Summer Beauty Necessities

Summer is right around the corner! Here in AZ, it is already hitting the triple digits, which I have a love hate relationship with. Love, because it’s pool season. Hate, because the fact that it’s already triple digits means that we are going to have a long, hot summer! With that, I wanted to share my summer beauty routine and some of the summer beauty necessities that I cannot live without this upcoming season. Here are some of the must have items you need to add to your summer beauty necessities list! From fun nail colors, to glowing skin! *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small payment if you buy through the link. Some of the links may also be from brands that have sent me the products for free in exchange for my honest review, in partnership with Octoly. As always, my opinions are 100% honest. I would never recommend something that I don’t love myself. 

Summer Beauty Necessities

Here are some of the must have items you need to add to your summer beauty necessities list! From fun nail colors, to glowing skin!

SPF: Sunscreen is at the top of my list when it comes to skincare, but if you have skin like I do, you have to be careful about what type of sunscreen you use because it might break you out like crazy. There are two that I have found that I highly recommend. The SuperGoop facial sunscreen and the Taste facial sunscreen. Both of these work really well, they aren’t overly scented, and they aren’t extremely greasy or oily like some products with SPF can be.

Nail Care: Open toed shoes are in full effect in the warmer months, and that means those toenails (and finger nails) need to be done right. The OPI Fiji collection is my favorite right now! It launched in stores in Feb. 2017 and the colors are absolutely gorgeous.

I am living for the color “Suzi Without a Paddle”. It’s such a beautiful shade, that looks just like pool water, and that really compliments so many skin tones. The longevity of the OPI collection is by far one of the best, and it has always worked so well on my nails. Check out the entire collection for yourself here. See it in action on my Instagram.

They also have a beautiful nude collection that I am OBSESSED with. Their Infinite Shine Warm Shades collection is literally right up my alley. SUBSTANTIALLY TAN is the most gorgeous beige-nude nail shade ever!

Highlight: Because the summer calls for extra glowy skin! I have been in love with the new Chrissy Teigen and Becca palette that just recently launched. The colors in it are beautiful, and the highlight powders work on light-medium all the way to deeper skin tones. The bronzer in the palette is one of my favorite bronzers that I have ever used for summer, and it just gives the slightest hint of a sheen on the skin. Overall, the blush and bronzer in this palette make it worth it for me! You can pick it up for yourself here: Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette.

This is the palette in use on my face, highlight, a hint of the blush, and bronzer, in combination with a tiny bit of an Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam. 

Photo: Kirk Photo Co

Self Tanner: I am obsessed with having a nice tan, especially when you are showing off more skin, like in the summer months. As someone who has also had an area of skin cancer removed on my face, I don’t mess around with tanning beds or spending any time unprotected in the sun. Hence, my love for self tanner!

I use the Loving Tan mousse and I could not live without the stuff! It is by far my favorite self tanner on the market, and it looks the most natural, in my opinion. The consistency isn’t super runny, and the color has an olive undertone so you don’t come out looking like an Oompa Loompa no matter how pale you are originally. They also have different shades, so you don’t have to do the Dark or the Ultra Dark like I do. You can do a light tan just to warm up the skin or a medium glow for more of that sun kissed goodness. This is one leg with tanner, and the other leg without. It just adds such a gorgeous color and glow! 

Teeth Whitening Kit: With warmer weather comes deeper skin and happier people:) It’s important for me to have a great product on hand to keep my smile bright and white all year round. I love using Smile Brilliant because they have products specifically made for people, like myself, who have sensitive teeth and can’t really use other whitening products. Plus, who has the time, or wants to spend all of the money, on going to get your teeth professionally whitened? Not me.

This picture isn’t edited (in the teeth department) so you can really see how well this stuff works! You can use this link to get $25 off your first kit/set of trays, which is awesome! One of the kits lasts me about 2 months, and I whiten the max amount that I am allowed to. I am also able to continually reuse the custom trays that I made last year, which is awesome because they are fit specifically to my teeth.  

You can also check out my updated spring skincare routine spring for the warmer months. I still love and use all of these products, in combination with a few others. Let me know if you would like to see a full skincare post! 

*Cheers to sun kissed skin and warmer weather* joanna at motherhood and merlot

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  1. I want to have an awesome beauty routine, but I never know what to buy. Your suggestions are a great place for me to start! I especially love that Opi nail polish. The color is gorgeous!

  2. Kathy Brown June 1, 2017 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Love the items you have highlighted on your blog post. I’m in love with the mint green nail polish.

  3. Dani Adams June 1, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Great recommendation! I need to get on the ball and do my toes. Now that you have brought that to my attention, Im off to pamper myself!

  4. Lisa Clark June 1, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

    I needed this today! It’s finally feeling like summer here in Jersey. 🙂

  5. Mae June 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I love that Becca palette! I definitely change my makeup when the weather gets warmer! Thanks for sharing xoxo

  6. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms June 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    These are great recommendations! I am always on the lookout for good summer skincare options.

  7. Christina June 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I’m in Florida and I know what you mean about a long hot summer ahead. Though we haven’t hit triple digits, the 90’s are pretty awful with all this humidity.

    I love all of these products. I love that you have self-tanner on here because as much as I want to go outside and get that fresh glow, I’m with you. I’d rather not deal with sunburn or worse. Keep away wrinkles!

    Great post!!

  8. lauren June 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I love a good self tanner, but they always smell funny on my skin!! I have a smile brilliance kit and I always forget to do it, but your teeth look amazing so I am going to get on it!

  9. Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries June 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I need to check out that tanning mousse. I’m SO pale right now!
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  10. Allison - Celebrating Sweets June 1, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Love all of these! I want to try that tanning mousse.

  11. Marcie June 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I’m going to have to check out the Fiji collection from OPI. They have the best colors of nail polish!

  12. Jessica Sheppard June 1, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Such great summer essentials. Love those nail colors. Super goop is a must..,gotta have a great spf. Love your fun picks!

  13. Alex June 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    I have heard so many good things about supergoop sunscreen. I’ll have to try that self tanner, I need a new one!

  14. Kimberly F June 1, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Wow, you look great! Can you come over and do my makeup?? 🙂 I didn’t even know about the Opi Fiji collection! Can’t wait to check it out!

  15. Kiley Smith June 1, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I love all the items you chose to showcase here. I am a big SPF fan especially since my Sister had skin cancer. I also love those nail polishes!
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  16. Sharon Chen June 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    The teeth whitener seems great! The nude polish looks great as well 😀

  17. Sharon June 2, 2017 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I totally need to get some self tanner! My skin is not yet primed for summer so that will help me fake it till I make it 🙂

  18. McKenna Trahan June 2, 2017 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I am familiar with hot summers too here in Louisiana! LOL! Since becoming a mom, self tanner is my best friend! xo

  19. Erin June 2, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Sunscreen tops my list of summer essentials, for sure. I love how you say “this photo wasn’t edited in the teeth department”. lol Made me giggle. You’re very pretty! Enjoy your summer.
    erin |

  20. Janette Shearer June 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Love the colour of that OPI nail polish! So right up my alley! Thanks for sharing your faves!

  21. hanna June 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    I’ve been looking for some great self tanner! I’ll totally be trying this!

  22. Rachel June 2, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    You are so gorgeous! I need a good self tanner and I love your eye shadow palette!

  23. Angela Amores June 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    I have a love hate relationship with summer too!! I love the palette, and those nail polishes are gorgeous. I’ve been wanting to try a new whitening system. I’ll have to check it out.

  24. Annie June 2, 2017 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    That OPI nail color is so perfect for summer! And I love trying out new highlighters so I’ll definitely be adding this one to the list.


  25. Monique June 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Lovely items!! You’re so gorgeous!

  26. Sami | The Classic Brunette June 5, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Loving your necessities! I definitely need to try out that self tanner!

    The Classic Brunette

  27. Meghan June 20, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I love that OPI shade. Looks so pretty and yes so perfect for summer.

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