SUMMER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS
Summer is in full swing. Most days are hot and sticky and I am exposed to the elements all of the time, with plenty of pool trips and outdoor activities. Hence, my beauty routine is quite different than the rest of year. If I wear makeup at all, it is super casual, and my hair is thrown into a pony tail or some braids. I don’t blow dry my hair, but the chlorine and sun do a number on it, so I try to be super gentle and give it a little extra love.
Today I am sharing my Summer Beauty Essentials. These are the products I rely on during these hot summer months.
ESSIE GEL COUTURE NAIL POLISH
Summer is casual for me. I skip the gel manis and try to let my nails get some much needed down time. If I wear polish, I typically do it myself using these Essie Gel Couture polishes and top coat. The brush makes it super easy to apply, and the top coat gives a professional and glossy looking finish. I usually stick to a sheer pink or a bright, fiery coral.
L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS LASH PARADISE
In the summer, waterproof mascara is a must. I have often talked about my love for L’oreal mascara. This new version is amazing. Mascara is one of the few things I DO wear in the summer makeup wise, so I like some drama and intensity without clumping. This stuff fits the bill. It is fantastic.
WANDER BEAUTY EXQUISITE EYE LIQUID SHADOW
So easy and so pretty. One swipe, blend with your finger and done. This and mascara are my summer beauty staples when it comes to eye makeup. You can check out my easy summer makeup tutorial here.
CLARINS GLOW BOOSTER
I love these drops to give my face a soft summer glow. Just add a few drops to your regular moisturizer and you will build a gradual, natural looking tan in just a day or two.
GLAMGLOW SUPER CLEARING MUD
Without this stuff, my skin would go nuts in the summer time. I use this, as needed, to clear my skin of gunk and grime from sunscreen and the hot sticky weather. It works like a charm to keep my skin clean and fresh all summer long.
TRADER JOES COCONUT OIL PACKETS
I love that TJ’s came out with these convenient packets. They are super handy for travel and are a total work horse. I use them as a weekly hair mask to keep my hair soft and nourished. It is also a fantastic body moisturizer after a long day at the pool or in the hot sun.
SUPERGOOP LIP & CHEEK TINT
I love a bright pop of color on my lips in the summer. I think it look so great with a little color and the whole causal summer vibe. I wrote a whole blog post about my favorites here. This is a recent discovery and I love it. It is the perfect sheer texture and color, can be used on lips and cheeks and has an SPF 40. Perfection.
BLAX HAIR BANDS
These are an absolute essential year round, but especially in the summer and I start to panic if I run out. I order them in bulk on Amazon. They are practically invisible, don’t damage the hair and wont slip or snap. A top summer essential.
GARNIER MICELLAR WATER WIPES
These wipes go everywhere with with me and are great for travel and to freshen up anywhere on the go. They remove makeup and also provide a gentle cleansing to my skin. I have a pack in my gym bag, pool, bag, beach bag….you get the point.
L’OREAL EVERPURE CLEANSING CONDITIONER
I am washing my hair almost daily, so I need something super gentle and nourishing. This cleansing conditioner does the trick.
HONEST BEAUTY BUG SPRAY
This stuff is the bomb and is a total game changer for me. I am a mosquito magnet and end up with lots of bites and huge itchy welts. I have tried a ton of bug spray on the market and hated using the chemical stuff, but the organic versions never cut it and I would still get bit. I am allergic to mosquito bites so even one or 2 bites cause me misery. My younger son is the same. This stuff has been a total game changer for me. It is organic and when I wear it, I can walk outside and I don’t get bit. Not even once. I have been literally mosquito bite free this summer. I love that I am able to sit outside now and enjoy watching the fire flies and the cooler air at dusk without having to worry.
IT COSMETICS CC CREAM
I know I sound like a broken record with this, but it is that good, people. I talk about it here, here and here.
What are some of your summer beauty essentials? Anything I need to check out? Let me know in the comments below.
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