Soo it’s been a little while since my last post, not including my Summer Shitlist which just went live, and in that time I’ve: gotten a job, dyed my hair (twice), destashed a ton of makeup, picked up twice as much as I got rid of, and left said job. To make up for the extended radio silence, I’m ditching my Top 5 Favorites limit and going for a Top 15 to cover all my summer beauty hits.
There are a lot of steps and a lot of products that go into a complete makeup look – from cleansers and moisturizers to primers and setters. Here’s my current routine for getting dolled up and then taking it all off:
Facial Cleanser: Lush Angels on Bare Skin
I use this to wash my face in the shower either before getting ready or at the end of the day if I wasn’t wearing makeup. It’s a great cleanser for all skin types and is both soothing and slightly exfoliating. If I’m in need of some extra scrubs, I will reach for Lush’s Dark Angels exfoliating cleanser, use no more than once/week. Note: Due to the freshness of ingredients, I always buy the smallest size available for Lush products to decrease the chances of it expiring before I can finish it.
Acne Spot Treatment: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel
I use this salicylic acid treatment to help clear up any rogue acne on my neck and chin. For some serious info about all things skincare, check out /r/SkincareAddiction on Reddit.
Moisturizer: The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream
I’m almost done my second full-size of jar of this stuff, I love it so much. It’s not always enough to moisturize my driest bits in the dead of winter, but it’s nevertheless a great product and I reach for it year round to help keep my skin hydrated without looking greasy.
Face Primer: Too Faced Hangover RX primer
Primer is a must for me for smoother skin, oil control, and added insurance to keep my makeup in place all day. I am absolutely in love with this silicone-free formula and the coconut water feels great on my skin. I dispense one full pump on the back of my hand and apply with the RealTechniques stippling brush. (You are totally free to apply primer with your fingers, but I try to touch my face as little as possible since I’m so prone to that dreaded oily t-zone).