Summer is in full effect and I couldn’t be happier because it’s my favorite time of year! Sure, I could do without the extreme heat waves but I love the warm sunshine and trips to the beach. Heading to the ocean is by far my favorite thing ever. I recently took my daughter for her first beach day and it was amazing. She loved the water and dipping her toes in the little waves that came up to the shore. We sang Moana (or I sang and she stared at me like I was crazy) and had the time of our lives. And you best bet I bought that huge 4 person blue tent from Amazon and shamelessly popped that bad boy up for my baby girl!
I love the smell of the ocean and the salt water on my skin. I wish I could bottle it up and keep it with me — that and a permanent tan. But, since I can’t, I’ve found some great summer beauty products to give me that healthy glow even when I’m far from the beach at the office or on the go with our little one.
Some of these are my ride or dies (like Laura Mercier’s tinted illuminating moisturizer, Glossier’s cloud paint, and Nars Radiant Creamy concealer) and some are new favorites that I’m totally in love with like the eye brightening balm from Tula, the R+R mask from Summer Fridays, and the Function of Beauty customizable shampoo and conditioner. Throughout the year I always use the Boy Brow from Glossier in black but during the summer I like clear because I tend to wear less (if any) makeup and it gives such a natural look. For a really natural yet juicy lip, I love the Tarte Lip Quenchers in Rose and Opal. They are beautiful and aren’t sticky at all.
If I want to go with a bit more of a full makeup look (and by full makeup I mean more than tinted moisturizer), I opt for the waterproof version of the Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced to help me avoid smudges under my eyes. I also love the Tarte In Bloom eyeshadow palette and the Milk makeup sticks — the holographic blush and the highlighter in “Lit” are my go-to choices. To set everything, I really like the “Chill” setting spray from Urban Decay.
I also make sure to take care of my skin as best I can. I love the tinted moisturizer from Laura Mercier because it has SPF in it. I also love the primer from Tula because it also has a shimmery tint and makes your skin look flawless. To keep my skin feeling soft and fresh, I love the Summer Fridays R+R exfoliating mask with rose. It leaves behind a light oil on the skin that is just enough without being overwhelming. I also like to mist the “way to Glow” spray from Mama Mio on my face whenever I need a pick-me-up throughout the day or to start my morning off right.
And, what’s summer without a fun frozen treat? I’m a big fro-yo fan but I also love the organic fruit pops from Solero — especially the piña colada, raspberry, and banana cinnamon! Seltzers with lime from Spindrift is always refreshing and I do my best to drink as much water as I can throughout the day. With cute tumblers like the watermelon one I found from Sunny Life, why wouldn’t you?
With a baby and a full-time job, makeup has certainly slipped off my radar a bit here and there. But I love beauty so much and really enjoy sharing my favorite beauty products with you so it’s inspired me to get my head back in the game and find just a minute or two each day to make myself look more like a cool mom and less like a regular mom — wink wink.
To find any of the items I mentioned in this post, just scroll through the gallery below and click on the image. PS. You get a special discount off of the Tula and Foundation of Beauty products which is always a plus! How are you enjoying your summer? Any beauty must-haves you’d like to share? Comment on my latest Instagram post! I’d love to hear from you.