I can’t believe it’s already the end of June! I have been so busy playing outside and having fun that I haven’t had much time for blogging. Of course, I had to make time to share all my fave summer beauty supplies!
My Pedi Set, Let’s Go Spring! Guide has some great tips for getting your legs and feet ready for sundress season that are absolutely great for summer too! To update your paws, here’s some fun hues!
Essie: Nail Polish in California Coral (.46 fl. oz/$8.50 at Essie.com)
I’m obsessed with coral pinks, and Essie’s California Coral is even brighter once it’s on your nails. It really pops and gives you a funky look without being too over the top and in yo’ face pink! But, be sure to check out the coral that works for you, are you a neutral or bold coral kind of gal?
China Glaze: Lite Brites Nail Lacquer with Hardener in I’ll Pink to That! (.5 fl. oz./$7.50 at Ulta.com)
Speaking of in yo’ face, this is the ultimate PINK! This color is perfectly rebellious and girly. Looks even better holding a cocktail in your social media #draaaaanks posts, so I’ll pink to that!
OPI: Alice Through the Looking Glass Nail Lacquer Collection in What’s the Hatter with You (.5 fl. oz/$10 at Ulta.com)
Johnny Depp’s movie may not be a hit, but this amazing color from the Alice Through the Looking Glass OPI Collection is definitely a win in my opinion. Perfect for an edgier festival look.
Revlon: Colorstay Gel Envy in Full House (.4 fl. oz./$7.99 at Ulta.com)
Revlon has an awesome new formula to help your manicure last. This Full House color is a cool poolside look even if you’re not in Vegas!
Zoya: Studio Nail Lacquer in Moonday (.5 fl. oz./$10 at www.Zoya.com)
Neutral doesn’t have to be boring! Zoya is chaneling your inner Star Wars nerd in a classy way with this Leia that will definitely capture the eyes of your Hans Solo. Bonus: Zoya is all natural and vegan so you’re treatin’ the environment right:)
Tame Those Tresses!
I have long hair and it’s a crap shoot how my hair will act on any given day. From the weather being humid and frizzing my hair out to my locks getting dried out from swimming in the pool without a bathing cap, summer is a stressful time for my mane. Here’s a few products I have discovered that help you treat your summer hair needs.
Herbal Essences: Naked Dry Shampoo (4.9 fl. oz./$4.99 at Target.com)
THIS. IS. EVERYTHING. I don’t know about you, but once I discovered dry shampoo existed it was a game changer for me. I don’t like to wash my hair everyday because of it’s drying effects, the management of having to dry my hair etc. Enter, this delightful dry shampoo for times when I’m lazy and don’t want to wash my hair, don’t have time or whatever the excuse is. It’s also summer so sometimes my hair just gets oily and dirty from being outside, but then my ends are dry AF. The price for this is awesome, especially with how much I use it (no judgements). Dry shampoo can run you upwards of $20-25 a bottle for one that works well. I have tried numerous, and this is the best bargain for the product. It smells great, gets rid of the greasiness, without over drying your hair which is an issue I have run into with many of the inexpensive brands. Again, this is literally everything and I don’t know how I ever survived college without dry shampoo.
Dove: Style + Care Flexible Hold Hairspray (7 fl. oz./$6.65 at Amazon.com)
Weather is not your friend in the summer from humidity to wind it’s all over the place. This light hold spray keeps my top knot in place and my beach waves wavey, and that’s if that is what I want my hair to be doing. Bonus, this smells great!
Redken: All Soft Conditioner (8.5 fl. oz./$16.50 at Ulta.com)
I love Redken products for hair, especially their all soft line. This is the perfect way to keep your locks moisturized in the summer without stripping or over saturating. Touchable, soft and smooth is the end result when using any of the All Soft shampoo, conditioner, or leave-in products.
Don’t forget t protect your beautiful bod with the right SPF, but of course you have to look your best so here’s a few makeup and body buys that’ll keep your skin and look fresh this summer.
Coppertone: Sport Continuous Sunscreen Spray (8 fl. oz/$7.99 at Target.com)
This goes without saying, but sunscreen is an absolute must in your pool bag this summer! I of course, will look like a tomato if I don’t lather up, but regardless I have one word for you, Cancer. So here’s the thing, it couldn’t be easier these days to apply sunscreen so there’s really no excuse. The Coppertone brand when I was a kid would gross me out with all of it’s thick gloppy-ness that would make a mess all over the back seat of my mom’s mini van. But these days, they have upped their game with this super sleek spray. Best thing: If you’re by yourself it’s easy to reach over and spray your back evenly. No splotches, no awkward convos with your 2nd cousin removed at the family reunion with a “Can you get my back?” Let’s not make this weird request.
Laura Mercier: Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 20 – Oil Free (1.7 oz/$44 at Sephora.com)
If you’ve read any of my previous beauty updates, you know I love love love Laura Mercier makeup. One of my faves is the tinted moisturizer and in the summer, I switch to the oil free version. This is a great lightweight moisturizer and makeup solution in the summer. The tint gives your skin the glow you want, the SPF protection protects your face, and the oil free formula ensures that you won’t clog your pores. I love using this in lieu of heavy foundation in the summer.
Fresh: Sugar, Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 (.2 oz/$25 at Sephora.com)
You can tell I’m serious about protecting my skin, so it’s no different when it comes to my lips. Winter automatically dries our lips so we resume maintenance of them then, but it’s super important to protect them year round! I love the Fresh Brand’s Sugar lip glosses, so I was stoked when they released a summer sport formula! With SPF 30, a delightful smooth glide on formula that leaves your lips soft and moisturized is perfectly natural way to accent your beach smile:)
Bare Minerals: Radiance powder (.03 oz./$21 at Sephora.com)
This whole contouring movement has got me like ??? I stick to what I know and Bare Minerals makes it easy to fake it till you make it with a bronzer, blush and highlighters in various translucent shimmer shades and bolder bronzers and blushes that blend easily. I love using them together, separate or even to add a little warm all over to my face.
Benefit: They’re Real in Beyond Blue (.3 oz/$24 at Sephora.com)
Summer is about having fun! I love this funky take on mascara from Benefit, and it’s actually not that crazy lookin’ on either. I’m fairly conservative with my makeup, but it was suggested to me at the Benefit Counter when I was getting my eyebrows done that I put some of this bad boy color on the lower lashes to add some dimension and I loved it! So if you’re not ready for a full on plunge to colored mascara, try it on your lower lashes, while using a regular black on the top. It literally blows my mind how subtle but cool it is. Try it!
Do you have any great makeup tips or fave products for summer? Hit me up at NorthandRed@gmail.com, on social media or by commenting!