Summer Beauty Essentials


Summer beauty usually means three things—dry shampoo, sunscreen, and waterproof mascara—all of which you probably have by now. (If not, try our essentials by Rene Furterer, Neutrogena, and Clinique. But rather than addressing the obvious categories, we wanted to go a step beyond and talk about some of the top new products on the market. From melt-proof makeup to must-have hair care products, I’ve rounded up a handful of amazing items that are sure to keep you looking pretty and polished all season long! So get ready, dear readers, because you’re about to fall in love with some new favorites…

Benefit ChaChaTint ($29)
When the humidity index is as high as the temperature is outside, the thought of wearing a heavy lipstick is not so appealing. That’s why I love a lip tint at this time of year: you get long-lasting color without having to wear a weighty product! And on that note, the one you should buy is the newest stain from Benefit Cosmetics, ChaChaTint. It’s a sweet-but-statement-making peachy-mango color, which is the perfect compliment to a (faux) tan! It looks good on lots of different skin types and actually stays wherever you apply it—cheeks or lips—making it a summer essential!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils ($20)
Regular readers know that we swear by Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($18), which stay on amazingly well, no matter how much you sweat and/or cry (hopefully just the former). Accordingly, I’m just as keen on the newest iteration of this must-have product: the Glide-On Shadow Pencil. Creamy, long-wearing, and available in 12 great colors—including Midnight Cowboy, a sparkly champagne shadow that’s beyond amazing—these pencils are a girl’s best friend for fuss-free, flawless eye makeup!

La Prairie Anti-Aging Hydra Tint Crème SPF 20 ($100)
When it comes to trendy nail polishes or of-the-moment glosses, I love a thrifty thrill, but when buying products for our faces—especially things like concealer and foundation—I’m happy to make an investment. Currently I’m obsessed with La Prairie’s new Anti-Aging Hydra Tint Cream SPF 20, which is perfectly lightweight, yet somehow manages to conceal all our skin flaws. In addition to giving you an airbrushed complexion, the formula has a nice amount of SPF coverage and is loaded with antioxidants, so you can combat the sun’s harsh UV rays and age spots while simultaneously looking gorgeous!

TIGI Bed Head Colour Combat Shampoo and Conditioner ($16.95-$17.95)
As any native Southern California girl knows—or beach lover in general—the sun can really ravage your natural-looking-but-salon-bought hair color. While wearing a hat for your outdoor activities is always an option, realistically, I know that won’t always happen. Happily, there’s another option to keep your locks from fading: TIGI Bed Head’s new Colour Combat products. They help keep your hair the hue that you want it to be, plus, they smell delish! Available in two formulas—Colour Goddess for redheads and brunettes and Dumb Blonde for, well, you know—this line is both perfectly edited (only three products) and totally on point. Buy it now and stay un-brassy forever!

Dior Addict Lipstick ($28) in Fire
While orange lipstick is all the rage, most ladies I know do not really adore the way that color looks on them. Happily, you can get a touch of the trend in a much more wearable way with this perfect lipstick. It’s a wonderful red-orange that’s sheer enough for the demure, but bold and pigmented enough for the lipstick lovers out there. In fact, the only thing I don’t love about this killer lipstick is the fact that it is a limited-edition shade for summer! It’s seriously that good…

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer ($16) in Girls Just Want To Have Fun and Lara’s Theme
If there’s one thing we can count on each season it’s that Deborah Lippman is going to create some of the key colors I want to wear on my fingers and toes. She’s spot-on for summer with these two majorly gorgeous polishes, the pinky-coral Girls Just Want To Have Fun and the va-va-va-voom orange of Lara’s Theme, which was created with the one and only Ms. Lara Stone. You can buy one or the other, but I suggest picking up both, especially since they look so lovely together!

Kerastase Chroma Sensitive Ultra-Gentle Cleansing Balm ($42)
Another revolutionary hair care series on the market for summer is Kerastase’s Chroma Sensitive line, which includes this amazing cleansing balm. It’s very creamy and low-foam, so you can remove grime and impurities without stripping your hair. It’s particularly helpful right after you color your hair—the Kerastase team recommends using it for the first three post-salon shampoos, then alternate with their Reflection Bain and Masque—but I also like it after a day in the sun.

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins ($6.50)
Bobby pins have always been our go-to when creating summer up-dos and buns, but frankly I haven’t used them once since trying Goody’s incredible Spin Pins. No kidding: these things will change your life! Unlike regular pins, these spiral ones twist into your hair, anchoring it securely with absolutely no effort! Two pins will work for almost all hair types (you might need more if you have crazy-thick hair), which means you can get a ballerina bun or a chic chignon in seconds, literally. Buy them now and you’ll be thanking us all summer long!

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