A Peek Inside My Ideal Summer Beauty Bag

A Peek Inside My Ideal Summer Beauty Bag(Caitlin Miller/StyleBistro) Why yes, my summer bag is always packed full of my favorite beauty finds. Obviously.

When I was a wee child back in Missouri, summertime used to mean no school, long pool days, sun tans, and dollar sno-cones from the ice cream man. As an adult in New York City, summertime now means normal work days, a fear of bikinis, unbearable humidity, and four dollar cones from the Mister Softee truck. 

Although summer may have changed for me, it's still a fantastic season— humidity and all. This summer, I've armed myself with some key beauty essentials to beat the heat, defeat humidity, and actually enjoy the summer sun. So go on, take a peek inside my ideal summer bag!

For hair:

OK, so my hair is my number one concern in the summer. It's super thick and unbelievably unruly. No seriously, one sign of humidity and my hair poofs up bigger than the guys' hair in Motley Crue
A Peek Inside My Ideal Summer Beauty Bag(Photo coutesy of Ultimateclassicrock.com) My long lost family apparently.

But armed with the right products, I've learned how to tame my mane.

Right now, I'm loving Hairtrition's Keratin Smoothing Leave-In Treatment

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This smooth conditioning gel works wonders on my crazy locks. It repairs my color-damaged ends, makes my hair feel smooth and shiny, and acts as a great styler. This, combined with a killer straightener, is the only way I'm able to avoid looking like Vince Neil circa 1989.

I also am a big fan of John Frieda's Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Spray

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As someone who grew up with bright blonde hair that slowly began to fade over time, I've been desperately seeking a way to retain my streaks of gold. When I was a teenager, this meant applying copious amounts of Sun In

However, I have since refined my product choice. Now, I apply Sheer Blonde Go Blonder. I love this product because it brightens my natural highlights as well as enhances my salon-applied ones. But be warned: it is ONLY meant for blondes. Those with medium or dark brown hair, won't see a change!

For the body:

As embarrassing as this is, during the winter, I tend to neglect moisturizing my legs and arms. They're covered by boots and a winter coat after all! But in the summer, they're on full display to the world. 

Although I work out — promise — I'm still not completely comfortable in summertime shorty shorts. But to help me combat shorts anxiety, I use Soap & Glory's Slimwear Triple Action Peptide Balm

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This puff-draining balm claims to firm, contour, smooth, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Now, I really don't know if that's entirely possible to accomplish through a balm. All I know is that I use it after showering and somehow my thighs don't seem to look half bad anymore. And really, that's enough for me.

I've also recently added Dry Body Oil by MoroccanOil to my skincare regimen. 

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This is a recent addition given to me by our resident beauty expert, Associate Editor Lindsay Schallon — thanks, Linds! After struggling with dry skin all winter (but really failing to do anything about it), a few spritzes of this on my legs and elbows, and I'm smooth and silky again. But don't worry, this is a dry oil, so none of that greasy, I-can't-touch-anything-feeling. Basically, you won't be left feeling like Ross in Friends in the leather pants episode. 

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For the face:

I must admit I'm less concerned with my makeup in the summer. To me, it's kind of like, "What's the point if you're just going to sweat it all off anyway?" So instead, I concentrate on using products to help remove my biggest enemies: oil and shine.

To keep me feeling refreshed I use Caudalie's Organic Grape Water.

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This cool mist instantly moisturizes and hydrates my skin. Now, I know what you're thinking, "More water on a sweaty face?" But trust me, this spray is so light and invigorating that it's seriously like taking a shower with each spray. If I've come back from a long walk and worked up a shiny forehead, a quick spritz of this, and I'm back looking fresh and clean again — sans shower! *Please note: In general, showers are still recommended.

But if I'm out and about and need a quick sweat combatant, I always make sure to have oil absorbing sheets. I prefer Blum Naturals Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues.

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These super light and natural tissues, feel so much different than any other oil blotter I've used. Instead of feeling rubbery or plasticy, they feel like soft tissue paper. More importantly, they completely remove oil without smudging or removing my makeup! And with a $2.99 price tag, they're a steal.

Just for fun:

Summertime has to have some fun to it, right? Besides treating myself to an occasional — or daily — cone from Mister Softee, I have two products that I use in the summer just for fun!

Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess Shimmer Bronzer let's me forget for just one moment that I'm actually wicked pale. 

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This luxurious powder bronzer is great for swiping on your collar bone and décolletage for a shimmery sun-kissed look. With its slight shimmer, light bounces off to add just a touch of glow without being look-at-me shiny. Caution: Don't use on your face unless you are really good at blending. It's really more of a shoulders, neck, and chest bronzer, in my opinion!

My last summer beauty favorite is a bright colorful nail polish. I'm LOVING Revlon's Nail Enamel in Red Bikini.

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As someone who has hated red nail polish her whole life and was convinced that only moms from the '80s wore it, I've already painted my nails with this color twice since the start of June. It's bright and bold red mixed with soft orange undertones make it a super fun and flirty color for summer. 

So there ya go! My ideal summer beauty bag is stuffed full with humidity-fighting necessities, faux-shower sprays, cellulite-busting balms, and a few other things just for fun. Because after all, summertime is all about having fun — oh and ice cream from Mister Softee. Summer is definitely all about Mister Softee.

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Former Senior Associate Beauty Editor at StyleBistro. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @CaitlinSMiller Follow me: Google