A Summer Beauty Prep List
links + small things
Summer is here and no one is happier about it than me! A warm sunny day is one of my favorite things, and in anticipation of summer, I thought I’d round up a handful of applicable posts and information here.
Bodycare + SPF:
A tan from a bottle is the safest way to get some color this summer, and you can find my posts about my Self-Tanning products below:
Before you use a self-tanning product, it’s important to exfoliate your body. I bought the Coconut Crush Scrub recently and really love it. Along the same lines, it’s important to shave your legs before applying a tanning product, and my favorite razor is the Billie razor.
If you are going to be outside, watch this video to see my favorite SPF products! I truly cannot say enough great things about the Supergoop Sunstick. It’s the easiest way to apply SPF to my kids’ faces (and body, but we usually only use it on their faces). A makeup setting mist with SPF is great for quickly adding more protection to your face without rubbing your makeup off.
I also just recently learned about this line of SPF without any noticeable residue called Black Girl Sunscreen.
A lotion with Aloe is ideal to soothe and hydrate skin after you’ve been in the sun, this one by Sunbum looks perfect.
Sun exposure, chlorine, and saltwater are all rough on hair, so here are a few tips and product suggestions for maintaining the integrity of your hair during the summer.
A product like Soleil Nourishing After Sun Hair Cream is perfect for restoring shine, providing UV protection and conditioning hair before and after being in the sun. I’d throw something like this in my pool or beach bag and apply it into the mid-shaft to ends of my hair whenever my hair is wet or whenever I’m reapplying sunscreen. It can also be used as a styling product to assist in reducing frizz!
If you feel like your hair is full of leftover product, or layered with saltwater residue, consider adding in a clarifying or purifying shampoo to your routine. Make sure that it doesn’t strip your hair color, and only use it about once a week.
Looking for a new hairstyle? Here are two very simple summer hairstyle tutorials!
If you are blonde and find your hair to be looking brassy or drab, try incorporating a purple shampoo in order to cut out the golden tones to your hair. I’ve been loving my Function of Beauty duo, but I have more recommendations for purple haircare products for blondes in this post.
Nothing beats a bright, colorful manicure in the summer. I love OPI’s Cajun Shrimp or Strawberry Margarita on my toenails. On my fingernails, I typically opt for something more neutral like Essie Gel Couture in Fairy Tailor, but I also recently tried Londontown Lakur in Summer Fling and loved it for a bright pink!
This post and video will give you confidence when doing your own nails at home.
One of the best and easiest ways to get your skin to glow and look healthy is to introduce a vitamin c serum to your routine. I’ve been using Ole Henricksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum for the past several weeks and absolutely love it. My skin looks radiant and healthy!
SPF can sometimes feel heavy and clogging on the face sometimes, so a pore detoxing mask would be good to use once a week.
Nothing is more uncomfortable than sweating off a full face of makeup, so if you want to skip foundation altogether, just use a cream blush on your cheeks for a touch of color. I’ve been loving Strawberry Drip by Fenty, and have loved NARS Orgasm liquid blush for years. On the drugstore end, Pixi On-The-Glow blush looks like a perfect pink!
For a summer-inspired makeup look, watch this!
I hope this list was helpful for you, and you feel ready to take on a fun and relaxing summer.