Beauty Editor’s Tried and True Summer List
- Kypris Beauty Elixir II Healing Bouquet, $200.00
Too much sun exposure during the summer can cause major damage. Give your skin immediate relief with this fast-absorbing face oil packed with active ingredients such as free radical-quenching CoQ10, vitamin C ester and phytonutrients. Daily use of just a few drops will calm, soothe and restore your skin’s radiance.
- Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream, $42.00
Eye creams can often be a bit on the greasy side, but this one is anything but heavy. I feel comfortable not only applying it every night but also in the morning before heading out the door. And don’t let the lightweight formula fool you: it’s still intensely hydrating with Fresh’s signature Super 7 Complex blend that fights wrinkles, locks in moisture, boosts skin radiance and minimizes the signs of aging.
- AMOREPACIFIC Color Control Cushion Compact SPF 50+, $60
Not a BB cream, not a CC Cream, not your average foundation. A hydrating formula that includes green tea to brighten the skin, this lightweight compact with buildable coverage won’t produce a “caked-on” look and instead ensures a natural, flawless finish. Added SPF 50+ makes this one of my go-to products during the summer.
- Dr.Hauschka Volume Mascara, $30.00
All mascaras claim to give you more volume. Dr. Hauschka’s actually delivers on this promise — and can even boast an organic, all-natural formula that’s ophthalmologically and dermatologically tested. Beeswax, candelilla and rose wax coats each individual lash, giving you voluminous, curved lashes without any clumps. And with added extracts of black tea and neem, you’ll also be caring for the delicate skin around the eye. Find your perfect shade in either black, aubergine or pearl anthracite.
- Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Shampoo, $16.95
As someone with extremely dry hair, I’m also extremely picky when it comes to products. This coconut-oil infused shampoo is a godsend, making my hair softer and smoother with a sulfate- and paraben-free formula that’s also safe for colored hair.
- Whish Beauty Blue Agave Shave Cream, $20.00
Who wears short shorts? With summer officially in full gear, you’ll want to lather on this moisturizing shaving cream with organic shea butter to get your legs in tip-top shape. Organic green tea extract and coconut oil soothes, while organic jojoba seed oil adds even more nourishment.
- Lilah B. Bronzed Beauty b. sun-kissed, $42.00
Bronzer can be a tricky product. Use too little and you won’t see a difference; use too much and you’ll look like Oompa Loompa. With this two-toned bronzer, you’ll get that coveted sun-kissed glow. I like to apply the darker color to the hollows of my cheek, the outer corner of my forehead and to my jawline, before using the lighter shade as my highlighter. Works every time.
- Garden Apothecary Citrus Peel Bath Tea, $24.50
At the end of a long, stressful day, few things are better than a relaxing, hot bath. Make it even more luxurious with this all-natural bath tea. Epsom salts mixed with fragrant organic bitter orange peel, lemon powder, orange blossom oil and tangerine oil will calm and re-energize you. Like all Garden Apothecary products, this bath tea is handmade to order in small batches for freshness and quality.
- Mineral Fusion Eyeshadow Trio Rose Gold, $24.99
Rose gold isn’t just for jewelry; I also love the color for my eyes. For a natural look with a touch of radiance, I use the lighter shades, and for more dramatic results, I dab a bit of the darkest color on the outer corners of my eyes. Cruelty-free, hypoallergenic and packed with age-defying ingredients such as pomegranate, white tea and sea kelp make this a multi-tasking eyeshadow trio.
- Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture Nude No. 3, $18.00
Nail polishes change every season. My go-to color throughout the year that never seems to go out of style: nude. For long-lasting and chip-free nails, I use this Lauren B. Beauty polish, which dries quickly and achieves that glossy gel manicure look without harmful UV lights. Even better is that each formula is eco-and vegan-friendly and made right here in the USA.
- Amika Bombshell Blowout Thermal Brush, $100
Blow dry bars are popping up all over town but save yourself a trip and invest in this all-in-one brush to help you create that bombshell look at home. A thermal ceramic barrel emitting far-infrared heat, combined with an ionic generator, eliminates the need for a hair dryer, letting you easily curl or straighten your hair. The end result: shiny, frizz-free and healthy-looking locks.