Summertime Beauty Routine

Enjoying the glorious sunshine, splashing in the salty ocean waves? Diving into a crystal clear pool and jet-setting to exotic locales? It must be summertime! And all that summer fun can wreak havoc on your skin, hair and eye makeup. Don’t fret! I’m outlining some of the key players in my summertime beauty routine, complete with shopping links. 

First let’s start with cleansing and moisturizing: I use a few items from the Aveeno Positively Radiant line. I lather up with the skin brightening daily scrub to slough off dry skin cells after a day in the sun. It’s gentle but works really well! Afterwards, I slather on the daily moisturizer for light but effective hydration.

I have pretty balanced skin except for sunspots on my forehead- a big ole’ patch right down the middle. Seriously though, the girl at the salon tried to rub it off thinking it was hair dye the other day. I can’t make this stuff up! So, I recently picked up YesTo Grapefruit dark spot correcting serum, which seems to be working a bit. I am pretty sure they’re caused by hormones, so I might be fighting a losing battle.

Depending on my plans for the day, I will add CVS brand renewing BB cream (A Garnier dupe), and forgo foundation powder. Either one gives me a smooth even base.

Next up are my essentials: bronzing cream, which I use every other day, concealer and CC powder or foundation powder to smooth out my complexion, bronzing powder for a warm glow, cream blush for a soft rosiness and highlighter for brightness around my eyes. I then curl my lashes- how fun is this Revlon curler with the rhinestones?!

I’m not entirely sure that it works yet, but man is it pretty. Actually, I’ve used quite a few different eyelash curlers and I’m not sure any of them work. Even the fancy shcmancy Shu Uemura one! Maybe I’m doing it wrong? Can anyone help me with this?! haha

Nevertheless, I curl and curl, and then I add one of my favorite mascaras- Cover Girl Clump Crusher by lashblast. This formula and brush combo are true to the name, they banish clumps! I use CC prior to every other mascara to keep it from clumping up, it’s that good. Don’t forget to add a bright pop of lip color for a fun twist any day!

If my skin is feeling particularly dreary, I will add more highlighter (my miracle product) and use an under eye roller to wake me up! The Naked Basics palette from Urban Decay is my go to for everyday wear. It is so subtle, and the black shadow makes a great eyeliner. I finish off the look with a little cocoa butter swivel stick through my eyebrows to darken and tame them and Voilà! You’re ready for a casual day out and about, or in the office with Look #1!

Ready to be cas- look #1

Ready to be cas- look #1

Before we get into Look #2, I wanted to share a glimpse of how I store my makeup tubes, brushes and wands:

Isn't it pretty?!

Isn’t it pretty?!

I up-cycled some jam jars, and grabbed a bag of marbles and my brushes and tools were instantly organized and easy to grab! The rest of my products are stored in my desk drawer in plastic dividers.

For Look #2 I followed the same basic steps as I did above, but instead layered a cheek stain (Blushing Bride from tarte is my favorite) with a light pressed blush over it. I found this tip on a beauty site and have been a big fan ever since!


*Apply the cheek stain with a brush, blending from the apples of your cheeks up to the brow bone- the color should be very faint near your brow. Then pat and blend the powder brush over the cheek stain to set it. This will also make it look more matte and natural, perfect for summer.

Next I use a more colorful palette, with both neutral and shimmery colors, and a highlighter included (bottom left). I finish off this look by adding Benefit They’re Real mascara over the Clump Crusher, and a swipe of coral lip gloss. What do you think of Look #2?

A bit more glamour- Look #2

A bit more glamour- Look #2

A product I wanted to break out into it’s own category is eyeliner- it can really make or break your look! These are so many options out there, however do you decide which one to use?!

As you can see from the photo, I might have an unhealthy obsession with eyeliner- I swear, I just like variety!! 

I use the purple cream liner and brush for a little pop of fun, or the eyeliner pencils for lining my water line (check out the pin below for tips on this!).

I use the Benefit They’re Real Push- up liner for the perfect cat eye or the Blinc Ultra-thin liner for a more subtle look.

The type of liner I use really depends on the occasion and my mood- some days I want something more simple and subtle, but you usually won’t catch me leaving the house without it. Or concealer, they’re just my things, everyone’s got them!


Next let’s talk about hair- with all that summertime heat comes humidity (in NJ anyway!) and finding ways to control your mane has always been a struggle for me. I make regular appointments for trims and treatments, but I can never get enough help from products. Something it took me almost 21 years to learn- Hindsight really is 20/20! (I’m talking to you frizzed out super blonde Jamie of my youth)

Now my goal is to combat dryness and frizz at any cost. What I find works best is a color safe shampoo and deep-conditioner, followed by a spritz of CHI Keratin Mist. This protects my hair before blow drying, and helps me to comb out my wet hair so much easier. I recently started using oils on my skin and hair, and I love the Argan Oil Hair Serum from Josie Maran. The products I’ve used from her line so far are all amazing! This one blends right in without greasiness, and doesn’t leave a spec of residue on my hands. That’s how you know its good 😉

Next I’ll break out the blow drier, more on that below, and finish with a light hold anti-frizz hair spray and a triple nutrition shine spray. It’s looking like a I own a lot of Garnier Fructis products, you really don’t realize what brand you lean towards until you lay it all out like this!

I like to wash my hair once every 3 days to keep the damage to a minimum. I use Herbal Essences Naked dry shampoo on the days I don’t wash my locks- check out my reviews here.

I have tried tons of different models, but I find that using a good blow drier, with ion technology, and faster drying time, is essential. Combine that with a good round brush with a comfy handle and you’re golden! 

A good blow drier doesn’t have to cost a fortune either- the one I use is top rated, and comes in under $40! Seriously, stop reading and go buy this model now! OR head to Harmon’s with a coupon and get it for even less! The brushes are Conair also, snatch those while you’re there, because they don’t snag, and they’re pretty 😉

This is what Roxy did while I pampered! “I’m boredddddd”

Now onto skincare, I wanted to point out a few of my favorite products I’m using right now! These help me to keep my skin in top condition, avoid tanning in the sun for too long, and smell delightful!

I just picked up the olive oil hand cream on the left at my local nail salon after using the sample. It smells amazing, like rosemary and freshness, I will keep you posted on the results! I am a new fan of the güd by Burt’s Bees line. The pink grapefruit scent is so strong without being unnatural, its very fresh, and perfect for summer. Plus it’s called Red Ruby Groovy, so fun!

Up next is another Josie Maran Argan product, this time its a bronzing lotion. I use it on my arms and legs those weeks when I can’t spend any time sunbathing (slathered in sunscreen of course!). Last, but not least, is my fruity citrus body spray from Vickie’s- I do not like anything heavy in the summer and this is my go-to spray!

Now that we’re all pretty and fresh, what to do at bedtime? I wash off the days grime and build up with the MakeUp-BreakUp oil cleanser from Boscia. You rub some between your hands and apply to your dry face, massaging away all the gunk, and then rinse! I didn’t believe it at first but it really works and isn’t drying at all.

I then use Olay Regenerist night cream, a little dab of Roc retinol eye cream, and some more Josie Maran (light argan oil this time) on any dry patches. I scrub away with Fresh Sugar Lip Polish to keep my lips soft and supple. A quick brush of the pearly whites and its time for bed! Lots of beauty sleep helps me get ready to do it all over again tomorrow (isn’t being a girl fun?!).

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