Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Beauty

Summer is officially in full swing - and I don't know about you, but my skin care and beauty routine changes drastically in these warm (and sweaty!) months :)  Here are a few of my summer beauty essentials, must-haves, as well as some tricks and tips to get that summer glow!

Glow from within - 

The first step to get glowing skin from within is all about exfoliation. Just a few times a week and your skin will be smooth, refreshed, and the perfect canvas for the rest of your skin care and beauty routine.
Some of my favorites are:

Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub - Aromatherapy - Bath & Body Works

The second step is hydration. No matter what skin type you have, hydration is very important to get that youthful, plump, and healthy look. Whether it's a serum or moisturizer (preferably both), this should be a mandatory step in your skin care regimen.
Some of my favorites are:

And after all your hard work for making your skin look its best, make sure to get a great night's sleep… Eight hours is ideal!

Sunless/Selfless Tanners

In order to keep that glow and feel confident in all your summer clothing (or lack thereof), you may want to try some sunless/self tanners. It gets you that "I just got back from Hawaii" bronzed look, but without the sun and harmful rays.
Some of my favorites are:

BB Creams and Tinted Moisturizers-

Now as for make up… to get that lightweight coverage perfect for warmer months, you may want to try a BB cream or tinted moisturizer.  Unlike your standard foundations, these options give you a dewy, fresh look to your skin and almost feel like you're not wearing any makeup at all.  
*Added bonus - most of these creams have SPF!*
Some of my favorites are:

Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Illuminating

Bronzers and Blushes-
The perfect way to add dimension and color to your face is by using a bronzer and/or blush.  You don't have to use both! A tan or peach blush can work double as a bronzer and can give you the same effect as a day out in the sun. Skip the contouring for these warmer summer months -- all you need is an all-over light bronzing with a big powder brush.
Some of my favorites are:

Pop of Color-
If you want a bolder look for your make up routine, try adding a bright lip or cheek stain!  Instead of a lipstick, try a pigmented gloss or lip crayon.  They are less fuss and more appropriate for daytime. A cheek stain gives you that glow from within we love and is so easy to throw in your bag for touch ups.
Some of my favorites are:

Yves Saint Laurent - ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes

Tarte - Cheek Stain

And last but not least here are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of your summer beauty:

1. Use mini Post-its to give you that perfect winged liner or cat-eye make up look.

2. Invest in a dry shampoo and use for added volume or between shampoos.

3. For long days out in the sun or heat, begin your make up routine with a primer, and end with a setting spray.... Your make up will last so much longer!

4. Make a boring topknot or bun look extra chic by adding a few simple braids.

Happy summer!  Don't forget, your smile is ALWAYS your best accessory!

(originally posted on Hello Confidence!)

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MakeMeUpMia said...

Your winged liner looks perfect! That B&BW Sleep scrub, I definitely have to try that, looks amazing :)

Court @ Sweet Home Alabamian said...

Love the braided tidbit! And the eyeliner trick! I only recently started exfoliating (with a great product by Fresh) and it is a total gamechanger I had been unaware of for too long!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Fun post. I absolutely love the Sleep Aromatherapy. Using it myself. Best thing ever!

Ally {Life as I know it} said...

Love the eyeliner tip. Dry shampoo is my savior. That and baby powder. I've heard VS spray bronzer is awesome. I've gotta try it!

Lauren said...

Thanks for the tips! Dying to try that Tarte blush


Mree said...

Great eyeliner tip!!

Best, Mree

LeeLee said...

Awesome eye liner tip.