Going into the new season can be tough on your skin, that's why I've been on the hunt for a good body moisturizer! As I've stated before, I tend to have oily skin on my face, but my body tends to get more dry as the temperature changes. I've tried several different moisturizers over the years, but haven't found one that has ever wowed me. I also swam all my life and it was always a constant battle between beautiful glowy skin and the chlorine.... usually the chlorine won. Recently I found this amazing all natural body lotion by Ology, and I'm hooked! When people think of all natural products they usually think they smell "earthy" or just different. This lotion is a milk & honey lotion, and has the most subtle scent that simply smells yummy. The other benefit to this lotion is that it dry fairly quick and absorbs easily! I can't stand feeling of lotion sticking to my clothes after I put them on. Lastly, the moisturizer has no harmful chemicals and claims to have 24 hr moisture for normal to dry skin. So far I agree with the brand and would definitely recommend this lotion and brand to others in the market for a new body lotion.
"I choose to live well, therefore I choose Ology."
I, like many people, love fall! I look forward to crisp cool mornings and golden leaves falling! Ahh I can already smell an apple pie fresh out of the oven and a warm pumpkin spice latte!! When September comes I am ready to transition my wardrobe, nail colors and makeup to all the latest fall trends, but for some reason the season doesn't "officially" come until our Indian summer has passed. Even though I want to wear my burgundy nails and dark vampy lips, it doesn't seem appropriate until the climate has changed. Therefore, I have come up with my favorite Summer to Fall transition nail polish colors! The colors are a combination of letting go of the fresh white summer nails and introducing some light mauves and beige tones. I'll leave the brand and exact name of the polishes below! You can pretty much find any brand at your local drugstore or specialty beauty store!
All my life I've had an issue with oily skin. I don't know if it's due to my Italian roots or change of temperature, but I do know it's a problem. As you can guess, it also gets worse in the summer due to the warm temps, so this summer I experimented a lot with oil free makeup products and I gathered a few of my favorites. I know fall/winter are coming up and people's skin tend to get more dry, but lately we've been having a really hot transition and I think my tricks will benefit girls like me!
I don't have it pictured, but before applying any primer or makeup, it's always important to moisturize your skin even if it's oily. It seems weird, but if you skip this you can trick your skin into thinking that it needs more moisture and in return it will begin to produce more oil, making you even more oily. My favorite moisturizer at the moment is the Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer. I also have very sensitive skin, and this brand works great for me!
The next important "pre-makeup" product is primer! I never used primer in high school/college. I never knew its purpose and thought it was a waste of money. Looking back, I wish I did more research. Primer is the most important part to creating a flawless makeup look. It's like the shampoo before the conditioner, haha. IT'S THAT IMPORTANT. One primer that I've fallen back in love with is the NYX Angel Veil skin perfecting primer (oil free.) It makes your skin so smooth and prepares your face for whatever foundation you choose.
One of the two foundations pictured, is the L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation. This foundation is very affordable and can be found at almost any drugstore. It also comes in a wide range of shades so you can even buy two and mix to create a custom color. This foundation is advertised as a demi-matte finish, which is also oil-free. It also is long lasting, and claims to last up to 24 hours. I would never recommend wearing makeup that long, but if you happen to have one of "those nights" then you can feel confident that your face will look pretty good in the AM ;) One of the reasons why I love this foundation, besides how affordable it is, is because you can build it up easily. If you don't want a lot of coverage then you can mix it in with your primer and be good to go. But for those days you want more, it's very easy to make that happen. It does last all day, I even work out in it and it doesn't budge.
My second foundation recommendation is the new, highly raved about, Too Faced Born This Way foundation. This foundation is also oil-free and claims to be medium-to-full coverage. The beauty about this foundation is that it literally looks like your skin, but better. It makes your skin look flawless without looking like you're wearing a lot of makeup. It's definitely full coverage, but in the best way! This foundation is worth the money, and comes in a variety of shades. I highly recommend applying both of the foundations mentioned with a Beauty Blender. You can either order one online or go to your nearest Sephora. I'm obsessed with my Beauty Blender and how effortlessly it helps apply my foundation or concealer.
Lastly, I've recently been into "setting" my makeup once I'm finished with a matte setting spray. A very affordable one is the NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting setting spray. This is like the icing on top! It melts all the makeup together as one (after blending) and it also adds to the "oil-free" effect I've been going for. This setting spray is inexpensive and locks in my makeup all day!
I hope these oil-free makeup tips help for anyone out there with similar problems! Please comment below if you have any questions!!