Last week, I gave the products I have been using this summer for casual days outside, for my very broken out and very sensitive skin, but still oily skin. I, also, do a less expensive version of this face using more drugstore products for when my skin is not as sensitive-reactive from the acne medications I use to take on hormonal acne.
1. Earth Science Clarifying Herbal Astringent, 8.0 oz, $9.75
Since I am not using the super strength Tazorac to peel away the hormonal acne, I am not really peeling, or dealing with patches of lifted skin. However, I still need to exfoliate with an appropriate lotion for oily skin. This astringent feels soothing with hyaluronic acid, but it is still treating the oilies with sulfer, camphor, and witch hazel extract.
Ingredients: Purified water, witch hazel extract, glycerin (vegetable), apple cider vinegar, sage extract, rosemary extract, horsetail extract, cucumber extract, sea kelp extract, peppermint extract, panthenol, sulfur, camphor, sodium PCA, zinc sulfate, sorbic acid, grapefruit seed extract, allantoin, hyaluronic acid, ascorbic acid, fragrance, cellulose gum, annatto extract. Not tested on animals. Hypo-allergenic.
2. Mychelle Pumpkin Renew Cream, 1.2 oz, $25.00
This is a great moisturizer that immediately sinks into the skin and does not make it feel oily. This is probably the 3rd jar I have bought. It has a great texture that allows layering underneath and above with no pilling. But it is not enough moisture if you have dry, or peeling skin.
Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Zinc Oxide (14.5%) Water, Propylene Glycol, C12 15, Alkyl Benzoate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl/PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, PEG 12 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Chloride
4. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheers in Golden Beige and Golden Bronze, 1.0 oz, $59.00
I wish I could say there was a cheaper version of this stuff, but there isn’t. This is THE ultimate golden skintone finish mimic. There are lots of other highlighters and shimmers, but this is the only one that can actually mimic golden fleshtone on top of white mineral sunscreen. It is sheer, but still has a certain level of opacity to see the color. It blends into anything and everything and you do not see any visible layers. I have used this on too pale foundations with the right undertones, but wrong overtone of color, on top of sunscreens, and mixed with moisturizers for a bare shimmer effect. I own the Golden Beige, Golden Bronze and the discontinued Peach, which mimics fleshtone on me amazingly well. This does not have an oily residue, or leave a wet sheen like other liquid highlighters. It is perfect. Save up for this. It is worth it and lasts a long time. These Fluid Sheers are good for mimicking skintone from NC 20-NC 35.
5. Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer in Medium Bisque, $29.50 or MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC 30, $17.00
If you can find a drugstore concealer that works for you then you can swap it in for this. I don’t use drugstore foundations or concealers because the brands do not do a good job of matching intermediate light-medium undertones that trend warmer without being pink, peach or orange. This actually is on the darker side for me, even with a tan, but gently patted, it works to cover up redness and deemphasize raised bumps. A cheaper substitute is also the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC 30. MAC jumps from NC 20 to NC 30 with no NC 25 in this line for concealers, which would have been better for me. The Lancome allows for better sheering and blending, while the MAC is more opaque, not as blendable, but stays put and dries fast.
6. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Coffee Cake, $8.49
This product stormed the beauty blogosphere. I own only three shades and the one that completed the summer golden look was the Coffee Cake shade, which is kind of a golden sienna bronze. Tap your finger a couple of times on the product and tap it again on your upper cheeks.
That’s it. These are my go to Summer “Casual Face” products for broken out skin (that’s not that bad) on a lower budget.