Summer Essentials!

Hello lovelies!  Today I realized that summer officially begins on June 21!  So in honor of summer being right around the corner, here is my list of summer essentials which include a lot of waterproof and mattifying products to help my oily skin stay away from the oil-slick look.


A special shoutout to my blog-y buddy Makena at Makeup By Makena for collaborating with me on this post as well as the post on her blog with her summer essentials!  She’s a lovely blogger with great post ideas, and she’s so sweet!  She has great reviews of products that are actually helpful and informative without being boring at all!  You can click her link to check out her lovely blog and give her some love!


First I have some body lotion wipes from e.l.f. in the scent Vanilla Coconut.  These are great after a really hot day to just cool down and get a nice scent on my skin.  I always carry these with my to the beach especially when I’ll be covered in gross water and sand.  I think next I’d like to try the milk and honey scent because honey is one of my favorite things.


Next I have some different options for keeping my skin matte. First I use a mattifying gel moisturizer like the Olay Fresh Effects {DEW OVER}, this smells amazing and moisturizes so well but mattifys like a dream! I like to use my benefit license to blot as a primer and over my makeup with the help of oil blotting sheets. I have really oily skin and heat really adds to the shine, so I use these to really combat any shine (since they aren’t 100% 8 hour protection against oil, my skin has a super subtle glow to it!).  The oil blotting sheets I use are the e.l.f. ones and Clean and Clear to get rid of excess oil throughout the day.


I use the tarte clean slate poreless primer which really smooths my skin!  Next I like to use a light foundation with SPF like the BareMinerals BareSkin (in shade 02 in case you were wondering).  This has  SPF 20 which is a great start for SPF!  It comes in 20 shades which is amazing for getting the right undertone and shade!  This foundation is so light but is so easily buildable, it feels like nothing!  If my skin is having a particularly bad day, I use a waterproof concealer like the tarte Amazonian Clay waterproof 12-hour concealer (light).


As for hair, I like to use salt sprays to give me beachy waves all the time.  My two favorites are Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Spray and Harvey Prince Sea / Salt Hair Mist.  I love my waves being amped up with these sprays.  I got the Harvey Prince one in my May Birchbox so it’s the perfect size to take along with me while the Not Your Mother’s is more to keep at home.


For lips I like stains.  Of course I like a natural lip balm with SPF but I thought I’d show you my two favorite stains right now.  The first is theBalm stainiac in beauty queen which I got in this Birchbox.  It’s a beautiful pink shade and is similar to the other one I have which I got in my May Birchbox called Peripera Peri’s tint in Pink Juice.  It is very watery but I found that it did stain my lips.  If you want a lot of color go with the Peripera tint but if you want a sheer hue, go with theBalm.


Another must have is waterproof and long-wearing eye makeup.  My top waterproof mascara is Covergirl Lash Bloom because it is made to make your lashes soft which is an issue so many mascaras fail to address.  I also have one essence Stays No Matter What eye crayon in Cute Copper (unfortunately have been discontinued).  I recently got 3 Rimmel eye crayons, 1 Kate Moss and 2 Scandaleyes.  The Kate Moss in the shade Rose Gold, the Scandaleyes Waterproof eye shadow sticks in the shades trespassing taupe (matte taupe) and Bulletproof beige (shimmer light gold).

What are your summer essentials?  Leave a comment!


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  • Great haul! We bet the vanilla and coconut wipes smell heavenly. Bare Minerals has such flawless coverage. The perfect choice for a foundation. xox

    • Thanks! I really love bare minerals BareSkin foundation serum, it’s so light yet has such buildable coverage! xoxo

  • Thank you for sharing these great products, I’ve actually never heard of a mattifying gel moisturizer! It sounds perfect I must try it for myself. Great post x

    • I’m glad you liked it! There are so many great mattifying moisturizers, I’m sure you’ll find a good one! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

  • i know exactly what you mean about sticking to mattifying and waterproof products during summer… where I live its summer all year around and whenever i opt for a dewy look, my face looks completely melted off within 6 hours. ew. xx

    • Exactly! Because nothing works all day, I still look a bit glowy but not oily! Summer all year?! Sounds both fun but a bit tiring with the makeup routine! xoxo

  • Great essentials! I have seen that sea salt spray quite a bit lately! 🙂 xoxo

    • Yah, the little one was very popular in birchboxes and everyone seems to really like it! xoxo

  • Amazing post! I love all of these products and was so excited to read it! Thank you so much for this opportunity and I hope we can do another colab soon!

  • Love this! I have oily skin and was afraid to try that foundation because it said serum but maybe I should give it a chance!

    • Be careful if you have any sort of dry patches, it doesn’t mix. But if your skin is even and doesn’t have dry patches, I highly recommend! xoxo

  • I love the license to blot by benefit! It’s amazing!

    • I use it all the time, I thought it was going to be complete junk and it would just lift off my makeup before I tried it but really, it works so well! I’m so glad I got it! xoxo

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