My 2014 Summer Essentials

These are a few of my must-have products that I’ve been loving this summer!
During the summer months I spend a lot of time by the pool or at the beach, and I don’t like doing a full face of makeup when I’m probably going to sweat it off anyway. The Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew for Oily/Combination Skin is a perfect substitute for my regular foundation. It gives enough coverage to hide my imperfections, while improving my skins blotchiness, dullness, and overall clarity. It also has SPF 15 in it which is just enough to help keep my face from getting too much sun.

My new favorite sunless tanning product is the Venetian Sunless Mouse by Norvell. Unlike most self tanners which use either a green or red base in their solution, this product uses a violet base so it appears much more natural looking when applied, and doesn’t give you that awful orange fake-bake look! It also doesn’t have a super strong odor to it like most do, and the mouse has a dark guide color to help you apply it evenly. I use a Sunless Applicator Mitt which helps give a more even and flawless application and helps prevent the solution from staining your hands! I normally apply 2 heavy coats all over, and it’s the perfect shade for me! I recommend you start out with 1-2 coats and then let dry for a couple hours before you apply another coat, this way you can control how dark you want to be.

Sometimes sunless tanning can make your skin appear dry or flakey, especially when it’s starting to fade. To help keep my skin hydrated and glowing all day I have been loving The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter and for my lips the Coconut Lip Butter. The scent just screams summer, and it’s packed with virgin organic coconut oil for ultimate moisture. I like applying mine right after my shower, or before bed and it just melts into the skin, and does’t leave you feeling greasy what so ever!

And lastly…. drum roll please… The Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lipgloss in the shade Coral Craze! These lip glosses have become very popular lately, and now I know why. I sadly only own two shades right now, the Coral Craze and Nude which is their top seller. I’m a sucker for cute packaging on products, and these glosses come with a built in L.E.D light, and a mirror on the side of the container so you can apply your lip gloss literally anywhere. Besides that, the formula is amazing! I have very dry lips that constantly peel and crack, so I normally hate wearing lip glosses but these have changed my life! They’re super pigmented, buttery, and not sticky at all, so no more getting your hair stuck in your lipgloss, which is not cute!

Hope you all enjoyed this post, please comment below if you’ve tried any of these products and let me know what you think. Also let me know what your Summer Essentials are this year! 🙂

44 Comments

  1. June 24, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    I have the BB cream and I also love using it during the hot summer months, the spf is a nice bonus! I’m tempted to go to the Body Shop and get one of those lip butter for myself as I’m addicted to coconuts!
    I’m a new Irish blogger and I’ve been really enjoying the content of your blog, let’s follow each other?

    Cecilia x

    • June 24, 2014 / 8:21 pm

      Hey Cecilia, thank you so much! The lip butters are amazing and the scent isn’t too over powering like some Coconut scented products can be. I’ll definitely go check out your blog and follow back!

      • June 24, 2014 / 8:23 pm

        I love everything with coconut in it! Have you tried the Nivea lip butters, they’re really nice too 🙂 Aww thank you so much, it really does mean a lot to me to make new friends with similar interests. Looking forward to read more posts from you x

        • June 24, 2014 / 8:31 pm

          I will definitely have to try the Nivea ones, I’ve haven’t used those before! And same here girly, it’s especially nice to meet new people from different parts of the world! Happy blogging 🙂

          • June 24, 2014 / 8:34 pm

            You will love the Nivea lip butters, I have one in every scent! You are so sweet, Morgan! Glad to be friends in the blogosphere with you x

  2. June 24, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    I have the BB cream and I also love using it during the hot summer months, the spf is a nice bonus! I’m tempted to go to the Body Shop and get one of those lip butter for myself as I’m addicted to coconuts!
    I’m a new Irish blogger and I’ve been really enjoying the content of your blog, let’s follow each other?

    Cecilia x

    • June 24, 2014 / 8:21 pm

      Hey Cecilia, thank you so much! The lip butters are amazing and the scent isn’t too over powering like some Coconut scented products can be. I’ll definitely go check out your blog and follow back!

      • June 24, 2014 / 8:23 pm

        I love everything with coconut in it! Have you tried the Nivea lip butters, they’re really nice too 🙂 Aww thank you so much, it really does mean a lot to me to make new friends with similar interests. Looking forward to read more posts from you x

        • June 24, 2014 / 8:31 pm

          I will definitely have to try the Nivea ones, I’ve haven’t used those before! And same here girly, it’s especially nice to meet new people from different parts of the world! Happy blogging 🙂

          • June 24, 2014 / 8:34 pm

            You will love the Nivea lip butters, I have one in every scent! You are so sweet, Morgan! Glad to be friends in the blogosphere with you x

    • June 24, 2014 / 8:32 pm

      Same here, I also love the mango scented stuff! 🙂

    • June 24, 2014 / 8:32 pm

      Same here, I also love the mango scented stuff! 🙂

  3. June 24, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    I really want to try a new BB cream to take on holiday with me next month. At the moment I’m undecided between this one, the Maybelline one, the Body Shop and the UD naked skin one! I just can’t decide!

    Abi x
    http://www.brooksmakeup.wordpress.com

    • June 24, 2014 / 8:45 pm

      Well to be honest I’ve only tried a few, but my skin is more on the oily side and this one gives a slightly matte finish to it which I love and lasts for quite awhile before I have to reapply. If you’re wanting to try a higher end BB cream I would suggest going to Sephora or the cosmetic section in the department stores and ask for a sample to try before you buy! Sephora and Macy’s normally give pretty decent sample sizes! 🙂

  4. June 24, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    I really want to try a new BB cream to take on holiday with me next month. At the moment I’m undecided between this one, the Maybelline one, the Body Shop and the UD naked skin one! I just can’t decide!

    Abi x
    http://www.brooksmakeup.wordpress.com

    • June 24, 2014 / 8:45 pm

      Well to be honest I’ve only tried a few, but my skin is more on the oily side and this one gives a slightly matte finish to it which I love and lasts for quite awhile before I have to reapply. If you’re wanting to try a higher end BB cream I would suggest going to Sephora or the cosmetic section in the department stores and ask for a sample to try before you buy! Sephora and Macy’s normally give pretty decent sample sizes! 🙂

  5. June 28, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Great post! I absolutely love the Body Shop body butters and lip butters, they’re just heaven to apply and smell AMAZING! |www.xolollypop.com

  6. June 28, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Great post! I absolutely love the Body Shop body butters and lip butters, they’re just heaven to apply and smell AMAZING! |www.xolollypop.com

  7. July 6, 2014 / 3:40 am

    Love your summer essentials list- definitely will follow you! Thanks for liking my post! Follow me back?

  8. July 6, 2014 / 3:40 am

    Love your summer essentials list- definitely will follow you! Thanks for liking my post! Follow me back?

  9. July 7, 2014 / 2:57 am

    Hey, thanks for liking my post ‘rats tails too new mane’! I love your blog❤️X

    • July 7, 2014 / 5:06 pm

      You’re welcome, love your new hair color, it’s so pretty! 🙂

  10. July 7, 2014 / 2:57 am

    Hey, thanks for liking my post ‘rats tails too new mane’! I love your blog❤️X

    • July 7, 2014 / 5:06 pm

      You’re welcome, love your new hair color, it’s so pretty! 🙂

  11. July 7, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Great post – going to have to get that coral lipgloss now though 🙂 follow back? x

    • July 7, 2014 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks and yes that lipgloss is amazing and of course i’ll follow back 🙂

  12. July 7, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Great post – going to have to get that coral lipgloss now though 🙂 follow back? x

    • July 7, 2014 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks and yes that lipgloss is amazing and of course i’ll follow back 🙂

  13. July 15, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    I almost got the body shop body butter the other day , will be going back to buy it

  14. July 15, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    I almost got the body shop body butter the other day , will be going back to buy it

  15. July 23, 2014 / 10:05 pm

    I will have to try that lip gloss!

  16. July 23, 2014 / 10:05 pm

    I will have to try that lip gloss!

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