Aloha friends! I’ve decided to put together a little ‘summer favourites’ post now that summer’s winding up (at least here up north it is!). Hopefully this will give those of you who have a bit longer of a summer season some late-summer inspiration! x
‘I work as a lifeguard throughout the summer, so I don’t wear a ton of makeup, but here were a few things that I used and loved consistently throughout the summer season.’
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 – I picked this up from the checkout shelves at Sephora while waiting in line a loooong time ago. It was winter at the time, and the shade I had grabbed was two shades too dark for my skin tone so I never got around to using it and it sat in my makeup bag until the beginning of this summer! This was perfect for the summer time. It’s super lightweight, has a good medium level coverage and SPF 30 (gotta stay sun safe folks!!). Most importantly – it matched my tanned skin! I’ve made a habit of mixing it in with my foundation to both darken up the colour to match my summer skin tone, but also to give my foundation (which I’ve found has become annoyingly drying) a more dewy, moisturised finish. It works dreams.
MAC’s D for Danger
This is a lip colour I picked up at the end of June and proceeded to wear every time I went out this summer. It’s similar to the berry tones that were very popular last fall, but a little less heavy on the purple and a little more bright and pink – what I consider the perfect mix!
St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
This stuff saved my summer skin! It has a lovely light, fresh, and summery scent to it and it’s relatively gentle on the skin. I found that this was all I needed to get off any peeling skin or just to freshen up my face after loading on the sunscreen all day. Exfoliating is a beauty step that I tend to neglect and I really loved staying on top of it all summer long, it felt really nice to take a little moment to take care of myself and my skin.
Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance Palette
As you may remember, I purchased this palette at the beginning of the summer – you can read my review here. Since then it has been my go-to palette. I actually don’t think I’ve used an eyeshadow from anywhere else since I bought it. I can do both super natural, casual, subtle makeup as well as more elaborate looks for evenings out – all with just one palette! It’s a literal dream. Every time I use it I’m finding and creating different looks from the colours, it’s so versatile and so high quality, I cannot praise it more. I’m considering doing a back to school makeup tutorial with this palette – thoughts?
Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer in FBI
This is more of an all-time favourite but the peachy tones in this concealer worked especially well this summer! In the winter time this concealer is a bit too dark for me but it works well as a colour correcter. In the summer time this concealer is perfect for covering the little dark circles that remain under tanned skin (I just cannot be rid of them no matter what I do!). This product is well loved, but I thought it deserved a special place in my favourites- I never hear anyone talking about it but it’s the greatest concealer I’ve ever purchased.
The Honest Company Deodorant
This is also a new summer purchase for me. A friend of mine was raving about the Honest Company so I got my mom to try it out with me and I was not disappointed. This deodorant is a lightweight, spray-on deodorant in the scent Lavender/Vanilla. The Honest Company’s products are both ethically sourced, and cruelty free which gives it huge bonus points in my books. It’s perfect for summer because 1) it doesn’t clog me up when I’m sweating a lot from the heat, and 2) it’s making me smell lovely and summery fresh. I will say that I didn’t always smell lovely at the end of the day after only wearing this, but all I do all day is bake in the sun, sweating my face off and making sure people don’t drown… so I don’t consider that a deal breaker. Nothing can help me at that point. I still love this stuff and 100% continue wearing it into the cooler months.
‘My summer fashion is very laid back… Kind of the opposite of my school year-round fashion. I love anything that makes me look effortlessly cool – beachy, surfer, simplistic summer goddess.’
These are a staple in my summer wardrobe. I tend to pick them up at thrift stores as I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just not worth paying full price for shorts that 9 times out of 10 do not fit how they should. While some people are jealous of the large hip to small waist ratio that I have, it makes shorts shopping very difficult. This predicament is what’s pushed me towards a more beachy, casual approach to summer wear. I 100% stole the look from a New Zealander that I met at summer camp – I noticed that they gave her this look that she just belonged in summer time, and I was like … I gotta get me some oversized shorts. Never looked back. Shorts that are about two sizes too big sit on my body a lot better than shorts that – despite being my size- slip up my waist (and peekaboo those bum cheeks!). There’s something about wearing oversized shorts that make me feel like I belong on a beach and that summertime is my oasis (it’s definitely not). I feel like it’s something people who are used to and thrive in hot climates (aka not me) can always pull off.
Birkenstocks – The infamous German sandal. Some people love them, some people hate them. For me they’re the perfect summer footwear – I need something that kind of flies under the radar, and that I’m not worried about roughing up. I work at a beach all summer long, and on my days off I like to go for hikes and do some general outdoors adventuring. Like I mentioned earlier – as much as I love a fashion statement, summer time is my time to take a step back from that. My favourite summer time look is one where the person looks like they will have zero problems getting down and dirty and enjoying the summer. Birkenstocks just fit into that picture, they’re super durable, they’re made in Germany, they’re (in my opinion) not horrible to look at, and look greatest on those who have fully embraced the summer spirit.
‘A few bits and bobs that I really enjoyed this summer and thought I would share.’
Daniel Wellington Watch
I think this could technically go under ‘fashion’ but I’m not sure. Watches in general are something that I just don’t feel right without. I actually wear a digital watch at work (just for practical wear and tear reasons) and end up wearing it arguably a lot more than my DW watch. That being said, I love the Daniel Wellington one infinitely more. It originally had a dark leather band, but I switched it out for a cloth blue and white striped band for summer. I love that you can switch out the bands on the DW watches. The band is still just as classy as the winter (leather) band, but it’s just lighter and much more to my summer ‘look’. It’s one of those ‘finishing touches’ pieces that pulls an outfit together, and it’s practical! Love it.
Daisy Dreams Perfume
Could this go under beauty? Probably. I’m not sure. It’s here either way though! I’m sure I’ve already mentioned that this is my favourite summer time scent and it probably won’t come as a surprise to those of you who may have missed it. The Daisy collection of perfumes by Marc Jacobs is an across the board favourite for summer scents. It’s light, airy, fresh, floral, perfect for summer. It makes you smell like a summer goddess. That is the only way I can describe it. It’s perfect.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Not necessarily this book specifically (though I do love it), but the entire Harry Potter series is coming in for favourites here. I’m sure you have heard the JK Rowling released – alongside two other authors – a new Harry Potter “book” – the script for the London-based play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. To me, it was an incredible disappointment. That aside, it lead me to re-read the series again, just to reassure myself that I still really liked that)and low and behold, it was just as great as ever. If you have never read the Harry Potter series, I strongly recommend that you do, it’s 100% still worth it even if you’ve seen the movies. Sidenote: I watched the movies as I read and I didn’t realise how many things I just didn’t get from the movies because I had forgotten small details from the books. It’s all in the details people!!! If you have read the series, consider rereading it. Harry Potter and his world are one of my favourite escapes from the real world, and JK Rowling does a great job of creating that escape. I was happy to revisit that place this month.
That is ALL folks! I’m off to read some Tales of Beedle the Bard before bed – I’m thinking Bappity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump, what do you think? What were your summer favourites this year? It’s quickly turning into Autumn here up North, and I can honestly say I’m SO ready for Fall.