Summer always leads to a shake-up in my skin care routine and makeup choices. Not only does my face get more oily, and the rest of me gets really dry from the sun, the colors and application of my daily makeup changes as well.
My signature Apple Berry lipstick doesn’t work as often during the summer, when I trade in my dramatic liners and smoky eye looks for something a bit more natural & versatile- as you get more sun after a long winter your skin care and your coloring needs to make some adjustments!
Not only do I swap out my deep colors for the lighter shades, but I like to try new brands when the seasons change.
This summer, I’m giving Hard Candy a try. I wiped out my last mascara- so I am trying Hard Candy’s Lashaholic black mascara- and loved the applicator, it’s very flexible. I also gave the bronzer a try (perfect) and the cheek color (while a bit too orange for me) comes in the cutest box. I love experimenting with new brands!
I also swap out my signature black liquid eyeliner for a more neutral look- this year, I’m trying Stila’s Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Rock Candy (brown) paired with the Mary Kay eyeliner in Taupe.
Of course, there are the classics that never get swapped out: The Naked Palette from Urban Decay is one of the most popular palettes out there, for good reason- it’s so versatile! I also love to use a tanning lotion on my legs to catch up on the color- my fave for years being the Mary Kay Subtle Tanning Lotion
Before I head out for the day- I always try to exfoliate and moisturize so my skin doesn’t look dull or ashy. I’m in love with sugar scrubs. This Walnut Sugar Scrub from Bella Il Fiore (I’ve reviewed their stuff previously here) smells of peppermint and is perfect to prep your feet as we enjoy sandal season! I have such dry skin, I love to moisturize and exfoliate all in one step if I can help it… I’m obsessed with scrubs.
Of course, sun protection is key- I use SPF 30 (or higher) whenever I go to catch some sun. Ladies, do NOT SKIP ON THE SUNSCREEN I know it seems like a hassle…but just throw some sunscreen in your tote!
My dry skin annoys me… amplify that with sun exposure, water and warm temperatures. Coconut oil is by far the BEST moisturizer out there. I’ve tried natural oils for years- olive oil, cocoa butter and a few others, but in my experience, coconut oil is the best for summer moisturization.
Coconut oil is perfect for summer body care for two reasons: it smells heavenly for summer without overpowering perfume, plus it’s light enough to absorb quickly and doesn’t get greasy when applied.
I get a big jar of virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions (I actually had a giveaway a few months back) and half I use for cooking, the other half I put in a cute tupper for the bathroom. For about $30 you get a lot!
Betsey Johnson and I were in the same sorority (I say that like we actually knew each other..haha, but love you Alpha Xis!) and I adore her style.
I upgraded my makeup bag for the new season- to house my summer selections. I fell in love with this Betsey Johnson Makeup Bag from LA Style Rush to house my summer makeup & sunscreen for on-the-go touchups.
Oh, of course you’d love a Betsey Johnson Makeup Bag, wouldn’t you?
Well wouldn’t ya know- LA Style Rush is giving away $25 to spend at their shop (to buy this bag I’d assume? YES!) to one lucky reader! Head over to BeautifulGiveaways.com to enter!
So, what’s in your summer makeup bag?