Summer makeup “no makeup” routine

As much as I love makeup, it seems like when I put on a full face of makeup in the summer my face suffocates. We’re in the middle of summer and I don’t have the time to spend that long doing my makeup. I’ve found a really good makeup routine for the summer time that makes me look and feel awake and glowy without too much product.

Laneige B.B. cushion hydra radiance SPF 50

I did a wear test last week. And this completely replaced my tinted moisturizer I’ve been using. I just tip a wet beauty blender into the cushion, and get an even skin tone while feeling like nothing is on my face. If you want me full review and thoughts, you can read that here

Becca Beach lip and blush tint

I got this in the shade guava and i absolutely love this. It is light and gives the most natural blush that is perfect for light skin types. They have several other shades to accommodate all skin types and guava was the perfect shade for me. A little goes a long way so although it’s in small packaging it lasts a long time.

Supergoop! Glow stick sunscreen spf 50

I keep this in my purse at all times. This just adds such a natural glow on my cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and shoulders. I love to reapply this through the day, it is light, glides on, and is perfect for on the go.

Too faced chocolate soleil matte bronzer

It’s summer so naturally I want to warm up my face to give it an inner glow. This is really the only powder product I use for a makeup no makeup look. This is because although powder makes your makeup lady it can really dry the skin down. The milk chocolate shade is amazing it’s not too orange and just warms up the face.

Fresh sugar lip treatment sunscreen spf 50

I use this every day when I want to add a little bit of color to my lips while still looking natural. It is hydrating and it protects your lips from the sun! It’s a great product from a great brand.

Pixi vitamin wake up mist

This mist is perfect to set your makeup and use throughout the day to wake your skin up! It’s nourishing and not sticky at all. The only downside is the nozzle on Pixi mists are terrible, but using the product in a different bottle or just spraying farther away from the face gives your skin a dewey awake look.

And that’s it! I love this routine and it only takes me about 5 minutes to do. I am a skincare blog and will have a product review next week, but if you guys ever want more makeup reviews, let me know!

See you next Monday!

Laneige BB Cushion Wear Test – Worth it?

During the summer, the last thing I want is a thick foundation suffocating my skin in the humid heat. I go a lot lighter on my makeup in the summer, and I reluctantly say goodbye to full coverage and say hello to a more natural route. I do have scarring so I don’t expect a bb cream to completely make my problems disappear, but I do expect it to be light and even out my skin tone. The BB cream that I tried out this week and put to the test is Laneige’s BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50.

How much is it?

$38

What does it do?

Sephora’s website claims that it is “A radiance-enhancing, hydrating version of LANEIGE’s BB Cushion, it’s infused with Melacrusher™ to brighten skin and double-coated pigments to brighten and hydrate.”

Does it do that?

I would say that my skin looked brighter and did feel hydrated the entire day. My makeup usually bunches up around hour 4, and this one stayed pretty even and I didn’t get super dry or greasy at the end of the day.

What’s good about it?

It’s hydrating, brightening, and it feels SO light. It was like I had nothing on all day.

What’s not so good about it?

Although it did give me pretty good coverage for most of my workday, it isn’t going to be perfect for more than 4 hours. It’s a bb cream, and it’s meant to be light, not full coverage. In the pictures I will show you, you’ll notice my scars and redness, especially in my recap video.

Worth it?

I am going to be reaching for this over my IT cosmetics cc cream. It may not have a crazy amount of coverage, However, it did not bunch up (Which is my BIGGEST pet peeve) and I still looked natural at the end of the day. An added bonus was I still was a little less red than usual! Overall, I would say that it was a great BB cream!

What did it look like?

 

Here’s a video of me on HOUR 12 (don’t expect a bb cream to really be on my face by then) and talk about my thoughts. Also, I know I used vertical camera… next time I’ll do horizontal I promise.

My Skincare Routine – April

When I tell you my skin was awful a year ago, trust me, it was AWFUL.

Now I am dealing with scarring, hyperpigmentation, and extremely sensitive skin that will blow if it comes into contact with anything it does not like. Right now I am pretty Comfortable with my skincare routine. I am currently on Tretinoin Gel (0.01%), so I’ve been on the lookout for things that are really hydrating so let me know if you have any suggestions! I am always updating my skincare routine and I will go over my current day and night routines!

Day

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Left to right:

Jelly Cleanser – Drunk Elephant

The feeling of this cleanser is very nice to the skin. It’s extremely light on the skin and has a minimal scent. It’s almost TOO light. I feel like this doesn’t really cleanse my skin and If you like a 2-in-one makeup remover and cleanser this is not for you. My one big issue is this cleanser is the cap. You have to turn it to open it up and you just squeeze. This brand, in particular, has really weird ways of getting the product out. It feels less sanitary and just leaves a weird residue on the cap. Although I love the feel of this cleanser, after this I’m switching back to the tried and true Soy Face Cleanser

PowerBright TRx Pure Light SPF 50 – Dermalogica

Listen, I know this is ridiculously expensive for a sunscreen (66 DOLLARS) I realize that. Yet, being on Retinol Cream and having serious scarring, I knew I needed something that would moisturize and protect my skin. This does that, feels super light, and it specifically made to “prevent future discoloration.” I really feel like this protects the skin and gives me the moisture I need.

Beauty Water – Son & Park

This might just be water but dang does it make my skin feel good. I use this as a toner after my cleanser and if just is so light and my skin just seems to soak up this stuff. Also, you get a ridiculous amount of product so it’ll last you awhile (unless you’re like me and use this multiple times a day). I put this in a spray bottle so whenever my skin feels particularly dry I’ll use it and I really enjoy it. It’s basically scentless and great for sensitive skin.

Rise + Glow Duo – Drunk Elephant

So I originally got a set of the Intensive Hydration Gel & the C-Firma Day Serum and I just ran out of the latter. I really only use this on spots I know tend to get dehydrated and it feels and smells pretty nice. I really enjoyed the C-Firma Day Serum. After 3 weeks I really saw my scars fade and It really makes me interested in trying out other Vitamin C serums (Testing one right now that I will make a separate review). I suggest getting this duo if you’re interested in the Drunk Elephant brand without investing in the full products which are extremely expensive.

Night

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Water Luminous Jelly Cleanser – JMsolutions

This makes my skin SO smooth. I added this in here because I got this in an Ipsy bag and I keep reaching for it at night. I wait 30 minutes after cleansing before I apply my Retinol gel, so having a cleanser that is light and leaves my skin soft and moisturized is super important. It having Hyaluronic Acid for sure helps my skin and I will repurchase again.

  • For those wondering at night, I wait for 30 after cleansing to let my skin calm down and then apply my Retinol Creme so I avoid irritation. I also do moisturize after this but I wait for 45min-hour at LEAST. It’s important to leave time for the gel to work!!!

Sunflower Sweets Serum – Bahi

This product was everywhere at one point – and for good reason. The first night I put this on my skin looked a m a z i n g. It does hydrate my skin and whenever I put this on the next morning my scars are a lot less noticeable. It smells really awful and WILL get on your pillowcase if you procrastinate your skincare until right before bed if you’re like me. If you can handle the smell I highly recommend this product.

  • I apply this after my moisturizer. This seems to work better on my dry skin versus before so that’s just what I find works best.

Lala Retro Whipped Cream – Drunk Elephant

I love love love this moisturizer. Its crazy thick and I know many people prefer light moisturizers. For me, at night, I want a nice moisturizer when I have time to just let it absorb into my skin. The packaging is really weird and you have to press down to get product. The packaging doesn’t allow you to see how much product is left so it’s more of just a guessing game. The smell is minimal and it is not sticky at all. I highly suggest using this as a night moisturizer.

Transforming Walnut Scrub – OLEHENRIKSEN

I use this in the shower and oh my does this smell good. I use this twice a week because I’m wary of exfoliation while on a Retinol but it doesn’t agitate my skin what so ever. It isn’t necessarily as effective as other exfoliants (I’m a huge advocate for chemical exfoliates) but for the experience it just makes me feel so pampered and my skin always feels fresh and rejuvenated after using this.

That’s my skincare routine for April! I really have enjoyed a lot of these products and feel like the past month I have had minimal breakouts and my skin texture has been pretty smooth. After Finals I will probably be posting skin updates not just when I use new products. I’m planning on transitioning into a more summer oriented routine and will keep you guys updated!

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                     Until next time!

Introductions and Ideas

Hi! I’m Amelia and I am a student at Indiana University and am studying Law and English. I wanted a place that I can share my thoughts and documentation of my life as a college student who is trying to get her life together.

What will be on my blog:

  • Skincare reviews/update
  • Bullet journal spreads/updates
  • Music reviews
  •               Life updates
  •               Miscellaneous Creative Writing
  •               Organizational tips
  •               Book Reviews
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My little sister and me at a Notre Dame tailgate

 

 

I am excited to start a blog and have something that I can look back on fondly.