Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer Skincare For Oily Skin + GIVEAWAY!


As someone with oily skin, it's imperative that I switch out some of my more moisturizing skincare products for ones that wick away oil and keep my skin feeling clean and fresh. Here are some of the products I've been loving and would highly recommend you guys to check out. 

Origins Checks and Balances Face Cleanser - I've used this cleanser numerous times and love it for the summer because it has a minty sensation that feels so good after a long, sweaty day. My skin feels really clean and clear after using this.

Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner - This mild toner contains aloe vera so it's great for soothing the skin after a long day in the sun. I also like the Lush Tea Tree Toner for oily skin. The spray bottle is great and I wish all toners came packaged this way. 

Etude House Wonder Pore Toner - I have been reaching for this more than the Lush toner simply because I want to see if it actually helps my pores look smaller. While I can't report that this has made a difference to my pores, it is a decent toner that further cleans and preps the skin before serums and moisturizers. I have heard people swear by this for shrinking enlarged pores so I think oily skins will appreciate this in the summer. There is a slight baking soda scent but it does not sting or irritate my skin.

IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning - I raved about this product in my winter skincare update and I am now using the full size bottle after finishing up the half size I was trying out before. This feels just like water so it's perfect for summer time use as well. It subtly tones the skin and helps my skin heal after breakouts and irritation.

Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF50+ PA+++ - This is my new favorite sunscreen because it not only protects me from the harsh sun but makes my skin feel beautifully smooth but never oily. The liquid formula sinks in easily and makeup applies very well over it. I bought mine in Hong Kong and you can find this on Sasa.com for about $10. 

Urban Decay DeSlick Setting Spray - I have been using this to set my makeup quite often and it really does help control my oil from peeking out. I barely have to blot if I use this over my makeup and it reduces the powdery look to a natural glow. I will be buying the full size bottle of this soon!

The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask - This kaolin clay based mask really warms on your face and feels quite interesting. It draws out white heads and sebum from pores very well and I tend to squeeze out the impurities after using this mask. I'm not sure if that's a great technique so don't take my word for it but I get a certain satisfaction from cleaning more pores once in awhile. 

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask - This is a milder cleansing mud mask and one that is great for sensitive skin types. It is basic and effective when used once or twice a week to maintain clear skin year round. 

My Beauty Diary Platinum Snail Total Effects Mask* and My Beauty Diary Mandelic Acid Brightening Mask* - My Beauty Diary is one of the most popular Taiwanese sheet mask brands and they're becoming more available in North America. I was sent two new sheet masks to try and my first impressions of the Platinum Snail Total Effects Mask is that it's great for summer time since it has a light, non-sticky serum. These are the thinnest sheet masks I have tried and adhere to the face very well. While I don't think these beat out my other favorite sheet masks, they're worth a try if you want a very lightweight mask that delivers some hydration without being too moisturizing.

My Beauty Diary is doing a giveaway for my readers and viewers! If you're interested in winning a set of the My Beauty Diary Platinum Snail Total Effects Mask and My Beauty Diary Mandelic Acid Brightening Mask as well as 10 pieces of the Black Pearl Mask all you have to do is:

1. Subscribe to my Youtube channel!
2. Like the My Beauty Diary USA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mybeautydiaryus
3. Comment on the video below (on the Youtube page) telling me what your favorite summer skincare products are!


The giveaway will be closed on Saturday June 21st at 11:59PM. I will choose a winner and contact them via Youtube private message and pass along their mailing information to My Beauty Diary who will ship out the prize. 

Even though I dread the super humid and unbearably hot summer days, the right skincare products definitely make it more tolerable. Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? 

Disclaimer: All products were purchased with my own money aside from the My Beauty Diary masks which were sent for review. I am not being sponsored by any companies mentioned. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

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