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ScopeCap 01 : Summer Skin Essentials

So, because I need another social media platform to help me procrastinate, I’ve delved into the world of of Periscope!  If you aren’t familiar, it’s a fairly new social media platform (3 months old) linked to Twitter, that allows you to livestream and interact real time with your viewers anywhere in the world.  I checked it out and I’m a bit obsessed!

Last night I broadcasted my first scope all on achieving perfect summer skin.  I shared tips for hydrating your skin, controlling oil, lighter summer complexion product choices, the perfect choices for body and face bronzing and of course everybody’s favorite, highlighting.

My beauty scopes will tend to be very product recommendation and information heavy, so I’ll be doing ScopeCaps (Periscope Recaps).  Cute right? So, check out the ScopeCap on yesterday’s Makeup Q&A all on perfecting summer skin!

1. Stay hydrated!  You’ve heard it a zillion times, but I’m going to tell you again.  Drink more water.  Summer means heat and high temperatures mean sweat.  Sweat means higher amounts of water loss from the body than you would typically experience in cooler temperatures, so it’s important to replenish that.  Do this by increasing your actual intake of water, but also your intake of water rich fruit and veggies.

2. Wear sunscreen 365 days of the year. No excuses.  Everybody needs to wear sunscreen.  Yes, black folk, us too! Visit ThisThatBeauty for the most in depth breakdown for SPF products worth your coins; most if not all are brown girl friendly too!

3. Do not wear Milk of Magnesia! Yes, it does stop oil production, but so much so that it almost completely brings it to a halt. Sebum is the naturally produced oil in our skin that keeps us looking youthful and keeps our skin glowing.  Continued use of MOM will compromise and slow down sebum production resulting in early aging of skin.  Check below for great alternatives.

4.Use a lighter moisturizer for the season. Focus on hydrating with water instead of topical remedies.

5. The oil cleansing method is a great alternative for people with dry, normal and combo skin. Oil cleansing mimics the natural oil production of sebum.  Cleanse with carrier oils like EVOO.  Lock in moisture of damp skin with natural oils high in EFA like evening primrose oil and rosehips oil.

Now, to the product recommendations.

[Oil & Shine Control]

Embryolisse Hydrat Mat

No worries if you battle excessive oil production. Hydra-Mat is great for keeping the skin hydrated, but also at limiting shine.

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Purchase here and here.

Nurturing Force Oil Control

Guaranteed oil control! Use this after the Hydra Mat followed by your makeup and you’re sure to be shine free, but hydrated for the day or night!

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Purchase here.

Whiphand Cosmetics Set the Stage

Use this before your makeup to help fill in fine lines and wrinkles and to essentially make your makeup bulletproof!If you aren’t ready to delve in fully, they offer samples for purchase.

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Purchase here.

[Dry to Normal Skin]

Embryolisse Lait Cream Concentrate

My current go-to moisturizer. Helps attract water to the skin. Works for a variety of skin types.

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Purchase here or here.

[Lighter Coverage Complexion Products for Summer]

Kiss NY BB Cream

Helps to even out your skin tone and offers great coverage without being too heavy.  Not to mention it’s very cost-effective. Purchase at your local beauty supply store or here.

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Purchase here or at your local drugstore.

Cover FX CC Cream

Similar benefits to BB cream, but with a time release SPF that is brown girl friendly!

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Purchase at your local Sephora or here.

Becca Cosmetics Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation

Light weight foundation that works to keep the skin matte and oil free. And the shade range is very brown girl friendly!

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Purchase in your local Sephora or here.

[Summer Powder Choices]

Mehron HD Celebre Powder Foundation

Powder foundations are a great alternative to cream or liquid foundations for the summer.  Mehron HD Celebre has great coverage, it’s lightweight, the texture is beautiful and silky and the color range is wonderful.

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Purchase here.

MAC Mineralized Skin Finish

Perfect for helping to eclipse any imperfections in the skin without being heavy.  Slightly reflective so it adds a nice glow to the skin.  Wear over BB cream, CC cream, foundation or by itself.

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Ben Nye Translucent and Ben Nye Luxury Powders

Perfect for setting cream and/or liquid complexion products without adding too much color.  Well processed, so the texture and finish is silky and beautiful.  Everyone loves banana, and I do too, but Topaz leaves the most beautiful golden glow on applicable skin shades.

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Purchase here.

[Bronzers]

Shea Moisture Bronzing Powders

The folks at Shea Moisture really got it right with their bronzers.  The deeper shades are my favorite, but the size of the reflective particles make these perfect for shading without looking sparkly.

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Purchase at your local Target. (If you can find it.)

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzers

Cost effective and incredible quality.  Need I say more?

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Purchase in your local drugstore or here.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer

The OG’s of the bronzer game.  Guerlain’s Terracota Bronzers have been around for ages and they continue to be some of the best in the game.  Definitely a luxury cosmetic choice, but the quality is well worth it.

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Purchase in your local Nordstrom, Bloomies, Saks, or Neiman’s or here.

[Body Bronzers]

Perfect for hiding skin imperfections and strengthening overall sexy in more ways than you can imagine.

MAC Bronzing Oil

Why they only have this in special collections I don’t understand, but it you’re able to catch it make sure to stock up.  You can’t really go wrong with body oil and shimmer. You just can’t.

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Mehron Aura Bronzing Gel

A milder option.  Not as many reflective particles, but great for creating a subtle glow and perfecting the skin.

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Purchase here.

Inglot Stardust mixed with body lotion.

My favorite combo for body bronzing.  Not sure what magic Inglot used to create this Sparkling Dust, but the particles start out large then perfectly melt into the skin for the most beautiful finish.  Mix with your favorite body lotion and not you have your favorite body bronzer. Use with caution though, it packs a huge punch and a little goes a long way.

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Purchase here.

Prtty Peaushaun Skintight Body Lotion

Luminous body lotion available in 4 shades.  Conditions, nourishes and firms skin while providing beautiful glow.  Interesting smell, but it makes the skin look incredible!

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Purchase here.

[Highlighters]

Inglot Sparkling Dust

Yep, Inglot Sparkling Dust is safe for use on the face as well; eyes included.  Do you see why I am completely in love?  Again, take it easy though; a little bit goes a long way.

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Purchase here.

Ruby Kisses All Over Body Bronzer

Hella bang for a few bucks.  My ultimate favorite highlighter.  Particle size and finish are absolute perfection. Available in 4 shades.

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Purchase here.

Beccas Shimmering Skin Perfector

Go ahead and believe the hype on this one.  It really is that good. Becca just continues to get it so right.  Use the cream or the powder independently or layer the powder over the cream for the cray cray highlight and glow magic. Definitely a favorite!

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Purchase at your local Sephora or here.

[Sealing Sprays]

Skindinavia

The Makeup Finishing Spray Mineralized and The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal are both fantastic.  The difference is that Bridal offers a silkier finish. Both will have your makeup in place for the full day.  #staysnatched

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Purchase here or here.

Blue Marble

A pro makeup artist secret.  Primarily used for theatrical makeup, so if it can hold stage makeup in place it’s sure to keep your smokey eye in place!  #staysnactched

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Purchase here.

WHEW!  Lots of info, but all very helpful in helping you achieve beautiful, luminous summer skin.  Make sure you follow me on Periscope, Twitter and IG for more beauty fashion and foolishness!

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Summer Glow in Winter Gloom

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The wind is whipping and the cold is biting.  Winter has done nothing short of assaulting your skin and your warm climate sensibilities.  You’ve never wished for anything more than you’re wishing for the divine intervention that is summer weather.  Summer sun may be out of your reach, but a proper summer glow is always achievable.

The summer glow process starts in the most unlikely place, the kitchen.  Your diet is going to play a large role in how your skin reacts to the harshness of winter weather.  Foods rich in “good” fats are great for skin.  A diet that includes a regular intake of foods like avacado, tuna, salmon, mackeral, and olive oil will lend to healthier skin that naturally glows.  And of course, I would be remiss if I failed to mention the cornerstone of all glowing philosophies, water.  I can’t emphasize enough the importance of consuming a large amount of water everyday.  I won’t tell you some quota of acceptable amounts, but you should make restroom breaks frequently.   It’s really just that simple.  Drink lots of water and your skin will look better.

Then we have the products, which along with your newly renovated skin will give you a summer glow that rivals your favorite Brazilian bombshell.  There is a simple 3-step product process in achieving the perfect summer glow without the help of the sun.

  1. Hydrate
  2. Add color
  3. Bronze

Winter weather will sap moisture out of your skin within instants of stepping outside.  Dry, cracking skin is the antithesis of glowing, so it is essential that you give your skin an amped up moisturizing and hydration routine to maintain the same level of moisture common during warmer weather.  Some of my favorite winter moisturizers are Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.


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Next, you want to mimic the natural color gained after days in the summer sun.  Using a little of your favorite blush in a berry shade as a blush warm any winter worn face to summer greatness!  The deeper your skin tone, the deeper the tone of blush used. My top choice for the season is Nars’ “Montenegro” cream blush.  The tone keeps me rosy while the texture keeps me looking natural!

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Finish off with your favorite bronzer across all areas hit by the sun, your forehead, cheekbones, and nose. For those of you with a bit of texture on your skin, avoid bronzers with reflective finishes, as those particles will enhance problem areas.  My current choices are Cargo powder bronzer and for a more economical choice, Ruby Kisses All Over Body Glow!

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Simple steps to a summer glow in winter gloom.  Ready. Set. Glow!