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10 Essential Summer Beauty Products For Your Vacation (or Staycation)

Last updated March 11, 2022

I’ll admit, I’ve got a touch of cabin fever. Being cooped up in Covid-19 induced isolation has me dreaming of the ultimate wellness retreat destination.

Sometimes all it takes is a subtle and utterly welcome waft of coconut lotion or a breezy scent and suddenly I’m transported to a Caribbean island. But alas, summer is here.

So if you are climbing the walls like me and starting to think about how your summer plans might shape up, you’ll want to rethink your beauty essentials as well. When it comes to your beauty routine, you can scale it back quite a bit—just don’t skimp on the style!

The new summer beauty looks are glamorous yet not over-done. A simple splash of glitter (sustainable only please!)across the cheeks or colorful eyes against nude dewy skin creates a painterly summer look.

Stained glossy lips floated over the runways of Chanel and Gucci, watercolor lids at Christian Siriano and glitter at Off-White, Fendi and Marc Jacobs. Hair was all about electricity-free styles and showcased natural hair textures.

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Whether you’ll be staying home, lounging poolside, driving to forest bathing or touring the Greek Islands on a Luxury Yacht, you’ll want summer beauty essentials that are as useful as they are on-trend.

That means mini-sizes, multi-tasking formulas and products that are easy to apply — with an epic payoff.

honest hazel eye gel - summer beauty essentials

Honest Hazel Eye Gels

The natural ingredients in Honest Hazel Eye Gels — like cactus collagen, aloe vera and Vitamin C & E — work to reduce puffiness and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

I find these eye gels to be a quick fix for tired eyes. When flying, I apply these 30 minutes before I land and pull my eye mask over them and take a quick disco nap. When I wake up, I look so refreshed!

ilia serum skin tint - summer beauty essential

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 fuses skincare, makeup and sun protection into one travel-worthy product.

A weightless serum formulated with hyaluronic acid, plant-based squalene and niacinamide and non-Nano zinc oxide that to block UVA, UVB, UVC and blue light damage.

This essential is the holy grail for nude summer skin.

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Reverie Milk Hair Treatment

A luxurious blend of 16 essential oils and nourishing ingredients from coconut and almond, Reverie Milk Anti Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Hair Treatment works to tame frizz and leave hair silky and shiny.

Its lightweight formula moisturizes without weighing hair down. Try creating a New Romantic look that enhances your own hair texture.

kosas cream blush palette - summer beauty essentials

Kosas Color + Light Palette: Crème Palette

This cream blush Crème Palette by Kosas gives you a radiant, multi-dimensional complexion. The formula is weightless and buildable with nourishing natural oils including marula, rosehip seed, grape seed, green tea, and myrrh.

The go-to palette is low maintenance and easy to blend for a toasty monochromatic summer look. I keep one in my purse and one in my bathroom.

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Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

The award-winning Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes are the “ultimate skincare multi-taskers” for all skin types. The individually-wrapped bamboo face wipes clean, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate your skin.

I love this summer beauty essential because it’s sustainable? which makes it ideal for travel. A must-have in your carry-on, yoga bag and weekender!

hydrating accelerator - summer beauty essentials

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator is a multi-use product, acting as a combination toner and light moisturizer.

Full of organic, vitamin-infused Aloe Water, the accelerator delivers hydration and nutrients for dry, mature, sensitive, blemish-prone, combination and normal skin types.  

Use it to set your makeup and revive it throughout the day.

active oil free moisturizer - summer beauty essentials

Indie Lee Active Oil Free Moisturizer

Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturizer is a Vitamin C-rich facial moisturizer. The lightweight, clean formula fights skin fatigue from environmental stressors.

Formulated with a bouquet of flowers including  Daisy, Jasmine and Immortel Flowers. A powerful little superhero product that will make your skin radiant.

fresh face instant mask - summer beauty essentials

27 Rosiers Fresh Face Instant Mask

27 Rosiers Fresh Face Instant Mask quickly regenerates skin, giving you a natural glow. This natural formula helps revive stressed, dull and tired skin with a blend of aloe vera, ashwagandha, calendula, and chamomile.

A calming mask that will soothe and hydrate your skin after a long day in the sun. ☀️

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Kosas 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow

Kosas 10-Second Liquid Eyeshadow is water-based, fast-drying and crease-resistant. It’s formulated with soothing jojoba oil and orange flower water to help brighten the skin.

Wear it as a wash over the entire lid for a pop of color and pair it with nude skin and sheer glossy lips. If you want to standout, this color is gorgeous for lounging at the pool or seaside fun.

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INNBEAUTY PROJECT Glaze #1 Lip Oil

I like this Lip Oil because it plumps and softens with a glossy finish without the greasy or sticky feeling. 

The gloss-oil hybrid is formulated with red root oil from the shikonin plant that hydrates and pomegranate to gently exfoliate dry lips.

The lip oil imparts a candy apple shine that looks soft and natural.

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