Hello, gorgeous! Welcome to my first “official” post!
Whether you’re a girl always on the run, or a mom without a team of assistants there to comb back those strays and touch-up those blemishes, you can probably appreciate a product that you can easily apply, and in no time, be on the go. What girl doesn’t want to look like they’ve just spent not only their paycheck, but an ample amount of hours hovering over their bathroom counter, tricking people into believing that they just came back rejuvenated from a day at the beach, as opposed to their daily routine, whichever that may consist of? So I’ve taken the pressure off of you, by rounding up my top seven must-have essentials that get me through these short (but oh so appreciative) summer months (and did I mention that when I said they were a steal, all products are $15 and under…and are all natural?!).
#1:Body/Facial Scrub- Bloke Body Sweet Orange Coffee Scrub (14.95-ships free in the U.S.A)
I stumbled across this scrub when I was browsing around instagram one day (@blokebody), and let me tell you-it’s a game changer! The scrub comes in what looks like one of those brown paper lunch bags, and once you tear it open, you’re instantly revitalized by the fresh smell of sweet orange scented coffee grounds. You can use it to exfoliate any part of your body, leaving your skin truly feeling like butter. Sunday’s are the days I focus on my “beauty regime” and my skin glows and keeps the softness throughout the week. The best part-it’s perfect for those that have any skin problems such as eczema (like me!)…it’s 100% natural and cruelty free! If orange isn’t your preference, check out their other scrub combinations and products!
#2: Sunblock- JASON Organic Mineral Sunscreen (12.95 at local markets, Amazon or JASON website)
Luckily, I was blessed with an olive skin tone that rarely, if ever burns. However, 14 years ago I had a bizarre encounter with sunscreen, when what I thought was making a wise decision by applying the protectant before spending the day sailing around a lake, was ironically giving me second degree burns on every body part it so generously covered. To this day, I cannot remember which over the counter product I used, but what I do remember is the agony I endured as I healed. My dermatologist quickly recommended using an organic sunscreen from a natural foods store-now mind you, 14 years ago, anything organic was hard to come by in the great northeast, but luckily today we can access a variety of these products from just about any local store we step into. Since I never want to run the risk of having this reaction again, I have been religiously using JASON products, fragrance free, and perfect for sensitive skin. They have different SPF levels, but if you easily burn, there’s no harm in sticking with 50!
#3: Bronzer-Tarte “Park Ave Princess” ( Through the website for Tarte and Sephora you will be looking to spend around $30 and up. Good news is, you can purchase this on Ebay or Amazon for under $14…and for even better news-I linked the site where you can purchase this bronzer as a sampler along with the self-tanner for only $10!!!)
I try my hardest to wear as little makeup as possible during the summer months, and it’s easier to do when that extra boost of Vitamin D gives you that sun-kissed, healthier glow not provided during those agonizing winter months. However, in order to keep that healthy glow you really have to nurture your skin. If you haven’t already noticed a trend here, I have been doing my best to stick with as many natural and organic products as possible. Not only is it eco-friendly, it has no harsh chemicals, it will nourish your skin, helps avoid pre-mature aging (which makeup is known for doing), and it’s gentle for those sensitive types.
Wearing bronzer is a must in the summer to help accentuate your natural tan and to magnify that radiance from within! It can also help contour the features that you want to highlight (or even shade). I try to find a color that is going to be a shade or two darker than my skin tone, any darker than that and you will appear as though you just rolled around in the dirt. I really enjoy Tarte, because it has a matte base that helps to shadow, but at the same time carries some shimmer for that highlighting effect. Have fun and try a few different shades. The only way to get it right is by experimenting. Put it this way: If you feel embarrassed after you’ve put it on, or look at yourself and say, “Whoa! What did I just do?!” Then there’s your cue to tone it down!
#4: Lip Gloss/Mascara (I consider this as a two-for-one, since I don’t wear one without the other!)-Matte look: Be a bombshell in “Ruby” ($14)-for that glossy look Burt’s Beeswax Lip Gloss “Rosy Dawn” ($6.00) and as for mascara-Physician’s Formula-“Fake Out”($7.59)
Okay, so my reasoning behind the two types of lip color: some girls prefer the matte look that lipstick gives, so on days when I just want a little tint or feel the need to glam it up, I use my Be a Bombshell, and on days when I’m just out and about, I will toss on the Burt’s Beeswax gloss for a fresh look. Again-both products are great for sensitive skin and Burt’s Beeswax is all natural.
Now, when it comes to mascara, I am extremely picky. The first feature I notice on someone is their eyes, so when looking for makeup, especially in this category, I tend to go for ones that are going to make my eyes pop! I always look for a thicker brush to help make my eyelashes look as full as possible, and I always opt for the darkest color. Physician’s Formula does both, and with a variety of brush types, plus the natural ingredients..again, another score!
#5: Texturizing Sea Salt Spray-Not Your Mother’s Texturizing Sea Salt Spray (Under $5)
Where do I even begin with this product??!! For starters, it comes in a cute plastic spray bottle, and the moment you spray one mist, you feel like you have been transported to the beach! The coconut-scented aroma is just an added incentive! I have extremely thick hair,that becomes so unruly at times, the only thing I tend to do with it is straighten it. When I came across this product while perusing the hair product aisle at Target one day, I figured for less than $5 dollars, why not? With just a few sprays, I have that naturally tousled, day-at-the-beach look, and with the light matte finish, it hardly feels like hairspray at all! If you really enjoy the product, you can take a look at the rest of the “Not Your Mother’s” family-again, all under $5 dollars!
Sunglasses (A.K.A: “Sunnies” as my two-year-old likes to reference them as)-Hellooooo!! They scream SUMMER!! I am going to make it plain and simple: Aviators. They look great on everyone and they come in all different colors for whichever your preference may be. Granted, there are some really funky, stylish glasses out there right now, but they’re a trend, and you know what that means-they will come and they will go (Tortoiseshell-Cat Eye, anyone?). So if you’re looking for a pair that you do not intend to toss by next season, stick with the Aviators. If you do prefer “living on the edge” see photo #5 in my “Summer Steal” roundup. Wayfarers (A.K.A:The Kevin Costner look) are in every color imaginable, and just as the Aviators, can be found in any store under the sun (for your convenience, I linked both Sunnies)!
#7: Summer Smoothie
During the summer months, smoothies have always been my choice of beverage. Sometimes when it’s brutally hot out, blending up one with the right combination of ingredients, can easily supplement a meal. The benefits are that they’re low in calories, full of antioxidants, and help to possibly reduce the effects/risks of certain diseases and cancers. When putting together this sweet and frothy concoction, you want to make sure that you make one for the right reasons: to get a healthy, filling drink that will nourish your body, unlike the ones we find at the malls (that do more harm than good). Gathering the freshest ingredients from either your garden, or local market when they’re in season is your best bet if you want a true nutritional boost!
Summer Smoothie (made with all organic products from Trader Joe’s):
- 3-4 Ice Cubes
- 1 teaspoon of Chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 Peach-remove pit and chop
- 1 Plum-remove pit and chop
- 1 Nectarine-remove pit and chop
- 1/2 cup of Blueberries
If it becomes too thick to blend, I usually add a little water (MAKES 2 CUPS).
Don’t enjoy the fruits above? Here’s a list of other “in-season” fruits to choose from:
Apricots, blackberries, cherries, strawberries
I hope you enjoyed some of my helpful tips! Don’t forget to leave me a comment sharing some of your thoughts below, or make sure to tag me via instagram (@daniellepiel) with pictures of your summer steals!