Glossier recently launched a line of serums. Upon first glance I noticed the three serums had similar themes, for a lack of a better word, as Paula’s Choice. I think Glossier might of taken some inspiration from Paula when creating their line of serums. I saw a lot of people on intothegloss (Emily’s website, creator of Glossier) asking how they compare to Paula, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who saw the correlation. The biggest difference between the two lines, besides ingredients, is Paula can be mixed with serums and moisturizers or used alone. Glossier has: Pure (Niacinamide + Zinc PCA), Bounce (Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5), and Glow (Vitamin C). Paula’s Choice has a larger line including: Resist Niacinamide 10% Booster, Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster, Resist C15 Super Booster, Resist Moisture Renewal Oil, and Resist Retinol 1% Booster.
Drunk Elephant H-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel: If you have oily skin, like me, don’t let the name of this product scare you! This moisturizer (or serum for dry skin) is ultra lightweight. When I apply this is actually feels like a cooling water mist being applied on my skin. It absorbs fast, keeps my skin hydrated, and doesn’t make me oily.
Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner: This toner is new to my routine but I’m already in love. It’s has some anti-aging benefits and preps my skin for all my skin care. I enjoy this toner in particular because it doesn’t add too much hydration, making me oily. (and trust me, I didn’t have a/c for a month and my skin wasn’t getting ridiculously oily in the humidity of atlanta)
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid: Exfoliation is key in the summer if you have oily skin! With sweat and oil mixing on your face you want to make sure your pores aren’t getting clogged causing blackheads and pimples. I use this twice a week at night. It helps keep my blackheads & pimples away. They come on multiple formulas for all different skin types too!
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: Eyeshadow primer is key for me 24/7 because I have hooded eyes. In the summer it’s even more important because the hot temperature can cause my makeup to melt off.
Becca Ever Matte Primer: Attention oily girls and guys buy this ASAP!!! Out of every matte primer I’ve ever tried this is hands down the best.
Becca Backlight Filming Primer: Okay I know I just said I had oily skin and you’re probably wondering why I have this on my list of essentials. I use this a few different ways. I like to use this as a highlighter and I like to use this to mix in with my matte foundations. It gives a really nice glow without making me too greasy (if you’re skin is ultra oily I would skip this). If you have dry skin this is the primer you need! You could wear this as a primer or as a mix in. Becca has the Aqua Luminous which is basically this primer mixed with a pigment to give sheer coverage. If you want more coverage but a glow just buy this to mix with.
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet: ELDW is my favorite foundation in the entire world. Why is this one on the list instead? This foundation does keep my matte longer (ELDW lasts longer tho). The consistency isn’t as runny which can just be easier to work with when I’m in a rush.
Laura Mericer Translucent Loose Setting Powder: No matter your skin type this powder can be beneficial. It’s nice and mattifying for anyone with oily skin. It doesn’t cause flash back either. If you have dry skin I’d suggest just using this in your t-zone if you want a matte look.
Nars Laguna Bronzer: Laguna is my go to bronzer in the summer. In the other seasons I’ll play around with other bronzers but in the summer I gravitate to this shade. It’s natural matte and finish. It’s not too orange or too cool.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: In my previous review (here) I gave the actual product a glowing review but the shades I wasn’t impressed with for my fair complexion. I have since changed my mind. I like using Incandescent Light as a highlight. The other shades (Dim & Radiant) I previously dislikes are now my go to glow-y bronzer topper or natural blush/bronzer duo on quick days. They give a glow without making me look shimmery. These products do not emphasis pores which is essential for anyone with oily skin.
The first step to do a facial with the best benefits is to know your skin type and use products appropriate to your skin type! When you get a facial it’s always personalized there is no follow these steps / use these products exactly because skin is always changing. One day you might want to focus on relaxing, blackheads, hydration, exfoliation, etc... Feel free to leave me an ask! I can help you understand your skin better. Sometimes we feel like our skin is doing one thing but it could be a result your skin care routine.