Summer Beauty Favorites + A Giveaway

Summer Beauty Favorites 2016

Summer is here, and your skin and hair are ready to celebrate like the rest of you!  And I want to give you another reason to celebrate.  These are my favorite beauty finds for this glorious season of sun, long days, and warm nights.  And read on for information on the special giveaway of one of my favorite products!

First up is a delicious body cream with a smell that keeps me coming back for more.  Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream feels and smells like heaven.  It helps your skin feel incredibly soft and smell like some kind of tropical wonderland.  Yum.

I love a good highlighter, and Glossier’s is my favorite right now.  It goes on super easily and feels moisturizing and dewy.  And it’s infused with real rose quartz crystals, which seems like exactly what your face would dream of putting on itself, given the chance.

Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer gives a glowy lightweight coverage that says summer.  I love it and love that it does so many things– it’s a moisturizer, illuminizer, sunscreen (it has SPF 20), and lightweight foundation.  All in one step.

Coola Tropical Coconut Sunscreen Spray is a clear sunscreen spray (SPF 30) with over 70% organic ingredients that smells divine.  I don’t know about you, but I love coconut.  And this sunscreen smells good enough to eat.

This new palette from Becca x Jaclyn Hill is perfect for summer.  It’s got everything you need to get your skin glowing– blushes, bronzer, and highlighters.  And the names of each part of the palette is perfectly summery– from Rosé Spritz to Champagne Pop.  And I will be giving one away to one of my lucky readers.  See below for details.*

In the summer, I give up my blow-dry routine and just let me hair be its natural wavy self.  Bumble & Bumble’s Don’t Blow It product is exactly what it needs to air-dry perfectly (and with a lovely, fresh beach-friendly scent).

My favorite perfume, Diptyque’s Eau Rose, comes in a purse-friendly size, which stows away in any beach or travel bag for whenever you need it.  I cannot get enough of this scent– it’s rosy and floral-y, but also subtle and fresh.  I swear I smell lemonade in there too!

I like to narrow down my summer routine to as few products as possible, and this next one has really been game-changing!  Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water cloths have made taking off my makeup literally as easy as (short of a magic want), and they are moisturizing, so you don’t feel stripped down and dry afterwards.  In fact, I had them with me recently while traveling and also happened to forget my moisturizer.  Even though I tend to have dry skin, my face felt perfectly moisturized after cleaning with these wipes.  That felt like a literal miracle.  If you were only going to buy one product from this line-up, I’d recommend this one!

Glossier’s lip balms are on another level (and can be used as a skin salve all over your body), and in summer their coconut flavor is my absolute favorite (are you detecting a theme here?).

Estée Lauder’s new lip glosses look like something space aged, but I looooove their consistency and sheer color.  The peach shade is my favorite, and I loved it so much I went out to get a second one to keep in my bag at all times.

RéVive’s Soleil Superieur Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (SPF 50) is another game changer.  It does the job of protecting your skin from the sun (and is endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use), but it also helps to remove dark spots from the skin while smoothing and firming the complexion.  On top of all that, it feels better on the skin than any sunscreen I’ve ever worn.  I’m pretty certain there’s nothing more you could request from a sunscreen.

Finally, another one of my all-time favorites.  Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is my favorite way to start the day.  It has a lotion-like feel and quenches the skin so beautifully before I start the rest of my routine.  And it has a lovely, refreshing smell that feels like a fresh start to your day every time you use it.

Left to Right from Top: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream / Glossier Dew Effect Highlighter in Quartz / Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer / Coola Tropical Coconut Sunscreen Spray / Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette /

Second Line from Left to Right: Bumble & Bumble Don’t Blow It / Diptique Eau Rose Eau de Toilette / Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths / Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com / Estée Edit CocobalmRéVive Soleil Superieur Sunscreen / Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist


* To enter to win a Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette, simply leave a comment below telling us what your favorite summer product is or the thing you love most about summer.  A winner will be chosen at random.  Happy Summer!


  • My favourite summer product is Benefits Hoola Bronzer! I have such pale skin and it gives me such a natural bronzed look without looking muddy or orange

  • atthisvolume

    The best thing about summer is going to the beach or lounging around a pool! Lemonade goes hand and hand with all of that as well!

  • Julie

    I love going to the pool in the summer!

  • Great selection of products. I agree a great sunscreen is so essential for summer! Although we have to wear it year-round here it’s something I reapply more in summer as I’m out in the sun more.

    Good luck to everyone entering the competition! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Dominika Jedinak

    My favorite summer product is Glossier’s skin tint!

  • Julie (julimi)

    My fave summer product is my nars bronzing powder 🙂

    julimi at aol dot com

  • Donna

    I’m really loving my cetaphil moisture and I love going running with my daughters in the summer!

  • Judith

    i love burts bees in the summer

  • Lorelei

    Lush’s sea salt scrub is perfect when I’m missing the ocean!

  • Prasert

    I love that my kids are all home for summer 🙂

  • whittikere

    I really love my physicians formula bronzer

    whittikere at yahoo dot com

  • Ruby Monteleone

    I love my hoola bronzer by benefit, i think bronzer is really important for summer. and also my nars liquid illuminator

  • Linda

    I love visiting my grandparent’s cabin 🙂

    lindilala at aol dot com

  • Julie Rod.

    I really love my stila eyeliners

  • Marie

    i love my bobbi brown eyeshadows!

    mijulin at cox dot net

  • whiskermittens

    I’ve been loving my Body Shop Honey bronzer this summer for “sun striping.” It’s so subtle and natural, and enhances my summer freckles.

  • Sandra Camp

    Just ordered the glossier sounds amaze! So funny I keep hearing about Becca – my friend is obsessed and keeps telling me try their powders. Glad to hear you give great reviews too! Now to order some Tatcha!