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I don't know why but the whole month of July felt like my skin was stuck in one of those stackable food dehydrators. It was SO dry. This is just my body by the way, my face actually normal-ed out for the most part. But because my skin was so, so dry and the month was so busy (I basically moved twice) I didn't wear all that much makeup and instead focused on skincare. In fact I think I've finally gotten my random breakouts under control but that's a whole other post.
I had two salves that saved my dry bod this last month. The first, most moisturizing of the two is the Korres Apple Blossom Body Butter AKA my new hydration lifeline. Honestly I haven't tried all that much from Korres (I remember loving a lip balm from them) and this body butter has totally impressed me. The apple blossom scent is nice. It's sweet without being sickly, like an adult version of your favorite middle school Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea Body Splash. The cream is seriously thick and does take some effort to work into your skin but then you're comfortable and hydrated all day. Big winner right here. I'm thinking in fall/winter I may switch up to the Jasmine scent to get a little more sultry with it.
When my skin isn't screaming out for moisture, the shimmering NUXE Dry Oil is a favorite. I love the scent (I wrote all about it in my summer fragrance post) and the shimmer is subtle. I've had a few events and a wedding in July and I slathered my limbs in the stuff to fake a healthy summer glow. It totally worked. It won't make you early aughts Britney Spears level of sparkly, but it gives your skin a nice shimmery glow.
I'm finally understanding what my skin wants and needs (only took twenty five years). This month I've been stripping back my skincare routine to focus on the products I know work well for my skin and rooting out those that don't. The one serum that's made the cut so far is The Ordinary Niacinamide and Zinc. I've been using this pre-moisturizer in the mornings. It does this wonderful thing of fighting redness and gently fighting acne at the same time. Zinc is some amazing stuff I tell ya', I've got to try more zinc-y products.
This summer I've lightened up the facial moisturizers and that goes for eye cream too. The *Dr. Jart Water Fuse Hydro Soothe Eye Gel is the lightest eye cream I've ever encountered. It's a gel, obvs, and it's a thin gel at that. For those who need a huge dose of hydration around the eyes, this won't cut it. But for those of us with oily skin or oily eyelids it does a lovely job of adding hydration without being heavy. I'm all in Dr. Jart.
I already gave a peek into my summer face a few weeks ago, but things have changed since I received the *Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation. You can read my full review of this new foundation but trust it's a good 'un for me. It's really the only major change to my summer face routine I linked up above. It's certainly a higher coverage than the *Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (everything is) and has a matte texture. So, you know, big-ish change there, but the overall vibe is the same.
In the same vein, I've cracked out my old favorite Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer. It's a better match, color wise than the shade I have in the *Kevyn Aucoin SSI and is a lot thicker in terms of texture. The coverage is a little less because who can match SSI? But for covering the odd zit or under eye bag, it does just the trick.
The last makeup bit I promise I'll stop talking about soon is the *Lancome Matte Shaker in Magic Orange. I've really been wearing it all summer long because it's just so easy. It's nice when things are easy. I just swipe it on and move about my day and I don't have to worry about how it will look because it will look amazing.
I've started something of a love affair with off shoulder dresses in July. I know I'm like a full year late to the party but I can't get enough. I have one maxi dress with a beautiful shibori style print and a knee length denim number, neither of which are available online. I picked a couple close options in the widget below but trust me they're gorgeous. The collar bone peek? Yas and yas.
Dave and I finally moved into our new apartment this month. It ended up being a humongous pain (we couldn't get the power turned on, one window fully rained inside, the air conditioning was broken. In New Orleans. In the summer.) but our landlords are great and sorted everything out. Now that we're finally in and working I'm loving it so much more than our last space. I know I don't often get into interiors stuff round these parts but now that we're finally in a space that feels right I think I will!
On the same note of new things, I've started working on a new project. Right now I just have the instagram account up (@lipstick_a_day) but I'm aiming for bigger and better things! It's been a lot of fun so far, so please join along.