6 Staples for Glowing Summer Skin

The weather has really taken a turn here in Buffalo and so has my beauty routine. Warmer days equals simple makeup, and I am loving an easy, glowy beauty look.


In the past, I have strictly used full coverage foundation. I wanted flawless skin with no scars or blemishes in sight. Not only was finding a full coverage foundation that worked with my skin next to impossible, but it made my skin worse. The past few weeks I have been using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer. My skin has been much happier and I have embraced the flaws I once scrambling to hide. I do use a touch of concealer here and there, but mostly for my under eyes. My go-to brand has been the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. It's a great price and blends so easily with just the tap of my finger. I feel like acne has been a hot topic lately. The truth is a lot of people deal with it and that's okay. At the end of the day, a blemish really doesn't matter. And to be honest, not stressing about my skin has been a breathe of fresh air.


Blush is my favorite summer beauty product. The Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff has quickly become my day to day go-to. The Dusk shade is perfect for an evening look. When I'm feeling like a little shimmer, the GALifornia Blush by Benefit gives my cheeks a rosy glow. 


When it comes to lip products, I always prefer something I can swipe on without a mirror. I love using the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. The colors are gorgeous, it has SPF 15, and keeps your lips so hydrated. I also recently started using the Glossier Balm Dotcom in Rose. I love the scent and the thick formula for when my lips need some extra care.


I have two mascaras that I consistently reach for. The high end brand is Benefit's BADgal Bang!, and my drugstore pick is L'Oreal's Voluminous Lash Paradise. They are quite similar, but if I had to choose I would go with Benefit. Pro Tip: Always buy the travel size of high end brands. It's cheaper and the smaller wand allows for more control.


Spritzing on setting spray is the best part of getting ready. It's so refreshing and really wakes me up. Any setting spray by Urban Decay is a winner in my book. I recently tried the Quick Fix. The subtle coconut scent is very nice, and this formula is super hydrating and brightening.