10 Commandments for Dewy Summer Skin

Top ten “commandments” for moist, refreshing looking skin this summer. dewy-skin

Dewy Skin Commandments

In no particular order…

  1. Keep your skin clean
  2. Always follower your cleanser with a toner (Toners remove dirt that’s been left behind)
  3. Keep your skin moisturized
  4. Always remove your makeup at the end of each day
  5. Mist and refresh mid-day! (This tightens pores and increases circulation. Rose water is great for this)
  6. Avoid using sunscreens that leave a white residue or caky appearance (but DO wear sunscreen!)
  7. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week
  8. Make cardio a part of your life….3-5x a week is optimal (This increases your circulation and helps detox your pores)
  9. Steam your face 1-2x per week (This will open your pores and help release toxins)
  10. Complete your makeup application with a finishing spray specifically for Dewy skin! (Try this one from NYX Cosmetics – Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Dewey)

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The Only Two Skin Care Products You Need To Carry With This Summer

Stock your purse with these skin care products for easy summer skin care on the go.

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The sun can wreak total havoc on your skin…if you let it. While, it may not be as harsh as winter weather, you can still get skin damage from being outdoors in the summer.

Here are a few cheap (and small items) to carry with you so that you can protect your skin from the hot temps while you’re on the go:

1) Sunscreen (get a sample size that works double duty for face and body).
Although you may apply sunscreen before you leave the house (you do, don’t you??), as the day goes on reapplication is required. Even, if you aren’t jumping in and out of a body of water all day, you should still reapply your sunscreen to the exposed areas of your skin. I apply my second coating of sunscreen just before leaving the office for the day.

2) Lip Balm or Tint with SPF
It’s easy to forget your lips when going outdoors. After all, they don’t typically dry out as much in the summer (unless you’re in and out of that body of water, of course) but they still need protection. And since, you probably avoid applying your regular sunscreen to your lips, you need something that will protect that part of skin on your face as well. A lip tint containing SPF provides you protection as well as some color. Hey, you have to be cute too. You never know who you may run into! #Noplainlips

That’s it. These are the only two skin care products you really need to take with you during the summer. Sure, you can carry your scented lotions and creams (especially, if you like bees) but what’s the point?

The idea is you are PROTECTING your skin from damage due to being exposed to the hot temps and the sun’s UV rays. If you must have a scent, look for a sunscreen that has a light scent. But, remember. You’re trying to carry as little with you as possible and you want that sunscreen to also double as a face product.

I don’t know about you but, having sensitive skin I don’t care to have fragrance in my face products. As for your lips, you can be a little more footloose and fancy free with scent or rather flavoring. There are plenty of tinted lip balms on the market that have a little flavor as well as SPF. Here are a few:

Don’t get caught in the hot sun without your skin protectors: Sunscreen and Lip Tint/Balm. It’s all you really need.

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First Event Learning to Beat My Face – NYCFlawLessFace Recap

me and nozziebynicole

I’m 45. I wait until this late stage of the game to learn how to beat my face.

That’s right. While I do love all things beauty, I’ve never really been inclined to wear much makeup. It just seemed too complicated.

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every day face makeup

But, I really love a well beaten face (OK I should stop saying it that way). I love a flawless looking face so I decided to up my makeup game and learn some actual skills to get the job done.

This past Sunday, I went to the #NYCFlawlessFace event where professional makeup artist NozzieByNicole, demonstrated how to create every day flawless face.

Much of what Nicole shared I learned from various other sources but it was good to see it demonstrated live. She made it seem so easy too!

make up demo

There was about 30 ladies in attendance (a nice intimate group) and we each had time to ask Nicole some of our makeup (and skin care) questions.

While I wish the event was a little longer and there was a little more hands on “training,” I think I picked up enough to create my own every day flawless face.

While I’ve gotten much better, I still need to work on my blending! Overall though, I didn’t do too bad of a job. I received numerous compliments (They didn’t look up close lol).

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Now, don’t let me neglect to mention that this event was coordinated and hosted by CurlsandMo. She’s such a down to earth sister and she also puts on a number of natural hair events (I’m looking forward to attending some of those).

Me with @CurlsandMo Ugh, being next to her reminds me of how much wait I still need to lose!

Me with @CurlsandMo
Ugh, being next to her reminds me of how much weight I still need to lose! And, that’s my Weight Watchers Active Link sticking out of my shirt LOL!

Mo, short for Monet, is also a beauty blogger and you can find her blog here.

Before I go, check out all the swag received at the event:

nycflawlessface swag

You know I was thrilled to get a sampling of Shea Moisture’s new makeup line. I received a blush and can’t wait to check out some of the other products in the makeup line but until then I’ll be scooping up some of my other favorite Shea Moisture products now that I have this book load of coupons!

In addition to the Shea Moisture, I also received a Green Tea Facial Wash from Gaisie Body Essentials (stay tuned for a review of this), tons of cosmetics/brushes from ELF Cosmetics and I won the raffle which was a lip scrub and lip balm from SDotBeauty.

I really wanted that scrub and here’s why:

SDotBeauty lip care

See how my crusty lips were transformed? LOL chile, there’s no shame in my game. I think we’ve all been there. Just take care of your situation when it arises :-)

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