Summer may be fleeting in Colorado, but for the few months it does stick around, I like to indulge in some special skin care. Here are a few of the products I'm digging during the warm weather season!
01// Juice Organics Brightening Moisturizer ($19.50) My skin gets a little fussy (which is a nicer way of saying pimply and gross) in the summer, and that always makes me want to ditch any kind of facial lotion. But this one is really light, making it perfect under sunscreen and make-up. And most importantly, it seems to be keeping the zits at bay, which is always nice SINCE I'M 44 YEARS OLD ALREADY and I'm sorta over the whole skin-breaking-out-phase. Plus it smells like freshly picked oranges!
02//elf Cosmetics Matte Lip Color in Natural ($3.00). I'm not a fan of bright lips in the summer, mostly because I hate getting lipstick all over my margarita glass. This lip color is my summer go-to because it's a nude shade that closely matches my natural lip color, and the matte finish keeps it in place (that is, on my lips...not the glass!) I'm also a fan of the color Tea Rose, which is just slightly more pinkish purple than Natural.
03//Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil ($22.00) I discovered this amazing stuff a few years ago at The Body Shop, and I buy a new bottle every summer. It's the perfect compliment to sun-kissed skin, giving it just a hint of sparkle and bronzer in a dry oil finish. Every time I wear it, I get compliments on how my skin glows (and not just from the drunk people, really!) If they sold this in giant 20-gallons vats, I'd totally stock up!
04//Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil ($7.18) I was hesitant to jump on the oil cleanser bandwagon, as it seems to contradict the whole getting-oil-and-dirt-off-your-face part of washing. But after a few weeks of using this stuff, I can really see a difference in my skin. It cleans gently but thoroughly (and even removes waterproof mascara!) but doesn't leave that tight, dry feeling afterward. I've used less moisturizer as a result and am excited to keep using this during the dry Colorado winter.
05//Le Moment Bronzing Formula ($35.95). If you can get past the really cheesy Jersey Shore packaging (uhmm, snakeskin is the last thing you want to see on something that goes on your body, amiright??) you'll discover a really awesome self-tanner. I have tried just about every self-tanner out there, and this one really is the best. It contains a bronzer, so you'll see instant results, but the color also continues to develop over the next 24 hours. Plus, it doesn't have the telltale tanner smell that most lotions do. And when you apply a layer of the Honey Bronze over your newly tanned legs, you'll look like you spent all day lounging at the pool. Drinking margaritas. With lipstick that doesn't smear.
Hope you are enjoying a spectacular summer so far!