Summer 2020 Essentials

7.16.2020

Hello!! Today I'm rounding up a few of my Summer 2020 Essentials. These are the items I've found myself reaching for most often since the start of summer. I know many aren't traveling this summer but these essentials are really timeless and great for any year!








First...
Cute masks! Don't leave home without one! Here in Germany they are mandatory inside stores and whenever the 1 meter rule can't be followed. I've been picking them up in local stores mostly as everywhere sells them now. Don't forget to wash them after use so you're not putting nasty germs back onto your face. I will be writing a post all about wearing masks and how to avoid breakouts!

Beauty

Sunscreen
This should be an obvious one but just in case...I wrote an entire post about sunscreen HERE

+Black Girl Sunscreen  - Love this one, doesn't leave a white cast, goes on sheer! Perfect for dark skin!

+Shiseido - I also really enjoy this sunscreen for my entire body, I don't use it on my face, although you can. To me it feels a bit oily for the face and I haven't really enjoyed it under makeup the few times I did use it. 

Bronzer
A must have for your summer beauty routine!

+The Lip Bar - I bought this in the shade Just Got Paid and it is beautiful. I love the blush and bronzer combo (also perfect for travel!). The bronzer is so pretty and has little flecks of shimmer which I do like for the summer. I do wish I had gone one shade darker with Double Date though (and as soon as it's back in stock I'll be purchasing). While this does show up on me and adds a nice subtle sun-kissed look, my personal preference is a tad bit darker. 

+Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Bronzer - Still a favorite of mine! I wear the shade Coco Naughty and it's perfect!

(I'm also awaiting new bronzers to arrive, hopefully they'll be here soon, stay tuned!)

Bright Lips
Summer is the best time to wear bright lips!! I know everyone is wearing masks but I love lipstick so much and won't stop buying it. 

+The Lip Bar - I have Bawse Lady and Haute Mess and they are both so beautiful! I'm wearing Bawse Lady HERE

+Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte - I love these in the colors Clique and Queen, both seen HERE


Blush
I love a good blush moment all year long but I especially love glowy cheeks in the summer. Sunkissed! These are the blushes I haven't been able to put down since summer started. 

+Juvia's Place Saharian Palette Vol I - I love the warm tones in this palette - there's a great mix for day and nighttime.

+Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Cream Blush  - I reviewed these HERE if you missed it! These are beautiful and perfect for summer. 

+Nars - I love to wear the shade Taj Mahal in the summer, and this one has a bit of shimmer so it adds a beautiful glow, especially to dark skin! I swatched this shade in THIS  post.

+Bare Minerals - I love this pink, perfect for daytime!



Wardrobe 

White swimsuit 
Always classy and beautiful! I especially love a white swimsuit on dark skin! 

+H&M Belted White Swimsuit - This is the one I'm wearing in the photo. I love this suit, it's so flattering because of the belt cinching your waist!

+Simple with Volants - Love the back of this one!

+Mesh Swimsuit - Love the mesh!

+Strapless Side Cut out Swimsuit - While this is a simple strapless white swimsuit the sides being cut out add a bit of interest to it!

+One Shoulder Swimsuit - I love a good one shoulder!

+Cut-Out Swimsuit - I love the cut outs in this one too!


Hats
Hats are my go-to quite often. Whether it's to take a simple outfit and elevate it a bit or because I'm having a bad hair day - hats are a must have!


+Black Ribbon Bucket Floppy Hat - Love this one!

+Black & White striped hat - This is so chic!

+Classic Floppy Hat - Classic Style


Square Toe Sandals & Strappy Sandals
I love the square toe sandal trend - I think they are super chic and look great! And I've always loved a strappy sandal - here are my picks!







Slip Dress/Skirt
This is an essential and so versatile. These items can be dressed up or dressed down easily. You can wear them during the day and even at night depending on how you style the piece. I like to have the basic colors - white/beige, black, brown, gold etc and then I branch out from there!

+Midi Satin Skirt in Gold - Love the color!

+Satin Mini Skirt - I love a mini skirt

+Leopard Satin wrap Skirt - Adding a print is always good too, this would look great with a black crop top or black tee knotted in the front.

+Flowy Satin Midi Skirt - Love the color of this

+Red Slipdress - Perfect for date night

+Satin Mini Dress - I love a mini dress too


Blazer
I know for many this doesn't seem like it should be on a Summer Essential list but if you're anything like me you get cold easily. Here in Germany it hasn't been as hot like it was last year. In fact, most evenings are cool once the sun sets. Also, if you're near any type of water it will often get a bit cool and it's nice to have something for your arms even if your legs are still out. I usually default to a Blazer for this because it's chic and still pulled together. (As an alternative and if it doesn't get super cool in the evenings you can also bring a nice scarf that is big enough to drape on your shoulders - I like to do this if I don't feel like carrying a blazer, very classy and chic). Since it's summer I like to wear a light color blazer, think white, cream, light pink etc. 

+Linen Blazer - Linen is great for summer!

+White blazer - White is a must have!


What are your summer essentials??



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