I know the sentiment that time is flying is extremely unoriginal — especially after this past year, where the topic of time and its abilities to soar by/stand still was the tired icebreaker of many a Zoom call — but there are few truer words. Here we are again, staring down the barrel of summer, and I’m puzzled as ever how the heck it happened.
This summer, unlike last, we’ve got travel plans. Nothing extreme — at least not yet — but we’re getting away with family and friends for a few local-ish excursions, hoping to make up for lost time. We’ve already been in and out of Sacramento three times since being vaccinated. I forgot how hot it gets there, even early in the year…and especially compared to our temperate weather here on the coast. Our first trip in, I got so bold as to put on a little makeup (we’re traveling! to see people!), and by the time we’d walked around the block to the local ice cream shop, my feeble attempt at a healthy glow had all but slid off.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty: Game-Changing Primer & Summer Skincare Products
So when Colleen Rothschild sent over her new Black Tourmaline Face Primer to try, rather than stuffing it in the bottom of my cosmetic caddy (I am not typically a primer person), I stuck it in my travel bag. For Sacramento.
Two weeks later, we found ourselves in Sac again — this round for a little hang time at a family friend’s pool. Mind you, this is a family friend I haven’t seen not just since the pandemic but for…eight years, maybe? I wanted to show up looking at least a little alive, you know? Not that she wouldn’t totally get the toll the past year has taken, but still. Bronzer. Blush. A wash of coral eyeshadow. I dumped the contents of my travel bag into the sink of my childhood bathroom (oh, the memories that called to surface) and there, sitting on top, was the primer.
You know where this is going. The primer went on, followed by what consists of my usual summer makeup, uhhhh, “routine”: a dab of concealer, bronzer, blush, some pinky-peach stuff on my eyes.
Colleen Rothschild also sent over some 100% mineral-based sunscreen, so at the last minute, upon realizing that the travel moisturizer I brought didn’t have SPF (oops), I pressed some of that on top of everything, too. A few hours in the approaching-90-degree weather later, I ducked inside to use the facilities and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, and for the first time in a year and a half, I was pleasantly surprised by what I spotted. Despite my near-infamous face sweat and some pool play (not like full face-in-the-water swimming, but I definitely got wet), that lick of blush and bronzer was still right where it started. And my nose, which is typically quick to burn or at least redden a bit, looked no worse for the wear. It was crazy, guys. I looked impressively not at all bad.
So…I guess I am a primer person now?
Colleen Rothschild Beauty: Skincare Just Right For Summer
Save 25% Off Sitewide During Friends & Family
Colleen Rothschild sent over a few other new items, too, so here’s my take on everything I’m loving for summer. Oh, and by sheer coincidence, they’re having a Friends & Family event right now (25% off sitewide with code FAM25, which is a pretty prime time to buy), so I’m also throwing in a little nod to the crowd-pleasing Radiant Cleansing Balm, as well. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to Colleen Rothschild products or are looking for something that screams indulgent while also being (relatively) affordable.
This Black Tourmaline Face Primer just might make me a primer person. This held up so well in genuine heat and poolside humidity. I also experimented with wearing this on its own, and it has a really pretty silky, mattifying effect. Not a powder finish or anything, but when I applied it over my morning serum/moisturizer routine, it toned down the dewiness just a bit. And the tourmaline creates a barrier against environmental pollutants, so if nothing else, it’s a pretty, silky shield of sorts. One tiny pump was more than enough for my whole face (especially when it was layered over freshly moisturized skin). Oh, and while it’s made with Black Truffle, it smells like a whole lotta nothing. Ideal.
My default daily moisturizer has SPF built-in, but over this past year, I’ve adopted a bit more of a seasonal skincare routine, which means I’m often using a moisturizer strictly for it’s soothing or hydrating properties (hello, season of the mask) and am left needing some a la carte SPF. This Triple Defense Sunscreen is exactly that. And because it’s 100% mineral-based, it’s an effective barrier even used over the rest of your skincare routine, so all your serums and whatnot can sit directly on top of your skin, and then you can press this over the top. A little goes a long way, too.
In freaking love with this Dual Enzyme Polish, friends. You put it on for 10-15 mins, let the fruit enzymes and AHAs do their thing and then rinse it off (with a little light scrubbing) to reveal skin that is instantly smoother feeling and so fresh and radiant. It’s just so lovely. My skin can be pretty sensitive to certain fruit enzymes, so I haven’t toyed with using this more than 1x/week, but at that rate, it’ll last a while, which makes this a decent value, too. In terms of more “clinical” products, this is probably tied with one of my very top faves, the Glycolic Acid Peel Pads, which are also wonderfully effective yet gentle.
Just gonna poach the description for this Vitamin C Treatment Complex straight from the website here, because dang: “This potent form of vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation by penetrating the epidermis 16 times more effectively than ascorbic acid. The formulation stimulates collagen production, leaving skin more even and radiant.“
Sign. Me. Up! I’ve been using this daily (I mix a pea-sized amount with two drops of either my face oil or daytime serum, which seems to help both products go further), and my skin genuinely looks fresh and radiant. And I know, friends — I know we talk about skincare (and various brands) here a lot so it’s hard to discern which ones we intend to adopt into our true routine, but something about this one really does seem to make my skin more radiant. And since the Vitamin C Complex also helps to defend against pollutants and UV rays, this feels like an especially relevant product to adopt for summer — and as we head into *sigh* fire season…ugh.
A perennial favorite. I’ve talked about this Radiant Cleansing Balm before (as has the rest of the team). It has completely changed my face washing and makeup removal process and is so soothing and uncomplicated. (Also, it feels way less chaotic than routine face washing — there’s no aggressive splashing of water!) In short: I actually look forward to what is now the ritual of daily face cleansing.
Shop All My Colleen Rothschild Summer Skincare Picks
For a limited time, save 25% off sitewide during the Colleen Rothschild Friends & Family sale with code FAM25. Honestly, this is an excellent time to stock up — or to take a little of the sting out of a pricier skincare item. I’m personally stocking up on more of this new-to-me Vitamin C stuff and my favorite Glycolic Acid Peel Pads. They’re the closest I’ve gotten to a facial in almost two years and just leave skin looking and feeling SO clear, even and toned.
Genuinely loving this summer routine, but if you have any questions about the products here — or even a CR product you’re curious about that’s not featured here — feel free to leave a comment. Between the whole team, we’ve tried almost everything, and this Friends & Family sale is one of the deepest discounts offered all year. (One more time for the cheap seats: take 25% off sitewide with code FAM25.)
Thank you to Colleen Rothschild and Shopstyle for sponsoring this post. I’ve been using CR products consistently for more than a year now and can honestly attest that they’re every bit worth the hype (and the price — though I’ll never turn them down on sale!). And thanks, reader pals, for showing up and helping support what we do and the partners that enable us to make it happen. We truly appreciate it.
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Photos by Carolyn Stockman.