This summer, we decided to spend an entire month in the Hamptons which means fewer blogger events and more no makeup days for me. While I do miss all of my glittery and colorful makeup goodies, it’s actually so great to take a break for a while and let your skin relax. Nevertheless, I still use an enormous amount of skin care products — and I can’t wait to share my new favorites. As always, this post is divided into few categories that cover makeup, skincare, and haircare products that I’ve been using and loving during the month of June. Let’s discuss in the comments if you tried any of these and compare your opinions!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Foundation // If you are a fan of the Double Wear Foundation, definitely check out this new formula as it provides same long-lasting, but dewy coverage. In addition to the different formula, this new foundation also features SPF 30 which makes it a perfect summer foundation! In case you wonder, I wear the shade 1N1 Cool Bone. Buy: $42 at EsteeLauder.
ColoreScience Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Brush-On Sunscreen // This is an old favorite product of mine that I already mentioned in The New Rules of Sunscreen, but I had to feature it again as I’ve been using it daily ever since, especially during the warm season. It effortlessly eliminates the oiliness of your regular sunscreen and provides extra protection from the sun. The stick is super convenient to use both for mattifying your foundation and touching up your sunscreen throughout the day. As a pale girl, makeup lover, and SPF-addict, I can’t recommend it enough! Buy: $64 at ColoreScience.
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara // I learned about this new mascara after watching a YouTube video by Tati @GlamLifeGuru and I was curious to check it out. Later on, I’ve heard other bloggers comparing this drugstore mascara to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. After using this product for a while, I finally understand why: it’s one of the best mascaras out there, even if you compare it to more expensive options. It separates lashes, adds volume, extends length — basically, does it all — and at the same, it’s easily removable in the shower with just water. I love this one so much that it’s the only mascara I brought with me to the Hamptons and I don’t miss any other ones at all. Buy: $9.99 at Ulta.
Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Sunset Cove // I reviewed another shade from this line a few months ago and my review was not that optimistic as I felt that the product irritated my eyes. Despite that fact, I decided to give this new iridescent shade a try and I’m so in love. I’m not sure if the brand changed the formula or whether I was allergic to something else before, but I absolutely addicted to using this convenient and super glittery eyeshadow. It sparkles like crazy which makes me super happy! Buy: $24 at Sephora.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Long-Wear Makeup Remover Wipes // Being a full-coverage foundation lover, it’s great to have on hand these conveniently packaged wipes that remove even the sturdiest makeup. I would compare the makeup removal level of these wipes with micellar water effect, but in a convenient wipe format which is suitable for eliminating waterproof makeup from both eyes and face. Buy: $22 at EsteeLauder.com.
Malin + Goetz Revitalizing Eye Cream // You know what a snob I am when it comes to eye creams, and it means A LOT if I say that I’m totally obsessed with this product. It features such rich and hydrating formula that makes me addicted to it. While usually, it’s hard for me to notice the difference in the appearance of my around eye wrinkles, I did see right away with this cream that my skin immediately looked more hydrated and thus my already developed wrinkles looked more pampered and less visible. The best thing about this cream is that you need just the tiniest amount to cover the entire area so I assume it will last me for a very long time. Buy: $92 at MalinGoetz.
Vichy Normaderm Acne-Prone Skin Daily Deep Cleansing Skin // I don’t know why but I haven’t used products from Vichy’s Normaderm line in years. I remember how back in Russia where I grew up at it was my absolute favorite skincare line of all times, as I do have sensitive and acne-prone skin (read about my anti-acne strategy). While in the Hamptons, I found out that this brand is available at the local pharmacy and immediately picked up this gentle cleansing gel. It was as amazing as I remembered, leaving my skin feeling clean and not dry, and providing a long-term benefit of helping to eliminate breakouts. Buy: $18.00 at Amazon.
Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Spot Treatment // Talking about acne, I’ve been using this all natural Salicylic Acid 0.75% spot treatment to apply on the area of breakouts and it happened to work incredibly well. As many people struggling with acne, my skin is very sensitive to benzoyl peroxide and it’s hard to find acne treatments that do not contain both ingredients together, but this liquid product is an exception that proved to work for my skin. Buy: $9.99 at Ulta.
Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Hand Cream // You probably remember me raving about Aveda hand lotions before, and this product is just another great option if you consider testing these hand lotions yourself. My favorite thing about this particular option is how it smells — it’s such mild and non-irritating scent that I truly enjoy. Otherwise, the lotion provides the same incredible level of hydration and softness, as the rest of the Aveda hand lotions. Buy: $24 at Aveda.
Rituals the Ritual of Hammam Sea Salt Hot Scrub // I’m a strong believer in body scrubs as these help to keep skin healthy and better hydrated, and this new product by Rituals is my absolute favorite. I love using it on special occasions when I have the opportunity to go to sauna or steam room at my gym. The product deeply exfoliates my skin leaving it so soft and glowing — I also enjoy a pleasant tingling effect that this ginger and eucalyptus based sea salt scrub provides. Buy: $29 at Amazon.
AHAVA DeadSea Mud DerMud Nourishing Body Cream // This product is another re-discovery for me as I’ve been using AHAVA products back in Russia in the 1990s. I actually remember how my family went on a vacation to Israel where we had to purchase a separate suitcase so we could bring home all of the amazing products by the brand. This Dead Sea mud based body cream reminds me so much of that wonderful trip and all the memories associated with it. I love how my skin feels after using this super hydrating and not sticky body moisturizer. Buy: $35 at Ahava.
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What are some of the beauty products that you tested and enjoyed using this month? Please share your recommendations in the comments area below. Also feel free to drop a line if you tested any of the products I included into my favorites. Do you agree with my opinion on them? Let’s discuss!