Summertime is upon us and with it come the sunny days, beach getaways, melting makeup, and frizzy hair. To help you avoid these beauty fails this summer, I wanted to share with you my tried and true summer beauty essentials – from the perfect CC cream, to lip-gloss that won’t stick.
1. CHANEL CC Cream with SPF
Once summer rolls around, I try not to wear foundation too often. Mostly, because I don’t want to look like a cakey mess by the time that patio brunch is over, but also, because I may or may not be too lazy to do it every day. CHANEL to the rescue! The brand’s CC Cream is everything your skin needs and more – it has perfectly lightweight, but buildable coverage, SPF 30 & 50, moisturizing and correcting benefits, anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties…and it works!
2. Schwarzkopf BLONDME Colour Correction Spray Conditioner
If you’re a platinum blonde, grey haired maven, or just a cool blonde who hates the yellow tones, sunshine is likely your worst enemy. Blonde hair tends to take on more warm hues in the summer simply due to sun exposure, but this little miracle spray by Schawrzkopf helps keep those yellow tones away. It doesn’t work as well as toning at a salon, but it does help extend my colour and protect my tresses from the sun. It is also very lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down. If you need even more toning, the rest of the BLONDME line is also very good. I particularly loved their highly-pigmented purple shampoo and Keratin Restore mask.
3. Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Fix
Speaking of summer hair…I know I’m not the only one whose hair turns into a frizzball on those balmy days. Well, Redken’s new Frizz Dismiss line offers the first-ever Frizz Protection Factor (FPF) with 4 levels of smoothing and humidity protection for all hair types—from fine to coarse. “Frizz Dismiss offers heat and humidity protection with a sulfate-free, sodium chloride-free cleansing system. It is safe for chemically straightened hair. Frizz Protection Factor (FPF), the first-ever professional scale, allows you to choose the protection you need based on hair type and humidity level.” And while the lavender oil-infused fly-away fix sheets offer the lowest FPF, they are very handy for travel and on-the-go. Just grab a sheet, run it through frizzy hair and voila – static and fly-aways eliminated. If you live in a particularly humid area, or have coarse hair, go for a higher FPF product like Frizz Dismiss FPF 40 Rebel Tame leave-in smoothing control cream or Frizz Dismiss FPF 30 Instant Deflate leave-in smoothing serum.
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4. Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss
There’s something about a fresh face with a dab of lip gloss that screams summertime to me. But what keeps me from wearing lip gloss more often is the sticky feel of most formulas…where with even a minor breeze, my hair ends up sticking to my lips, creating a mess and making me regret ever cheating on my lipstick. Not so with Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss – it goes on smooth, really moisturizes my lips, and is not sticky at all. One thing I miss about the lip gloss version of Baby Lips is the SPF…so I apply the original Baby Lips balm before a swipe of gloss on top for a perfectly summery look.
5. Moroccanoil Body Buff Fleur de Rose
Ever since I first got introduced to Moroccanoil Body products, I’ve been obsessed! From the gently exfoliating body scrub infused with rose petals to the luxurious body souffle that transforms skin into supple perfection, these goodies will pamper your skin, while looking great on your vanity. And while these products are available in the original Moroccanoil scent as well as Fleur D’Oranger, I do have a soft spot for the delicate rose scent. It reminds me of my childhood and the abundant rose bushes at our country house. But back to the body buff – I love that it’s quite gentle, yet effective – it exfoliates those dead skin cells, while the argan oil blended with sesame, grape seed, avocado and sweet almond oils help nourish skin with intense moisture, leaving it looking radiant and summer-ready.
6. Vichy Purete Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution
I’ve already mentioned my super sensitive/reactive skin. I have to be very careful about the products I put on my face, but this Vichy cleansing lotion is truly a lifesaver. It’s a 3-in-1 cleansing water, soothing toner, and eye-makeup remover, that contains no alcohol, is soap-free, colorant-free, and non-comedogenic. It feels like water on my face, and doesn’t leave any residue after I am done cleansing my face. It’s gentle and has not caused breakouts or irritations. It doesn’t remove eye-makeup in one swipe, but after a bit of gentle rubbing, my mascara and liner do come off completely. After a long day in the sun, this is exactly what I need to take the day’s worth of grime, makeup, and SPF off my face.
So there you have it, a few of my fave beauty products for hot summer days. Have you used any of these? Share your faves in the comments.