Essentials: Summer Beauty

Summer Beauty Essentials

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1. I've been wearing this fragrance, Bronze Goddess, exclusively on tropical vacations for years. With notes of amber, Tahitian gardenia, and coconut, it reminds me of a day at the beach. Summer in a bottle.

2. All of of the time spent in the pool/beach/boat tends to take a toll on one's hair. For me, it is especially bad because my color-treated hair already needs a little TLC. A few sprays of Phytomist, a very light leave-in conditioner is a life-saver for combing through wet hair. 

3. I can't get enough of these Chanel Rouge Allure lip glosses - they are long-lasting, the perfect consistency, and this prettiest shade of pink (Extase 16) adds enough polish to a very low-maintenance summer makeup look.

4. I love a classic red nail and Essie Lollipop is the absolute perfect shade of red. I once read that this is also Olivia Palermo's go-to nail color, which confirmed my initial bias. :)

5. Clarins Body Lift - this is the best for smoothing and firming skin pre-bathing suit, for problem areas such as thighs and tummy, especially if you're like me and have had a baby in recent years.

6. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer - the one and only bronzer I have been buying on repeat for the past five+ years. I love that it is a mix of blush and bronzers of different shades, matte and a hint of shimmer. It gives the most authentic sun-kissed glow, and there is no need to wear blush!

7. When we moved to Florida, my husband tasked me with finding the best facial sunscreen/moisturizer because he bikes to work and did not want to wear both every day. I discovered this EltaMD Sunscreen UVfacial, which is super lightweight but actually feels moisturizing, and is completely non-greasy. It is also paraben-free which is a huge plus.

8. Sadly, I was not blessed with the beautiful long eyelashes that both of my sons have. I have always been hesitant to try any of the eyelash growth/extension products, but my brother swears by Revitalash, so I finally gave it a try. After just a few weeks, my lashes were noticeably longer.

What are some of your favorite summer beauty essentials? 

New Year's Style Resolutions: Invest in Timeless Pieces

1.  Invest in quality, timeless shoes and handbags. It is amazing how a beautiful pair of well-made shoes or a luxurious handbag can elevate a look. If you are considering splurging on any one item, make it something that you will get excited about every time you put it on and know you will wear for years to come. Remember, just because these are considered investment pieces does not mean they need to be basic! A fabulous crocodile-embossed tote and nude pointy-toe studded pumps will instantly update both a white blouse and pair of jeans or a simple black sheath dress and will provide true wardrobe staying power.  

 Classic Shoes and Handbags

Classic Shoes and Handbags

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1.  Saint Laurent Croc-Print Small Sac de Jour Tote, $2,990. BERGDORF GOODMAN

2.  Bottega Veneta Snakeskin Clutch, $2,400. BARNEY'S

3. Valentino Rockstud Patent Leather Sandal, $995. NEIMAN MARCUS

4. Stuart Weitzman Nudist in Leopard Haircalf, $480. STUART WEITZMAN

5. Givenchy Obsedia Leather Top Handle Bag, $2,790. BERGDORF GOODMAN

6. Christian Louboutin Pigalle Patent Leather Pump, $675. NEIMAN MARCUS