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Summer Beauty Must Haves

Happy Tuesday friends, so sorry my post didn’t go up yesterday! We had a really busy weekend and sometimes I just don’t get around to getting everything done on time. But, it’s up now and that’s all that matters! 

It’s that time of year again, the cold days slowly disappear and we start wearing less and less layers, and then before we know it it’s Summer time. I love Summer time but just like any season, there are certain things we have to take into consideration when it comes to our skin and hair. In the Winter we use different products for different reasons, well, Summer is no exception. I wanted to share with you some of the items I’m loving for Summer. For me, it’s felt like Summer for the past month or so, so I started testing stuff out about a month and a half ago. Some of these products are things I use all year, and some are seasonal. Also, some of them are repeat buys where as some of them are products I’ve just purchased for the first time, but they were so good I wanted to share. I will try not to make this post too long, but I do want to share some details with you all so you know what type of product you’re getting. I will link everything at the bottom of my post, but let’s get started.

1. Self Tanners! I don’t know about you, but there is nothing worse than wanting to wear an adorable pair of shorts or a fun Summer dress, only to realize how pale you actually are. I used to tan in a tanning bed (insert all the bad emojis here) I know- it’s so bad for your skin. I only did this periodically while in college, and then soon after realized how horrible it is for your skin. I spent a good year or so being pretty pale before I discovered the world of self tanners. I’ve tried the cheap ones, the expensive ones, the ones you get done at salons, etc. I’ve narrowed it down to three that I love, and I will tell you why I love each of them. Let’s start out with Loving Tan. This is the first self tanner I purchased when I started my search, and I have to say I have been loving it ever since. This is one of the items I have repurchased multiple times. It is a mousse consistency and is very easy to apply. You have to purchase the applicator mitt as well so applying is simple. The mousse is an all natural aloe based mousse that has a great smell. A lot of self tanners smell horrible in my opinion, and this one has a very faint smell that is great! It also comes in different shades so you can pick a shade that is best for your skin. It is a little bit on the pricier side, the mousse is $59 but lasts for a good two-three months depending on how often you apply. This product really goes on smooth and gives a great Summer color. Personally, I love the tan after the second day, so if I need to be somewhere in a few days, I’ll do the tan a few days prior and by that time it has faded to the perfect shade. I would say this is probably my favorite self tanner at the moment. The only downside is that it ships from Australia so if you don’t want to wait or need something quickly, I would suggest the next product.

2. Next is the St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse. This one is at a little bit lower of a price point and in my opinion does not work as well as the Loving Tan. However, it is much more accessible, sold in stores, and the applicator mitt for St. Tropez is much better than Loving Tan. There are definitely pros to both, it just depends what you want to spend and how you like to shop. St. Tropez is essentially the same as Loving Tan, it is a mousse consistency as well and is applied with an applicator mitt. One thing I do love about St. Tropez is you can shower after 3 hours, with Loving Tan it is closer to 6 hours. So if you’re looking for a quicker tan St. Tropez might be a better option for you. Even after you shower and rinse the excess mousse off, the product is still absorbing in your skin for up to 8 hours and continuing to tan you! I love that aspect of this product. Another pro to the St. Tropez self tanners, it fades really nicely. Some self tanners can get splotchy and look a bit crazy as they begin to fade, but St. Tropez really fades naturally and just kind of disappears. No horrible spots that are lighter in some areas and darker in others. Overall this is a really good product for the price and I love that I can run to ULTA to pick it up.

3. Last but not least is the St. Moriz self tanner. So this is the cheapest product of the three. Here is what I love about this product, it’s $12 and give you a great color. However, by the second or third day of this tan it has drastically faded. I think this is because it absorbs so fast into your skin that it doesn’t really have that gradual tan process. This is a product I would use if I needed to be tan within the next couple of hours, because it tans you SO fast. But by the second day your color will have drastically lightened. A couple positives though, it dries in 5 minutes, it does not leave any type of residue, and you can be at the pool in less than an hour after you apply! Like I said, this is great for a quick fix or if you’re just looking to be tan for a certain day. If you’re looking for more of a long term product that will keep you tan through out the week, I would check out the first two. However, the price on this one can’t be beat so I keep it around for days when I want some color and need it fast!

Moving on to hair products for the Summer! I’ve been using Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner for the past three months. I really wanted to use these for a while before sharing about them. I like to make sure I really like a product before sharing it with you all! These products are so fun because you get to fully customize them. All the way from the color, the scent, the name, etc. You fill out a profile and pick your problem areas or things you want to fix. This consists of selecting your hair type, hair structure, and scalp moisture, then selecting 5 hair goals. It sounds like a lot, but it’s not…it takes about 45 seconds! Whether it be oily hair, dry hair, frizzy hair, there are all different options. It is about $45 for a bottle of shampoo and conditioner together,  but it will last you a good month or more. I have a ton of hair and it is really thick and you do not need a ton of product, I put about five pumps in my palm and then put some water in my palm as well to help it lather, and that is plenty for my hair. So if you have shorter hair it may even last you longer. My top three reasons for continuing to buy these products as well as use them in the Summer are as follows 1. I chose a shampoo that would help with oil control, and I have really noticed a change with the amount of oils in my hair. 2. The smell is perfect for Summer and fully customizable so you can change it with the seasons. 3. Last but not least, this shampoo and conditioner are perfect for Summer because they do not leave any nasty build up or residue on your hair. They are made very well! The last thing I want when I’m heading out to the pool is to feel like my hair has a ton of build up or product on it, and this duo will leave your hair feeling SO fresh! I cannot link their products because they are customized to you, but you can get to their website by clicking here.

Okay two more must have hair products for Summer! One of these is a product I’ve been using off and on since high-school and I just LOVE it. I’m a huge fan of tousled and messy waves in the Summer. Whether you’re at the beach or just want a beachy look for a hot Summer day, you need this product. “Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt” spray creates tousled waves and provides a light matte finish to your hair. It’s infused with natural dead sea salt and sea kelp for texture. This texturizing Sea Salt spray also contains aloe extract which protects your hair from the dry heat of Summer. Okay, I’m just going to say it because you have to know, this product smells so good you may want to use it as a body spray. Don’t actually do that, but it really does smell amazing! Did I mention it is under $10? I mean why wouldn’t you try this! Another reason I love this spray so much is because it gives you texture and movability in your hair without that nasty crunch we all hate. There’s nothing worse than a product that leaves your hair feeling stiff and crunchy, am I right? So for the price, and the smell alone, this product is a must for Summer. I use it after I get out of the shower, spray a few sprays, blow dry my hair a bit just to work the product in and then let it do it’s magic. It’s the best for a day at the beach or the pool and I can’t wait to start using it for Summer again.

Next is a new product that I’ve only been using for the past couple of weeks. I’m not a huge hair spray fan, primarily because it always leaves my hair feeling stiff. So, when I found this product that smelt like a day at the beach, and it didn’t leave my hair feeling stiff as a board, I knew I had to share it with you. It’s the MoroccanOil Luminous Hair Spray in Medium hold. This hair spray gives you the perfect amount of hold without making your hair feel heavy with product. Another reason I love this product for the hot Summer months is because it easily brushes or washes out. So if you apply this in the morning when you get ready and then end up at the pool later on, you won’t have to worry about any nasty residue coming off when you’re in the water. I would say it is definitely a light hold hair spray, so if you’re looking for something to keep everything exactly in place, this is not the one for that job. However, like I said, it’s great for a light finish and gives an amazing shine without leaving a nasty residue which is great for Summer when you just need a little extra hold.

Makeup on a hot Summer day, no way!  Maybe it’s just me, but when it’s 100 plus degrees the last thing I want is a ton of product on my skin. I get that sometimes we don’t have an option and have to wear makeup no matter what the temperature is, but if we’re going to wear it when it’s this hot it better be light weight and hold through out the day. I tested my new favorite foundation out this past weekend, and when it comes to holding and not budging this foundation has it down. I never wear face makeup at the pool or when I’ll be laying out, however this past weekend we ended up at a pool and I hadn’t planned to be laying out so I had my makeup on still. I figured that it would be a good time to test out just how light weight this foundation was, as well as how well it withstood heat and sweat. I have to say the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation really is amazing. I applied it at 8 a.m, did a photo shoot, layed out by the pool in 90 degree weather, and I still looked like I had medium-to full coverage on when I got home that evening. All this to say, this foundation is a great non moving foundation. I’m not one to wear a full face of makeup to the pool or out in the heat, but if you have to do something that requires that and are looking for a foundation that won’t budge, this one is for you!

Last but not least is the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil. This might be my favorite thing for Summer. We all know how a great day at the pool or beach leaves us with a nice glow, but that also comes with dried out skin. This stuff is seriously amazing. It makes your skin feel like a baby’s bottom, without being too oily. It is made of almond oils so it leaves your skin so moisturized and takes away any ashy feeling from all the time in the sun. I love this product for Summer because I would be at the pool all day every day if I could, so my skin needs all the extra oils and nourishment it can get in the heat of Summer.

I wish I had time to review every product I’m loving right now, but I don’t. So I will just link them all at the bottom for you. I’ll link a couple of the makeup products I’m loving as well as skincare items I use religiously. If you have any questions about any of the products please let me know! I would love to help or answer in any way I can.

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