Summer beauty requirements differ from the rest of the year in that sometimes you want more and sometimes you want less. Heat, vacation, air conditioning and parties all take their toll, while demanding various fixes from deep cleansing to moisturizing.


The packaging on makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis’s eponymous line will truly knock your socks off. The modern compact filled with lip tints provides a seamless marriage of beauty and utility.

Conquering a plethora of beauty ills, Monoi de Tahiti’s Traditional Gardenia Oil fills all your moisturizing needs. For hair, skin, bath and even massage oil, this heavenly scented wonder evokes feelings of summer vacation, even if you have to stay at home.

The metaphorical cherry on top, Laura Geller’s Air Whipped LipWear Duos come in a variety of flattering shades to finish off your look. The combination of Pink and Mocha Mousse gives the option of a playful pop of color or a more subdued, warm nude.

Lauren Conrad’s stamp of approval graces Ellis Faas’s products, and the reasons are obvious. The Milky Eyes shadows stain the lid, providing natural looking definition worthy of L.C.

Finally, a lipgloss with time-released jojoba beads! But seriously, Bite Beauty’s Lip Shine manages a gorgeous glossiness without drying, and the perfect shade of plum suits both day and evening.


Simply transformative, Cane + Austin’s Retexturizing Treatment Pads conquer a mountain of ills.  From reducing hyperpigmentation to improving skin tone, these really work. The Acne Treatment Pads, fortified with salicylic and glycolic acids, combat blackheads as well.

Fun and effective, Willa Naturals’ Start Fresh Foaming Facial Wash transforms from a liquid to a sort of mousse in an instant. Gentle and chemical free, this cleanser brightens your day with a few pumps.

Dark under-eye circles plague many, and solutions that really work are few and far between. Revision Skincare’s Teamine Concealer works where others fail, coming in different shades and using up-to-the-minute technology to combat the underlying issues.

Gentle and thorough, Kerstin Florian’s Complete Daily Cleanser removes the day’s make up and environmental build up, while soothing the skin with chamomile and moisturizing with Vitamin E.


Summer can be brutal on skin – drying it out and causing redness. Dermelect’s Microdermabrasion-2-3-Facial Reveal counteracts the negative effects of the season, while uncovering smoother, clearer skin. It even works on knees and elbows!

Mayron’s Goods work perfectly for sensitive skin, and the neutral packaging makes it a good buy for both men and women. The Hydrating Body Milk soothes dry skin without leaving a sticky residue or flowery smell behind.

Bursting with love, Soaptopia’s Alotta Bubbles in Citrus Siren showers its affection through copious foam and an intoxicating scent. The creamsicle aroma will make you want to linger in the bath long after your fingers have turned into prunes.


Those perfect, elusive, Hollywood locks can finally be achieved with Sarah Potempa’s Beachwaver. The effortlessly tousled yet sexy look worn by the likes of Mila Kunis, Emma Stone and Gisele Bundchen can be yours with this easy, rotating curling iron. Simple never seemed so revolutionary!

With a dazzling array of colors and textures (like glitter!), Cabecitas Linda’s no-tug hair ties will suit any age from 2 to 22 and beyond.  These wondrous ties will make you wonder how you ever got by with snagging, pinching rubberbands.

Big, beachy hair can be had for the price of Paul Mitchell’s wondrous Flexible Style Sculpting Foam. Different from the ubiquitous mousse of the ‘80s, this product gives volume without stickiness.

Without the bad stuff, like sulfates and parrabens, and with plenty of the good stuff, like UV protectant and nutrients, Verb Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner give good bang for your buck –at just $12 a pop, the value is unbelievable.


A cool new way to think of facial cream, oils are on the rise as a natural and absorbent skin quencher. Giordano Beauty’s Satin Skin is a terrific example of this new “liquid moisturizer,” combining six different botanical and essential oils to concoct the perfect cocktail for your skin.

All the way from Australia, Lanolips Lip Ointments with Colour SPF protect and decorate in equal measures.  With a few simple natural ingredients, and punchy shades like Apples and Rhubarb, your kisser never had it so good.


Since everyone in L.A. is a superstar in their own mind, Girlactik Beauty’s Star Gloss may just be the perfect accompaniment to a life full of glamour.  The juicy, bright pink of “So Lush” works wonders in the limelight.


If heaven could be bottled, surely it would resemble Neal’s Yard Seaweed & Arnica Foaming Bath. Both soothing and healing, with scents like lemon, pine, juniper and lavender, this product washes your worries away.


Fun and fragrant, 21 Drops’ Inspire promises to increase creativity and action. If nothing else, the spicy black pepper, cedarwood and sandalwood scent will help remind you of your ambitions every time you use it!


Simple in the best way, Mary Kay’s Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss in Pink Parfait takes your basic summer routine up a notch. With the perfect amount of rosy color, this will make your lips stand out in a crowd, without being too fussy.

Face Stockholm’s perfect pots of color in Simplicity and Unique will get you through the summer in high fashion. The glossy, yet dense formulas stay on longer than the average gloss, and the packaging is sophisticated enough to allow you to apply tableside.