Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Summer Essentials

Happy 4th of July everyone! I'm sure none of you guys know this but I'm not yet a U.S. citizen. However, my family is still celebrating with fireworks and a cookout so I do need the help of my summer essentials to look fabulous while I munch on watermelon.

Aussie Sydney Smooth Tizz No Frizz Gel: For all you curly haired gals out there, you know how difficult it is to tame your mane. Now add the heavy summer air and the situation gets ten times more problematic. My haircare is tedious all year round but during the summer I turn to Aussie's Tizz No Frizz Gel to ensure that my curls stay bouncy and shiny. I just separate my hair in half and rub a bit of the gel between my palms and apply it to my hair. That keeps the frizz and afro at bay.

China Glaze Polish in 'For Audrey': Any bright mint/baby blue nail polish is a must in my book. This is my favorite color of polish that China Glaze sells and I tend to wear it quite often during the summer.

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer: Due the fact that I'm taking summer classes, I do not have much time to enjoy the sun. To add some color to my skin, I use Jergens' Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer in Medium to Tan. I use this about once a week on my arms and legs. As it goes with self-tanning products, you have to be careful. I wash my hands immediately after application but I still have had some complications [my feet were a bit orange and spotty]. That problem excluded, it does make my legs look fantastic.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: I mentioned this bronzer in my May Favorites and I still haven't stopped using it. I have the mini version from Sephora's Sun Safety Kit and it is honestly the perfect bronzer for contouring. It is matte and smells like sugar. Yum!

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation: Revlon has really been impressing me with their foundations this past year. The Nearly Naked foundation is light and dewy, ideal for warm weather. They have a wide color selection and the foundation contains SPF 20. If the foundation had a pump, I would never use anything else.

Trader Johann's Lip Balm Virtuoso: You can't forget your lips when it comes to protecting yourself from the sun! This lip balm from Trader Joe's contains SPF 15 and moisturizes your lips. In addition, it is spearmint and is 50% organic.

NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray: In order to keep your makeup in place and to ensure you don't sweat off your patriotic, 4th of July makeup look, a setting spray is a must. I recently chose to take a break from my typical Urban Decay Setting Spray and started using the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray. If you want to see a comparison of the two, I wrote a post on it here.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer: This is another beauty I received in Sephora's latest Sun Safety Kit. It smells absolutely divine of sunscreen but better. I use this everyday before applying my makeup. It contains SPF 40 and I know I'm going to be wanting to repurchase it when I run out.

What are your summer essentials?


  1. I like the nail polish! the colour is beautiful!
    loved this post ♥

    heey, I nominated you for the liebster award, take a look at my latest post!:)

  2. Love your post! Definitely going to try out the no frizz gel xx

  3. I've been using Jergen's a lot lately as well!

    Nature With Nurture

  4. My hair has been a frizz ball for this entire week... I should really try the gel because I was impressed with the 3 minute miracle conditioner.

    Laila | Lastest Post

  5. The NYX spray looks awesome. Cool product and great faves.

  6. Great post! Looks like awesome productts.

  7. That nail polish is so pretty! I also love bright and pastel nails for summer.


  8. I am now on the hunt for that China Glaze polish! I'm dying over how beautiful that blue is! The perfect tropical water colour!

  9. Loved reading this - the nailpolish is so pretty just my kind of colour!

    Christina xx

  10. Oh wow that polish is the most gorgeous summer colour, especially for wearing flipflops! xx

    Gemma | ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  11. I love the colour of your nail polish, it's beautiful! I'm also eager to try a setting spray, I've never tried one before.

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!

    Jo x

  12. Nearly Naked is something I always wanted to try but I am so scared that I may break out since my skin hasn't been liking me lately.
    Lovly post!!

  13. The China Glaze nail polish color looks beautiful!

  14. Love China Glaze's For Audrey! I'm such a suck for Tiffany blue.

  15. I was interested in trying that Revlon foundation, looked great!

    -Maddy @


Thank you for all your lovely comments! xxx