As the weather gets sunnier and my schedule gets busier, my beauty routine has changed to reflect the warmer weather and my new need for efficiency. Whereas I used to have more time to spend getting ready in the mornings, as work has gotten busier, I have found myself choosing a few more minutes of sleep over any extra primping. Multi-tasking products have become my go-to. My skin has always been fairly dehydrated and I find that the summer heat and sun leads my complexion to be a little more prone to breakouts as my skin produces extra oil to combat the dryness. I find that taking a more elaborate, targeted approach to my skincare routine with a focus on deep hydration helps to keep my skin healthy and balanced. I have also found myself to be particularly intrigued by Asian beauty products after reading rave reviews about their many benefits in terms of hydration, anti-aging and overall skin health. I am a complete beauty product junkie and am always looking to try new things. Here are the five products that have become mainstays in my beauty routine.
With a rich, creamy texture and a feminine rosey hue that flatters every skin tone, this compact by Stila works as both a lip and cheek stain, creating a dewy, natural looking flush. Simply toss it in your purse and use it as needed to keep your complexion fresh and glowing all day.
This sea-salt, sweet almond and algae extract infused spray created by celebrity hair stylist Jeff Chastain, creates textured, tousled waves while still keeping your hair hydrated and shiny. A few spritzes of this and you will look like you have spent the day at the beach. Bonus: its fruity-fresh smell is absolutely delicious and will evoke thoughts of tropical beaches and fruity cocktails.
Sheet face masks have been gaining recognition on beauty websites and blogs for being more effective than standard cream, clay and gel masks. Unlike other masks, the formulas that are on the back of sheet masks are more like serums and are usually much lighter but much more potent.The masks (with cut-out holes for your eyes nose and mouth) are often made with soft cotton fibres and because they keep the formula close to the skin, the masks are able to penetrate deeper into the skin and whatever benefits the masks have (hydration, brightening, firming, clarifying) are enhanced. I love this one from The Face Shop. This green-tea infused mask is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants and is perfect for brightening dry, dull skin. It also smells great and is soothing after a long day spent in the sun.
I discovered these cooling, soothing eye gels in my Birchbox and absolutely loved them. I subscribed to Birchbox so that I would be able to test out products that I might not choose on my own. These eye gels are an example of something that I would never have sought out but that I am happy I discovered. As a night owl and workaholic, sleep is something that I could always get more of. With Icelandic glacial water, these gels de-puff, tone and revitalize, tired eyes creating the look of a good nights rest in only ten minutes. I would use these once or twice a week, in the morning after a long night, before a night out or anytime I need a pick me up.
These sweetly scented, cleansing bars created in collaboration by Vancouver-based perfumer Ayala Moriel and Oregon-based soap company Open Source, will simplify your bath and shower routine while leaving your body with a luxurious, cocoa, myrrh and patchouli fragrance (also available as a perfume of the same name). Coconut, castor, and palm oil nourish and moisturize skin and hair while creating a rich enough lather to be used as a shaving foam. My hair is naturally curly and prone to humidity induced frizz and dryness in the summer time. Using Film Noir soap in lieu of my normal shampoo keeps my curls smooth, hydrated and bouncy and my skin supple and moisturized. It’s also a great item to stash in one’s travel bag when packing for vacation (who needs a collection of shampoos and body washes leaking all over the inside of one’s suitcase?). I find one bar lasts me at least a month of washes. It’s also a nice feeling purchasing from Ayala because you know that every item is made from the highest quality of ingredients and is made lovingly by hand as anyone who has met Ayala knows that she is a complete perfectionist in everything that she sets out to do.
Have you tried any of these products? What are your favorite beauty products right now? Let me know in the comments!