My Summer Beauty Essentials

My Summer Beauty Essentials

For me, summer is all about natural beauty—minimizing what I put on my skin, ditching the dark eyeliner, and glowing without looking greasy.

Let's start with hair, shall we? I have long dark blonde extremely fine hair, which means washing it every day risks drying out the ends while not washing it every day risks oily roots, especially with the rising temps. For this, I rely on Batiste's dry shampoo with a hint of color. It works magically to clean and volumize while making my color extra bright. Meanwhile, I keep the tips strong and shiny with Moraccanoil. I got a sample during New York Fashion Week and have been hooked ever since. It really is as good as everyone raves, and it happens to be the only one of its kind that doesn't darken or nastify my hair.

My Summer Beauty Essentials

Unfortunately, my face is more of a conundrum, particularly when it comes to anything with sun protection because I have ridiculously sensitive skin. I was relying on the SPF 15 in my Laura Mercier mineral foundation to protect me on the daily, but recently learned powder really isn't enough. Hmph. Interestingly, I discovered two primers that provide adequate protection: Tarte's tinted BB primer (SPF 30) and La Roche-Posay's Anthelios anti-aging primer (SPF 50). I don't even like or ever use primers! Yet I'm addicted to the lightweight matte finish of these bad boys. It's much preferred to the heavy feel and nauseating smell of sunscreen.

My Summer Beauty Essentials

Since I'm kind of a nut about keeping my pale skin safe, I turn to Jergens when I am going to make any sort of appearance in a swimsuit. Their new formula isn't as stink-proof as they promise, but it is significantly better than any other I've tried. Thank goodness.

As for my color palette, I am currently having a pale pink moment. It has always been my favorite color, but I've been relishing in the girly hue in as many ways as I can. OPI's Mod About You is my pedicure polish of choice (I prefer my fingers bare). It's almost-white and totally opaque so it gives the illusion of tan feet. As for makeup, I've gone through my share of lip shades this past month, but Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butter in Creamsicle wins. It's the best non-lipstick lipstick you'll find and the color result is beautiful. Oh, and it's only six bucks. Score. I'll layer it with Neutrogena's MoistureShine gloss during the day for some super-pretty non-sticky SPF 20 action. Their Crease Proof Eye Shadow in Perfect Pink is also, well, quite perfect.

My Summer Beauty Essentials

Otherwise, I keep my huge '60s shades and JLo floppy hat on hand to make every outdoor outing a cute (and smart) one. Happy summer!

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