Summer is my favorite season for beauty as it’s the easiest, lowest maintenance time of year… and it’s also when you (in my opinion) naturally look your prettiest. A little bit of a tan, a few highlights in your hair, there isn’t all that much that you have to do! I like my brows full, my makeup natural, and my hair to be a bit of a mess. An intentional mess, at least! 😉 Today I wanted to share my summer routine. Granted, I’m always mixing it up to test new things, but this is the jist of it! It’s simple and straightforward, but if you have any questions let me know in the comments!
In the summer, I switch from a creamy cleanser to a gel. My favorite-favorite cleanser is this one from Tracie Martyn as it also really helps with redness. I’ve been testing this one too though – it smells exactly like blueberry yogurt which I know sounds weird but you have to experience it! After cleansing (morning and night) I will pat SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence into my skin… gently pressing until it’s completely absorbed. I love their eye cream too. At night, I apply either Vintner’s Daughter or The Blue Cocoon – both are super hydrating and soothing but won’t make me break out. During the day I wear Farmacy’s Green Screen. It’s a (mostly) natural sunscreen. I also really love this day cream, so sometimes I will layer that under the Green Screen. And this isn’t skincare but before bedtime I try to always remember to apply Neulash as it has helped my lashes grow really long!
My daily routine is sooooo simple right now which I love. I will apply a little tinted moisturizer (this one – in bisque – is my forever favorite) or use the L’Oreal cushion in classic ivory. I like a pretty flush so I will dot on a liquid blush (I love Glossier Cloud Paint in dusk and NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm). I have been using Benefit Hoola since I lived in Boston (which was eleven years ago), and it’s still the best bronzer I’ve ever used. For a little shimmer I will dot on Becca’s highlighter (in Moonstone). I put it on with this brush. A little at my temples, brow bone, and down the bridge of my nose. For my brows I will use this Covergirl brow mascara in honey brown. I actually like it more than Boy Brow right now as it makes my brows thicker – and darker, which I really like for summer… especially since my brows tend to bleach out in the sun. On my eyes I will use a little bit of Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner pencil (the pencil NOT the pot… I can’t figure that out! This one is so much easier to apply than regular eyeliner and I like a very thin line), and a few coats of mascara. Right now Wander Beauty’s mascara is my favorite but I’ve been testing out this one from Revlon and have been impressed with it so far. (I always say you really don’t need an expensive mascara… the drugstore ones oftentimes work better than the nice ones). I don’t really wear eyeshadow but while I was home on Cape Cod I tested out this liquid one in bronze and quickly became obsessed… it makes your eyelids look as though they are adorned in liquid copper. So. Pretty. On my lips I change things up constantly but if I could only wear one lipstick for the rest of my life I’d pick YSL’s Vinyl Lip Cream in Rose Mix.
I am an Alterna girl through and through. I only wash my hair a couple times a week in the summer but when I do it is with their purple bottles (moisturizing) shampoo and conditioner. It’s expensive but so luxurious and I see a noticeable difference when I use it (my hair is softer, less frizzy, and I swear that it makes my hair a little less curly. Once a week or so I will do Aussie three minute miracle (it’s the best drugstore steal!) or this hair mask – I really like it as it leaves my hair super soft but you only have to leave it on a minute or so. If I am wearing it natural I combine Shu Uemura’s oil and this coconut oil gel (I use about a quarter size of both but I have thick, dry hair)… combine it in the palm of my hand, rake my fingers all through my hair and let it dry. If it’s frizzy once it dries I will mist on a little bit of shine spray or use a little bit of this cream.
In the shower I have gotten addicted to the scent of this body wash – it’s such a pick me up! I am always trying out a new body cream but to be honest Everyday Oil is the best moisturizer there is… it smells so good and leaves my skin ultra moisturized with just a little bit of sheen. You can use it on your face too. It’s from my friend’s company but I spend my own money on it… nearly every month! My favorite self tanner (seriously!) is this one from L’Oreal but I also really love these wipes from Dr. Dennis Gross – they also exfoliate and allow you to shave less… I’m all about a good multi-tasker. If I am feeling fancy or have a special occasion, I will put on a little of May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff. It smells heavenly and adds a tiny bit of shimmer.
A little help from my friends:
If I do get a blowout, I have been going to the Amika Styleblow. I am obsessed. They do a great job (if you follow my instagram stories you know I am rather particular, to say the least) and have weekday specials where it is only $35. I get the Williamsburg which is a little messy and surfer-girl… it usually lasts me 4-5 days. I’m also big on gel manicures for summer (I go to Primp & Polish), and getting my lashes and brows tinted at Benefit. It’s rare that I will have all three of these things done, but when I do I definitely feel my best and get ready much more quickly!