After living in Oregon for the past few summers, I kind of forgot what it felt like to truly have summer essentials. The second I moved back to southern California, the blistering heat and unremitting rays of the sun required me to make some changes to my routine almost immediately.
In terms of skincare, spray lotion has been my body moisturizer of choice when temps creep into the 90s and beyond. The St.Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion in Oatmeal & Shea Butter absorbs instantaneously into my skin, and while it offers only minimal hydration throughout the day, it's typically all my skin needs in the warm, summer months.
For sun protection, I've been reaching for my mini Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment at the pool or beach, since it boasts SPF 15 (sunburned lips are a b*tch, by the way), and the Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil wih Meadowfoam SPF 50. I'd never tried a sunscreen oil before, but I actually love using this one on my face! It can be a bit greasy if you use too much; I usually use two pumps if I'm going to be wearing makeup, making sure to let it fully absorb before applying foundation, and I go all out and use 3-4 pumps if I'm just wearing it at the pool or beach, sans makeup. It makes my skin look dewy and glowing, but not too shiny or greasy, and I love its fresh and delicate citrus scent.
In terms of bases, I've been all about those of the non-foundation variety, whether it's a tinted moisturizer, BB creme or tinted sunscreen. A reigning favorite continues to be Dior Nude BB Creme, with it's fresh, medium coverage that doesn't weigh down my skin. Stila Convertible Color in Petunia, a vibrant coral, is one of my favorite summer cheek colors. Not only is the shade absolutely stunning and tan-enhancing, but the dewy finish is long-lasting and more sweat-resistant than powders. Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Powder in At Goldcome Bay has been a staple bronzer for me this summer, especially when I started the season at my absolute palest. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: It's one of the best bronzers out there for fair complexions.
On my eyes, I keep it super simple most days with just a light wash of cream eyeshadow and several lashings of mascara. Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow in Mutt, a golden bronze, is one of my favorites. The formula is a more affordable dupe of Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre. Lancome Lip Lovers are still among my favorite lip products this season, and 336 Orange Manege is quite possibly the summeriest shade of the line-up.
My last summer essential, and something I neglected for a few years while I was living in rarely-sunny Oregon, is my sunglasses from Anthropologie. I love how the light tortoise frames contrast with sky blue arms. So chic!