School started this week for my boys and I’m kind of in a rut. Where did the summer go? I feel like summer was just getting started, and now school and Labor Day are here. I never shared my summer beauty buys because I was having so much fun using them in what feels like such a short time. While I bought the products below earlier in the summer, they are all products that I’ll be using way into fall. I always like to mix high-end with low-end (same as fashion), and these seasonal buys were from the drugstore and department store. Here are the products that got me through summer:
1. MAC Cosmetics Eye Kohl in Teddy — MAC has some of the best eyeliner out there. They have a great choice of colors, different textures, glide on easily and blend well without being messy. Black liner can be a little harsh on my hazel eyes, so I prefer dark browns or a deep plum to accentuate my eyes, but also look more natural. When it came to buying a new liner, I ran to the MAC counter and purchased Teddy, a dark coppery brown with subtle shimmer, that flatters all eye colors and adds just the right amount of pop to my hazel eyes. It looks great on the lash line alone as well as with color on the lids.
2. You are amazing Clean on Up Body Wash in Juicy Grapefruit — I stumbled upon this body wash at Target and immediately fell for the citrusy scent. It’s affordable, paraben free, cleans well and leaves skin soft.
3. Neutrogena Body Oil Light Sesame Formula — This lightweight body oil is a cult favorite for good reasons. It smells great and hydrates skin — I even mix it with body lotion for when my legs are super-dry — and is best after the shower when skin is still damp. It absorbs easily into the skin and leaves the most subtle sheen. It’s been my summer go-to and no doubt I will continue using it in the fall.
4. OUAI Dry Shampoo — If you know me, I can’t live without dry shampoo. It’s the one styler I need on hand at all times to sop up oil and add some grit to my lifeless locks. I think celebrity stylist Jen Atkin is super-talented, so when she came out with a new hair care line I knew I had to try it. This dry shampoo smells great — a mix of Italian lemon, white musk and amber — leaves no white residue and adds sublte texture to hair, but it doesn’t give me enough coverage when it comes to oil absorption. I’ll use this dry shampoo till it’s empty, but I will go back to my old favorite that does a better job disguising oily roots.
5. Cold-Pressed Evening Primrose Oil — A facialist here in Providence told me that evening primrose oil, which is rich in Omega 6, is great at alleviating inflammation and can even help with hormonal breakouts, which I occasionally get around my chin. I’ve been taking one pill daily, but I’ve also been quite forgetful, so the verdict is still out on whether or not this is a necessary supplement to help with my skin care regimen. I’ll keep you posted!