I feel like it is too difficult to come up with monthly favorites that are true favorites…if they change monthly (not that it stops me from watching my favorite Youtuber’s videos)– however, I feel like by mid-season I’ve typically gotten my staple products down. So, if you are interested in some mini-reviews of my tried and true favorite seasonal products, keep on reading!
Items marked with * were PR gifted. This post is not sponsored.
I have found this brand to be so incredibly appealing over the past few months– I’m not sure if I am subconsciously falling for the “all-natural” beauty hype, or if its their gorgeous packaging, or nearly universally excellent reviews. I’m hear to say that the reviews are right!
Green Screen is a mineral sunscreen rated SPF 30. I have found myself reaching for this sunscreen every single day for work days, despite having an absurdly large sunscreen collection (see my last review of 12 sunscreens for evidence). What I love about this is that it is lightly moisturizing AND layers beautifully under makeup without any hint of pilling (my ultimate sunscreen deal breaker). It is emollient enough that I can wear it over a hydrating toner and serum and skip on the moisturizing cream beforehand. Within about 5 minutes of absorption, I am left with soft and hydrated but entirely non-greasy skin. It doesn’t have a majorly high SPF, and it isn’t water-resistant– so it works well for commuting/days in the hospital. I wouldn’t depend on this for a day at the beach, though. It initially applies with a subtle white cast, but that disappears on me within a minute or two after it absorbs.
I’ve also been loving Farmacy’s Green Clean— their oil-based cleansing balm. It removes EVERYTHING– sunscreen, foundation, and the most waterproof mascara I own (see below) without difficulty. It is also truly a pleasure to use. It has a subtle lime scent, melts easily onto the skin, and emulsifies completely leaving behind clean and soft skin.
Okay, so I’ve never really been drawn to the idea of natural deodorants. I just sort of assumed that they wouldn’t work…after all, I’m a pretty sweaty person! I originally picked this up at TJ Maxx on sale for $3 because it smelled amazing. Little did I know that it would turn out to be my armpit’s soul mate. I have always had sensitive under arms, prone to ingrown hairs and shave bumps as well as burning with deodorant application. This deodorant doesn’t irritate my skin at all, actually works well at controlling moisture, AND has a really lovely, non-artificial smelling essential oil/herby scent. The only downside is that sometimes the product (which is slightly softer than your typical solid deodorant) will occasionally build up on the sides of the tube. I don’t find this particularly problematic, and have since re-purchased at full price. It comes in a variety of other lovely scents– I have my eye on Rose Vanilla next.
Guys, I’ve found it….a self tanner that doesn’t smell. Yes, you heard me right. Not just “doesn’t smell that bad,” but actually just smells like a nice, light, coconut-y lotion. I actually have my younger sister to thank for this find– she recommended it and I am so glad that I’ve tried it. The directions/information on the packaging are pretty sparse, but this lotion actually develops within an hour or two completely– perfect for same day event application. This is not a gradual tanning lotion! I got a nice, natural (or as natural as possible) medium-toned color with one application. As with all tanning lotions, the even-ness of your result really depends on the quality of application so I would still recommend the classic exfoliate/moisturize dry areas prior to use. The only down-side? I feel like I go through the product pretty quickly. I have used it for 6 full-body applications so far, and am about 75% through my bottle. The upside? Nordstrom is selling a larger bottle of it for a much better price$/oz than usual as a part of their sale.
So while we all know that skin can become hyperpigmented and damaged from sun exposure, we (or at least I) often forget about our lips. I have been on the hunt for a lip balm that contains an SPF higher than 15 and finally found one that I like. The Supergoop AcaiFushion Lip Balm has broad spectrum SPF 30, a pleasant “juicy” smell, doesn’t taste bad (these things happen), and is actually hydrating. It feels quite buttery on the lips and gives a nice sheen, versus the waxier consistency of many of its SPF lip balm competitors. Overall, I’m just really happy with it!
The nail polish has totally average wear/lasting power on me (though it is greatly enhanced by my favorite base and top coat)…but the color is just the perfect bright, bold tomato red. It actually has a jelly consistency/finish that requires 3 thin layers to reach full effect, but gives a lovely finish. I don’t really have anything else to say about it, I just love the color.
Okay, so you all probably know by now that I have mixed feelings about Glossier’s marketing techniques. However, I have been enjoying quite a few of their products on a daily basis. The Skin Tint is relatively new to me, but filled a serious gap in my makeup collection. As my acne has improved and post-inflammatory erythema and hyperpigmentation has faded, I’ve really wanted to let my skin show through my makeup. The tinted moisturizers that I currently own give light-leaning-medium coverage, and feel a bit heavy on the skin. Glossier’s Skin Tint is the lightest coverage base product I own, and feels completely weightless on the skin. It isn’t moisturizing on its own, but doesn’t cling to my dryer patches. It adds just the perfect amount of luminosity and evening-out of skin tone for what I am looking for right now. Topped with a light dusting of powder, I can get it through a non-strenuous work day. Without, it hangs in for a about 4-5 hours before fading pretty gracefully. What I love is that it never cakes up on me, no matter how long I wear it! Worst case scenario, it just kind of disappears…but it was never so present to begin with that it is a majorly noticeable change. Light is the perfect shade for my fair, un-self tanned skin. When I apply self-tanner, Medium (often mixed with a bit of Light) is a better match.
8) Harry’s Razors*
I have been using razors from a certain planetary-themed women’s shaving brand since I first started shaving as a pre-teen. I have also always suffered from shaving-related skin irritation, ingrown hairs, etc. etc. For the longest time I thought that that was just how shaving went. Then…I was introduced to Harry’s. Harry’s is a much more affordable men’s shaving brand that sent me a package to try out without any obligation to review or anything– I get the impression that they just wanted some feedback about potentially expanding into the women’s shaving market. Fellow shavers of the world, let me tell you– I have now reached next level skin smoothness with significantly less irritation. Without all the bells and whistles of “lubricating strips” and weird plastic doo-dads, it turns out that you can get a really great, close shave. The razor that they sent me is simple, sturdy, and stream-lined in appearance. I like that it doesn’t appear particularly “gendered,” also. Personally, I am done overpaying for pink and purple razors and blades that don’t work as well. I have already repurchased blade refills and can highly recommend the brand to anyone looking to change up their shaving routine.
This mascara is the most waterproof mascara that I have ever tried– even more than my favorite for dramatic lashes, Heroine Make’s Long and Curl (see review here). For some people, that may be annoying as removing it requires a bit of extra effort. However, for me– it is perfect. I have chronically watery eyes, and I also like emollient eye creams and under-eye concealers. All of this is a recipe for smudge-city/transfer to my under-eye area, even when I powder! The A’Pieu Over-Curling mascara has become my every day because it truly doesn’t smudge, flake, or budge, adds a moderate amount of volume and length, and holds a curl pretty darned well. Overall, it is perfect for me at least for sweaty summer days when I don’t need my lashes to be making a major statement.
What are the products that you’ve been reaching for recently?