Summer Essentials Beauty
We always long for bronzy skin, even though we know that the things that create said hue-tanning beds, laying out-are definite no-nos. But you can get a little color with these two guilt-free options: St. Tropez's Wash Off Instant Glow Face ($15) and MAC's Back to the Beach Crème Bronzer ($25). The former is the newest formulation from the self-tan masters and it's the perfect commitment-free way to get bronzed. (We also suggest checking out their new Wash Off Instant Glow Body ($18) and Wash Off Instant Glow Mousse ($25) too!) If that seems too intense, just pick up MAC's limited edition bronzer; the creamy formula is super easy to use and gives you a very natural look!
2. Dry Shampoo
When the sun is shining, no one wants to be stuck inside blow-drying and styling their hair. To ensure your blowout lasts as long as possible, definitely invest in some dry shampoo. Au Naturel Dry Shampoo ($23) is one of our new favorites; just work some of the powder into your hairline and scalp to refresh your 'do.
3. Tangerine Gloss
While we're all about an au natural beauty look, sometimes you need a lip gloss that's just as hot as the temperatures outside. For that, we must direct you to Topshop's amazing new beauty line and suggest picking up their Gloss ($10) in Heatwave as soon as you possibly can. It's the perfect semi-sheer orange red hue (very Prada if we do say so) and will definitely give you the perfect pout.
4. Major Lashes
Though we really do swear by the aforementioned less-is-more makeup routine, nothing-not humidity, chlorine, or sea spray-will keep us from having full lashes. Happily, we'll stay doe-eyed all season long, thanks to Revlon's new Grow Luscious by Fabulash Mascara ($8) in Blackest Black. The awesome formula works as a mascara and lash enhancer in one, so the formula simultaneously conditions your lashes, helping them grow stronger over time, and gives you fabulously fat fringe. Buy the regular formula or stock up on tubes of the Waterproof Grow Luscious by Fabulash ($8)-you'll be happy you did!
5. Beachy Waves
We loved celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger's mass line of hair care products, so we were immediately curious about her new higher-end five-product line, Salon. We're pleased to report that it's all quite good, especially the Sally Hershberger Salon Mineral Spray Styler ($24). The formula's salt-free-which is better for your hair-but it gives your locks that always-desirable beach-like texture and movement.
6. Marine Polish
The season's surf-punk trend is definitely still big, but if you're bored with channeling it sartorially, now's the time to try it with your beauty! There are so many gorgeous variations on marine blues and greens available right now, surely you can find one to fit your fancy. Our money's on Sephora by OPI's Nail Color ($9) in Teal We Meet Again, but we also love the electric teal lacquer in Urban Decay's Summer of Love Nail Kit ($28) and OPI's new Catch Me in Your Net, which is part of their Summer Flutter Collection.
7. Super Sunscreen
Last, but not least, our most important Summer Beauty Essential: sunscreen. But not just any sunscreen, dear readers, this is Neutrogena's brand spanking new Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock SPF 55 ($12). In addition to providing the sort of superior waterproof, sweatproof, oil and PABA free protection we expect from Neutrogena, this lightweight formula doesn't leave you with a greasy-looking face, it actually gives you a non-shiny finish. It's smart and strong-two things that are always essential!