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Summer Staples

Posted by CeruleanCity, in Product Reviews 08 June 2014 · 297 views

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There have been 2 products which I have been clinging onto for quite some time. The first one is an old favorite called Dickson’s Original witch hazel pore perfecting toner. I’m too lazy to go rummage around for the old blog post but I’ve actually mentioned this product as being one of my all time go-to skincare item. The only reason why I stopped using it in the past year was because I forced myself to strictly use products from The Regimen. The second product is a newer favorite that I picked up earlier this year - Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-free UV Protector sunscreen. I’ll get into more detail about the sunscreen in a bit.
 
So about the witch hazel - I absolutely love it on my oily skin. I don’t think you guys understand how oily my skin (especially T-zone) can get. I remember washing my face in the evening and a couple of hours later, my boyfriend asks me if I was sweating cause my forehead looked so damn shiny -____- Freaking hell.
 
It also doesn’t help that it’s summer. Warm hot weather + oily skin = BLAH. My skin ends up feeling heavy and gross a lot quicker….it’s not fun. There was a week earlier in May where everyone in southern cali was catching fire under the sun @___@;; Luckily, that was just a freak week and the weather has been comfortable and pleasant ever since (knock on wood DX). Regardless, my skin does kick into overdrive oil production during the summer. Since I don’t have school this summer, I haven’t had the need to wear makeup on a daily basis. At home, I’ll wash my face whenever I wake up and freshen up throughout the day with witch hazel! I’ll just pour some on a round cotton pad (my favorite type! Yes, I’m picky XD) and swipe it across my whole face to get rid of excess oil. I’ll do this at least 2-3 times throughout the day. You’ll be surprised at the occasional dirt and grime that actually gets built up throughout the day. This stuff is also super inexpensive. For a huge 16 oz bottle, it runs for about $6 but I’ve frequently seen bottles on sale for $3.  
 
WAIT, YOU’RE NOT USING BP IN THE MORNINGS?!”
 
Yep. If I’m staying home, I skip the BP and just drown in it at night. My skin is perfectly fine with that. I actually don't recommend witch hazel for those who have dry skin. One of my friends who actually has dry skin HATES witch hazel and I totally understand why. 
 
Earlier this year, I was on the hunt for a new sunscreen because I started getting freckles. I think I did a post about it? Anyway, they were spawning all over...ON MY RIGHT CHEEK. I know, I know, big whoop. It’s just one of those things that I can’t stop - I’m always going to notice things on my skin no matter what. Don’t get me wrong - I’m not upset with my skin and happy with the progress but I am observant about changes because I see my own face every day (duh o__O). I was using an anti-wrinkle cream with SPF 20 from Neutrogena for the longest time but with the sun shining so strongly, I knew I wanted something better.
 
During the Sephora 15%off sale this year, I bought a Shiseido sunscreen. They are KING of sunscreen. It has a watery consistency and you have to shake the bottle up before each use. It’s not the most budget friendly item. For 1 oz of product it was $30 so I’m glad I got it for 15% off! I actually love this product for lots of reasons:
1) Oil-free
2) Water resistant
3)SPF 42
4)Doesn’t break me out
5)Brightens my skin tone
 
Re-read #5. It’s true. I have proof too. Listen to this yeah - I actually ended up getting PALER after a few months of using this. So my 2 current favorite foundations, Estee Lauder Double Wear( which will now be abbreviated as ELDW) and NARS Sheer Glow (NARS SG), had to be exchanged for a lighter shade. Thank god Sephora has amazing exchange policies. I was Dawn in ELDW and had to get Sand. I was the shade Punjab in NARS SG and switched it out for Fiji.
 
I wasn’t aware of my skin tone brightening up until my mom pointed it out. I put on my usual makeup, walked out of my room and my mom says, “why is your face darker than your neck? o__O”
 
Oh god, thanks mom @___@;;
 
For the record, I don’t have a preference in being pale or tan. I just want my foundation to match whatever shade I am. I also get paid peanuts so having to buy multiple shades of a foundation hurts my piggy bank.
 
I’m sure not all sunscreens will lighten your skin but I’m not too surprised that it did since Shiseido is a japanese brand. If you’re not familiar with Asian brand skincare, there’s a ton of products which say “whiten”. It’s NOT bleaching but toning to even out your skin tone. Martina and Simon from EatYourKimchi actually made a video explaining this (watch it here).

Anyway, I love my witch hazel and sunscreen. Perfect for summer. Speaking about summer, it’s time for me to roll around and do absolutely NOTHING PRODUCTIVE XD sqqueeeee! See you guys later.