Summer is officially here. We had some gorgeous weather over the weekend and Mr. P&P and I got outside and made the most of it. Brunch on a lilac petal littered patio, strolls by the river, a summery cocktail or three, and a good old soft serve vanilla ice-cream. Divine. I thought I’d share a round up of some of the products I reach for most in the summer months to help overhaul your warm weather routine. This is going to be a long post so you might want to grab a cool drink. Let’s dig in to my summer beauty essentials!
Skincare and SPF
In the winter I don’t generally feel the need to bother with facial sprays, but come the warmer months I am all over them. I’m currently using this Toleriane Ultra 8 hydrating spay from La Roche-Posay. I picked it up at Shopper’s Drug Mart and I’m enjoying it. The mist is fairly fine and it feels like a real hit of moisture on the face. It’s also nice throughout the day if you want to freshen your make-up.
SPF is arguably the most important summer beauty essential there is. My SPF of choice is The Coola Classic Face Sport SPF 50. I got this in a Fit Fab Fun box and I love it. It’s light weight and completely non-greasy. I took it to Mexico in January and it was great.
Bronzer, Contour, and Highlighter
I’ve only begun wearing bronzer semi-recently, but I love the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. It’s not at all orangey, and there isn’t a lot of kick back when you swirl your brush in the product. It’s also lovely as an eye shadow. Oh, and it’s chocolate scented! I have the shade milk chocolate, which is the lightest. The Butter Bronzers from Physcian’s Formula are also lovely if you want a drugstore option.
When I’m not in the mood for a powder, I reach for this little palette from Tarte. I received the Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette in the same Fab Fit Fun box as the SPF. At first I was annoyed that I got this palette instead of the eye-shadows that were the other option, but since using it I’ve come to like it. I’m not a big contour girl, a Kardashain I am most definitely not, but the cream contour in this palette blends beautifully and I like using it to very subtly sculpt my cheekbones. I apply it with a finger and then blend it out with my Real Techniques Sponge (a great dupe for the Beauty Blender if you’re in the market for one).
I also like the highlight shades in this palette. I tend to go for the lighter ones on the top left in general, but the more golden shades are lovely with a bit of a tan. I just dabb a fluffy eyeshadow brush in the powder and dust it along the very top of my cheekbones.
This cream blush from lilah b. is gorgeous. I’ve got a separate post devoted to it coming up so I won’t go into a great amount of detail. The packaging is to die for and the product inside is just as good. I pat it on my cheeks with a finger and blend it out with my trusty sponge. It leaves me with a gorgeous peachy flush. I have the lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in the shade b true, a perfect mauve.
In the summer I don’t want anything too heavy on my lips. I’m happiest with a slick of gloss or a balm with a hint of colour. I got a sample size of the Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Balm in my last Sephora order and I’ve been sporting it pretty much every day since. I have the shade nude and it’s so pretty. The balm itself has a lovely texture and feels hydrating on the lips. It doesn’t last more than a couple hours, it is only a balm after all, but it’s perfect to toss in your handbag. The only note on this product is that the packaging is cardboard and a bit flimsy so you have to be a little precious with it. When my sample runs out I will definitely be purchasing the full size.
No summer beauty essentials post would be complete without a scent! On hot days a body spray is just the ticket for fragrance that’s not too heavy. The Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist has notes of caramel and pistachio and basically smells good enough to eat. It’s sweet without being sickly, and despite being fairly gourmand, it’s sunny and light. Divine.
What’s in your summer edit?