My Summer Essentials

Hi, friends! Summer is in FULL SWING! The sun is hot, the drinks are cold, and my bag is filled with all the goodies pictured below! I have an array of skin care, beauty, & hair care essentials that are must-have for me during the summer! Keep reading to find out why I love these products, and shop these products on by screenshotting the image below & heading over to the LTK app or clicking on this link –

First up is the Coconut + Mint Cooling Mineral Mist by Little Barn Apothecary! I always remove my makeup & spritz my face with this cooling mist after a long day in the sun, or even just after doing household chores, like laundry. The scent is light & minty, which gives me a bit of a pick-me-up! It doesn’t make my skin feel sticky or tacky like some facial mists, either.

Next, I have been loving the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue! This tinted hydrating gel-cream is just like a tinted moisturizer with a little bit of a blur aspect. I love to put this on in the morning with my fingers or a beauty blender. It provides just the right amount of coverage, but still let’s my freckles peek through during the day!

I have been obsessed with the Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy. If you know me, you know I love all things Kopari! (They recently came out with a lubricant that I saw on LoveSweatFitness YouTube channel that I really want to try out, too!) This coconut oil-based lip gloss gives me an ultra-glossy sheen without the stickiness & provides moisture to my lips that lasts even after the gloss has worn off!

As far as hair care goes, I’ve been really digging the natural, beachy-waves look. Isn’t everybody right now, though? LOL. My hair naturally has a wave, but it’s wavier in certain areas than in others. I like to spritz my hair with the Ouai wave spray while it’s damp, allowing it to dry with a beachy-wave that isn’t crunchy, like back in the Aussie scrunch spray days! (RAISE YOUR HANDS IF YOU SCRUNCHED YOUR HAIR AND STRAIGHTENED YOUR BANGS!!)

The warm weather is notorious for drying out my feet and elbows, but I’ve been combatting that with the spicy-tropical scented Brazilian Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro! I love to lather on this thick & creamy moisturizer after a shower, making my skin soft & supple with no signs of dryness & cracking from the heat!

I’ve also become a pretty big fan of the Pacifica Leave Pretty anti-puff eye patches! These gel patches are so cooling and moisturizing to my undereye, reducing puffiness & lightening any shadowing or dark circles! Very affordable, too, which is always a plus!

A product that will ALWAYS be a favorite, but has been DISCONTINUED 😦 😦 is the Need-A-Margarita Refreshing Citrus Body Scrub by True Blue Spa! I used to buy this scrub at Bath & Body Works, but I hadn’t seen it around for a bit. They reduced their True Blue Spa line, but I didn’t think they would have possibly discontinued this scrub! I ended up grabbing some from an after-Christmas sale, but I’m almost out! I visited their website not long ago with intentions to order it online, but the product is no longer available. Me = heartbroken. If you know of a body scrub with a similar scent & consistency, LET A GIRL KNOW, because I am desperate to get my hands on some more of this stuff. Bath & Body Works, what is you doooooin’???

Now, SPF is an obvious MUST when you plan on being out in the sun for any length of time. I have really been digging the Coco-Mango sunscreen spray from Bare Republic! It’s SPF 30 formula is water resistant for up to 80 minutes! You can purchase this product at Target or Ulta (two of my favorite places!) I don’t recommend this spray to be used as an SPF for the face, as I don’t like putting scented products on my face really, so I try to use look for facial moisturizers or foundations that contain SPF, too.

If you know me pretty well, you probably know I’m not a sun-bunny. I like the beach, but unless I’ve organized a day at the river with friends, you won’t likely see me outside basking in all the suns rays. I’d rather be inside on my comfy couch, okay?! When I am outside, though, I keep my face covered with a floppy hat & sunglasses, on top of my SPF. I know what you’re thinking… face is probably white as a ghost compared to my body. I will say this – you aren’t wrong, BUT that’s where my love for Isle of Paradise tanning drops was born! I use the Medium self tanning drops, mixed with an unscented moisturizer. Usually, 4-5 drops gives me the perfect bronze glow without making my face look orange. I always make sure to SCRUB my hands afterward though, because I’ve ended up with orange palms more than once, and this stuff stays on super well. LOL

Finally, I love a light peachy-pink nail polish, like the one from Essie, pictured above. I used to be all about the neon colors for summer when I was younger, but as I’ve gotten older, I feel that a pretty peachy-pink looks so nice against bronze skin, know what I’m saying? Do you have a favorite polish that you stick to during the summer?

Thanks so much for checking out what I consider my must-have products for summer! Drop a comment below and tell me about your must haves or any products you think I ought to try!

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