Hey loves! I’m currently nestled up in a beautiful hotel out in Park City, Utah with Chris and some friends and its hard to even describe how beautiful it is. Tomorrow we leave for Montana for a few days, and while I’ve been feeling really drawn to staying home and embracing routine, this trip has been so therapeutic. A LOT of laughter, relaxation and so much nature, so I’m fully loaded with gratitude and can’t wait to share a full recap of the trip (with photos, of course)
Okay so allow me to just start with how strange the weather transformation has been in the midwest. Or at least in northern Michigan — I guess I can’t speak for the entire midwest, as I’m sure it was different for everyone, but honestly, we had NO spring. My spring capsule hardly even came into fruition because we were dealing with snow in April, and then fall-like weather in early May. It wasn’t until the middle of the month that summer started to show itself. So, we’re talking 50’s and then boom.. one day it was 80 and it didn’t drop. Thank god for these herbs, because drastic weather changes are what get me sick every single time. Anyone else?!
I thought this would be a good time to share how along with my wardrobe (summer capsule coming soon and I’m so excited to share it with you guys), my makeup transitions per each season as well. I find myself wearing far less the warmer it gets, and changing out color tones — do you do this, too? It’s a fun little shift in something that can become robotic.
I’ve talked about this a lot over on Instagram and other blog posts, but I’ve become so much more mindful when it comes to the products I’m using, both in quantity but especially in quality. For so long I thought I had to have the latest and greatest — what every other influencer and blogger was posting. Until I realized that my skin isn’t the same as theirs — and what looks good on them, won’t necessarily look good or work for me. (peach tones, I’m looking at you).
I’m a loyal follower of Glossier, Physicians Formula and Beautycounter due to how safe these products are, their mission statements (see below), and the quality of these products. Not all natural beauty products are created equal (I seriously feel like I’ve tried every single product in the world.. not true, but that’s what it feels like!) being disappointed time and time again; until now. The only thing that changed? What I touched on before — being mindful of what my skin likes, what works for me, and supporting companies that I feel really good about. So lets dive in.
My Summer Makeup Products
+ Before anything, I start with Damn Good Face Wash cleanser in The Works. I didn’t always wash my face with products in the mornings (I’d just opt for cold water), but now I like to use this as a creamy base for my makeup. It leaves my skin looking REALLY dewy, and allows me to wear less in the summer months.
+ Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. I thought I was allergic to rose for a while there (thank goodness I’m not), so I took pause on using this, but it’s back in rotation. I apply this immediately after washing my face, and it adds to the dewiness and gives my skin the equivalent of a huge glass of water. I let this soak in for a little before going into my makeup application.
+ Once the rose oil is set, I start by adding a light layer of Beautycounter’s Countermatch Adaptive Lotion, which feels like butter on my face, but it’s so light and airy. I’ve found that it’s a really nice base for my skin before adding any makeup. I usually let this sink in for about 45 seconds – a minute (a good time for brushing my teeth and tongue scraping!)
+ Physicians Formula BB cream in light/medium. I love this for a couple of different reasons. The first being that it does a really beautiful job of covering up any imperfections (I’m my father’s daughter and I’m easily prone to sunspots — different than freckles). Because of it’s amazing ability to cover up, I don’t feel like I need to pair it with foundation. Since I’m generally more naturally sun kissed in the summer, this is really all I need. PS: It’s also a vegan company and is never tested on animals.
+ If I have any breakouts or redness from a healing breakout, I use this concealer. It’s really light so it doesn’t go on thick, but still gets the job done. I’m a huge supporter of Glossier and their message towards women and going over the top to create safe products (fun fact: If I could have lunch with any woman, it would be Emily Weiss — the founder of Glossier.)
+ Next I add a super light layer of Physicians Formula Airbrush Powder | Creamy Natural Shade (not pictured) to set in the tinted moisturizer and concealer. In the winter I tend wear more of this than I do in the summer — it’s not heavy, but I just don’t need as much, and I really don’t like covering up my freckles. :)
+ Beautycounter Matte Bronzer | Shade 01. Hands down my favorite bronzer that I’ve ever used. The littlest bit goes a long way, and I simply add a little from the corner of my mouth up to my temple (on both sides, of course ;) and then down my nose. Light contouring, we’ll call it.
+ This under eye brightener by Clinique was one I used years ago, and had totally forgot about until recently. It’s AMAZING. A little goes a long way with this stuff, so while the price tag may seem a little steep for under eye brightener, it’ll last you a REALLY long time.
+ To set this (because it will crease a little), I use Elf’s under eye translucent powder (not pictured) with a small brush. Again, a little goes along way and it keeps it from caking. If you use the eye brightener, you won’t want to miss this step — especially when you’re a little sweaty from the summer sun ;) This little powder is one of my best kept secrets!
+ Beautycounter Blush Stick in Hibiscus. There are SO MANY reasons that I love this product. First, it’s safe as all get out. Second is that not only do I use it for my blush, but I use it on my lips as well. I need to get two of them, because I always end up taking it with me for the day, and then forgetting that it’s in my bag when I go to apply it the next morning (female problems, am I right?) It goes on super smooth, it’s anything but sticky, and most importantly, just like the under eye brightener, a little goes a long way so it lasts what feels like forever. Also, I’ve said this a thousand times before, but I LOVE and so appreciate the fact that I can feel 100% okay with “eating my lipstick”. Think about how often you lick your lips, consume what’s on your lips while eating and drinking, etc.
+ This highlighter palette was one of my best purchases a year ago (not pictured). I get so many of you asking me on Instagram (mostly due to my stories) how I look so “glowy” — and it’s a combination of my face wash underneath my makeup, and this palette. I generally use the top two on the right side of the board, going from top to bottom. The very top is generally for my t-zone and the one below is for my cheeks, collarbone and eyelids. I don’t usually use the other colors — but love the option in case I want to spruce things up for a (rare) night out. #homebody
+ Beautycounter mascara. No, it’s not the most “volumizing” — but I feel so naked if I don’t have at least one layer of mascara on when I leave the house. The pure reason that I use this mascara is that it’s SAFE, and for someone who rubs their eyes frequently and just feels compelled to take good care of my sight, I want whatever is going into my eye to not have harmful affects. You feel me?
So there you have it — that’s my summer makeup routine, and I kid you not, it takes me a solid 5-6 minutes to apply it. It’s one of my favorite routines to go through every morning, and I know it my sound a little cheesy, but a lot of it has to do with the fact that everything going on my face (therefore inside my body), is safe.
Lastly, speaking of summer – these are my two sunscreens that I’m obsessed with and will be rotating all season – Alba SPF 50 Spray and this Countermatch SPF 30. Both are safe and don’t leave that frustrating white streak or thick residue.
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