summer ’17 essentials: part 1

As I sit here, slick with aloe from sitting out in the yard a lil bit too long, I can breathe a sigh of relief because summer is here.

Soooo because I want you all to be well dressed, pretty, and entertained for the next 3 months, I decided to curate a few things I’m currently obsessing over for this summer : )

I’ll be breaking this summer essentials series down into four parts starting with…


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Coola sunscreen
I cringe thinking about the hours I used to spend in my backyard, baking in sun without a drop of sunscreen on me. I treated my tan lines like a badge of honor, seeing how defined I could make the milky white to deep brown difference.

After learning about a little thing called skin cancer and realizing how I was prepping my skin for a future of leather-like wrinkles, I stopped being dumb and started using sunscreen.

From the neck down, I’m not picky about which sunscreen I use, as long as it’s at least 30 SPF. On my face though, I needed a sunscreen that would be light, not so oily, higher SPF, but still do it’s job to protect me.

I got the sample of Coola sunscreen pictured above in my Birchbox last summer, and fell in love. It fit the criteria I was looking for, plus it smells like a mango:). It now has a permanent residence in my beach bag.

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Glossier Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer
Summer heat is no joke. While I have no qualms about the current BB cream I use (Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream), I wanted to find something for everyday that gave me all day moisture and minimal coverage.

After pouring through beauty blogs and asking my make-up inclined friends, I decided to give Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint a try. I also ordered their Stretch Concealer because I’m an impulse buyer and it was free shipping if i spent $30+ *shrugs*

LOVE these products. The skin tint makes my skin look softer and brighter, but doesn’t cover up my summer freckles. The concealer gives enough coverage to hide my ever present under eye circles, but not heavy enough to get cakey or oily. I’ll more than likely be re-ordering both of these when I run out!

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Pretty pastel nails
Pastels are usually reserved for spring, but I’m more than happy to bring them into the warmer summer months.

I have a thing about chipped nail polish, so I tend to just paint my toes, and leave my fingernails trimmed and polish-free (sometimes I go wild and throw a clear coat on). ~Fun fact: I’ve never had a acrylic nails.~

Back to pastels. They’re soft, look awesome with a tan, and tend to match more outfits than a bright red or fiery orange. Light blues, minty greens, or peachy pinks can still say summer without being the color of a fire engine.

Pictured: My personal favorite, Kokie Nail Polish in Heavenly. It’s the perfect lavender-periwinkle : )

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Blow dry smoothing cream
I shower a lot in the summer, like sometimes twice a day. I suppose that’s better than not showering enough though, right?After the gym, after the pool, after the beach, after a long day outside… I like a cool shower to clean off any sweat/sand/dirt/general ickiness from the day.

While ample body lotion will keep my skin from drying out, I can’t exactly put it in my hair. And so, blowout mask!

My scalp tends to be a little oily, so using any kind of leave-in product sketches me out. BUT I use this Argan Oil of Morocco Blow Dry Smoothing Cream and the next couple times I shower, I pin up my hair to avoid over-washing! My hair  stays silky smooth for dayyyyyyyys.

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