When it’s hot, my hairline is a raging waterfall. The likes no hand or forearm can master. Attempt to put on makeup? No, Ma’am. On a cool day and when I needed to cool down, there were a few things in July that brought a smile to my mostly sweaty face.
COLD WATER – I’m a room temp fan. Hardcore stan. I order water with no ice. Always. This heat, though. It feels like for the last month my body has demanded the most. Super COLD, pls+thx. All the time. And with the exception of a weird heat/rash attack, I’ve seen the benefits of all that water. My skin is looking hydrated as fuck.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Deep/Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz – There were a few days I was actually able to wear a hint of product. After a disastrous attempt at bonding with a couple of drugstore cushion foundations, I wanted to play with my Glossier skin tint again. The skin tint is minimal coverage. They call it a wash of color. If I’m going to do minimal coverage, I just don’t cover. Until now, I hadn’t really found a reason to use it regularly. It just sat on the vanity looking ‘cool girl’ cute. When I mixed a pump of the Becca with a bunch of drops of the skin tint, the sky cried. The Becca added a bit of depth and warmth, while maintaining a look that is still sheer, lo-fi and understated.
Estée Edit Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in Black Viper – I wandered into an Estée Edit event at Sephora and got got. I, even, said that I was on punishment when it came to black liner/shadow stick things. Like, HOW MANY BLACK LINERS DO I NEED? Well, I have another one. Black Viper is already well-used and well-loved. Could be on that grail that’s holy. It goes on and doesn’t move. When the waterfall is being wiped and they eyes aren’t spared, the waterline is still smoked out. Let’s just say I’ve fallen asleep with it on and it’s been there the next day. I’m just saying it’s possible.
Estée Edit Barest Lip Color in In The Buff – Call luck or fate, the first lipstick the makeup artist put on me was out of stock. It was a good nude. Even great, until… In The Buff. Hello, Everything. Hello, Meant To Be. The almost perfect, perfect nude-y mauve. It’s sheer, buildable, with a subtle sheen and the ease of a no-look application. Like, completely, perfect color. There is one thing, though. You know, the faint rose smell that you can’t stand? Yeah, that. Ugh. If this color married the Burberry Full Kisses formula and lost the scent, I would be beyond happy.
Acts/Ideas/Revelations to habit:
Straw, please. When the temperature drops to reasonable and the desperation dries, I’ll have to remember that drinking water with a straw makes it a little easier to drink LOTS. My dearly, newly, beloved can be an easily ignorable bore. But, my aging face can no longer handle just mainlining coffee, even if it’s decaf. That, and I know better. Water, it is. With a straw.
So, wait. I have to set it with powder? I missed that step. I like to say I’m reflective, not greasy. I’ve used powder before, years ago, on bare skin to finish off a simple no/low makeup look. It was polished fire for, like, 15 minutes. Then, before I got where I was going, it was gone. Earlier this year, I fell in love with putting Guerlain bronzer where it wasn’t “supposed” to go, but felt it was a tad dark to do every day. Cut to a couple of weeks ago, I pulled out a powder closer to my skin tone from the back of the drawer and set the Glossier/Becca. Hours later, epiphany central. I could still see the look I intended to create that morning. This is definitely happening all the time, you know, when the sweating stops. I just have to wash my face at night. That or the MAC MSF is breaking me out.
Mix it. Mix it good. I hate the ashy/obvi sunscreen cast that sits on my face until it doesn’t. Instead of putting on my moisturizer, waiting for that to sink in and then, putting on my sunscreen, I’ve started adding a squirt of sunscreen to a dollop of my moisturizer. I just work it in all at once, and I’m done. Fine. Skin, further protected. Glorious melanin, you’ve got back-up.
It’s August. Stay hydrated and smile. Cause the water will fall.