I know. I know…it’s already August and I’m JUST getting around to my summer essentials. In my defense, the weather in San Diego is just starting to feel like summer. It has been weird weather the past couple months. Super mild, then crazy thunderstorms, humidity, fog…it’s been wild – at least by San Diego standards.
It finally feels like the weather is calming down, but now it is hot hot hot. When I’m at work, I barely notice the heat – our AC rocks. But as soon as I get into my non air conditioned apartment at the end of the day the summer struggle is real. To beat the heat we have been hitting up a local hotel pool on Saturdays – we would be at the beach, but the shark sightings on the shoreline have been a little out of control the past couple weeks.
Anyways, this list is a mix of old and new products, but all of them are my current summer favorites.
First and foremost…sunscreen. I wear sunscreen all year round, but I douse myself in it during the summer. I’m pretty fair so the likelihood of me burning is 99.9% unless I’m constantly applying sunscreen. I prefer the spray over the lotion just because I feel like it goes on quickly and you can get your back on your own if no one is around. I have been loving Coppertone – mostly because of the smell. It smells like old school sunscreen, and I LOVE that smell. It just smells like childhood.
So now that I’ve revealed that I am a sunscreen fanatic, I will say my next summer essential is self tanner. I have tried lotions, mousses, spray tans, etc. The Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan is by far my favorite. It gives me noticeable color without looking super tan or worse – orange. I apply 1 coat with a tanning mitt before I go to bed and when I wake up the next morning I have a sun-kissed tan. Using the mitt is essential! It gives you an even color and keeps it from being blotchy. The mitt it comes with SUCKS, for lack of a better word. It only lasted one application before falling apart. Instead use these Ulta mitts. They are super cheap and last at least 2-3 tanning sessions. I only apply one coat, once a week. The bottle says you can apply an additional coat a couple days after the first coat, but I’ve never needed to.
Victoria’s Secret True Escape – I couldn’t find the lotion online, but they should have it in store.
Another summer essential is lotion. Especially when you have a fake tan, you need to keep your skin hydrated so your tan doesn’t get blotchy a few days in. One lotion I have been loving is Victoria’s Secret True Escape hand cream. I have been putting this on my hands and arms right before bed, and when I wake up, my skin still feels hydrated.
Throughout the year, I try to switch up my perfume to match the season. Right now I am loving Elizabeth and James Nirvana White. It has a sweet fresh scent and is perfect for summer nights. I got this in the roller ball so I could try it out and so far I really like it. It isn’t too strong and just feels like a summer scent. Maybe I’ll try the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black in the Fall.
The last summer essential is Becca and Jaclyn Hill’s collaborative highlighter – Champagne Pop. I was hesitant to buy this highlighter because of the price, but I had heard so many good things about it and when I went to Sephora they happened to have a few left in stock. I swatched it on my hand and decided I’d give it a whirl. I can now say that I totally love it. It really is the perfect color for every skin color. Not to mention the creaminess of the formula. I’ve heard Becca highlighters are great, but I am now an official believer. This is a limited edition, so it may be hard to find in store, but they do still have it online. Even though the price is high, I justified it by knowing that this will last me a long long time – you only need the smallest amount – and that you can use it for more than just your cheeks. I use it to highlight my brow bone or as an eye shadow.
So those are my current summer essentials. What are the products you just can’t live without this season?