Most Valuable Products: June 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

My NOTW post was supposed to go up this weekend, but I suddenly remembered it was the end of the month so here I am, bombarding you with another end-of-the-month favorites post. I promise July's edition will be up a little earlier!

June is the awkward transition from pleasantly warm weather to the kind of humidity that confines me to the air-conditioned indoors. I'm not a summer girl (give me fall/winter any day), and when it becomes too sticky and hot to comfortably walk around, I become cranky and basically give up on myself. In typical warm weather form, you won't be seeing much makeup here--it's mostly bodycare and skincare for all that exposed skin. 

1. Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer: I mentioned in my review that I would save this product for the humid months, so here it is. It is absolutely the most lightweight moisturizer I own, so much so that it may not be enough moisture for some people. I don't have dry skin, so this is perfect for when my legs feel like they need a little something after I get out of the shower, but the thought of a moisturizer makes me sweat. It's just a quick spray and then rub and my legs never feel greasy once I get outside. Some days this month haven't been quite as humid, though, so when my body needs a little more hydration, I turn to the next product.

2. Nivea Express Hydration Freshening Gel: This is a step up from the Spray and Go, when my skin feels a little tight but I still don't want a greasy body lotion. It's light, refreshing, (perfect after a day in the sun) and takes only slightly longer to absorb. It's basically the body version of the Garnier gel moisturizer, and this and the Vaseline are the only two body moisturizers I'll be using this summer. 

3. Bourjois Pot Blush in Rose Frisson: Lisa Eldridge used this in a video, so of course I had to have it. It's my first Bourjois blush, and I love it almost as much as the Healthy Mix concealer. Incredibly pigmented (all you need is a tap of the brush), this is a beautifully fresh, light pink that makes my face look more alive without being too bright or distracting. It smells of burnt sugar, grandmas and baby powder, but that's not going to stop me from ordering more colors from ASOS.

4. Alba Botanica Good n' Clean Acne Wash: I reviewed this in my Budget Skincare Review of the Good n' Clean line, and I've almost used up the whole bottle. My skin has been fairly well-behaved recently, and this has definitely been a contributing factor. I use it most mornings, and along with helping to prevent acne, I feel like it balances the oils in my skin. I won't be repurchasing right away since I still have some other cleansers to get through, but I really recommend this as a reasonably gentle, non-drying acne wash. 

5. Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Stain in Lust: A lot of magazines recommend lip stains for winter and tinted lip balms for summer, which I never really understood. The more hydrating balms should be for dry winter lips, and stains are much more suited to fuss-free all day summer wear, which is why I've pulled out this old favorite. Obviously the shade is more Christmassy than it is summery, but just a little bit blended in with my fingers gives me an incredibly natural, tinted lip that will last all day. I also love things like the L'Oreal glossy stains (the YSL knockoffs, whatever they're actually called), but I'm on a quest to finish this up so I can treat myself to a new red lip this winter. (Already looking forward to cold weather--told you I'm not a summer girl!)

6. Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen SPF 55: Neutrogena brought this out last year and it has been my go-to sunscreen ever since. I used to wear sunscreen as my facial moisturizer but Queen Hirons said not to, and this particular sunscreen isn't even hydrating enough. I have incredibly oily skin, but the powdery consistency and feel of this suncream just isn't comfortable on its own--you really need something hydrating underneath. I use whatever I have lying around, and it's a good opportunity to use whatever facial moisturizer you have that doesn't contain SPF. Sunscreen never broke me out in the first place, but I love that the consistency and texture of this dries matte and never makes me look shiny.  

7. Bath and Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze Body Scrub: I actually started using this to get rid of a self-tannng job gone horribly wrong (more on that in a different post), and it made me remember how good exfoliated legs feel. This is an old BBW scent, but the scrub should be the same--delightfully gritty without being too abrasive, though for best results you'll want to use it out of the shower stream as the water dilutes the scrub. That's fine if you like a foamy lather, but not if you're aiming for a proper exfoliation. The bright green color is a little off-putting, but Bath and Body Works has never been subtle in fragrance or color. 

You might have noticed the lack of hair products in this post, which is a product of my summer philosophy, "Ugh it's too hot, and I don't care," (usually said around a mouthful of ice cream). It's all sloppy ponytails and buns these day, though you'll see a few haircare products in an upcoming beach/pool products post. 

Have a lovely week!

Hope you're well!

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