beauty tips

Summer Essentials 

My Summer essentials are just a few things I can’t live without so far this year. I thought this would be helpful to some of you ladies and I decided to share them here. Summer 2015 is in full swing so why not share some things that you can still get your hands on!  

The swing dress is a must have! Let’s face it we all want to be cute but it’s just too hot! The swing dress is a great way to remain stylish and on trend. I picked up this dress from Forever 21Plus. I am usually a large, but I wanted the dress to have extra swing room; since I have a bigger bust. Forever 21 is more so for teens and petite Shopaholics.  No one wants to wear denim in 90 degree weather so chambray is a good alternative when done correctly.   The chambray dress isn’t on the website but you may be able to find one in your local store if they carry plus. I was able to find something similar from Romwe.

For the events that require a bit more polish this summer… another alternative is a jersey dress. I picked up a short sleeved version from Old Navy, but this burnt orange dress from Glamorous is perfect for a summer day party. Find a solid that compliments your skin-tone. 

Dark skin tones look amazing in bright yellows, oranges and also olive green. If you are a medium skin tone chartreuse and corals are a great option to try. Everyone looks great in black and white so if all else fails stick with the non-colors.  There are no hard rules so feel free to try any of the colors I mentioned no matter what skintone you have.

“A’int nobody got time” for foundation. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is a great alternative. It has a glowy finish and buildable coverage. If your oily like me you will need to set with a powder and I usually opt for MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Dark Deep. I have been loving this since it has gotten hot here in New York. 

I have purchased a lot of shoes this year but every time I go out I find myself reaching for these Steve Madden heels. Feel free to check out my previous post for more details. But this no fuss neutral is great for every outfit in the summer. 

I love a bright lip on tanned skin in this heat. One of my personal favorites is MAC’s Dangerous. If you are more of a medium tone then Lady Danger is going to be perfect! I line my lips with Cherry lip liner and I always get lots of compliments. It’s a really bold color so I usually keep everything else simple with some highlighting and mascara to finish the look.   

If your not into the brights then I have also been loving MAC’s Stone lipstick. It’s a neutral brown with a purple undertone. I think it’s a unique neutral. But it can make you look a little lifeless so I go heavy on warming up my skin and usually play up the contrast with gold accessories. I use Chestnut pencil to line my lips. 

If you also don’t have time for a lip in this heat then please pick up NYX Butter Gloss in your favorite shade. On the days when I don’t wear any makeup at all I will put on some gloss in “Angel Food Cake” and some origins eye brightening cream.   

I have been frolicking all over the city in my Doc Marten Gryphon sandals. Red is the new black and I literally wear them all the time. They are super comfortable and paired with basics like a white t and jeans or a maxi dress you will be sure to become the topic of conversation. They just happen to be on sale so act fast… Thank me later. 

I have lots of summer favorites and I could go on forever but if you start with these you will be in good shape. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask or send an email.