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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

6 Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer in Chicago is known to be hot and steamy.  When it comes to those really hot and humid summer days, these are the items that I make sure to have on hand. It's inevitable that when the temperature begins to rise, that hair and makeup are both bound to melt away.  I like to switch my routine to a little more low-maintenance and light weight beauty products.  I also like products that are going to give me more of a natural glow.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

This cream eyeshadow product is so creamy and so long-lasting.  It's super easy to blend and takes two seconds to take your eyes up a notch without feeling like you have a lot of make up on.  I have this stick in 4 different colors and love how easy it is to apply.  It's very build-able and I can easily mix and match different colors. I don't typically wear eyeliner so I just use the darkest shade of these and smudge it outward and I'm good to go.  Plus, it really does have eight hour wear so it will definitely stay put on those 90 degree days.

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

This is one of my all time favorite makeup products. I definitely use it year round, but find myself reaching for it nonstop in the summer months.  It is a neutral, cream bronzer that goes on so smooth.  It is definitely on the expensive side, but I swear a little bit goes a really long way. I bought mine last summer and have yet to be close to the bottom.  It's easy to add a light layer or build on for more of a summer glow. It is not shiny or shimmery so it really gives you a 'glow from within' kind of appearance. 

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector

Sunscreen seems like a no brainer in the summer.  My skin is known to be extra sensitive to sunscreen so I'm definitely really careful about what I use.  I bought this sunscreen before our honeymoon to Hawaii and had no issues with my skin (a miracle!).  The consistency is surprisingly light and won't give your skin the white cast that you see with most sunscreens.  It also dries really quickly without leaving you with that usual greasy feeling.  I'm a little obsessive about over researching products before I actually purchase them, especially beauty products.  And this is one that has great reviews on Nordstroms and Sephora, especially at this price point!

Ouai Wave Spray

I just picked up this product from Sephora in the last few weeks and it quickly got me excited for summer.  This spray smells amazing and works magic on frizzy hair without making it feel weighed down. This spray is great if you have naturally wavy or curly hair to take away the summer frizz that you get when it's 100% humidity.  It's great for that undone, beachy look.

Herbivore After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist

I have a mild obsession with trying Herbivore products lately and love a good face mist. I'm definitely not one to overexpose my skin to the sun so I don't use this to treat a sunburn.  It's really lightweight and moisturizing without leaving that sticky feeling that you can sometimes get from face sprays.  It's great for dry or irritated skin even if it's not from a sunburn.There isn't a strong smell to the mist, just really fresh.

I'd be remiss to talk about summer beauty products and not mentioned a self tanner.  I do all that I can to stay out of the sun and use sun protection, but I don't like missing out on the summer glow.  I've tried out a lot of self tanners over the last few years and keep going back to St. Tropez, particularly their tanning mousse.  I have found that this has the most staying power and is so easy to apply that you really can't mess it up.  It's hard to think of sunless tanner and not be scared of looking orange or splotchy, but I've found that with the mousse consistency and a applicator mitt it is so easy to apply.  I've tried the express and the extra dark versions of the St. Tropez line and I really like all of them.  They do have a smell to them (not a bad smell, just the usual self tanner smell) so I wouldn't recommend sleeping with this product on. I like to use it on a day that I'm working from home and can leave it on during the day and then wash it off before bed. I could do a whole blog post on all of the different self tanners that I have tried!


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