Wednesday, July 20, 2016

From the archives | Summer Must Haves, Tips, & Tricks

Originally posted 7.28.15
 
Every Summer I always find myself reaching for the same products that are vacation must haves. Here's what gets me thru the warm Summer days and some tips & tricks for Summer survival!

It Cosmetics was nice enough to send me their CC Cream last Summer and it is perfection. It's an SPF 50 and the light formula is the perfect tan for my porcelain skin. It blends easy with just your fingers and really helps even everything out!

It's no secret that I am obsessed with nail polish and in the Summer I crave the bright and fun colors. Essie's Summer Collection is absolute perfection. I have 5 of the 6 colors and they are all super pigmented and opaque formulas. Shown is 'Private Weekend' and 'Saltwater Happy'. I also absolutely love the Marc Jacobs Beauty polishes and 'Shocking' is the perfect pink. I have it on my nails as I'm typing this. 

NYX Butter Glosses are the best lippies for Summer. The colors just pop and they're easy to apply on the go. Two of my fave colors are 'Peaches and Cream' and 'Apple Strudel'. 

Last but certainly not least, two products that are MUSTS if you hit the beach. The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun and the SPF are two holy grail products. The SPF has a 12 hour moisturizer ribboned and applying it makes you skin fill soft, smooth, and protected. But were Hawaiian Tropic really hit the mark was with the After Sun. This stuff smells too die and it cools down your skin after being out in the sun, but on top of that it gives you 24 moisturization! 

Now onto the Tips & Tricks to survive Summer. 

Trick: Apply your sunscreen while being naked. Okay, okay, I know that sounds strange and it is. But I swear by this tip. Here's why it works; without having your bathing suit on, you'll be able to really apply the lotion to all over your skin and won't have to worry about missing spots near the edges of your suit. Go ahead and try it next time you're hitting the beach or pool and thank me later. 

Tip: When on vacation, take a hair heat break! Every year, I bring my blow dryer and straightener with me and I don't even reach for them! (This year I used my straightener once to curl my hair after it had been blow dried two days before.) Your hair will be surviving the elements already, the sun, salt water, and pool water, it will need the vaca from other damaging things as well. Work with your hair's natural texture; for me, that's wearing it wavy with some mousse and hair spray. The braid has made a comeback and in a big way. It's a simple, pretty, and perfect Summer hairstyle. 

Trick: This trick is kinda silly, but I have to included it...CRUSHED ICE. Okay, I know you read that and said "Kayla, that's not a trick. It's a common thing for most people." My ice machine in my fridge has been on the fritz, but on vacation, the fridge there is brand new and makes crushed ice. To me, it makes the drinks colder and more fun. 

Tip: Read more! As a grown up, Summer really means the same thing as it does every other season, but if you're fortunate enough, you get to escape the office and head on a trip. If you don't have the funds or time to get the road to get away for a few days, pick up a book! Reading is a trip in it's self. It's no secret that I read A LOT. But I always try to maximize my reading in the Summer. It helps break up the routine of every day life. I read 3 and 1/2 books on vacation this year; Those Girls, I Take You, The Good Girl, and I'm finishing Grey now. (Reviews will be up soon, so keep an eye out!) 

Let me know what your must haves for Summer are, until next time. Laters, xo!