Discover this summer’s best beauty buys!

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The sun is finally starting to make an appearance and the beach will soon be calling. It’s time to rethink your beauty routine for summer. Seek products that will protect your skin in the warm weather, updating your look at the same time. There are certain essentials that should be on everyone’s list.

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The lighter way to protect your skin

A good sun protection regime is a must from May through September. Mousses and light formula lotions are soft, silky and absorb immediately. Plus, a little goes a long way! Supergoop Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50 ( roughly $34) is a great choice that’s refreshing, smooth and sprays on. If you want a light, affordable body lotion for the whole family, Hawaiian Tropic AntiOxidant Sunscreen Lotion 50 is a good choice. Prices usually start from around $8.

A specially-formulated face sunblock is a must too. Try La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer SPF 30 for around $20. Or, if you are fair or have sensitive skin, La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Non-Perfumed Cream SPF50+ (about $32).

Get that summer glow

No summer beauty kit should be without an illuminator. This clever product is the ideal cross between a blush and a highlighter. And the good news is, it’s not just for your cheekbones. Sweep over shoulders and decollete, or add a dash to your Cupid’s bow. Accentuate your golden tan with a touch over the shin bone.

Some of the best available for this year include Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (around $42) and Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush ($38).

Color pop summer

Nothing says summer more than a colorful manicure and pedicure. Once you’ve traded your boots for sandals, it’s time to give your nails the attention they deserve. Why not book a professional trim and exfoliation session? Or do it at home with a handy kit like NcLA’s I Got You ($16). Buff nails and apply a good base coat like Nars ($20). Then stroke on two coats of nail polish in great summer colors. NcLA Seashell Dress ($16) is a pretty pale blue. Alternatively, NcLA Color For Nails in Sunstruck ($18) is an on-trend holographic rose gold. It looks fabulous when the sun strikes your nails. Professional nail salons can also apply shellac or gelish for a longer-lasting look.

Shining summer eyes

If you’re spending time at the beach or by the pool, it can be easy to give mascara a miss. However, skinny or sparse eyelashes are even more noticeable in the sun. It’s worth opting for one of this summer’s excellent waterproof mascaras. Swap classic black for less harsh black browns. Almay One Coat Get up and Grow in Black Brown ($8.99) or CoverGirl Total Tease Waterproof Mascara 835 ($9.97) are both popular. After the sun sets, exchange your waterproof mascara for a luxury lash building product. Lancome Mr. Big in Black ($25) is perfect.

The ultimate must-have summer product

Last, but certainly not least, self-tanning creams and lotions are set to be as big as ever this year. If you’re not going on vacation you don’t have to forego that gorgeous golden tan. Pick a progressive product like Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer ($10) to build up your tan gradually. Instant glamour without the overpowering fragrance can be achieved with Tarte Brazilliance Self Tanner ($39).


  1. Darcy Koch says

    During the summer months I am particularly careful with the products I use on my face. I always make sure I have sun protection, but especially in the hot months. Plus, I moisturize more often.