5 Beauty Essentials to Survive the Summer Heat

Though I have a love hate relationship with the summer, it’s leaning more towards hate right now.

In order to survive the heat in the valley,(in Los Angeles), with no air conditioning in your home or car you must resort to many beauty hacks and tricks and spend many hours at work or any other air conditioned place, such as a coffee shop or mall in order not to wither into a pile of mush.

Honestly though…

Here are my 5 beauty essentials for surviving gross 100+ degree weather.

1. Cooling masks

Masks with ingredients like aloe, seaweed, and lemon cool the skin and leave it refreshed and plumped, which is much needed after spending time in the unforgiving sun. Plus they help you relax, which doesn’t hurt. Here are my favorites from the drugstore and one high end:

These two from CVS are amazing, considering they’re around $2 a pop. It’s the one I’m wearing in my snap above. I’ve seen a reduction of redness and sebum, and felt an overall cooling.

By The Creme Shop. Sold on the Creme Shop’s website & CVS. 

The Creme Shop’s lemon and charcoal fusion mask does exactly what it says: draws out toxins, helps soothe acne and reduce scars, as well as cooling the skin. It smells great too. For $3 this is a steal.

At $25, even on sale, this mask is expensive for me, but not bad if you use it sparingly and once in a while after only really bad skin days or stressful days. It’s instantly cooling, refreshing, and Boscia’s website calms “angry skin” immediately. I need this in my life as I have oily skin and hormonal breakouts.

2. Dry Shampoo

 In the thick of the summer, sometimes it’s impossible to shower enough. My hair gets oily and smelly within a few days. Since we’re all busy and sometimes you don’t want to damage your hair by over-washing it, dry shampoo is necessary. 

Avoiding funky hair smell easily is so much easier with dry shampoo. Don’t waste your perfume! Batiste is sold at Target for 5.99. It leaves hair refreshed, smelling clean, absorbs oil and adds texture & volume. It comes in a wide variety of scents, so there’s something for everyone.

3. Powder & Moisturizer with SPF

ColoreScience’s Brush-on Sunscreen is 28.99 on overstock.

We all know we should be protecting our skin from the damaging rays of the sun. If you’re not already doing so, start wearing moisturizer with SPF of at least 15, and ideally 30. 

$17 on Ulta.com.

I’ve used the one above by Aveeno for years. The price went up a bit but it still brightens skins, smooths over dry patches, and protects you indoors & out. It’s vouched for by Marie Claire in this guide on moisturizers with SPF. (You need sunscreen even indoors BTW)

This tinted moisturizer by ELF is literally $3. Elf.com. How do they do it?! Love them.

If you’re on a budget, the one by ELF above will do the trick. It soothes and moisturizes skin with Aloe & A, C, & E also. 

According to Elizabeth K. Hale, clinical associate professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine, 30 is where you want to aim if you’ll be outdoors, as noted in this Q&A with her about sun protection.

What you might not know though is that SPF only works for about two hours or so, after which you have to reapply. Dermatologist and associate clinical professor at Yale, Mona Gohara, says 
“..SPF really lasts for only two hours…and this is one area of your life where ‘it’s the thought that counts’ does not apply.” as I read in an article about sunscreen myths and facts in Allure.

She recommends dusting a powder with SPF every 2 hours such as ColoreScience’s Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30. 

4. Foot peeling scrubs & masks

6.48 at Walmart.

Aside from smelling lovely all that gross skin on your heels actually gets sloughed off with this product.

This foot peel mask is $5 at Sephora.

Wearing sandals, flip flops, etc. for days on end can do some damage to your feet. Foot peel masks are a lifesaver. The almond smell on the mask above is delicious too. Your feet will feel soft even two weeks after using it. The price is way cheaper than a pedicure too.
5. Cooling facial sprays/primer waters

I love this spray’s smell & price. $7 at Ulta, Urban Outfitters, & MarioBadescu.com

The spray above by Mario Badescu is unrivaled for it’s cooling powers in my opinion. It deeply moisturizes the skin without being greasy. If you’re acne prone like me, it will not bother your skin at all. It’s refreshing and a must in hot days.

2 for $15 & $12.50 for one at


The Evian facial mist spray is a bestseller at Sephora. One reviewer on Sephora’s website claims it is so essential for her kids during the summer as the can keeps the water cool and it provides su relief during agonizingly hot days outdoors, etc. She also said it’s great for cleaning up cuts and scrapes in a pinch. If you’re on the go all the time and desperate for cooling, this can be really helpful.

Hope you enjoyed this list!! Maybe it’ll help you survive the rest of the summer. I’ll be pining for cooler days and can’t wait to wear layers and scarves again in the fall!

Summer Footwear; Espadrilles

Summer Footwear; Espadrilles

Valentino pink shorts
$260 – stylebop.com

JADE TRIBE hand bag

Gucci highlight makeup

Nars cosmetic

L Oréal Paris l oreal paris eyeliner
$9.01 – superdrug.com

$6.45 – designersguild.com

Wear a Romper or Jumpsuit Literally Anywhere this Summer

Photo & romper from Shein.com

Do you ever want to float out of bed and just leave your pajamas on, going about your day comfortably? I love /  live for fashion, obviously, but I want to be just as stylish yet comfortable as much as the next girl does. Rompers and jumpsuits just make my life easier because you don’t really have to think about coordinating anything.

Picture & romper from Lulus.com

Believe it or not, you can wear a romper or jumpsuit literally anywhere.

Case in point.  

To work

 Unless you have to wear a uniform to work, in which case, I feel for you, you can wear a jumpsuit to work if you work it correctly.😉 Throw a blazer on top and add business casual heel or flats and you’re good to go!

Found on Gurl.com

Found on Pinterest.com

Wearing a black jumpsuit and staying away from anything too revealing during working hours will make this look appropriate enough for your place of business.

This cute all-purpose one by Old Navy is only 30.00. Find it here

This one by H&M is $34.99. Find it here.

To a date

By Tobi. Get it here.

Pair an alluring romper with delicate accessories and booties or lace up sandals for a go-to date night look, a night out out with friends, etc. In swampy weather, you don’t want to wear much else.

By Sugarfix for Baublebar, sold at Target for 16.99.

50℅ off on Express.com.

To a wedding or special event

From Lulu’s. $49.

This gorgeous jewel color dresses up this shilouette enough for a wedding, bridal shower, bachelorette party, event, etc. A simple pair of rose gold heels and clutch in similar tones are perfect.

From Lulu’s. $29.

To Lunch

From Shein. $15.

At $15, this romper is a steal and pretty much necessary in anyone’s wardrobe. It’s so easy to throw this on an a kimono for lunch. Put son lace up sandals, booties, or Vans and you have an outfit for going out to brunch, lunch, shopping, getting you nails done, anything where casual is the look you’re going for.

Sold on Amazon.com for $28.

As you can see, dressing in disgusting weather doesn’t have to be a hassle. Rompers and jumpsuits make your summer life easy. 

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any ideas on what posts you’d like to see, comment below! 

gingham queen

gingham queen

Miu Miu high heel platform shoes
$450 – net-a-porter.com

RED Valentino star bangle
$110 – redvalentino.com

Alice + Olivia acetate glasses
$285 – harrods.com

Stila gel eyeshadow
$20 – revolve.com


Beauty product

Lit for the Fourth

Lit for the Fourth

MSGM seersucker dress
$305 – net-a-porter.com

Robert Clergerie block heel sandals
$350 – fratellikarida.com

Jimmy Choo snap wallet
$315 – farfetch.com

Elizabeth Arden sun care

Beauty product
$26 – marksandspencer.com

Summer in Love

Summer in Love

Pink crop top

$195 – jades24.com

Anine Bing short skirt
$145 – stylebop.com

Sam edelman sandals

David Yurman gold jewelry

Giorgio Armani makeup

Kevyn Aucoin lipstick

Nyx eyeliner

Beach towel

Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks Review

Hello beauties!

I have been attempting to improve my skin care game and picked up two adorable Tony Moly I’m Real sheet masks from Urban Outfitters. They were basically free because I had a $5 off coupon from their app, which I highly recommend. Just for downloading it you get 10℅, which could help if you’re planning on dropping cash here. $5 coupons rack up pretty quick too, even just by using the app. I am not sponsored by Tony Moly or UO btw. Here are the masks below:

Picture from stylestory.com.au

They’re also sold at Ulta for a similar price and on Amazon in bulk, which is much cheaper. (11 masks for about $13) They’re also available in single or 3-packs on Ebay from Korean sellers at a bit cheaper price currently.

Tony Moly offers so many options and such cute packaging that I was hard pressed to pick out which ones I wanted to try. Since the skin issues I want to address the most are enlarged pores, acne, and redness, I got the seaweed mask and red wine mask, which claim to be for “skin purifying” and “pore care” respectively.

I found the seaweed mask to be highly hydrating and soothing. There was a very mild perfumey fragrance but I did not mind it at all. 

Photo from helplesswhilstdrying.com

Its description on Ulta’s site claims the mask has a micro emulsion-based essence that cleanses your skin”and that it’s formulated with avocado extract to deliver needed nutrients deep within the skin…” This is supposed to occurr in 20-30 mins, the recommended time, but of course you can always leave these masks on longer. 

Photo by cosmicbeautyuk.com

Overall I noticed a reduction in redness and a plumpness/fullness to the skin I liked, probably because of the mask’s hydrating qualities. I saw a slight reduction in the size of my pimples, and in the dry patches I had as well.

Ulta’s site claims the mask is formulated with red wine extract to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores while tightening and purifying skin giving you a healthier looking complexion in as little as 20 minutes.” I really enjoyed the scent of the red wine mask mostly because I am a red wine-o. I was so excited that the mask performed as well as the other one. 

Photo from poshmark.com

It did a great job of hydrating my skin and evening out my skin texture for a couple days. The goodness really seemed to sink into my pores, which I love. 😊🍷 My pore size wasn’t reduced dramatically, but I’m sure this is basically impossible after one try. It’s performance was pretty close to what the description stated.

I will keep using these and tell you what I think. Out of all of my skin problems, whiteheads and painful red breakouts around my mouth are the most irritating right now. They are mostly hormonal but I hope a better skincare routine might put the zits to rest once and for all.

Photo from delightandinspire.com

In general, sheet masks are relaxing and fun and I haven’t met one I haven’t liked. Though I have sensitive and problem skin these did not break me Out. They actually improved my skin tone and the size of my pimples. I’m satisfied and will continue to use and review them!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful Fourth of July weekend!