As much as I enjoy playing with makeup, one of the reasons I adore summer so much is because I don’t need to wear as much product as I do during the colder months. Thanks to a (very gentle) kiss from the sun, my skin is clearer, allowing me to nix foundation, concealer, and bronzer.
On days when I dare to go especially bare, I pack only the essentials in my beach bag. Aside from a standard SPF 45 and a sun hat (must haves!), there are two secret weapons I’ve yet to leave home without this summer.
The first: tinted lip balm. After floating from brand to brand, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Clinique’s Chubby Stick. The tried-and-true classic packs a triple punch with a kiss of color, SPF 15, and serious moisturizing properties. I’m a personal fan of the “Chunky Cherry” shade, but the color is so subtle that almost any shade will do the trick.
The second: e.l.f. Lotion Wipes. My skin becomes parched after spending a day in the sun, but toting along another bottle of lotion isn’t always an option. These wipes are an amazing lightweight alternative that does the job just as well. Infused with aloe, cocoa butter, and other moisturizing ingredients, one swipe over any dry patches is enough to hydrate on the spot. They’ve quickly become the envy of all my friends, and the delicious Sweet Mango scent is an added bonus.
Do you have any beauty products you just can’t live without? Tell us in the comments below.
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Amanda is a NYC-based social media professional by day and a beauty-obsessed blogger by night. When not managing communities at VaynerMedia, Amanda can be found Twittering away on her iPhone or rooting through Sephora in search of that just-perfect shade of red lipstick.