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Summer always throws me for a loop, especially when it comes to my beauty routine. It’s hot and humid and my usual plan for getting ready just won’t do with all of the sweating and swimming and…you get the idea! I need a little foundation to even out my skin, but I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing a mask. SPF is a must in everything and we’re always around the water. And then there’s my hair…well, it is quite the beast to deal with in these hot months!

There are a few items I’ve really come to appreciate this summer and I’m putting them on my short list of…

Summer Beauty Must Haves

Summer Beauty Must Haves

1. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream – I have always been skeptical of products that claim to be “4-in-1” or more, so I avoided BB cream when I first heard about it. What was I thinking?! This “8-in-1 beauty balm skin perfector” is my favorite summer beauty item – it is light, it covers well, it contains moisturizer AND sunscreen – I love it all!

2. Nivea A Kiss of Smoothness & A Kiss of Shimmer – I just happened to pick these up in a two-pack in the Target aisle a few weeks ago because I needed a lip balm with SPF. I cannot believe how smooth they make my lips feel! The shimmer is very light and summery. This is now my go-to for anytime I will be outside!

3. Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer – I am a fair-skinned Midwesterner so I don’t want to blind anyone at the beginning of swimsuit season with my super-white whiteness. I am very scared of self-tanners, but my mom promised Jergens Natural Glow was not streaky or orange or splotchy – and she was right!

4. L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara – I was introduced to this mascara getting ready for my sister’s wedding three years ago and it’s still my favorite! My boys LOVE the water, so this mascara is a necessity!

5. A fabulous hat!

Vegas Poolside Couple

Dear mom friends, please embrace the hat trends because they will save your summer sanity! I love that it blocks some sun from my face, but it also can be thrown on over second {or third} day hair for days you need to get out the door quickly. I wore it over braids the other day – so fun! Wear it at the pool, wear it to the park, wear it just about anywhere! I’m addicted to the hat look! {The one above was less than $10 from H&M, and I also have two similar ones from Target!}

BONUS – Makeup Bag – You have to have something to put all of this in, right? The “I Am His” makeup bag from the DaySpring Redeemed Collection is the BEST makeup bag I have ever used. It is roomy and cute and has an outside little pocket to carry my bobby pins and ponytail holders. I can fit everything I need in it when we go to the gym or pool and I need to freshen up afterwards!

What is on you summer beauty must haves list?


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