Girl’s Guide: 2015 Summer Essentials
It’s the heat of summer, which means fun in the sun, colorful clothing, and ultimate relaxation. Whether you are out enjoying your local surroundings, or are spending your time off on a fabulous get-away, the summer months are a time to experience the outdoors while looking and feeling your best. Here are a few summer essentials, all sustainable products, that will either improve your beauty regime, leave your skin feeling healthy, or add some flare to your daily style!
EOS Lemon Drop Lip Balm with SPF 15
EOS (Evolution of Smooth) Lip Balms have been one of the beauty world’s hottest items for a few years. Their unique shape, range of flavors, and fun colors make the act of applying lip balm a happy experience. Although the line is complete with different flavors including blueberry and pomegranate, the Lemon Drop lip balm contains an SPF of 15 and is 100% composed of natural ingredients, 95% of which are of the organic variety. In addition to their dreamy scent, the balms are hard to lose in your oversized tote, and are made of soothing shea butter and enriching vitamin E. Protect your lips from the sun with EOS Lemon Drop balm; order yours here: evolutionofsmooth.com.
Lululemon Sun Runner Long Sleeve -UPF Protection athletic jersey
As an avid runner, I always make a point to protect my skin while I am enjoying the outdoors. Especially during the summer months, when the sun is strong, UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing is an easy way to prevent skin damage and lowers your risk of pre-mature aging and decreases the possibility of developing skin cancer. There are several stores that carry UPF sweat-wicking clothing that blocks out the harmful rays of the sun. Made with Warpstreme four way stretch fabric and a 50+ UPF level, this Lululemon Sun Runner Long Sleeve top is a durable and effective option. Check out their online shop and discover more here:shop.lululemon.com.
LunchBots Stainless Bento Box Food Containers
Eating healthy on the go is made easy with LunchBots stainless steal lunch boxes. Completely free of plastic and harmful BPA chemicals, these stainless containers are perfect to pack well-balanced lunches, with enough compartments to separate your proteins, fruits, vegetables and carbs. Perfect for an outdoor summer picnic or transporting a healthy lunch to and from work, LunchBots are great meal containers fit for your healthiest food. Order yours at: lunchbots.com
Tanwise Dark Bronzing Sunless Mousse
Ever wanted that bronzy summer glow, but without the harmful sun exposure? Tanwise Sunless Tanning Mousse is your answer. Available at Sally’s Beauty Supply, Tanwise mousse is by far my favorite beauty product of the summer. Cheaper than an airbrush tan or a visit to a tanning booth at just $13 a bottle, Tanwise self-applicating mousse leaves you with a super natural glow that does not leave you orange or showing any signs of streaking. Apply it to your entire body using a tanning mitt (like this one) the night (or 8 hours) before your desired event or activity. After, take a quick shower and lightly rinse your body with warm water. After the solution is washed off, you will be left with beautiful bronze skin that will stay looking great for 5 to 7 days! Buy it here: sallybeauty.com
Alex and Ani Bangles: Meaningful eco-conscious jewelry made in the USA
The newest take on charm bracelets, the Alex and Ani brand is a hot trend this summer, rightfully so! With a corporate consciousness in all directives, including the wellbeing of the environment and empowerment of their customer, Alex and Ani products are beautifully hand crafted in the United States. Several different styles and symbols are available to choose from, which makes them fun to layer up with each other! This adorable arm candy is even made out of sustainable materials; whether a zodiac sign, initial, birthstone or other meaningful symbol, Alex and Ani bangles will have you not only on trend, but supporting sustainable practices as well. Win, win.
Yes To Carrots Leave In Conditioner
With all of that salty air leaving your hair dry and dull, it is important to provide your locks with some nourishment during the summer months (especially if you are an avid beach goer). Yes To is an ultra natural beauty line that creates products for all different skin and hair types. All of their cosmetics contain zero parabens, phthalates and SLS and their packaging is composed of sustainable recycled material. In an effort to keep Mother Earth at ease, Yes To’s Leave In Conditioner is perfect for those who’s hair needs some TLC but who also want to make an effort in adopting a sustainable lifestyle. Purchase Yes To Carrots Leave In Conditioner and more of their lovely products here and here!
So there you have it. A list of summer essentials that will have you well on your way to enjoying the beautiful season! Although a time for vacation and relaxation, remaining protected and healthy during the summer is key to looking and feeling great. Tell me your favorite summer essential in the comments below!