My Summer Beauty and Makeup Essentials

Summer is in full glory and while it is the perfect time to flaunt beautiful summer dresses and enjoy gorgeous weather, summer also requires you to pay special attention to your beauty game. I wanted to share with you some of my recent beauty finds and makeup must-haves that I’ve been using recently and that are just perfect for summer. After all, we all want to have the sexiest skin ever and proudly rock those bare bodies!



Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In a Palette – you already know from my Dolce Vita Makeup Tutorial that I’m a big fan of all things Charlotte Tilbury. This palette is virtually all you need to accomplish that perfect bronze goddess status in just a few minutes or on the go. It features beautiful champagne, pink & nude shades that complement everyone and I really like to use it on my brides as well. It’s also very portable so you can easily pack it in your makeup bag when traveling.

Pixi by Petra Sheer Cheek Gel – summer makeup is all about that natural flushed complexion and I always turn to cream or gel blush formulas instead of powder to add color to my cheeks. These formulas actually look better as you sweat and they melt perfectly into the skin, giving that perfect dewy glow. They are also super lightweight and mimic the natural texture of the skin. I’ve been really loving color Rosy from the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel collection as it gives that healthy natural looking flush look to my cheeks. And instead of trying to sweat-proof my makeup, I’ve just learned to work with my skin and embrace my sweaty self 😉

RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel this eye-brow setting gel helps to control, condition, and enhance brows while creating a fuller look and filling in areas that may be sparse or damaged. It’s the perfect brow product if you are looking to strengthen your eyebrows while defining them at the same time. It gives natural effect that’s perfect for no-makeup, makeup look.

COOLA products – if you’re looking for products that will both protect your skin against the sun and enhance your natural beauty, look no further. I’m a big fan of their entire makeup collection, including the Rosilliance BB cream, Mineral Lipstick, Makeup Setting Spray or Tinted Sunscreen Stick. All of their products have an SPF of 30 or more and they contain certified organic extracts, antioxidants and vitamins that boost your skin’s natural immune system. And they feel very luxe when you apply them on!

Artnaturals Makeup Wipes – I always keep these wipes in my makeup bag if I want to refresh my face and remove any oil, dirt and residue. They are great for summer because they also remove waterproof mascara.



invisibobble – my recent discovery in the hair accessory department which I love using when doing a bun. This traceless hair ring doesn’t pull or tug at hair and doesn’t leave any dents in hair. Plus, it provides a firm grip (but no headaches!) and it does not soak so it’s great when you plan to take a deep dive in the pool.

Cuvée Beauty Everyday Gorgeous Travel Kit – you already know that I’m simply obsessed with this champagne-based luxurious haircare line so when Cuvee came out with their new travel size kit that features the mini Champagne Spray and Shampoo and Conditioner, I got so excited! This set is perfect for travel and now you can enjoy easy effortless waves everywhere you go! I reached out to the company and they offered me a special 20% off code for my readers so you can try it too. Simply use code bykatiness20 at checkout to apply the discount.

evo water killer dry shampoo – let’s face it: it’s summer and not all of us have time for a wash between all the activities and festivals. That’s why I like to use this dry shampoo in between washes to instantly refresh my hair and I also love the fact that it doubles as a texturing spray that gives nice body and gritty feel.

Renpure 100% Organic Coconut Oil – this coconut oil has so many beauty uses that I could write an entire blog post on that 🙂 but I especially like to use it in summer to repair damaged, brittle hair strands and split ends. It also doubles as an after sun treatment product and you can simply chill it in the fridge for about 45 minutes and apply to affected area to relive and soothe sun burn.



Vita Liberata Super Fine Skin Polish and Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse  – I’m obsessed with Vita Liberata’s products just as much I’m with Charlotte Tilbury’s. They are simply LUXURIOUS and they work so well. The skin polish and the tan mousse are my go to products for a perfect sunless tan. The first step to achieving a flawless tan is exfoliating so I always use the polish to remove any dead skin cells and scrub the skin thoroughly and then I follow with the mousse and a tanning mitt and using circular motions, I distribute the product evenly, using it sparingly on hands, feet, knees and elbows.

STARSKIN Eye Catcher Smoothing Bio-Cellulose Eye Maskthis summer, give your eyes some extra care too. I like using this eye mask to instantly make my eyes appear brighter, more radiant and rejuvenated. It is formulated with naturally fermented, vitamin-rich coconut juice that saturates the skin with an 12ml of serum containing wrinkle-smoothing  Adenosine, brightening Licorice Root extract and soothing Allantoin.

 Alba Metropolitan Skin Guard Mist – this protective and refreshing mist instantly revives and helps protect skin from pollutants and moisture loss. I keep it in my bag and spray it on the go whenever I feel that I need extra protection. It’s also great to refresh your makeup throughout the day.

belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb – if you want to achieve this perfect dewy look for summer, you need to make sure your skin is super hydrated. I like to apply this ultra comforting moisture cream at night to give my skin some serious moisture boosts that lasts up to 26 hours. If you have combination to oily skin, you might like belif’s Aqua Bomb as well, which gives an ultra-lightweight feel that instantly cools and refreshes skin while providing great hydration.

Patchology Poshpeel – nothing enhances the perfect pair of summer sandals like smooth feet and a perfect pedi. This peel will do all the dirty work for you and help dissolve dead skin and soften the surface while you sit back and feel pampered. Talking about that at-home spa experience…

EOS Berry Blossom Body Lotion – berries are delicious… on the skin too. Plus, they smell so good! This lotion gives you that boost of moisture for 24 hours and keeps the skin super soft. It’s enriched with natural shea butter, Vitamin E and avocado oil and I like that it absorbs fast while still quenching the skin immediately.

EO Certified Organic Deodorant Spraythis deodorant spay contains no aluminum salts, propylene glycol, or zinc salts that can potentially clog pores. Instead, it features pure essential oils and organic Ethanol to neutralize and eliminate the sources of unpleasant body odors to keep you fresh, cool, and clean all day long. The best part of it though? It can be used safely multiple times per day. You know how sweaty it can get during summer…

I hope that this blog post was helpful for you and that some of these products will have you glowing (and slaying!) all summer long.




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    1. So happy you like those picks Monica and thanks so much for stopping by! Keep me posted how the lotion is working for you! Xoxo

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