Summer Beauty Favorites – Amazing Skincare Products

As temperatures start to rise (especially here in North Carolina!) I am always on the lookout for something to keep my skin hydrated without the addition of extra oil on my face.  I know there is a “healthy glow” trend SEEN EVERYWHERE but I resist putting anything too greasy on my combination skin.  When I hit my 40’s a few years ago (wink wink 😉) I became prone to hormonal breakouts in my t-zone, especially my chin. I have found that one of the best ways to try-out new, cult products without an expensive commitment are these fab beauty kits that are filled with smaller sizes at a fraction of the price.  Read: Sephora Favorites.

I ran into our local Sephora and found just such a kit! The one pictured is not available online, but the individual treasures inside are. Sephora always has some form of these kits in stock like THIS and THIS.

I do have some favorite, new-to-me, products that I will go into detail about, but these are the 12 products that were inside:

Boscia Tsubaki Swirl

Clinique Moisture Surge

Origins Original Skin

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter 

First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Ginger & Tumeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For Mattifying Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Smoothie

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula  Luxury Facial Oil

and these 4 I went crazy over:

Sol Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

All the hype around this slightly shimmery, deliciously scented firming cream is spot on!  It contains guaraná, a native Amazonian plant whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine you can get, thus the firming factor.  It literally melts into your skin and the smell is ridiculously delicious. It has a vanilla/caramel scent and just a touch of mica for a soft glow that is not at all greasy.  The scent lingers for quite some time, which is a very good thing…it’s really addictive! The ultra-fine mica flecks just add a subtle sheen to make the skin look amazing, something that Brazilians really understand.  I know this will be my summer favorite!

Fresh Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy in Dream

This is hands down the best lip balm I have ever used.  It has cult status in the beauty world and is made with sugar, a natural antiseptic and humectant, know for it’s healing properties.  I discovered this lip balm on vacation in California many years ago and have been using it religiously ever since. It gives the lips enhanced volume, something we lose as we age, and serious moisture!  I apply a thin layer in the morning under my lipstick or gloss and before I go to bed every night. It has a very light, somewhat lemony scent that is not at all overpowering. The one in this beauty kit is their new tinted version called Dream, which is a light, sheer pink.  Perfect to throw on in the morning before the gym for a smooth, hydrating sheen.

Glamglow Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer

Remember the lightweight moisturizer I said I was looking for this summer?  This is it! This brand was originally designed for professionals to use backstage in Hollywood and it finally became available to the public.  It is super lightweight, made from H2O from the South Sea of Korea. It is very hydrating but doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy, it sinks in completely, plumping and smoothing at the same time.  Want to know the best part? The smell is ridiculously yummy. It reminds me of an orange creamsicle and it doesn’t get much better than that!

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

I have been dying to try the Drunk Elephant products for a while now and this is the one product I really wanted.  It has 110,000 🖤’s on Sephora and was awarded Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty for 2017. The company only uses “clean” ingredients based on safety and bio-compatibility with the skin.  What does this mean? There are no “silicones, chemical sunscreens, sensitizing dyes, perfumes, or fragrant essential oils of any kind” in any of their products. Literally, any skin type will reap the benefits. The Babyfacial is just that, an at-home facial that leaves your skin baby soft!  The high percentage of alpha hydroxyl acid in combination with a “dream team” of other acids resurface the skin every time you use it. The first time I used it I saw immediate results. Brighter, softer skin, smaller pores and a completely smooth, even surface. Truly the miracle product I was looking for!

Remember, make sure to try out new products before you make a huge financial commitment.  You can get almost any beauty item in a trial size these days. Do you have a product you swear by?  Please share in the comments below! XO



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