Last week, we dumped out our bags and showed the world the contents of our lives. In the process, we made so many discoveries about products we use and things we love, including products that were not in our purses at the time. Here are all of the beauty products we love right now and why. These discoveries are great for the summer AND year-round.
NYX Wonder Stick
This two-sided product has the lightener on one side and the darker color on the other. It glides on easily and works like a charm for daily “low-key” contouring that you can do, yourself.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
‘Tis the summer for bronzing! This product adds a subtle shimmer to your cheekbones, emphasizing your beautiful bone structure. Plus it’s always better to bronze than to get a sunburn!
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
This tinted moisturizer gives the perfect glow and coverage. It’s not too cake-y or thick, and it feels more like lotion than makeup. Added bonus is that it has 20 SPF, so it’s like getting three products in one: sunscreen, moisturizer and foundation.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream
$38 at Ulta
This will become your makeup addiction if you don’t like to wear heavy foundations in the summer. This CC cream comes in both a matte and illuminating finish; the Illumination CC cream gives a youthful glow and flawless finish, and it leaves your skin soft. The SPF 50 is a bonus!
Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Set & Refresh Spray
$16 at Sephora
A good makeup setting spray is a must for summer to avoid makeup melting down your face. And if you love the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, you will be pleased with this copycat, which is available at almost half the price! This one not only keeps your makeup in place, it also rejuvenates your skin with scents of lemon and peppermint!
Kevin Murphy Doo.Over combination dry powder finishing hair spray
This product is an amazing combo of a dry powder, a hair spray and a volumizing texture spray. A few sprays, and you will have instant volume, hold and it won’t be as oily the next day — plus the smell is divine.
Bellami “I’m Single” 25mm single-barrel curling wand
$19.99 on sale on Bellamihair.com
Some of our SB team identified with the name of this curling wand, the “I’m Single,” which is why they gravitated towards it. All kidding aside, after getting blowouts all year, we figured out that we needed a good curling wand to recreate the look ourselves at home. This wand helps create the look of soft, flowy waves and you don’t have to be a professional to use it.
AG Hair Sterling Silver Toning Shampoo
$15.99 on sale at Ulta (usually $45)
This is a great shampoo to use during the summer because it tones the hair to remove any brassiness from blonde and silver hair. It’s especially great if you spend a lot of time in chlorinated pools, restoring your hair to a cleaner and brighter color. Bonus: It smells really good!
$40 at Ulta
This oil-based cleanser removes waterproof eyeliner and mascara like a dream and leaves your skin feeling oh-so-soft. There is no longer a need for a separate eye makeup remover followed by a face cleanser; this one gets the job done in one amazing sweep!
Clarisonic Mia 2
$149 at Sephora
The Clarisonic Mia 2 is crucial in the summer to keep your skin smooth, clean and polished. It exfoliates and removes dead skin cells that build up, and the result is soft skin with a refreshing glow.
Image Skincare’s Prevention + Daily Matte Moisturizer
Starting at $23 on Amazon
This is the perfect daily moisturizer for people with oily skin, and it has 32 SPF, as well. It keeps your skin protected and matte all day, which for an oily-skinned person, is a miracle in the summer. Spouses have been known to steal this moisturizer, ladies, so buy two.
$12 at drugstores and grocery stores
Called the favorite lotion of all time by two of the SB team members, this product is loved for its lightness and effectiveness. All of the varieties of this lotion — cream or cleanser contain ceramides — which are released over time. It keeps you from drying up throughout the day, giving you 24 hours of moisture.
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
$45 at Sephora
Who doesn’t like a product that is supposed to tighten and smooth the look of skin, especially on your bum bum? The smell alone is enough to sell you on it but the light shimmer it leaves on your skin is an added bonus.
EOS Hand Lotion
This is a tiny product that fits into your bag and is a real lifesaver for dry hands. Plus it smells amazing! We love it as much as we love the EOS lip balms, for effectiveness as well as the packaging.
Aquaphor Lip Repair
$3 at drugstores and grocery stores
For those of us who have ever had sunburned lips, never again, right? Oh the pain! This lip treatment provides a strong sunscreen combined with the magical healing powers of Aquaphor. And it really stays on for a long time. We recommend a tube in your makeup drawer, in your purse, in your beach bag and your car. Seriously.
CoTz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40
$19.99 at Ulta
This is a weightless, non-greasy sunscreen that stays on even in the water. It is so silky soft and it feels almost like a foundation primer, which is perfect for anyone with oily skin or large pores. It comes out of the tube looking like makeup but don’t be scared — it applies translucent to your face.
Emjoi Micro-Pedi callous remover
$30 at QVC.com
This is one of those “As Seen on TV” things that really does work. For those of us who don’t have a lot of time for pedicures, use this and our feet will look like new. It immediately and painlessly files away calluses and dry skin.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish
Starting at $8 at drugstores and grocery stores
This gel nail polish is so easy to use. It requires two coats of color followed by one coat of the miracle gel. That’s it! It dries quickly and lasts forever.
Fizz Sticks from Arbonne
$52 for 30 packs at Arbonne
These are perfect when you need extra energy or when it’s too hot for coffee. Simply put a packet in your water bottle for an effervescent pick-me-up. It contains green tea, guarana and ginseng — combined with B vitamins and chromium.
$19.95 from leanercreamer.com
We all love our coffee but low-calorie creamer options are limited. This all-natural cream acts as a dietary supplement to curb hunger and you can enjoy it guilt-free!
$4 at grocery stores
Kombucha is an acquired taste but, if you love it, you really love it. GT’s Kombucha comes in wonderful flavors like gingerade and cranberry, and it’s a healthy dose of probiotics, which helps your gut and overall health. Sip on one all day long; this is not a drink you chug.
Try one or two of these products, or throw caution to the wind and try them all! We love them and we bet you will too!
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