July 4th Long Weekend Skin Ritual


Well… we’re finally into summer! It’s funny how all year I long for summer: vacation, travel, etc. but when it actually comes around there is nothing I’d rather do than stay indoors! Well this long weekend I’m going to a wedding in the Hamptons so I know that I’ll need to have my best skin arsenal available, especially as the event will take place outdoors in the sun!

Here’s what I’m taking:

VOSS: I admit, this is probably going to be finished on the ride over but it proves a point that hydration is the most important thing for keeping skin healthy and this is especially true during the summer when sitting under the bright sun. What makes VOSS great is that the bottle is glass (instead of plastic which can leak toxins), and it is recyclable – though I would not reuse this extensively since you can’t really clean it out. The water is also extremely pure with natural minerals that are good for skin.

Tatcha Aburatorigami Beauty Paper: A must-have for summer to leave skin with a fresh complexion. This is essential for avoiding the dreaded oily-face in pictures especially at weddings where you’re dancing or sitting outside. These papers will last the entire night and best of all, they won’t smudge or move makeup so you won’t have to worry about frequent touch ups.

YÜLI Liquid Courage: I very rarely use a product and think “this is really going to keep me as youthful looking as possible as I age” but Liquid Courage delivers that, and that is why despite testing different products – I have never strayed from this MVP. Check out their loaded mind-blowing list of ingredients to see why this deserves the acclaim. Layer this precious antioxidant serum under your moisturizer and sunscreen before you go out. Also, apply this the night before a major event for that subtle glow and brightness that this serum always delivers.

Coola Face SPF30 Cucumber Moisturizer: Why use two products when you can use one that does both jobs perfectly? Coola’s SPF30 Moisturizer is a beautifully made light cream that is both a moisturizer and a sunscreen with the recommended SPF30. The beauty of having two functions is that you won’t need to layer on products which is a blessing in the hot weather for blemish prone skin. And another bonus, Coola products are made with so many great ingredients that they’re actually called “organic suncare“, so the antioxidants in the naturals provide extra protection from UV rays that traditional sunscreens do not. There are some silicones in the formula but I’m used to this from lightwe sunscreens so I’m happy to make this trade-off.

YÜLI Panacea Elixir: Clarifying? Check. Balancing? Check. Hydrating? Check. This is a blemish-prone skinned girls dream. I’m somewhat of a devotee to this elixir because it’s deceptively effective. At first, you think it’s just light refreshing floral waters until you see your pores shrink, your skin become refined, and your blemishes subsiding. It hydrates while it purifies your skin! As a true beauty junkie, I’ve drifted away from this to use mists that are cheaper (i.e. Evan Healy) and more expensive (i.e. Tata Harper) and after playing Goldilocks, the Panacea Elixir was just right. So at the wedding if you want me, I’ll be the girl shamelessly spraying away.

Happy 4th!



  1. Reema
    July 4, 2013 / 8:53 pm

    Girl your blogging is on fire! Love this post!

  2. July 5, 2013 / 10:24 pm

    Oh I’m not alone in the VOSS love! I was with the hubby at TJ Maxx getting his socks and saw it at the “completely unnecessary and overwhelming amount of things we are teasing you with here at the counter”. Came in a 4 pack for five bucks and love the glass. I reuse them for about a month with sterilization. I have been petitioning for my circles to give up plastic because I thought it was so easy to not have water on the go, but summers are getting dangerous without hydration. My heart sinks for those dying just because its so hot and they are dehydrated.

  3. alberto
    July 7, 2013 / 7:07 am

    love yuli!

  4. Leanne
    July 9, 2013 / 3:41 am

    I love VOSS too, I find that some Evian tend to have a funny taste that gets worse as I drink and Fiji is good but like you said, the plastic!

    I used to stockpile on Panacea elixir until they came out with the larger sizes (LOVE LOVE) and now I keep one in the refrigerator at all times, it is my one piece of advice if you really want to feel wonderful in a flash.

    • July 11, 2013 / 1:41 am

      I saw someone else on Instagram do that too with their elixirs so now I definitely need to get on it!

  5. Meredith
    July 13, 2013 / 10:24 pm

    I had never heard of Coola before this post, but I’m forever on the hunt for the perfect sunscreen for my oily and fair skin, so I started looking at their line. I ordered the Coola SPF 30 cucumber matte finish the other day and it arrived in a flash. I’m really liking it so far. I love how it glides on so easily and doesn’t make me look like a grease ball. Now I’m just hoping it doesn’t break me out, but so far, so good.

    • July 14, 2013 / 11:20 pm

      Hi Meredith! I’m glad you like it! I think their line is great and it doesn’t break me out either. I’m so happy that I could help introduce a great line to you!

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