While Emily and Geoffrey are in Hawaii, the editorial team is finding our own ways to staycation and take advantage of L.A.'s sunny weather and beautiful beaches. Here are the products we're loving this summer for effortless, beach-ready routines:
1. BeautyCounter Mineral Sunscreen Stick: I'm a little nuts about sunblock in the summertime since my skin goes from white to beet-red (there's no in-between). I've been keeping this nontoxic zinc oxide stick in my purse for easy application. Just be aware: it goes on a little white, so be sure to use a mirror to rub it in!
2. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo: I recently colored my hair for the first time and—miracle of miracles!—my blowouts now last longer than 8 hours (I'm prone to the greasiest hair). I put it to the ultimate test on the cattle drive (you can take the girl out of L.A., but you can't take her dry shampoo away from her), spritzing my hair each morning before tying it back under a cowboy hat. And, it somehow looked presentable by the end. The smell is a little intense so it's difficult to use in addition to perfume, but it settles down after a few minutes into a fresh and summery scent.
3. RMS 'Living Luminizer': If I could only wear one product everyday during this summer, this would be it (in addition to SPF, of course!). This creamy luminizer has the prettiest sheen—I wear it on my cheekbones to highlight my freckles, and sometimes on my eyelids as a sheer shadow. Less is more in the summertime.
4. Fleur Vibrante Solution Body Serum: Normally, I just slather on the body lotion provided in my gym locker room, but I've been using this ever since a bottle was sent to the office. I love that it's made with Jasmine flowers (so it smells amazing), as well as pressed marigolds. It feels like summertime in a bottle!
5. Vintner's Daughter Serum: This product is by far the most expensive product in my cosmetics bag and is twice as much as I've spent on any other serum (or anything, ever...), but I only need half as much so I'm calling it even. In an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld (in all his Jerry wisdom) said, "Every woman today lives like Cleopatra—you've got emollients and salves. You're just swimming in goo." Of course, he intended it as a punchline, but this serum does make me feel like Cleopatra, like I'm playing with potions in my own private apothecary. I love it.
6. Goop Perfume No. 4 'Orchard': I switch perfumes about once every ten years—from Juicy Couture all through middle school and high school (the scent still immediately takes me back) to Elizabeth & James' Nirvana a few years ago. As amazing as 'Nirvana' smells, it's hardly a summertime scent, so I've been sticking with this Goop perfume recently. It smells like everything I love about a farmers market and is aptly named 'Orchard' for its top notes of earthy flowers and stone fruit, with a bit of sandalwood.
1. CeraVe Daytime Facial Moisturizing Lotion: I'm very minimal in my skincare routine but if I know I'll be out in direct sun for a good chunk of time, I'll use this lotion for some SPF. I love that it's lightweight and scent-free as I'm very sensitive to smells.
2. RMS 'Breathless' Lipstick: In the summer, I want a toned-down lipstick to shift the focus to my tanner skin and more flushed cheeks (courtesy of the hotter temperatures in L.A.). This color has been my go-to because it's practically nude with just a touch of coral to match my cheeks.
3. Mr. Pumice Ultimate Pumi Bar: Since it's sandal season, I find that my heels are drier than usual. I keep one of these exfoliation bars in my shower and every time I notice dry soles and heels, use it with a bit of body wash soap to get rid of any sad-looking skin or calluses. The result: smooth, baby soft feet that I'm not embarrassed to bare.
4. Drybar 'On the Rocks' Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo: I recently got a blowout at Drybar where my stylist used this shampoo to help remove product buildup. I guess the combination of detangling spray, dry shampoo, and the occasional hair oil for my dry ends left behind a layer of residue on my locks but after a couple rinses with this magical potion, my hair feels fresh, light, and airy, just like it ought to in the summer.
5. Glossier Lidstar in 'Cub': Hannah introduced me to Glossier (see her current favorite Glossier products below!) and even with a lazy makeup routine, I can get behind something that's easy to apply (just use your finger). I love that this color looks more akin to a bronzer for your eyelids, giving me a 'just came back from the beach' look all the time.
6. Kai Deodorant: I usually go perfume-less in the summer since my signature scent is more musky, but compromise by using this floral deodorant. I'm not sure how effective it is at stopping sweat, but it sure does provide a subtle cover-up scent.
1. DevaCurl Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel: This product has been a game-changer for me. I use it to ring water out of my hair immediately after I get out of the shower, and it has majorly helped cut down the time my hair takes to dry.
2. Sun Bum SPF30 Sunscreen: I am an avid beach-goer, and I love this sunscreen. I prefer cream to aerosol sunscreens, and love the way this one smells. It's not waterproof, so I have to be diligent about applying it, but I love the way it smells (like shea butter) and find that it works really well for preventing sunburns.
3. Capsule Parfum in 'Covey': I bought this perfume a few months ago, and have been loving wearing it all the time. It has a subtle, unique scent that I really like, and that wears nicely throughout the day. I've also been experimenting with scent layering, wearing this combined with Le Labo's 'Santal', and have gotten several compliments from strangers that say it smells really good, so I'm taking that as a good sign!
4. Glossier Cloud Paints in 'Beam' and 'Dusk': I love this product all year round, but especially in summer because of how easy it is to apply and how pretty the finish looks. The product is a liquid that goes on like a stain, leaving a really natural flush that actually lasts all day. I've been loving layering these two shades lately, adding 'Dusk' on my cheeks and across the bridge of my nose to fake a sun-kissed glow before adding 'Beam' to the apples of my cheeks.
5. Thayers Witch Hazel Toner: I recently talked about how much I love this under-$10-toner on our instagram stories (if you missed it, you can watch it in our Highlights!), and I am still obsessed. In the last month or so that I have been using it, I have noticed a serious difference in the smoothness of my skin. Plus, the bottle has a cool, apothecary style design that looks really pretty in my bathroom cabinet.
6. Blotting Papers: In the summer, my skin can quickly go from dewy and fresh to an oily mess, and these blotting papers are a lifesaver. I keep a pack in my purse so that I can use them whenever or wherever I need.
1. Diptyque 'Fleur de Peau' Eau de Parfum: In my opinion, Diptyque makes the best-smelling products. I love their candles, room sprays, and scents, so when they released 'Fleur de Peau' as part of its 50th Anniversary collection I was eager to try it. I've gone through a bottle of this perfume at an alarming rate because the scent is that good. It's elegant and—best of all—works for any season, not just summer.
2. Goody Ouchless Scrunchies: I was recently introduced to scrunchies (I know I'm a few decades behind) at an event and started using them out of convenience. My convenience quickly turned to necessity after realizing the benefits of a scrunchy. I am able to tie my hair up while I apply makeup without creating a dent, my ponytails look fuller, and I think it looks cuter on my wrist than a hair tie.
3. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Toner: I brought five large bottles (no exaggeration) of this toner home in my suitcase from Paris. I had read that it was the item to purchase at the French pharmacy so naturally, I went completely overboard. Turns out, the reviews were right and I have noticed a dramatic difference in the quality of my skin—the tone is balanced, any acne has disappeared, and my pores seem smaller. I also use the solution as a makeup remover. Thankfully, the product is available in the US so I can eventually replenish my supply (if it ever runs out).
4. Glossier Balm Dotcom: I have never liked the way lipstick looks with my skin tone so I usually just opt for chapstick. However, my loyalty to chapstick was quickly overthrown when I discovered Balm Dotcom a few months ago. My lips have never felt softer and I love the subtle cherry tint. I am now guilty of having one in my car, my makeup bag, my purse, etc.
5. TanTowel Self-Tan Towlette: I usually consider self-tanner risky—I'm always afraid of looking orange or streaky—but this tanner renewed my trust in an artificial glow. I'll use two half-body towels on my body and face before bed and wake up with a very natural, well-blended tan.
6. Drybar 'Prep Rally' Prime and Prep Detangler: When I moved to California from Washington, I immediately noticed that my hair was tangled and difficult to brush after I showered (maybe it's the dry weather?). I love 'Prep Rally' because it works as a detangler while also adding a smooth, salon-like texture to my hair when I style it with hot tools.
1. Crown Enlightened Oil: If there’s one scent I had to wear every summer from now on, I would choose this one. It’s an oil-based fragrance intended to 'enlighten' the wearer. Whether you’re spiritual or not, the amber and frankincense smell amazing.
2. Stacked Skincare Micro-Roller: It doesn’t surprise me that I discovered my favorite beauty tool ever on Cupcakes and Cashmere. After washing my face, I apply a cucumber mist then I micro-roll, and follow with a collagen serum and repairing night cream. It’s like drinking more water or taking up yoga, but only takes about 3 minutes every other night.
3. W3ll People Bio Tint: I don’t often wear face makeup, but during the summer, I spend so much time outdoors that my face turns a rosy shade very quickly. My regular moisturizer offers some sun protection, but recently I’ve been layering this one on top and have noticed a more even, dewy complexion.
4. Biolage Keratindose Renewal Spray: I always let my hair air-dry and this has proven to be the greatest secret weapon. It moisturizes dry summer hair while taming any flyaways. Moreover, I’ve noticed a definite improvement in my hair’s overall health, volume, and shine.
5. By Terry Eye Pencil in No. 5 Marron Glace: When it comes to makeup, more than anything else I like to focus on my eyes. Year-round, this means long, thick eyelashes, but during the summer, I like to add a golden lid. This eye pencil strikes a perfect balance between shimmery and subtle. I also love that it’s waterproof (hello, beach days!), but easy to take off with just a swipe of eye makeup remover.
6. Diptyque Satin Oil: Something about warm summer evenings and this beautiful jasmine and ylang-ylang scented body oil just seems right. I love spritzing this all over my body post-shower and then throwing on an easy dress or romper. The subtle glow from the oil compliments a summery outfit in the best way possible.