Summer is right around the corner! Now is the perfect time to sort through your makeup and beauty products. Purge the old, and make way for some new Summer Beauty Essentials that will help you look and feel your best from now through August – and beyond. Of course, no summer beauty routine is complete without sunscreen. I highly recommend HydroPeptide Anti-Wrinkle UV Protection ($40). See why here.
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Mineral Mascara: From the Mineral Fusion Glow & Go Collection this Volumizing Mascara ($18.99) plumps lashes without harmful or harsh chemicals. As a contact lens wearer, a natural mascara is preferred. This one coats and elongates lashes. I love the chestnut brown color for casual summer BBQs and outings. Plus, you can pick this up in your local Whole Foods Market – love that!
Lip Shimmer: Keeping lips coated in the summer is necessary, and what better way to do it than with a bit of shimmer. Tried and true Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers ($5) come in 15 summery shades to match any skin tone and mood. Made with Shea Butter and antioxidant-rich Fruit Oils, lips are moisturized and softened. Plus, an hint of peppermint helps to freshen breath.
Enriched Softening Essence: I have heard of the healthful properties of coconut water so was not surprised to see it as a main ingredient in Skinn Cosmetics’ Enriched Softening Essense ($32). It ‘wakes’ up tired skin with a blend of 26 different fruit and plant extracts, resulting in soft and hydrated skin. To use: Simply saturate a cotton ball with the enriched softening essence and dab over clean skin. I have been using this each morning and find the cool and refreshing formula is a great way to kick off the day!
Bronzer: One way to achieve a natural looking glow is with a good bronzer. I am currently loving BeautyADDICTS HydraSUNRays Bronzer ($28). Sheer powder goes on smooth, with buildable coverage for the perfect shade. This bronzer works for you – crushed pearls stimulate cell renewal, while green tea and vitamins A, C, D and B5 nourish skin.
Blemish Balm: Warmer weather and sweaty skin can cause breakouts. Zap zits with OSEA Blemish Balm ($42). Forget harsh chemicals, OSEA products are vegan, gluten free and organic. Skin can breath while the lightweight moisturizer reduces inflammation, heals breakouts and prevents new ones from occurring. Seaweed, along with Cypress, Juniper and Rosemary essential oils blend together to create a formula to combat the bacteria that cause breakouts. I love OSEA Blemish Balm because it can be worn under makeup, without drying skin.
Multi-Vitamin Moisturizer: Packed with vitamins, SOMALUXE Moisturizer ($22) helps reverse free radical damage. As with the bronzer above, Somatique moisturizer contains vitamins A, B, C, D & E to help deoxidize skin and fight wrinkles. It smells amazing (like roses) and goes on super smooth. I have been using this at night to help soothe skin. Bonus! The formula is organic and paraben-free.
Natural Towelettes: When temperatures rise, keep these in your gym bag or at your desk for a quick mid-day refresher. Orange Petalooza® Natural Cleansing Wipes ($3) are free of parabens, phthalates and petrolatum. A citrus-orange scent leave skin fresh and refreshed – and will not clog pores!
What are your summer beauty essentials?