Summer is quickly approaching, so I thought I’d list a few of my favorite go-to items for the summer–some oldies and others relatively new discoveries:
Apple Cider Vinegar: If you’re like me, then you tend to wear a lot of protective styles during the summer. The heat and moisture that comes with the summer can cause bacteria to grow and become trapped underneath your protective styles. I suggest when taking down your protective style after its wear (which I don’t recommend any longer than 8 weeks at a time) or during washes, using ACV as a natural remover of gunk and product build up. As a hair rinse, I use 1 part ACV and 1 part water. Leave the mixture in your hair for about 7-10 minutes, then rinse with cool water. AVC is a natural detangler also and, when used in your regular hair routine, can revitalize your hair and make it soft and smooth.
Ebin 24 Hour Edge Tamer: Especially for my 4C girls, humidity can make even the smoothest of edges spring right back up. I recently was suggested Ebin 24 Hour Edge Tamer, and it has honestly been the best that I have used. Other edge controls in the past have either left my hair white and flaking or don’t have enough hold. Ebin 24 Hour Edge Tamer has just the right amount of grip with no flaking at all. And even when I’m out for the day, I can count on this product to have my edges laid!
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil should be a staple in everyone’s skin care routine. It has a countless number of health benefits, but I use it primarily as a skin moisturizer. When I get out of the shower or before I get dressed, I smother myself in coconut oil. Though in the past African Shea Butter had been my go-to skin moisturizer (it’s still in heavy rotation during the cooler months), coconut oil is lighter and is perfect for the spring and summer months when using heavy products isn’t ideal. It leaves your skin soft, smooth, and glowing–naturally! It also aids in revitalizing dry skin and has healing properties, including calming eczema. If you don’t own a jar, consider yourself informed and go buy one!
Tarte Maracuja Oil: I first began using this product as a way to make my already matte face a bit more radiant. Having oily skin, I try to maximize a matte finish without looking too cakey. It may sound counterintuitive, but using a few drops in my foundation makes my skin look less flat. It’s safe to say, this product is ideal for all skin types. Even though it is an oil, it doesn’t leave a greasy feel or an oil slick on your face. Wear it by itself for added moisture or with your foundation for a dewy finish.
RCMA No Color Powder: I heard about this product about a year ago, and decided to try it out after some hesitation. The fact that it was sold out just about everywhere sparked my curiosity even more. Because I have such oily skin, I’m always looking of the next best setting/translucent powder. After paying almost double for this product when I couldn’t find it anywhere else, I decided to test it out. In the beginning, it wasn’t anything special to me and was comparable to all of the other setting/translucent powders that I had used. Eventually, I put it in the back of my collection and reached for other items. In the past couple of months, I decided to put it back in rotation and now I don’t know what I’d do without it. I use it in combination with my Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer on top of foundation as an all-over setting powder. I will literally do my makeup for work at 5 AM and my face will still look flawless when I get off shift at 8 PM. THAT is how good of a product this is. And to make matters better, it’s only $12 for a 3 oz bottle which will last you for years! If you have oily skin and are a makeup wearer, this is the one product that I recommend you buy to combat your issue. (Many say that this product is a dupe for the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. Owning both, I wouldn’t agree. The LM Translucent Powder has its purposes, but overall, I believe that the RCMA No Color Powder is superior in terms of lasting power and effectiveness for my skin type.)Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer: Hikari Cosmetics is one of those lesser known brands, but has some surprisingly quality products. The Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer is my favorite highlighter in my collection of millions; I own the color ‘Radiate’. Besides the fact that it is so beautifully golden in color, the rosy and bronzer quadrants adds more blush and warmth to my complexion. Personally, mosaic-type highlighters are my favorite for that same reason. (The Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Light in ‘Deep Bronze’ is comparable to this product). There are currently 4 different shades of this particular shimmer bronzer–one for every skin tone.
TONYMOLY LIPTONE™ Lipcare Stick: This is one of those super-casual lip products for everyday wear. There’s a time for a liquid lipstick and then there’s a time for a lip balm. When at work or just casually out running errands, I tend to reach for this product. There are 3 different lipcare sticks, but I own ‘Rose Blossom’. ‘Rose Blossom’ is a sheer, rose-tinted lip balm that claims to hydrate, repair, and protect lips–and that is does.
Gingham: Gingham is seriously all the rage this season, whether it be a skirt, dress, or trousers. This summer-style fabric can be dressed up or down, but is perfect for the warmer weather. Here are several sites that I’ve found to have great gingham pieces for your collection: www.boohoo.com, www.prettylittlething.com, www.asos.com
Tassel earrings: Lately, I’ve been seeing statement pieces becoming more prominent in trending styles; tassel earrings are no exception. They make beautiful additions to any summertime outfit for a bit of flare. Listed are several sites that I’ve found to have many sets of these earrings: www.etsy.com, www.baublebar.com