5 Amazing Summer Skincare Products

I can never get enough of skincare products. My skin is so important to me, and especially in the summer when it shows the most. Here are 5 amazing skincare products I use religiously in the summer. I take these babies with me everywhere, and I hope you love them as much as I do. If you haven’t already seen my skincare tips, read more about them here.

5 AMAZING SUMMER SKINCARE PRODUCTS

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Fresh Beauty’s Sugar Lip Treatment

I’m addicted to this super moisturizing lip treatment. It’s a high quality lip balm stick with a sheer tint, giving my lips the perfect dosage of subtle color for the beach. I love wearing this because it’s protective (SPF 15) and since my lips tend to get dry in the heat, this makes them softer than ever. I love the different shades they come in as well, as they’re all very subtle in color and suitable for all skin tones. This treatment also contains Vitamin C and E and is rich in antioxidants! LOVE.

 

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Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

This lotion is perfect for my sensitive skin, which tends to breakout if there are any harsh chemicals involved. I love this lotion because it’s gentle, and it does exactly what it’s supposed to do–moisturize. Plus, unlike other brands I’ve tried, this one works amazingly for oily skin and doesn’t leave your face looking greasy afterwards. It’s hydrating but super light, which got me hooked from the beginning.

 

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L’Occitane Hand Cream

L’Occitane hand cream is by far the best to hydrate dry hands in the summertime. This hand cream is made with coconut oil, honey and marshmallow root which makes it super moisturizing and powerful for most skin types. There’s also shea butter for extra softness, and you can actually feel the cream penetrating the dry layers of your skin. It works wonders for me all year round, but I carry one of these lotions around with me during the summer months no matter where I go.

 

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Evian Facial Spray

I know this sounds a little crazy, but Evian Facial Spray is particularly one of my favorite beauty products of all time. Yes, it’s basically just water in a can, but I love the convenience of having a cooling mist sprayed on my face in the summer, anywhere I go. It’s perfect for those super hot beach days. I usually bring this with me to the beach, spray it on mid-tan, and it just feels so hydrating on my skin. The other benefits of this spray help fix and set makeup in place if you use just a little. I also use this water to replenish and tone my skin’s surface after workouts.

 

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Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask

I love these green tea eye masks from Sephora because they contain all-natural ingredients and they just feel amazing on my skin for any time of day. I find them super hydrating for dry, flaky summer skin–which is why the summer is the perfect time to invest in a bunch of these masks. The masks also help really well with under eye bags and puffiness, which is sometimes from dehydration in the heat. It’s also an easy way to boost your skin’s surface with some good-for-you vitamins.

Would love to hear your favorite summer products in the comments, or if you decide to try any of these products out! 

Also, click here to read about of my favorite all-time “splurge” skincare products that I swear by.

-Lyss

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My Best Tips for Clear and Healthy Skin

My Best Tips for Clear and Healthy Skin

 Hi everyone!

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. Every day, I receive a lot of questions about my skincare routine and how I keep my skin so clear.

Over the years, I’ve experimented a ton with different skincare products and I’ve found things that really work for me and things that don’t. 

I also noticed that as I’ve gotten older, my skin has become way more sensitive to harsh chemicals found in skincare products that I never knew about before.

My skin triggers breakouts super easily, so I always know when a product’s formula doesn’t agree with me. 

With lots of trial and error, these are some of the best tips and products that have worked wonders for my skin.

In no way is this post sponsored by any of the brands mentioned. I genuinely have tried it all and these are what I’ve loved so far, and have found

to help keep my face super fresh, glowing and clean.

Note: my skin type is combination, a mix of oily and dry depending on the day. This is simply what works for me!

  1. Avoid oil-based foundations and other makeup products. Yes, your makeup could be the cause of your constant breakouts. When I was in LA a few months ago, I was testing out this new foundation that looked beautiful, but by the end of the day, my skin was caked with oil and looked super greasy. It took me several days to figure out that this makeup was primarily oil-based, and that it was completely clogging up my skin. By the end of the week, I was fully broken out — tons of whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples all over my cheeks, chin, creases of my nose and forehead. I realized I had switched up my foundation, and so I immediately tossed it out and went on a 7 day makeup-free cleanse to relieve my skin. I opted for mascara and chapstick — and skipped the foundation and bronzers for a full week. Also — be sure to clean your makeup brushes with soap on a regular basis. I wash my brushes once a week.
  2. Wash your pillowcases and bedsheets once per week. I know this may sound like a total pain to do every single week (let’s be real) but, if it means preventing your skin from getting pimples, it’s worth it, right? I used to wash my pillowcases every 3-4 weeks. Since I usually shower before I go to sleep, I never thought much of it and having to wash them on a weekly basis. Turns out, your pillowcase and blankets rack up all the oil from your skin while you sleep, and your skin will often leave residue on your sheets. Not only will your face feel cleaner laying on a fresh pillowcase, but it actually prevents a buildup of dirt and oil that can rub off into your skin while you’re sleeping.
  3. Invest in a really good toner. Toner has been my lifesaver in my skincare routine. You can always find a toner at the drugstore to help strip away dirt and oil from your face, but a lot of them are super strong and contain way too much alcohol. I discovered these amazing toner pads from a brand called Arcona that are infused with cranberry, witch hazel and rice milk. The ingredients are minimal, and I can tell by using them there’s nothing harsh about them while I’m cleansing my face. The pads make it easy to swipe away dirt and oil buildup, and they feel SO refreshing. They’re also a perfect makeup residue remover. I use them right after I wash off my makeup and they wipe up any excess leftover foundation, mascara smudges, etc.
  4. AVOID DAIRY. This step is probably the hardest one for most people, but also the most IMPORTANT one. It took me a long time to fully cut out dairy, but it has been proven that there is a direct correlation between it and hormonal imbalances. Dairy is a known inflammatory, so it can really irritate and inflame your skin. Whenever I eat dairy products, my skin breaks out in crazy welts all over my chin and neck. I stopped eating it about a year ago and it completely changed my life. I cheated once and had pizza (I miss it so much haha), and because I hadn’t had it in a while, my skin was literally breaking out as I was eating it. 
  5. Exercise regularly and drink a ton of water. I think this one makes the most logical sense 🙂 Working out is a hormone stabilizer, and helps reduce inflammation in the body. There’s nothing better than a great workout and sweating out all of your toxins. While you work out, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your sweat flowing and your body hydrated throughout the process. I feel so much better when I’m sweating and letting all the toxins from my body and my skin out. If you have access to a steam room, that also helps post workout to sweat out toxins from your skin. Then, I follow up with a cold shower and a gentle facial soap (non oil based!) to close my pores. One of my favorite oil-free facial washes is Tatcha the Deep Cleanse.

Most importantly, make sure you always wash your face before you go to bed at night so your skin can repair itself while you rest! Washing your face with a gentle cleanser is vital to healthy and happy skin. I always opt for oil-free products on my face, because the oil tends to clog my pores and make me break out frequently. If you have super dry skin naturally, oil might be a good option for you — but this is just what works best for me and my skin type. Also, when I wake up, I wipe my face down with a makeup remover pad just to swipe any dirt or oil build up I may have gotten in my sleep. My current go-to makeup remover wipes are the Clinique Take The Day Off ones. They’re gentle and don’t burn my eyes, unlike a bunch of other drugstore wipes I’ve tested out on my skin.

I hope these tips were helpful to you, if you have similar combination skin. Let me know if you decide to use these tips in your skincare routine 🙂

Also would love to hear your own personal skincare advice in the comments!

Xoxo,

Lyss <3

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A Few Of My Favorite Things

So I know this post is totally late after the holidays but I’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding what products I love and use. I decided to make a quick list of all my favorites things I think are worth the buy! 🙂

UNDER $150

Clarisonic Brush – I LOVE my Clarisonic and I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially those of you who love wearing makeup on a daily basis like me. I’m a makeup junkie, but foundation tends to clog my pores if I don’t wash my face really well, so I bought a Clarisonic a few months ago. The brush’s bristles gently remove all dirt, oil, and makeup residue from your skin. I use a makeup remover pad to wipe away the top layer of my makeup, and then I use the Clarisonic brush paired with a facial cleanser to scrub away the excess dirt and oil still stuck in my pores.

Click here to check out the Clarisonic.

 

Chunky Knit Blanket – Fun fact about me, I LOVE my throw blankets and I think they make any apartment or home extra cozy. I own about 10 of them, and drape my couch and bed with them. They add such a comfy feeling to any room, and this brand is one of my favorites.

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Tommy Hilfger Boots– I recently bought myself a pair of these and I’m in LOVE. They are super comfortable, warm, and so cute. I’ve been wearing them a lot with black sweaters and leggings and they add just a pop of color. They’re also really good to style in fall or winter season, which is important living in NYC 🙂

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UNDER $100

Sephora Perfume Sampler – I personally love switching up my perfume every week and I don’t want to spend hundreds on individual fragrance bottles, so this set is perfect. It gives you a great range of “test” perfumes that each last about a week, and they’re so cute and tiny that you can fit them into your purse easily. My fave scent from this collection is the one by Elizabeth & James Nirvana. It smells bold but not too sweet.

Click here to check out the perfume set.

 

 

FujiFilm Instax Mini Camera – I carried this camera around with me this year and took the most adorable, spontaneous shots! This is the perfect camera for those of you who love printed “vintage” photos in an instant. I love being able to just snap a photo and have it print a second later. I pinned all of the little pictures to my bedroom wall and I made a collage out of them. This also makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography and doesn’t have an “instant” camera yet 🙂

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Let It Glow Beauty Box – This box is filled with amazing high-quality goodies. It is worth the splurge in my opinion. I love beauty boxes that honest bloggers have curated because it makes it that much easier to know what’s good out there! I love Marianna’s choices and this box makes a perfect gift for yourself or for a friend.

Click here to check out the beauty box.

 

Ale by Alessandra Bodysuit –

I am in love with cute bodysuits because they can go with so many different outfits! I also think they are super comfortable. Typically, I’d wear a black or white bodysuit with denim jeans, or with a mini skirt. I just ordered this one from Revolve, I think it’s adorable and I’ll wear it with a lot of different things. It’s still available in all sizes so get it while you can! 🙂

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UNDER $75

 

 

Anthropologie Candle Set – If you didn’t know this about me, I am OBSESSED with candles. I own about 20 different brands from Anthropologie and I love making my apartment smell like a cozy heaven. That’s why these candles are amazing! They come in 4 different scents and smell so so good.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – I have a ton of you asking me about my skin and what I use for my foundation. I love medium coverage (not too light, not too heavy) and I have been loving this foundation recently to do just that. It’s a soft matte foundation that covers up everything super well and it has a really nice finish.

Click here to check out the foundation.

 

Classic Denim Shorts – I own about 30 pairs of different jean shorts. They go with everything!!! These are perfect for everyday basics if you are lucky enough to live somewhere warm. I typically pair my jean shorts with a cute bodysuit and high-top sneakers or comfy wedges.

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UNDER $50 things I LOVE

Constellation Layered Necklace – soooo cute and a subtle statement piece.

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Cute Plaid Scarf – perfect to compliment any basic outfit and it’s on sale!

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Mini Chain Backpack – perfect for carrying the essentials (phone, wallet, makeup). I bought this on sale a week ago and I LOVE it! It’s adorable and good quality for the price.

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Elizabeth & James Dry Shampoo – this dry shampoo is my FAVORITE and I can’t buy any other brand after using this. It smells like delicious floral perfume so I don’t even need to wear actual perfume.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post! These are just a few of MANY things I love. I also love the ability to support other brands, bloggers and companies. Let me know what other “things” you’d love to see – more fashion, beauty, fitness, etc. in the comments! 🙂

Xo,

Lyss

 

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