Summer Beauty Survival Kit


The warm weather is officially here.  Although NYC temps are still easy and breezy, in a month, that will change.  The city swelters, my makeup melts, and by the time I’ve walked to the office, I am a hot, sweaty mess.  Today I’ve compiled a list of a few favorite products — some new favorites, others old standbys..  regardless, these bad boys WORK, and are a must for beating the summer heat!

Read on to learn more about these (amazing) products!

This bronzer by Buxom is a new favorite.  It adds just a bit of shimmer and smells like sunscreen… every time I put it on I look and feel as if I’ve had a mini tropical vacation.

Also on the bronzing front, I am positively hooked on tarte’s Park Avenue Princess.  It’s a creamy bronzer, and then this genius little pink shimmer stick on the end.  The cap is a screw top so you can throw it in your purse and not worry about it leaking / the top falling off.

This blush is called “InStain”, and it stays put insanely well..  The formula is a powder stain, which made me a bit skeptical, but it really stays on all day.  Tip – if you self tan, you need blush… otherwise all that tan won’t be very natural looking… blush adds dimension!

I am in LOVE with this lipstick from Clarins.  True to its name, Juicy Clementine, it imparts the perfect amount of coral shine, and leaves lips feeling soft and luscious.  The color goes perfectly with a little tan.  Also, it smells incredible

Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is one of my favorite products in the world.  This is what I meant by old favorite.  It’s like a spa in the bottle.  Nothing refreshes your face better in the heat (and it won’t damage your makeup).  It smells like heaven, and on stressful days, nothing is better.  I keep one at my desk and the little guy in my purse.

This toner from Mario Badescu is particularly soothing.  It’s great for sopping up oil and refreshing skin after running around the city all day, but it also contains aloe which helps reduce irritation + redness.

This overnight hair repair treatment is a must.  It’s deeply hydrating and has the most amazing herbal smell.  My hair is pretty fried right now (and gets even worse after days spent at the beach) but this really helps to keep it in line.

Lastly, I’m addicted to this “Cactus Verde” body butter, by Illume.  Yes, Illume… my go-to for candles, but now also body products!  If you get a sunburn, use this after – it is chock full of soothing aloe and hydrating avocado.

There you have it… what are your summer beauty favorites?

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  1. Ali:

    I have heard such great things about Mario Badescu products, I just got the sample pack to try!

    5.29.13 Reply
    • Jenny Loo:

      Ali! Where did you get Mario Badescu sample packs? Do you think they ship outside USA? I also want to try, since I heard good reviews of the products. Let me know about your experience with it. Thanks

      8.13.13 Reply
  2. Lauren:

    I LOVE Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir! I think I started using it because I heard Victoria Beckham did LOL. Great items! xo

    5.29.13 Reply
  3. Ashley:

    REALLY wanting to try that overnight hair repair stuff 🙂 Sounds dreamy!

    xo Ashley

    5.29.13 Reply
  4. Lindsay // Belle Belle Beauty:

    I absolutely adore that Buxom bronzer too! I can’t stop reaching for it!

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  5. Kelsy:

    I’ve got to try out the Sachajuan’s hair repair treatment. I have nothing but problems with my hair when I’m out in the sun during the summer. This sounds like just what I need to restore my hair. Plus my bf loves the smell of herbal hair products.

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  6. bestofbklyn:

    Ooh, you’re making me want to try the hair repair and the beauty elixir. (“Elixir” just feels so fancy!)

    5.29.13 Reply
  7. Kelly (@Birdieshoots):

    Love the Mario Badescu toner, its the only kind that wont dry out my skin!

    //Birdie Shoots//

    5.29.13 Reply
  8. alyson:

    such a great roundup of new to me products! my ends could totally benefit from a hair treatment!

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  9. Tina:

    Definitely going to have to try that bronzer by Buxom – looks perfect for summer!


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  10. Jordan - Queen of LA:

    im intrigued by that tarte bronzer! will keep you posted if i go for it…

    5.30.13 Reply
  11. Bettina:

    I’m so intrigued by the sachajuan brand. I love their packaging, I really want to try one of their products!

    5.30.13 Reply
  12. Alyssa:

    Oh, I’d love to try that hair repair. It sounds amazing!

    5.30.13 Reply
    • amanda:

      Alyssa, I’ve tried the hair repair treatment, and let me tell you it works! Give it a try!

      7.1.13 Reply
  13. Roger:

    I use the aloe toner and recommend it.

    7.19.13 Reply
  14. Michael @ Best Pocket Knife Tips:

    seems interesting on bronzer, will get it and try it on then…

    11.27.13 Reply