Summer Beauty Staples

Oh hello summertime glow, beautiful tresses, and kissable lips. It's summertime! Whether you're headed to the beach, the boat, your favorite concert, patio cocktails with the boy, or a backyard barbecue, I have the essentials for you. There are so many things I cannot live without this summer that are absolutely “amazeballs.” I have to share with you my top 10 beauty essentials that will keep you looking stunning and fresh all summer long.
1. Sebastian Trucco Exotica Body Bronzer
This is my go-to bronzing lotion to give my skin that sunkissed glow. Light will hit you in all the right places and show off your sexy shoulders and arms in the best way. A little goes a long way and be sure to allow it to dry on your skin for 10 minutes before dressing. No streaks, blends beautifully, feels buttery smooth, and washes right off your hands and body without any problem.
Visit Amazon.com for purchase.
2. Clarisonic Mia 2
It is time to go beyond the washcloth days and get yourself a Clarisonic. I promise it will be money well spent. This has been my lifesaver device for cleansing my face over the past year. My face cannot live without it. The motion and frequency of the Clarisonic gently removes 6X more makeup than cleansing with your hands alone. It makes my skin much more receptive to treatment, lotions, and serums with twice daily use. AND it surely tames my breakouts.
Visit Nordstrom.com for purchase.
3. The Beauty Blender
My new makeup must-have. A favorite to pro makeup artists around the country. It is a makeup sponge that gives you that flawless photo finish that we all dream of. Who doesn’t want to give their skin a natural airbrush look? Even better, the application is simple. Soak your blender in tap water and squeeze it out. Tap it in a small amount of foundation and start applying it to your face in a tapping motion to distribute and blend evenly. Perfection complexion ladies!
Buy at any Marshalls or Walgreens for cheap.
4. Revlon 24 Hour Colorstay Whipped Foundation
OMG can you say obsessed! I have been a MAC foundation junkie forever, until I recently ran across this amazing silk foundation thanks to my girl Jaclyn Hill’s YouTube video. I have been using this product for 2 months now and I will now never be able to live without it. It is a medium coverage, lightweight foundation like I have never experienced before. It feels like cashmere on your skin and every single imperfection and redness disappears for an unbelievable flawless look. It truly lasts all day.
Buy at any drugstore or Ulta.
5. MAC Matte Bronze
I have been a believer in this bronzer for years now. It is a great bronzer for contouring your cheekbones as well as creating a beautiful sunkissed glow. The powder is fairly well pigmented and great for light to medium skin tones.
6. Milani Baked Powder Blush 
Luminoso is a beautiful soft pink blush with peach and gold undertones. Goes on beautifully leaving you with a beautiful highlighted peachy keen cheek. Goes great with all skin tones.
Easily purchased at Meijer when it is in stock!
7. Milani Lipsticks
What’s summer without making a statement with your lips ladies?! These lipsticks sure know how to pack a sure punch! This lightweight creamy formula nourishes my lips with a WOW factor. It goes on beautifully smooth with great coverage and staying power. My three favs for the summer are Sweet Nector, Flirty Fushia, and Flamingo Pose with many more to pick from. I want to buy them ALL!
Products available at Meijer.
8. Dry Shampoo
Pretty much a lifesaver! I could truly not live without the invention of this product. I try to only wash my hair 2 days a week. So my friend dry shampoo comes in very handy. It’s important for your hairs health to allow at least a day in-between your shampoo and conditioning routine.
There are so many brands out there that I do love. Right now I would have to say that Simply Smooth Xtend between Dry Shampoo is my lifesaver at the moment that I reach for. It is a keratin-based dry shampoo that keeps my hair looking clean and refreshed in-between my shampoos. It has a fruity scent and puts a beautiful sheen on my hair. My favorite drugstore brand at the moment would have to be Got2b Rockin’ It Dry Shampoo. It refreshes and volumizes your tresses without a doubt. Both of these products apply blendably well leaving no harsh chalky residue.
9. The Hair Donut
Really, where have you been all my life?! This product is less than $1 and makes your hair look like you just stepped out of the salon looking like a million dollars. It is my go-to hair style for the pool, the beach, the boat, and work! Mark my words, once you start you will become hooked. You simply pull your hair up in a ponytail (low or high depending on the look you want to create) and pull the donut through the ponytail and apply a hair tie and pins for the finished product.
Purchase at Amazon.com
10. Hot Tools Professional 1 ¼” Curling Iron with Multi-Heat Control
Who wants beach sexy Victoria Secret model waves? We all do! This curling iron is my favorite for making beautiful waves look effortless. It heats up in less than a minute and the curl is truly beachy and sexy that lasts all day. Don’t forget to protect your tresses against heat damage from styling tools. My saving grace is the Pantene Pro-V Stylers Heat Protection Spray.
Buy at Ulta with a 20% of coupon and SAVE!
I hope you enjoyed reading my post as much as I enjoyed sharing it. Beauty is one thing I am sincerely passionate about that I love sharing with all of my readers. If I touch just one person a day, I am a happy girl! I would love to know what secrets are tucked away in your beauty cabinets that you cannot live without. Please feel free to comment or share your questions below! Enjoy the rest of your summer ;)
<3 Ash


  1. Do you put the whipped foundation over your CC cream? Also, how do you clean the beauty blender? =]

    1. I use both my CC cream and my foundation together when I want the look of perfection! Usually on the weekends when I am getting all fancy ;) I always apply moisturizer, my CC cream, and then lastly my foundation for the perfect picture.
      When I am working 9-5 and just doing a quick face for the day, I will choose my CC cream when my face doesn't have a breakout. When I have a flare up of my acne, I use my foundation instead.
      I cleanse my beauty blender with gentle dishsoap and warm water.
      Thanks for your questions!

  2. I didn't know they made a hair donut, I always use a thin (clean!) sock with toe cut off, lol!

    1. I hear ya! I was using the sock the same way and ran across the donut recently. Both ways make a beautiful bun. For the length of my hair, I believe the donut is easier :) Either works!