My Holy Grail Products for Summer

I’ve always been a firm believer that your makeup, skincare and hair routine should switch with the seasons. You won’t see me running out and spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora just because the sun is out a little more (I wish!), but I do rotate products in and out based on the change in the weather. My biggest issues in summer are melting makeup, frizzy flyaways and protecting my skin from the sun. With that being said, here are my holy grail summer beauty products.

holy grail summer beauty

The “Wet” Brush

I know people who say “Never use a brush- always use a comb on your curly hair” and I’d like to tell them to just GTFO. Using a comb on my mane of hair would not only take forever, it wouldn’t work. I use the WetBrush after showering or swimming and it works amazingly. It is specially made to be used on wet hair without damaging it. And not to toot my own horn, but my wavy hair is healthy and strong and I use a brush, not a comb. So there.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

This is by far my favorite “beach waves” spray and I’ve tried quite a few. The scent is amazing- it smells like the beach, so I feel like I’m on vacation even when I’m stuck in an office all day. The product defines my natural waves and adds volume and texture.

Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Body Lotion

This lotion has been my summer go-to for years now. I even sometimes use it on my face (I don’t break out, so using body lotion all over isn’t a problem for me). It has a yummy smell, glides on easily and moisturizes skin of all types. A pump bottle lasts me forever and it’s so cheap.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen

I usually just grab whatever sunscreen I can find, since protection is the important part, not the brand. However, I’ve consistently loved Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens, especially this Silk Hydration version. It adds hydration as it protects and smells incredible. Yes, I’m one of those people who enjoys the smell of sunscreen.

Essie Nail Polishes

I used to be an OPI girl (which I still do love), but I’ve found that Essie polishes have started to take over my collection. Every summer they come out with a line of pretty, bright shades that I can’t resist. My current favorite is Tart Deco, a coral shade with just a hint of orange.

Stila CC Color Correcting Cream

This is a new favorite of mine. Having used only BB creams in the past (read my Garnier BB cream review here) I was really pleased with my results. The shade I have is a little too dark for everyday wear, so I can only wear it when I’m tan (aka mid-to-late summer). The product blends easily and dissolves into the skin, making it look like you’re not wearing makeup at all.

What are your “holy grail” products for summer? 


  1. Since cutting my hair last week I’ve been on the hunt for new hair products. I’ve purchased more pomades, waxes, and creams than I’ve ever wanted to, and I still can’t quite figure it out. But because it’s summer, I’ve finally given up and left for work with wet hair. I feel like summer style just screams “take it easy”

  2. I was once an OPI girl too, but Essie is my go-to now. I really can’t go anywhere without Oribe’s dry texturizing spray and my eos ball!

  3. I just got the Not Your Mother’s sea salt shampoo and conditioner and it really helps enhance my naturally wavy hair. Next I want to get that salt spray!

  4. I don’t really change my products, mainly because I don’t use anything special. However, I do absolutely change the colors of nail polish I use. I opt for corals/oranges in the summer and plum/bordeaux in the fall.

  5. I like Revlon’s CC cream.

    Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens are fabulous.

    NYM is a great brand, and being someone who doesn’t use a lot of products, I adore the beach spray.

    I also used to be solely OPI, but buy mainly Essie and Zoya now. I hate the OPI fat brush.

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