Current Summertime Glow

Glowy, summer time makeup is prettiest when it looks effortless and natural. And, it also helps that it looks and feels light on the skin since the temperature is so hot outside. For me, less is more when it comes to putting together the summertime glow routine. What I like to maintain is proper skin moisture and a subtle glow that will mix well with your natural oils (along with the humid weather).

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Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase
This is the best moisturizer/serum for me currently. But, best of all, it’s perfectly light and fluid for the summertime. It feels like an oil but applies like a moisturizer; and, its effects are that of a serum. I’ve reviewed it here if you’re curious, but I highly recommend it for all-year purposes.

Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid
For really light coverage and some subtle glow, I’ve been really enjoying my new Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid. I reviewed it here recently, but it’s definitely worth checking out if you want something light and minimal. This product is really for “good skin days,” so keep that in mind especially if you require more coverage.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
As my newest gem, I’d recommend the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette for any kind of powdering. While I’m normally against powdering the skin in general, this palette is a great way to have three shades that work well all-year — but especially for the summer. The highlighting shade and the bronzey tone work well together on my fair skin; and, it imparts the most beautiful natural-looking glow without looking dry or powdery. My review here has pictures and swatches if you’re interested.

Shu Uemura Glow on Blush
Nothing is more important that a pretty pink blush to go with the effortless, glowy summertime look. I’m a big fan of the Shu Uemura Glow on Blushes, but this season, the shade “P Soft Pink 324” is my absolute favorite. As an “enhance and glow” kind of product, this blush enhances the cheeks, gives pretty color that’s not over the top, and provides a glow without the shimmer/glimmer/glitter. The pigmentation is on point and it lasts long on the skin. The refill blush will need a separate duo custom case, but the product is totally worth it.

What are your summertime glow essentials?

Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase

I’ve been on the hunt for a good hydrating serum that’s great for the mornings. Recently, I purchased the Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase and I’m very happy with its performance. It’s made its way into my morning skin care routine, for sure. Previously, I used the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum and finished it, before moving onto the Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum. Since the transition, I decided that the Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum was best for night time because it was starting to feel too heavy for my skin during the morning.

The Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase is a great in-between, and it settles nicely into the skin without interfering with sunscreen and makeup application. In fact, it’s worked so well for me, I use it alone without moisturizer because it’s so multi-functional.

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As “an intensive hydrating serum to bring youthful vitality to extra dry, devitalized skin,” this serum initially feels like a light oil for the skin. You shake it to mix the product and half a pump is enough for the face and neck areas. This “non-oily serum hydrates, softens, and protects” the skin, and it “restores comfort and a youthful radiance while smoothing the appearance of wrinkles,” fine lines, dry spots, and irritated areas of the skin. The “enriched with katafray bark extract and Inca peanut extract…leaves skin youthful-looking and delicately scented.”

This serum absorbs quickly and sinks in immediately — and, it feels like your skin is just drinking it up. My skin felt smooth and soothed upon contact; and, because the product works so well to hydrate my skin without looking or feeling oily, I swear this has re-balanced my skin. By “re-balanced,” I mean that my dry cheeks feel comfortable while my oily t-zone is kept in check!

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A little bit goes a long ways, so I think if I stick with this product for the mornings, it can last a long time. I can immediately move onto my sunscreen, base makeup, and then the rest of my makeup application after applying this serum. It does not make my skin feel oily, greasy, or sticky; and, it hasn’t had any adverse effects on my sensitive skin either. Not only has it re-balanced my skin, but it has also replaced my moisturizer and kept my skin perfectly hydrated without going over the top.

It is pricey but well worth it. I recommend it for those with all skin types, because it feels good on the skin and I believe it is good for maintaining the skin as well. I’ve noticed that with hydrated skin, my makeup applies smoothly and my skin looks and feels smoother even without makeup. Even if you don’t have dry skin, there’s a good chance that your skin is de-hydrated. Restoring your skin with this serum would be a great way to condition your skin and keep it healthy.

Retails for $59.00 USD.
Made in France.