I’ve really fine tuned my beauty routine over the years. I’ve been able to narrow down which items I keep on my vanity at all times which is great because everything is so easy to see and access. It’s even better for the summer – especially with so many short weekend trips, because then I don’t have to bring a boatload of products with me!
I wanted to share some of my current favorite summer beauty items (which are also my go-to year round products!) with you. I’m a believer in less is more for everything in my life. When it comes to skincare it’s always nice when you can stick to a few products that actually work – and work WELL at that.
I’ve tested my fair share of face masks since starting this blog, and have been both pleasantly surprised and majorly disappointed in several of them. So I decided to step it up and try out the patches from SiO Beauty. Their EyeLift patches really wowed me and helped fill in the fine lines around my eyes overnight (hello 30). I definitely wasn’t as diligent about applying sunscreen and protecting my skin from the sun in my 20s and I am paying for it now. These eye patches are made of medical grade silicone (aka they mean business!) and they’re reusable up to 15x which I LOVE (more bang for your buck.) They’re not gooey, wet or messy like many of the other masks I’ve tried – so they don’t slip down your face. They comfortably hug the skin and provide deep hydration to help promote the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture, leaving the skin smooth, hydrated and firm! I love that I can sleep with them on, and even wear them for a few hours while I’m at home unwinding.
Another skincare product I adore is one I’ve raved about on Stories – and has a cult following for a reason. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is full of incredible, pure ingredients that make it safe to use when pregnant and give you that effortless glow. I notice I get fewer breakouts when I use it (must be the essential oil blend), and tons of compliments on my skin. I rub a nickel size drop in my palm at night to heat up the serum, and pat it into my skin, and around the patches if I’m wearing the SiO EyeLift that night. My pores are smaller the next day, and everything is smooth and clear.
You may remember My Favorite Face Oils post from a few months ago where I tested 10+ different oils and reviewed them all. Well, I have to update the post now because this Goop face oil beats them all! I recently got a sample from my intern and she converted me. The smell is heavenly and natural, the texture is perfect, and the way it just sinks into your skin makes it ideal for applying pre-makeup in the morning.
For a gorgeous bronze cheekbone – try the Bobbi Brown bronzer in Bali Brown. It’s been my go-to for 10+ years, goes on so well and looks so natural. For a light, clear coverage get the Giorgio Armani foundation. It’s not super thick so it’s great for everyday, and can be applied using your hands. It blends into your skin effortlessly and doesn’t clog pores. For those wondering, I wear shade 6.5.
I have gotten down to washing my hair 2 times a week. I find that it looks better a little messy and gives me more volume this way! In order to keep it looking fresh I swear by R&Co dry shampoo, vegan and cruelty free powder. The spray is great too, but the powder is AMAZING for summer travels.
I rarely wear perfume in the summer, but when I do I love this Florence based brand that I found in a shop on Abbot Kinney called; Vanilla del Madagascar. I also bought the Amber scent and they mix beautifully together! I couldn’t find the perfume online for purchase, but this is their site. If you’re in NYC, Only Hearts in Nolita also carries their perfume!
Shop all of my summer beauty must haves below!