Summer Beauty Favorites


A habit I have been developing this summer is carving out a little time for myself. With a full work day at my internship followed by taking a summer class at community college, my days feel packed. I am in no way the most beauty-savvy girl, but I have had so much fun trying a few new products this summer. Plus, I am excited to continue incorporating them into my routine when I head back to school.

The list below is a mix of products I enjoyed most. All are relatively inexpensive — perfect for giving them a try! I've really enjoyed using these products as a way to take a few extra moments for myself whether I used them daily or just once during the week. After a few weeks of trial, I wanted to share my beauty favorites of the summer in hopes you may love them too!

One goal I had this summer was to work on clearing up my skin. Part of this goal included making sure that my skin was hydrated. After seeing Meg on Instagram recommend these Neutrogena face masks, I definitely wanted to give them a try. I can not recommend these masks enough. There are three different types: Deep Clean, Hydro Boost and Radiance Boost. I’ve tried them all, and they all are so soothing and refreshing! At least once a week, I apply the mask for 30 minutes. (You can leave it on for just 15 minutes, but I like 30 minutes better.)  There is a liquid-y gel (not the technical term) on the side of the mask/film that you apply to your face. By the end of the 30 minutes my face has soaked up practically every drop of this gel, and if there is any left I just rub it in gently. The best part is that my skin feels so smooth for days to come, too.

Because I am spending the majority of sunlit hours inside an office building, I am not getting as much Vitamin D as I would like. I have been working on getting a sunless tan this summer by using Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer. After taking my nightly shower, I take a few minutes to apply it all over. I saw results in just a few days. While I don't necessarily look like I've been beaching all summer, I have successfully transitioned from my normally translucent skin color to a more golden tone. I plan to continue using it to hopefully darken my tan some more.

I have tried a few different sunless tan methods before but none have really worked as well as I would like. I am always open for suggestions, and when Amy recommended the Lumi Glotion I gave it a go hoping it would pair well with the result from the Jergens. I absolutely love this lotion. Unlike the Jergens that I put on at night, I apply the Glotion before putting on my makeup and give it a few minutes to dry before I apply my face makeup. It blends so nicely, and I began seeing the tan set practically by the second day. It also works as a great moisturizer while providing a smooth tan.

One of my favorite ways to de-stress and take a little time away from responsibilities is by watching Netflix (big fan of The Office). I find this downtime presents an opportunity to also get something done for myself. Painting my nails is perfect way to multitask. While I rarely stray away from the color pink, I like to switch up the shade of my polish and find new favorites. This summer I am loving Essie's "Hi Maintenance" color and think it will work well all year long.

What are your favorite beauty products? I would love to hear!


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