Going Makeup Free in DC’s Summer Heat

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When the first round of intense DC humidity descended on the city a few weeks back, I made a decision.

The past few years living in DC, I always made a solid attempt to don makeup throughout the summer. I have acne-prone skin, so I was always trying to cover up one imperfection or another. But this summer, I’ve decided to take a different route. Sure there are important meetings or happy hours or date nights to don makeup for, but for the everyday, I’m dialing it back to zero. I’m fully committed to mascara, sometimes eyeliner, but I’m going to do everything I can this summer to keep foundation, concealer, powder, off my face during the day.

I spent so much time covering up my acne- or redness-prone skin every summer, that I kind of forgot that a lot of the source of said irritation was likely the products I was clogging my skin up with. I’m trying a new approach now: adopting a simple skincare routine with gentle, natural products. Which is why I was so excited when Gloss48 asked if I would try out Valia, a natural product line featuring formulas derived from Japanese remedies and tons of vitamins. I’ve been using Valia’s Purifying Wash, Cleansing Milk, and Hydrating Creme for the past week or so and have already seen an improvement in my skin’s tone and feel. Plus, the products are just so damn refreshing, perfect for the DC heat.

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The really fun part though, is how Gloss48 works. From now through Friday, you have the chance to scoop up Valia’s (beautifully packaged) line of products — or the starter-size travel kit — at a flash-sale price! And after the flash-sale ends, all of Valia’s products will go into Gloss48’s ongoing marketplace, where you can grab ’em at full price.

Need even more reason to hop on board? From now through next Tuesday, July 1, you can get $10 off your Gloss48 purchase of $30+ with code LIZ48.

What do you think of my makeup-free goal? I’m sure I’ll waver, but after a few mornings of walking to work in makeup and having it just straight-up melt off, it just kind of seems like a waste, don’t you think? 

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{Disclosure: Gloss48 provided me with complimentary Valia products, but all opinions are my own and I want to thank you all for supporting the brands that help make What Dress Code? what it is!}


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