My Must Have Summer Suncare

Now that it is finally July, and there is a massive heat wave rolling through, I have been even more protective of my skin. After just 2 consecutive days in the sun, my skin was dry and feeling the effects of the UV rays. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is one of the best ways to prevent aging in the future and help the overall look and feel of your skin! Below are some of my must haves for suncare.

The only sunscreen I use on my face is Tarte’s Tarteguard SPF 30. After years of struggling to find a sunscreen that wouldn’t break me out, but also protect my skin from burning, I stumbled on this and have never gone back. It’s lightweight, can be worn under makeup, and smells amazing. Although it is pricey for a sunscreen, one of these lasts me the whole summer because all you need is a small amount.

For time’s that I have burned my skin and the aftermath is dry and like leather, I love applying the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask to replenish and hydrate. After one night, my skin is glowing and fresh. I tend to combine it with a bit of aloe to also reduce redness.

*Pro tip: refrain from applying this product every night. Overuse on my skin makes me breakout.

I usually do not like layering myself in lotion on a hot summer night, but when it comes to hydrating your skin, making your tan last, and helping any kind of sunburn, this product is my go-to! The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion is super lightweight and smells like a pina colada. It is light enough to apply on even the hottest of nights and feels more hydrating than a typical aloe vera.

Finally, the most important part! Sunscreen for your body! I love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray. I use SPF 30 and it works like magic. It is cooling on the body and adds such a glow to your skin. I have always had such good luck with this spray because it is super convenient and easy to apply!

Sunscreen and suncare is such a personal choice. I still to this day see so many people using tanning oils or lotions in the sun. It is everyone’s right to use whatever skin products they want, but just make sure you are educated in what will protect you from the effects of harmful UV rays. I am not a doctor, so I do not know what is best for everyone. However, for my fair skin, I use these products to protect me. I have so many beauty marks on my body, so protecting my skin and making sure they don’t become harmful is very important to me. If you have questions on the SPF you should be using or items that would be best for you, consult a dermatologist or doctor.

I hope my must haves help you find the best suncare products for your skin!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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My Must Have Skincare Right Now

Skincare has become my new favorite obsession (along with makeup still of course!) I have tested out and acquired quite a few favorites, which I love sharing! Here are my must have skincare products of right now!

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  1. The Pearlessence Cucumber Water Mist was an interesting find! I found it at TJ Maxx and seems to be some sort of unknown, indie skincare brand, that takes a lot of inspiration from the brand Herbivore. The scent is light, and the mist adds a refreshing feel to you skin. If you are in any of the TJ Maxx or Marshalls stores, see if they carry any of their items! They are hidden gems.
  2. The Tarte Brightening Eye Cream has been an absolute savior for my poor undereyes. I have continuously gone back to using this product after finding that other drug store eye creams were burning/not doing anything for the area. Even though it is pricey for the size, it does wonders with its thick and creamy formula.
  3. The Purity Made Simple has been my go to for removing makeup. I got my mom hooked on this as well for its gentle and fresh smelling formula. You can buy it in large bottles to save money and it lasts you for months. I can’t say enough good things about this product.
  4. Sephora has changed the game with their sheet masks. I love the rose one for its hydrating and plumping abilities, but they all are great. The mask is thin, and although you may look like Freddie or Jason, your skin looks noticeably better just after taking it off.
  5. Exfoliating is always my number one problem. The Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel is a gentle way to get rid of dead skin. The gel goes on dry and pushes away rolls of dead skin in an instant. It sounds gross, but is actually very satisfying and does the job well.
  6. The Murad Clarifying Mask is an overnight pimple saver. With just one dot, the mask dries out any existence of a pimple and leaves you with smooth looking skin. I like to use it as a spot treatment, but it can be applied as a full mask too.
  7. The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser has been my go to and has changed my skin for the better! It has helped to reduce over-drying and has faded impurities. It is also gentle enough for even the most sensitive and acne prone skin.

I hope you will take some of my must haves and try them for yourself! Obviously, not everyone is going to like everything, but that is the beauty of trying new skincare.

-XOXO Courtney

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Simple Eye, Glossy Lip | Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint | Courtney Kaner

 

I was recently browsing around Sephora, picking up my daily necessities when I thought to myself, I need more glosses. Then again, I always say I need something makeup related. While looking around, I passed Nars’ glosses, which I love, then stumbled upon one of my favorite displays- Tarte. I’ve been eyeing their lip paints for a while. But because it is summer, I wasn’t looking for a matte lip cream, but a gloss. Clearly, it was meant to be! Tarte recently came out with their line of Tarteist Lip Paints, but glossy versions.

I purchased double tap, which is a slightly gray mauve. It has such a creamy and smooth formula without it being sticky and having to peel blown hairs out of my lips. The applicator is soft and a pretty decent size for the tube. The selection of colors range from peaches and pinks, to nudes and purples.

I have always been a fan of Tarte, so I am partly biased, but I am so content with my gloss purchase that I wanted to share it with you all. I get asked a lot what some of my favorite lip products are, and frankly, I have no idea! I have yet to find one that screams Me or that I would feel like wearing everyday. However, the lip paint is currently at the top of my list.

I paired the gloss with such a simple makeup look because the color looks great with full glam and little to no makeup. A link to the product is listed below, along with my new tutorial feat. the beautiful gloss!

Tarteist Glossy Lip Paints

-XOXO Courtney

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Easy, Bronze Everyday Summer Makeup Tutorial | Courtney Kaner

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At A Glance: My Face Products

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I’ve constantly revised my face products and foundation routine over the years and never stick to the same product for more than a month. However, at the moment, I have found a combination that works with my combination skin and provides moisture and oil control during these odd winter months.

  1. I always prep with my Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer. It has SPF and is a moisturizer that actual works for me and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy under makeup.
  2. I’ll spray some Fix Plus, to freshen and add a bit more moisture to the skin, and to fill in pores and create a smooth canvas, I use my Makeup Forever Step One Smoothing Primer.
  3. For foundation, I’ll apply a complete layer of my Makeup Forever HD Foundation with a beauty sponge. The concealer I use is the  Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, and I set it with my Makeup Forever HD Powder.
  4. To add color, I use my favorite drug store bronzer, which is the NYC Mosaic Bronzing Powder. And for blush, I go in with Tarte’s 12 hour Blush in Dollface.

For more, stay tuned for new videos and my latest on the blog and youtube channel!

XOXO

-Courtney

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Hiking Essentials

Hiking Essentials

I have recently become obsessed with working out and hiking. I love getting outdoors, exploring, and feeling great! This summer, it’s important to have the essentials when you’re planning on spending long days in the great outdoors! Below are a few essentials that I would wear and have for any activity.

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Fabletics, created by Kate Hudson, has some of the cutest workout clothes out there. You can customize your outfit and even get it in a set. I recommend checking the site out and ordering your set soon! Also, make sure to protect your skin with the right sunscreen. Tarte came out with their sunscreen at the beginning of the summer and it has been a holy grail product of mine! Other sunscreens did not work for my skin, but this one changed my life! You have one skin! Protect it!

For more essentials, check out my latest YouTube video!

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