I believe many of us think that their skin feels and looks a bit ‘meh’ in the middle of the day. Especially, if you have combination skin like I do, you notice that the T-zone gets a bit more oily, foundation may go patchy on some areas and in the winter time we all lack radiance.
A few simple steps work really well on me and I hope this post will be helpful for some of you, as well.
Usually, in the middle of the day I need to blot because my combination skin doesn’t really care if I powder or not, if I use a mattifying foundation or not. I keep the Essence All About Matt! Oil Control Papers in my handbag and they really help me get rid of the shine. It’s really hard for me to find blotting sheets, so in case you have any recommendations, feel free to share.
Then, I’d go with a concealer just to brighten up the under eye area and to hide any imperfections around the face. At the moment, I’m carrying the Catrice Allround Coverstick in my bag because it’s really versatile. It’s creamy enough to be applied under the eyes but has decent coverage and lasts really well throughout the day. Also, it doesn’t take much space and you don’t have to dip your fingers in a pot concealer.
I need to powder to set the concealer and to just prevent the T-zone from shine after blotting, so I’m using the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. It’s really finely milled, smells nice and doesn’t look cakey. It mattifies the skin but also gives it a bit of a glow and slight coverage.
The next step really helps me keep my skin hydrated in the colder months. I use a mist with Norwegian thermal spa water and I’ve actually already mentioned Maya Water Facial Mist with Organic Acai* because I really love it. But you have to be very careful in the winter and not go out straight away or spray when you’re out in the cold because if your skin is damp or wet, it will get damaged.
This mist is so fine and lovely, the mini bottle fits perfectly in my handbag, contains Vitamin A, C and E, Zinc, Iron and the fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9. I use it as a toner, underneath my make-up or on top of my make-up for a quick boost of hydration and glow. It doesn’t make me look greasy, it just gives me moisture and radiance and I’m in love with it.
Another product that I adore is lip balm and especially this L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé Paris Jasmin Immortelle Neroli Lip Gloss. It’s actually something between a balm and a gloss. It’s very nourishing thanks to the Shea Butter added but has a sheer glossy pink tint that brightens up the face while hydrating the lips. It also smells really beautiful and feminine.
Last but not least, would it be a mid-day pick-me-ups post without a nice snack? I love this Corny Peanuts & Milk Chocolate Bar, it’s not the healthiest or the best one but I like nuts and chocolate and if I need a bit of energy in the middle of the day, it does the job for me.