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What are peptides and why do I need them in my anti-aging routine?

What are peptides and why do I need them in my anti-aging routine?

I talk about anti-aging frequently here on the blog. A good number of the products recommended to fight the signs of aging contain peptides. Most of us have heard the word "peptides" and know we're supposed to use them in our anti-aging routine, but what are they and why should we use them? How do they work?

Matrixyl is a peptide that works by tricking the skin into thinking it needs to produce collagen and make repairs.

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Today I'll do my best to make the answers to these questions "user-friendly" and not sound like a chemistry lesson!

What is a peptide?
In the most basic explanation possible: Peptides are fragments of proteins made up of amino acids. When you see a prefix (tri-, tetra-, oligo-) attached to -peptide, it indicates the number of bonds (amino acids) present. So palmitoyl tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl synthe'6) has three bonds, acetyl hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) has six bonds, and so on.

How do peptides work?
Different peptides do different things. Matrixyl (commonly used in anti-aging products) works by "tricking" the skin into thinking it has been damaged and needs to make more collagen. For those of us who have mature skin in which collagen production has slowed down, this is very important in keeping skin firm. Other peptides, like Argireline, work by blocking neurotransmitters to the muscles - which makes contractions weaker and allows the muscle to relax. This can help diminish lines caused by repetitive facial movements in areas such as crow's feet and the forehead.

The Ordinary "Buffet" Peptide Serum contains multiple peptides!

Some of the more common anti-aging peptides and how they work:

Matrixyl™ 3000 (palmitoyl oligopeptide & palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7): made up of two peptides that trick the skin into thinking that there is damage that needs to be repaired, causing the skin to make more collagen. There is also the original Matrixyl (palmitoyl pentapeptide, but Matrixyl 3000 is supposed to be more potent. (This can be found in products like The Ordinary's Matrixyl 10% + HA, their "Buffet" serum, and Timeless Matrixyl 3000 Serum.)

Matrixyl™ synthe'6™ (palmitoyl tripeptide-38): acts on skin cells, triggering collagen remodeling and repair, as well as hyaluronic acid production. Basically, it makes the skin behave more like it did when it was younger, which allows it to rebuild from the inside out. (This is found in products like The Ordinary's "Buffet" serum and Timeless Synthe'6 Serum.)

Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide-8): blocks signals from nerves to the muscles, which prevents the muscle from contracting. Limiting the contraction of the muscle helps reduce lines/wrinkles that were caused by the repetitive movements of those muscles. (Found in products like The Ordinary's Argireline 10% Solution.)

Argirelox™ (acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18): also works by reducing the contraction of the muscles. The manufacturer says that there is almost three times as great wrinkle reduction when used in conjunction with Botox (using it between injections). (You can find this in products like The Ordinary's "Buffet" serum.)

Syn®-Ake (dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate or tripeptide-3): relaxes the muscles that create wrinkles by blocking neurotransmissions between nerves and muscles. Some studies have shown that this has a greater effect than Argireline. (Found in products like The Ordinary's "Buffet" serum, Platinum Skin Care's Synake Complex 50.

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (also called "Matrixyl and Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3"): small molecule that easily penetrates skin, communicating with cells and programming them to do things like repair. One study found that this peptide is as effective as retinol on sun damage, but without the side effects, while other studies showed various improvements in wrinkles. (This is found in products like Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum and Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.)

Argireline works by blocking signals between nerves and muscles, inhibiting the muscle contraction.

These are just a few of the peptides out there, and more are being created everyday. So which ones should we use? Or do we need all of them?

I don't think there is a definitive answer to "which ones should I use". My personal approach is to give them all a try (not necessarily at the same time!). I believe that skincare is like medication, exercise or even relaxation techniques - what works for me might not be the best for you. But in order to know which ones work best for you, you're going to have to do some testing.

If I could only add one peptide to my routine, it would be Matrixyl 3000. I think it should be in everyone's anti-aging arsenal. If you have "expression" lines from repetitive facial movements, adding at least one of the peptides that works by disrupting the transmission between nerves and muscles would be a good idea.

Find out  more about peptides and why we should include them in our anti-aging routines!

What do I use? I have products that contain all of the peptides I mentioned above - and probably more. I also use antioxidants, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides (among other things). There are blog posts where you can see my morning and evening routines.

And you know I can't end without saying (once again): Use a good UVA/UVB sunscreen daily! It's the single most important thing you can do for your skin. If you don't use a sunscreen, then all of the work the peptides and other anti-aging actives do will be undone by the damage from the sun. (My favorite sunscreens)

What is your favorite anti-aging product? Why do you like it? Tell me in the comments or connect with me on Instagram and Snapchat!

Also - just a note to let you know that my back surgery is scheduled for Thursday, so any prayers, good vibes, or anything positive you want to put out there for me would be greatly appreciated. I have a few blog posts that are scheduled while I'm recuperating, but I will probably only have one post per week until I know how long I will be out of commission. Thanks so much!!

Kim A.
Adventures of Gus and Kim: Dining in Lexington, Kentucky - Malone's

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Dining in Lexington, Kentucky - Malone's

How delicious does this blackened mahi-mahi topped with prawns over whipped potatoes look? Good enough to eat, right?

Blackened mahi over whipped potatoes at Malone's in Lexington, KY

A few weeks ago, Gus and I were in Lexington for the day, and we decided to eat dinner while we were there. We had been to Harry's (and enjoyed it) when Lulu graduated from pharmacy school, so we decided to go there again.

Harry's and Malone's are both part of the Bluegrass Hospitality Group, along with Drake's, Aqua Sushi, OBC Kitchen, and Malone's Prime Events & Receptions. We went to the Hamburg location, where Malone's, Harry's and Aqua Sushi are all in the same building.

Malone's / Harry's - one of our favorite places to eat in Lexington, KY

I think it's awesome that you can order from any of the three restaurants, regardless of where you're seated. We intended to order from the Harry's menu (love their mini cheeseburger platter!), but we both ended up ordering from the Malone's menu. Can I just say WOW?!

Malone's / Harry's - one of our favorite places to eat in Lexington, KY

First, the restaurant has a great ambiance. I would call it casual elegance. We were in shorts, as were many people, but there were also people in business casual dress. The waitstaff was outstanding. I wish I could remember our waiter's name because he went above and beyond.

Malone's / Harry's - one of our favorite places to eat in Lexington, KY

Now let's talk about the food. Bread is life. Or it was until I developed insulin resistance. At home I eat low-carb bread, but occasionally, if a restaurant has exceptionally good bread, I will eat a piece. I confess - I had two pieces of this bread!! Yum!

Delicious bread at Malone's in Lexington, KY

Next up was the Bottomless Lexington salad. They bring a large bowl and two plates to your table - and they will bring as many refill bowls as you want. The salad consists of mixed greens, tomato, bacon, and house-made creamy herb dressing. I usually prefer my dressing on the side, but this was perfect. I think I could probably make a meal out of this salad - it's so good!

Bottomless Lexington salad at Malone's in Lexington, KY

As you saw in the first photo, Gus ordered the blackened mahi-mahi over whipped potatoes. He loved it so much that he has already said he wants to come back in August for his birthday dinner!

I ordered their anniversary special - 6 oz. filet, side item, and salad for $20. This was seriously one of the best filets I've ever had in my life. Definitely on par with Harbor Docks in Destin. And it was cooked to perfection. I like my steak rare - but warm in the center - which should be medium rare. But a lot of restaurants seem to think medium rare is really medium, and there is only pink in the center, not red. I splurged and ordered a baked potato with butter and sour cream as my side. I had a difficult time choosing between the baked potato and the mac-n-cheese, but the potato won. This time. (Warning: There is a photo of my filet below, and it's medium rare. If the sight of red steak bothers you, scroll by quickly!)

One pound baked potato at Malone's in Lexington, KY

Medium rare six ounce filet mignon at Malone's in Lexington, KY

By the time we were finished eating, we were stuffed. But the dessert menu had two of Gus' favorites: coconut cream pie and crème brûlée. We decided to share the crème brûlée there, and get the coconut cream pie to go. Sooooo good!!

Crème brûlée at Malone's in Lexington, KY

Coconut cream pie at Malone's in Lexington, KY

A note about the coconut cream pie: Gus ended up not liking it because there was coconut in the filling. He prefers his coconut cream pie to have smooth filling with coconut only on top. So I ate the pie. If the best cheesecake in the world and a coconut cream pie had a baby, it would taste like this pie. It was the BEST coconut cream pie I've ever had - and I don't like coconut cream pie - or cheesecake!

If you're in the Lexington area and are wondering where to eat lunch or dinner, we recommend Malone's/Harry's in Hamburg. There's something for everyone (kids are welcome), and you'll be glad you stopped in!

Malone's is one of our favorite places to eat in Lexington, KY - be sure to give it a try!

Malone's Hamburg
1920 Pleasant Ridge Drive
Lexington, Kentucky  40509
(859) 264-8023
Hours: 11am - 10:30pm daily
(This location also houses Harry's and Aqua Sushi)

Do you have a favorite place to eat in Lexington or the surrounding area? If so, would you let me know? We're always looking for new places to try! Tell me in the comments, on Instagram or Snapchat

Kim A.
Product Review: Matrixyl 10% + HA by The Ordinary

Product Review: Matrixyl 10% + HA by The Ordinary

Several months ago, I switched from using The Ordinary's "Buffet" Peptide Serum to their Matrixyl 10% + HA and Argireline Solution 10% as part of an experiment.

Bottle of Matrixyl 10% + HA from The Ordinary, along with the box it comes in

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I wanted to see if one routine worked better for my skin - or not. Using both the Matrixyl 10% + HA and Argireline Solution 10%  isn't a perfect "dupe" for the "Buffet". The Buffet serum contains Matrixyl™ 3000, Matrixyl™ synthe'6™, SYN™-AKE, and ARGIRELOX™. The Matrixyl 10% + HA contains Matrixyl™ 3000 and Matrixyl™ synthe'6™, and then I added the Argireline product. So they were similar, but not exactly the same. (I also have a review on the Argireline 10% Solution.)

Matrixyl 10% + HA from The Ordinary in the dropper so that you can see it's a clear serum

The Matrixyl 10% + HA comes packaged in a one ounce frosted glass bottle with a dropper top. It's a clear serum very similar in looks and consistency to The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% , "Buffet ", and Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5.

It's very easy to apply. I usually put three drops in a dampened palm, gently rub both palms together, then apply to my face, neck, and decollete. After that, I rub my hands like I'm applying lotion to distribute any remaining serum on the back of my hands. It absorbs quickly and only leaves a slight tackiness behind. Once I apply my other skin care products, there isn't any tackiness left. It doesn't interfere with any of my other skin care products or makeup.

Ingredients in Matrixyl 10% + HA from The Ordinary listed on the side of the product box

Here are my thoughts. The Matrixyl 10% + HA is a great product and I would recommend it to anyone. However, for myself, I prefer the Buffet - and I'll be purchasing the new "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% soon. I like the convenience of one product with many different actives. I do think that I will continue to use the Argireline along with the Buffet to see if that increases my results.

Bottle of Matrixyl 10% + HA from The Ordinary along with the box it comes in

If you have sensitivities or only want to add Matrixyl to your routine, the Matrixyl 10% + HA would be a good choice. And it's easy on the wallet. I don't think you can go wrong with any of The Ordinary's serums!

Pinnable image of the Matrixyl 10% + HA from The Ordinary with a heading indicating it is a product review

Don't forget - you can shop my favorite products here! My own shop - I Feel Pretty Products is also now connected to the blog.

Do you use Matrixyl in your anti-aging routine? What do you feel is the most important anti-aging ingredient?

Kim A.
Tuesday Brewsday: Blue Stallion Brewing Company - Lexington, Kentucky

Tuesday Brewsday: Blue Stallion Brewing Company - Lexington, Kentucky

A couple of weeks ago, we were in Lexington with Lulu and Bruce, checking out possible wedding/reception venues. So. Much. Fun! Naturally, we stopped at a brewery because, really, can you go to Lexington without visiting one of their many breweries? I don't think so!

Lulu and I chose Blue Stallion Brewing Company. She and Bruce had been there when they lived in Lexington and it's one of her favorites. Gus and I had never been there, but I sneaked a peek at their beer list and knew I would enjoy it (hello, Gose and stout!!).

Tuesday Brewsday: One of my favorite breweries in Lexington, KY - Blue Stallion Brewing Company! Love their Sweet Fudgin' MIlk Stout!

Blue Stallion Brewing is located on Third Street, and is right next to the railroad track. Which made Gus sooooo happy, because he is a total train geek, and a train was going by just as we got out of the car. (He rushed right over!)

Train outside Blue Stallion Brewing Company in Lexington!

Their space is pretty big. I thought it was much bigger on the inside than it appeared outside. There is the main taproom...

Taproom at Blue Stallion Brewing Company in Lexington!

with the brewing area off to the right...

Fermentors at Blue Stallion Brewing Company in Lexington!

And another large room with couches and tables and chairs (this photo only shows a small portion of the room - and the sun wasn't cooperating with my photography)...they also have a loft area that I believe they rent out for parties/events. Just off the room with the couches and tables is a room with a pool table.

Inside Blue Stallion Brewing Company in Lexington!

They have some outdoor seating as well.

Outdoor seating at Blue Stallion Brewing Company in Lexington!

Monday through Saturday, Dad's Favorite Deli serves food inside the brewery from 11am to 9pm. On Sunday, Rico's Empanadas (food truck) serves from 11am to around 7pm.

Flight of beer at Blue Stallion Brewing Company in Lexington!
left to right: Helles, Hefeweizen, Pilsner, Dunkel, and Ya Damn Skippy Peanut Butter Porter

You'll notice in the list of "favorites" below, I only have two listed. There are a couple of reasons for this:
1) I hadn't eaten and didn't want to drink much until I ate (Gus & I were going to Malone's - I'll be  posting a review soon!)
2) Gus guzzled down his flight while I was busy talking and I didn't get a chance to sample any!

So my favorites were both of the beers I actually got to drink!

Lexipolitan at Blue Stallion Brewing Company in Lexington!
Lexipolitan - pomegranate lime hibiscus gose (collboration with Ethereal Brewing)

My favorites* (both were soooooo good!):
  • Lexipolitan (Pomegranate Lime Hibiscus Gose - collab with Ethereal Brewing)
  • Sweet Fudgin' Milk Stout
Gus' favorites*:
  • Helles
  • Hefeweizen
  • Pilsner
  • Dunkel
  • Ya Damn Skippy (Porter with peanut butter)

Sweet Fudgin' Milk Stout at Blue Stallion Brewing Company in Lexington!
Sweet Fudgin' Milk Stout

I really enjoyed the Lexipolitan and Sweet Fudgin' Milk Stout. Goses are one of my most favorite styles of beer - as is a sweet chocolatey stout - and these two were superb. I'm pretty sure Gus enjoyed his flight because he downed them in record time. Usually I can sneak a taste or two - but not this time!

Right now, their beer is being served in Lexington, Louisville, and Central and Western Kentucky - but their website indicates that it's coming soon to Northern Kentucky! Can't wait!! Also, on May 24 of this year, they started selling 6-packs of their Dunkel and Helles in the taproom. This was just a limited run, so they probably won't last long!

Tuesday Brewsday: One of my favorite breweries in Lexington, KY - Blue Stallion Brewing Company! Love their Sweet Fudgin' MIlk Stout!

We will definitely be back because there are several beers I still want to try, and Gus is a fan as well! They have a really nice space - lots of indoor and outdoor areas to sit, so if you want a great place to hang out in Lex (that happens to also have great beer), you need to stop by Blue Stallion Brewing!

Here's where/when you can find them:
Blue Stallion Brewing Company
610 W. Third Street
Lexington, Kentucky  40508

Monday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 12am
Sunday 11am - 10pm

Dad's Favorite Deli serving in taproom:
Monday - Saturday 11am - 9pm

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Do you have a favorite brewery? Tell me about it - we're always looking for new ones to try! If you're interested in following along on our food/drinking adventures, be sure to find me on Instagram and Snapchat - I share a lot there that doesn't make it on the blog.

*A note about our beer preferences:
Me: witbier, Hefeweizen, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, white ale, non-coffee-flavored stouts, Kentucky common ale, ginger beer, some saisons, and some Scotch ales
Gus: witbier, Hefeweizen, blonde ale, red ale, Belgian tripel, Kentucky common ale
Buddy: IPA, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, red ale, stouts (especially coffee-flavored), porter, Belgian tripel, Belgian quad, saison
Kim A.
7 Easy Steps to the Perfect Summer Beauty Routine

7 Easy Steps to the Perfect Summer Beauty Routine

Summer is officially here! Of course, for those of us who live in the northern part of Kentucky, it has felt like summer for several weeks. We went (as usual) from temperatures in the 30s and 40s to temperatures in the 80s and 90s. I would love to get some mid-70 temps for at least a month! Spring, where did you go??

Hot, humid temps mean that if I don't want my face to look greasy or have my makeup products literally slide off my face within a couple of hours, I have to be sure to make adjustments in my beauty routine. Ain't nobody got time for blotting all day!

I basically subscribe to the theory that if you need lighter/cooler clothing, then the same is probably true for your skincare and makeup. Of course that won't be the case for everyone, but for the most part, I think it's a safe bet.

Let's talk about skincare first:

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser - one of my favorite cleansers for sensitive, breakout-prone skin!

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1) Switch to a lightweight cleanser
Depending upon your skin type and the cleanser(s) you use, you may need a lighter cleanser in summer. Especially if you have combo or oily skin. By "lighter", I mean one that doesn't contain a ton of ingredients that are left behind on your skin - like a creamy moisturizing cleanser. Those with dry skin may still need that extra moisture, but it probably makes the rest of us feel hot and sweaty.

I use lightweight cleansers year round. The ones I've been using most since my rosacea diagnosis work well for me in all temperatures. I use CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, or Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream. They're gentle and don't make my skin feel dry or greasy.

Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum - a vitamin C serum is one of the top three products on my must-haves for anti-aging skincare list. I'm a fan of this Timeless serum, and it has a great price point!

2) Use anti-aging products with a gel or serum base
Anti-aging products come in all shapes and sizes as well consistencies. If you usually use one that has a heavy cream base, you may find that switching to one with a lightweight serum or gel consistency works better in hot weather. And again, this will be especially true for those with combo or oily skin.

My anti-aging products are mostly serums that are lightweight and easily absorbed, so they work well year round. I use Timeless Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid, Timeless CoEnzyme Q10 Serum, and Argireline™ Solution 10%, Buffet Peptide Serum, and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum from The Ordinary.

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion - this reasonably-priced moisturizer contains ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. My sensitive, acne-prone, mature skin loves it

3) Try a lightweight moisturizer
I'm talking to my combo and oily girls here, because unless you have super dry skin, you're probably going to feel better using a lightweight moisturizer during the dog days of summer. Keep in mind that everyone is different and you should do what works best for your skin.

When it's hot, I either use a moisturizer that also contains 30 SPF (and some anti-aging ingredients) or a foundation that is an all-in-one product. I'm all about less layers of product on my skin. Fewer layers feel lighter and are also less likely to slide off my face in the heat. My favorite general daytime moisturizer/sunscreen is the RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 from Paula's Choice. It's lightly tinted, fragrance-free, mineral-based, and also contains antioxidants, including resveratrol. If I'm at the beach or going to be outside for an extended time I skip the moisturizer and just use a sunscreen with at least 50 SPF. At night, I use Pretty Pearlfection Cream and CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.

Wearing a sunscreen daily is the number one thing you can do to slow down the aging process. I even wear sunscreen on days I stay inside! Paula's Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense is one of my top 5 favorites!

4) Find a sunscreen that dries to a matte finish
How many times have you heard me say that sunscreen is the single most important thing you can do to combat the signs of aging? If you're spending money on anti-aging products/procedures and not using daily sunscreen, you're throwing your money away!

The trick is to find a few sunscreens that work well for you. For instance, I look for a mineral sunscreen to use on my face because chemical sunscreens burn my eyes and irritate my skin. It has to be fragrance-free, absorb completely and leave no tackiness on my skin. It also has to play nice with my skincare/makeup. For my body, I'm less picky. It can be a chemical sunscreen, but it still has to absorb completely without leaving my skin feel greasy - and be fragrance-free or only lightly fragranced. I mentioned my favorite facial sunscreen above, and you can read more about the rest of my favorite sunscreens in a past post.

Now let's talk summer makeup:

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream is one of my favorite foundations!

5) Switch to a lightweight foundation
I bet you know what I'm going to say! Are you sensing a theme yet? Yes! You're going to most likely want a lightweight foundation for the warmer months. I wish I could get away with just using a tinted moisturizer. But I need some coverage, and I have yet to find a tinted moisturizer that provides that. I suspect that at least some of  you are in the same boat.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a lightweight foundation that also offers at least medium coverage. And doesn't settle into lines. And comes in the right shade. It's such a process, am I right?

The two that I'm reaching for in the heat are Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream and IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream.

The Missha BB Cream has a lighter consistency as well as decent, buildable coverage and SPF 42. The downside is the lack of colors - there are only seven. I blend three of their shades in the summer - #21 Light Beige, #23 Natural Beige, and #27 Honey Beige. I know that sounds excessive and you're probably thinking "I don't have time (or money) for that". But I promise - they're available at drugstore prices. I also wear this in the cooler months, but I only use one or two colors. (Read more at Product Review: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream and Product Review: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream (2017))

 IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream isn't full coverage for me, but it does have lightweight, medium coverage as well as broad spectrum physical-only SPF 50+.

I have a love/hate relationship with the Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream. I stopped using it for a couple of years because I received a faulty tube and customer service on the IT Cosmetics website and I disagreed on how that should be handled. (You can read more about that here if you're interested.*) I found a sample tube in my stash that I started using a couple of  weeks ago and this stuff is so great on my skin with a light faux tan. I find that the Medium shade works best for me in the summer. It's great because it gives good medium coverage (I've never found it to be full-coverage as they advertise) and it also contains anti-aging ingredients and offers SPF 50. On most days I can skip moisturizer/sunscreen when I use this foundation because it's an all-in-one product.

(*I'm going to be purchasing a new tube - but I will buy from Sephora this time since they have great return/exchange policies. I struggle with knowing that I'm giving my money to a company that had poor customer service, but I'm comforting myself with the fact that IT Cosmetics is now owned by L'Oreal. I'm hoping their policies have changed, but I still recommend purchasing from a place that has a good return policy.)

e.l.f. High Definition Powder is my favorite setting powder - and it's only $6!

6) Use a setting powder
Setting powder can help keep your makeup in place as well as take the shininess away. I use setting powder year round, but it's especially important for me when the weather is hot. I don't mind a little "glow" but I don't want to look like the dudes in Raiders of the Lost Ark when their faces melted off. Plus I feel like I can reapply throughout the day when/if needed without my face getting that "caked-on makeup" look.

My favorite is super inexpensive - e.l.f. High Definition Powder in Sheer. For me, it works even better than expensive brands - and I've tried many of those. (read more at How Does e.l.f. HD Powder Measure Up?) It's also available in a compact if you prefer pressed powder to loose (and it's nice for throwing in your handbag). I also like the e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Powder (read more at How Does e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder Measure Up?).

Skindinavia The Makeup Setting Spray is one of my favorite setting sprays!

7) Definitely use a setting spray
Once you have all of the above on, you want to make sure it stays on, right? Then you need some setting spray! This is another product that I use year round, but I can't be without at all for summer.

I've tried several, but I like Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray and Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray best. If you haven't tried those, I recommend them both. (I've heard that Skindinavia makes UD's spray, so that's probably why I like them both.) I'm currently using the Skindinavia and it's fabulous at keeping my makeup in place. I know some people are concerned that it contains denatured alcohol, but I've never had a problem with it drying my skin.

Sometimes the beauty routine that works great for you in fall and winter just isn't right for spring or summer. I'm going to tell you how to adjust your routine to make it perfect for warm weather!

And there you have it - my tips for getting your beauty routine ready for summer! What do you usually do to change your routine for summer? Let me know in the comments, on Instagram, or Snapchat!

Kim A.