Summer Beauty Essentials

Everyone fancies a particular look during the summer. Some, it's mastering the art of dewy skin, while others like going natural by wearing a tinted moisturizer and some tanning oil. For me, it's doing everything I can to ensure I don't get a sunburn and look fresh at all times. 

As we're approaching the middle of summer, it's time for me to stock up on new beauty supplies. No matter what look you're going for, there a three essential beauty products every girl needs: killer sunscreen, light scented perfume, and long lasting mascara. Use all three and you'll always leave the house feeling fresh!

To make it easier to shop and discover a variety of different brands, I headed to Octer to find my summer beauty needs. What's cool about this website is it aggregates all the best products, brands, and deals from hundreds of different stores into one place so you don't have to go hunting for them yourself. I searched for products at Nordstrom via Octer and found the exact products and brands I was looking for. 

If you read my blog then you know how obsessed I am with COOLA Suncare. So when I found this travel kit bag I just had to have it. I initially discovered COOLA due to my monthly subscription to Birchbox. Since the first time I received its products, I haven't been able to look at sunscreen the same. COOLA's sunscreen feels very light and has excellent protection. I have very fair skin and typically burn after standing in the sun for 10 minutes, so a light sunscreen with heavy protection is very important to me. I also love how the lotion doesn't smell like sunscreen. Their products come in a variety of different scents that make you smell summery and not like chemicals. Which leads me to the next beauty product essential for everyone during the summer: a light perfume. 

Finding the perfect scent is very hard and can take a long time to find. After years and years of testing out different perfumes, I've finally narrowed it down to a few signature scents that I go to year round. However, I also do love getting a new fragrance every few seasons to mix it up a bit. Perfume is expensive, so if you're like me and want to mix it up here and there without committing to a full bottle then you should look to purchasing the small rollerballs. These rollers have enough to last you an entire season, plus it's compact and fits in your purse so you can touch up when needed. This season I'm testing out Tory Burch Eau de Parfum. The perfume is feminine with floral scents but also a bit edgy with a hint of citrus and sandalwood. 

Last, but definitely not least, on my summer beauty list is mascara. I personally can never leave the house without mascara, so it's the one product I like to wear even if I'm going for a very natural look. I switch up my mascara brands a lot, as I rarely ever stick to the same one. This time I wanted to test out some Smashbox mascara, but knowing I like to mix it up, I purchased the 'Try It - Mascara & Lash Primer' Kit. Now I have 3 mini Smashbox mascara bottles of a few different formulas. 

All in all, everyone has their own summer beauty routine filled with different essentials they consider necessary. I like to keep things light and simple by making sure I always have all three of these products readily available in my bag. 

What are some of your go-to beauty products for the summer? Send me a note at and share! 

xo, B