Spring and Summer beauty and skincare is always relaxed and fun for me. This year has been a little different though, as our baby started weaning around November and finished by January, I started gaining weight very slowly (but unfortunately, steadily)- and just attributed it to the holiday foods. We got a gym membership back in November, however, and had been using it off and on, but still the weight wouldn’t come off (granted it wasn’t consistent, deliberate exercise designed to burn fat). It finally dawned on us that the calories I was previously burning through with breastfeeding for a year, weren’t being burned like that anymore. But unfortunately, my appetite hadn’t gotten the message, I was still eating like I was still breastfeeding! Go figure… I really love food.
My skin started becoming a little more acne-prone, puffy (from the water retention and excess weight), and tired looking with all this going on. So to combat it, I bulked up on retinol cream and moisturizer, along with lots of exercise and adding the fruit/veggie smoothies back into my daily routine. It’s still currently in “recovery” phase in these pictures, but nothing works as well as topical retinols/retin A’s and good nutrition.
It amazed me how fast things like weight, and overall health, can get away from one when they’re otherwise preoccupied! I had gained 25+ lbs and am still working on getting it off!
Spring Easy Breezy Makeup
While you can’t hide puffiness exactly, you can contour the angles of your face with a subtle bronzer to make them look a little more chiseled.
For concealer, I’ve switched to: Loreal Visible Lift blur in Fair, a super light-weight, barely there cream that is supposed to “blur” the look of lines. Since it’s so able to blend, I only used this product in “spots” that I wanted to lighten, and avoided using a foundation altogether. This concealer is frankly amazing, I’ve studied makeup for years now on my own, and I’ve never come across anything like this, and the best part is it’s price! It’s available at drugstores and is only $11.97
The last skin product I used in this picture was a cream blush: Loreal Visible Lift Blur in Soft Berry, a poignant, delightful bright pink color that’s perfect for Spring. Again, this product is extremely light-weight, and you use literally the size of a marker dot for each cheek and a little on your lips. It does build in pigment very fast, so if you want a more defined mouth, it’s very easy to create. The texture is actually more moisturizing than it is creamy and rich. It blends almost as if it disappears off your skin!
That’s all you need for Spring & Summer! Just a concealer, bronzer, blush, and a little mascara. 4 products and you’re done 😉