We’re slowly shedding layers as the weather gets warmer!
I can’t wait to be carting around these same accessories with shorts and a tank, instead of my fuzzy socks and sweater. My wardrobe won’t be the only thing transition, however, because when the weather changes, so does everything else.
As far as makeup goes, I have a few staples, but those tried and true products also shift when the bulbs start to bloom again. Since a few of you have asked me what to do when your skin gets finicky during the transition months, I thought it would be helpful to post a few of the products that I switch around as the months pass by.
Winter: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser – I don’t technically have ‘sensitive’ skin, but someone once told me to treat my skin like it’s sensitive, and I will take better care of it. I think they were right. This cleanser is extremely gentle on my skin and makes it softer with every use. I might need an exfoliant or medicinal face wash every now and then, but this product is perfect for the winter months when my skin is extra dry.
Spring: Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser – This stuff might be the most important link of the entire post. All THREE of my sisters use this product and we have every combination of skin there is. The foam is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin, and the salicylic acid is strong enough for those warmer months when my oily skin can get out of hand.
Winter: Aveeno Clear Completion Moisturizer – If the facewash is gold, I’d be a fool not to try the moisturizer! While I don’t love wearing moisturizer at all, this is what I use if I need it. It’s pretty thick, but still does its best not to become oily on my skin. I try to use it for only dry portions of my face. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve seemed to use. I guess my mom was right about staying hydrated and moisturized all of these years!
Spring: Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer – Even though I’m 24, I have the skin of a teenager. I’m no stranger to blackheads, blemishes and pimples. This not only has salicylic acid, but it’s feels like a very thin layer of protection. The consistency of this compared to the Aveeno moisturizer is night and day.
Winter: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream – You know me and my salicylic acid! I should receive freebies for how much promotion they’re getting out of this post. 🙂 Truth be told, I’ll probably use this BB cream a little bit in the Spring also. If it weren’t for my oily skin I’d use it more often, but it’s great in the Winter and gives me enough coverage to create one blanket look, without it looking like I used a bunch foundation on my face.
Spring: Ulta Double Duty Pressed Powder – Have you ever had a product that isn’t your favorite but it gets the job done? That’s how I would categorize this wet & dry powder. It works the best in Spring and Summer months because any dry or pressed powder can make your skin look flakey in the cooler season. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this foundation, but that is how Ulta is marketing it. It is great for a couple sweeps across the nose and cheeks (where I tend to have red skin). I try to tap/gently rub it in the center of my face and sweep out to all of the corners, making it blend into my hair and neckline. Pro Tip: I keep a couple shades of this lying around because my skin color changes and they are always having “buy 2, get two” sales at Ulta.
Winter: Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer – Let’s be honest, I tend to cake on bronzer like a member from the Jersey Shore cast, but I can’t help it! I absolutely love the stuff. While I sometimes overdo it, even I know my limits during my pasty winter months. This bronzer, while looking dark in the palette, builds very well. If you don’t want to overdo it, simply dab the brush after adding product to it, and before swiping it across your cheeks.
Spring: Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer – When my boyfriend moved away from Miami I was a bit heartbroken because we went to the beach so much that I could rock a bronze look like nobody’s business. Now that I’m in the cattle capital of the country, there’s not much appreciation for a gorgeous glow, so I have to be careful with how much color I cake on my face and neckline. This product is water resistant and stays on through lots of outdoor activity, even boating and the beach. It’s perfect for warm days when you don’t want to over do it on the foundation but still want a touch of color.
I’m planning a big skin experiment (it’s not as weird as it sounds) soon, so if I don’t chicken out, you guys will get to see what I’m working on!