My Summer 2016 Necessities

Summer Necessities
Summer Necessities

I used to consider myself a fall girl but have since appreciated all that comes with the warmer seasons. I am a teacher, so I welcome summers and getting a break from the normal teaching routine. There’s something about brighter days, the shore, and lack of wool and layers that makes summer special. Cannot deny that! Here are some products I commonly use (or have started to use) this summer!

SPF Products

I’m not necessarily pale nor do I burn easily, but I like to lower my cancer risks, premature wrinkles, and sun spots when I can. Is it annoying to apply sunscreen? For me, yes. And I absolutely get lazy or forget to put it on especially if I’m in a rush and trying to get out the door. I am not perfect about sun protection each time I step out, but I try when I can.

SPF products
SPF Products

For sunblock, I’ve been using Banana Boat Sport.  I like a higher SPF and this is sweat-proof. Though a little thick when applying, it does the job and feels comfortable.  I have used Neutrogena, another brand I like for sunscreen that isn’t as thick, just more expensive for less product.

Mosquitoes tend to love me, so bug sprays with SPF (I love 2-in-1s) like  Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard have come in handy. Depending on the situation, I’ll either use this or the Banana Boat sunblock.

Blistex with SPF, which I found in Target’s travel section, might be one of my favorite newer products. It’s tasteless when it’s applied (there are definitely ones that I can taste and it’s a turn-off), and it really does smell like raspberry lemonade. Fun!

So apparently the E.L.F. sunscreen powder is discontinued, but hear me out-SPF powders are nice because you can apply them anytime over makeup. This particular container can get a little messy and I apply mine with a travel kabuki brush which can be a little cumbersome, but it was $6.00 so I really can’t complain. To my knowledge, products with SPF need to be reapplied after two hours, give or take. I used to use facial moisturizers with SPF, but reapplying lotion over makeup is not happening.  Though this product is no longer available on the E.L.F. site, there are other (even less messy) sunscreen powders available. On the drugstore end, I have seen Physician’s Formula compact powders with SPF. If you want to go higher-end, Peter Thomas Roth has SPF powder which I’ve seen for $30.

Fragrance and Moisturizing

Soap and Glory, Hermes
Soap and Glory, Hermes

When I feel like moisturizing in the summer, I don’t typically go for body butters since they’re a little thick, but I like The Righteous Butter by Soap and Glory. The citrus-sugary scent always feels right this time of year and I like how it makes my skin feel.

I picked a sample of the Hermes perfume Le Jardin de Monsieur Li  while placing an order at Ulta a few months back and have loved using it over and over again this season. I’m not an expert at naming perfume notes, but this has a citrus, slightly sweet and fresh scent (seems like I have a thing for this type of scent!). I’ll probably switch over to something else in the fall, but this has been my perfect fragrance for this summer.

Nails and Lips

Pool Party by China Glaze
Pool Party by China Glaze

I get little crazy when it comes to nail polish shades and have been on the hunt for a bright fluorescent orange/red nail polish. I found this shade in Pool Party by China Glaze. It can come off looking bright coral depending on your skin tone or the lighting. This shade is not for the faint of heart and I’m pretty sure you can see it from space, but I love that!  The formula can be a little streaky, so you will need three coats. Also, florescent polish like this does tend to dry to a matte finish, so you will need a top coat to add shine. I love this color, even with all of the extra coats!

Maybelline Coral Crush, Revlon Nude Lustre
Maybelline Coral Crush, Revlon Nude Lustre

When I want to amp up the lips, I love a bright shade like Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Coral Crush. When I want to do a nude gloss, I unearthed Revlon’s Super Lustrous gloss in Nude Lustre (now a discontinued shade) from my collection. They probably have a replacement shade or something similar, but what I love is the formula! These glosses are smooth and feel very comfortable on my lips, and no obnoxious scent. I have other shades in this line and highly recommend these glosses.

Miscellaneous

Kate Spade wristlet, InStyle magazine, mirrored sunglasses
Kate Spade wristlet, InStyle magazine, mirrored sunglasses

Since my son was born in 2014, I have been using wristlets instead of a traditional wallet. I like them as almost mini-purses that I can grab by the strap and find them easier to throw in a diaper bag and pull out and use on its own if needed. This one is a teal Kate Spade Newbury Lane Lolly wristlet purchased last year and I find it versatile- great for a night out,  a beach wedding, or any time at all.

I don’t get to read magazines often, but this summer I had the opportunity to crack one open while on the beach. At this point, any magazine is fun to read, but I really like InStyle. Magazines are a quick getaway for me and I love seeing what’s current in style and of course, beauty products.

Futuristic mirrored sunglasses drew my attention this year so I had to get a pair. While I tend to stick to my black and brown sunnies, I felt compelled to go brighter. I love the rose gold tint and cat-eye shape. I have been reaching for this pair from Amazon all summer long.

Ice Breakers
Ice Breakers

The last thing on my summer essentials list isn’t necessarily just for summer- Ice Breakers Duo in Strawberry, my new favorite mints. I love that this is half-mint, half-fruity, so you get the best of both worlds. Not a supremely intense mint, so if you like something lighter and almost like candy, you might like these!

Hope you enjoyed reading about some of my summer essentials!

What products have you been reaching for the most  this summer?

Punta Cana
My legs in Punta Cana

~Jen 

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