my summer {beauty} top 10

I love sharing my seasonal beauty favorites on the blog. This summer, I’m focused on good sun protection, more natural products, and a low-maintenance beauty routine with a little glow.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk – It’s a splurge at around $30, but this is one of the best sunscreens I’ve ever used. The paraben-and-fragrance-free fluid absorbs quickly and dries to a matte finish, making it perfect for everyday protection from head to toe. On pool and lake days, I know I’m covered; it’s nice to relax and skip the constant reapplications I always think I need with sprays.

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream – If you’ve ever found yourself on a search for an effective natural deodorant, it can seem like an awkward/smelly exercise in futility. Before you run back into the arms of aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex — yikes! — give Soapwalla’s all natural deodorant cream a try. I started using it a few weeks ago, and so far so good. C and I spent a very hot and humid afternoon bartending at an outdoor fundraiser recently, and I left fresh as a daisy.

Some people complain about irritation from the baking soda in the formula, but I haven’t had an issue; maybe because I used Arm & Hammer’s Essentials deodorant before making the switch. If you’re concerned about possible reactions, check out this Crunchy Betty post on pH spray for baking-soda-based deos.

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Balm – If I had to choose just one lip product to use for the rest of my days, I’d happily pick this one. It’s a must-have for me 365 days a year, but it gets extra points in the summer for having SPF 15 built in.

thebalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18 – Confession: before I buy almost any beauty product, I turn to Beautypedia.  I tried this paraben-free tinted moisturizer purely because it was recommended on Beautypedia’s Best of the Best list, and it’s fantastic for sheer-to-medium natural coverage with sun protection. To make it hold up to the heat and humidity, I set it with a little Koh Gen Do Natural Lighting Powder.

Psst: If you keep your eyes peeled, you can find discounted products from thebalm on Hautelook every few months.

Durance Nourishing Dry Body Oil – I’m already on bottle #2. I use this after every shower. It smells light and clean, and keeps my skin lightly moisturized without feeling heavy or greasy; there’s nothing worse than thick lotion sitting on top of your skin when the heat index is pushing triple-digits.

Lush Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder – This stuff makes me smell like a sweet tart, but in the best way. I use it all over after a shower or bath on days I know I’ll be outside to stay fresh and dry. Bonus: This dusting powder has a real vanilla pod inside that keeps the fragrance going strong through the end of the bottle.

TooFaced Lash Injection Mascara – I feel like this mascara ends up on every “beauty faves” post I write, but I especially appreciate the tubing formula in the summer. Florida humidity is no joke, and nearly every other mascara runs down my eyes by lunch.

Gillette Venus disposable razors – I’m insanely loyal to these disposable razors. I literally won’t shave with anything else, and I have a stockpile in the event of apocalypse or discontinuation (don’t do it, Gillette!). A good, sharp razor that minimizes nicks, irritation and razor burns is a summertime staple.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bronze Light – I’m so glad Revlon brought Skinlights back; the liquid and powder illuminators were mainstays in my highschool and college makeup bag. I’m currently using the Bronze Light over my tinted moisturizer for a subtle sunkissed glow, focusing on the places I usually put powdered bronzer: my cheekbones, hairline, nose and neck.

Shea Moisture Hand & Body Scrub – I love a good scrub in the summertime. Whether I’m exfoliating my heels for sandals, prepping for self-tanner, or scrubbing off layers of built-up sunscreen after a day outside, there’s nothing better than a good old fashioned body scrub. Shea Moisture’s sugar scrubs are the best: they’re inexpensive, all natural, and combine natural exfoliants with nourishing oils for double-duty sloughing and moisturizing.

What beauty products are getting you through the summer months?

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  1. 7.15.14

    Thanks for sharing this list!

  2. 7.14.14

    All hail the mighty Gillette. Saving my life one shower at a time.

  3. 7.14.14
    anc49 said:

    Reblogged this on Sass and the City and commented:
    Can’t wait to try some of these out! Thanks, A Pretty Penny!

  4. 7.13.14
    Amelia said:

    Hi Keira!
    Just wanted to say that I recently discovered your blog through GOMI (oddly enough) and have been enjoying browsing your archives. Keep up the great work – you have a wonderful sense of style and it’s nice to see I’m not the only person who rarely meets an Essie polish she doesn’t like! :)

  5. 7.10.14

    The Balm shelter tinted moisturizer is soooo amazing. It’s not greasy. It has a relatively good price too. It really goes a long long way because it lasted me for about 7-8months. It also makes my freckled face more even. I love this!


  6. 7.10.14

    Thanks for the deodorant tip! I was using Tom’s and by the second day I was broken out in a rash so I discontinued. Will give this a try.

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  8. 7.9.14
    kaymc214 said:

    That sunscreen sounds really nice, I’ll have to try it out. Where do you buy it?

  9. 7.9.14
    Remi said:

    Great choice of products especially the mascara

  10. 7.9.14

    In love with all those products

  11. 7.8.14

    wow, I will try these ! really good products. love ur account.

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  13. 7.7.14

    I’m ready to try these! I’ve been looking for some natural products. Thank you for sharing :)

  14. 7.7.14
    abigailmah said:

    You have some fresh suggestions here! I’m definitely gonna try out the deodorant cream and the vanilla dusting powder which sounds amazing!

    Abbey from Pretty Little Romantics

  15. 7.7.14

    I love your summer beauty post! It’s definitely a great help in choosing summer products that will last all day and protect your skin in this scorching heat. I am sold on trying out the ones that you have mentioned (sorry wallet). Haha. The Soapwalla Deodorant Cream sounds so different than all of the deodorant products I have tried in the past. Who isn’t a sucker for a great deodorant product that will keep you fresh? Shoot, I know I am. Thank you for your insights and recommendations on these products! They all sound fantastic. c:

  16. 7.7.14

    It’s a shame that most of these products are not avaialble in Chiang Mai, or if they are they are too expensive for an English teacher…

  17. 7.7.14
    Karly&Cam said:

    Ohhhh I’ve been on the look out for a new sunscreen! Thank you for the tip, I will definitely check out La Roche-Posay Anthelios! I also love that it is called sunscreen ‘milk’- just makes it sound that much more appealing.

  18. 7.7.14
    Carolina E. said:

    I want to try the Shea Moisture Hand and Body Scrub ,it something I really need to. Blessings

  19. 7.7.14

    I’m intrigued by the sunscreen and deodorant cream. I may be visiting Ulta later today. Thanks for the recommendations!

  20. 7.7.14

    I love Fresh Sugar Rose

  21. 7.7.14

    I am definitely going to try out Ulta’s Shea Moisture Hand and Body Scrub and the Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara, as well as Lush’s Vanilla Dusting Powder! They seem like great products! Thanks for the suggestions!