5/25/15

Five Product Face: Summer Edition

Summer is upon us and with the warmer weather, I'm sure that like me, many of you prefer to set aside heavier make-up in lieu of something lighter. During the hotter months, I like to stick to basics that are simple, quick and won't melt off my face. I don't need super heavy products on most days and this quick five product routine works quite well!


What makes this routine even better is that all of the products are cruelty-free! A few months ago I made the switch to using only cruelty-free products and while the initial purging of everything that was tested on animals was a bit overwhelming and shocking, I feel so much better! It's also quite surprising how many great options there are for cruelty-free beauty products. I've been really enjoying trying out new brands & products so stay tuned for some brand focuses in the future! Also, if you have any suggestions, please send them my way! For now, you can check out my recommendations in the blog menu at the top of the site!

I start off with this First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy. I like how the applicator is cooling which is perfect for those warmer months and it gives me a bit of a wake-up with some very slight coverage. Nothing too intense so there is no risk of creasing throughout the day! First Aid Beauty products are also great for sensitive skin!

After my under eyes, I apply my Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer. Tarte is one of my favorite brands and this moisturizer is fantastic. Its lightweight, can be applied with your fingers or a sponge/brush (I just use my fingers and sometimes buff it out with a brush), and has an SPF of 20 which is a must in the summer! They offer a wide range of shades too which is great!


When we're talking about everyday quick and simple makeup, bronzer is about as in-depth as I get. Sometimes I'll switch it out for a blush but during the summer, I generally go for bronzer to warm up my complexion a bit. The bronzer that has not only been one of my favorites recently, but which I consider to be my holy grail bronzer is from The Body Shop. I use the honey bronzer in medium and find it to be perfect. It's not too dark or too light, nor is it too orange or muddy (the pictures don't do it justice really). It's easy to blend out or build up and isn't one of those bronzers where you have to be super careful to not add too much. It just works!

Next up is mascara, and this is a product I've often changing up. I'm currently trying out a deluxe sample size of the Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara and it does the job. I can't speak to whether or not I will repurchase when I run out yet, but that's partially due to the fact that I have quite a few mascaras queued up to try next!


Last but not least is lip balm. I'm sure this seems like a lame choice to some, but I'm not a huge fan of most lip products and I also suffer from chapped lips so lip balm is a must for me. This is probably the product I switch up the most but right now I'm really loving this Coconut Pineapple lip balm from Alaffia. Alaffia is a brand I discovered last year and have been adding to my collection of their products over time. I have yet to find a product of theirs that I don't love and plan to do a brand focus on them soon so stay tuned!

So that's my quick and easy five product face. I'd love to hear what you all use during the summer when you want something fast and simple. I'm always on the look out for new products to try so leave a comment!



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