My Summer Essentials

Can you even believe that we are into June already? Summer is here, which is awesome, but this year is flying by like never before, right?  There is so much I love about summer, particularly the pool so I am taking a little break from the Camera Ready series to share some summer must haves! Don't worry, we will circle back to it soon.

Last weekend, our neighborhood pool opened. My kiddos (and me) LOVE everything about the pool. But let's be honest, strutting around in your bathing suit can be overwhelming, especially if you didn't get started on that diet you had planned on. Allow me to share a few confidence boosting things that I am loving. They are good for you too so its a guilty free indulgence!

Shiseido Sport BB cream

Ya'll, this little bottle is ah-mazing. You need to give it a good shake to make sure the product is thoroughly mixed and make sure to blend/rub it into the skin well. It has a sheer wash of coverage to blend out your complexion and it is water/sweat resistant for over an hour. 

It does double duty, your skin looks great and is totally protected with broad spectrum SPF 50! Don't forget to wear a hat, I have some super cute ones in the salon that are awesome for the pool, stop in a get them while they last. 

So the above pic is my actual product. Did you notice that the color is Dark? It comes in Light, Medium and Dark and right now I am super tan so I needed Dark. 

I have been preaching on the SPF platform for quite some time, shaming my sun worshiping pals for their tan line excitement and slathering my children with the best sunscreen money can buy.  A few years ago, I was proudly as pale as possible, looking like Snow White with my long black hair and intentionally pale skin.  Well now I am blonde, (and heavier) and I want a glow but I am not willing to go back to baking.

Want to know my (not so) secret to my new glow?

Sugar Mist Sunless Tanning

Trisha's studio is right down the hall from my shop in Phenix Salon Suites. In April, I was going to a fundraiser and was quite embarrassed at how pale I was after being in hiding all winter.  I am never tan but I just looked like I had not seen the light of day in quiet some time. She did an amazing job, giving me a healthy warm glow, nothing orange or streaky. The session is quick and she tells you exactly how to take care of it. 

I am now totally addicted and will be finding a way to keep up my color (with her help) all season long. Call her today! She's amazing. 

Clarins Glow Booster

I am, for sure, the worst self tanner applicator in the business. There has never been a time that I didn't totally screw it up beyond belief. Maybe I don't have the patience, maybe I don't have the skill, whatever the reason is doesn't really matter.  This is not in my skill set. I don't even try anymore, especially since I am a loyal Sugar Mist client now.

Last week,  I was in Nordstrom picking up the above  BB cream,  when I was announcing my adoration of Trisha from Sugar Mist Tans, the sales lady told me about this Clarins color booster. I informed her that I was the worst at self tanning, she assured me that this is idiot proof and I will not be able to screw it up. So far, so good.

Ok, here is how it works....inside this box is a small bottle of liquid bronzer that you add a few drops into any body or face lotion. Mix it in your hands and rub/blend it into your skin. The formula is adjustable, you decide how much to add to your lotion, allowing it to build gradually from the first use.

So far it is error/me proof!

Younique Lip BonBon

I adore this sheer wash of color you get from the Younique Lip BonBon. My go to color is Red Velvet Cake, but it comes in several. I think this is a must have staple for every girl, of every age. Its perfect for my tween friends, just starting to wear some color and the best for my adult girls doing the no-makeup look. I swipe a bit over my lips and cheeks to add some color before hitting the pool or gym. 

If you are an email subscriber, keep your eyes peeled on that inbox for a chance to win one of these this month!

Trina Turk Cover Up

This was bit of a splurge for me. I am usually a Wal-Mart/Target/Marshall's girl when it comes to things like this. But in my advancing age, I am starting to take a less is more, quality over quantity mentality to many things. 

I have to admit, there was some sticker shock with this one but I absolutely fell in love with it when I tried it on. I put it back for a few minutes and then a voice in my head told me I would be kicking myself if I didn't buy it, especially since it was the last one.  

After all,  I have been working really hard for the past few months and decided to treat myself.  My husband even pointed out that in the summer, I spend more time in pool gear than real clothes so it makes sense to have a couple of nice quality pieces that I feel great in instead of 100 cheap things that are falling apart. He really is a keeper:)

The nylon/spandex material is comfy and cool, great for steamy days and dries quickly when you get splashed. How fun is this fringe?!?

What are your favorites for the season? Share in the comments!

Next up, I will round out the camera ready series with another photo prep post. If you missed the first two you an find 3 must have products here and how to fight frizz here.