Summer Essentials 2015

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Summer is officially less than one week away, so I wanted to share my summer essentials post with you!

A summer hairstyles post is coming soon, so stick around for that!

  •  NKD SKIN Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturiser. As I’ve recently quit tanning, again, this has become a must-have. It gives you just the right amount of tan, without being orange. Also, it doesn’t have that self-tan odor, which makes it even better.
  • NARS Eye Primer. This is a necessity for keeping my eyeshadows on all day long. It keeps them intense and in place, no creasing or fading! (review)
  • Strivectin Repair and Protect Moisturizer w/ SPF 30. This is a great moisturizer for summer. It’s a lotion consistency that works well under makeup, and since it has SPF 30, it does a great job of protecting your skin from the sun. 
  • Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. I have highlighted hair, so my ends tend to be dry. I  love to put this through my hair after I shower to help keep my hair soft and shiny. This isn’t heavy and doesn’t weigh my hair down. I put this through my ends on hot days to keep them from drying out. Can’t live without it!
  • Yes To Carrots Lip Butter. Lip balm is a must, especially when you wear liquid lipsticks as often as I do. This one contains SPF 15, which is important for protecting your lips when you’re in the sun!
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I use this year round to set my makeup, but during the summer it really makes a difference. I use this to keep my makeup looking awesome and in place all day.
  • Too Faced HangoveRx Primer. You knew I would include it. It’s a moisturizing primer but it absorbs quick and isn’t heavy. It feels awesome on your skin; it’s very refreshing and makes my makeup apply even better. (review)
  • MAC Turquatic Perfume. I haven’t had this perfume for long, but I immediately fell in love. I bought it blindly based on reviews alone and I fell in love with it as soon as it arrived. It’s the embodiment of summer in a bottle. It’s my new favorite.

  • NARS Laguna Bronzer. Another one that was expected, but I can’t get enough. This is my all-time favorite bronzer, and I haven’t repurchased it because I have so many others, including the next one I’m going to mention. Laguna has a slight gold shimmer throughout, but it doesn’t show up glittery or shimmery at all, it just looks natural and glowy.
  • Lorac Tantalizer Matte Bronzer. Lorac was awesome enough to send me this bronzer to try out, and I must say I love it and had to include it in my essentials. I’ll have a full review and swatches up later this week, but I obviously love it.
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ‘Trooper’. I’m obsessed with winged liner; I have been for years. I finally bought this eyeliner and it is the absolute best. It stays all day, it’s pigmented and so easy to apply. Can’t live without it! (review)
  • NARS Larger than Life Longwear Eyeliner ‘Via Veneto’. This is my favorite pencil liner, as it’s the only one that will stay in my waterline. It’s pigmented, easy to apply and stays put. I recommend trying it if you’re struggling to find a liner that stays in your waterline. 
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. This concealer is the absolute best for summer. It’s pigmented but not heavy, it covers dark circles well and it really stays put. It doesn’t look cake-y and it doesn’t crease. It’s definitely worth a try if you’ve never used it.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush ‘Exposed‘. I’ve raved about this blush for quite some time, but it’s my summer go-to. It’s a tan-rose-natural color that when applied to the skin appears as if you’ve spent the day outside. It’s so beautiful and natural.
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector ‘Opal‘. I’ve had this highlighting powder for about two months now, and I’ve never used anything more beautiful than this. It’s the perfect golden shade, light enough for pale skin tones but works for girls with a tan as well. It’s just my go-to. (review)
  • Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel. This is an awesome BB Cream and a great alternative to wearing foundation in the summer. There’s nothing I hate more than the heavy, sticky feeling of foundation in the summer heat, and this BB Cream is totally weightless. This also has an SPF of 35, which is awesome!  (review)
  • Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow ‘Lovely’. This is my go-to lid shade recently. It’s a gold/bronze shade that looks great on the lid and has just the right amount of shimmer for the summer. I’m in love! (review)
  • L’oreal Brow Stylist Plumper.  This is a great brow gel. It really makes my eyebrows look fuller but still natural. It does a good job of keeping them in place. If you haven’t tried it yet, go get it! Full review coming soon!
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ‘Backstage Bambi‘. I love liquid lipsticks. I love that they dry and stay all day. This is the perfect hot pink shade that just screams summer to me. I can’t get enough. (review)
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara. Waterproof mascara is a summer necessity. No one wants raccoon eyes, so this is my summer go-to. It’s not marketed as waterproof, but it doesn’t budge. It’s lengthening and volumizing but doesn’t clump. It’s an essential.
So, that’s it for my summer essentials. I’ve linked the products & the reviews to the ones I could. I’ll review the others within the coming weeks. 
What are your summer essentials?
Thanks so much for reading!
xx

Here are some recent makeup looks!

*Some links are affiliate links and some products were sent to me, free of charge for consideration. I am not being compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.*

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