Happy Memorial Day! It’s official: Summer is almost here. I was reading my June ’14 copy of Vogue (which was delivered unusually early) when I spotted the ideal Summer Beauty picture: a fresh-faced, minimal makeup, glowing skin, and nude/soft pastel nails. I gathered a few of my Early Summer Beauty Essentials, and then I proceeded with compiling my Summer Wishlist…
Deodorant – Soapwalla. Soapwalla has been one of the most effective deodorants for me, and in Summer I need a little extra strength in my deo’ to prevent bad odors. It does not have a very strong scent, but smells fresh and keeps me from smelling bad all day long.
Body Oil – Kahina Fez Body Oil*. I have quite a few body oils, but I do like to reach for something a little more exotic-scented during Summer. Kahina Fez is quite spicy and warm and adds a subtle glow to the skin.
Foot Cream – Weleda Skin Food. I call it my overnight pedicure. When I don’t have time to re-apply my nail polish and I should really do my pedi, I just apply Skin Food on my feet before going to bed, put on some socks, and I wake up with pretty-looking feet. It is so intensively moisturizing that it makes the cuticles almost disappear. Also, it smells amazing (huge side-benefit for feet).
Nude/Soft Pastel Nail Laquer – Zoya Gaia. In Summer I tend to wear pastels and nudes even more than bright colors. Zoya Gaia is a beautiful, sheer white with subtle golden shimmer. I like it both for mani and pedi to get a clean nail look.
Tinted Moisturizer with SPF – 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer*. The formula is light and moisturizing and provides an SPF of 20. It is quite sheer but it evens out the skin tone nicely. I could not wear anything heavier than this in hot, humid weather!
Bronzer – Kjaer Weis Desired Glow. I love using bronzers to slightly enhance my tan or mimic a natural tan. Desired Glow is not only the perfect shade to look like I just spent the weekend at the beach, it also has a lovely non-greasy, but luminous formula. I also use it on my lips to get a warm nude shade. Effortless pretty.
Eyelash Curler – Shiseido. Even when I keep my makeup minimal, I always curl my lashes. Actually, I curl my lashes even when I am not wearing any makeup at all. It is such an important step to look more awake and fresh. Shiseido fits my eye shape perfectly and gives a pretty dramatic curl. It is also well-made and sturdy. I have had mine for about two years and it still looking practically new!
What are some of your Summer Essentials? What should I add to my Summer Beauty Wishlist?