites this summer that I wanted to share with you all !

  • Good face wash is #1 on my list. Clean & Clear + Cliniques #2= fresh happy skin
  • A mini-clip is great for holding back those awkward length bangs your trying to grow out and bumble and bumble spray gives your hair the hot beachy wave look
  • Moisturizing obsession with Nivea soft (only the white can) and Neutrogena’s SPF that doesn’t leave an oily film
  • Cover up + Mascara is all you need
  • Step outside the box and experiment with new nail colors, eyeshadows, or my new favorite bold lipsticks (red seen here)

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