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Fragrance is such a personal thing. When I received a sample of Folle de Joie, the clothing lines first foray into the fragrance realm, I wasn’t expecting much. But shortly after trying out the scent, my senses were intrigued. This was not your average too sweet, floral scent. The fragrance was inspired by Southern California beaches and Parisian charm, the overarching themes for Joie’s clothing line streamlined into the spritz of a fragrance. Opening with scents of Italian mandarin, South American petitgrain, and hints of cognac, the fragrance gives way to middle notes of orange blossom, jasmine, white lilly, and Damascus rose. Musk, amber, and sandalwood make up the final notes, creating an irresistible fragrance that will lead you to uncontrollable self-sniffing.  

While your face can’t miss what its never had, you certainly will have no excuse not to at least try out a face mist by the end of this post. Why am I such a face mist advocate? Before I knew that a face mist is similar in nature to a toner, infuses nutrients into the skin, and can even help set makeup, I was not a mist-believer. Surely it was another hyped up product that would provide minimal results, I thought. 

After testing out the featured five face mists, I slowly began changing my opinion of face mists. I began using the Skyn Iceland Artic Face Mist and fell hard for the refreshing feel of the spray on my face at the end of a hot day. I took Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist with me when I was traveling to help combat dry and dull skin, the scent providing a little aromatherapy for me. I even started keeping the Mario Badescu Facial Spray in my refrigerator in the summer months. 

I started to notice the actual skin care benefits, like the extra glow that L’occitane Immortelle Brightening Face Mist created for my skin at the end of a long, stressful day. By the time I confirmed those makeup setting rumors, my collection expanded to five face mists, including my most recent antioxidant-packed discovery, the Spadet Nutrient Rich Facial Spray. What started as what I believed to be a skin care product fad trial turned into a refreshing, skin enhancing experience, leaving me to conclude that you all need at least one face mist in your skin care routine this summer.     

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I am pretty partial to Yes To’s beauty product line, I’ve been a regular user of various Yes to Blueberries and Yes to Cucumbers products for years. But I was really excited when I saw the Yes to Grapefruit Even Skin Tone Moisturizer with SPF 15 at my local target. I’m still hooked on my mark See Things Clearly Brightening Moisturizer, however it doesn’t have SPF in it, so I needed something with a protection factor for the spring and summer months. Yes to Grapefruit’s lineup of products claims to “correct and repair uneven skin tone for a brighter, more glowing complexion,” and with my fairly limited test period I have to say my skin looks great and feels adequately protected when I’m out and about in the sun. As a heads up, I checked out the Yes to Grapefruit facial scrub, with pleasant results, as well — Needless to say I am definitely saying “yes” to grapefruit!

                            

The summer travel season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend and the only downside to a long weekend is being forced to play favorites with the products in your makeup bag. Fitting the perfect outfit in a small carry-on is tough enough, but the task of packing a truncated version of my daily skincare and makeup routine for a long weekend feels downright impossible sometimes. These compact, multi-tasking products are on my summer must-have list for weekend travels or carrying around in your purse for quick touch-ups.

1. RMS Beauty Luminzer: This organic, sheer luminizer can of course be used as a highlighter on your cheeks and orbital bones, but you can also swipe a little of this under your eyes to help diffuse dark circles. RMS Luminzer is a quick way to make your skin look refreshed when you’re traveling, and the organic ingredients are actually improving your skin over time.

2. Becca Beach Tint: There are eight shades to choose from, but pick one that you want to use for both your cheek and lip color. The tube may be small, but the color is super pigmented so a little goes a long way. For added color, warm the tint in your hands first for even distribution and apply as you would a bronzer.
From Cle de Peau’s $13,000 crystal-encrusted jar of face cream to the rows of skin care products at the drug store, there are few things in life that vary in price as much as facial moisturizers. With so many choices and so many price points, it’s no surprise that just finding a good moisturizer manages to be one of the most difficult parts of a skin care routine. Surprisingly a lower price does not always mean lower quality for moisturizers, and these five brands are a testimony to this fact. While each person’s skin type varies in its moisturizer needs, here is a sample of some of the affordable, quality products each of the five brands featured offer, all impressively $20 or less.  

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($13.99): Always a drugstore favorite, CeraVe was developed with dermatologists, and focuses on affordable products for sensitive-skin.  

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil ($14): Using oils on for the face may be a little intimidating, but women around the world have been using products like argan oil for years, the reason why Josie Maran started her own line of argan oil based products.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer ($18.50): Kiehl’s has had 160-years to perfect their formulas, and their Ultra Facial Moisturizer is a prime example of the quality skin care that has kept Kiehl’s in business all these years. 

Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturizer ($18): New York Magazine refers to the botanically-based skin care as a line touted by “starlets and supermodels”, making the affordable price points and the effectiveness of the products that much more impressive. The Buttermilk moisturizer is a lightweight, daily moisturizer with naturally exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids.   

Simple Skincare ($12.99): Already a #1 seller in the UK, the entire Simple line is free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and other harsh irritants making the daily moisturizer a good choice for those with sensitive skin.    

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