Thursday, June 2, 2016


It is officially the start of summer in my book - June, July, those are some warm summer sun filled days to lay out on the beach or by the pool (well hopefully - I need to find the time to do that this summer! ;) I've rounded up some of my summer essentials for you today. THIS beach bag is like my number one at the moment for summer. It is a sturdy medium size straw tote and is perfect to stuff with your towel, sunscreen, and anything else you need for the beach. I found it at Saks off 5th and it's currently on sale for such a steal.....ahem... 70% off!! I just picked up these Espadrille wedges at the Nordstrom half yearly sale at 40% off - I linked them HERE - they are still available and on sale now! They are super comfortable and I love the little accent of leopard print :) The wedge itself isn't very high which I'm enjoying at the moment. A straw hat is a must have at the beach - I love having it with me to lay down and block the sun from my face. I've linked a few straw floppy hats HERE and HERE from the Nordstrom sale and then a few from Forever 21 HERE and HERE which is where I found the one in this post. 

With summer comes a tan and I like the tans I get from a bottle more than the tan I get from the sun (mostly because it is way safer for my skin!) I really enjoy Loving Tan two hour express in dark. I'm usually pretty pale and this stuff works like magic. It doesn't make you look orange or streaky - I apply it with a tanning mitt (I can do an in-depth post on my whole fake tanning routine soon). It is the most 'natural' looking tanning product I've tried. I also really am enjoying Jergens Natural Glow daily moisturizer in medium to tan. I use it as a daily moisturizer and I see a slight change of color in my skin. It makes me feel like I have a little bit of color! I don't enjoy the hint of 'fake tan' smell it gives off but its not too horrible that I can't use it. When I am out in the sun I always apply sunscreen! My dad always reminded me to put on sunscreen and it stuck - the thing is - he is right! You have got to protect your skin from the sun because it can cause you major harm. I always use at least a 30 SPF. I like Hawaiian Tropic - it smells tropical and reminds me of the beach. I also use Tarteguard on my face to protect my skin. I am trying to get into the habit of using this daily, not just when I plan on going and laying out in the sun! I know the sun effects your skin daily and anything I can do to prevent I will! ;) 

Some of my favorite summer makeup items are a bright pink lip and a golden glow on my cheeks. Anastasia's Glow Kit "That Glow" is stunnninggggly beautiful. I like to mix all of the highlighters together and dust them on my cheeks with a Morphe fan brush or Morphe M501 brush. Bubbly and dripping in gold are my favs from the palette. Two of my favorite bright pink lipsticks are MAC amplified lipstick in Impassioned (a bright hot pink) and NARS Audacious lipstick in Claudia (a little more blue toned). For summertime hair I love the beach waves look. THIS Redken product is the perfect texturizing spray for a beachy look (I'll do a full beachy hair post in the near future so you can see how it works!) PS you can purchase this beach spray at The Best Little Hair House in Simi Valley as well. 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Happy Summer Days!