Summer Vacation Staples

I’m headed on vacation at the end of this week and there is nothing that I am looking forward to more. We’ll be at the beach so these are a few beach vacation essentials that will be accompanying me. Not to mention the books and magazines I will be bringing! They will be in an upcoming post this week!

  1. Beach towel 
  2. Swimsuit
  3. Beach basket 
  4. Face mist
  5. Lip balm with SPF
  6. SPF 50

Summer Glow Routine 

After having many a hectic and busy months, I’ve streamlined my skincare. Long gone are the days of using 5+ products for morning and evening. But it’s made it easy to get an effective and quick skincare routine. Always researching skincare for glowy skin has given me an upper-hand and I’ve found some great products this year just for that. I find that products containing anything rose (rosehip oil, primrose, just roses in general) leave my skin with a perfect natural glow. During the summer months especially, a natural glow really compliments my freckles.

Like I’ve said before, my skin is normal/sensitive. Occasionally on the oily side but nothing major. So I use three steps to get my skin ready for the day and glowy. I haven’t been wearing any skincare at night as a chance to give my skin a moment to just be. So cleanser, toner and moisturizer have become my basics.


I’ve been using the Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser for 7 months now. I really do love it. It leaves my skin clean and moisturized. I couldn’t ask for a better product. I use warm water to lather a bit of the cleanser in my hands then spend a good 1-2 minutes massaging my skin. Then I take it off with water and a cloth or just water.


I recently switched to the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. In my opinion, it’s much better than the Herbivore Botanicals Rose Facial Toner. The spray  bottle is a big plus; it releases a gentle allover mist, I can actually smell the fact that there is rose in it (which is a plus for me) and just works better with my moisturizer. So after cleansing I spray this all over. The while it dries, I go in with my moisturizer.


I have been using the Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream for 5 months and I’m on to my second jar. It’s amazing! Neither thick, nor greasy. It’s easy to work into the skin but makes my skin soft and moisturized. After the toner, while it’s still a bit wet on the face, I take a bit of the moisturizer and blend it into the skin. It’s godsend.

The Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream is proving to be a great year-round lip balm. In the colder months it works well on chapped lips but isn’t overwhelmingly thick or balmy. In the warmer months it just helps keep lips moisturized and healthy. All-around knockout.

A lot of the time we can neglect our hands in summer as it’s not as dry as in winter months. So I’ve put the Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream in here just for that reason. It’s another great year-round product. Intensively moisturizing but not overwhelmingly thick.


About twice a week I use the Fig+Yarrow Clay Mask. I’ve only been using it for about 2 months but it’s been really nice. I actually like getting to mix the clay with water and turn it into a mask, surprisingly relaxing.


Mario Badescu Facial Spray/ Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser/ Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream/ Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream/ Fig+Yarrow Clay Mask/ Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream/

Updated Skincare Routine 

Over a month ago I went to pick up a new bottle of my standard cleanser at Target. If you’ve read my last skincare post, you’ll know that I am in love with the Jason Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser and that it’s my go-to. But much to my dismay, Target no longer sells it, nor does Whole Foods or any other store in my area. Although I was ultimately heartbroken, I took it as a sign. A sign for me to get a new cleanser, of course. So I did a bit of research, as I always do when buying beauty products (and everyone else should too). I came across the Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser. It checked off all of my boxes so I decided to go for it. Let me tell you, this is a kick-ass cleanser. Gentle, non-drying, smells amazing, and keeps my skin moisturized and clean at the same time. I’m so happy to have found another cleanser that I love.

I hear stories all the time about people being “moisturizer-happy” and after careful reflection, I’ve come to realize that I’m “cleanser-happy,” seeing as though I use not only my Aesop cleanser but also the Fig + Yarrow Cleansing Nectar and the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm. I guess I just like options.

I’m sticking with my Odacité Jo + L serum, it really hasn’t left my side for almost a year. It’s the perfect serum for when my skin looks a bit lackluster and in need of help.

I’ve been trying out the Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil and I think in-combination with the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, it works best. This is my strictly night-time routine because it’s just a bit too much to wear under makeup during the day. The Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is probably actually just a magic potion because when I pair it with the Lapis Facial Oil at night, I wake up in the morning with plump bright skin and I can visibly tell that my various acne scars are diminished and my skin tone is evening out. It is really a relief, definitely going to purchase the full size versions once I run out.

In the morning I always keep it really simple. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. I need something lightweight but still creates a barrier for the day ahead. I’ve been reaching for the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist as a toner and then applying the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. They work well together and keep my skin fresh and moisturized throughout the the day.

If you’re as skincare happy as I am then you probably know about the struggles of sticking to a regimen. It also is the best thing ever when you find products that you actually want to keep using despite the temptation of new, flashy products. What are some of your go-tos?