Summer Beauty Breakdown

Summer is right around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited. What’s better than a season full of bronzy skin, messy hair and fun nights? I thought I would make a post about all the things that scream summer to me!

The Facial Spray

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir $18.00-$49.00

I have been loving facial sprays lately. So many people rave about this product from this French beauty line, and I can see why. The best face sprays can be used at all times, under and over make up. I love a spray that refreshes my make up midday without making it look greasy or melted. This brand is pretty pricey, but you can purchase a smaller, cheaper to go bottle to try it out first before you commit to the 50 buck beast. There are so cheaper options out there also, but I really think sprays will be my go to summer face item, because they are so fresh and easy.

The Waterproof Mascara

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara $23.00

I rarely wear waterproof mascara because I am lazy and hate taking it off and tugging at my eyes, but when you spend your days in the Alabama heat, you sometimes need it. Summers in Bama are hot, humid and often rainy, so a mascara that won’t run down my face in an instant is something I need. Summer is all about effortless make up looks, and mascara is such a transforming part of make up to me, so invest in a good one.

The Luxury Sunscreen

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Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint SPF 50 $44.00

I have just recently seen people talking about this tinted sunscreen, and I need to get my hands on it. Sunscreens tend to make me look greasy, especially under my makeup, so I am always hesitant to buy tinted ones, but this product is supposed to be different. It dries very quickly on the skin and almost looks like a powder, so no unwanted dewiness. I used to love baking in the sun, but now I want to take better care of my skin so I really want to over do it with the sunscreen this summer.

The Multi-Purpose Stain

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Becca Beach Tint $25.00

What is more effortless than a multi-purpose tint for the cheeks and lips? The Becca Beach Tint line is so underappreciated to me, maybe because they live in the shadow of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors. I love using tints on my cheeks, especially when I want my flush to lash all day or night. These are also great for the lips, because they leave a transfer proof stain without drying out the lips. These are so easy to throw in your purse for touch ups throughout the day!

The Body Oil

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Fresh Sugar Ultra-Nourishing Body Oil $48.00

Your skin is the largest organ, and summer should be all about keeping it pampered and happy. My skin is always very dry in the summer, especially when I go to the beach or sit out in the sun, so a body oil is the perfect indulgence. There are plenty of inexpensive ones from the drugstore, but I love anything from Fresh. All of their products are so light and hydrating, and they work great on my sensitive skin.

The Coral Nail

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YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Corail Colisee $28.00

When I am desperately trying to appear more tan, I always look for a pop of color on my nails to help me out. I love corals that lean a little bit more red, they make my skin look bronzed and give such a great look, especially with gold jewelry. In the summer I prefer to get a gel manicure, because if I find myself at the beach or swimming, I want my polish to stay perfect and un-chipped as long as possible. Every brand has it’s own play on this color, I just though this packaging and color were so stunning together. I have a few high end nail polishes, and I don’t see them outperforming my drugstores one very drastically.

The Texture Spray

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Ouai Wave Spray $26.00

Now onto my favorite part of summer: beach hair! There is nothing sexier than having effortless waves lightened by the sun and salt water. I have very straight heavy hair, so I have a lot of trouble finding the right texture product to give me my desired look, but I have heard amazing things about this new brand Ouai. If you are something with natural waves, I am eternally envious. But if you are like me and need to fake it, pick up a beach spray like this one.

The Fresh Scent

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Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ Beach Walk Perfume $25.00-$125.00

The smell of summer to me is salty air and sunscreen, with a bit of floral and piña colada. I love scents that are fresh and light, nothing too sweet or deep. It is really hard to hit the perfect mark with scents like this, because it is so easy to over do one aspect of it, but if you find a scent that you love and reminds you of summer, snatch it up!

The Hydrating Mask

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Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask $7.50

I have been loving sheet masks recently, they are so hydrating and relaxing. I have gotten a few in different subscription boxes, and have tried a few cheap ones from Korea. The sheet mask is a staple in Asian skincare, and they know exactly what they are doing when it comes to smooth, young skin. If you spent all day out in the sun and your skin is super thirsty, throw on one of these masks for 15 minutes, then be amazed at how silky soft your cheeks feel!

The Quick Tan

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St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil $40.00

Is there anything better than feeling tan and glowy? Save yourself from the harmful UV rays and opt instead for a self tan dry oil like this one. I love St. Tropez for tanning products, they go on super easy and don’t look streaky or orange. This gives the body a nice healthy glow with some shimmer without looking too crazy. I like self tanners that last a little over a week, because if I mess up it doesn’t last forever, and this product is supposed to last about 10 days.

Let me know your favorite summer beauty essentials! Thanks for reading!!

Glowingly yours,



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