Summer Beauty Essentials

summer beauty essentials

We have been having a summer weather/winter weather pattern in the Bay Area, which is a little unusual for late spring. It’s beautiful weather to enjoy, but it’s throwing my beauty routine off a little. Some days I need to use beauty products more suited to our rainy, wintry, windy days and others I need beauty products for bright, sunny, humid, and gently breezy days. I know this transition won’t last too long, as the unofficial first day of summer is in about two weeks (Hello, Memorial Day!), but in the meantime, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite summer beauty essentials. 

I don’t know about you, but my beauty routine changes quite a bit during this time of year as I tend to sweat a lot more and my oily skin tends to get well, err, more oily. I wanted to share few beauty products that are essential for summertime (regardless of your skin type, activity level, or anything like that). 

Harry's Razor

Harry’s – I recently tried out a shave set from Harry’s and found that I could shave my legs a LOT faster with a Harry’s razor than with other razors. These razors have a little more surface area and are angled in a way that makes shaving legs easier and faster.  I know what you’re thinking–Harry’s is a product for men…except, is there really a big difference between men’s and women’s razors other than the colors they come in and the price? Once you get their starter kit, their replacement blades are $2 or less, depending on how many you purchase at one time. I shave my legs A LOT in the summer, so having a razor that doesn’t irritate my skin + makes shaving feel like less of a chore is FABULOUS. 

You can try out the razors for yourself if you want–readers get a shave club free trial where the Truman razor and razor blade, travel sized foaming shave gel, and travel blade cover are FREE. You just have to cover the cost of shipping, which is $3. 

glossier invisible shield

Glossier Invisible Shield – Glossier products have a cult following with certain products selling out time and time again. After trying their Invisible Shield sunscreen, I can see why. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sunscreen work better on my skin. You couldn’t tell I was wearing sunscreen, and it did NOT make my skin look greasy. My makeup sat just fine right on top of the sunscreen. I’ve always hated wearing sunscreen because it either irritates my sensitive skin or is too greasy, but with Invisible Shield, I can see myself wearing sunscreen daily. 

Micellar Water/Make-up Wipes – This stuff is a godsend in the summer. Not only is it a soothing way to remove makeup, but it doesn’t irritate the skin. I’ve had some issues in the past with using brands like Neutrogena and Garnier to remove my makeup, so I go for the simplest micellar water makeup removers and wipes. For micellar water, which is good for removing eye makeup when soaked in a cotton pad and applied to the eye (in my opinion), I love using Caudalie. For micellar wipes, I actually get them from Trader Joe’s, where they’re sold at a good price ($3.99 for 20 sheets). The fewer the chemicals, the better. 

Waterproof Mascara – Now, you may not be able to remove waterproof mascara too well with micellar water makeup removers, but for women who can’t seem to have their eye makeup stay on throughout the day, waterproof mascara is a must in the summer. My choices include Lancome Hypnose and Dior DIORSHOW Waterproof mascara. I love that they make your lashes look thick and long. With a good mascara like this, it’s easy to forgo traditional eye liner for a more simple, natural look. 

Pinch Provisions Summer Kit

Pinch Provisions Summer Kit – When you’re having fun all summer long and something goes wrong–maybe your flip flip breaks–you can either let it ruin your day or you could be prepared with this Pinch Provisions Summer Kit. Deodorant, tampons, dry shampoo, blotting tissues, aloe…they really thought of it all! Grab one for yourself and leave it in your purse, your car, your gym bag, or in the office. 

Babyfoot – This stuff is nothing short of amazing for removing the dead skin from your feet. While it takes a couple of weeks to see the true effect of Babyfoot, I highly recommend it for those with dry feet where it seems impossible that lotion or oil can hydrate them. Four to five days after applying, dead, dry skin will peel off in chunks. You’ll be fascinated and intrigued and grossed out all at the same time. 

Foot Cream – Super important during sandal season! Nothing dries out your feet like wearing sandals and flip flops all the time. Having a good foot cream is important if you’re going to be showing off your feet. My favorite is L’Occitane Foot Cream.  It’s formula is a lot thinner than the hand cream, so it actually penetrates really dry skin. 

Boscia Oil Blotting Linens – Now, I use this stuff year-round because my face is an oil slick BUT you should always have these on hand. Even if you have dry skin, these blotting sheets can absorb sweat without really removing your makeup. Normal skin friends can use them when they’re sweaty, too. And oily skin friends…you probably double up on these, don’t you? I know I do. 

Those are my summer beauty essentials! What are yours? Share your favorites in the comments! 

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Prosecco Floats

Prosecco Floats

Friends, this is the easiest fancy drink a lazy girl can make. I mean it. Except for making sure you have both prosecco and ice cream on hand, you don’t need any fancy bar materials like shakers…or ice.

A twist on a root beer float, this drink just asks that you swap out that sweet root beer with your favorite prosecco.

Serve this up at your next party, barbecue, picnic, girl’s night, or just make it for yourself at home because you really don’t need an occasion to enjoy a drink like this. 

I’m using Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco and Breyer’s Homemade Vanilla ice cream, and the two made a very tasty duo. I’m a fan. 

The strawberries serve as a garnish here but seriously, the tart + sweet combo from strawberries with a prosecco float is SO GOOD. Like, you should slice up a bunch of strawberries and toss them into the floats. 

Prosecco Floats

Prosecco Floats

Prosecco Floats

As you can see, if you don’t pour carefully, you’ll end up with a lot of foam/head. Because it’s combined with ice cream, it doesn’t go away as quickly or as cleanly as prosecco on its own. Soooo pour carefully :)

Prosecco Floats

Prosecco Floats

Prosecco Floats

Here you can see the consistency of the float. There’s still some ice cream that hasn’t been mixed into the rest of the drink yet, but all the ice cream has the flavor of the prosecco at this point. 

Prosecco Floats

Prosecco Floats

Serving Size: 1


  • 5 oz. Prosecco/Champagne/Sparkling Wine of your choice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • Strawberries for garnish


  1. In a clean wine glass, scoop half a cup of vanilla ice cream and drop into the glass.
  2. Carefully pour the prosecco into the glass over the ice cream. Pour gently and along the inside of the glass to make sure it doesn't get too bubbly.
  3. Cut a strawberry and add to the rim as garnish (optional)

Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

It’s that time of year when we get together to celebrate our friends family tying the knot! Actually, to be honest, we are pretty well into wedding season. You might have already attended a spring wedding or two with a lineup of summer and early fall celebrations adorning your calendar.

Weddings are momentous occasions, and every couple has a special way of celebrating their day. Some want to keep their ceremony simple and intimate, while others prefer to have all the bells and whistles. Some choose traditional, religious ceremonies, while others would rather elope in Vegas. Every wedding is totally different.

As a guest, you know the couple whose wedding you are attending (err, most of the time), and you likely have an idea of how they envision their wedding.

But, it isn’t always crystal clear what they expect from their guests. Some invitations are descriptive. Others leave things up to interpretation.

When I’m a wedding guest, I like to have as much information as possible. From my experiences though, a lot of hosts aren’t great at telling their guests what to expect. I don’t know about you, but that gives me anxiety.  I’m the girl who has a bunch of questions to be answered and constantly needs them to be answered in case things change.

Kind of a struggle, and makes attending a wedding a little more stressful. 

While I can’t help reassure you about certain logistics the weddings you are attending, what I CAN help you with is making sure you look wedding appropriate and fashionable—no matter the type of wedding.

From subtle, flowy bohemian dresses to bright patterned frocks, here are some trendy wedding guest dresses that are my favorite! You’ll look effortlessly put together as a guest, and you definitely won’t upstage the bride. Depending on how much you want to spend, there are dresses ranging from $40-$300 that are wedding appropriate.

Dresses Under $100

Dresses Under $200

Dresses Under $300

If you’re in doubt about what to wear, you need to save this style guide by The Black Tux. They’re also a great place to rent a tuxedo that fits well and is fashion-forward. Wedding Guest Style Guide


If you’re not sure if a dress you love is appropriate for the occasion, here are some tips for tricky situations:

If you’re in doubt if your dress is too light or too close to white, don’t wear it. The last thing you want to do is show up in a dress that upstages the bride or is just too close to white. It’s safe to stay away, no matter how pretty the dress. 

If you wouldn’t want your mother to see you in that dress, it’s probably not a good choice for a wedding.  Save the risqué dresses with cutouts and mesh for the club. Unless they’re done very tastefully, they don’t really belong at a wedding ceremony. 

What kind of dresses do you generally wear when you attend weddings? Do you have any tips you want to share with TSL readers? Let us all know in the comments!

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