My Summer Beauty Favorites

‘Tis the season when SPF products completely take over my beauty drawer. My beauty routine is adjusted slightly because of the heat, and I make sure to incorporate SPF products to ensure my skin is protected from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Wearing sun protection is essential when wearing a face mask or face covering, especially because your eyes, forehead, and sometimes nose are still exposed! Take it from my Italian mother who used baby oil as sunscreen to tan in the eighties: you can never be too careful.

I also wanted to feature some of my favorite press-on nails for summer. I’ve been using glue-on nails since the fall, and I’ve received TONS of compliments from friends and family. Also, because of the pandemic, I haven’t visited the nail salon in more than five months, so these nails have been a lifesaver. Check out my go-to beauty products for the summer, below!

Photo Credit: impressmanicure.com

Rebecca Minkoff X imPRESS Press-on Manicure

I ordered this Rebecca Minkoff X imPRESS Press-on French Manicure ($8.99) with pastel tips during quarantine and absolutely LOVED them. Colorful tips are currently ALL over my Instagram feed, so I had to get in on the trend too.

Photo Credit: Ulta.com

imPRESS Press-on Manicure Couture Collection Luxurious

I used this imPRESS Press-on Manicure Couture Collection ($10.99) for my drive-by graduation ceremony (unfortunately, my in-person ceremony was cancelled). I enjoyed the various accent nails, and the silver and white colors matched perfectly with my navy cap and gown.

Photo Credit: Kiehls

KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30

Infused with coconut oil, lemon butter, and SPF 30, this Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment ($20) will hydrate and protect your lips from the sun. My lips are chapped all year round, so this butterstick really does the trick.

Photo Credit: Anthropologie.com

Gourmand Eau De Parfum Fragrance

This Gourmand Eau De Parfum Fragrance ($18) is my favorite fragrance to sport in the summertime. From Urban Outfitters, this perfume layers mandarin, honey blossom, sandalwood, and praline to create a delightful and summery aroma.

Photo Credit: Innisfree.com

Daily UV Defense Sunscreen

This Daily UV Defense Sunscreen in SPF 36 ($15) is my go-to everyday sunscreen to wear under makeup, or as my final step. to my daily skincare routine. This sunscreen is from my favorite K-Beauty brand Innisfree, and I love how its ultra lightweight and clear when layered on top of my skin.

Photo Credit: Target.com

Anthelios Mineral Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 50

If I want a tinted moisturizer with SPF, I’ll reach for this Anthelios Mineral Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 50 ($33.50). The formula is light and creamy and will give your face a natural, tinted glow.

Photo Credit: Ulta.com

Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Blush

I’ve been using this Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Blush ($9.44) for three years now… so I can attest that this drugstore blush really works. I prefer this blush for summer because it’s a really pretty pinky/peach shade. And it smells like vanilla and coconuts (literally).

XO Mon

Featured Image Photo Credit: Monica Mercuri

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