Days are longer, the nights are warmer, and everyone seems to just be in a better mood- why? SUMMER IS HERE! I love summer months filled with BBQ's, pool time, and lots of dining al fresco.
What I don't love about summer- the heat, and how it makes my perfectly applied makeup slide right off my sweaty face. I also detest how brands try to bamboozle us with descriptive words like "glisten" and "glow" to describe our sweat ridden, melty-faces. Seriously, marketing departments all over the world- JUST-STOP-IT!
We, being the fabulous amazons that we are, love to look amazing in all environments- even during summer. Thankfully there are some no-BS products that can help keep us fresh throughout the summer months.
I like to keep it simple, basic, and fresh! Radiant, at least that's what I'm aiming for, skin, a subtle bronze for color, and a fab winged liner.
Let's start with makeup:
L'oreal True Match Lumi Foundation- $10.99: I've been using this foundation (with or without brushes, sponges, etc.) for YEARS! Seriously- the absolute best in drugstore buys! It has SPF 20 and is 40% pure water for all-day hydration. Antioxidants and Vitamins C and E for improved clarity and skin tone and Liquid Light Technology for an instant, luminous glow.
NYX Color Correcting Concealer- $11.99: This bad-boy seemed a little scary at first, I mean, c'mon...PURPLE AND GREEN?! In all seriousness, even though color correction is a big beauty trend right now, it really does make a difference when you want a radiant complexion all day, especially in the summer heat.
CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion- $7.99: Everyone knows it's not the "good ol' days" where you slather on some baby oil and roast our poor epidermis like a pig at a luau. Now we are much older...ahem...I mean, much wiser than we were back then, and know that when the suns and buns are out- so should the SPF.
NYX Setting Spray (Dewy Finish)- $7.99:Not only is this setting spray affordable, but it's lightweight, refreshing, and will keep your goop in place ALL DAY! I just got back from a wedding in Southern California, where it was 102 and we were dancing salsa ALL NIGHT! I was "glistening"...nope, I was sweating like a tart in church! Every time I went to the ladies room I brought my lil' bestie- my Fendi baguette, filled with touch up goodies- and not ONCE did I have to reapply! Miracles do happen people.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (Black)- $19: This will ALWAYS be in my arsenal, no matter what season. It makes doing a perfect winged liner easier than saying "Yes!" to more champagne...and trust me...that's EASY! Not only does this liner have super rich pigment, but it stays put no matter what the weather or your emotional condition. Sweaty salsa dancing, and happy wedding tears (yes, I love love) couldn't make my winged lids smudge one bit!
Maybelline Volume Express Waterproof Falsies (Blackest Black)- $5.99: I have a wide variety of mascaras for all sorts of occasions, and for summer- always waterproof. You never know when you'll be jumping into pools, the ocean, fountains...or just melting away in heat and humidity. Having the security of a waterproof mascara helps me sleep at night during the summer.
Now for Hair:
I love having my hair down, but some days it's just impossible to have down, looking good, and not trying to suffocate me with heat. I've always been self conscious about my ears, and how my face looks with my hair ALL the way up, so I love a good half-up do, as well as side swept looks.
Check out these fabulous, EASY to do, looks that are perfect for summer, and don't worry you don't have to use extensions to make these work- although Tashie TinksREALLY looks amazing in them! She's using Beauty works X Jen Atkins Santa Monica clip-ins for these looks.
Jen is the MASTER of fabulous and effortless looking tresses, and I'm so THRILLED that she just launched an amazing collaboration with my company Chloe+Isabel! Talk about getting all the She-E-O's in one room and crushing a product line- these badass entrepreneurs knocked it out of the park!
These are some of my fave pieces that help elevate a basic ponytail, side braid, or a summertime fave the topknot to new levels of chic.
The infamous Bun Cuff (yes you can wear it as a bracelet too!)- click to shop