Current Skin Care Routine July 2017

My skin has been very happy this summer, which is not always the case. With travel, exposure to the sun and chlorine pools, my skin tends to become quite stressed. Yet with my current routine and diligence, my skin is thriving through the stressors. I’m always quite regular in my routine, only changing up masks according to my needs and occasionally switching up moisturizers in regard to the days activities. One important change I’ve made is that I’ve ridded my routine of harsh cleansers – anything that makes my skin feel “squeaky clean” is gone from my daily regimen and replaced with only the gentlest and most hydrating options. This has made a tremendous difference in my dry skin, which never feels dry these days but quite dewy actually.

Even though its mid-summer, my skin still craves layers. Ultra nourishing oils, always topped with a water-based moisturizer works best for me.

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The Summer Favorites

Do I dare say that summer is over in only a few weeks? Well, it flew by and now I am on a mission to soak it all in. Here are a few of my absolute favorite beauty products that are helping me to look my best as I do it.

  • the-summer-favoritesL’Oreal Voluminous Manga Waterproof Mascara – I deem the recently released Voluminous Manga mascara from L’Oreal, my new current HG of mascaras. It adds more volume and out-curls my straight limp lashes. More so than my previous favorite, the original Waterproof Voluminous. It’s completely swim-proof, I’ve tested it.
  • Hourglass Ambient Blush in Dim Infusion – This peachy-coral blush gives skin a natural, believable flush, with a luminous glow. The formula is perfection, and the look, and shade are perfect on top to an already tanned complexion. (review)
  • Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow – These gorgeous shadows from Josie Maran create a stunning eye look in seconds. The formula won’t crease or budge throughout any hot summer day. (review)
  • Chanel SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL Bronzing Makeup Base – I still adore this bronzer for when I already have a bit of a tan, to add some dimension. This lovely mousse-like formula is easy to blend, and feels like nothing on. (review)
  • Juara Candlenut Perfume Oil – My go-to fragrance for the summer. It smells of a tropical breeze. (review)
  • Nars Tinted Moisturizer – Hands down the best TM I’ve ever tried and an all-time favorite. St. Moritz is the shade that keeps my glowing all summer long. (review)
  • Coola spf 30 Cucumber Face Moisturizing Sunscreen – The Ultimate summer necessity, in an chemical-free and organic formula. (review)
  • Clarins Sunscreen Stick – I still haven’t found anything better for protecting my lips and nose.
  • Gressa Bare Lip Boost – I’m all about easy balms for the summer. This ‘lip boost’ from Gressa is the perfect light pink to add a touch of color, while intensely hydrating the lips. (review)
  • Lina Hanson Global Baby Oil – I love this fragrance-free oil for summer. It absorbs instantly, which was a must in the heat. It’s also great for sensitive skin and won’t attract any unwanted pests. (review)
  • Kahina Argan Oil – Forever a favorite, and a saviour for dry patches, cuticles, hair and whatever else. (review)
  • Wedderspoon Queen of the Hive Manuka Honey Lip Balm in Peppermint – An amazing lip balm with Manuka Honey for soothe dry lips overnight.
  • S.W. Basics of Brooklyn Toner – I talk about this toner ALOT. I adore what it does from my skin. It’s also great for a boost post workout, or just when you’re sitting around sweating you’re a** off. (review)
  • Kerastase Spray a Porter – For the ultimate beach hair, this texturizer won’t make hair dry or crunchy but essentially the opposite.

Tell me your Summer Faves!

 *Hat from Madewell, Bikini Top from Athleta

When Skin Care Meets Sun Protection – Coola Organic Suncare

When is comes to natural and organic sun protection Coola has your covered! In addition to broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen protection, Coola Sunscreen’s contains additional ingredients to nourish and protect the skin naturally. The Coola brand then ups the ante by locally sourcing their ingredients and delivering us the most “pure and eco-friendly ingredients possible”, that are then manufactured in a solar-powered facility.

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Coola Classic Face Sunscreen Cucumber Moisturizer SPF 30 $32

The Classic Cucumber Moisturizing Sunscreen contains an SPF of 30 with Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Along with SPF protection, Coola Sunscreen contains a very attractive list of skin care ingredients to further protect and nourish the skin. Some of the ingredients include Acai Oil which delivers anti-aging benefits and Organic Strawberry Extract soothes, tones and minimizes pores. Organic Evening Primrose and Linseed Oils reduce inflammation and balances moisture, while Plankton Extract rejuvenates the skin.

The Cucumber Moisturizer is a light and non-greasy formula that doubles as your daily moisturizer. On top of my serum and facial oil, the Cucumber Moisturizer adds a dose of SPF while providing additional benefits to my skin. It has the most delightfully light and fresh scent of cucumbers that I would love to intensify and bottle up into a fragrance spray. However, if fragrance isn’t your thing there is an unscented version available. I tote this one around in my beach bag along with the Coola Original Liplux.

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Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint Unscented Sunscreen $36

The Mineral Face Matte tint is a Titanium Dioxide/Zinc Oxide combination sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It contains Organic Rose Hip Oil to help fight free radicals with heavy doses of Vitamin C. Evening Primrose and Flax Seed Oils improves elasticity and help skin to retain moisture while Shea Butter hydrates and Plankton Extract rejuvenates.

The Matte Tint formula has a lightweight and invisible feel. The formula is incredibly silky and absorbs instantly without leaving any white residue. For a textural reference, think the Smashbox Photofinish Primer. A very small dollop of product is ample enough to cover your entire face and neck, about a pea-sized amount. The tint is very slight, so if you’re expecting coverage, you wont get it here. What it does is smooth the skin’s appearance and absorb any excess shine and oils, providing the perfect base for makeup. I do love my dewy finish and I find this product eliminates the excess amount of shine, helping to balance my skin between glowing and greasy. The Matte Mineral Tint Sunscreen is the perfect primer for summertime and a handbag staple for makeup days.

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Classic Cucumber Moisturizing Sunscreen (left) Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Matte Tint (right)

My only qualm with the Coola line is their pump packaging. I love the idea, however, it does take an excessive amount of pumping to get the product flowing. Other than that, Coola get’s big raves and high recommendations from me.

Coola Organic Suncare Collection is available for purchase online at coolasuncare.com

Coola has an extensive line of sunscreens to meet your personal needs, whether you prefer a classic or mineral formula. You can read up on the differences here. They also have a selection of spray sunscreens, protection for baby and a line of post-sun recovery skin care.

*Disclosure – This posts contains samples sent to My Lucite Dreams for consideration of review. I do not receive compensation for my reviews. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and based on my personal experience. All links in post are there strictly available for your convenience.