Affordable Summer Makeup Must-Haves

The best time of the year is upon us. That’s right, it’s almost Summer. With Summer coming up, it’s time to start adapting your makeup routine to the new season. Here’s a list of my must-have products for summer.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Poreless Putty Primer

Summer means sweat, so it’s important to find a primer that will keep your foundation locked in place. This primer not only keeps your makeup in place, but it also blurs and smooths any fine-lines, wrinkles, and pores for a flawless canvas.

Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Tint

Don’t let the name of this foundation fool you, it has fantastic coverage for a tint. It’s lightweight, has buildable coverage, lasts all day, and contains hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated all day. This product’s also very versatile, I keep several colors on hand to use it as a foundation, a brightener, and a cream contour.

Too Faced Born this Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder

This powder… y’all this powder was a game changer for me. This setting powder is so finely milled that a little bit goes such a long way, and feels like you don’t have anything on. While this product is a little pricey compared to everything else on this list, it’s worth it.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

This bronzer is my absolute favorite. It applies so smoothly and gives you the best sun-kissed glow that’s perfect for summer. My favorite part of this product is the smell, it’s AMAZING! It smells like the beach in a compact.

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This blush gives the perfect peachy pink flush to your cheeks. It looks so natural and glowy which makes it perfect for that summer glow.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Shimmer Highlighter in Starlight Glow

Don’t let the fact that this highlighter is $6.00 trick you, it’s unbelievably pigmented. If you want that blinding highlight that can be seen from a mile away, this product definitely does the trick.

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

Finally, it’s time to finish off your look and set your face in place. This setting spray is one of the best I’ve ever used, the mist is so fine, you can drench your face and it barely feels wet. The best part is that my makeup stayed looking fresh all day long.

I hope you liked these recommendations and found some new favorites. Get out there and rock your summer looks.

How to Keep Your Skin Glowy All Summer Long

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The summer months are finally here! All those vacations you’ve been waiting to take all year are just around the corner, and you’re likely going to be spending extra time out in the sun these days. It’s now more important than ever that you give your skin a little extra TLC and make sure you take steps each day to protect it! Here are some ways to give your skin some love and keep it glowing all throughout the summer months!

Pile on the sunscreen

With all the extra sun exposure comes freckles, tans, and sunburns, all of which are signs of sun damage. To keep yourself protected, be sure to put sunscreen all over your face and body first thing in the morning, and reapply every hour if you are going to be in the sun. We recommend using anything SPF 50 or higher.

Use a gel-based cleanser and moisturizer

In the summer months, people tend to sweat more often and produce more oil than normal. Switching to a gel-based cleanser will help clean your skin without stripping it too much. The gel-based moisturizer will ensure that your skin stays hydrated without clogging it up or weighing it down. We recommend the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line for both of these products.

Drink plenty of water

Being out in the heat more often can lead to dehydration, and that is a quick trip to dull skin. Make sure to drink 2-3 liters of water per day, and increase this to 3-4 liters if you are engaging in high-intensity exercise or are outside for long periods of time during the day. You will have more energy to get through all of your fun activities, and your skin will thank you!

Add extra fruits and veggies into your diet

Adding fruits and vegetables into your diet is another way to sneak in some extra water throughout the day, and it also helps increase the amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants going into your body. Ensuring that you are getting the right nutrients each day will help make you look more alive, give you more energy, lessen the appearance of dark circles (often caused by nutrient deficiencies, like an Iron deficiency), help clear your skin, and improve the elasticity of your skin. All of these things combined will have you feeling and looking your best!

Exfoliate often

No matter how much sunscreen you apply, you are still likely to suffer from at least a little bit of sun damage in the summer months. This sun damage can dry out skin, causing it to feel and appear flaky. To aid your skin’s healing process, add in some gentle exfoliation. Adding a gentle scrub will do the trick, or simply using a washcloth is fine as well. Anything to help slough off the dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface will help reveal the newer, softer skin below it. You can also add in a chemical exfoliant, like an AHA or BHA. We recommend the Tatcha Rice Polish, which is a gentle scrub, or The Ordinary 30% AHA + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, which is a chemical exfoliant. Be sure to only exfoliate 2-3 times per week so you do not overdo it, and always make sure you follow up with your moisturizer right after!

Add Vitamin C serum into your skincare routine

The summer months bring sunspots along with them. To help combat sunspots and lessen the darkening of freckles, we suggest adding a Vitamin C serum into your skincare routine. This will help keep your skin tone even and lighten any dark spots that may start to come in during the summer. We recommend the Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum.

Lay off the makeup

Your skin will go through a lot this summer. Between sunscreen, ocean water, chlorine, sand, and more, it will have to endure many stressors. Adding makeup into the mix is only going to make things worse. Let your skin breathe this summer, and watch as the sun works its magic! The combination of not wearing makeup and being in extra sunshine will help dry out acne more quickly and allow your skin to heal.


The summer is a busy time for everyone! You have pool parties, play dates, beach trips, hikes, etc., and you feel like you are constantly running around. Be sure to still take time for yourself and get plenty of sleep. Being sleep deprived is one of the easiest ways to ensure your skin looks dull. This means that getting plenty of sleep is one of the easiest ways to ensure your skin glows! Make sure to clock in your 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and wake up feeling and looking refreshed and ready to tackle another day of adventure and summer fun!

At-Home Face Mask Recipes for the Perfect Night In

You don’t have to spend a lot of money for a good face mask! Trust me, I know sometimes it seems good skin care products are to pricey and just not worth the time! But what If I told you there was a way to make your own skin care products for half the price?

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Honey and Oat Face Mask

This is one of my personal favorites because it fits all skin types, the products are natural and its very simple to make! First, you start out with two tea spoons of oats. You can use any brand Quaker oats would probably be your cheapest route but Avenno would be the best brand for your skin. Next you just need to 2 teaspoons of honey, mix all of this together. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes and then apply to your face. Make sure you put your back and out of the way so the mixture does not get stuck in your hair. Leave the mask on over night. In the morning just simply wash it off and see the results right there!

Milk Cream and Lemon Face Mask

I know this sounds strange but for those out there with dry skin, this mask can do wonders. For this mask you first need to get 1 teaspoon of heavy whipping cream. Now I am not talking about whip cream from a can I’m talking about HEAVY whipping cream. I recommend Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream. This can be found at any grocery store. Next you need 1/4 lemon juice this could be any kind however, I always recommend going for the organic route because it is is better for your skin. Mix both ingredients together, leave the mask on over night making sure you have your hair back so there isn’t a mess the next morning. I know these ingredients sound strange; however, the heavy whipping cream is helping moisturize your face while the lemon juice is toning your complexion.

Banana Face Mask

This is another simple to make mask and this one helps oily skin! All you need is one ripe banana, you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer to preserve them if need be. Next you will need 2 teaspoons of honey (preferably organic) and lastly one teaspoon of lemon or orange juice. Mash the banana up and mix the honey in next add the lemon or orange juice whichever you decided to go with. Apply to your face and let it sit for only 15 minutes, the banana helps control the oil while the juice tones your face.

Makeup Tips and Tricks

Makeup is something that’s personal to everyone that wears it. For some, it’s an art, a form of expression, a confidence boost, or all the above. Regardless of what makeup means to you, we can all use some tips and tricks to get the most flawless look as possible. In this article, you’ll get all of our tips to make your face makeup Instagram worthy.

Tip 1: Skin prep.

Skin prep is very important; your makeup will only be as good as its base. Your skin prep can be done in 3 easy steps.

  1. Start by washing your face with your preferred cleanser. You want to make sure you’ve removed all the dirt and grime from your skin.
  2. Next, you’ll want to do a quick exfoliation to get rid of any dead skin and dry patches. You can use either a physical exfoliant like the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub or a chemical exfoliant like the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel Exfoliant, depending on your preference.

*Bonus: If you want to go the extra mile and get an even smoother base, you can dermaplane your face. Dermaplaning is another form of exfoliation that uses an eyebrow razor, like the Schick silk touch-up razors to remove peach fuzz and dead skin cells.

First, make sure you dry your skin completely. Then make sure you hold your skin taut, and holding the blade flat against your skin, move in short, upward movements to remove peach fuzz. Do this over your entire face (obviously skipping your eyebrows) to achieve a smooth, hairless base. This will help your makeup apply easier and allow it to appear less thick.

  • Finally, you’ll want to apply a good moisturizer. If you have oily skin, we recommend the Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel, or the Neutrogena Hydroboost Gel Cream is a thicker formula that works well on dry skin. Let your moisturizer settle into the skin for 10-20 minutes before you begin makeup application.

Step 2: Foundation and face.

Liquids and Creams

  • First, you’ll want to choose a foundation that works for your skin type; generally, a dewy finish foundation works best for dry skin and matte finish foundation works best for oily skin.
  •  For an even application, a damp beauty blender sponge works best. Lightly bounce the foundation over the skin until you’ve reached your desired coverage.
  • If you have any areas that need extra coverage, use a light layer of concealer and bounce it into the skin with the damp beauty blender the same as you did the foundation.
  • For a natural-looking contour, use a foundation shade about 2-3 shades darker than your natural skin tone. You can see your natural contour line if you make the “fish face”. Draw a line from the top of your ear following the contour line, stopping halfway to the corner of your mouth. You’ll then want to take your beauty blender and bounce/ blend the contour upwards. You never want to blend your contour downwards, or it will give the illusion that your face is sagging.
  • Allow the liquids and creams to dry down. Allowing these products to dry down will allow for a better application of setting powder or other powder products.

Powder Products

Using a light fluffy powder brush, dunk your brush into a translucent loose setting powder. Tap off any excess, and then begin lightly dusting a light layer of the powder over your entire face. Applying a layer of setting powder allows other powders to blend easier, avoiding any patches that may be caused by blushes or bronzers sticking to any tacky spots in your foundation.

Next, if you so desire, using a powder bronzer you can enhance your contour by blending the bronzer powder upwards over your contour.

To easily apply blush in the right spot on your face, look in the mirror and smile. When you smile, the apples of your cheeks will raise allowing you to clearly see the “apple” shape. Lightly blend your blush in a circular motion in this area.

Now it’s time for highlight. Using a small fluffy brush, lightly apply highlight to the cheekbones, the forehead, the tip of the nose, the chin, and the cupid’s bow of your lip.

Step 3: Set.

  • To finish the look, spray a generous layer of setting spray over your entire face, and fan dry. Avoid talking or making any kind of facial expressions during this step to avoid creases.

Now that your face is flawless, get to taking those Instagram-worthy selfies.

How to Build The Perfect Evening Skincare Routine

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After a long day, you get home and all you want to do is have a relaxing night in. I know in the past I’ve been so tired I’ve neglected taking care of my skin before going to bed. A nightly skincare routine is one of the most important parts of your day! A long day can do a lot of damage to your skin, but don’t worry here is an easy evening skincare routine!

Remove Your Makeup

First things first take off all your make up from the day. This step is simple and easy use a makeup wipe. For me, personally, I have sensitive skin and I prefer to use the Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes. This brand is for those who have sensitive skin and was voted number one best makeup remover wipes by consumers in 2020. For those of you who don’t have sensitive skin and maybe want to try a different brand I also recommend the Kareway Epille Argan Oil makeup wipes. Whatever your preference is just make sure this is the first step you take in your nightly skincare routine.

End of the Day Cleanser

After we’ve gotten all of today’s makeup off the next step is using a cleanser to really get all the damaging agents off our face from the day. You want to use a nightly cleanser that will not cause irritation and remove all of your skin’s natural oil. CeraVe is a good drug store cleanser brand for dry skin types it is very hydrating face wash. Cetaphil is another good drug store brand cleanser but for oily skin. If you are looking for a cleanser that works a little better and are willing to spend more than I recommend IS Clinical. This cleanser works well on all skin types and is highly recommend by dermatologist. As said in the morning skincare routine wash your face with warm water with your choice of cleanser in a circular motion for 10-60 seconds.

Nighttime Toner

Next we are going to use toner! Toner is a very important part of your nighttime routine. It helps balance PH and moisture levels on your skin. Pixi Skintreats is a good toner for your nightly skin care routine it can be found in most drug stores. When you apply the toner use a cotton ball not a tissue. Cotton ball’s are gently on the skin and perfect when applying toner.

Serum and Lotion

This is where your skin routine gets a little bit more personal and specific for your skin type. If you have any acne or breakouts on your face I highly highly recommend using tea-tree oil. All you need is a little dab on a cotton ball and you are good to go. Tea-tree oil is a natural oil that helps calm redness and swelling. If you are suffering from acne scars or any other scars on your face use Bio-Oil, just like the tea tree oil dab a little onto a cotton ball and put it on your acne scar. After this you must moisturize your face! CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream works wonders. This moisturizer has a non greasy texture and is also recommended by dermatologist.

Drink a Cup of Chamomile Tea

Wait we are almost done just one more step! You need to make you a hot cup of chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is known to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in it. Now, your probably wondering what those two things mean or have anything to do with healthy skin. These two properties are phenomenal for the skin they fade sun spots, help eradicate acne scars and even fight breakouts! Not only is this tea good for your skin but it also helps you get a great night sleep. Once you’ve made your tea, climb in bed, put on a movie and just relax.

How to Build The Perfect Morning Skincare Routine

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It’s 7 am. Your alarm goes off, and all you want to do is stay in bed. We’ve all been there. The morning is such an important time for your skin, though, so it is important to take good care of it. That’s where we come in. In this post, we are going to walk you through how to create your perfect morning skincare routine that is easy enough to do while you are still a sleep-deprived zombie who hasn’t had their morning coffee.

Let’s dive in!

Drink a Cup of Warm Lemon Water

First things first. Right when you wake up, drink a cup of warm lemon water. This will help jump start your digestion, which will give you natural energy. The lemon also has natural properties which will boost your skin’s glow and make you appear more radiant throughout the day. Hydration is also crucial to having good skin, so drinking water first thing in the morning will help you get a jump on your water consumption.

Wash your Face With a Gentle Cleanser

Next, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Depending on your skin type, you will want to find a cleanser that works best for you. For oily skin we recommend a lighter, more water-based cleanser, such as the Neutrogena Hydro Boost cleanser. For dry skin we recommend a more creamy, hydrating cleanser, such as the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration cream cleanser. For acne-prone skin we recommend finding a cleanser that treats breakouts while making sure your skin stays hydrated, such as the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated gel cleanser. We recommend washing your face with warm water to open your pores and applying your cleanser in circular motions for 10-60 seconds before washing it off with colder water to close your pores.

Tone your Face with a Toner

The next step is to tone your face. Now that you’ve washed your face, it’s important to make sure you fully close your pores and remove any excess makeup, oil, or product buildup that may not have completely washed off your face from the cleanser. Toning your face will help remove these things and prepare your face for the rest of the products you will be applying. We recommend a gentle toner such as the Thayer’s Rose Witch Hazel toner that is appropriate for all skin types.

Apply a Moisturizer and SPF 30

The final step is to apply a moisturizer and sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. This will help seal in your skin’s moisture and help protect you from the sun. For drier skin types, we recommend a thicker moisturizer such as the Glossier Primer Rich paired with their Invisible Shield sunscreen. For oilier skin, we recommend a lighter moisturizer such as the Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer with the Glossier Invisible Shield sunscreen. Sunscreen only lasts for 2-3 hours, so it is important to reapply throughout the day. The Glossier sunscreen is perfect for this because it is clear and adds a little glow to the skin.