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Best Summer Makeup Routine for Acne-prone Skin + The Best Way to Conceal Blemishes

summer makeup routine for acne prone skin and how to cover blemishes

The heat index in RVA has been breaking a 100 degrees fahrenheit every, single, day this whole week.  So, my normal winter foundation routine is just not cutting it.  In the winter, I loved using my PUR cosmetics hydra-fluid foundation.  This stuff is amazing for dry skin and never leaves me looking patchy.  But in the summer, this finish is just too dewey.  Summer makeup, for me, supposed to look natural and light, while also being sweat-proof. So, here’s the best summer makeup routine for acne-prone skin.

The Basics: Summer Makeup Routine

The first step to any summer makeup routine or any makeup routine for that matter is moisturize.  Prep your face for makeup.  And since the sun is blazing, remember to put on sunscreen!  Prevention is key for radiant skin.

The second step (another super important one) is primer. You HAVE to have primer.  Seriously, it’s summer.  It’s hot and you’re going to sweat, so your makeup will start moving within the hour.  Trust me, your perfect highlight and contour will soon be a muddled mess.  To prevent that from happening use a primer.  A good primer will keep your skin looking flawless and lock in all your hard work.

The third step requires a little skill.  Don’t worry, it’s just a little.  For the summer, you want a more natural look since cakey makeup would slip and slide too much in the heat.  However, if you have a breakout, a natural foundation generally has less coverage too.  So, keep reading to find out my secrets on concealing a zit.

Best Way to Conceal a Zit

When you have a breakout, it’s super easy to just cake on concealer to cover it up, but that actually makes the breakout even more noticeable.  The best way to conceal a zit is to treat it then cover it.  I apply tea tree oil to all my problem areas, then I go in with a light moisturizer.  Once my face is nice and hydrated, I apply a good primer to blur out my pores.  After my primer, I start dotting concealer over my problem areas.  Once those are covered, I take a CLEAN and dampened beauty blender to blend the concealer in to my skin.

After my concealer is blended in, I take my dampened beauty blender and blot it over my compact foundation.  I’m currently using the Hello Oxygen Compact and it does a fabulous job of evening out my skin and decreasing redness.  PLUS, this stuff sticks!  My foundation was still on even after three hours of pokemon hunting.  If you play Pokemon GO, then you now this foundation is seriously AMAZING!

My Summer Makeup Routine + Products Used

To help treat and prevent more acne, I’m using my favorite Almay concealer with salicylic acid.  I take the concealer and dot the center of my face, sides of my nose,and over any blemishes.  Once my face is covered in little dots, I take a damp beauty blender to blend it in.  After I’m done, I seal in my handy-work with my Hello Oxygen Compact.  This combination feels light on the skin and leaves you with a matte finish that lasts all day.  Plus, the compact has SPF!  WIN!!!

I finish off this foundation routine with Benefit’s WATTS UP highlighter on the bridge of my nose and under the eyes for a natural glow.  And if you have thin or non-existent eyebrows, I definitely recommend using the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.  This stuff lasts all day and a little really does go a long way.  I grab a little product on my brush and line the bottom of my brow.  And using the little spool side, I brush out the product.  This technique gives a nice natural looking, full brow that lasts all day (which is key because when I’m out and about in the summer I don’t want to worry about touch ups). Finish the look off with a little mascara and you’ll have the perfect natural makeup look that won’t break you out!

What’s your favorite summer products?

What You Need for Glowing Skin This Summer! + Bonus Review of Marc Jacobs Glow Stick

glowing skin marc jacobs glow skin

Who doesn’t want glowing skin? I want to be so bright that I knock a satellite out of space. (JK) But really, though.  Glowing skin = healthy skin.  Even when my skin isn’t at its best, I have a secret tool that helps me fake it even when my skin is dull and far from radiant.

First Step: Exfoliate

To make your secret tool super effective (Are they any Pokemon fans here? “Pikachu’s spark was super effective” anyway…), the first thing you need is a good exfoliant.  Dead skin makes skin look dull and lifeless so brush all of it off with a gentle exfoliant that won’t irritate your skin.  I love making facial scrubs at home.  They are the best and they’re super affordable.  Here’s my favorite recipe: Tea Bag Face Scrub (Bubz is the best!)

Exfoliation is the key to glowing skin.

Then, prepare your skin with a nice moisturizer.  Now, you’re ready to GLOW!

Second Step: Glowing Skin Makeup

Apply foundation down the center of your face and spread outward.  This will even out the skin while still giving you a natural look.  After your foundation is blended in. Grab your favorite highlighter.  I’m using the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick in Spotlight.  It’s a beautiful pearlescent highlighter that makes the skin glow without making my makeup look heavy.

For me, summer makeup should be light cause you want to feel comfortable and have fun outside without worrying about your whole face melting off.  Am I right?

I apply the glowstick to the tops of my cheek, the area between my eyebrows, the top of my nose, above my cupid’s bow, and on my chin.  Applying highlighter to the highest points of your face, help create dimension, giving you a glowy natural contour.

Bonus REVIEW: The Marc Jacobs Glow Stick is super creamy and blends easily in to the skin.  Plus, it gives your skin a natural radiance.  This highlighter stays on your face all day and never looks cakey.  Even though I have acne-prone skin, this stuff never irritates it and never breaks me out.

Check out how I use the glow stick in this Smokey Bronze Summer Makeup Look!

What are your favorite highlighters?

Comment Down below!

**Disclaimer: I received the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

Review: Covergirl Supersize Fibers Mascara

Review Covergirl Supersize Fibers MascaraHave you tried the new Covergirl mascara with Supersize Fibers yet?

My Guidelines for a Good Mascara

  1. Lengthens lashes
  2. Holds lash curl
  3. Adds volume
  4. Doesn’t smudge
  5. Easy to remove

How does the Supersize Fibers rank?

Well it earns a 5/5.  Here’s why. Let’s start off by explaining my lash situation.  I’m Asian and we are known for having short (almost non-existent lashes).  Plus, they are stick-straight and almost never (like ever) hold a curl. Because my eyelids are oily, mascaras almost always smudge on me. So after a few hours, I tend to look like a panda.

But, good news guys!  I found the perfect mascara for me. That is smudge-resistant, volumizing, lengthening, and affordable!  SCORE!

And this mascara is the Covergirl Supersizer Fibers Mascara.  As you can tell from the title, the mascara contains supersize fibers to add volume and length to your lashes.  I’ve been using this mascara for months and it has never flaked or irritated my eyes like other fiber mascaras.  I’ve even put this mascara on when I have contacts in and I’ve never had a problem.

Plus, when I’m removing my makeup with micellar water, this mascara comes right off.  You don’t have to rub it off really hard (and risk losing some lashes) and you don’t need to have a really strong cleanser to get it off.

Covergirl definitely came up with a great mascara with a great formula.  The wand is the perfect shape and size.  It can cover your whole lash line including the bottom lashes! And trust me, I’m not the best with mascara.  Normally, I end up with those dreaded black dots on my crease and bottom lash line.  But this wand is narrow enough that I don’t have that problem!  It’s awesome. With the Covergirl Supersizer Fibers Mascara my lashes are not only visible but fabulously full.

Check out my first impressions in the video below!

***Disclaimer: I received the Covergirl Voxbox free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.***

The Perfect Drugstore Dupe for the Cover FX Blemish Concealer

Drugstore dupe blemish concealer

Image Source: Svetlera Spring Mood

Lately, my skin has broken out like CRAZY!  I felt the blemishes on my chin and jawline but they were those annoying little bumps that you know will grow to giant massive red planets on my jawline.  After 3 days, I was tired of waiting for them to come out, so I decided to use my glamglow mask to start the purge.

My Acne Situation

After using glamglow, all those little red bumps became large red zits on my jawline.  And of course, I couldn’t show up to work with these huge painful red planets on my face without at least trying to conceal them.  So, I knew it was the perfect time to try out my FX blemish concealer and the Almay clear complexion concealer.

The Cover FX Blemish Concealer

Other than my jawline, I had pretty good skin, so I just applied a brightening primer to my whole face and concealed the zits on my jawline and the redness around my nose with the FX blemish concealer.

The FX blemish concealer is pretty drying, so it latches on to dry patches.  Before applying this concealer to your blemishes, I would apply a good moisturizer to the skin, so my face is hydrated and not flaky.  The concealer is easy to blend and covers pretty well.  I like to use my finger to gently dab away the redness and blend out the concealer, so my skin doesn’t look patchy.  I finish off my face makeup with a light powder.

After using the FX blemish concealer for a few days, I noticed my blemishes becoming less inflamed and swollen.  The salicylic acid in the concealer helps with calming down the skin and clearing out the pores, so the blemish heals faster.

The Almay Clear Complexion Concealer

The perfect drugstore dupe for the FX Blemish concealer is the Almay Clear Complexion concealer.  Both concealers are slightly drying BUT they have the same percentage of salicylic acid.  And they both have medium to high coverage.  The only difference is that the FX blemish concealer comes in a stick formula, while the Almay version comes in a tube with a sponge tip applicator.

One thing to be careful about with these concealers is that it can easily become cakey.  Both concealers have a thick consistency to really cover up blemishes, but it’s also drying so if you try to layer or powder over these concealed spots you could end up with a caked on mess (which brings more attention to your blemish- and nobody wants that).  I found that with these concealers I don’t have to apply powder.  Because of their thick consistencies, they really stick on the face and don’t migrate throughout the day.

After a full work day, the concealer does patch off slightly, instead of piling on powder or reapplying the concealer I generally remove the existing concealer before reapplying at the end of the day.

I have combination/oily skin, so if you have dry skin these concealers might be too drying for you.   If you have any questions about these concealers, or have one to recommend to me, comment down below!

Where are YOUR beauty products made? (Drugstore Edition)

Have you ever wondered where your makeup was made?  Well, I’m here to tell you that the world is literally at your finger-tips when you do your makeup in the morning.  Check it out!

One of my favorite drugstore brands is NYX, there lip products are ahhhmazing!  The NYX soft matte lip creams are worth every rave and compliment!  All of NYX products are made in Taiwan.

Rimmel London has great foundations that don’t break me out!  I love the Rimmel London Wake me Up foundation and concealers.  The Rimmel London matte foundation is also great for people with oily skin!  The Kate Moss lipsticks have great pigmentation and feel soft on the lips.  Rimmel London products are usually made in England with some products made in Monaco.

Revlon has some great foundations and lipsticks.  There are beauty gurus that swear by their photo-ready foundation.  Plus, the Revlon super lustrous lipsticks feel super soft on the lips.  Many Revlon lip products are made in the US.  Some Revlon foundations, concealers, and powders are made in China.

Where beauty products are made 1

ELF (eyes lip face) is one of the most popular drugstore brands.  ELF is known for its unbeatable prices with makeup brushes starting at only $1 and powders for only $3!  For makeup beginners, ELF brushes are a great start.  I’ve had my ELF eyeshadow brushes for almost 2 years and they have still held up after monthly washes.  All ELF products are manufactured in China.

Simple products are perfect for people with sensitive skin.  I looooove their moisturizers and cleansing micellar water.  Their moisturizer never breaks me out and keeps my skin hydrated.  Plus, their micellar water removes all of my eye makeup without irritating my eyes.  Simple products are made in the USA.

Neutrogena has great skincare and makeup items.  When I first started wearing foundation, I loved to use the Neutrogena Healthy skin foundation.  The light foundation gives me a dewey finish and is super easy to blend out because of its watery consistency.  When I started breaking out, I used the Neutrogena skin clearing foundation.  The salicylic acid in the foundation kept my breakouts at bay.  Plus, Neutrogena’s grapefruit scrub is one of my favorites.  I love the fruity scent and I especially love how soft my skin feels after using it.  And we can’t forget about Neutrogena’s ahhhmazing makeup cleansing wipes and their fabulous sheer dry sunscreen.  Neutrogena products are made in the following countries: Germany, USA, and the UK.

Bourjois is one of my favorite UK brands.  When I went to Canada, I knew I had to stock up on some of these fabulous products.  I love the Bourjois healthy mix serum foundation.  The serum tones and brightens my skin while the foundation covers and blurs imperfections.  Bourjois products are made in France.

Covergirl is one of those trusted makeup brands that everyone has in their collection.  I remember buying my first bottle of foundation when I was in Middle School Personally, I love their mascaras.  The Supersizer mascara adds both volume and length to my short lashes.  Another great mascara for people with straight lashes is their Bombshell Curvacious mascara.  And the IntesifyMe eyeliner gives me the perfect cat-eye every time!  Covergirl foundation, powders, and eyeshadow are made in the USA.  Their eyeliners and mascara are mostly made in Germany.

Who hasn’t seen a Maybelline commercial?  Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s…. Who couldn’t finish that sentence?  Maybelline has great products.  I love their Babylips lip balms and their FitMe concealers and foundations.  Tati from GlamLifeGuru raves about the FitME concealers all the time.  And of course, YouTube made me buy it.   They also have a rocket mascara that I have been wanting to try for ages!  I’ve seen Claire mentioning the mascara as one of her favorites.  All in all, if YouTube says its good, then I’m buying it.  Maybelline products are made in the USA.

Pacifica Beauty is not mentioned often but I’ve recently discovered this brand and fell in love!  Their makeup wipes are amazing and they smell like summer with a delicious coconut scent.  The wipes are gentle and remove all of my waterproof liner and mascara.  I use their eyeshadow palettes every. single. morning.  And I even featured their products in a video!

Almay  is one of those go-to brands I always reach for.  I needed makeup for prom and what did I grab in CVS?  Almay blush, lipstick, and concealer.  What I love about Almay is that there is always a coupon and you know me, I love a good deal.  Currently, I’m using the Almay lash care eye makeup remover.  I love that this eye makeup remover takes off my mascara without rubbing off my lashes.  I actually stopped wearing mascara for a few months for this very reason.  I kept losing lashes whenever I took my mascara off.  But now, it’s no longer a problem!  Almay foundations, concealers, and mascaras are made in the USA.  Their eyeliners are made in Germany like many other drugstore eyeliners.  Almay’s newest smart shade powder blush is made in China.

To find out more about your favorite drugstore products, check out shop.riteaid.com and click on “specs” for your favorite products!  They give you a list of the ingredients plus where they are made.

If you have a brand you want me to include, comment down below!

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