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Summer 2018 Beauty Must-Have Items

Because summer is hot, but so are you.

Summer is here again; that wonderful time of year where the sun is hottest and the days are longest. And while the summer sunsets are breathtaking, you can be too. Below, this blogger has compiled several of the most game-changing, water (and sweat) resisting summer products. Because the sun is hot, but you can be hotter.

NARS Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer

Available at NARS Cosmetics for $40 {Shop Here}

Let’s just face it; there is no way to get a tan without some serious skin damage; irreparable trauma which will surely make a grand reappearance in years to come in the form of wrinkles, sunspots, and even cancer. Nevertheless, one cannot help but wish for a sun-kissed tan which has coworkers wondering, how did they have the time to visit the beach? Enter Nars’s Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer. The shimmer-free powder not only gives you a natural-looking glow, it also diffuses any imperfections, making you look (and feel) your absolute best. Even the name "Sun Wash" leaves you reminiscing on warm, sandy beaches, right?

Glossier’s ‘Lash Slick’

The formula took nearly 250 trials before the creators deemed it perfect. It is available at Glossier.com for $16 {Shop Here}

An Allure Beauty review states it best; “Like the little black dress or the classic white t-shirt, Lash Slick turns out to be the kind of mascara that outfits your eyes in a coating of "your lashes but better." Glossier’s new "Holy Grail product," known as "lash slick," is quickly growing as the absolute best light mascara. In its humble (but aesthetically pleasing) pink tube, Lash Slick is sure to become your summer must-have. And at at the price of $16, it’s a steal compared to other Glossier products.

Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment

Available at Sephora for $24 {Shop Here}

During the summer, sunscreen is a no-brainer. However, beach goers and pool-loungers alike often forget to protect their lips, and the results show. Dry, cracked, and wrinkled lips; entirely unkissable. With those kind of lips, say goodbye to any summer romance! However, with Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment, you can say goodbye to burnt, painful lips. With an impressive SPF of 35, this balm swipes smoothly onto lips for all-day protection. Not to mention that irresistible packaging!

Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray

Buy on Sephora.com for $12 {Shop Here}

This product, a French-girl secret, is being called the "holy grail" of beach-bag essentials. The can produces a spray of deeply-refreshing product to balance mineral levels in the skin, both toning and leveling the mineral levels in one's skin. This spray is perfect for setting makeup, and even clearing sand and dirt out of pores after a long day at the beach. As the can boasts, it tones, moisturizes, and most valuable, refreshes the skin.

Benefit Gimmie Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

Available on the Benefit website for $24 {Shop Here}

Summer makeup is all about simplicity. A more "natural" look prevents a melted-looking face; after all, summer sweat can leave your carefully applied makeup a sticky mess. Products like Benefit's "Gimmie Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel" become summer life savers. Easy to apply, builadable, and waterproof, Gimmie Brow will become anyone's new favorite product.

Coola Hair and Scalp Mist

Available on Coola.com for $26 {Shop Here}

Just like lips, the hair and scalp are easily burnt. However, as summertime reappears each year, it is easy to spot hordes of glowingly red scalps under sun-bleached hair as people continuously forget to protect their heads. Fear not! With Coola's Organic Hair and Scalp mist, your head is protected (with 30 SPF!) from the dangerous rays of the sun for a happier, healthier summer (not to mention the remainder of the year).

Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara

Available at Sephora for $29 {Shop Here}

All year long, and especially summertime, everyone needs a reliable and high-quality waterproof mascara in their makeup bag. From late-night ocean dives and sad-movie binges, this is the only mascara that lasts without smudges or streaks. One reviewer even says, "I've been using Diorshow for the past ten years. It never gets old and my lashes have never looked better."

Stila's Micro Tip Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Available on Stila's website for $22 {Shop Here}

While liquid eyeliner is an obvious must-have, it is nearly impossible to find a long-lasting, waterproof liner that refuses to smudge in the sweaty summer heat. Enter Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof eyeliner, available with a micro-tip. One Sephora review boasts, "Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof eyeliner was already my go-to for eyeliner - period! I couldn't wait to try this new micro-tip, and I was most certainly not disappointed! It's wonderful! Glides on soooo smoothly, just as the regular tip, the staying power is incredible, and the micro allows for a much finer line and affords great control. Absolutely LOVE both varieties and will continue to purchase!"

Supergoop! Sunscreens

Available at Supergoop!'s website, with prices ranging from $10 to $48 {Shop Here}

Sunscreen. It is the most important item on this list, yet many ignore the protectant in favor of other, more flashy products. Supergoop is a cult-favorite sunscreen brand which prevents sunspots, premature again and wrinkles. The top company has a product for every skin type and every person; from matte makeup-free sunscreen to mousse, Supergoop is a must-have. Despite its not-so-flattering name, Supergoop products glide on like a ream, leaving no sticky or greasy residue. And with the company's beautiful packaging, it's sure to brighten up any beach bag.

Sun Bum Cool Down' Hydrating After Sun Gel

Available in the 8 ounce size for $12. {Shop Here}

Try as we might, sunburn inevitably appears each summer, accompanied by stinging pain, peeling skin, and sun damage. However, Sun Bum's 'Cool Down' Aloe is a lifesaver for any burn-prone sungoers. The gel glides onto burnt skin, providing instant cooling relief. Alongside easing pain, the miracle gel prevents skin from peeling and eases any redness. With its price and benefits, this product belongs in every pool bag.

HERBIVORE Jade Facial Roller

Available at Herbivorebotanicals.com for $30

"Meet the Jade Roller. This Chinese skincare tool will cool, tighten, and de-puff your face in seconds." Vogue.com

Ah, the facial roller; one of the most beneficial (yet overlooked) facial tools available. For any struggling with summer-induced puffy skin, this is the holy grail product. For everyone else, the roller still provides incredible benefits, which include (according to the site): 

  • Improved elasticity of the skin
  • Promote lymphatic drainage
  • Reduce appearance of puffiness and wrinkles
  • Reduce appearance of dark under eye circles
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