Skincare + Beauty Favorites: Summer 2015

Something I’d like to do in my return to blogging is feature more beauty and lifestyle topics in conjunction with health, fitness and food. To be honest, my fitness routine has been pretty non-existent throughout my move, but that is a topic I’ll cover some other time.

Anyway, today I’d like to share my current skincare/beauty favorites.

Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel


Years ago (I’m talking like a decade ago), St. Ives had a cucumber eye gel that I was obsessed with! It was super cooling and refreshing, and it also had some anti-aging properties. For some reason, it was discontinued, and I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement ever since. While this Yes To brand product isn’t anti-aging (although I think they may have a new eye product available that is anti-aging), it’s still quite refreshing and the consistency is the closest thing I’ve found to my beloved St. Ives. I use it at night to “de-stress” and in the morning to calm and de-puff.

Random side note: I have sensitive skin and have never had a problem with this stuff. However, one night I told Chris to try it and it made his under-eye area bright red! The reaction was gone by morning, but I figured that was worth disclosing.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Gel Shadows



These are great and especially perfect for summer! I use these primarily as a base for powder shadow, but they also work well on their own and can be a fast way to swipe on some eye color and get out the door. While these do tend to crease on me by the late evening hours (I get a solid 10 hours of wear), they last pretty well compared to other eyeshadows I’ve tried.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water


I love this stuff! This cleansing water can be used as a makeup remover; I use it after I wash my face at night to make sure no makeup was left behind. I also use it in the morning if I’m doing something like going to the gym or running a quick errand; I don’t necessarily need to scrub my face clean, but I do want to freshen up a bit and remove excess oil. Two other perks to this product: 1) It’s affordable, 2) It doesn’t dry out the skin.

Bath and Body Works Sea Island Cotton Lotion and Body Splash


In the warmer months, I much prefer the combo of lotion + body splash to a heavier perfume. My mom bought me this scent for Easter, and I’ve been using it as the weather has warmed up. Layering lotion and body splash helps to give the scent staying power without being overwhelming. Of course you could use the shower gel too, but I find scented shower gels tend to irritate my skin, and I try to avoid using them on a daily basis.

Garnier Fructis Brilliantine Shine Glossing  Spray


For the longest time, I avoided Garnier products. I remember trying the shampoo and conditioner years ago, and they always left my hair feeling greasy. I heard about this product while watching a YouTube video, and I decided to give it a try. I don’t use much—my hair is very fine, and this could easily make it greasy instead of shiny—but a few spritzes is enough to gloss my hair and tame fly-aways brought on by heat and humidity. It smells wonderful as well!

What are your current favorite skincare and beauty favorites? I’d love to try them out!