Summer Beauty Product Essentials 2013 & Giveaway

by Sami

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I’ve been searching for the perfect summer products for months now and I wanted to disclose some of the products you’ll read about below were given to me to review to aid in my search. You’ll also find some affiliate links below in case you want to purchase any of these items for yourself this summer!

I’ve been anticipating summer for some time now.

Not that long ago, it hit me that I’m still using the same makeup from Christmas a year and a half ago…much of which was given to me as a gift. I figured it was time to refresh my summer beauty routine.

So I reached out to friends and experts alike to try to figure out which summer beauty product essentials we’re all the rage for this summer. But more importantly, I wanted to know the MINIMUM number of products that would BEST meet my needs.

In fact, I told them I didn’t even mind spending more money on a product that served more than one purpose or was truly AMAZING.

Before I even mention the products I tried, I have to confess the one thing that really shook up my beauty routine: my trip to Paul Mitchell the School Nashville! I can’t tell you how long it had been since I had a day of beauty (we’re talking highlights, cut, facial, makeup – the works!) and it really made all the difference in the world! (If you want to find out all about my Paul Mitchell the School Spa Day and how reasonable it was, read here).

paul mitchell the school nashville services review

2013 Summer Beauty Product Essentials

Sun Care:
Of course, one of the most important things you need to do to amp up your summer beauty products is to add sun care into the mix. Here are two great examples of how to stay protected and look great!
Speaking of Paul Mitchell, they have a Paul Mitchell Sun line that helps protect every strand both before and after being outside!

I was able to pick it up at the school and discovered it is a great way to keep your color fresh even when hitting the beach or the park with the kids. The products run around $17.00 per item and while that may be more than drugstore haircare, it’s not really a bargain if you have to go back often to re-do your color because of the sun.

kids summer hair sun protection spray

If you have to choose just one, my favorite is the Sun Shield Conditioning Spray with UV protection so my highlights won’t fade or turn orange. (especially because it’s so portable).


If you’re looking for an everything cream for summer that offers UV protection, evens skin tone, conceals dark spots, hydrates for 24hr and won’t clog pores, check out Vichy ProEVEN Mineral BB Cream. It is a great base for make-up and can be found at Walgreens, CVS and Duane Reade. It costs $33.00, but when you consider you are getting your sunblock, foundation, matifier, hydrator and concealer in one, you are saving by using just one product!

If you’re nervous about buying the wrong shades for summer 2013, this is the one time I always recommend visiting the beauty counter: experts are there to help you find the best pop of color as well as what shades work best on your complexion. I visited Elizabeth Arden (I went to Dillard’s, but I know they’re also at Macy’s) and got a makeover recently. I loved their Flawless Finish cream foundation, but I was really surprised at how much I’ve ended up loving their lipstick. It’s rich and lasts longer than any I’ve ever tried.

Elizabeth Arden makeover

I think what I appreciated most is that Celina took the time to go from A to Z with me – starting with skin care and even offering alternate shades and looks for work and evening. Other great makeup products to update for summer: Bronzer, waterproof mascara, and lip gloss.  offers free skin care consultations at their counters located in department stores like Macy’s. You leave looking amazing and can often get samples to try or when buying a few items, they give a gift with purchase. Check out for their store finder to get your consultation. (I figure here you can plug the products or things about your experience you loved.)


I don’t know about you, but I’ve often wished someone made baby wipes for adults to use for our hands and face! I love keeping First Aid Beauty Gentle Cleansing Wipes in my bag, especially during the summer. A couple things I love about these wipes in particular:
-They are actually a bit larger than some wipes which is great as you just need one at a time.
-They are great for removing your makeup and don’t require water!
-They are perfect for sensitive skin because they don’t contain parabens, sulfates or phthalates.


nail polish lines

One of my favorite (& frugal) ways to embrace summer trends is with nail polish! I grabbed these aqua and coral colors at the dollar store and they actually lasted over a week! I painted them freehand above, painting the entire nail coral and then doing a diagonal wipe of the aqua. What do you think?


Would you like to start your summer with some of these beauty essentials? I have 5 summer beauty essential baskets I get to giveaway to 5 lucky readers! Just enter via Rafflecopter below and be sure to let your friends in on the fun too!
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Love this giveaway? Enter to win 1 of 3 beauty makeovers at Paul Mitchell the school Nashville too!

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Stephanie Ann June 30, 2013 - 12:27 pm

urban decay’s naked palette! i use it every day!

sami June 30, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Stephanie – When I had my makeup done at Paul Mitchell the School Nashville, Kenya used that palette on me and I fell in love with it! Your comment was one more reminder that I need to check it out!

Amei Nolette June 30, 2013 - 8:03 am

I think you looked fabulous before the Elizabeth Arden makeover but that flawless finish foundation cream looks amazing on you and the lip color is perfection.

sami June 30, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Thanks Amei – you’re sweet! And I have to admit, their lipstick is one of the best I’ve ever tried…

Cara June 29, 2013 - 4:37 pm

The EOS Lemon Drop lip balm is my favorite summer beauty essential! It’s the only EOS Sphere that has SPF 15 in it and it’s fun to reapply.

Cherie Montorio June 29, 2013 - 11:04 am

Olay mositurizer with SPF 15.

MeghanTucker June 28, 2013 - 10:33 pm

My favorite summer product is St. Tropez sunless tanner. Amazing!

Faith C. June 28, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Sunscreen and I have fallen in love with the supergoop sunscreen lotion.

Suzanne Meledeo June 28, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! In Texas, my #1 summer essential is a toss up between bug spray and sunscreen! 🙂

Rebecca June 28, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Sunscreen – without a doubt (and a hat).

Debbie Smith June 28, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Thanks for the contest

Debbie Smith June 28, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Thanks for the contest.

Lisa June 28, 2013 - 1:22 pm

I absolutely love my Alima Pure mineral powder foundation.

Lauren Powell June 28, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Nars blush in Orgasm!

Sherry June 28, 2013 - 12:24 pm

My essential summer beauty product is a razor! I get very lazy about shaving my legs in the winter since I wear long pants all the time. But if I wanna wear shorts or go to the pool in the summer, I have to shave my legs more often! 🙂

Genevieve Y. June 28, 2013 - 11:56 am


Chastity Russell Curtis June 28, 2013 - 11:27 am

My #1 Summer Essential is sunscreen.

jennifer {studiojru} June 28, 2013 - 9:00 am

i have two… sunscreen and something to help my curly hair from becoming a frizz ball in this humidity! 🙂

Jerri-lynn DeGayner June 28, 2013 - 8:54 am

I can’t live without my Volume and body mist by Wen in between shampooing.

Jenny Opdenbrouw June 27, 2013 - 10:57 pm

I love moisturizer with sunscreen in it and lipstick/chap stick with sunscreen!

Sarha Morgan June 27, 2013 - 8:41 pm

It would be fun to have a day to myself of beauty!! Lord knows I need it! Be fun to go to the Paul Mitchell school and get beauty up!

Kallie June 27, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Tinted moisturizer with sunscreen… all the way! Skin cancer runs in my family 🙁

Jessica Weaver-Stoll June 27, 2013 - 8:15 am

Enjoy using PM products year round. Using PM Sun for the first time this summer. Keeps the crunchy, dry summer hair away. <3

Lisa June 26, 2013 - 11:21 pm

SPF lip balm! I’ve tried many kinds, still shopping for a fav.

Ashlee Gagliano June 26, 2013 - 10:02 pm

My summer beauty essential would definitely be a hair tie on my wrist. It never fails, in 90*degree weather the hair goes up.

summer bonner June 26, 2013 - 8:51 pm

My Number 1 Summer Essential is SPF..

Austin Baroudi June 26, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Definitely sunscreen!

Kristen Baird June 26, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Bumble and bumble curl constructor!

Michelle June 26, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Tinted sunscreen is my 1st go to!

Lana June 26, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Do hats count? Because I only wear them in the summer to hide my crazy hair dos that come from swimming so often. 😉 if not, sunscreen. Can’t go outside without it.

Cindy Aiton June 26, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful giveaway! My absolute must have summer beauty product is sunscreen. I also keep rosebud salve and water with me at all times.

Garner Maria Carolynn June 26, 2013 - 6:00 am

My most essential summer beauty product is sunscreen, but only on my left arm or else I’ll get a driver’s tan!

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