Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer. The word conjures up visions of backyard barbecues, swimming pools, and ice cream. If you live in a place like Scottsdale, Arizona, the word also brings up thoughts of makeup meltdowns, sunburns, and blisters. Over the years, every Scottsdale girl hones her tricks for surviving summer while still looking mildly pulled together. Below are a few of my favorite products to make it through even the most sweltering of the 115-degree days.

Waterproof eyeliner should be an essential in any makeup-loving girl's cosmetic bag. I have to admit, I'm a bit of a product junkie, and after testing countless eye liners, I have found my all-time favorite, Makeup Forever's Aqua Eyes in 2L (a pearl brown). This eyeliner is easy to apply and remove, yet, it stays on nearly flawlessly through hot days and even swimming!

Urban Decay's Oil De-slick in a Tube is a newer addition to both my bag and makeup counters. It is a lightweight gel that you can apply under or on top of makeup that completely gets rid of any "shine", and primes your face to look fresh all day! I used this product for the first time the week of my best friend's outdoor June wedding, and I was shocked with how matte I looked, even late into the night! Application tip- put sunscreen on, wait five minutes, then rub the De-Slick in VERY well, and then wait 5 more minutes to apply foundation or powder.

I discovered Band-Aid Friction Block last summer while I was living and interning in New York City. I have a bit of a penchant for blistering shoes, and applying Friction Block a couple times a day blocked blisters from forming on my feet even while wearing the strappiest of summer sandals.

During about nine months of the year, I painstakingly blow out my wavy hair almost daily. However, when the temperatures heat up, and my hair dries within ten minutes of being outside, I let my natural waves dry themselves. A fellow curly-headed friend reccommended Redken 07 Ringlet Perfector. I put a little of this formula through my hair, raking it through with my fingers. After a little air drying, I'm left to go on about my day with frizz-free waves.

What are your summer beauty essentials?


  1. I too am of the curly haired persuasion, and I have been looking for something new to fight the frizz. (Particularly now that we are mid-monsoon season). Thanks for the suggestion of the Redken 07.