June Favorites

It's been a crazy start to summer with the weather, work changes, and all of the products I've been trying out-- It's been absolute chaos! There have been a ton of gifted products to come across my desk these past few weeks, as well as some store-bought favorites that I wanted to share.

Two items that are of utmost importance to me in the summer are sunscreen and self tanner. As a self proclaimed (and nicknamed) blanquita it's important for me to get my glow on safely. Last summer I posted about the importance of oxybenzone free sunscreen, and this year mineral sunscreens have gotten a lot of press and have been proven to be safer for the environment. I usually keep multiple sunscreens in my beach bag, one lotion and one spray. I like having a lotion on hand for initial application, and for multiple applications to my face. Having a spray on hand is great for touch ups, and applying sunscreen to your back on a solo beach day.
Love Sun Body

The sunscreen I have been testing out this summer is by Love Sun Body. It is a cruelty free, vegan, mineral based, oxybenzone free sunscreen. I love that these bottles come in multiple sizes, SPF 30 and 50, and scented and unscented versions. I have been using the lightly scented version which is Tiare and Vanilla, and it smells amazing. It's very fresh and light. I used this on my face and body, and was very impressed. It felt nice on the skin and did not break me out. The product does have a soft matte effect, I felt this worked great on my face, but my body seemed to stay a bit tackier which isn't a huge deal for me as long as I'm protected from the sun. 😎 Perhaps it just needed to be worked into the skin a bit more.
Double Shot Espresso Tan

As for self tanner I've recently been trying some varieties from the OG Fake Bake. I've been using the Double Shot Espresso formula for the past two weeks and so far I really like it! I'm still getting used to using gloves in place of a mitt, but I've found you use less product with this method. This formula, leaves a nice dark, even tan, and smells of coffee. The tan seems to last a bit longer than tanners I've tried in the past which is a huge plus for me.

Favorite Essential Oils of the Moment

I have been loving my diffuser these past few weeks. I seem to have collected an essential oil or blend for every time of day. I have blends to relax, oils that help me destress, and others to provide a little pick me up.

I've been using two blends pretty consistently for the past week or so. One being the relax blend from EO. I love this for the end of my workday, when it's time to unwind, decompress, and unplug. I find this blend very soothing. This blend included frankincense, orange, lavender, lavandin, vetiver, and ylang ylang.

On the other end of the spectrum I've also been using EO's Focus blend. This blend of lemon, peppermint, orange, and rosemary is perfect for when you need a bit of waking up. I love using this during the final stretch of the workday.

A Quick Blemish Fix| Better Skin Co. Review

Since middle school I have been looking for quick blemish fixes, and while my complexion is 2,000x clearer than it was back then I still get pesky stress and hormone related spots from time to time. I've tried quite a few spot treatments, and in recent years have stuck to sleeping with a clay mask on the spot, or a dot of tea tree depending on the severity.

Enter The Better Skin Co. and their Zit No More rollerball. This little gem is amazing, it's travel friendly and is super effective!

Ingredients:

Salicylic acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Brassica Campestris (Tung Wood)/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer (Rapeseed Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Aniba Rosodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil. 

This rollerball has great wholesome ingredients, is cruelty free, paraben free, and vegan friendly. I've been testing it out for roughly two weeks now and I am hooked it's amazing on those pesky blemishes that sometimes take forever to break the surface-- you know the ones!