I Just Want to Be Pink and Glowy and Coconut-Scented All Summer, Basically

I Just Want to Be Pink and Glowy and Coconut-Scented All Summer, Basically(Caitlin Petreycik/StyleBistro)

Some people really thrive in the summertime, beauty-wise. You've probably seen them — those bronzed creatures whose skin only glistens from the heat, never sweats. The humidity only serves to volumize their hair, in an appealing, beachy way, rather than make it tangle and stick to their necks. And they probably just dab a little highlighter on their already sun-kissed cheekbones, swipe on some fancy tinted lip balm, and look amazing.

I am not one of those people. But this is how I get through June, July, and August — the months when I am most out of my beauty element.

My beauty routine is pretty low maintenance, but I do tend to spend a bit more time on haircare. I have thick, short-ish, chemically processed hair, and the sun can take it from blonde to a not-so-flattering bronze-y shade. Rita Hazan told me to only use shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair, and I will do whatever she says.

Right now I'm into Bumble and Bumble's color-minded shampoo ($29 at BumbleandBumble.com) and conditioner ($32 at BumbleandBumble.com). They're sulfate-free, so they won't strip your (fake) hair color. Once a week, I'll comb a deep conditioner, like Bumble and Bumble's deep ($27 at BumbleandBumble.com) through my hair and leave it on for 20 minutes.

Here are my three favorite hair products, being guarded by Poseidon. (I have a lot of "eccentric aunt" stuff on my dresser/throughout my entire apartment.)

I Just Want to Be Pink and Glowy and Coconut-Scented All Summer, Basically
That little bottle in back of my haircare arsenal contains my current favorite body wash — C.O. Bigelow's coconut cleanser ($12 at BigelowChemists.com). Smelling like a coconut and/or sunscreen at all times isn't just a summer goal, it's a life goal. Speaking of scents...

I Just Want to Be Pink and Glowy and Coconut-Scented All Summer, Basically
These are my two favorite warm weather perfumes — C.B. I Hate Perfume's At the Beach 1966 ($85 at CBIHatePerfume.com), which smells like Coppertone lotion, salt water, and watermelon rind, and Annick Goutal's Petit Cherie ($108 at Nordstrom.com), which is like bottled pears, basically.

Moisturizer-wise, I'm pretty devoted to Kiehl's Creme de Corps, but it feels heavy in the summer, so I've been on the lookout for something lighter. My brother recently stayed at The Standard hotel in New York, and I — class act that I am — asked him to steal some fancy toiletries for me. I just tried this honey-scented moisturizer from Kiss My Face that the Standard stocks in their bathrooms, and fills all of my non-greasy requirements.

I Just Want to Be Pink and Glowy and Coconut-Scented All Summer, Basically
I was pretty psyched to find out that you can buy a giant bottle of the stuff online ($11.95 at KissMyFace.com).

As far as makeup goes, I usually switch out foundation for tinted moisturizer or B.B. Cream around this time of year. Right now I'm using Dr. Jart's beauty balm ($39 at Sephora.com).

I Just Want to Be Pink and Glowy and Coconut-Scented All Summer, Basically
I'm so pale that I don't know if I can really pull off bronzer, so, to give myself a little color, I've been playing around with Korres's Magic Light powder in "Mykonos" ($28 at Sephora.com). It's meant to mimic the "magic light of Greece," but really I think it makes me look a bit more glowy and awake. Continuing with this glowiness theme...

I Just Want to Be Pink and Glowy and Coconut-Scented All Summer, Basically
I've been using L'Oreal's double extend eyeliner ($4.49 at Ulta.com). One end is a just-smudgy-enough liner, and the other is an eye illuminator, which I dab on my lower waterline. I'm convinced it makes my eyes look brighter. The nail polish above is Tom Ford's "Vapor" ($30 at NeimanMarcus.com), which makes your nails look like little pearls.

Lip products!

I Just Want to Be Pink and Glowy and Coconut-Scented All Summer, Basically
I love Revlon's Just Bitten lip stains (Aren't beauty products that look like markers just the best?), and Desire, a just-ate-a-popsicle pink is my current favorite. A beauty editor friend introduced me to YSL's Vernis a Levres glossy stains ($34 at Sephora.com), which are these slightly-shiny-but-not-goopy things that don't move. After said friend gave me Encre Rose, a petal shade with a vinyl finish, I bought another one (the sign of true love) — in Rose Forreau, which is kind of like my natural lip color, but better.

One more thing!

I Just Want to Be Pink and Glowy and Coconut-Scented All Summer, Basically
Lindsay gave me L'Oreal's sublime sun sunscreen oil ($10.99 at Ulta.com) and it smells like the beach in a bottle. I keep it at my desk for midday-vacation-fantasizing purposes.
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