Makeup · Skin

My Go-To Products Just In Time For Summer

Oh hello there! Sorry for the break, y’all, but in turn it was much needed. I’ve been a little overwhelmed with social media and just this little thing called life. Taking time to spend more time with family and friends and to live more in the present will do the mind and body some good, I tell ya. Now I’m back and ready to take on this beauty world.

It’s summertime and I couldn’t be happier. This hot weather is what dreams are made of, except for, of course, the lovebugs, boob sweat, and upping the daily shower count. Living in Florida, it’s hard to decipher the seasons, but the established time between kids graduating and the commencing of school, it’s on.

During the Summer my whole skin, makeup, and hair routines change completely. Less is more without compromising a good, and yet descent, look. I love my full coverage foundation, but with the fiery temps, it’s hard to pull off. Adding sunscreen,  primer, and setting spray is ALWAYS a must for these hot days ahead. A girl has to do what a girl has to do to keep her face glued and fresh all day. Between skin and makeup, I try to prep for what my daily routine will look like. My use of retinol products goes down as my sunscreen use sky rockets. My use of bold eye makeup goes down as my love for glowy highlight appears. You see where I’m going with this.

Here are a few products I love to use for Summer and a few that I use to prep my skin for the rising heat.


I started using this Skinceuticals Retinol cream a few months ago in prep for Summer. I have always had trouble with sun spots and texture, as I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about. This cream has helped me in so many ways. It has helped resurface my skin and lighten and brighten. I went for the highest strength just really get the ball rolling. It makes my skin peel off in small sheets which I find oddly satisfying. I found that some retin-a and lightening creams weren’t working hard enough so to speak. Once I started using this once a week (because any more than that and your face is as raw as a piece of chicken), it changed the lightening, brightening game.

tarte sunscreen

Summer is all about the sun which also means it’s all about sun protection. I am a huge stickler about my sunscreen use. Why do all these peels and retinol treatments to just ruin it? Seriously! This TarteGuard 30 SPF is a great option for my face. It doesn’t break me out which is super important as I have very sensitive skin. It also doesn’t dry my skin out after daily use and isn’t greasy with that white sheen either. I like to add an extra amount of this sunscreen to my makeup application so I know I have a substantial amount on for the day. I will even reapply throughout the day with my favorite sunscreen powder (that is every girls must have item in their purse or beach bag right now!).

becca primer

I’m a sweater. And with this comes pure glue to help keep my face on in this Florida heat. This Becca Ever-Matte primer is just that. It preps for my foundation to adhere to my skin and not budge without getting weird and cakey from my morning application. A little does the trick and actually works with my makeup instead of drying me out during the Summer months.

PTR CC Cream

I’ve been wearing this Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream for years! I turned one of my girlfriend’s on to it years ago as well and she still talks about it. It’s one of my absolute favorites and lives up to all of my expectations when I switch my foundation for the Summer. It’s a buildable coverage, but the consistency is so good a little goes a long way. It helps make my skin look fresh and plump with the added vitamin C and hyaluronic acid as well as helping me stay protected with SPF 30 in case I forget.  It’s truly an All-In-One foundation. I use shade medium for when I have a little more tan to my skin.


A cheek stain comes in handy when your face is melting off. I discovered this from a celebrity makeup artist at The Makeup Show Orlando. He talked about how using powder blush is hard to make it look one with the skin and a cheek stain is the new thing. I usually beg to differ as I am in love with my NARS Mata Hari blush, but when it’s blazing outside and I want that glow from within look, I turn to this cheek stain by Tarte. Blending a touch of this on my cheeks helps bring out the true rosiness into my face without looking powdery. It stays all day and I don’t have to reapply which is, honestly, the last thing I want to do when I’m a busy bee.

LM highlight

Gurl, I love me some highlighter. Not like, a lot, but just enough that you look like a natural, glistening goddess when the sun hits the perfect points of your face. Man, I just got all excited in case you missed all of that detailed information. But seriously, when you find the perfect highlight, it’s hard to turn back. This Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Natural Finish is *insert thumbs up emoji*. This powder is beyond super fine and goes on smooth and looks one with your cheek bones. A little goes a long way with highlight for me, so I just do enough to see a hint of shimmer and I’m golden. Literally.


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